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:

Religion, God and me  Royal Gazette
Religion briefs  Hot Springs Sentinel
Religion Calendar  NWAOnline
Religion News in Brief  Bennington Banner
Americans' Views on Religion in Society, Politics | Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Religion Listings: Dec. 7, 2019 | Religion  The Daily News of Newburyport
Religious beliefs see flexibility in Japan  Waterbury Republican American
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The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there... Read More

God is not a Homicidal Maniac

One day on the listserve for my support group it... Read More

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and... Read More

3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 2

Clue Number 2: You Have Spiritual GiftsIn part 1 you... Read More

Great Seats

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit... Read More

Why Cardinal Ratzinger Chose the Name Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papal throne on... Read More

The Afterlife and Scientology

AFTERLIFE: The 'Bardol Thodol' and 'Sidpa Thodol' of the Tibetan... Read More

Unholy Shadows: Gnosticism

One cannot begin to appreciate the early struggles of Christianity... Read More

What Does The Religious Right Really Want?

What does the Religious Right really want? Well, besides power,... Read More

Finding Christian Love Online

Finding Christian singles online.One of the many types of singles... Read More

Helping Others - What Did Jesus Say?

Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis.... Read More

Reading the Bible

A friend of mine had asked my thoughts on how... Read More

Amos And Social Justice Part 2

Amos was summoned by God to warn the Northern Kingdom... Read More

The Oldest Concept in History

I find it funny that one of the oldest concepts... Read More

Jesus as a Philosopher

Why does every one believe that Jesus is the son... Read More

An Encouraging Moment / Pomes for the Heart

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

The Need for Biblically Minded Engineers

There is a great need in the world today for... Read More

Living Without Blueprints

Some people look at the biblical book of Revelation as... Read More

Union with Christ Unites Us to One Another

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

Spring Into Gods Love

Spring is springing here in the Pacific Northwest the plants... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

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

Recognizing Apostasy and Deception

PREFACE TO UNDERSTANDING APOSTASY AND DECEPTIONIn the "last days" the... Read More

The Lost and Found

When we think in terms of what it means for... Read More

Where is God?

Where is God? This is the question most often heard... Read More

Is Buddhism A Religion?

Buddhism is a teaching which has spread worldwide absorbing the... Read More