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:


Religion and politics
The Economist
Some religious folk fear that the state is meddling with their faith. The city of Houston, for example, has served five pastors with subpoenas for copies of sermons they have preached about homosexuality. “If this reckless violation of religious ...
Freedom of religion and the government “qualified” churchCanada Free Press

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National Post

Is Islam inherently violent? Quest for power — not religion — motivating ...
National Post
But is Islam inherently more violent than any other religion? In her new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, respected historian and author Karen Armstrong explores the roots of bloodthirst and prejudice – and finds it not any ...


Daily Mail

Brad Pitt Views Religion as 'People's Opium' & 'Marxist'; Actor Trades ...
BREATHEcast
... about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day," LaBeouf went on to say. In the past Pitt admitted that he was probably "20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic." Watch the video below of Pitt talk to Bill Maher about ...
Walker: Art, Religion and 'Fury'The Morning Sun
Shia LaBeouf: “I found God doing Fury”Religion News Service

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Jackson Clarion Ledger

Religion news in brief
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Religion news in brief. The Clarion-Ledger 4:40 p.m. CDT October 24, 2014. United States North K_Bail.jpg. Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on ...

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BBC News

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?
BBC News
A question on religious belief had been asked for the first time in a census and Jedi - from the cloak-wearing, lightsaber swishing rebels in the Star Wars films - was a tongue-in-cheek response. It was a post-modernist Star Wars joke by atheists. Or ...

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Patheos (blog)

Why Religion Needs “Nones”
Patheos (blog)
In 2012, a Pew Foundation Survey on religion revealed the rising number of religiously unaffiliated Americans — sometimes referred to as “the rise of the Nones” (not to be confused with “The Rise of the Nuns,” a movie script that's been floating ...


Christian Post

Is Islam a Religion? Christian Seminary Debates Accusations of Islamophobia in ...
Christian Post
... been asked repeatedly. Numerous academics have weighed in on the question of whether Islam is truly violent and an authentic religion; three professors, along with one activist, came together at Union Theological Seminary to examine the issue further.


Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville area religion-related events, services
Asheville Citizen-Times
The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of historical Buddhas, will be Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at The Venue, 21 N. Market St., Asheville. To learn more, visit http://www.MaitreyaLovingKindnessTour.com. (Photo: Special to the Citizen-Times).


NEWS.com.au

Don't use religion to exclude: Shorten
Yahoo!7 News
"I believe in God and I believe in marriage equality," he told the ACL national conference in Canberra. "I'm a Christian and a supporter of marriage equality under the law." Religion should never be used as an instrument of division or exclusion, he said.
Shorten says don't use religion to excludeSky News Australia
Bill Shorten defends gay marriage in speech to Christian groupThe Guardian

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Tallahassee.com

Mark Hohmeister: Sorry, my religion says no can do
Tallahassee.com
A year or two ago, I might have doubted whether my new religion would draw much of a congregation. I mean, what are the chances that government would let you ignore a law just because you say you have a moral objection to it? When the draft was in ...

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