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:

What atheists and agnostics know about religion: 5 key findings  Pew Research CenterAtheists and agnostics know more about religion than most other religious groups, while those with no particular religion are among the least knowledgeable.
World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day  UN NewsUN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of ...
Sikh teacher from Montreal moves to B.C. for religious freedom at work  CityNews VancouverA recently-graduated teacher has moved to Surrey because of the ban on religious symbols in Quebec.
Photos of the Week  Religion News Service(RNS) — Each week Religion News *Service* presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week's gallery includes the Religions for ...
Tomorrow's Gods: What is the future of religion?  BBC NewsThroughout history, people's faith and their attachments to religious institutions have transformed, argues Sumit Paul-Choudhury. So what's next?
Outgoing Religions for Peace leader reflects on decades of interfaith cooperation  Religion News ServiceLINDAU, Germany (RNS) — William Vendley, the outgoing head of Religions for Peace, said religions must learn to be “bilingual” in the future — becoming ...
Religions for Peace: Women push for gender equality  DW (English)At the 10th Religions for Peace World Assembly in Lindau, a town in southern Germany, a fourth of all participants were female. Indeed, even the Vatican sent a ...
Podcast thinking: Millions of Americans have decided that 'religious' equals 'Republican'  GetReligionI am so, so sorry to repeat a story that will be oh-so familiar to longtime GetReligion readers. Honest, I apologize in advance. But sometimes you just have to do ...
Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Aug. 24-31  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.
Buttigieg talks about religion in Iowa - Columbian.com  The ColumbianKEOKUK, Iowa — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. “There's a lot about the ...
On Religion: ‘Nones’ on the rise  Eureka Times StandardAmericans who have been paying attention to arguments about religion in recent years know that two statistics have caused the most chatter in the digital public ...
It's Time to Fight for Global Religious Freedom  The National Interest OnlineReligious freedom is not a privilege to be granted or denied by a State, but a fundamental human right.
Focus on economy instead of obsessing over race and religion, Patriot tells Putrajaya  Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — National Patriots Association has urged the Pakatan Harapan government to focus on economic issues, including eradicating both ...
Religion listing  Brattleboro ReformerBRATTLEBORO. Centre Congregational Church. Join in this Sunday at 10 a.m. for the last Union *Service* of the summer, which will be held at Centre ...
The Religious Hunger of the Radical Right  The New York TimesDomestic right-wing terrorists, like the man accused of the shooting last weekend in El Paso, are not so different from their radical Islamist counterparts across ...
Religion is not a cultural conditioning  Times of IndiaTalk: Osho The word 'dharma' comes from a root meaning, 'That which gives support to everything, which maintains everything.' It is not a concept, but that ...
Pakistan's religious minorities ask government for protection and rights  Vatican NewsPakistan's religious minorities have submitted a 10-point memorandum asking Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to adopt policies to ...
NRC row takes a religious hue as deadline approaches  Times of IndiaIndia News: The BJP-led government in Assam has already raised a “concern” about fewer exclusions from border districts and sought reverification of the NRC ...
‘I prefer non-religious’: why so few US politicians come out as atheists  The GuardianNon-believers remain few and far between in US politics, with atheism bringing 'the notion of being anti-religion', the California representative Jared Huffman ...
China, Pakistan Targeted on Persecution of Religious Minorities at UNSC Meet  News18United Nations: China and Pakistan were targeted for their persecution of religious minorities, with western powers such the US and UK calling out both nations ...
Religion in the area | Skagit  goskagit.comBIKE & BUILD: Members of Bike & Build, a group of about 30 people ages 18-30 who have been bicycling since June from New Hampshire to promote ...
082419 religion briefs | Briefs  The Grand Junction Daily SentinelUnitarian plans Sundae Sunday. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 536 Ouray Ave., will host an intergenerational *service* at 10:30 a.m. ...
Religion is our right – but don’t forget we have a national calling to so much more  Fresno BeeFresno State philosophy professor Andrew Fiala reflects on a recent open letter from theologians arguing that Christians should reject ethno-nationalism and ...
How Religious Identity Is Affected By The Trauma Of War : Goats and Soda  NPRThe researchers looked at responses of 1709 people in three countries that have undergone prolonged, brutal conflict. The findings hold encouraging news ...
What Americans Know About Religion — And What They Don’t  FiveThirtyEightWelcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll of the week The Pew Research Center asked Americans 32 multiple-choice questions about religion ...
Religion briefs  Hot Springs SentinelSt. Phillips to hold. Women's Day *Service*. St. Phillips Church of God in Christ, 237 Walnut St., will host its Women's Day *service* at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
Labor Dept. Moves to Expand Religion Exemption for Hiring and Firing  The New York TimesThe Labor Department has proposed a rule that would allow more federal contractors to base employment decisions on religion, a move that rights advocates ...
Only two ways to become a member of a religion, by blood or by belief  Monroe News StarQ: I am 54 years old, baptized Catholic at 20 years old. My Mom was Protestant and my father was Roman Catholic. I was never baptized as an infant and took ...
Anies tells FPI to keep defending religion, spokesman says - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta PostJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan called on the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) to keep defending religion during an opening speech he delivered at the mass ...
Europe experienced a surge in government restrictions on religious activity over the last decade  Pew Research CenterIn addition to government actions, there also was a dramatic increase in Europe in some measures of social hostility to religion.
Myths and facts about vaccines, measles and religion in Israel  The Jerusalem PostThe 'Jerusalem Post Magazine' interviews professionals on measles cases in the Orthodox community and discovers that ideology is not the reason for the ...
Survey: Atheists, Jewish score highest on religion test  UPI NewsAug. 22 (UPI) -- A new study indicates people who consider themselves either atheist or agnostic are generally more knowledgeable about religion than those ...
Hail Satan?: The Satanists battling for religious freedom  BBC NewsThe documentary shining a new light on the Satanic Temple and its battle for human rights.
Islam doesn’t have to be a religion of men  The Jerusalem PostThe masculinization of Muslim societies stems from the masculinization of Arabian societies in pre-Islamic Arabia, where culture continues as an essential part of ...
Church sells properties as Ireland turns away from religion  Financial TimesWhen the Catholic church was in its prime in Ireland thousands of priests trained at Holy Cross college in central Dublin, the city's major seminary for more than ...
If China prevails in Hong Kong, religious freedom could be the first right to disappear  USA TODAYReligious persecution is rampant in China, and Hong Kong residents are right to fear a similar fate. We should not underestimate this threat.
Oklahoma religion briefs  Oklahoman.comBuddhist group to host ceremony Buddha Mind Monastery will hold “The Ullambana Ceremony” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Sunday at 5800 S Anderson Road.
#BoycottMcDonalds trends online after they say they serve halal meat. So food has religion, says Internet  India TodayA Twitter user recently asked McDonald's India whether they serve halal meat in their restaurants. They replied saying that they do. Since then ...
Editorial: Trump’s new ‘religious freedom’ rule looks like a license to discriminate  Los Angeles TimesTrump's 'religious freedom' rule could foster discrimination.
Marianne Williamson isn't kooky, she's just religious  The OutlineAttempts to parse the presidential candidate's unlikely success will always fail if they don't confront this simple truth.
Religion and science don’t have to be divorced: Vidya Balan  The HinduI think there is a problem with the way religion is being interpreted today. I know a lot of people who are shying away from calling themselves religious and I am ...
A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom  National ReviewEarlier today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutional order, limited the reach of expansive nondiscrimination laws, and protected a ...
Glamour and unattainability is out. Spiritual refreshment is in  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last night I tried to schedule an appointment at a hair salon. A friend had recommended a stylist at The Red Door — Elizabeth Arden's New York salon ...
Attack on religious building in NI almost every second day  The Irish TimesCalls for politicians to set up fund for protection of churches, mosques and synagogues.
Respected Yale Prof Turns Back on Evolution, Says Darwinism Is a 'Religion' and Intelligent Design Is 'Serious' Option  CBN NewsA renowned writer and Yale University computer science professor has denounced Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, arguing it has too many holes and is ...
PM underlines UK's commitment to freedom of religion or belief  GOV.UKPM outlines UK support for freedom of religion or belief as Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon announces new support for work to help victims of hostility.
LGBT people are 'being made homeless due to religion'  BBC NewsNearly half of young LGBT people who are left homeless after coming out are from religious backgrounds. That's according to research by the Albert Kennedy ...
First Five: Can government contractors refuse workers based on religious beliefs?  The Decatur DailyWhile religious freedom can mean many different things to you personally, within the U.S. Constitution it means only two things: The government can't promote ...
saturday religion | Area Briefs  Kokomo TribuneEditor's note: Area faith-based institutions should send their event submissions at least two weeks before the event to Kokomo Tribune Religion Calendar, 300 ...
Halal or jhatka? Zomato weighs in on religion debate, says your choice not ours  India TodayZomato has been censured online for hosting restaurants which serve halal food. In a lengthy statement, Zomato explained the reason why it adds the halal tag ...
U.S. Jews know a lot about religion – but other Americans know little about Judaism  Pew Research CenterU.S. Jews have relatively high levels of religious knowledge. But other Americans are unable to answer some basic questions about Jewish practices.
God Squad: Only two ways to become a member of a religion, by blood or by belief  Kenosha NewsQuestion: I am 54 years old, baptized Catholic at 20 years old. My Mom was Protestant and my father was Roman Catholic. I was never baptized as an infant ...
Good Shepherd 'did a lot of work to find me,' says young religious sister  Crux: Covering all things CatholicHAMDEN, Connecticut - After Christina Skelley graduated from Washington University, it seemed like her life had fallen into place. Years of searching led her to ...
Roderick Strange: Advance of science does not make religion peripheral  The TimesPaul Gifford visited me last month. He is an emeritus professor of SOAS, University of London and lives in Ethiopia. He is a specialist in African Christianity and, ...
The Power Pod: A Conversation on Religion, Identity, and Belonging with Dr. Mikey Pasek  Yale InsightsOn this #powerpod episode we are joined by Dr. Mikey Pasek of the New School for Social Research. Dr. Pasek studies religious identity and the relationships ...
Our Unalienable Rights Include Freedom of—and from—Religion  Ms. MagazineI recognize the language in some of the below quotations is problematic for contemporary readers, but the historic importance of the quotations has led me to ...
Plan to pass religion bill by year's end  Herald SunAustralia's proposed religious discrimination laws will act as a "shield" to protect people rather than a "sword", Attorney-General Christian Porter says. "The laws ...
Towards One Nation, One Constitution, and One Religion  The NationAll eyes were fixed on Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, making his Independence Day speech. Speaking on the revocation of special constitutional ...
Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list  Religion News ServiceNEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up “wish lists” of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose ...
American Jews are loyal to the vision of America  Religion News ServiceYou can keep your GPS. Give me a good map, anyday. Like, for example, the Catalan Atlas. It is one of the greatest maps in history, and one of the treasures of ...
New York Expands Workplace Protections for Religious Attire, Clothing, and Facial Hair  JD SupraA new amendment to the New York State Human Rights Law expressly prohibits workplace discrimination based on religious attire, clothing, and facial hair.
Pros And Cons Of Tax Exemptions For Religious Institutions  The OnionIssuing tax exemptions to religious institutions has long been a practice of the secular U.S. government, but critics argue that it has a negative economic and ...
Religious freedom becomes a minefield in our cultural melting pot  Sydney Morning HeraldChristians should be careful what they wish for. They're not the only ones who might want 'religious freedom' - and how free might a new law really make us?
‘I Am The Chosen One’: Trump’s Religious Comments Enrage Critics  ForbesHe also shares quote calling him “the second coming of God.”
Finally, religious groups may get fair shot at federal contracts | TheHill  The HillA proposed rule would eliminate the soft bigotry that permitted bureaucrats to exclude religious organizations from the bidding process.
Mid-Michigan Religion News | Lifestyles | themorningsun.com  The Morning SunAlma Presbyterian *Service* Set. The First Presbyterian Church of Alma worships at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Sanctuary. This week, Adam and Danny Dixon ...
Humanist weddings: Non-religious weddings rise in Northern Ireland  BBC NewsDemand for humanist wedding ceremonies has risen dramatically since they were legally recognised in Northern Ireland a year ago. About 180 couples are ...
Earl Crow on religion: The importance of the Apostolic Fathers  Winston-Salem JournalQ: A reader asked about the Apostolic Fathers. Answer: After Jesus' death, his followers were dedicated to spreading and preserving his messages. First, we ...
Kashmir situation 'a lot to do with religion', will do my best to mediate, says Donald Trump  The HinduWill do my best to mediate in the issue, the U.S. President says.
Around the churches Religion  Royal GazetteTODAY • Allen Temple AME Church: Lay organisation cruise on board the MV Destiny from 9am to 12pm. Tickets $40 for adults and $20 for children under 12.
Who Benefits from Conflicts Over Religious Freedom?  Religion & PoliticsIn November of 1993, members of the U.S. Congress did something that today seems almost inconceivable: they reached near-unanimous agreement on a ...
VP Mike Pence talks trade, reelection and religion during Utah visit  KSL.comVice president met with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and discussed Venezuela, religious freedom.
“Our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular.”  Patheos"Our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular. You may take geology, for instance, and it is a true science; not that I would say ...
PoP idol vendors play religion card after BBMP drive  Deccan HeraldBBMP officials had to face the criticism of hurting religious sentiments after they raided vendors selling Ganesha idols made of plaster of Paris (PoP) on ...
Americans Say Civics Is a Must and Religion a Maybe in Schools  Education WeekAmericans overwhelmingly believe civics should be taught in school, and almost 70 percent of them think it should be a requirement to graduate, a new survey ...
Militarization Has Become Our National Religion  The NationAs attitudes toward war grow dangerously worshipful in the US, quitting our endless wars becomes all the more difficult.
Religion & Culture | Santa Muerte (Holy Death) Making sense of the fastest growing religious movement - … The grave holds its own keys to wisdom  Jamaica GleanerNuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, or Our Lady of Holy Death, is a religious movement that mainstream Christianity has condemned. So far, this warning has ...
Letter: King abolished old Hawaiian religion  Honolulu Star-AdvertiserThese leaders of protesters also are disobeying King Kamehameha II's order. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs should be scolding, and not siding with, them.
No religion greater than public service: Yogi Adityanath  India TodayObserving that "no religion is greater than the public *service*", Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday sought to inspire government officials by ...
Losing my religion  The Boston GlobeThe first couple years after I left the religion I was born into — the Jehovah's Witnesses — I was still worried I might die at Armageddon. That was the punishment ...
Religious View: Imagine a world filled with joy, not fear  Fairfield Daily RepublicJesus says “be not afraid.” At least a dozen times in the New Testament we hear Jesus say these words to people who are facing various hardships and crises in ...
Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers  Crux: Covering all things CatholicThe chairmen of three U.S. bishops' committees Aug. 21 welcomed a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at clarifying religious protections ...
The maddeningly untraditional and modern faith of Abraham Lincoln  Religion News Service(RNS) — The recent rediscovery of a Bible once owned by Abraham Lincoln has renewed a long-standing debate about Lincoln's faith and what role it played in ...
Howrah protest linked to rate card, not religion: Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal  LivemintDeepinder Goyal said that the issue got deliberately framed 'incorrectly' after the Howrah riders approached a local politician.The real issue which triggered the ...
World Alliance of Religions for Peace elects KAICIID chief as honorary president  ArabnewsRIYADH: The World Alliance of Religions for Peace announced on Saturday the election of secretary general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International ...
Yogi Adityanath on population control: Rise above religion, sect and think  India TodayStressing on the urgent need for population control, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has asked people to rise above sect, caste and religion and think about ...
The history of sectarianism in the Middle East leaves out periods of coexistence  The IndependentThere are two stories that I and my colleagues have been writing about the Middle East for more than 40 years. Both are wrong. The first is that the next war will ...
A celebrant of atheism and humanism: Susan Jacoby  Religion News Service“When I say I don't believe in God… I don't mean that that is written on my pillow, and that's the first thing I say when I look in the mirror in the morning. I mean ...
New Trump admin rule would let religious employers fire LGBT, Jewish employees, critics warn  Haaretz''No Jews, No Gays, need apply' is utterly unacceptable & the proposal must be withdrawn,' the ADL wrote in response to new Labor Department proposal.
Religion Calendar | News, Sports, Jobs  Lewistown SentinelEditor's note: To submit a nonprofit announcement to The Sentinel's Religion section, contact Erin Thompson at (717) 248-6741 or by email at ...
More millennial women choosing religious life: 'This is what I'm supposed to be doing'  Fox NewsIn an age of social media and obsessed with the ladder of success, a higher calling is increasingly trending.
Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more  Religion News Service(RNS) — After 183 years as a Roman Catholic nation, Bolivia officially became a secular country in 2009, when a new constitution, promulgated by the ...
Steven Gerrard reveals the Rangers religion shock factor he didn't see coming  Daily RecordThe Ibrox boss is growing tired with a section of the club's support who refuse to heed the warning after the club was punished by UEFA.
High court urged to rectify religious freedom ruling  BP NewsThe Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity has joined other religious organizations in urging the Supreme Court to reconsider a nearly 30-year-old ...
Let’s replace religious assembly in schools with a ‘thought for the day’  The GuardianCompulsory Christian worship is divisive and excludes many children. Why not teach them all to think about religions and philosophies instead?
In Cameroon, religious freedom can't be separated from politics  Religion News Service(RNS) — American religion and politics have been stubbornly connected — except where we pretend they aren't. Despite constitutional separations between ...
A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup  Religion News Service(RNS) — A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new ...
Fear is the Slaveholder Religion's Tool of Control  SojournersConservatives' rejection of the 1619 Project is based on a fear of black power.
The Religious Dimensions of Toni Morrison's Literature  SojournersMorrison understood the importance of integrating a belief system within her black characters' fictional experiences.
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