No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe. Just like Abraham of old, we often try to bring about results through our own efforts. For those of... Read More

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic.. This was, of course a purely selfish love. Then there was "Phileo" (Philadelphia), or "brotherly love" This is the love of one family member for another. But the Bible added a new one--"agape"... Read More

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas... Read More

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news. It takes multiple murders to make the headlines, CNN, and the network evening news.The Oklahoma bombing of... Read More

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do. Until you can find the specific purpose God has for you there is still work we... Read More

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." --... Read More

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish... Read More

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.You may remember I was recently talking about how beliefs are at the core of our conflicts, yet those beliefs are built upon less-than-complete information.... Read More

Here?s Help for the ?I Can?t Say ?No? Blues?

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed. "I almost dread going to PTO meetings or church services anymore because I just know somebody else is going to ask me to help with something," they say. "Don't... Read More

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching. Are they seeing Jesus in you? Do they see you handle... Read More

In The News:


Salon

Bill Maher, American hero: Laughing at religion is exactly what the world needs
Salon
No matter what anyone says, religion is a deeply, if darkly, hilarious topic, and the sundry tomes of the sacred canon read more like joke books than anything else, albeit sick joke books. How can we, in the 21st century, having mapped (and even edited ...


ThinkProgress

Update on the latest religion news
WTOP
211-w-35-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with the Rev. Brandon Porter of the Church of God in Christ, and the Rev. Candy Holmes of the Metropolitan Community Church)–Faith leaders have argued for and against gay marriage at separate events in ...
Religious Leaders On Same-Sex Marriage: “No One View Speaks For 'Religion'”ThinkProgress
Gay marriage splits area's religious communityCincinnati.com
Poll: Americans say there's no turning back on gay marriageReligion News Service
New York Times -Washington Post -Quinnipiac Chronicle
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Salon

Why do we let New Atheists and religious zealots dominate the conversation ...
Salon
So why does the public conversation around religion often seem so cramped and stunted? Why is it dominated by people who are fond of reducing it to thumbs-up, thumbs-down propositions that leave no room for the way most people think about it?


Wall Street Journal

The Future of Religion Is Ascendant
Wall Street Journal
This is a trend driven not so much by ideology (whether conservative, progressive or in between) or by issues of the day that generate religious debate (prayer in schools, for example, or same-gender marriage). Rather, it springs from the simple fact ...


Wall Street Journal

Why the Future of Religion Is Bleak
Wall Street Journal
Religion has been waning in influence for several centuries, especially in Europe and North America. There have been a few brief and local revivals, but in recent years the pace of decline has accelerated.
God and politics, a rocky roadFrederick News Post (subscription)

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Fox News

Hillary: 'Religious Beliefs' Must Change For Sake Of Abortion
Fox News
David Gibson suggested this might be Hillary Clinton's “clinging to guns and religion” moment, and he may be right — assuming she survives the corruption scandals in the first place. Last night, Hillary told the Women in the World Summit that the path ...
Hillary Clinton on religious beliefsCommonweal (blog)
Church Of the State: Hillary Wants To Re-Write Religion To Make It More ...Breitbart News
Hillary Clinton: Religious Beliefs 'Must Change' For Reproductive HealthcareThe Inquisitr
The HawkEye
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Hillary Lets The Veil Slip: Religion Is A Problem To Be Disposed Of
Daily Caller
Kudos to TheDC's Kerry Picket for spotting the significance of this Hillary Clinton quote: “Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes ...


Wall Street Journal

Congressman: Global Warming Is A 'Religion'
Daily Caller
Smith called President Barack Obama's global warming agenda a “religion” and not based on sound science. Smith writes that Obama's warnings of catastrophic global warming just aren't coming true, and the claims peddled by the administration “sound ...
The Climate-Change ReligionWall Street Journal

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The Guardian

Anzac Day as Australian religion: can a bloody defeat ever really be sacred?
The Guardian
Our politicians talk about our defeat there in religious terms: as a so-called sacred sacrifice, a baptism of fire or a crucible for a newly federated nation. Perhaps religious language is the only way to properly express the scale of suffering ...
Gallipoli centenary exposes Turkish divisions over historyIrish Times

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Wall Street Journal (blog)

Do Strong Religious Beliefs Stifle Innovation?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Countries that are intensely religious are typically less innovative than those that aren't, according to a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study, titled “Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion ...

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Priesthood is Not a Profession - Does this Attest for Unprofessionalism?

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War of the Worlds: Signs of the End of the Age

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British B. S.

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Jesus won't come until the Jewish people are saved.Why the... Read More

Slain in the Spirit?

WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?A Catholic woman reported to me that a... Read More

The Face of Deceit

Jeremiah 14:14-14:14. What is Deceit? The intentional misleading or beguiling... Read More

End Time Events - The Miscellaneous Signs

Per the miscellaneous signs listed in my previous article, Jesus... Read More

What Is Faith?

1. Faith is a "spiritual substance" on the inside of... Read More

Being In-Between Religions

Who said religion has to last a lifetime?When I was... Read More

The Athiests Enigma

As an ancient African-American gospel song laments, life is filled... Read More

Moses v. Jesus: Why do Conservative Christians Prefer Moses Commandments to Jesus Beatitudes?

Why are conservative Christians so concerned about displaying the Ten... Read More

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The following message entitled THE WOMAN ISSUE is a study... Read More

2nd Coming of Jesus

In this first verse, God says He will allow all... Read More

Do You Have Disciples?

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."... Read More

Ministry Idea: How to Stop Pre-Marital Sex

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War in Heaven

This next event, a war in heaven, will not be... Read More

Paul?s Letter to 21st Century Christians

Dear Readers, I received a letter this week that is... Read More

The New Heaven And New Earth

Now that Satan, all of his fallen angels and all... Read More

Speaking of Speaking in Tongues

A young bible college student once wrote and told me... Read More

What Did I Do To Deserve This?

"You must have done something awful for this to happen... Read More

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before... Read More

Prophetic Ministry: Affirmations From Scripture to Teach Us Who We Are In Christ

To learn who you are in Christ, you must know... Read More

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me... Read More