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:

Is the Religious Right Privileged?  The New York TimesThe history of race and religion under liberalism is a tangle, not just a morality play.
'Development is Linked to Culture and Religion': Book Excerpt from 'The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare'  News18The discourse of 'good governance'—like the slogan of the LG Company, 'Life is Good'—makes us believe that what exists is already good and, therefore, ...
Quebec Bill 21: Is it OK for public servants to wear religious symbols?  BBC NewsQuebecers weigh-in on the province's new secularism law that sets a dress code for federal employees.
Quebec Bans Religious Symbols in Some Public Sector Jobs  The New York TimesA bill banning some public employees in Quebec from wearing religious symbols like head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crosses has passed despite ...
Communism v Catholicism: Religion is a big factor on Hong Kong's streets  Sydney Morning HeraldAs Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam faces pressure to stand down, the role of the church she was raised in has been underestimated.
Moot stresses women’s role in freedom of religion  Pakistan TodayLAHORE: Speakers at a roundtable discussion emphasised the importance of a continued dialogue among and within religions at all levels and with a broader ...
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.
Opinion: We must not forget value of religious people in society  The Mercury NewsThis month my son Ismael turned one. For his birthday, I wrote him a letter in which I tell him we named him after Prophet Ishmael in the Qur'an and Bible.
Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Now Leads U.S. Religious Freedom Group  PatheosTony Perkins, the leader of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, is now the head of a legitimate government organization dedicated to religious ...
How Hannah Brown's Season Is Changing Sex and Religion on 'The Bachelorette' (Exclusive)  Entertainment Tonight"I think the teaser, 'I have had sex and Jesus still loves me,' is probably one of the most dramatic [moments of the season]," Hannah Brown told ET last month.
'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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Survey shows continued decline in giving to religious groups  OneNewsNowNEW YORK (June 18, 2019) — Charitable giving by individual Americans fell just over 1 percent in 2018 with donations to religious groups continuing a trend of ...
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, ...
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 ...
Linking civilisation, culture and religion  The HinduWe need to make sense of these terms in less exclusive ways.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
China’s Orwellian War on Religion  The New York TimesConcentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution are used to repress millions of people of faith.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Onward Christian soldiers  The EconomistFundamentalist faith is proclaimed, and contested, in America's forces.
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 ...
The new American religion of UFOs  Vox.comBelief in aliens is like faith in religion — and may come to replace it.
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.
Donnie Johnston: We're living in curious religious times  Fredericksburg.comAlthough many compare the United States to the sinful biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, there seems to be a church on every corner and a house of ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Can Religion be Separated from Politics?  Economic and Political WeeklyIn India, secularism is used as a tool to gain political mileage.
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.
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.
“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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ukraine's Crisis of Religion  The National Interest OnlineVolodymyr Zelensky is Ukraine's best chance for reducing church tension, promoting inter-confessional dialogue.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
How work became the millennial religion of choice  Fast CompanyMore young people are defining themselves by what they do–and who they work for.
'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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Terror has no religion but slow economic growth is ‘Hindu’?  Observer Research FoundationThe idea of equating a slow GDP growth with Hinduism, and further attributing Hinduism to economic somnolence is being brandished as virtue-signalling.
Vaccine exemptions are a necessary part of religious toleration  The Week MagazineLikely to be lost amid all the liberal preening about the mandatory vaccination bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week is the fact that, during the ...
Tony Perkins Elected Chair of Bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom  United States Commission on International Religious FreedomFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2019. Tony Perkins Elected Chair of Bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Gayle Manchin and ...
Morgan Freeman Talks Religious Journeys for 'The Story of God'  Hollywood ReporterIt may take playing God to know one. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman is taking his experience portraying the deity to explore various religions in ...
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.
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 ...
Army denies soldier's request to grow beard in observance of Flying Spaghetti Monster religion  ArmyTimes.comWhy are we here? What is our purpose? Why are U.S. *service* members not allowed to grow beards? It is questions such as these, which tug at mankind's ...
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 ...
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.
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 15:47:05PM EST.
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?
Letter: Priests won’t obey new law; it violates religious liberty  East Bay TimesThe California Legislature has no business intruding into the religious practice of the state's 10 million Catholics.
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 ...
Rethinking the History of Religious Freedom | Robert Louis Wilken  First ThingsAny account of the rise of religious freedom must give a large place to the intellectual contributions of Christian thinkers.
Shura – “religion (u can lay your hands on me)” Video  StereogumBritish synth-pop musician and Artist To Watch Shura has finally announced the sophomore follow-up to her 2016 debut Nothing's Real. Out in August, forevher ...
Start New Pro-Environment Religious Traditions to Fight Global Warming  Thrive GlobalReligion should be practical. It exists for humankind; humankind does not exist for religion.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans are less religious than straight adults by traditional measures  Pew Research CenterLesbian, gay and bisexual Americans are by some measures less religious than heterosexual or straight adults, according to a new analysis of data from Pew ...
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.
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.
Op-Ed: Sometimes Religion Gets it Right  St. John 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.
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 ...
Commentary: Are religious people more moral?  Salt Lake TribuneWhy do people distrust atheists? A study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists ...
Indonesia's Election Exposes Growing Religious Divide  Council on Foreign RelationsThe election results show a hardening of voting patterns along religious, ethnic, and geographic lines, a troubling development for a multiracial and religiously ...
The incredible shrinking Mormon American family  Religion News ServiceU.S. Mormons still have more children than other Americans do, but their families are not as large as they used to be. First, let's look at fertility in previous ...
Americans are enabling China's war on religion | Commentary | Dallas News  Dallas NewsChina has renewed its war on religion. The Communist regime views religion with disdain and considers Islam a particular threat. It views the Islamic faith of ...
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 ...
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.
Follow Me, Akhi by Hussein Kesvani review – how social media is changing liberal Islam  The GuardianA thoughtful and witty account of how British Muslims interact with the online world.
The Pacific Northwest is the American religious future  Religion News ServiceSEATTLE (RNS) — Early in this century, the academic center that I direct undertook a research project to examine religion and regionalism in American public ...
Give Me Religious Liberty—Or Give Me Death  ObserverThere's a battle going on among conservatives as to where the ideology is going. One faction supports the values America was founded upon, from religious ...
Ottawa ‘reviewing’ Quebec law that bans the wearing of religious symbols  Toronto StarThe federal Liberals say they will defend Quebecers' Charter rights after the provincial government passed a controversial law banning public servants from ...
In northern Nigeria, Muslims and Christians take small steps toward reconciliation  Religion News ServiceNigerian women attend an inter-faith prayer rally organized by the Freedom and Justice Party in Abuja, Nigeria, on Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay).
Appleton graduation debate: Freedom From Religion Foundation demands district comply with First Amendment  Appleton Post CrescentThe Freedom From Religion Foundation demands the Appleton school district take action to prevent a school board member from promoting his religious views.
What role did religious faith play in the 2019 federal election?  ABC NewsThe 2019 election showed that policies that appeal to affluent, irreligious, university-educated activists in the inner cities do not resonate with voters across the ...
Catholic bishops open meeting to criticism, discussion of Reddit  Religion News ServiceBALTIMORE (RNS) — This week's meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore was touted as a chance for clerics to beat back the ...
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 ...
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Religious Tolerance and the Internet

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The Kabbalah Kraze!

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Spirit of Islam: A Primer

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The Stilling of the Storm

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Truth or Consequence

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

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Holy Communion: Key to Spiritual Healing

Chronically-ill Christians who do not believe in spiritual healing of... Read More

Is Christianity Losing America?

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The Purpose of Our Being

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

A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom

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

Smith Wigglesworth on the Power of the Word

You have all heard me talk about Smith Wigglesworth. He... Read More

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

Planetary Alignment

Planetary Alignment is said to have magical powers. Some believe... Read More

Thank Catholic Schools For Faith in Every Student

Their high achievement comes as they spend half the money... Read More

The Rapture

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Religion and Social Engineering - Part of an Introduction

Thomas Carlyle is just one of the interesting characters who... Read More

The Gospel Of Convenience

The subject of this document is so unpleasing to the... Read More

The Basics of Salvation Through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The one key central message of the entire Bible is... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part One

Several weeks ago, while shopping in a grocery store, my... Read More

War in Heaven

This next event, a war in heaven, will not be... Read More

Story of Solomon

Without question, the greatest story in the Bible of someone... Read More

What Is Perfect Love?

Today, sitting in my pink armchair, reading about how a... Read More