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:


CBC.ca

Air travel and religion don't always mix
CBC.ca
Air travel, like religion, can come with a lot of rules and restrictions. There are designated times to stand, sit and eat. The seating is often less than luxurious, and the food can leave something to be desired. And sometimes, the two sets of rules ...
Porter passenger says she was asked to move for another passenger's religious ...Toronto Star
McArthur|Should this Porter passenger have been given accommodations based on ...640 Toronto News
Toronto woman says she was asked to switch flight seats for religious reasonsMetroNews Canada

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The Bard's Religion
First Things
If Zeno were to write Shakespeare criticism, he might sound a little like David Scott Kastan. The George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University's meticulous, short book on religion in Shakespeare insists that you can't be sure that the Bard ...


Firstpost (satire)

Rat stops AI flight, media seeks rat's religion to outrage about VVIPracism or ...
Firstpost (satire)
New Delhi: An Air India flight that was forced to make an unscheduled stop after a rat was found on board has now become a hot topic of debate with media desperately seeking to find out the religion of the rat, so that they can outrage about VVIPracism ...


Foreign Policy (blog)

Defending Religion From Itself
Foreign Policy (blog)
There is a growing threat to religious freedom around the globe. In an earlier era, the greatest hostility to faith came from secular autocracies or totalitarian regimes. But that has changed. Today, the most active persecutors of religious minorities ...

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Patheos (blog)

In Settlement, Colorado School District Agrees to Stop Numerous Promotions of ...
Patheos (blog)
There are plenty of legal ways Christian students can promote their views in public schools. They can start a club. They can gather around the flagpole. They can host voluntary Bible studies. They can talk to their friends about Jesus during lunch (at ...
Agreement reached in Fremont School District religion lawsuitKRDO
Florence-Penrose School District, teacher settle lawsuit over religion in schoolCanon City Daily Record
Colorado teacher settles religious discrimination suitAlbuquerque Journal

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Christian Science Monitor

Why might religion be taking back seat in Rick Perry campaign?
Christian Science Monitor
Compared with his 2012 campaign, Rick Perry is talking less about religion and his faith during his current presidential campaign. Talking to Iowa crowd, the Republican presidential hopeful and former Texas governor did not mention religion until 25 ...

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Vibe Ghana

Rights group says Muslims in C. African Republic forced to convert religion ...
Fox News
DAKAR, Senegal – Amnesty International says Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death. The group said in a report Friday that bans against Muslims ...
Unprotected Muslims Forced to Abandon ReligionAllAfrica.com
Muslims forced to abandon religionVibe Ghana
Unprotected CAR Muslims forced to abandon their religion – Amnesty Int'lStarAfrica.com
www.worldbulletin.net
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ABC Online

Combating Racism, Reclaiming Patriotism
ABC Online
It may surprise some that to know that racism may be more prevalent than we may like to admit. About 20% of Australians say they have experienced racial or religious discrimination of some kind. About 11% say they have been excluded from social ...

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Vineland Daily Journal

Religion News for July 31
Vineland Daily Journal
United Fellowship to worship Sunday. VINELAND – Pastor Betty Burke of United Fellowship Church will lead services on Sunday at Dane Barse School, 240 S. Orchard Road . Morning worship is at 10:45 a.m., and Sunday school will start at 10 a.m..
CHURCH CALENDAR: Friday, July 31YourGV.com

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Religion events in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, July 31- Aug ...
LA Daily News
Spiritual Unity Movement's World Healing Meditation Ceremony: Basia Durnas delivers a talk and Bob Sima performs spiritual music at the monthly full moon meeting, 6:55 p.m. today. Meeting at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., ...

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Reading the Bible

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

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It is interesting that everyone is so hung-up on the... Read More

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The prisoners of Sing Sing, one of the most repressive,... Read More

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

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Jesus knew He would be abandonedOn the night He was... Read More

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Some people may ask how do we serve God and... Read More

Sealed With the Holy Spirit

At the moment of salvation when we accept Jesus as... Read More