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:

China’s atheist Communist Party encourages folk religion  The EconomistOfficials pray that the goddess Mazu will help them woo Taiwan.
Religion in schools  Irish TimesAddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Email App Share to LinkedIn Share to Pinterest Share to Reddit Share to WhatsApp.
Why We Need Religion More than Ever in the Pursuit of Peace  Inter Press ServiceGENEVA, Sep 20 2019 (IPS) - The proliferation of political crises and armed conflicts in every corner of the world does not exclude religious groups, which ...
The Religious Right is Pushing Liberals Away from Christianity Altogether  PatheosDoes religious affiliation dictate people's political beliefs? Or do people's political beliefs affect how they perceive religion? It's a complex question. But a recent ...
The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion  FiveThirtyEightA few weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee formally acknowledged what has been evident for quite some time: Nonreligious voters are a critical part ...
Richard Dawkins: How we can outgrow God and religion  New ScientistFEW scientists have acquired such a high public profile as Richard Dawkins – and maintained it amid such controversy. His first book The Selfish Gene, ...
Academic antisemitism returns  Religion News ServiceJewish parents: be ready for your kids calling you from campus. It might not be about “please transfer money into my account.” It might be about something that ...
Brad Pitt Opens Up About His Faith Journey: 'I Cling To Religion'  HuffPostActor Brad Pitt opened up about how his faith has evolved over the years ― and how he's “very optimistic” about the possibility that everyone is connected.
Religion listings  Brattleboro ReformerBELLOWS FALLSFirst Baptist ChurchIn Luke, Jesus cautions us through parables about the folly of putting worldly desires ahead of our desire for God's ...
The Supreme Court Considers Mandatory Government Funding of Religious Education  ACLUIn Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court will address a question that would have been unthinkable to ask even until quite recently: ...
Christian students sue Chicago after city blocked them from handing out religious pamphlets  New York Post Four students at Wheaton College in Illinois are accusing the city of Chicago of infringing on their free speech rights, claiming that newly implemented rules ...
Court rules reforms relating to religion classes by previous gov't unconstitutional | Kathimerini  www.ekathimerini.comA ruling by the Council of State that was made public on Friday deemed as unconstitutional reforms to religion classes at schools introduced by the previous ...
Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide  ABC NewsYamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party.
Students explore Japanese religion through anime and manga in new Penn course  The Daily PennsylvanianA new class lets students learn about Japanese culture and religion by watching anime and reading manga. “Religion of Anime,” taught by Religious Studies ...
Shayne Looper: Religion is not a shortcut  Smyrna Clayton Sun TimesWhen religion is transformed from a response of faith in the God of heaven into an instrument for getting things done on earth, it is disfigured. It may retain the ...
Parents finding it ‘impossible’ to opt children out of religion education  The Irish TimesConstitution gives parents a right to withdraw their child from religion classes.
Wrestling with Religion and Spirituality  Psychiatric TimesWe humans need to believe. We tend to feel better, more grounded, and safer.
‘How can you be lesbian and Christian?’ Home Office using religion against LGBT asylum seekers, says report  PinkNewsA new report, published earlier in September, has alleged that the Home Office is using religion against LGBT+ asylum seekers.
Newsnight, Richard Dawkins on religion, American education and Islam  BBC NewsAhead of the publication of his latest book 'Outgrowing God', Professor Richard Dawkins makes the case for outgrowing God. Professor Richard Dawkins talks to ...
Ep. 336 - The Religion Of Environmentalism  The Daily WireAmerica is still a religious country, but our new religion is environmentalism. We'll talk about why environmentalism is a religion and why so many people ...
Who invented religious freedom?  Angelus NewsReligious freedom is a hallmark of American identity. The United States fancies itself the “land of the pilgrim's pride.” When we tell our story we begin with the ...
Why People Hate Religion  The New York TimesThe charlatans and phonies preen and punish, while those of real faith do Christ's work among refugees.
United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote  Religion News Service(RNS) — The United Methodist Church's deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Wednesday (Sept. 18), setting the terms for a final reckoning ...
How religious freedom was upheld in a South Carolina town  Washington ExaminerOne South Carolina civic center has hosted all types of events, from blood drives and birthdays to plays and fitness classes. But there's one type of gathering the ...
Hong Kong Christians fear religious freedom could be 'gone forever'  Fox NewsHong Kong Christians fear freedom of religion could be "gone forever" despite extradition bill withdrawal and the country's leader Carrie Lam's efforts to ease ...
During Brexit storm, UK's efforts to protect religious freedom fly under the radar  Crux: Covering all things CatholicSince Brexit has dominated the UK news for the past three years, it might be easy to miss the great strides being made by the government in promoting religious ...
Bannon: Wall Street is starting 'to get religion' on China trade like Trump  CNBCWall Street is coming around to President Donald Trump's view on how China has been unfairly protecting its economy to the detriment of the rest of the world, ...
Trump to snub climate summit for religious freedom meeting at UN  The GuardianExclusive: Senior UN official confirms White House booked a room so Trump can attend a gathering in same building as the summit.
Team successfully integrates spirituality and religion with mental health treatment  Medical XpressIn a paper published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Psychotherapy, McLean Hospital clinicians describe the success of the hospital's Spiritual ...
'Unbelievable': What Is Druid Religion Lilly Is Part Of In Show? | Martinis & Murder  OxygenActress Annaleigh Ashford plays Lilly in Netflix's "Unbelievable," a Druid woman who drank kava kava tea the night of her attack. By Gina Tron. Annaleigh ...
Religion in the age of Trump  Religion News Service(RNS) — “They hate religion,” wrote New York Times columnist Timothy Egan recently in a column titled “Why People Hate Religion,” “because, at a moment to ...
Did religion and state win the election? - Analysis  The Jerusalem PostLiberman vocally and forthrightly demanded civil marriage “like any normal country.”
Is It Fair That Washington Colleges Accommodate Religious Students' Schedules?  PatheosReligious college students in the state of Washington have been legally allowed to celebrate their faith-based holidays without class interference since July, yet ...
What is the religious discrimination bill and what will it do?  The GuardianAustralia's religious discrimination bill has a broad meaning including religious observance, dress and expression of religious belief.
Rod Decker on impact of religion and morality on Utah politics  St. George Daily SpectrumLong-time political reporter Rod Decker on the legacy of federal control and religion in Utah politics.
India needs to protect religious freedom [Opinion]  Houston Chronicle The nature of the growing restrictions and violence faced by religious minorities in India is well-documented.
This is your brain on Mormon Facebook  Religion News ServiceOver the summer in a social media group, a woman commented that most ex-Mormons leave the faith because they have read the CES letter, begun exploring ...
AI will transform religion with robot priests like this one  Vox.comA new priest named Mindar is holding forth at Kodaiji, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Like other clergy members, this priest can deliver ...
Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates  The New York TimesConservative justices appear eager to take on a subject at the heart of the country's culture wars.
Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant  Religion News Service(AP) — The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, ...
Nationalism as religion: the love of place in today's politics  MercatorNetThe recent conference on “National Conservatism” has brought the concept of nationalism to the fore of American political conversation once more. The fact that ...
Religious coworking spaces encourage faith, careers  Religion News ServiceAs co-working spaces become more popular, faith-based groups are pioneering in this field—hoping to bring together like-minded businesses, artists and ...
Richard Dawkins: ‘Brexit is now a religion. They don’t mind if they destroy the country’  The Irish TimesThe atheist biologist has written a new book about God but what really worries him is closer to home.
For some in Romania, the president's religion is a problem  Emerging EuropeRomania's presidential election, the first round of which will be held in November, is likely to see renewed attacks on the ethnicity and faith of the country's ...
Diyanet: The Turkish religious authority that makes millions  DW (English)Turkey's highest religious authority brings in huge profits, say experts. But as a historic brewery in Istanbul faces demolition for a dormitory, critics argue that such ...
Catholic school backs ‘homework pass’ for attending religious event  The Irish TimesAtheist parent alleges son discriminated against for not attending Communion choir.
Postal worker discriminated against because of his 'perceived religion', tribunal rules  People Management MagazineRow over use of prayer room for meetings led to racial harassment, victimisation and discrimination claims. A postal worker was a victim of racial harassment, ...
Americans increasingly reject religion as politicians in Pennsylvania reject atheists and agnostics  NBC NewsA court ruling in Fields v. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says atheists and agnostics are barred from giving the invocation.
The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.20.19: Religion and Millennium Park, Art on theMart, Fun Things To Do This Weekend, Bright Side of Life  WGN Radio - ChicagoJohn Williams hears from Gabe Emerson, one of the students suing the city for their freedom of speech rights after they were asked to leave Millennium Park for ...
UN calls for eliminating violence against religion  Vatican NewsThe International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief was observed by the United Nations for the first time ...
Religious discrimination bill could legalise race hate speech, Law Council warns  The GuardianPresident Arthur Moses says proposed law contains a 'narrower' protection for racial discrimination than exists under section 18C.
UK statement on freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief at HDIM 2019  GOV.UKDelivered by Helen Teasdale, First Secretary at the UK Delegation to the OSCE, at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), 19 September 2019.
Why so many non-religious Europeans pay church taxes  The EconomistIN THE Old Testament, priests are told to take a tenth of every believer's crops as a tax to support the faith. In these latter days, they can outsource the job to the ...
Liberman sets out religion and state demands for entry into govt  The Jerusalem PostYisrael Beytenu leader calls on President Reuven Rivlin to take 'active role' in bringing about national unity government.
Children who opt out of religion in primary are denied teaching for 129 full school days  The Irish TimesIt is time for church bodies to address religious teaching time in our schools.
Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations  Religion News ServicePHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that ...
What it means to 'get' religion in 2020  Religion News Service(RNS) — Following the 2016 presidential election, Dean Baquet, then executive editor of The New York Times, declared that one of his “big jobs” was to “really ...
When Islam Is Not a Religion in America  ChristianityToday.comMuslim lawyer who helped Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor win at the Supreme Court details the difficulties Muslims face in securing the freedoms that US ...
A California Court Dealt a Blow to Religious Liberty. It’s Time for SCOTUS to Act.  Yahoo NewsYesterday, the California Court of Appeals issued a truly remarkable opinion in a truly remarkable case. It held that a Catholic hospital could indeed face legal ...
Saudi Government Denies Medicine to Religious Prisoner of Conscience  United States Commission on International Religious FreedomFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2019. USCIRF calls for immediate Release of blogger Raif Badawi. WASHINGTON DC – The United States ...
Will Probe Scams Committed in Name of Religion and Narmada, Says Kamal Nath  News18Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday promised to launch an investigation into scams in the name of religion and the Narmada river ...
53 religious communities in Vietnam commemorating victims of acts of violence  Religion News ServiceBased on religion or belief, with government interference documented in five communities. Responding to the call by UN Secretary General António Gutteres, ...
Muslim Men Accuse American Airlines of Canceling Their Flight After Religious Profiling  TIME(DALLAS) — Two Texas men who are Muslim say they were profiled when their American Airlines flight was canceled after crew members felt uncomfortable ...
Interfaith group pledges to use religion's influence to address climate change, poverty  Religion News ServiceLINDAU, Germany (RNS) — The international interfaith organization Religions for Peace introduced its first-ever female and first-ever Muslim secretary-general ...
‘Zeroville’ Review: An Innocent Finds a New Religion  The New York TimesA raft of marquee names — including Seth Rogen, James Franco and Will Ferrell — can't save “Zeroville,” a maddeningly surreal head trip through Hollywood ...
Christian artists celebrate religious freedom win in Arizona Supreme Court  Fox NewsA pair of Christian artists are celebrating a religious freedom win at the Arizona Supreme Court that found the government cannot force them to make invitations ...
Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council  Sydney Morning HeraldReligious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the ...
Marianne Williamson Warns Democrats: Don't Take Religious Americans For Granted  NewsweekSpiritual speaker, writer and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has a message for the rest of her 2020 competitors: Don't take religious Americans for ...
Does the Modern Religious Left Know What Lenin Said About Christians and Socialism?  CNSNews.comEditor's Note: This article first appeared at Crisis Magazine. “If someone calls it socialism,” said Rev. William Barber at the August meeting of the Democratic ...
Mormon leader reaffirms religion's opposition to gay marriage  NBCNews.comPROVO, Utah — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reaffirming that the religion must stick to its opposition of gay marriage because ...
Trump says Democrats are 'not big believers in religion' during North Carolina rally  CNNPresident Donald Trump cast Tuesday's special election in North Carolina and the 2020 presidential election as a fight for the status quo, describing Democrats ...
Jacqui Lambie says she sees no case for religious discrimination bill  The GuardianTasmanians 'seem satisfied' with existing law and 'don't really want this changed', key crossbench senator says.
When Faith Comes Up, Students Avert Their Eyes  The AtlanticIn college classrooms, where almost anything is up for discussion, religious ideas are met with awkward silence.
Putting the R-word in politics: How religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election  National PostIn the controversial context of an election, the best thing to say about religion is nothing, but nicely. So the present campaign is unusual for Canada.
“Religions for Peace” pledge concrete actions for common good of mankind  Vatican NewsBy Robin Gomes. The 10th World Assembly of "Religions for Peace", the world's most representative, multi-religious gathering of religious communities, ...
Parents are now in a difficult situation: Freedom of Religion SA  East Coast RadioThe organisation that appealed the high court judgement that made spanking children illegal , says parents are now faced with a dilemma , after the ...
An ‘opt-in’ approach to religious instruction  Irish TimesAddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Email App Share to LinkedIn Share to Pinterest Share to Reddit Share to WhatsApp.
Duke University's student government rejects Young Life over LGBTQ policies  Religion News Service(RNS) — Duke University's student government has denied the Christian organization Young Life official status as a student group on campus, citing its policy on ...
In San Diego, Muslims question rollout of city's 'smart' streetlights  Religion News Service(RNS) — When San Diego's city council voted to install 14,000 LED streetlights in 2016, the move was touted as a major step toward reducing the city's carbon ...
In St. Louis, mapping how religion is lived — in sanctuaries holy and profane  Religion News ServiceST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) — Perched on his mat in the back corner of the room, Adam Park performed a series of yoga poses just like the others: ...
Religious Groups Are Giving Plant-Based Eating a Boost  ForbesSpiritual groups have a huge potential to support many more people in altering their diets for the good of the planet, for animals suffering in factory farms, and for ...
Justice Department sues Michigan city for violating religious land use act  JURISTThe US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the city of Troy, Michigan, violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized ...
The Atlantic bravely attempts a religion-free (almost) look at New York kids in the culture wars  GetReligionOne of the most talked about articles in the American news media last week, at least in the Twitter-verse, was not a news piece. But it could have been a news ...
Evangelical Christian conservatives are causing an ‘allergic reaction’ to religion among Americans: researchers  AlterNetThe number of Americans identifying as atheists is increasing — and recent social science research suggests that the Christian Right is playing a key role in ...
Ken the Hen Gender Ambiguity Chicken explains the religious discrimination bill  The GuardianIt's special treatment for the most marginalised victims: older white male Christians!
Utah politics: Does religion matter in Salt Lake City’s mayoral race?  Deseret NewsIn recent days, religion has emerged as a hot-button topic in the Salt Lake mayor's race — to both candidates' disappointment.
President Trump to Deliver Religious Freedom Message at United Nations  CBN NewsPresident Trump will deliver an inclusive call to address all forms of religious persecution and anti-Semitism at the United Nations next week. He will be hosting ...
Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is 'stirring'  Religion News Service(RNS) — Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has garnered a lot of attention for using God-talk during his presidential campaign. From regular ...
Cardinal, Religious Leaders Support Closing of Rikers Island  Catholic New YorkCardinal Dolan was among New York's religious leaders speaking to support the closing of the jails on Rikers Island at a morning press conference in front of ...
Do Australians lack protection against religious discrimination?  ABC NewsLiberal backbencher Trent Zimmerman says that in Australia there is no protection in place that prohibits discrimination against someone because of their ...
Should College Students Get a Break for Religious Holidays? One State Says Yes.  Religion & PoliticsMennah El-Gammal struggled to juggle finals with her Muslim faith her last three years as a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was fasting.
The lonely atheist: why renouncing your religion in Saudi Arabia can be deadly  New StatesmanFor Rana Ahmad, doubting the existence of God meant leaving her family behind – and becoming a refugee.
Karl Marx and Religion  CounterPunchKarl Marx is widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated theorists of human history. Marx was above all a scientist. He used the term historical materialism ...
Which religions support gun control in the US?  Religion News ServiceWith mass shootings becoming a regular occurrence in the United States and gun control efforts largely stalled in government, it's worth dissecting which ...
TFRL announces inaugural cohort of national Religious Literacy Fellows  Religion News ServiceNEW YORK — The Foundation for Religious Literacy is honored to announce the inaugural cohort of national Religious Literacy Fellows. Grantees were ...
Opting for homeschooling, after New York State ends religious exemption for vaccines  WKBW-TVA Hamburg mom is homeschooling her son following New York State's decision to end religious exemptions for vaccines.
Irish-American actor Danny McBride reveals how religion played big part in his life but he quit when  The Irish SunACTOR Danny McBride has revealed how religion played a big part in his life growing up — before he quit when hypocrites “p****d him off”. The Irish-American ...
No One Needs Religion to Live a Moral Life  PatheosOf course you can be good without God. This new book explains why.
Trailblazing sociologist of religion Wade Clark Roof dies at 80  Religion News Service(RNS) — American scholars who study faith are grieving the passing of Wade Clark Roof, 80, a sociologist of religion who leaves a towering legacy as an ...
Is it a cult, or a new religious movement?  Penn: Office of University CommunicationsA trend in pop culture is a mix of current affairs and anniversaries, and saturating the media landscape is documentary storytelling about cults in popular culture.
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