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:

Ethics and Religion Talk: What Does it Mean to be a Part of a Religious Community?, Part 2  The RapidianPart two of last week's question (for Christian responses, see last week's column), What does it mean to be part of a religious community? The Reverend Colleen ...
Are young people finding religion, and where? | Greater LA  kcrw.comIdeological schisms favoring conservative views and controversies within religious institutions are turning many young people off religion. Now, some places of ...
'Sin City South' offers a lesson in religion as kudzu of the cosmos  Crux: Covering all things CatholicEven in Key West, known as "Sin City South" for its hedonistic atmosphere, organized religion appears to be alive and well.
What Religion Is Rihanna?  Showbiz Cheat SheetThe music industry is not known for encouraging spiritual belief, but that doesn't mean some of its biggest stars don't hold religion close to their heart. Rihanna is ...
The Supreme Court runs scared from a case asking if religion is a right to discriminate  ThinkProgressOne year ago, the Supreme Court was supposed to resolve an epic showdown between LGBTQ victims of discrimination and business owners who ground their ...
When the right turns to religion  The GuardianLetters: Rightwing populists have always formed alliances with hierarchical religions, says Nick Moss, and liberal Christians sometimes struggle to get their ...
Q&A: Perry Farrell On Sports, Wrestling, Religion And The Music Business  ForbesJane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is a man of many interests and talents. A true alternative music icon for his work with Jane's as well as founding ...
From the editor: Friday Religion page undergoing changes  Denton Record ChronicleSome exciting changes are coming to the Denton Record-Chronicle's Friday Religion page, ushered in over the past month as we seek to expand and improve ...
Future - Do humans have a 'religion instinct'?  BBC NewsWhen I was in grade school, there was an anti-drug commercial that regularly came on television. There were a few different versions of it but the gist was, an ...
Heading forth to conquer: the 2019 graduates of School of Religion and School of Behavioral Health  Loma Linda University HealthIn a tradition stretching several years, the schools of Behavioral Health and Religion at Loma Linda University celebrated a joint commencement ceremony, ...
Are Beyoncé and Jay-Z Religious?  Showbiz Cheat SheetBeyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are two of the most influential people in the world. Wealthy, powerful, and blessed with a beautiful family that includes ...
Skyrim's best religion mod receives overhaul, adding new gods and divine visions  PC GamerYou might've heard of an ambitious Skyrim mod called Religion that completely changes the way you interact with the gods of Tamriel—it's one of the best mods ...
The populist right is forging an unholy alliance with religion  The GuardianFrom Salvini to Orbán, ethno-nationalists are hijacking religious themes to fuel their agenda, say Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins and Anton Jäger.
Religion | Bark Mitzvah event brings together Jewish petlovers  The Columbus DispatchA special blessing for animals was recited at the Whetstone Park event sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.
Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies  USA TODAYReligious interest groups have developed a playbook, called Project Blitz, to help push hundreds of copycat bills through statehouses nationwide.
New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandate for schoolchildren  The GuardianNew York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the country's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts ...
Notre Dame is more than a tourist attraction, says Paris archbishop  Religion News ServicePARIS (RNS) — Everyone, it seems, has an idea for how to rebuild Notre Dame. Proposals for its reconstruction include topping it with a modern glass cover, ...
Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston  The New YorkerPersonal History by Jia Tolentino: Christianity formed my deepest instincts, and I have been walking away from it for half my life.
Don’t talk (too much) about religion at work  The EconomistA British judgment on preaching to colleagues and clients.
China’s Orwellian War on Religion  The New York TimesConcentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution are used to repress millions of people of faith.
Letters: Of freedom of religion, and individual human rights  Chico Enterprise-RecordFreedom means “free of restraints” — and “establishment” is a noun, not a verb. It doesn't get any simpler. Because laws restrain — the First Amendment ...
Cartoons underline a history of religious intolerance in NZ  Stuff.co.nzOPINION: Since March 15 this year there has been a heightened awareness of religion – and religious differences – in New Zealand. On that day in ...
Abortion debate: Religious groups' views are more diverse than you might think  CNNIt's easy to imagine America's intense abortion debate dividing the country into two camps: conservative Christians who want to curtail abortion rights and ...
As organised religion declines, this is why these women keep the faith  Sydney Morning HeraldMore Australians might be ticking the “no religion” box than ever, but, as Sarah Ayoub finds, it takes a lot to shake the foundations of belief.
Onward Christian soldiers  The EconomistFundamentalist faith is proclaimed, and contested, in America's forces.
Coalition to rule out conservative demands for 'religious freedom' law  The GuardianChristian Porter confirms a 'basic' bill to prevent discrimination rather than a broader bill to allow religious opinions that breach codes of conduct to be ...
New statistical summary of studies on illegal drugs show shocking results  Religion News ServiceDUBLIN — Releasing data that he recently shared speaking at an academic conference in Dublin. William Jeynes, a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in ...
'It's kind of a religion': Calgary cricket fans gather for world's biggest sports event  CBC.caIt's one of the biggest events in sports, period. But most of Calgary had no idea it was taking place Sunday morning.
The new American religion of UFOs  Vox.comBelief in aliens is like faith in religion — and may come to replace it.
Keeping faith in religious harmony - Nation  The Star OnlineWHEN Pope John Paul II visited Kazakhstan just days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, his message to the central Asian nation was clear.
How The Bachelorette Is About to Explore Sex and Religion  E! NEWSChris Harrison previews the religious debate to come between Hannah Brown and Luke Parker.
“Spiritual But Not Religious” is a Prideful Thing to Say  National Catholic RegisterI get the sense that it is fashionable to say, “I am spiritual but not religious.” People nod their heads in agreement and think how open-minded spirituality without ...
How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars  NPRThe promotion of religious freedom in America, a cause that not long ago had near unanimous support on Capitol Hill, has fallen victim to the culture wars.
What religion is David Brooks, anyway?  Religion News ServiceI like David Brooks, as my review of his most recent book will confirm. Except, like many people, I find him to be confusing. When it comes to religion, I would ...
Briones: State and religion  SunStar PhilippinesAPPARENTLY, it's a big deal, although even that is an understatement. But two years from now, the province and the whole country will celebrate 500 years of ...
Why Democrats Struggle To Mobilize A ‘Religious Left’  FiveThirtyEightFor the past four decades, the notion that religious beliefs should guide voters' decision-making has been largely monopolized by the Republican Party. But the ...
Photos of the Week  Religion News ServiceClarence Dalcour releases a dove with family members of Leah Chase in front of her restaurant "Dooky Chase's," after a funeral procession from the church to ...
Locals Insist Aligarh Girl's Brutal Murder Had Nothing to Do With Religion  The WirePeople want the culprits to be punished immediately, but also say that no innocent people should be harassed.
Ethics, abortion and religion  The Washington PostIn his June 11 op-ed, “Abortion advocates just helped Trump,” Michael Gerson reviewed the ethically complex political culture war over abortion. No mention ...
Kolkata's Bethune College lets you choose humanity as a religion. Twitter lauds the decision  India TodayKolkata's Bethune college allows students to chose humanity as a religion in their online admissions form. Twitter is touched by the step and wants more ...
How Iceland recreated a Viking-age religion  BBC NewsThe Ásatrú faith, one of Iceland's fastest growing religions, combines Norse mythology with ecological awareness – and it's open to all.
Dems make a play for faith voters turned off by Trump  POLITICODemocratic presidential candidates have made faith more central to their campaigns than in past years, seeing an opening in the Trump era.
Can Religion be Separated from Politics?  Economic and Political WeeklyIn India, secularism is used as a tool to gain political mileage.
Pete Buttigieg shouldn’t lead the religious left. There shouldn’t even be a religious left.  Washington PostThe last thing Christians on the left should want is for their faith to be identified with any particular candidate or political movement.
Challenging religious liberty in the public square could open the door to Satan. Good.  USA TODAYThe public square is dominated by Christianity. We should welcome efforts from the Satanic Temple to have religious minorities be part of public life.
French Imam to Rivlin: Religion is not the problem  The Jerusalem Post“The problem is not religion. The problem is political Islam which incites hatred between Muslims and Jews,” French Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, who is ...
Home Economics and Religion papers challenge Junior Cert students  Irish ExaminerThe higher-level home economics paper included a very challenging question on diabetes that was more suitable for Leaving Cert level, teachers have said.
Religion as a counterbalance in India  Times of IndiaIn the Punjab, in the eighties, there was widespread violence against Hindus by Bhindranwale, which led to the attack on the Golden Temple, which led to the ...
Fact Check: No, Jagan Mohan Reddy has not changed his religion  India TodayA few Facebook users posted a video of Jagan Mohan Reddy observing some Hindu rituals, claiming that he has converted to Hinduism. The YSRCP chief is a ...
Religion in the classroom: Where the faithful and the ACLU can agree  Religion News Service(RNS) — The United States has a religion problem, but it is not what most Americans might think. It is not a problem of too many religions, or religion influencing ...
Trump Is Not a Defender of Religious Liberty but a Threat to It  New York MagazineAs Steven Waldman explains in “Sacred Liberty,” a history of religious freedom in the U.S., Trump's attacks on Islam and demands for conservative Christian ...
YSR Congress Party leader Y.V. Subba Reddy’s Wiki page turns into ‘religious battlefield’  The HinduThe Wikipedia page of YSR Congress Party leader and former MP Y.V. Subba Reddy was defaced multiple times on Thursday over 'declaration' of his religion ...
Being religious is no longer a trend for teens, research shows  Los Angeles TimesAccording to Barna.com, Generation Z (people born between 1999 and 2015) are the “first truly 'post-Christian' generation.” In fact, the number of teens who ...
Gay Wedding Religious Opt-Out Issue Ducked Again  gaycitynews.nycThe US Supreme Court has, for the third time, essentially kicked the can down the road on the question of businesses claiming religious exemptions from ...
Why the nation's two largest religious groups are talking about sex abuse this week  CNNWhen leaders of the country's two largest religious groups -- the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention -- hold their meetings this week, the separate ...
US wants India to swiftly condemn acts of religious violence: Official  Economic TimesWASHINGTON: The Trump administration wants the Indian government to swiftly condemn the acts of violence based on religion and hold the perpetrators ...
Is it Christian or illegal to aid migrants? A hung Tucson jury, a fork in the road of faith  USA TODAYWhat does religious liberty mean? Prison for being a Good Samaritan to refugees? The hung jury in the Scott Warren trial leaves the question to us.
Religion and romance - Family & Society  WORLD News GroupVery religious couples enjoy higher-quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction than less religious or secular couples, according to a new study by the ...
Ukraine's Crisis of Religion  The National Interest OnlineVolodymyr Zelensky is Ukraine's best chance for reducing church tension, promoting inter-confessional dialogue.
The Religious Left Has a Numbers Problem  GallupPete Buttigieg raised the possibility of a "religious left" in the coming presidential election, but relatively few liberals or Democrats are highly religious.
Why God Liked Ike: Religion Belongs in American Foreign Policy  The National Interest OnlineIke didn't think he could govern without faith. The challenges facing the nation were too great, he felt, to be overcome using his judgment alone.
A Changing World: Global Views on Diversity, Gender Equality, Family Life and the Importance of Religion  Pew Research CenterPeople see diversity and gender equality increasing in their countries but say family ties have weakened. Views on the importance of religion vary widely.
Why has environmental ethics failed to achieve a moral reorientation of the West?  ABC NewsDespite the ever-deepening climate catastrophe and the ever-more-visible extinction crisis, anthropocentrism persists as the moral axis of the West. Why has the ...
Religion Calendar  Newnan Times-HeraldSpeakers. •Chris McCambry, 138th Church Anniversary/Father's Day Celebration, Greater Jehovah Baptist Church, Grantville, Sunday, 11 a.m. ...
Religious parties hurt their religion  Israel HayomOn the surface, the fact that Israel is headed back to an election only weeks after the last one looks like a system failure. It's never happened before in Israel.
Amber Scorah On Losing Her Faith, And Her Son, In 'Leaving The Witness'  NPRAmber Scorah was a Jehovah's Witness and a missionary in China when she began to harbor doubts about the apocalypse. Disavowed by nearly everyone she ...
Occultism Is the Religion of Millennial Progressives  NewsBustersProgressives “f*cking love science!” Really, they never tire of telling us that. Except when unborn babies are involved. Or dopey spiritualism. From silly daily ...
Atheist Group Will End Legal Fight Over Tax-Free Housing for Religious Leaders  PatheosThe Freedom From Religion Foundation has decided, wisely, to end its battle over a huge unconstitutional tax break for religious leaders.
Kirsten Gillibrand On 'The NPR Politics Podcast': GOP Is Not 'Faith-Driven'  NPRIn an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and ...
Shura Announces New Album 'Forevher,' Drops Cinematic 'Religion' Video: Watch  BillboardShura announced her sophomore album, Forevher, and debuted second single "Religion (U Can Lay Your Hands On Me)" on Wednesday (June 12).
What Religion Is Meghan Markle and Is She Religious?  Showbiz Cheat SheetMeghan Markle is the newest member of the royal family and the first American to marry into the family since 1937. Is she religious?
In new book, Muslim doctor encourages Christians to 'love thy neighbor'  Religion News Service(RNS) — Ayaz Virji had a well-paying position at a Pennsylvania hospital when he decided to uproot his family in 2013 and move to Dawson, Minn., a town with ...
The Left Loves Religion – As Long As It’s Not In Their Way  TownhallChris Stigall: Remember this one?“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania .06/17/2019 3:52:22AM EST.
How work became the millennial religion of choice  Fast CompanyMore young people are defining themselves by what they do–and who they work for.
How to teach all religions - Letters  The Star OnlineTHE recent announcement by the Education Ministry about teaching all religions to primary school students naturally captured much public interest. I applaud ...
No, Conspiracism Has More In Common With Atheism Than Religion  PatheosConspiracism is a phenomenon that we like to blame on religious thinking, but the mindset has a lot more in common with that of the online atheist. It's not about ...
Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court  Religion News ServiceCAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former president, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's first free elections in 2012 and was ...
Who Do Non-Religious Democrats Prefer?  FiveThirtyEightThe Democratic Party has a broad and diverse religious coalition — which, as Laura Bronner and I wrote last week, can be challenging for any candidate hoping ...
What's so funny about religion, anyways? 'Prophet Sharing' with Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf  Religion News Service“Considering how conflicted the world appears, also pay attention to people like myself and Ashley who want to build bridges… go out and engage with ...
Did Meghan Markle Have to Convert Religions to Marry Prince Harry?  Showbiz Cheat SheetOne of the biggest changes that Meghan Markle made in her life when marrying Prince Harry was converting to the Church of England.
Downing Street denies Sajid Javid's religion was reason for Trump state banquet snub  PoliticsHome.comDowning Street has denied that Sajid Javid was not invited to a state banquet for Donald Trump because he is a Muslim.
Two small victories for religious liberty that you didn't hear about  Washington ExaminerDespite the news earlier in the week that Jack Phillips is facing yet another silly discrimination lawsuit, in the ongoing fight for religious freedom, advocates are ...
Air Force Approves Historic Religious Accommodation for Active Sikh Airman  ACLUAs we mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day this week, we honor the ultimate sacrifice that so many have made for this great country. The men and women who ...
Archbishop Elpidophoros to be Enthroned June 22 in New York  Religion News ServiceNEW YORK — His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ...
Academic Minute | How Children and Adults Think About Religion  Inside Higher EdDo children and adults think of religion in the same way? In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Larisa Heiphetz looks into this question. Heiphetz is ...
There's more to wellness than looking pretty  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last week, novelist Jessica Knoll wrote a scorching op-ed in the New York Times devoted to taking down the wellness industry. Reflecting on a lifetime ...
FBI stats: LDS less frequently victims of hate crimes than other religions, but on rise  KUTV 2News(KUTV) With FBI statistics that track crimes hate crimes by religion, it is far statistically safer to be LDS than Jewish, Muslim, or in other Christian churches. Jewish ...
California Veterans Home in Legal Case Over Free Speech and Religion Rights  The Epoch TimesSACRAMENTO—California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is in a legal battle over free speech and religion and attempting to evict an elder resident of ...
How Religion Can Affect Health  MarketWatchAdhering to a well-balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your routine are two well-known ways to improve health. What about religious involvement?
Trump is a religious poser. That gives Biden an opportunity.  The Washington PostJoe Biden has run for president twice before, but this time around, he may have God on his side. That's not a Pat Robertson-like prediction about a God who is ...
Coalition delayed religious freedom reform and 'exploited' fear, Labor senator says  The GuardianDeborah O'Neill points to 'mischievous' misinformation about Labor's position on religious issues.
An Important Step To Combat Acts Of Violence Based On Religion Or Belief  ForbesOn May 28, 2019, Poland, supported by several other states including a core group consisting of Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan and the ...
Ethiopia religious anger over US gay tour plan  BBC NewsEthiopian church groups have called on the government to block a planned visit to the country by a US-based company that organises tours for gay people.
New York bans religious exemptions for vaccines amid measles outbreak  BBC NewsThe state will no longer allow parents to claim religious exemption from vaccines for school children.
Why the Israel Folau case could set an important precedent for employment law and religious freedom  The Conversation AUWhat makes Folau's case unique is that it sets up a clash between employment contract law and legal protections against discrimination on the basis of religion.
Op-Ed: Sometimes Religion Gets it Right  St, Thomas SourceA class of four from the St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School received their entrance tickets to the world of higher education on Sunday with about $242640.
Cyberpunk 2077: Tackling religion 'is a risk we're willing to take' says CD Projekt Red  The TelegraphCD Projekt Red have lifted the curtain a little further on their hotly anticipated open world RPG Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019 - and hinted at possible controversies ...
New York Eliminates Religious Exemption from Vaccination Requirement  Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty BlogJun 17, 2019 | Blog. Written by Don Byrd. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill repealing the state's religious exemption from ...
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How Should We Pray?

Many Christians often wonder, "How should we pray?"I'm going to... Read More

Gods Providence in a Jericho Journal

What if excavators uncovering ancient Jericho found the following journal?Monday:... Read More

How to Solve a Wonderful Mystery

The first issue we must recognize is the way God... Read More

Being In-Between Religions

Who said religion has to last a lifetime?When I was... Read More

Bishoprics

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Jesus Our King: Priest Forever After The Order Of Melchizedek

Much confusion surrounds the person of one "Melchizedek" found in... Read More

Whats A Single Christian To Do?

It's Saturday night. You're sitting at home. Your phone has... Read More

A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams

Matthew 19:17-19:23A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams Have you... Read More

Gays and Lesbians Attempt to Distance Themselves From Catholic Priests

There is a new term being thrown around "phenophilia", no... Read More

The Warped Psychology of Islam

The London Bombings are just the beginning. Londoners are probably... Read More

Peaceful Religions?

If you say that Christianity is a peaceful religion according... Read More

Biblically Speaking of Evil and National Security

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

Human Evolution Timeline: Bible Quote and Science

The human evolution timeline is found recorded in Bible quotes... Read More

Why Go To Church - Want To Know 13 Reasons?

It's not necessary to go to church in order to... Read More

A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom

Down through the centuries and all over the world, the... Read More

The Goodness of His Strength

The dictionary explains strength as being endurance, force, bravery, spirit... Read More

The Study of Saints and Why Its Important

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

The Story of Adam and Eve

To really understand how we all got here, what it... Read More

Has God Ever Disappointed You in Prayer?

Of a truth, the physical manifestations of God's answers to... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

What They Mean By Child-Like Faith

Prv:18:2 A Fool Receiveth Not The Words Of Prudence: Unless... Read More

Why Christian and Atheist Libertarians Get Along

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

Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

The Use and Abuse of Mysticism in The Song of Songs

The incorporation of Aristotelian thought into the dogma of Catholicism... Read More

The Spreading of the Not-So-Good News

PART 1: Another Gospel?The influence of the occult upon our... Read More