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:

What I Gained When I Lost My Religion
People often ask me if my life is better now that I've left my religion. My honest answer is that it's a mixed bag. On the negative side, I have to say that the reactions of people who liked me better when I still had faith have been at times very ...

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Voice of America

Islam is a religion of peace – Really David Cameron?
Why defend the religion when its followers are attacking everything you stand for? This seems absurd to me. It is political cowardice, in my view. There was no need to make this claim, just as there was no need to state the obvious, Islam is a Violent ...
Tulsa Muslims Denounce ISIS Attacks, Hate In Name Of ReligionNews On 6
Making Friends Rather Than EnemiesAmerican Thinker
Beheading of journalists by IS a 'disgrace to Islam', says Tun MahathirThe Star Online
IVN News -American Spectator -Huffington Post UK
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Americans' Opinions On Spanking Vary By Party, Race, Region And Religion
But polls consistently show most Americans believe spanking is an appropriate form of discipline, although it varies by party identification, race, region and religion. Since 1986, the University of Chicago's General Social Survey (GSS) has asked ...

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David Haines' Brother: ISIS Is 'Not About Religion'
The brother of the British aid worker beheaded by the terror group ISIS, said on Sunday that religion wasn't responsible for the actions of ISIS, or the death of his brother, David Haines. "The Muslim faith is not to blame for ISIL (ISIS), nor is it ...
Cameron Says 'Islam is a Religion of Peace... We Will Destroy ISIL With an ...Breitbart News
David Haines: British aid worker killed by Isis militant 'helped whoever ...The Independent
David Cameron calls ISIS 'monster', Islam a religion of (blog) -UI The Daily Iowan
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The 'political religion' born in the liberal West
The Australian
Jones and Smith conclude that Islamism is best understood not as a form of religious extremism but as an ideology, or more precisely a “political religion”, closely akin to the illiberal totalitarian movements of the 20th century. Islamism has more in ...

WMUR Manchester

Sudanese woman: It's my right to follow the religion of my choice
WMUR Manchester
Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion. Her father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian. She married Daniel Wani, a Christian from ...
Ibrahim: “There Are Many Meriams in Sudan…I'm Not the Only One”Town Hall

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HuffPost Religion's 'All Together' Podcast Hosted By Rev. Paul Raushenbush
Huffington Post
Hallelujah! HuffPost Religion is launching our new weekly Podcast called All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together hopes to offer a unique perspective into spiritual and religious individuals, communities and ...

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LETTER: Religious freedom evaporating in US
However, religious influence is not the original reason for the separation of church and state, or for creating a secular United States. Going back into England's history you'll find that separation began to gain weight because government in England ...

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Today's Zaman

European court tells Turkey to end compulsory religion course
Today's Zaman
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Turkey's compulsory religion course violates the European Convention on Human Rights' (ECHR) article regarding the right to education, and urged Turkey to switch to a new system in which ...
Euro court calls on Turkey to amend religious coursesHurriyet Daily News

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In Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act,' Medicine Meets Religion
New York Times
In many Ian McEwan novels, there is a moment of crisis or extremity that shatters his characters' lives, reveals the innermost workings of their hearts or triggers a reassessment of everything they've believed. In “The Child in Time” (1987), a man's 3 ...

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Making Merchandise of Christians ? Prosperity Gospel Blight

Anyone who has read their Bible would have to concede... Read More

Choosing the Christian Path

- 147.5 million Americans claim affiliation with a religious group-... Read More

Is God Prejudiced?

The first thing I would like to do is give... Read More


Is being purified only for the men of the cloth?... Read More

Abraham and the Leather Scroll

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

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three

Part Three continuedIt is important to recover and relearn the... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

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

Accountability and Such Nonsense

From the late 1970's through the 1980's, my wife and... Read More

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

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

Belonging to Jesus Christ

In the name of Jesus, what shall we do in... Read More

Christians versus Mormons

Please read the passage carefully and note all the pejorative... Read More

God is not a Homicidal Maniac

One day on the listserve for my support group it... Read More

A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams

Matthew 19:17-19:23A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams Have you... Read More

Prayer Secret #1 - Your Relationship with God

This, in my opinion, is the #1 "secret" for getting... Read More

Smith Wigglesworth on the Power of the Word

You have all heard me talk about Smith Wigglesworth. He... Read More

The Exodus

And the matter of who is doing the abusing is... Read More

Reading the Bible

A friend of mine had asked my thoughts on how... Read More

The Scrolls and the Grail

DEAD SEA SCROLLS: - Dr Norman Golb is a top... Read More

Firstfruit from Death Guarantees the Coming Harvest

The farmer handed buckets to us, the blueberry pickers. "You're... Read More

It is Written: Alien Invasion of Planet Earth PART ONE

IT IS WRITTEN. Satanic Panic and the Alien Connection -... Read More

Saved From Religion

"Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief." - Oscar WildeA... Read More

Books of the Living and Dead

Revelation 20:12 makes a powerful claim: "And I saw the... Read More

Amos and Social Justice - Part 1

Amos was a shepherd who lived in the region of... Read More

The Emmaus Journal ~ Strangers In A Strange Land

The Emmaus Journal Strangers In A Strange LandDo you often... Read More

The Stilling Of the Storm: In My View

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.In my view, the significance... Read More