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:

US Supreme Court Is Hinting Public School Coaches Won't Have To Leave Religion On The Sidelines  ForbesDespite the Court refusing to take the case of a coach fired for on-field prayers, its most conservative wing is drawing a roadmap to expanding how coaches can ...
Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines  Longview News-JournalWashington Post. Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who ...
Dicey Topics: Emily Browning talks religion, politics and bodies  Brisbane TimesThe Melbourne-born actor discusses the topics we are told to keep quiet.
Keep the faith: Bandung issues first ID cards with native religion column - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta PostThe Bandung City Population and Civil Registry Agency in West Java has for the first time issued identity cards (KTPs) with a column for faith rather than religion.
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 ...
PW Insider 22: The Big Religion Books of Spring  Publishers WeeklyFrom social issues like gun control and racism, to celebrity books, finding peace, and atheism: a look at the big trends and books in religious publishing for the ...
Religion or remembrance? Supreme Court to mull cross-shaped war memorial  Religion News ServiceBLADENSBURG, Md. — To Steven Lowe, who drives past it routinely, the nearly century-old, 40-foot concrete structure in the middle of a traffic circle plainly is a ...
Religion calendar, Feb. 22-March 1, 2019  Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTo submit items, visit news-gazette.com/living and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate ...
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.
“A Kind of Religion”: Jussie Smollett and the Weaponization of Identity Politics  PatheosNo doubt you've heard the news about Jussie Smollett's downfall, an event that was both inescapable and inevitable. But you probably don't know about this:.
The Outlook Podcast: Religion vs Sexuality  NewshubDan Lake, Nick Francis, Matt Fistonich, Michael Kooge.
Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 23-March 2  LA Daily NewsFind a spiritual experience this week at religious centers in the San Fernando Valley area. Here is a sampling of this week's services and special events.
Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy  Brookings InstitutionThe discussion of Islam in world politics recently has tended to focus on how religion is used by a wide range of social movements, political parties, and militant ...
Take the religion out of regulation | TheHill  The HillExactly whose welfare are cost-benefit analysts concerned with?
Party Seeks to Replace Religion with "Happy Sundays"  Bitter WinterChinese authorities offer the banal as an alternative to the sublime, as square dances and trinkets are all the Party can give to satisfy the hunger of citizens.
No religion, faith will be imposed on Nigerians – Buhari  VanguardPresident Muhammadu Buhari has said that no particular religion or faith would be imposed on Nigerians as he swore to defend the constitution of the land.
Governing for Christians  Raleigh News & ObserverLast week the General Assembly rejected a proposal to allow ABC stores to open on Sunday. North Carolina is one of only eight states that bar liquor store sales ...
Religion's role in the climate emergency  Religion News ServiceAs faithful visitors to this space will know, I spent some time last year helping put together a coalition of religious leaders and climate scientists in Massachusetts ...
Leaked Air Force Legal Opinion Approves Religious Expression  Rewire.NewsAccording to a retired attorney for the DOD, "When you proselytize as a commander...you necessarily send doubts to the subordinates that you oversee about ...
Forget egos, look for common threads in religion  Free Malaysia TodayMalaysians are still mired in religious controversies despite knowing that it will not augur well for the continued peace and co-existence in a multi-religious ...
Abortion: religion and logic - Frank Salt  Times of MaltaThe subject of abortion is a very difficult, delicate and a personal matter. I can never know or begin to understand what a woman goes through before making the ...
Seg. 1: Humorists Vs. Religion. Seg. 2: Wrestling In KC  KCURSegment 1: A historic look at the conflict between faith and satire. From court jesters of the medieval era to comedians of the modern day, humor and religion ...
The Thoughtful Pastor: In too many churches, hypocrisy surrounds sexuality  Denton Record ChronicleIt has been a tough couple of weeks for religiously faithful people. Let's start here: On the front page of the Feb. 15 Wall Street Journal, we read about Pope ...
We are Indians, caste and religion does not exist for us: CRPF officer  The Tribune IndiaTheTribune: NEW DELHI: “We in CRPF identify ourselves as Indians... caste and religion does not exist,” the world's largest paramilitary force said through its ...
Guns, religion and climate change intensify Nigeria’s deadly farmer-herder clashes  Los Angeles TimesIn Kaduna state, farmers and cattle herders have long clashed over land, but new factors mean more bloodshed. It's a central theme in the presidential race.
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 ...
Though religion and food are at loggerheads in India, a cookbook brings them together with humour  Scroll.inWith its light-hearted focus on culture, history and cuisine, 'Bhagwaan ke Pakwaan' is an ideal read for today's divisive times.
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 ...
Why the retreat from religion runs through the market square in Helmsley  Yorkshire PostThe retreat from religion appeared last night to run through the market square of a picturesque town on the edge of the North York Moors. In a debate for our ...
Efforts on to introduce 'inhuman' religion in India: Mamata Banerjee  Moneycontrol.comMamata Banerjee urged people not to pay heed to provocations meant to create differences among them and stay united.
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.
Ofsted says schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples  BBC NewsAll children must learn about same sex couples regardless of their religious background, the head of Ofsted says. Hundreds of parents protested outside a ...
Columns Should the state leave religion alone?  The HinduThere is no simple yes or no answer to this question. Much depends on what we mean by the term 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.
Analysis | How offensive have Trump's past comments on race and religion been? You tell us.  The Washington PostPresident Trump raised a few eyebrows earlier this week when he criticized tweets by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) suggesting that American politicians ...
Fat and happy: the comforts of practicing a religion  Religion News Service(RNS) — People who are active in their religious congregations tend to be happier, a new Pew survey finds. But that advantage doesn't extend to their waistlines ...
As Americans disengage from religion, a California institution encourages questioning  Religion News ServiceOJAI, Calif. (RNS) — They come by the dozens, making their way past groves of orange trees and converging on a low-slung white house with a gnarled pepper ...
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 ...
Respecting An Establishment Of Religion  Above the LawForcing free and independent individuals to pay for religious displays violates the First Amendment.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Finding the balance between religious and LGBT rights  Post RegisterFearing discrimination for their sexual orientation, some in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community have sought protection under Idaho's ...
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 leaders seek solutions to rights issues  Khmer TimesReligious leaders have called for inter faith communications to enable the achievement of religious harmony and that comparative study on scriptures and ...
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”.
Around the churches  Royal GazetteTODAY• Holy Trinity Church: Join us from 10am to 3pm at our annual "Super Fair". A raffle, hot lunch (including burgers and fish chowder), jams and preserves, ...
Friday Five: Centers of the religion news universe, plus Alexa orders toilet paper during sermon  GetReligionRome. Nashville. St. Louis. These are the centers of the religion news universe this week, involving America's three largest Christian groups. At Vatican City ...
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, ...
UP budget 2019: Religion, cows among Yogi Adityanath’s 4 point development formula  The Financial ExpressThe budget aims to create a generous fusion between rural livelihood and cattle economy, women welfare, development of tourist destinations, modernization ...
15 times people have seen religious figures in everyday items  KTRK-TVDo you see the religious figures in these random objects?
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.
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.
Indepth promo: Gay issues, conversion therapy, religion in heated debate  Malta Independent OnlineGay issues, including the controversial conversion therapy, were the main topic of this week's edition of Indepth, presented by The Malta Independent ...
Administration seeks to fund religious foster-care groups that reject LGBTQ parents  Washington PostPresident Trump made religious leaders a contentious promise at this week's National Prayer Breakfast: Faith-based adoption agencies that won't work with ...
Iran should return to ancient teachings of Islam, a religion hijacked in 1979 by a dictatorial regime  Fox NewsMany experts on the Middle East never thought they'd see the day the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates would be ...
Why a centuries-old religious dispute over Ukraine's Orthodox Church matters today  The Conversation - USA new Orthodox Church was recently established in Ukraine. Shortly after, Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople and the spiritual head of global ...
UTSA sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  UTSA Today(Feb. 6, 2019) -- Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new ...
Abortion, death penalty, religion: Late-night rulings show new alliances at Supreme Court  The Washington PostLate-night rulings that touched on abortion, the death penalty and religious rights provided new insight into the alliances on the reconstituted Supreme Court and ...
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 ...
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 ...
'No magic formula' for approving religious diets in Pennington County Jail  Rapid City JournalAn inmate and former inmate are seeking $2 million in combined damages while arguing that their right to religious freedom was violated after they were denied ...
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 ...
Freedom Of Expression Always Gets Challenged When It Touches Upon Religious Beliefs: Madras HC [Read Order]  Live LawIt is one thing to make reckless and derogatory remarks against religious beliefs and it is entirely another thing to express the opinion after reading the entire ...
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 ...
Tax business denies service to local gay couple, citing religion  Washington Times HeraldRUSSIAVILLE — For the last four years, Bailey Brazzel has gone to Carver Tax *Service* in Russiaville to have her taxes done by Nancy Fivecoate, who runs the ...
Indiana 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 ...
Otzma Yehudit is an anathema to the normally religious  YnetnewsIsraelis for whom observance is a natural part of life cannot stomach the union between their former ideological home and the racist, hateful Kahanists; and ...
The Anti-Israel Religion  besacenter.orgAnti-Israelism is the modern face of anti-Semitism and just as toxic. Anti-Israelism is a modern-day religion in that it demands unquestioning adherence to a ...
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 ...
China’s War on Religion  The Epoch TimesFor religious believers in China, things are rapidly going from bad to worse. And the Chinese Communist Party ...
Bibi just made life much harder for Diaspora Jews  Religion News ServiceNow you've really gone and done it, Prime Minister Netanyahu. You've gone and totally jumped the shark. I am referring to his decision to merge the ...
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.
Bible's Jesus drawn as anime cartoon sparks fury with religious groups | Daily Star  Daily StarCARTOON depictions of religious figures including the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus being shared on social media have sparked outrage.
Eurovision contender showed how Israel has failed its religious Jews  Jewish PostA beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, recently made the tough decision to give up a musical chance of a lifetime rather than risk being asked to ...
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 ...
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?
Steph Curry's first film project is a powerful look at race and religion after the Charleston shooting  For The WinWASHINGTON — In one of the most powerful scenes of the new documentary Emanuel, Felicia Sanders described watching her son Tywanza, one of nine ...
Alexa responds to minister's sermon, orders toilet paper  Religion News ServiceOKLAHOMA CITY (The Christian Chronicle) — When Phil Brookman preaches, even Alexa listens — and dutifully obeys. Brookman, a minister for Memorial ...
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, ...
Rep. Renee Erickson seeks protections for prayer, religious speech in public schools  Salina JournalRep. Renee Erickson says she knows from personal experience that protections are necessary for students and faculty members who want to pray in public ...
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.
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 ...
Efforts Being Made To Create "Inhuman Religion" In India: Mamata Banerjee  NDTV NewsIn an apparent attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday alleged that efforts were on to introduce an "inhuman" religion in the ...
In polarized Washington, a Democrat anchors bipartisan friendships in faith  Religion News ServiceSen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks to reporters after a briefing of the full Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at the Capitol, on May 18, 2017, ...
Trump Administration Puts Religious Beliefs Over the Best Interests of Children  ACLUAcross the United States, there are over 440000 children in the public child welfare system. Nearly a quarter of these children are awaiting adoption with many ...
In revering Trump, the religious right has laid bare its hypocrisy  The GuardianThe evangelical fortress around the president can look like a problem, but progressives can use that heresy to fight opponents.
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 ...
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 ...
Once a majority, Protestants now account for fewer than a third of Germans  Pew Research CenterGermany has seen a dramatic shift away from Protestantism – one that has greatly outpaced a decline in the share of Germans who are Catholic.
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.
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.
African religion comprises of witches, satanists, spiritualists, spirit mediums  Bulawayo24 NewsAfrican religion comprises of witches, satanists, spiritualists, spirit mediums, healers, kings and queens. While Christianity remains as that or those institut...
Majority-Muslim Turkey Becomes Less Religious, Poll Says  NPRDespite a rise in religious doctrine from the government, a recent survey shows a dip in the portion of people identifying as religious, compared with a poll in ...
'Ministry has prepared me': Baltimore's new police commissioner describes religious 'calling' to take job, asks for clergy's help  Baltimore SunStanding before a crowd of more than 75 religious leaders at a meet-and-greet for clergy on Thursday, acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison ...
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 ...
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God Uses Internet People

So often I am asked, "How do you know that... Read More

Treachery in the Midst of the Land

The term Scripture uses to describe the activities of those... Read More

Thoughts on the Road to Emmaus

". . . their eyes were opened, and they recognized... Read More

The Stilling Of the Storm: In My View

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.In my view, the significance... Read More

Public Spectacle

Do you sometimes wonder how did Jesus make a Public... Read More

Recognizing Apostasy and Deception

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The Athiests Enigma

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In The Beginning Christ!

As I was doing my studies, the Lord put something... Read More

Heaven and Hell

Heaven is a bribe and hell is a punishment. Be... Read More

Dante and Hell

DANTE: - Dante Alighieri is the tour guide of Hell.... Read More

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me... Read More

The Exodus

And the matter of who is doing the abusing is... Read More

7 Bowl Judgements

There is now one more set of 7 judgments God... Read More

Universal Salvation: Gods Love and Grace Will Overwhelm All Men!

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me,... 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

How Should We Pray?

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

Why Doesnt God Answer My Prayers?

I heard a story about a girl who wrote to... 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

The Armorbearer Coach & The Character of Christ In You

And even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to... Read More

Crazy in Love

Several years ago my cousin was pleased to find out... Read More

Spiritual Healing or Spiritual Malpractice?

Christians with chronic illness need to know there is a... Read More

Restoration of the Jewish People and The Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple

This is the event that has already occurred. In 70... Read More

The Rapture

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Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three

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

A Partnership With God

Hey, God is trying to partner with you! He wants... Read More