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:


Beards in Prison Hold Next Religion Test for Supreme Court
New York Times
WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court comes back from its summer break next month, it will pick up where it left off, returning to the subject of religious freedom. But the court's focus will shift from corporations to prisoners. On the final day of the ...

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Religious People More Spiritual than Atheists?
Huffington Post
If organized religion closes some doors in regard to ethical sophistication, religious people might also be less open to a broad range of spiritual experiences. One way of investigating this issue is to compare secular developed countries with more ...


Severed Heads And Righteous Religion: Not In My Muslim Name
Forbes
Yes, surely Islam is a religion of peace, but a festering climate of fanatically blind religiosity coupled with despair and lack of self worth has made this savagery possible. I think it's about time we turn our closeted moral outrage into veritable ...


Voice of the Reader: Religion not attacked
The Southern
Surely everyone should know there is a United States Supreme Court that has rendered decisions on issues of religion, and public schools are bound to follow those decisions. In Engel v. Vitae (1962) the court held that “School-initiated-prayer in the ...

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Sam Harris is Still Railing Against Religion
LA Magazine
With his first book, The End of Faith, published in the aftermath of 9/11, Sam Harris gave voice to an uneasy feeling shared by a growing number of Americans: Was religion the source of all evil in the world? With that provocative thesis, Harris ...


God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis
Huffington Post
But far too little has been said about the role of religion since this story hit the headlines. Most ivory objects are religious objects, with extraordinary sculptures fetching six figure price tags -- but clearly there is a disconnect between the ...

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Researching on religion
Deccan Chronicle
“My family is very religious and they weren't very happy when I took up this research. I had a tough time getting funding because of the research's controversial nature and my university, too, rejected the topic I had chosen. I know it is a sensitive ...


Brisbane Times

No evidence of media scorn for religion
Brisbane Times
Did you know Fairfax and the ABC are involved in a concerted attack on religious freedom in general, and the Catholic Church in particular? You didn't? Well, Senator George Brandis thinks you should. Two weeks ago, the federal Attorney-General ...

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News from Rutgers

Religion Emerges as Vital Field for Globally Conscious Students
News from Rutgers
The public has become increasingly aware of the importance of religious differences around the world. Part of the importance of this program is that it responds to this awareness and places Rutgers in the running among public universities that are ...


Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college football
Washington Post
“It's amazing to see how religious they become when their team is down by two points and there's a field goal to be made,” says Ole Miss chaplain John Powell, who has an office in the Rebels' football building, “and they're praying to God that, if ...

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Heroes & Villains in the Quest for Spirituality: 100 Significant Characters of the Hebrew Bible

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Church Building and Church Buildings

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Believing

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God Will Forgive Your Sins

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There's another "move of God" that's sweeping the nations. Have... Read More

Biblically Speaking of Evil and National Security

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Moslem America Part 2

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Satan is Let Loose One More Time

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Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion

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

Fruit-Bearing Christians

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The Armorbearer Coach & The Character of Christ In You

And even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to... Read More

Does Society Need a St. Bernard?

You all know the big dogs that carry rum 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

Mexican Catholics Forgotten

Many Mexican and Latin Catholics are dismayed that the Cardinals... Read More

Catholic Voters Need to Rethink Morality

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Possibilities in Prayer

Prostrateology is the theological term for the doctrine of prayer.... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known... Read More

Money And Religion: How Christians Are Being Misled

Today's Christian Evangelists, Teachers, and Preachers Are Grossly Misleading America... Read More

Speaking of Speaking in Tongues

A young bible college student once wrote and told me... Read More

Why Churches Die: Denying The Gift Of Healing The Sick

Recently a question was posted on a Christian forum asking... Read More