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:


Indianapolis Star

Why were 'religious freedom' supporters mostly silent?
Indianapolis Star
Polling shows Americans are divided nearly evenly on the issue of gay marriage — even down to whether wedding-related businesses should be forced to serve same-sex couples in the face of a strongly held religious objection — but you wouldn't know the ...
Indiana's religious freedom law: What you need to knowCNN
19 states that have 'religious freedom' laws like Indiana's that no one is ...Washington Post (blog)
Pledges to boycott Indiana grow after religion bill passesNew York Daily News
Wall Street Journal -Chicago Daily Herald -The Guardian
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With Gay Marriage Case Pending, Religion Bills Gain Ground
ABC News
With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on ...

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Huffington Post

Arkansas Senate Passes Religion Bill Called Anti-Gay
Huffington Post
... number of children (from the 2010 American Community Survey), voter registration, time and location of internet access (from the Current Population November 2010 and October 2009 supplements), interest in politics, religion, and church attendance ...
Arkansas Gov Pledges To Sign Religious Freedom Bill Despite OutcryBuzzFeed News
Religion bill seen as targeting gay people passes in Arkansas SenateDuluth News Tribune

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Indianapolis Star

Here it is: The text of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law
Indianapolis Star
Here is the full text of Indiana's “religious freedom” law. SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101. AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO ...


The New Yorker

Indiana Defines Stupidity as Religion
The New Yorker
INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who ...

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Salon

Ted Cruz's religious horror: Why he's really running for High Priest of America
Salon
The term “civil religion” goes back to the writings of French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, who ruminated on the tensions that arise when church and state become separate entities. In American discourse, the term is most closely associated with ...

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IJ Review

How Skepticism of Religion Has Grown in the US - And Who are Becoming ...
IJ Review
According to research conducted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, only one-in-seven atheists are what is known as 'anti-theists,' meaning they actively seek to decry religion at every turn. Most atheists just mind their own business, in ...

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CNN

Atheists open up: What they want you to know
CNN
It's more difficult for people to stay in their religious cocoons away from the rest of the world. Higher education, travel and the Internet all contribute to our awareness of a bigger world with bigger concepts than the cultural superstitions in which ...

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AOL News

NCAA, companies, celebrities raise concerns after Gov. Pence signs religious ...
AOL News
Immediately after the signing, Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, announced that he is canceling all programs that require his customers/employees to travel to Indiana. Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to ...

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Cincinnati.com

Indiana religion law is Jim Crow of our time
Cincinnati.com
Over-the-Rhine resident Ryan Messer is an Indiana native. The arguments for Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act arguments are strikingly similar to the arguments for racial discrimination some 50 years ago. Then, the nation debated whether it ...
Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intoleranceBoston Globe (subscription)
B1G issues statement on Indiana's 'religious freedom' lawNBCSports.com
Misusing religious freedom as a weapon of mass discriminationHuffington Post
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News -Slate Magazine (blog)
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Living Proof: We are Living in the Days of Noah

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The Exodus

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

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The Rapture, A coming Event; Part 2

The Rapture. Part 2.Revelation 3:10-22:19So far we see in looking... Read More

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The New Urban Christian

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

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Have you ever wondered what is power and where does... Read More

The Rapture of the Church

The Rapture of the Church will be the most startling... Read More

The Face of Deceit

Jeremiah 14:14-14:14. What is Deceit? The intentional misleading or beguiling... 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... Read More

How To Avoid Deception!

GREAT PROPHECY TIPSHOW TO UNMASK DECEPTION"To the law and to... Read More

Amos and Social Justice - Part 1

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

Fall of a Nation

Jeremiah 51:6-51:18 Babylon is Fallen. Is the United States, Spiritual... Read More

Priesthood is Not a Profession - Does this Attest for Unprofessionalism?

1 INTRODUCTIONAS IN THE ABSTRACT2 WHY PRIESTHOOD IS NOT A... Read More

A Comparison of ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY

Hi,(Salaam to You: Peace be Upon you) (What a great... Read More