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 Guardian

Wales' new plans for RE: classes with less religion in them
The Guardian
For a long time, religious education has been about as unloved and neglected as a crumbling old church. Several people and organisations (some, admittedly, with a vested interest in its continuation) have warned in recent years that it has never been ...
Religious education to be renamed 'religion, philosophy and ethics' in bid to ...WalesOnline

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Lawsuit alleges: 7-year-old quizzed on religion, ordered to sit alone at lunch ...
Washington Post
The school district released a statement saying, β€œIt is clear that it is not the province of a public school to advance or inhibit religious beliefs or practices. Under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, this remains the inviolate ...


Religion News Service

Jeb Bush preaches religious liberty at Southern Baptist event
Religion News Service
NASHVILLE β€” Fighting to allow people to live by their religious convictions, even if those convictions are unpopular or criticized, is a battle Jeb Bush believes the next president must lead. The former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate ...

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Irish Times

Ken Gibson: Secularism is religion's ally against extremes
Irish Times
Islam is not the problem. Islamism is. So what's the difference? Islam is the religion of over a billion people. Islamism is an ideology that insists Islamic law should shape and govern society. By its nature, every religious world view believes the ...


Huffington Post

The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion
Huffington Post
It's not easy being chair of a religion department. August is an especially cruel month as we close out one academic year and start up a new one, and begin again to struggle with an increasingly vital challenge: recruiting and keeping more majors. I've ...


Religious rights don't justify discrimination
Toronto Star
The men in these cases present their cause as a simple request (or a demand) for religious accommodation. The women who are asked or pressured by the men and sometimes by airline attendants to move see the situation as discrimination based on sex ...

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Fast Company

My Boss Makes Jokes About My Religion&What Should I Do?
Fast Company
He says things about my religion (Islam), especially when I am fasting during the month of Ramadan. He does things like trying to tempt me by offering me food and asking how much money it would take for me to eat and not fast, or telling me it's good ...


The Economist (blog)

Religion in Russia
The Economist (blog)
OVER the quarter-century since the collapse of the Soviet system, Russian feelings about religion have changed a lot, as one might imagine. In Soviet times, the state expected and encouraged citizens to be atheists. Now a loose affiliation to a ...
Russians' views on religion are changing, and not for the betterDeseret News

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Patheos (blog)

Freedom of Religion to Disobey God β€” Say More about That
Patheos (blog)
A curious feature of the ongoing and understandable outrage over the videos of Planned Parenthood executives explaining the sale of fetal body parts is that the film's maker is using religious liberty to defend lying. I don't want to be perceived to be ...
Classic MZ on Planned Parenthood, media bias, religion and Gosnell flashbackGetReligion (blog)
Companies Giving to Planned Parenthood Sometimes Reject Religious CharitiesDaily Signal

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New York Times

First Draft | Verbatim: Chris Christie on His Religion and Birth Control
New York Times
First Draft. Share; Tweet. I'm a Catholic, but I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method. β€” Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey, explaining to voters in New Hampshire how he balances the teachings of his religion with his daily life ...
Chris Christie: Ive used birth control, and not just the rhythm methodPolitico
Christie says he's used birth control, despite his religious beliefsNorthJersey.com
Chris Christie has used birth control, not 'just the rhythm method'MSNBC

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