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 Age

My Muslim religion has problems that need fixing
The Age
The issues that we face within our religion range widely from individuals brutally beheading people in the name of establishing an Islamic Caliphate to, at a local level, female genital mutilation. Muslims need to be able to discuss these issues openly ...
ISIS and the Crisis of MeaningHuffington Post
My Muslim friends worry about terror in homelandsKearney Hub
Islamic State's actions dishonor the tenets and teachings of IslamYoungstown Vindicator

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Losing My Religion: Young adults grapple with finding faith
"I feel a real power in the world around me so Earth-based religions like those found in cultures with a strong connection to their environment also resonate," she said. "My religion is faith and my faith has been customized for me, by me. It doesn't ...

Religion News in Brief
ABC News
Sofer's parents have flown to Israel, where their son is an ultra-Orthodox student at a Jewish religious school. A family friend, New Jersey Rabbi Yisroel (yees-ROH'-ul) Serebrowski, says they're in anguish, wondering if he's being tortured or held ...

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Alarms raised over left leanings of religion ambassador
“How will it be possible for [Rabbi David] Saperstein, who has in the past stood against certain aspects of religious expression in the United States, to promote religious freedom abroad?” asked William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition in a ...

Religion as a political tool
Ahram Online
The success of “political Islam”, with its flagrant blend of religion and politics, in penetrating civil society is one of the country's foremost challenges and a potential impediment to the development of a modern democratic state. This success ...

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Parents flee Access Ministries religion classes
ABC Online
The government's school chaplaincy program has already faced two High Court challenges and may soon face a third. Victoria's special religious instruction classes are just as controversial, with hundreds of parents withdrawing their children in recent ...

No foul play suspected in death of NJ student in Jerusalem
Sofer, like many of his peers in Lakewood, went to Israel to study at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school. On an Aug. 22 outing, his friend lost sight of him as they hiked down a ravine, and reported him missing to police. The disappearance set off a ...

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Wall Street Journal

Gilbert & George on Religion, Art and Politics
Wall Street Journal
It seems a rather unorthodox choice for artists who think unwavering manners should usurp organized religion. But the once-public fountain imbues what the English-born George Passmore, 72, and the Italian-born Gilbert Proesch,, 70, say their critics ...

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Fox News

Midlothian ISD to seek legal advice on religious plaques at scho - Dallas News ...
FOX 4 News
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas - Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerome Stewart said Thursday that the district will seek outside legal advice regarding the constitutionality of religious plaques outside Mountain Peak and Longbranch Elementary schools in ...
Midlothian Residents Protest Religious Plaque RemovalNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Local parents protest removal of religious plaques at schoolsWaxahachie Daily Light
Midlothian Parents Protest Removal of Hilariously Unconstitutional PlaquesDallas Observer (blog)
CBS Local -Opposing Views
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The Economist (blog)

Children and religion The true, the false and mythical
The Economist (blog)
After conducting two experiments on 66 children aged five or six, the authors found a big difference in the responses of children who had been exposed to religion (either through church or religious schooling) versus those who had not. The "religious ...

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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... Read More

Homo-sexuality and Christianity

Romans 1:16-1:32. Can there be a compromise between the two:... Read More

A Strong Anchor

Stories have been told about the only thing that saved... Read More

An Encouraging Moment / Pomes for the Heart

Here are a few pomes, that I hope, may encourage... Read More

Tongue of the Power

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

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this:... Read More

The Gospel According to the Americans - Our Shame

As a deist, Thomas Jefferson may have thought God was... Read More

Freedom of Religion

True freedom of religion must include an individuals right to... Read More

From the Heart

1 Corinthians 9:19-9:23From The Heart A Look at Christianity from... Read More

The Christmas Victory

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

Slaves Songs and Freedom

It may seem trite and nave to suggest we can... Read More

Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single... Read More

What Is True Egalitarianism?

Why did the founding fathers of the United States consider... Read More

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher

Now that we know God and Jesus want to release... Read More

The Christian Community Tries To Take Back What Belongs To Them!

"See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

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

Here?s Help for the ?I Can?t Say ?No? Blues?

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women... Read More

Letters from Christ: the Calligraphy of the Spirit

Their reasoning must have been, "This is the precious gospel... Read More

What Did I Do To Deserve This?

"You must have done something awful for this to happen... Read More

Praying Hands - Are You Using Yours Correctly?

Do you find prayer intimidating? Have you ever said, "I... Read More

Conserving Water at a Car Wash Fundraiser

If you use a pressure washer during your fundraiser you... Read More

God is God

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

What is Love?

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

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three

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