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:

Plan to pass religion bill by year's end  9NewsFederal cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday and is expected to consider draft plans to support religious free...
Tomorrow's Gods: What is the future of religion?  BBC NewsThroughout history, people's faith and their attachments to religious institutions have transformed, argues Sumit Paul-Choudhury. So what's next?
Trump Labor Department rule would let religious employers discriminate  Vox.comThe Trump administration caused an uproar when the US Department of Labor proposed a new rule that would give certain federal contractors the right to ...
Trump's Labor Department tries to privilege religion over LGBTQ rights  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last week, President Trump's Department of Labor put out a proposal to “clarify” existing religious exemptions from a 50-year-old federal mandate that ...
Who Benefits from Conflicts Over Religious Freedom?  Religion & PoliticsIn November of 1993, members of the U.S. Congress did something that today seems almost inconceivable: they reached near-unanimous agreement on a ...
Religion News Service hires a new managing editor, a national reporter and a Vatican reporter  Religion News ServiceCOLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News *Service* (RNS) is pleased to announce that it has hired Roxanne Stone as Managing Editor, Alejandra Molina as a National ...
The Religious Hunger of the Radical Right  The New York TimesDomestic right-wing terrorists, like the man accused of the shooting last weekend in El Paso, are not so different from their radical Islamist counterparts across ...
Religion associated with HPV vaccination rate for college women  Medical XpressIt's been more than a decade since a vaccine was introduced to prevent contraction of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted ...
Ethics and Religion talk - Welcoming LGBTQ I  The RapidianLinda B. asks...What about these churches saying all are welcoming/open and affirming yet preach against LGBTQ? Along the same line, Carol H. asks...I was a ...
Religion and science don’t have to be divorced: Vidya Balan  The HinduI think there is a problem with the way religion is being interpreted today. I know a lot of people who are shying away from calling themselves religious and I am ...
Vidya Balan: Many people shy away from calling themselves religious today. I am one of them  India TodayMission Mangal star Vidya Balan says that there is a problem with the way religion is interpreted today, and that she is among the people who shy away from ...
It's Time to Fight for Global Religious Freedom  The National Interest OnlineReligious freedom is not a privilege to be granted or denied by a State, but a fundamental human right.
6 facts about Americans' religious knowledge  Pew Research CenterMany Americans say that religion is very important in their lives. But how much do people in the U.S. actually know about their faith tradition – or about religions ...
Xi's Crackdown on Religion Is China's Worst in 40 Years  OZYWorried about a growing perceived threat from organized religion, Beijing treats faith as a major enemy.
No religion greater than public service: Yogi Adityanath  India TodayObserving that "no religion is greater than the public *service*", Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday sought to inspire government officials by ...
Education Week: Speaker encourages Latter-day Saints to learn from other religions  Universe.byu.eduEvery religion has worthwhile practices and is worthy of study, said BYU church history and doctrine professor, Alonzo Gaskill. Gaskill spoke on the topic of “holy ...
Church sells properties as Ireland turns away from religion  Financial TimesWhen the Catholic church was in its prime in Ireland thousands of priests trained at Holy Cross college in central Dublin, the city's major seminary for more than ...
Let’s replace religious assembly in schools with a ‘thought for the day’  The GuardianCompulsory Christian worship is divisive and excludes many children. Why not teach them all to think about religions and philosophies instead?
‘I prefer non-religious’: why so few US politicians come out as atheists  The GuardianNon-believers remain few and far between in US politics, with atheism bringing 'the notion of being anti-religion', the California representative Jared Huffman ...
US Religious Knowledge Quiz  Pew Research CenterHow much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the average American? Here's your chance to find out.
Letter: Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith  Religion News Service(RNS) — A letter signed by nearly 30 leading theologians in the liberal Catholic journal Commonweal forcefully rejects any link between nationalism and ...
Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the US  GallupHighly religious Americans are less likely than others to drink alcohol and are more likely to view drinking as morally unacceptable.
Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution  British Politics and Policy at LSEÉlise Rouméas uses a recent court case involving an NHS nurse being dismissed for proselytising religious views to explain why the matter could have been.
Md. case reveals religious discrimination in education  Baltimore SunIf government says that you are free to believe in something, but not to act on it, you are not truly free.
What It's Like To Have Suicidal Thoughts When Your Religion Forbids It  HuffPost UKWhen I was feeling suicidal I had the added torment of believing if I did end it all, relief or peace wouldn't be waiting for me on the other side.
Malaysia to question Islamic preacher Zakir Naik over remarks on religion  India TodayMalaysian authorities will summon Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation ...
How Religious Identity Is Affected By The Trauma Of War : Goats and Soda  NPRThe researchers looked at responses of 1709 people in three countries that have undergone prolonged, brutal conflict. The findings hold encouraging news ...
Religious Exemption for Federal Contractors Proposed  The National Law ReviewOn August 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs OFCCP released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NPRM ...
Marianne Williamson isn't kooky, she's just religious  The OutlineAttempts to parse the presidential candidate's unlikely success will always fail if they don't confront this simple truth.
What makes someone 'generous'?  ABC NewsWhy is it that some virtues have received a great deal of attention from contemporary philosophers, whereas others – like generosity – have been almost ...
Europe experienced a surge in government restrictions on religious activity over the last decade  Pew Research CenterIn addition to government actions, there also was a dramatic increase in Europe in some measures of social hostility to religion.
Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history  The EconomistBRITAIN'S RELIGIOUS leaders, a relatively small and embattled community in an ever more secular land, are wondering what to make of Boris Johnson. As with ...
Warren, Williamson among candidates at historic Native American presidential forum  Religion News Service(RNS) — The largest presidential election forum focused on the concerns of Native Americans drew several leading Democratic presidential candidates in its ...
Religion Versus Science On Mauna Kea  Honolulu Civil BeatFor over a month now, thousands of Native Hawaiians have been protecting the sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, against the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Democratic hopefuls talk prayer and politics at black church forum  Religion News Service(RNS) — Three Democratic presidential hopefuls fielded questions from black church leaders on Friday (Aug. 16), bouncing between politics and prayer as they ...
For some in America, religious freedom has limits  The EconomistA personal and political account of discrimination against Muslims.
Sarnia councillor, MP meet following online interactions over religion  Windsor StarSarnia city councillor Nathan Colquhoun and Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu have been in an online back-and-fourth over the last couple months that ...
What Americans Know About Religion — And What They Don’t  FiveThirtyEightWelcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll of the week The Pew Research Center asked Americans 32 multiple-choice questions about religion ...
No Religion in it, Political Compulsions Stopped Others from Raising Population Control Issue, Says MP  News18In 2018, Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjeev Balyan had moved a Private Member'd Bill to enact a population control law in the Lower House.
New Poll Shows Young Americans Are Not Especially Knowledgeable About Religion  NPRA new survey from the Pew Research Center shows Americans have fairly good knowledge of the Bible and Christianity but limited understanding of Judaism, ...
Have Religion Scholars Been Deceived by Darwin?  Discovery InstituteEditor's note: Dr. Shedinger is a Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the author of a new book critiquing Darwinian triumphalism, The ...
The complex relationship between religion and mental health  The Irish TimesStudy finds those with higher religious attendance had lower depressive symptoms.
No, American Religious Liberty Is Not in Peril  The Wall Street JournalI was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1990 when the Supreme Court decided Employment Division v. Smith—a case that has had an outsize effect ...
The new faces of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies  Arizona State UniversityThe 2019–20 school year is about to begin, and with new beginnings come new faces on the Arizona State University campuses. The School of Historical, ...
LGBT people are 'being made homeless due to religion'  BBC NewsNearly half of young LGBT people who are left homeless after coming out are from religious backgrounds. That's according to research by the Albert Kennedy ...
New Trump admin rule would let religious employers fire LGBT, Jewish employees, critics warn  Haaretz''No Jews, No Gays, need apply' is utterly unacceptable & the proposal must be withdrawn,' the ADL wrote in response to new Labor Department proposal.
Proposal to Clarify Religious Exemption from OFCCP  The National Law Reviewthe Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs OFCCP published proposed a new rule broadening the religious exemption that applies to its equal ...
U.S. Jews know a lot about religion – but other Americans know little about Judaism  Pew Research CenterU.S. Jews have relatively high levels of religious knowledge. But other Americans are unable to answer some basic questions about Jewish practices.
It’s a difficult time for religion. But these two groups restored faith in faith.  The Washington PostIn these mean and ghastly times, we have to seek grace wherever we can find it. I found it last week in two groups, one of nuns and the other of Jewish activists, ...
Survey: Jews and Atheists Have More Religious Knowledge Than Christians  PatheosWhen it comes to basic knowledge about what different religions teach, Jews and atheists know more than every kind of Christian. That's the bottom line in a new ...
Organized Religion Is Having a Bad Few Decades  Mother JonesThe last few decades sure have been bad ones for organized religion. Conservative Christians have decided that the sum total of the Bible is about ...
Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians  Religion News ServiceCOLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before ...
Is Religion Necessarily Irrational? - John Milbank  IAI NewsReligion reasonably puts the relation between the individual and the collective at its core.
Militarization Has Become Our National Religion  The NationAs attitudes toward war grow dangerously worshipful in the US, quitting our endless wars becomes all the more difficult.
Famed Christian Songwriter Renounces Religion: “I'm Genuinely Losing My Faith”  PatheosAnother prominent Christian is now publicly saying he's no longer a believer. (For once, Joshua Harris started a positive trend!) This time, it's Australian ...
'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid  Religion News ServiceGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on ...
The history of sectarianism in the Middle East leaves out periods of coexistence  The IndependentThere are two stories that I and my colleagues have been writing about the Middle East for more than 40 years. Both are wrong. The first is that the next war will ...
Can Religion be Separated from State? Use this Tool to Find Your Way to a 'Secular State'  Economic and Political WeeklyYou have to model a progressive, secular Indian state. From the four options below, which one can effectively keep religion separate from state, and ensure ...
Howrah protest linked to rate card, not religion: Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal  LivemintDeepinder Goyal said that the issue got deliberately framed 'incorrectly' after the Howrah riders approached a local politician.The real issue which triggered the ...
Coalition pressured to include protections for religious institutions in discrimination bill  The GuardianThe Coalition is under pressure from faith groups to include protections for institutions in its proposed religious discrimination bill, which is expected to go to ...
Zomato issue: It’s about rate-cards, not religion  Yahoo India NewsEach time there's talk of religion, social media gets polarized and depending upon whom we follow, our views and responses are skewed. One side of the ...
For religious American Muslims, hostility from the right and disdain from the left  The Washington PostAsma T. Uddin describes Islam's uncomfortable place in the debate over religious liberty.
The maddeningly untraditional and modern faith of Abraham Lincoln  Religion News Service(RNS) — The recent rediscovery of a Bible once owned by Abraham Lincoln has renewed a long-standing debate about Lincoln's faith and what role it played in ...
A Former Muslim Prison Chaplain Says She's a Victim of Religious Discrimination  PatheosIn 2013, a woman was hired to work a part-time job in Albion Correctional Facility, a federal prison, as a Muslim chaplain. But things took a nasty turn from early ...
Christian leaders condemn Christian nationalism in new letter  Religion News Service(RNS) — A group of Christian leaders has condemned Christian nationalism in a new letter, calling it a “persistent threat to both our religious communities and ...
'Christian left' is reviving in America, appalled by treatment of migrants  Religion News Service(The Conversation) — Holding pictures of migrant children who have died in U.S. custody and forming a cross with their bodies on the floor of the Russell Senate ...
DOL to expand religious exemption rule to include contractors with a 'religious purpose'  HR DiveThe U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed an expansion of the religious exemption in ...
Inside the sinister world of ‘far right’ Woden’s Folk cult who hold secret hooded ceremonies by torchlight at  The SunAS hooded men face each other with their lit torches in the dead of night, their leader asks an ancient god for strength in a coming race war. This might sound ...
Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word  Religion News ServiceMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday ...
Religious freedom, compassion found behind bars | News  AberdeenNews.comReligious freedoms can sometimes be supported in surprising locations.
Yogi Adityanath on population control: Rise above religion, sect and think  India TodayStressing on the urgent need for population control, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has asked people to rise above sect, caste and religion and think about ...
Perspective | The self-centered religion shared by Marianne Williamson and President Trump  The Washington PostOn the surface, dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and President Trump could not be more different. The president tweets ...
The Enneagram as a protest against one-size-fits-all religion  Religion News ServiceSeveral years ago, I began learning about the Enneagram, which is—depending on your perspective—either the latest passing fad in personality tests or a vital ...
Fallout after my science and religion column  The Irish TimesWhat I said was inaccurately portrayed and my intentions misinterpreted.
Does Catholic Church have bigger sex abuse problem than other religions?  Buffalo NewsSome attorneys and advocates for sex abuse victims told Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck they think the Catholic Church has a much bigger problem than ...
How the conservative right hijacks religion  SalonDemocrats are beginning to challenge the Republican grip on the language of religion and faith in the United States. Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, a graduate of ...
In Wars and Weapons We Trust: Military Strength Is America's National Religion  Common DreamsWhen I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the ...
Bishop urges state religious freedom laws  The Catholic WeeklySydney's Bishop Richard Umbers has called for vigilance on the part of legislators to ensure that religious organisations' ability to operate according ...
Military Might Is Our National Religion  TruthoutWhen I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the ...
Akali Dal leader says Sacred Games 2 hurts religious sentiments of Sikhs, wants Saif Ali Khan’s scene...  Hindustan TimesSacred Games season 2 has raked up controversy as Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said a scene of Saif Ali Khan throwing away his 'kada' hurts ...
Losing my religion  The Boston GlobeThe first couple years after I left the religion I was born into — the Jehovah's Witnesses — I was still worried I might die at Armageddon. That was the punishment ...
Beto O'Rourke: Trump 'Openly Favors One Race, One Religion, One Kind of People in This Country'  CNSNews.com(CNSNews.com) - Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D.-Texas) delivered an address in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on Thursday in which he said that President ...
Rather Die Than Prove My Religion Before Entering Temple: Mamata Banerjee  NDTV NewsWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said that she would rather die than prove her religion and challenged BJP to compare the religious ...
Religious freedom: can the PM stay true to his word?  The Catholic WeeklyMuch of the debate centred around religious freedom defines the issue in terms of whether or not religious organisations like schools should be exempt from ...
Behemoth singer probed on religion over metal shirt, asked to leave YMCA  Alternative PressBehemoth are facing another bit of controversy after frontman Nergal was kicked out of a YMCA for wearing a Darkthrone shirt and not worshipping Jesus.
My religious knowledge — and yours  Religion News Service(RNS) — I'm mortified. I just took the 15-question multiple-choice quiz of religious knowledge that Pew Research included in its new survey of Americans' ...
Faith groups urge State Department to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission  Religion News Service(RNS) — A coalition of 430 human rights, civil rights, foreign policy and faith organizations, leaders and scholars has submitted a letter to Secretary of State Mike ...
Steve Bannon and the nationalist roots of Trump's 'Judeo-Christian' vision  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last spring, Steve Bannon opined to reporters that the just-completed Mueller investigation had gotten in the way of a national imperative to combat the ...
Are Christians Really the Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World?  PatheosA new survey says they are, but that's not the whole story.
How this Vancouver-born author left a cult-like religion and found herself  Vancouver CourierAmber Scorah chronicles her life growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, and what came after she left the religion.
YOUCAT for Kids — the ideal Catechism for parents and teachers  Religion News ServicePope Francis endorses YOUCAT for Kids to “discover the love of God more and more”. SAN FRANCISCO — Written with a foreword by Pope Francis urging ...
Stay calm, say religious leaders  New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: Religious leaders have reminded people to keep a level head when it comes to religious and cultural sensitivities, especially in a multicultural ...
We Need Christian Nationalism Because Religious Neutrality Has Failed  The FederalistOur religious liberty never proceeded from attempts at neutrality. It came precisely from the privileged position that Christianity has held in the West.
Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more  Religion News Service(RNS) — After 183 years as a Roman Catholic nation, Bolivia officially became a secular country in 2009, when a new constitution, promulgated by the ...
'Sacred Games 2' all episodes review: Heady mix of religion, drugs, sex and sassy women  The News MinuteKarl Marx once wrote, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the ...
Religious leaders react to mass shootings, call for action from Trump, Congress  Religion News Service(RNS) — As the nation reacts to the weekend's mass shootings and President Trump decries hatred that “devours the soul,” religious leaders called for action ...
My religious OCD convinced me God would never love me  The OutlineWhen I was a kid, I read my scriptures every night. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I believed that if I skipped even one night, God would blind me ...
Understanding US Catholics' belief in the Eucharist  Religion News Service(RNS) — A recent opinion piece by Thomas Reese, The Eucharist is about more than Christ becoming present, states that Pew Research Center has “an ...
UN religious freedom monitor working with Israel lobby  The Electronic IntifadaAhmed Shaheed, the UN rapporteur on freedom of religion, is adopting biased definition of anti-Semitism promoted by Israel lobby. (UN Geneva). The United ...
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After years of watching TV shows and movies, I think... Read More

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Today certainly is a present and we are to rejoice... Read More

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Pagan Religions Taught In Public Schools

In classrooms throughout the country, Judeo-Christian beliefs are often cast... Read More

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