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:

The Federalist

Why no one understands Indiana's new religious freedom law
Washington Post
Indiana became ground zero for the fight over LGBT rights last week when it passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also more commonly known as RFRA. Opponents painted the law as allowing LGBT discrimination. Backers of the bill said the act ...
Your Questions On Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill, AnsweredThe Federalist
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Law Won't ...ABC News
What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?The Atlantic
USA TODAY -Los Angeles Times -Wall Street Journal
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Republicans Are Attacking Climate Change Science by Comparing It to Religion
The New Republic
Santorum, who uses his religion to justify policies such as discriminating against gay people and outlawing abortion in all circumstances, accused President Barack Obama of being motivated by the so-called religion of environmentalism. “[Obama] is ...

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Ga. House panel cancels 'religious freedom' bill meeting
ATLANTA — The Georgia House Judiciary Committee has canceled a meeting to discuss the "religious freedom" bill. The bill passed the Senate and came to the House, where it was tabled. Monday's meeting would have been the move to get it back on the ...

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Bay Area Reporter

Indiana needs to balance gay, religious rights: Column
After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a state religious liberty bill last Thursday, liberals lined up to ravage this "anti-gay" legislation as a "license to discriminate." Indianapolis-based Angie's List said it was shelving a headquarters expansion ...
Online Extra: Political Notes: Anti-gay 'religious liberty' bills focus of ...Bay Area Reporter

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'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law
The University of Oklahoma says it has determined that fraternity members learned a racist chant at a national "leadership" event organized by Sigma Alpha Epsilon four years ago — and that it was then "formalized" at the local chapter. "It is clear ...

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What comes after religion?
What makes religion so successful is how they regularly gather people around and how they tell people to be nice to one another. Or how religion uses the resources of art and music that tell us important things we need to practice daily, like the ...

Rand Paul: 'The First Amendment…Doesn't Say Keep Religion Out of Government'
Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky and a prospective 2016 presidential contender, told religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast last Thursday that the First Amendment “doesn't say keep religion out of government.” “The First Amendment ...
Rand Paul's religious pandering reaches new levelMSNBC

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Huffington Post

Arkansas Senate Passes Religion Bill Called Anti-Gay
Huffington Post
The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a ...
Arkansas Gov Pledges To Sign Religious Freedom Bill Despite OutcryBuzzFeed News

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The Tennessean

Letters to the editor, March 29: Religion and atheism
The Tennessean
Stop saying religious people can't think critically. Re: "Speak frankly about realities of religion," by Robert Drews, Jan. 10. To reduce people's faith to mere fantasies is condescending and pretentious. We all have belief systems that require some ...

Boston Globe (subscription)

With Gay Marriage Case Pending, Religion Bills Gain Ground
ABC News
With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on ...
Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intoleranceBoston Globe (subscription)

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What is Love?

Now many confuse love with admiration and most commonly sexual... Read More

The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering

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The Rapture of the Church

The Rapture of the Church will be the most startling... Read More

Isnt There But One God?

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

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 1

Hermeneutics is the science and art of the interpretive process... Read More

Choose Your Friends Carefully

For those of you who have entered into a true... Read More

Truth or Consequence

Prime probability:You have been and are being deceived by those... Read More

The 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom

After the last bowl judgment is thrown by God the... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three

Part Three continuedIt is important to recover and relearn the... Read More

Is Buddhism A Religion?

Buddhism is a teaching which has spread worldwide absorbing the... Read More

What Does The Religious Right Really Want?

What does the Religious Right really want? Well, besides power,... Read More

The Rapture: A Twinkling of an Eye

A father savagely murders his nine children. A stay at... Read More

Loyola the Luciferian

Ignatius Loyola ? Luciferian or Heliopolitan:I kid you not! Lucifer... Read More

Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion

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

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Once you start to receive the knowledge and wisdom of... Read More

It is Written: Alien Invasion of Planet Earth PART ONE

IT IS WRITTEN. Satanic Panic and the Alien Connection -... Read More

Rapture and the United States in the End times Explained

1. Where is the Rapture in all of this? There... Read More

The Study of Saints and Why Its Important

Sainthood?that title given by the Catholic Church that seems to... Read More

Public Spectacle

Do you sometimes wonder how did Jesus make a Public... Read More

A Worship Leader is a Spiritual Leader

This article is for worship leaders. And as such, I... Read More

Growing in the Knowledge of God

This first verse completely sets the stage for you to... Read More

Tsunami: Where was God?

The powerful tsunami that on Dec. 26, 2004, hit the... Read More

Thoughts on the Road to Emmaus

". . . their eyes were opened, and they recognized... Read More

The Exodus

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