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:


Salt Lake Tribune

Can religion and politics mix - for good, not evil?
Salt Lake Tribune
The goal — as author and moderator Eliza Griswold put it in opening "Beyond Extremism: Reclaiming Religion's Peace-Building Capacity in an Unstable World" — was to go beyond the easy optimism that says "religion really has nothing to do with the ...


The Inquisitr

John Travolta Defends Scientology, Explains Why Religion Is Targeted by ...
E! Online
So why is the religion often scrutinized? "Mostly because it's not understood," the 61-year-old actor and outspoken Scientologist explained on Monday's Good Morning America. "You know, people really need to take time and read a book...That's my advice.".
John Travolta, Scientology Apologist, Calls New Religion Beautiful And ...The Inquisitr
John Travolta Defends Scientology, Says Critics Should "Read a Book"Us Magazine
John Travolta Says Scientology Is A Target Because It 'Really Works Well'Huffington Post
PerezHilton.com -Yahoo Celebrity UK (blog) -Hollywood Reporter
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Letter - Religion and government should not mix
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
#In his letter to the editor in the March 26 Viewpoints, he wrote “ ... considering the actions of Congress, the president, the courts and various bureaucracies, one could accuse the whole lot of them for installing 'atheism' as our 'established ...


Review: Bad Religion nearly blows roof off Regency Ballroom
San Jose Mercury News
While hairlines are harder to spot, and the old-guy jokes flow freely, there is a definite leanness to Bad Religion these days That energy showed through an electric set that kept the crowd pumped, with very little room for breathers, through a 90 ...


Winnipeg Free Press

State must be neutral on religion
Winnipeg Free Press
We begin this epistle with a prayer: Let us remove religious discourse from the assemblies of civil power so that we may achieve a greater glory for all. So sayeth the court from on high. Please be seated. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a city ...
Father Raymond J. de Souza: The problem with religious 'neutrality'National Post
The Canadian Supreme Court, Unlike the United States' Supreme Court ...Slate Magazine
Letters: The Supreme Court ruling on prayers at city-council meetingsMontreal Gazette
The Barrie Examiner -Cape Breton Post -Alberni Valley Times
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Huffington Post

Expert Panel Addresses The Problems, Potentials Of Mixing Religion And Politics
Huffington Post
NEW YORK (RNS) Religion and politics are assumed to be a dangerous brew, volatile to the point of murderous. And at least judging by current events in the Middle East and elsewhere, that may well be true. But can this potion be used for advancing peace ...

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A hip-hop star and an academic offer to school anyone on religion
Washington Post
Rice University has taken one of its most popular humanities courses to the people, offering “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture” online free at edX this spring. The class is taught by a professor of religious studies and a rapper who ask students to look at ...


Deseret News

The best (and worst) countries for religious freedom
Deseret News
The study rated the 26 most populous countries across the world on their government restriction index, which, as a Pew Research Center study explained in February, is a 1 to 10 point ranking that looks at a country's government policies on religion and ...
Religious freedom should not interfere with rights of othersMSU State News
Indiana's religious freedom law shouldn't encourage discriminationRed and Black
Letter: Religious freedom in jeopardyOlean Times Herald
Northern Iowan -Suncoast News -rabble.ca (blog)
all 25 news articles »

Salon

Marco Rubio's deranged religion, Ted Cruz's bizarre faith: Our would-be ...
Salon
This Season of Unreason will end with the elections of November 2016, but its consequences – validation of the idea that belief without evidence is a virtue, that religion, and especially Christianity, deserves a place in our politics, our ...
Dallas paper: Ted Cruz broadening appeal beyond those evangelical fringe ...GetReligion (blog)

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Numbers say it all: Cricket, India's biggest religion, fast losing followers ...
Economic Times
Numbers say it all: Cricket, India's biggest religion, fast losing followers; other One-day internationals (ODI) have taken a beating over the years, said Rohit Gupta, president of Multi Screen Media, the official broadcaster of the Indian Premier ...

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The Coming War with Russia

The Coming World War III [with Russia]In my book, "The... Read More

The Exodus

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

Knowledge Of The Power

For it is written in Proverbs 1:7 it says The... Read More

123 ABC Numbers in the Bible Simply Amazing

Underneath the Hebrew and Chaldee of the Old Testament and... Read More

The Right of Passage

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

A Time of Suffering

As the clock ticks down to the fateful day of... Read More

Evolution Simplified and Factual

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

6 Keys to Successfully Screening Church Staff and Volunteers

Whether you are in the process of formulating a screening... Read More

Islam Embraces the New Pope

The European Union has seen a huge influx of Muslims... Read More

As The Storm Clouds Gather

Revelation 20:8-20:9 Jesus warned us of a time of great... Read More

The Stilling of the Storm

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.General Pericope DistinctionsIn the gospel... Read More

Sealed With the Holy Spirit

At the moment of salvation when we accept Jesus as... Read More

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even... Read More

Armor-bearer Coach: Step Into the Ministry of Assisting

I am with you heart and mind..."Do all that you... Read More

Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

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

Isnt There But One God?

I heard a pastor say, regarding people of the Muslim... Read More

The Emmaus Journal ~ What Kingdom Are You Looking For?

The Emmaus Journal What Kingdom Are You Looking For?The awe... Read More

Living Without Blueprints

Some people look at the biblical book of Revelation as... Read More

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

In a time when public scrutiny is becoming tighter and... Read More

3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 1

Clue Number 1: You Have TalentYou were born with at... Read More

The Scrolls and the Grail

DEAD SEA SCROLLS: - Dr Norman Golb is a top... Read More

The Dangers of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter book has just been released in the... Read More

Freedom of Religion

True freedom of religion must include an individuals right to... Read More

Tom Cruise and John Travolta Prescribe to Scientology... Whats the Deal With That?

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA: Anytime a well-known name gets involved with a... Read More

Gods 4 Avenues to Reach the Lost During the Tribulation

If the Church is raptured off the face of the... Read More