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:


Pew Research Center

5 facts about evolution and religion
Pew Research Center
Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds? According to Pope Francis, the answer is no. Indeed, the pope recently reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's view that “evolution in nature is not inconsistent” with church teaching on creation ...

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The Economist

Religion in China
The Economist
THE coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China's Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China's Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its ...


Wall Street Journal

Raimondo Loses Her Religion
Wall Street Journal
If Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo loses the governor's race on Tuesday, it won't be because she bucked the public unions by championing pension reform. It will be because she bucked her own economic principles and the Catholic Church in order ...

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Stephen King: 'Religion is a dangerous tool … but I choose to believe God exists'
The Guardian
In a rare and lengthy question and answer session published in the print edition of Rolling Stone, King laid out how he “grew up in a Methodist church”, but how he “had doubts” about organised religion ever since he was a child, and how “once I got ...

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Vancouver Sun (blog)

VIOLENCE: “Religion is not the problem.” Karen Armstrong (Nov. 17 in Vancouver)
Vancouver Sun (blog)
“Religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history.” Karen Armstrong has heard this sentence recited like a mantra by American commentators and psychiatrists, London taxi drivers and Oxford academics. She'll unpack it on Nov. 17 in Vancouver.
It's not all religion's faultChurch Times

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Universe.byu.edu

Major curriculum changes to affect BYU religion requirements
Universe.byu.edu
The CES Task Committee (comprised of Religious Education administrators from BYU, BYU-I, BYU-H and Seminaries and Institutes) discussed pros and cons of the cornerstone proposal with CES Commissioner Elder Paul Johnson. A majority of the ...
LDS Church changes religion curriculum for BYU, seminary, instituteDaily Herald

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CU Columbia Spectator

Revolution and religion
CU Columbia Spectator
“Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion.” The block letters on the poster grabbed my gaze as I whirled around the banister of a Hamilton stairwell. The juxtaposition of the abstract nouns made me eager to hear ...


ChristianityToday.com

Toward a Definition of "Religious" Cinema
ChristianityToday.com
Here is a small project for a chilly Thursday night: let's rethink the way we talk about religious movies. (In other words, if you're at the end of a long work day, maybe go pour your drink of choice and get fortified to help me out with some vaguely ...

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China Clamps Down on 'Underage Religion' Among Muslim Uyghurs
Radio Free Asia
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have tightened up rules forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from following a religion, targeting families whose children study the Quran or fast during the Muslim holy month of ...


NYU Washington Square News

Panel parses religion, politics
NYU Washington Square News
Academics and leaders of various Christian denominations gathered on Oct. 29 to discuss the impact and facets of religion and politics. The eight-person panel, organized by Wagner graduate students Katelyn Riconda, Adam Cross and Carlos Rodriguez, ...

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Moses v. Jesus: Why do Conservative Christians Prefer Moses Commandments to Jesus Beatitudes?

Why are conservative Christians so concerned about displaying the Ten... Read More

Rudraksha Beads - For Health, Wealth & Spirituality

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

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before... Read More

Christians versus Mormons

Please read the passage carefully and note all the pejorative... Read More

End-Times and the Other Bible

Can you imagine Biblical "End-Times" prophecies happening in your lifetime?... Read More

The Christmas Victory

As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good... Read More

Tongue of the Power

The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but... Read More

How To Avoid Deception!

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

Billy Graham- America Salutes You

America has had its great share of renowned preachers, missionaries... Read More

Sex, Lies, & Videotape; Part 2

Acts 5:1-5:10 Sex, Lies and Videotape Part 2. Lies. What... Read More

The Dangers of Harry Potter

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

Moslem America Part 2

2 Corinthians 2:6-2:14Moslem America part 2. Behold, the days come,... Read More

Praying Effectively ? Understanding How To Pray Part 2

In our last study, we looked at understanding prayer. In... Read More

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto... Read More

DNA RNA are you ready for what is next?

As the human race maps out the genome and unlocks... Read More

Straight Talk about Homosexuality

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

The Big Bang Theory - Evidence Start of Cosmos and Human Evolution

What is The Big Bang Theory! What do we mean... Read More

Resurrection Faith (Part 2)

Christ died. This is a historical fact not to be... Read More

Purity

Is being purified only for the men of the cloth?... Read More

What I?m Giving Up for Lent?

Don't worry I'm not going off into religious rantings. ?Having... Read More

Prophetic Ministry: Affirmations From Scripture to Teach Us Who We Are In Christ

To learn who you are in Christ, you must know... Read More

Truth, Justice and the American Way to Boil a Frog

Using a good tool over and over doesn't make it... Read More

Dante and Hell

DANTE: - Dante Alighieri is the tour guide of Hell.... Read More

Catholic Church Ready to Fall?

Americans waited for an explanation of the molestations of thousands... Read More

No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events... Read More