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:


Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction ...
Huffington Post
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular ...

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The 'Splainer: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and religious burial customs
Religion News Service
But for many of the victims' families, the release has come too late for them to complete the burial customs of their various religions. This edition of The 'Splainer looks at the death rituals of the different religions practiced by the victims, and ...


Businessweek

Iraq's Waterless Christians: The Campaign to Expel a Religion
Businessweek
Qaraqosh is one of the last refuges in northern Iraq for Christians fleeing persecution by the militants of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, who swept into the region in June. A historic Christian city of 50,000 about 19 miles southeast of Mosul ...
ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or dieCNN (blog)
Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of MosulCatholic News Service

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Huffington Post

In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion
Pew Research Center
A new Pew Research analysis finds that 30 of the world's countries (15%) belong to a unique group of nations that call for their heads of state to have a particular religious affiliation. From monarchies to republics, candidates (including descendants ...
15% Of The World's Countries Require Their Heads Of State To Be From A ...Huffington Post

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Joseph Cotto: Americans losing faith in religion
Baxter Bulletin
According to statistics released by Gallup in 2012, fewer Americans than ever before have a great deal of confidence in organized religion. This is not all, though; public confidence in television news, banks, and public schools has reached rock bottom ...


So much for rational analysis on religion
Cincinnati.com
The writers protest having religious instruction in schools and allege it is against our Constitution, has no intrinsic value, would inspire deadly conflicts on a global basis, could never change society for the better and is equivalent to child abuse ...


Bloomberg

Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases
Los Angeles Times
The tiny Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was the legal power behind the high court's decision last month to extend religious rights to corporations for the first time. Before that, the Washington firm's attorneys successfully defended a church school ...
PERRYBLOG: Coloradans have faith in their boss's religion and good healthAurora Sentinel
Gay Marriage Stirs Backlash as Businesses Assert ReligionBloomberg
Does Hobby Lobby All But Require Companies to Find Religion?Justia Verdict
The Atlantic -Akron Beacon Journal
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Myanmar to Try Former Religion Minister on National Security Charges
Radio Free Asia
The international community has also slammed the government's treatment of minority Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar's Rakhine state, where at least 250 people have died and thousands were displaced in several bouts of religious violence since ...


The Economist (blog)

Religion and space
The Economist (blog)
FOR people who recall the early days of the space race, it was an iconic moment—at least in the loose, modern sense of the word. On Christmas Eve, 1968, as Apollo 8 orbited the moon, the three crew members took turns to "send a message to all the ...

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ANALYSIS: Did Obama finally thread the needle on gay rights and religious ...
Religion News Service
(RNS) One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. After a number of setbacks on that front, President Obama may have finally found a small ...
Federal Discrimination Against Religion?Caffeinated Thoughts
Obama Signs Executive Order On LGBT Job DiscriminationHuffington Post
Obama takes executive action on LGBT discrimination, but leaves religious ...Washington Times

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What That 70s Show Taught Me About Christianity

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The Rapture of the Church

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What I?m Giving Up for Lent?

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Terror; The Lost War

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The Coming War with Russia

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

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The Rapture

Here is the 50 million dollar question - will there... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

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Everything one does in his life, irrespective of whether he... Read More

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Smile! God Loves You!

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Become Enlightened

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I'm the most religious guy in the Libertarian Party. At... Read More

The Story of Joshua and Caleb

The story of Joshua and Caleb is one of the... Read More

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Building a church is a large project that is more... Read More

God is God

God is God and besides Him, there is no other.... Read More

Learn How to Be Delivered From Witchcraft, Drugs, Sexual Perversion, Pain and all Addictions.

Exposing Hidden SinFor nothing is secret that shall not be... Read More

Theology, Hollywood Style

After years of watching TV shows and movies, I think... Read More

While the World is on Fire - Part Two

Luke 19:49-19:46 This world is a tender box, of political,... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

Instead of being passive consumers of Biblical commentary, we can... Read More

God And World Religion: The Secret Identity Of ?God? Exposed, Finally...

You may now have this 10,000 year Old "SECRET" that... Read More