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:


Fox News

Chinese police remove church's cross amid apparent crackdown on religion
Fox News
July 16, 2014: A man stands near the razed remains of a Catholic church in a village in Pingyang county of Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Across Zhejiang province, which hugs Chinas rocky southeastern coast, authorities have toppled, ...
Chinese police tear down church cross in religion crackdownWashington Times
Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdownLake Wylie Pilot

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CBS News

Religion Remains a Strong Marker of Political Identity in US
Gallup.com
PRINCETON, NJ -- Even as overall party identification trends in the U.S. have shifted over the past six and half years, the relationship between religion and party identification has remained consistent. Very religious Americans are more likely to ...
Religious Americans more likely to be Republican, poll showsCBS News
Know their religion, know their politicsCentral Valley Business Times
Poll: Most Religious Americans Still Identify as RepublicanNewsmax.com

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CBS Local

Study: Kids Exposed To Religion Have A Harder Time Telling The Difference ...
CBS Local
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New research claims children who are exposed to religion have more trouble differentiating between reality and fantasy in stories. The study, which looked at 5- and 6-year-old children's perceptions of a protagonist when reading ...
Study Says Children Exposed To Religion Can Have Trouble Separating Fact ...BuzzFeed
Religious stories benefit childrenPacific Daily News

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Sky News Australia

Millions flee homes due to religion
Sky News Australia
'In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs,' the United States said in its annual International Religious ...
US report says millions fled homes because of religion in 2013The Times of Israel
Religion Forced Millions of People Out of Their Homes Last YearRYOT
US report says religious freedom in Cuba is bad but getting betterMiamiHerald.com

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Religion On Wikipedia Is A Recipe For Controversy As 'Edit Wars' Rage On
Huffington Post
The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context. For “Wikipedians” like Willey, trying to put a lid on the online ...

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Boston Herald

McGovern: WTC cross is about history, not religion
Boston Herald
“I think that no matter what your religion is, you prayed to some kind of god that day,” said Thomas Kennedy, a Hyannis firefighter who was with the first search teams working the site. “I don't have anything against the atheists, but I think they ...
Sept. 11 museum's cross-shaped girder doesn't promote religion, court rulesNewsday
Appellate court: Ground Zero cross can stayHot Air
Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum, appeals court rulesWashington Post
New York Law Journal (registration) -Meridian Magazine -WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD
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Rappler (blog)

We need to talk about religion
Rappler (blog)
Religion has been the root cause of many, many disagreements since, well, the concept of religion began. From heated arguments between family members, to outright war and genocide between whole peoples, a lot of hurt has gone down in the name of ...


Politics as the new religion
Stuff.co.nz
Scientists say the human instinct for religion is so strong that it can never actually be eradicated. We unavoidably seek patterns in otherwise random events, yearn for meaning and think about things in terms of justice and wickedness. So what happens ...


Jesus, not religion, is our savior
Quad City Times
In response to Chris Kaffenberger's comments in his letter, “Faith fuels wars,” I agree that religion has always caused, does cause and will continue to cause bickering, fighting and killing, as well as rapes and forced slavery. If he will reread my ...


Spiritual Simplicity & Complexity: Spiritualists, Help us Steer Religion on to ...
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
A recent Pew study revealed that about 1/5th of Americans do not consider themselves religiously affiliated, yet more than 1/3rd of that group view themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Some may have too many barriers to engaging religious ...

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In the Wake of Katrina: For Mature Christians Only!

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Lets Restore the Word of Christ

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Octopussy

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Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 2)

The American theologian Horace Bushnell also played a vital role... Read More

Evolution Simplified and Factual

The study of evolution puts into perspective our relative insignificant... Read More

The Kabbalah Kraze!

I remember hearing a minister years ago as he quoted... Read More

You and Your Money: Are You Making a GIVING?

A young man who was attending my Coffee Bar Bible... Read More

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Where is God? This is the question most often heard... Read More

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In these interesting times of change, millions of people the... Read More

Facing Our Fears

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.... Read More

The Purpose of Our Being

Most people think that there is a higher meaning for... Read More

Have You Neglected This Righteous Cause Of God?

As believers, we have a responsibility to care for those... Read More