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:


Fox News

Chinese police remove church's cross amid apparent crackdown on religion
Fox News
July 16, 2014: A man stands near the razed remains of a Catholic church in a village in Pingyang county of Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Across Zhejiang province, which hugs Chinas rocky southeastern coast, authorities have toppled, ...
Chinese police tear down church cross in religion crackdownWashington Times
Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdownMacon Telegraph (blog)

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CBS News

Religion Remains a Strong Marker of Political Identity in US
Gallup.com
PRINCETON, NJ -- Even as overall party identification trends in the U.S. have shifted over the past six and half years, the relationship between religion and party identification has remained consistent. Very religious Americans are more likely to ...
Religious Americans more likely to be Republican, poll showsCBS News
Know their religion, know their politicsCentral Valley Business Times
Poll: Most Religious Americans Still Identify as RepublicanNewsmax.com

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CBS Local

Study Says Children Exposed To Religion Can Have Trouble Separating Fact ...
BuzzFeed
The authors found that when presented with stories that included “ordinarily impossible events brought about by divine intervention,” children who had been exposed to religion were less able to differentiate the made-up elements, like talking animals, ...
Study: Kids Exposed To Religion Have A Harder Time Telling The Difference ...CBS Local
Religious stories benefit childrenPacific Daily News

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Sky News Australia

Millions flee homes due to religion
Sky News Australia
'In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs,' the United States said in its annual International Religious ...
Religion Forced Millions of People Out of Their Homes Last YearRYOT
US report says millions fled homes because of religion in 2013The Times of Israel
Report: Religious freedom in peril in large part of the worldMilwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Chicago Tribune -GlobalPost
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Religion On Wikipedia Is A Recipe For Controversy As 'Edit Wars' Rage On
Huffington Post
The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context. For “Wikipedians” like Willey, trying to put a lid on the online ...

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A Love Ignited By Golf, Sustained By Religion
Hartford Courant
"She was from a very religious family," he says. Irene was Catholic and John was Greek Orthodox. "She taught me how to say the rosary with her," after which "I would get one or two kisses before we said good night." In August the following year, John ...

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Reuters Blogs

Sept. 11 museum's cross-shaped girder doesn't promote religion, court rules
Newsday
A federal appeals court in Manhattan on Monday rejected a freedom-of-religion challenge brought by an atheists' group to the Sept. 11 museum's display of a cross-shaped girder and crossbeam found at Ground Zero on Sept. 13, 2001. The 2nd U.S. Circuit ...
Appellate court: Ground Zero cross can stayHot Air
Circuit Upholds 9/11 Display of Cross-Shaped Metal BeamNew York Law Journal (registration)
Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum, appeals court rulesWashington Post
Daily Caller -Crossmap -Courthouse News Service
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Doctor from Samaritan's Purse catches lethal Ebola virus
Religion News Service
Kent Brantly of Samaritan's Purse, right, gives orders for medication to administer to the Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation unit in Liberia. Dr. Brantly spent almost four hours in a Tyvek suit in order to care for the three patients ...

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1914: War, religion, grasshoppers and rain make news
Pueblo Chieftain
In religious matters, locals flocked to Mass in relation to the 25th World International Eucharistic Congress, being held in Lourdes, France, that week. As the European conflict ignited, “Servians” and Croations announced a meeting to form companies to ...


Kerry County Council crucifix a challenge to religious diversity
Irish Times
Supporters of councillor John-Joe Culloty's move argued that they were “tired of apologising” for their religion and passed a motion that called for the erection of the crucifix “in light of our Christian faith and the strong Christian values contained ...

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Paul?s Letter to 21st Century Christians

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

Deliverance

Deliverance is to be rescued or salvation. Thanks be to... Read More

The Unbelievable Becomes Believable

The Path Is Winding:Ever wonder why things that happen in... Read More

The Green Cross

"We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests... Read More

How Should We Pray?

Many Christians often wonder, "How should we pray?"I'm going to... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that one of the main goals... Read More

Church Building and Church Buildings

Church building is a term used to designate both the... Read More

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher

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

What is God? Does Proof Exist?

Apology:I don't for a minute profess to know what God... Read More

Do You Have a Name For Me?

MAN: Good afternoon Professor Knowledge. Let me cut to the... Read More

Thought Produces Desire, Produces Results

(Channelled)Roy? this week you learned something about yourself. You learned... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Four

Again, let's call attention to our text: "Let her be... Read More

Is Christianity Losing America?

2 Thessalonians 1:3-1:4Is Christianity Losing America? The apostasy of the... Read More

Learn How to Be Delivered From Witchcraft, Drugs, Sexual Perversion, Pain and all Addictions.

Exposing Hidden SinFor nothing is secret that shall not be... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

Instead of being passive consumers of Biblical commentary, we can... Read More

Following In the Masters Footsteps

In these interesting times of change, millions of people the... Read More

The Fruit, the Whole Fruit, and Nothing but the Fruit

Once we become a new creature in Christ, we are... Read More

Conclave: Electing a New Pope

Upon the death of the Pope, a monumental sequence of... Read More

Reflections After The Tsunami Tragedy

Over the last few months hundreds of thousands of people... Read More

Jesus is Lord: Lets Stop Usurping His Roles

In five words Paul enunciates the basic principle of the... Read More

Sexual Deviants and the Catholic Church

It is unfortunate that the Catholic Church seems to continue... Read More

What Is Faith?

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

What They Mean By Child-Like Faith

Prv:18:2 A Fool Receiveth Not The Words Of Prudence: Unless... Read More

The New Heaven And New Earth

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

Water Into Wine: The Meaning of Jesus First Miracle

The second chapter of John's Gospel offers a most interesting... Read More