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 and vaccine refusal are linked. We have to talk about it.  Vox.comA major global survey helps explain the problem of vaccine mistrust.
Religion must rise to the challenge of climate change too  New Scientist NewsWith biblical floods and famine on the cards, the fight against global warming needs faiths to get serious about green issues, says Graham Lawton.
Quebec Errs on Freedom of Religion  The New York TimesA reader faults the province's ban on religious garb in public-sector jobs.
Opinion | Is the Religious Right Privileged?  The New York TimesThe history of race and religion under liberalism is a tangle, not just a morality play.
This Far-Right Activist Will Now Lead a Major U.S. Religious Freedom Body  New York MagazineFamily Research Council President Tony Perkins has claimed that Islam is not a religion. Now he'll lead the U.S. Commission on International Religious ...
Wiccan professor at Catholic university claims religion and sex bias  HR DiveA Wiccan professor at a Catholic university is alleging she was improperly denied a promotion and then was asked to resign a deanship because of her sex and ...
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.
Religion, not statesmanship  HaaretzKnesset member Rafi Peretz of the Union of Right-Wing Parties hasn't yet officially been appointed education minister, but he has already declared that there is ...
Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna's home turf roils India's Hindu nationalists  Religion News ServiceVRINDAVAN, India (RNS) — In this major pilgrimage center for the Hare Krishna movement, Purnendu Goswami survives as a rare atheist. Goswami, 44, runs ...
Survey: Most white evangelicals blame journalists for fake news  Religion News Service(RNS) — A new survey finds that white evangelical Protestants are more concerned about made-up or “fake” news than any other major religious group and are ...
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.
Linking civilisation, culture and religion  The HinduThe words civilisation and culture are bandied about a lot these days. We are defensive about the first and protective of the other to a point where insulation ...
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 ...
■ Letters to the Editor: Today’s Green Religion is just yesterday’s ‘Old Red’  The Herald JournalDear Editor, According to our Divinely inspired Constitution, the U.S. federal government is to have NO say, or actions, in health care, or in education in our ...
Why Is There No Religion In 'The Lord of the Rings'?  National Catholic RegisterIn the comments for my long-form article The Secular Apocalypse: Irreligion, Pop Culture and the End of the World, a reader going by Hunter asks: What do you ...
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 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.
Majority of Pinoys choose religion over science: study  ABS-CBN NewsMANILA - Majority or 74 percent of Filipinos will choose to believe religion when science disagrees with their belief, a global study revealed Wednesday.
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 ...
'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, ...
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice  The Lutheran World FederationThe LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the ...
20 changes the new Mormon president has made to appeal to Millennials and Generation Z  Religion News ServiceSince The Next Mormons was published, one of the questions I've been asked repeatedly is some version of this: “When will the Church of Jesus Christ 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 ...
Powerful Homophobe Tony Perkins to Head Trump's Religious Freedom Org.  Advocate.comThe vehemently anti-LGBTQ Perkins was elected Monday to chair the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
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.
Guns as religion: Trump’s envoy calls for armed guards at synagogues & Jewish schools  RTUS President Donald Trump's special envoy for combating anti-Semitism has called for an armed presence at Jewish institutions across the US, insisting ...
'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.
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 ...
Religious freedom for one must include religious freedom for all, Latter-day Saint leader says  Salt Lake TribuneProvo • Religious freedom does not truly exist for anyone if it does not exist equally for everyone, a senior leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ...
Supreme Court Returns Gay Wedding, Religion Rights Case to State  Insurance JournalThe U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $135000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case.
Church, secularism, and where Americans are finding community, purpose  Vox.comWhere are Americans turning for what religion has traditionally provided? We asked them.
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.
Shanghai Sacred: inside China's religious revival – photo essay  The GuardianPhotographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China's largest city, revealing the spaces and rituals of this cosmopolitan ...
Oil Patch Religion: How a Passion for Crude Shaped American Faith  Religion & PoliticsAmericans began hunting for oil shortly after the Civil War, and by the turn of the twentieth century, the nation's oil pioneers were exerting influence far beyond ...
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 ...
Panelists say individuals' religious views should be part of public policy discussions  Daily HeraldThree panelists and a moderator, most of whom identified as Christian but none of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ...
Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies  USA TODAYNote: This story was produced as part of the COPY, PASTE, LEGISLATE series, which is a partnership between USA TODAY, the Arizona Republic and the ...
Letter: Freedom to choose religious beliefs may disappear in time  The Mercury NewsWill the future see a community opposing a president of the United States whose actions seem designed to destroy the Constitution?
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.
Aaron Schrank, Religion Reporter  LAistI help Angelenos understand the role religion plays in their daily lives and the lives of their neighbors in a region that has long been a safe haven for oppressed ...
Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance  Religion News Service(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the U.S. government.
renewed front in cross-Strait relations: religious freedom - AEI  American Enterprise InstituteView related *content*: Asia, Foreign and Defense Policy. Taiwan has adopted a three-pronged approach to defend itself against China's intensifying pressure ...
Is it Christian or illegal to aid migrants? A hung Tucson jury, a fork in the road of faith  USA TODAYHow do you define religious freedom? Prison for being a Good Samaritan to refugees? The hung jury in the Scott Warren trial leaves the question to us.
Onward Christian soldiers  The EconomistFundamentalist faith is proclaimed, and contested, in America's forces.
Two Painful Truths of America’s Religious Culture War  National ReviewSecular government is breaking its promise of liberty, and the American church is breaking its promise of virtue.
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 ...
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.
The new American religion of UFOs  Vox.comBelief in aliens is like faith in religion — and may come to replace it.
Not just churches: Camps are also prone to child sexual abuse  Religion News Service(RNS) — Day and overnight camps are a staple of summer, a welcome relief for working parents. But they can also present opportunities for sexual predators.
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 ...
China’s Orwellian War on Religion  The New York TimesConcentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution are used to repress millions of people of faith.
'Journalism and religion not natural bedfellows' says former news director  The TabletBoaden said the entries 'were surprisingly thin when dealing with the context when it has a religious aspect'. 'Journalism and religion not natural bedfellows' ...
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 ...
Religion Briefs | Religion  Marshall News MessengerFull Gospel to host homecoming services. Marshall Full Gospel Holy Temple will continue its homecoming revival at 7:30 p.m. June 19-21. Speakers for the ...
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 ...
A Church for the poor requires religious freedom  The Catholic SpiritTo bring the Gospel to all men and women, not to just the wealthy or intellectuals, Christianity must be incarnated in every aspect of civilization, including politics.
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, ...
How do teenagers feel about religion? - Life Matters  ABC NewsDebates about religion freedom are dominating headlines at the moment, but how do teenagers feel about religion and the religious practices of 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 ...
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.
Can Religion be Separated from Politics?  Economic and Political WeeklyIn India, secularism is used as a tool to gain political mileage.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Quebec to adopt religious symbols ban  Global NewsSimon Jolin-Barrette insisted Sunday that Bill 21 does not withdraw civil rights. The government's religious symbols ban would bar public employees in positions ...
Religion is a long process  Economic TimesBy Swami Vivekananda Religion does not depend on our intellectual assent or dissent. You say there is a soul. Have you seen the soul? If any religion is true, ...
A crisis of faith: is Big Data the art world’s new religion?  Art NewspaperThe rise of Big Data means that connoisseurship is being replaced by "intel", which has far-reaching implications for the art world.
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.
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 ...
Ukraine's Crisis of Religion  The National Interest OnlineVolodymyr Zelensky is Ukraine's best chance for reducing church tension, promoting inter-confessional dialogue.
More than 250 religious organisations commit to safeguard religious harmony  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - More than 250 religious organisations in Singapore made a commitment on Thursday (June 19) to safeguard religious harmony in the wake of ...
Church World Service hosts Ration Challenge around World Refugee Day  Religion News Service(RNS) — The Rev. Trina Bose North didn't have a lot of ingredients to work with for a recent dinner party: lentils, chickpeas, rice, flour, a couple of spices and ...
West Virginia School Voucher Proposal Would Allow Religious Discrimination with State Tax Credits  Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty BlogJun 19, 2019 | Blog. Written by Don Byrd. House Bill 168 passed first reading in the West Virginia House of Delegates, after it was narrowly advanced by the ...
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.
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.
How Religion Can Affect Health  Next AvenueAdhering to a well-balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your routine are two well-known ways to improve health. What about religious involvement?
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 ...
TN Woman’s Fight For India’s 1st ‘No Caste, No Religion’ Certificate Is Crushing Stereotypes!  The Better IndiaSneha, a lawyer from Tamil Nadu has possibly become the 1st woman in India to acquire no caste, no religion certificate in place of a community certificate.
THE RELIGION CORNER: Dousing the Flames of the Diabetes Epidemic, Pt. 4  The Washington InformerThe fourth part of my series aims to teach how simple it is for any one of us to turn Type 2 diabetes around. This disease is definitely not a death sentence, ...
How work became the millennial religion of choice  Fast CompanyMore young people are defining themselves by what they do–and who they work for.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Ex-Scientology member sues church and its leader alleging abuse, human trafficking  NBC NewsLOS ANGELES — A former Scientologist has filed the first of what her attorneys say will be multiple lawsuits against the Church of Scientology International and ...
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 ...
Modi appeal cuts across caste, creed and religion  BusinessLinePeople have spoken in favour of a progressive leader who has put India first and all other considerations behind.
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.
Respectfully debating different views of religion and beliefs is possible — here's how  ABC NewsFew topics cause as much drama as discussions over religion. But it should be possible to talk to one another, and even question someone's beliefs, without ...
African religious leaders called on to help tackle genital mutilation  Yahoo NewsReligious leaders in Africa must speak up against the practice of female genital mutilation, which affects millions of children across the continent, an international ...
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.
Quebec government aims to define religious symbols in amendment to secularism bill  CBC NewsThe Coalition Avenir Québec government has tabled an amendment to its proposed law restricting religious symbols by further defining what a religious symbol ...
Is religious freedom threatened in the U.S.?  WND.comJune 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his Catholic wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, stating: “Charles, ...
“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 ...
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Has God Ever Disappointed You in Prayer?

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

Cut Off Your Hand!

Cut off your Hand!Arguably the most bizarre command of Christ... Read More

Housing Katrina Victims!

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Women in Religion

During the debate in the Episcopal Church over whether or... Read More

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Zechariah 14:1-14:12Bang, Bang,Your Dead.Preaching the Gospel is an exciting adventure... Read More

Amos And Social Justice Part 2

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

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2nd Coming of Jesus

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Following In the Masters Footsteps

In these interesting times of change, millions of people the... Read More

Jesus Was a Hippie

Actually he was more appropriately called a Cynic, but that... Read More

Balancing the Apple Cart

About forty women squatted in small clusters on the floor... Read More

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Most people put a lot of effort into being like... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

There are so many books out there on being a... Read More

Miracle Worker

The power of the Holy Spirit is so profound it... Read More

How Should We Pray?

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

Spiritual Healing or Spiritual Malpractice?

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

Tom Cruise and John Travolta Prescribe to Scientology... Whats the Deal With That?

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA: Anytime a well-known name gets involved with a... Read More

Is It Good For Man Not To Marry?

Are we doing what the word of God say to... Read More

The 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom

After the last bowl judgment is thrown by God the... Read More

Ultimate Truth:The Invitation

Religion is so many things. From what we can see... Read More

While the World is on Fire - Part Two

Luke 19:49-19:46 This world is a tender box, of political,... Read More

Rock of Ages

William Jennings Bryan said: "Christians desire that their children shall... Read More

Story of Solomon

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

White Sun - Tao of Heaven. Showers of Wisdom ( Part 1 of 3 )

'Showers of Wisdom' is taught by JiGong, the Heavenly teacher... Read More