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:


Old world wars
The Economist (blog)
Does it have any kernel of truth? This much is true: in most European countries there is no obvious equivalent of the American religious right in which a large standing constituency spoils for a fight over hard ethical issues. Those kinds of issues ...


BBC News

David Cameron Christianity claim backed by religious groups
BBC News
Hindu Council UK said it was "very comfortable" with the description. The Muslim Council of Britain said the UK was a largely Christian country. He said the UK must be "more confident" about its Christianity, a view Downing Street says he has stated ...
Attorney General: Rise of fundamentalism is 'damaging' ChristianityTelegraph.co.uk
Mercury opinion: Religion still plays big role in UKLeicester Mercury
Brits Get A Dose of Christian Nation PolitickingReligion Dispatches
The Guardian -Washington Post (blog) -Gospel Herald
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New study by sociologist Mark Regnerus suggests religion can predict sexual ...
Religion News Service
Mark Regnerus is a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin who spoke at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission sexuality conference on April 22, 2014. Photo courtesy of Kent Harville, ERLC ...

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New Yorker (satire) (blog)

Supreme Court Calls Lying by Politicians an Expression of Their Religion
New Yorker (satire) (blog)
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States declared on Tuesday that lying by politicians is protected by the First Amendment because it is an expression of their religion. By a 5–4 majority, the ...

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Religion's Social Goods
First Things (blog)
A growing number of legal scholars question whether a justification exists for protecting religion as its own category. Yes, the text of the First Amendment refers specifically to religion, they concede, but that's an anachronism. As a matter of ...


NPR (blog)

America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet
NPR (blog)
America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation has been growing rapidly, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage ...
Is the Internet bad for religion?Baptist Standard
Study: Internet users more likely to be religiously unaffiliatedThe Independent Florida Alligator

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Irish Independent

Blair Says Countering Islamist Extremism Needs Focus on Religion
Bloomberg
Blair will tell an audience in London today that governments must overcome their resistance to talking about religion to tackle conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and engage in “the essential battle” for global security. “There are an array ...
Tony Blair speech: 'Why the Middle East matters'Haaretz

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COMMENTARY: If millennials leave religion, then what?
Washington Post
As the Pew Research Center recently found, today's young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” The question is whether this trend is a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a person of faith, you may worry ...

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Army approves 'humanist' as religious preference
Religion News Service
Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, speaks on a panel about the freethought movement during the 2013 Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 28, 2013. Religion News Service ...
Army Humanists No Longer InvisibleAmerican Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)

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MiamiHerald.com

In our hectic, time-crunched society, religion has become less of a priority
MiamiHerald.com
While the lives of many Americans today are filled with going to sporting events, running kids to activities and answering email, studies suggest we're squeezing in religion how and when it's convenient — if at all. “People are very busy, but it's a ...

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Ultimate Truth:The Invitation

Religion is so many things. From what we can see... Read More

Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is Ridley Scott's way of trying to... Read More

Abraham and the Leather Scroll

The Dead Sea Scrolls continue to be found and there... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher

Now that we know God and Jesus want to release... Read More

Helping Others - What Did Jesus Say?

Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis.... Read More

All Knowledge and Wisdom Comes Direct From God

These next set of verses are the heart and soul... Read More

How to Solve a Wonderful Mystery

The first issue we must recognize is the way God... Read More

Kabbalistic Chanukah: The Downloading of Primordial Light

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.(Genesis... Read More

God Will Forgive Your Sins

This was an article I did for a friend of... Read More

Spirit of Islam: A Primer

Last time I wrote a message on Islam, a Catholic... Read More

Like a Flood: What The Church does with Killers like Katrina

Isaiah 59:19 declares: "...when the enemy comes in like a... Read More

Fellowship Forever

Today I would like to share with you the word... Read More

Why do Humans Need a God?

Many have asked why people need a God to cope... Read More

Money And Religion: How Christians Are Being Misled

Today's Christian Evangelists, Teachers, and Preachers Are Grossly Misleading America... Read More

A Time of Suffering

As the clock ticks down to the fateful day of... Read More

Planetary Alignment

Planetary Alignment is said to have magical powers. Some believe... Read More

Africa; The Forgotten Land of The Catholic Church

African Nations upset at the selection of the new Pope,... Read More

Octopussy

The graven image exclusion as told in the Bible certainly... Read More

Rise of the Antichrist, False Prophet and a 10 Nation Confederacy

The Bible says that an unholy trinity will arise in... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 1

Hermeneutics is the science and art of the interpretive process... Read More

Russia and Her Allies Will Attack Israel

This next event will be a major one! The Bible... Read More

Cut Off Your Hand!

Cut off your Hand!Arguably the most bizarre command of Christ... Read More

Do Not Believe All You Read In The Holy Books

Observation shows that human creative activity has a physical, a... Read More