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:


Boston Globe (subscription)

Respectfully resolving tensions between religion, law is possible
Boston Globe (subscription)
Lately, there has been a disturbing turn toward ill will and demonization when discussing tensions between religion and law in the United States. Many avidly watch who will “win” and who will “lose” in high-stakes conflicts over the place of religious ...

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Huffington Post

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does
Huffington Post
Another take away from the Pew poll is that Islam is an inherently violent religion, since in some countries a majority of Muslims support death for apostates. Obviously this exposes a problem with these believers; however, it appears that despite what ...

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Pew Research Center

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence
Crux: Covering all things Catholic
This is no criticism of Pew. It gets full credit for bringing religious demographics to the public's attention. And the story of Christian decline is an obvious hook, as is the story of the rapidly growing number of “nones,” people with no particular ...
Q&A: A look at what's driving the changes seen in our Religious Landscape StudyPew Research Center

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India's Christians concerned about growing attacks on religious minorities
Religion News Service
Modi immediately asked the Delhi police commissioner to investigate the attacks, and he addressed a Christian community, saying, “Government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against others ...
India: Christian community under attackPulse Nigeria

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Decline and Schism in Religion
New York Times (blog)
For one thing, a declining religious institution is likely to lose its more lukewarm, “cultural Christian” members first (which is, indeed, what we're seeing across American religious life), while the more theologically and ideologically committed ...

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Wall Street Journal (blog)

The Depiction of Religion in 'A Handful of Dust' (WSJ Book Club)
Wall Street Journal (blog)
This week, we'd like to discuss a theme often associated with Waugh's personal life: religion. In his later years, Waugh turned his famously intense nature toward Catholicism. References to religion are scattered throughout “A Handful of Dust” as well ...


New York Times

Alex Edelman Makes Religion a Laughing Matter
New York Times
AGE 26. HOMETOWN Brookline, Mass. NOW LIVES In a book-strewn one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side, which is sparsely decorated because Mr. Edelman has been on the road so much lately. CLAIM TO FAME Mr. Edelman is a fast-rising ...

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Salon

Teacher sues Florence district for alleged promotion of religion
Chalkbeat Colorado
Updated May 27 – A teacher filed suit against the Florence school district Tuesday, claiming unconstitutional promotion of religion at the district's high school. Robert Basevitz, a teacher at Penrose Elementary School in the 1,373-student Fremont RE-2 ...
Florence High School broke rules on religionThe Denver Post
Jewish teacher sues Colorado school district over evangelical events on school ...Salon
Lawsuit claims church, state not separate at high school9NEWS.com
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News -Americans United (blog) -The Denver Channel
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ABC News

Religion News in Brief
ABC News
11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning. SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — The nearly 11-year occupation of a closed Roman Catholic church by its former parishioners may be coming to an end. A Massachusetts judge has ordered the Friends ...

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The Economist (blog)

Religion, twitter and freedom
The Economist (blog)
(The regime is different on Facebook, where individual account-holders are told to use (at least part of) their legal names and to avoid professional or religious titles; this irks traditional Christian clergy, who cannot call themselves "Father ...

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Pagan Philosophy, Unbelief, and Irrationalism

Biblically speaking, holding philosophical beliefs that contain internally self-refuting contradictions... Read More

Here?s Help for the ?I Can?t Say ?No? Blues?

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women... Read More

Moslem America ,Part 1

Daniel 12:7-12:12Moslem America ,Part 1. Aljazira, is the propaganda machine... Read More

Zombies

The Caribbean is the site of another thing which some... Read More

L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. Blows the Whistle

L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. Blows the WhistleWhen L. Ron Hubbard... Read More

Can Jewish Americans Still Have Devout Catholic Friends?

America is dividing again. Jewish Americans are finding it hard... Read More

Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?

The flesh is the part of us that resists our... Read More

A Powerful Word For Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones

For what it is worth, I'd thought I'd pass this... Read More

Jesus is Lord: Lets Stop Usurping His Roles

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

Keep on Singing

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

Reflections After The Tsunami Tragedy

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

Not Just Hearing the Word

Welcome to the website: All about Jesus, I hope you... Read More

Do Not Believe All You Read In The Holy Books

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

The Exodus

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

Miracle Worker

The power of the Holy Spirit is so profound it... Read More

Lutheran or Catholic Church; Choosing the Religion that is Best for You?

Many cities have large Catholic Church presence and well-established Lutheran... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

There are so many books out there on being a... Read More

Serving

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

Jesus Christ: The First, The Last, The Eternal

Luke 17:20-17:24 Jesus Christ. The First, The Last, The Eternal.... Read More

Choose Your Friends Carefully

For those of you who have entered into a true... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement

Rebuilding society and the tax protest movement: A Biblical Opinion... Read More

Do You Have a Name For Me?

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

The Wisdom of this World is Foolishness with God

Once you start to receive the knowledge and wisdom of... Read More

Crazy in Love

Several years ago my cousin was pleased to find out... Read More

Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

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