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:

Make faith great again: Hollywood celebrities finally talking about their religious beliefs  Fox NewsAt a time where it seems like your career could be at stake if you publicly mention your religious affiliation, seeing celebrities come out of their biblical closet on ...
The EU's Work On Freedom Of Religion Or Belief Is Being Challenged From Within  ForbesGetting the European Union (and its different mechanisms) to engage effectively on the subject of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) has always been difficult.
Religion, arts enhance STEM learning at Good Shepherd School  CatholicPhilly.comGood Shepherd Catholic School in Ardsley, Montgomery County has added to its STEM initiative — which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and ...
Sex and religion | Culture  The Gazette • Western University's NewspaperThere both similarities and differences among religious views on sex.
Take the religion out of regulation | TheHill  The HillExactly whose welfare are cost-benefit analysts concerned with?
Respecting An Establishment Of Religion  Above the LawForcing free and independent individuals to pay for religious displays violates the First Amendment.
Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender people's status in Indian society  Religion News ServicePRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — On a warm January evening, sadhus and devotees surrounded Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the former reality TV star, jostling to get a ...
How a national emergency order endangers the 'other'  Religion News ServicePeople from Pittsburgh's New Light Congregation and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church join members of Mother Emanuel Church to march in ...
Hollywood actor puts religion to test and says it led him to a relationship with Jesus Christ  Christian PostHOLLYWOOD — Actor Kristoffer Polaha revealed how exploring and testing religion led him back to Christianity and a true relationship with Jesus Christ.
Hate Hoaxes Are What Happen When Your Religion Is Identity Politics  The FederalistWhen Christianity was still a baby religion, it dealt with its first case of hypocrisy. The Bible records the story in Acts 5: Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple in ...
RELIGION: Blessed are the poor  ThoroldNews.comRecently, the Gospel reading for Sunday morning was a passage traditionally known as the Sermon on the Plain. It is recorded in the 6 th chapter of the Gospel ...
Controversial 'religious freedom' bill gets another look at Iowa Capitol  Des Moines RegisterRepublican lawmakers have reintroduced a bill at the Iowa Capitol that they say will protect religious rights but that critics warn could allow businesses in the ...
Does a 40-foot Latin cross honoring World War I veterans violate the Constitution? The Supreme Court will decide.  USA TODAYThe Supreme Court considers whether a Latin cross to honor World War I dead violates the First Amendment.
Why we studied the possible links between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement  Pew Research CenterPeople who regularly attend a house of worship are more likely to be happy and civically engaged than those who do not, according to a new Pew Research ...
Trump just promised to help religious adoption agencies that won’t work with gay parents. Here’s what he could do.  Washington PostAt Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump introduced a family he called “inspiring to us all”: the Bucks from Michigan, who have adopted five ...
Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  Science DailyDo children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, ...
What Science Can Learn From Religion  The New York TimesHostility toward spiritual traditions may be hampering empirical inquiry.
Grief hides in the church bathroom  Religion News Service(RNS) — A friend of mine recently lost her daughter, an 8-month-old baby who was just beginning to get to know the world around her. I saw my friend at church ...
Cult leader Serge Benhayon’s ‘sick’ global religion found by jury to be dangerous  NEWS.com.auA former NSW tennis coach, posing as a religious leader, has been found to have taken millions of dollars from families and had an “indecent interest in girls as ...
POLL: Sidhu says terror has "no country, no religion". Do you agree?  Yahoo NewsCongress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been condemned for his remarks that terrorism has “no country, no religion”.
When Religion Leads to Trauma  The New York TimesSome churches “weaponize scripture and religion to do very deep damage on the psyche,” one pastor says.
Abortion is not about religion | Letters  Jamaica GleanerTHE EDITOR, Sir: For Peter Espeut, contrary to his claim, and for many church people, abortion is very much a religious issue. Their position is clearly based on ...
United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues  The Philadelphia TribuneThe United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's ...
Religion's Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life ProjectPeople who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of ...
Tim Tebow makes the Christian movie he's always wanted to see  Religion News ServiceLOS ANGELES (RNS) — Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback now readying for his fourth season as a minor-league baseball ...
Men and women religious feel shame for failures on abuse  Vatican NewsThe abuse of children is wrong anywhere and anytime: this point is not negotiable.” This is what the leaders of men and women religious of the world ...
Does Alabama Support Religious Liberty?  The New York TimesBy moving to bar chaplains from the death chamber, the state has undermined the place of faith in the public sphere.
After 9-year battle, Vellore lawyer gets no-caste-no-religion certificate  Times of IndiaA Snegha Parthibaraja, a lawyer,is the first in the country to get certified that she does not belong to any caste or religion. She said, "people wit.
Orfeu negro stunningly mixes Greek myth and Afro-Brazilian religion  GlobalComment.comOrfeu negro feels painfully alive and vibrant, even 60 years later.
China’s disdain for religious freedoms  BusinessLineIts superpower status has allowed it to get away with persecution of religious minorities. India should leverage its soft power.
Books explore Merton the writer, Religion 101 and Antarctic ice  National Catholic ReporterDuring Lent, Trappist Fr. Thomas Merton was irate when the Passion was read in what he described as an "extremely trite and pedestrian English version," albeit ...
'Alien Religion': Tajik Customs Officials Burn 5,000 Baptist Calendars  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyA senior official in Tajikistan's Customs *Service* has confirmed that the authorities have confiscated and burned 5000 evangelical Christian calendars ordered by ...
Volunteer religion teacher accused of indecent behavior with juveniles, sexual battery  KALB NewsA Prairieville man, who volunteered as a religion teacher, has been accused of indecent behavior with juveniles and sexual battery.
Marie Kondo and Kuyō: Is throwing things away really a religious experience?  Religion News Service(RNS) — “Does it spark joy?” Since the release of the 2019 Netflix documentary “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo, people across the globe have been inspired to ...
Religious people are happier than atheists, finds study  Times of IndiaIt seems impossible to zero down on ways that can induce happiness but there may be a way to do that - and the answer lies in your religious beliefs.
Listen to R.E.M. Perform "Losing My Religion," Released on This Day in 1991 :: Music :: Features :: R.E.M. :: Paste  Paste MagazineAthens, Ga. alternative rockers R.E.M. released their best-known song, “Losing My Religion” on this day in 1991. It was the first single from their 1991 seventh ...
Christian tax preparer refuses to serve lesbian couple on religious grounds  Washington PostFor four years, Bailey Brazzel says, she had employed the same tax preparer, Nancy Fivecoate of Carter Tax *Service* in Russiaville, Ind. Fivecoate prepared the ...
Religion makes America give  The Week MagazineHere are three of the week's top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Burned by a hot startup. When a well-funded big company goes bust, ...
Cdl. Burke: Pope’s declaration saying God wills ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘not correct’  LifesiteFebruary 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke thinks the controversial statement in a joint Catholic-Muslim declaration signed by Pope Francis in ...
MWL chief receives World's Religions Peace Award  ArabnewsRIYADH: The National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul ...
Woman claims discrimination by SC foster agency over her religion  WLTX.comIn an AP exclusive story, the woman says she was told she couldn't be a foster parent due to her religion.
When senators ask a nominee about their religious beliefs, they should give this simple answer  Washington ExaminerDemocratic senators have a new habit of asking judicial and executive branch nominees about their religious beliefs during confirmation hearings. Asking such ...
Religious superiors admit denial, slowness to act against abuse  The Tablet'We want to act with humility. We want to see our blind spots. We want to name any abuse of power'. Religious superiors admit denial, slowness to act against ...
Religious studies in public schools? One Missouri lawmaker wants high school Bible classes  Houston HeraldJEFFERSON CITY • A state lawmaker who is a minister and dean of students at a southwest Missouri religious college wants public high school students to learn ...
'Fleabag' Season 2 Explores Religion With Help Of “Hot Priest” – TCA  DeadlineThe second season of Amazon's Fleabag surprised nobody more than series creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she told TV critics at TCA. "I decided not to do a ...
It’s possible to have a civil debate on politics and religion. Here’s how  Scroll.inMany people approach an ideological disagreement the same way they would a disagreement about facts. That's the problem.
What Religion is 'The Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond?  The Cheat Sheet'The Pioneer Woman' star Ree Drummond sometimes mentions faith, but what religion does she practice? Here's what we know about Ree Drummond's ...
Robots to ‘be part of religious rituals’ as AI-based religions grow | Daily Star  Daily StarROBOTS could be part of religious rituals and help humans to bury and mourn the dead in the future, it has been predicted.
The mercies of God | Religion  The MountaineerThere is a fallacy floating around that God is a dispassionate disciplinarian whose objective is to keep us in line. However, scripture tells another story.
Minority Muslims free to practise their religion in China, says Islamic group - Nation  The Star OnlineBEIJING: Minority Muslims in China are not being discriminated or persecuted by the Chinese government, says China Islamic Association (CIA) vice-president ...
In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice  Religion News Service(RNS) — It began, as so many social justice movements these days do, on Twitter. Namira Islam, a Bangladeshi-American lawyer living in Detroit, had noticed ...
Is Cannabis Against Your Religion?  LeaflyReefer Madness—the movie—was famously produced by a church. But do the world's religions really forbid the enjoyment of a plant?
Fifty years later, Catholic Church reckons again with unbelief  Religion News Service(RNS) — Fifty years after it held the world's first international conference examining the rise of atheism and secularism, the Vatican is joining forces with a British ...
Muslim, Jewish college presidents focus on common goals with Christian educators  Religion News ServiceWASHINGTON (RNS) — Like most college presidents, Ari Berman and Hamza Yusuf care about giving their students the best education possible in the ...
Senators Can and Must Ask About Nominees' Religious Beliefs  Rewire.NewsQuestioning federal nominees on religion has been decried as a violation of the Constitution's ban on religious tests. But not only does it do nothing of the kind, ...
Religion vs. Free Speech  Gatestone InstituteCourts and government bodies still find it hard to make useful distinctions between gratuitous, racist, or violent speech about Islam and Muslims on the one hand ...
Why is Nigeria cracking down on peaceful religious protests?  The Washington PostThe Nigerian government appears to be taking a hard line on religious opposition — though not against the usual suspects. Even as the Boko Haram insurgency ...
Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice  NPRThe Trump administration has inspired a new activism on the part of liberal religious groups. Like the Moral Majority of the 1980s, they fear an assault on their ...
Is Religious Freedom for Christians Only?  The New York TimesDomineque Hakim Marcelle Ray wanted an imam by his side when he was executed. The Supreme Court said no.
'More merciful than Yahweh': Jack Miles on God in the Quran  Religion News Service(RNS) — Ever since 9/11, Americans have been treated to a host of conflicting, often ill-informed, views about Islam and its deity, Allah. Some insist Allah is a ...
Harvest announces executive committee will resign, more changes after MacDonald fired  Religion News ServiceCHICAGO (RNS) — Harvest Bible Chapel, an embattled Chicago-area megachurch, announced this past weekend that the executive committee of its elders will ...
Murders of Religious Minorities in India Go Unpunished, Report Finds  The New York TimesNEW DELHI — The Indian authorities have delayed investigating a wave of vigilante-style murders of religious minorities, with many instead working to justify ...
Reclaiming Religious Freedom  Center For American ProgressLast month, the most religiously diverse U.S. Congress in our nation's history was sworn into office. For proponents of religious liberty, this was an incredible ...
Five things to know about religious freedom in the United Arab Emirates  The Washington PostWhile the freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution, the government maintains tight control over where religious activities can take place.
Religious news, notes and happenings | Community  Independent TribuneSaturday, Feb. 23. Lowesville Gospel Concerts at Living Word Ministries, 1062 Hwy. 16 S, Stanley (Lowesville), presents The 3 Heath Brothers, The Waymasters ...
Conflict between brothers splits Uganda's thriving Abayudaya Jewish community  Religion News ServiceMBALE, Uganda (RNS) — During a recent Shabbat *service* here, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu led dozens of worshippers in a prayer for unity. Women sang psalms.
How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it  Pew Research CenterEvolution remains a contentious issue. When asked about it, highly religious Americans' responses can vary depending on how the question is asked.
Why some young Muslim women are leaning into arranged marriages  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last month, Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch hit 1 million users around the world. The co-founders of the so-called halal dating tool claim that at ...
Shoppers unknowingly buying no-stun religious meat in supermarkets  The IndependentShoppers have been unwittingly buying meat from animals that were not stunned when killed under religious rules because it is going unlabelled in ...
Indiana same-sex couple denied tax service; owner cites religious beliefs  WSBT-TVAn Indiana couple says they were denied tax *service* because they're a same-sex couple, according to Fox 59. On February 12, Bailey and Samantha Brazzel ...
Constitution secures right to praise one's religion, but not to abuse another, Madras High Court  Bar & BenchMadras High Court directed organisers of public religious events to provide an undertaking to refrain from making statements offensive to other religions.
Tulsi Gabbard: Religious bigotry is un-American  Religion News Service(RNS) — I am proud to be the first Hindu American to have been elected to Congress and now the first Hindu American to run for president. While the headlines ...
Religious and Secular Leaders Call For New York State Budget Reform  WICZA "New Hope" Budget and Fair Election forum was held at the Catholic Charities of Broome County on Wednesday afternoon to address the underfunding of ...
US Muslim leaders call on China to end persecution of Uighurs  Religion News Service(RNS) – More than 130 American Muslim leaders and scholars have signed an open letter condemning the Chinese government's continued persecution and ...
Austin, Texas says religious group lacks standing to challenge LGBT law  ReutersThe city of Austin, Texas has told a federal judge that a group representing churches across the country does not have standing to challenge its law banning ...
South Carolina foster care providers can reject people who don't share their religious beliefs  CNNFederally funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina can refuse to perform services that conflict with their religious beliefs, the US Department of Health ...
Boy Scouts In Troop 150 Earn Religious Award | Community  Ste. Genevieve HeraldSix Boy Scouts from Troop 150 received the Ad Altare Dei “To the Altar of God” award on February 3 at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. The program which.
'They have become the new religion': Esther Perel says we expect too much from relationships  CBC.caCouples therapist talks about why we fail to connect and how we can do better.
Cuba's proposed constitution cuts religious freedom  baptistmessenger.comHAVANA (BP) — Cuban pastors are resisting pressure to support a Feb. 24 constitutional referendum that further limits religious freedoms in the Communist ...
Orthodox Jewish nursery that sacked teacher for living with partner cleared of religious discrimination  The IndependentAn Orthodox Jewish nursery did not religiously discriminate against a teacher it sacked because she was living with her partner prior to marriage, a judge has ...
Kansas bill repealing death penalty evokes moral, religious, justice arguments  The Garden City TelegramTOPEKA — Sister Therese Bangert's career as a volunteer police and fire chaplain in Kansas City, Kan., took her into the heart of darkness.She witnessed fallout ...
Côte Saint-Luc says it won't enforce religious symbol ban  CBC.caThe City of Côte Saint-Luc is taking a stand against the Legault government's religious symbols ban, even though it doesn't yet exist. Last Monday, the city ...
Religious groups advocate 'conversion therapy' for homosexuals  swissinfo.chEven in modern Switzerland, homosexuals are being bullied into undergoing conversion therapies to change their sexual compass. Thomas Lauber grew up in ...
Religious Liberty Developments | Gene Veith  PatheosRecent court cases and regulations dealing with religious liberty.
Q & A with Sr. Liliana Franco, leader of women religious in Latin America, the Caribbean  Global Sisters ReportSr. Liliana Franco sees the next three years as an opportunity for transformation for religious life in the Americas. Franco, a sister of the Company of Mary, ...
The Catholic Church's US seminaries need reform  Religion News Service(RNS) — No one has a greater impact on a Catholic parish than its pastor, which is why diocesan seminaries are key to the future of the church in America.
Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions  Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that ...
Take a walk this Saturday in Brickfields and learn about nine religious locations in the area  Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — If you are into getting up early for a walk, try heading to Brickfields this Saturday. Religious leaders from the Brickfield district in ...
2 unvaccinated teens barred from Orchard Park schools, denied religious exemption  Buffalo NewsThe girls, 13 and 15, went to West Seneca schools for 10 years without a problem after filing a request for a religious exemption from getting vaccines, said th…
Where 'Religious Freedom' Means Avoiding a Bloodbath  The American ConservativeChristians in America sometimes speak of being persecuted. They aren't. Their religious freedom is under attack, surprisingly so in a nation that once viewed ...
Indeed, honor Walter Jones and his advocacy for religious liberty  Christian PostSomeone, who was something of an institution in North Carolina, died on Sunday, February 10th. Sunday too is an institution and a sacred one at that. And it ...
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The Purpose of Our Being

Most people think that there is a higher meaning for... Read More

Biblically Speaking of Evil and National Security

We have been learning to think Biblically and speak Scripturally... Read More

Union with Christ Unites Us to One Another

Jesus knew He would be abandonedOn the night He was... Read More

Bishoprics

BISHOP OF CARCASSONNE: - There are so many exemplars of... Read More

Sex, Lies, & Videotape; Part 2

Acts 5:1-5:10 Sex, Lies and Videotape Part 2. Lies. What... Read More

Can Jewish Americans Still Have Devout Catholic Friends?

America is dividing again. Jewish Americans are finding it hard... Read More

No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events... Read More

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

The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes.... Read More

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to... Read More

Priesthood is Not a Profession - Does this Attest for Unprofessionalism?

1 INTRODUCTIONAS IN THE ABSTRACT2 WHY PRIESTHOOD IS NOT A... Read More

The Study of Saints and Why Its Important

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

The Fruit, the Whole Fruit, and Nothing but the Fruit

Once we become a new creature in Christ, we are... Read More

Why Christian and Atheist Libertarians Get Along

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

Smile! God Loves You!

There is a greater sin than not obeying Jesus; it... Read More

We Are From Jesus Christ

Most people wonder at one time or another where do... Read More

Real Nobility And Gods Love

Real nobility feeds on its own intrinsic value, as a... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

(Parental discretion advised)Please forgive me if you find any part... Read More

The Stilling of the Storm

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.General Pericope DistinctionsIn the gospel... Read More

No Word Yet on Pedophiles With New Catholic Pope

The new Pope is not expected to break ranks with... Read More

The Power of Stories and Testimonies

As I am sure you all can tell by now,... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

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

DNA RNA are you ready for what is next?

As the human race maps out the genome and unlocks... Read More

Letters from Christ: the Calligraphy of the Spirit

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

White Sun - Tao of Heaven: The Relationship Between Tao and Mankind

The shapeless and formless Tao brings about various elements and... Read More

Death of an American,The Death of Decency

John 16:2-3:16The Death of an American, The Death of Decency.... Read More