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:


BBC News

Will religion ever disappear?
BBC News
It's impossible to predict the future, but examining what we know about religion – including why it evolved in the first place, and why some people chose to believe in it and others abandon it – can hint at how our relationship with the divine might ...
Will Climate Change Make Us More Religious?io9

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The Economist (blog)

Atrocities, culture and religion
The Economist (blog)
That point was made vividly in London this week at a House of Lords event organised by Elizabeth Berridge, a lawyer and peeress who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom, and Walk of Truth (WOT) a Hague-based ...


The dark side of religion
The Economist
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. By Karen Armstrong. Knopf; 528 pages; $30. Bodley Head; £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk. KAREN ARMSTRONG believes that religion “does lots of different things”. It can inspire people to ...


New York Times

'PK' Explores Religion Through an Extraterrestrial's Eyes
New York Times
No religions were harmed in the making of this film. That's the gist of a title card that runs before the credits in the Hindi movie “PK,” directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which states that the film doesn't intend to hurt the feelings of any community ...

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I don't want my wife to indoctrinate our two-year-old into religion
The Guardian
My wife and I have just had a row about introducing our two-year-old to religion. I am an atheist, while my wife is a Christian, tending towards the evangelical. Religion has not been a source of tension until now. She would like me to believe, but has ...
I Don't Want My Wife To Indoctrinate Our 2-Yr-Old Into ReligionNAIJ.COM

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Religion Almanac: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Bradenton Herald
Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Email announcements to toconnor@bradenton.com. Family Life Director: ...

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Religion events from around the Washington area
Washington Post
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will sponsor a dinner on Christmas from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. for those who are alone or in need. Volunteers are needed to feed the expected 1,600 people. Some will be fed in the basilica's ...


Religion offerings: 12-20
Toledo Blade
If you're looking for a drive-through live nativity in a traditional format, All Saints Lutheran Church, 5445 Heatherdowns Blvd., presents its 20th annual one, featuring live camels, donkey, sheep, and goats, today and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations ...

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Jackson Clarion Ledger

Religion news in brief
Jackson Clarion Ledger
A long-awaited report on the Vatican's three-year investigation into U.S. women's religious orders was released Tuesday and was remarkable for what it didn't say. There was no criticism, no hard recommendations to shift focus away from social justice ...


Algemeiner

The Jew in Harry Potter and What it Means About Religion in the Beloved Book ...
Algemeiner
Having grown up with this book series since the first novel was released, I've always wondered about the role of religion in the series. The practice of religion or the belief in God are not explicitly mentioned in the books, although there are ...

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The Emmaus Journal ~ The Standards Of This World Are Not Our Standards

The Emmaus Journal The Standards Of This World Are Not... Read More

The Gospel According to the Americans - Our Shame

As a deist, Thomas Jefferson may have thought God was... Read More

Christian Book Stores are a Great Indicator of the Popularity of the Religion in Demography

Have you ever wondered how exactly would someone find out... Read More

Planetary Alignment

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

Consider, The Past, Present and Future?

Consider the past. A time when we were prosperous and... Read More

Pagan Religions Taught In Public Schools

In classrooms throughout the country, Judeo-Christian beliefs are often cast... Read More

Real Nobility And Gods Love

Real nobility feeds on its own intrinsic value, as a... Read More

As The Storm Clouds Gather

Revelation 20:8-20:9 Jesus warned us of a time of great... Read More

Reconstrictionism + Dominionism = Warfare Theology

The Christian Church believes that at the close of the... Read More

Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

American Preachers Are At The Forefront Of The Travesties Committed... Read More

The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering

The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes.... Read More

Isnt There But One God?

I heard a pastor say, regarding people of the Muslim... Read More

Muhammad

FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS:The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is... Read More

The Right of Passage

The Right of Passage. by Rev. Anthony SmithIsaiah 64:6-64:6 In... Read More

Life as Simulator

Recently I met an interesting Gentleman at a Coffee Shop,... Read More

Straight Talk about Homosexuality

In the mid 90's, a Presbyterian minister named Steve Brown... Read More

Housing Katrina Victims!

Information many have been looking for!On Franklin Graham's website for... Read More

The Athiests Enigma

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

The Apocalypse

Revelation 6:2-6:8.I will bring thee down, saith the LORD. ... Read More

Gods People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge

These next two verses are extreme - and I mean... Read More

What is God? Does Proof Exist?

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

Water Into Wine: The Meaning of Jesus First Miracle

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

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 2

Should we be tempted to believe that our system of... Read More

God Will Forgive Your Sins

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

Ministry Idea: How to Stop Pre-Marital Sex

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