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:


TIME

Religion, Hypocrisy, and Obamacare
TIME
First and most important, they are a reminder of a simple religious truth: If you don't care about the poor, the suffering, and the sick, you cannot be a good Christian — or a good Jew, or a good Muslim. You may pretend to be a good religious person ...


The Jewish Week

Atheists For Religion
The Jewish Week
They are assembled to learn more about the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, which supports science education as an antidote to religious fundamentalism, broadly defined. Roemer, a Jewish atheist representing a mostly Catholic country, ...
Richard Dawkins Meets Students' Questions Head-onKSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

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Technology, Communication and Religion
Huffington Post
The two of us had the opportunity to join with the Reverend Paul Raushenbush, Executive Editor of Huffington Post Religion to more deeply examine the ways that changes in communication technology, and particularly the Internet, are affecting religion ...


MURAT YETKİN > The rise of religion in politics
Hurriyet Daily News
Perhaps it sounds irrelevant to mention the Pope's visit to the European Parliament and the Jewish State bill in Israel at a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been shocking the world with its violence in the name of religion ...

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Religion in IDF sparks heated debate between national-religious, secular MKs
Jerusalem Post
The arguing began before the meeting officially did, with MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi) protesting the wording of its topic, which used a Hebrew term that he felt means a religious takeover, but Dr. Reuven Gal, a researcher on religion in the IDF ...

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'“God can't be owned or contained in one religion,' speaker tells prayer ...
Youngstown Vindicator
Dr. Campbell said the young man told the pastor he had been tempted to believe that his religion was the only one. “In the midst of tragedy, his life changed,” Dr. Campbell said, noting he realized that people of different faiths prayed to the “God of ...

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Stop pushing religion into classrooms
Sun Sentinel
The founding fathers were wise, and required the separation of state and religion, when writing the Constitution. Public schools and their textbooks should be a place that encourages critical thinking and fact-based thinking. All religion is based on ...

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Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare
Huffington Post
Religion and spirituality are an important, if often private, part of many Americans' lives. According to a poll from Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious and 18 percent describe themselves as spiritual. Yet ...


Minimize religion in public office
The Citizen.com (blog)
Two of those tidbits on the subject of religion are: “I respect the religious beliefs of others, right up to the time when they decide their views are ideally suited for me,” and, “You can't reconcile differing religious beliefs, so don't make things ...

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Religion: Church related activities planned for the week beginning Nov. 27
Evening Sun (subscription)
An Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar will be held at St. Mary's in Fairfield from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be crafters, a bake sale, food and hourly door prizes. New for children is a Wonderland Village. Cost is $5 per child or $10 for a ...

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Let Her Be Covered Part One

Several weeks ago, while shopping in a grocery store, my... Read More

Catholics Need To Take a Second Look at Morality

According to CNN, Catholics voted for President Bush over Senator... Read More

The Rise And Fall Of Babylon

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The Athiests Enigma

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

The Purpose of Creation: the Kabbalah of Transformation

"I want to know how God created this world. I... Read More

Straight Talk about Homosexuality

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

Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

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We Are From Jesus Christ

Most people wonder at one time or another where do... Read More

The Dark Side of The Pope

If you look at just the man/women after he/she has... Read More

The Use and Abuse of Mysticism in The Song of Songs

The incorporation of Aristotelian thought into the dogma of Catholicism... Read More

A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams

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

What If We Are Getting Paid For Prayer (Salat)...

What will be the effect on general public if the... Read More

Hope and Restoration in the Valley

The bible tells a story about the prophet Ezekiel who... Read More

The Right of Passage

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

Whats A Single Christian To Do?

It's Saturday night. You're sitting at home. Your phone has... Read More

Christs Dependability: Count on It!

Heb. 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,... Read More

Mahavira | 24th Tirthankara of Jainism His Teachings and Essence

Vardhamana Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism was the last... Read More

Do Not Believe All You Read In The Holy Books

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

Rudraksha Beads - For Health, Wealth & Spirituality

The Tears of Lord Shiva that are Rudraksha, are the... Read More

Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion

Hindus are concentrated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 1)

The modern historical era of liberal theology basically encompass four... Read More

Gay Marriage Hitting Resistance

Gay marriage is hitting significant resistance in Washington D.C. where... Read More

Bible and Kabbalah: The Hardening of Pharoahs Heart

There is continuous creation, out of the new ideas discovered... 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

Religious Tolerance and the Internet

The internet is a great resource of information on all... Read More