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:

UK Official Mocks Man's Christianity; Says it's NOT a Religion of Peace  The New AmericanPolice fine Christians for praying without permission, a government paints over a cross mosaic, a church is invaded and Bibles are torn to pieces, and a man's ...
Perspective | When parenting becomes a religion, college admissions officers become high priests  Washington PostThe dangerous leap from kids as 'legacy' to conceiving them as our pathway to eternal life.
Love across the divide: couples on Brexit, politics and religion  The GuardianWhat's it like to fall in love with someone with very different opinions? We hear from couples who know all about compromise.
Big Religion May Have Gotten Too Much Credit for the Evolution of Modern Society  Scientific AmericanScientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...
4 facts about religion in New Zealand  Pew Research CenterNew Zealand's small but growing Muslim population is in the news of late after a terrorist attack left 50 dead and dozens injured at two mosques in Christchurch ...
UK denies asylum to Iranian convert to Christianity, saying the religion is not 'peaceful'  Fox NewsThe U.K. government agency in charge of immigration has come under fire for denying political asylum to an Iranian convert to Christianity and explaining its ...
Even water in India had a religion  BusinessLineThe British used railways to further religious and social divisions. But Indian Railways put an end to all that.
World Map of World Religions  Big ThinkInfographic world map showing both the size and distribution of the world's major religions (islam, christianity, judaism, buddhism, hinduism) as well as ...
The baffling argument that has become mainstream under Trump: ‘Islam is not a religion’  Washington PostMany are hearing the message that Islam is not like other religions.
Stuart C. Reid: Generation Z may return to tradition and religion  Salt Lake TribuneEarly indications are that many of the rising generation — Generation Z — are reacting to some of their Generation X and millennial parents' seemingly ...
Is religion good or bad for humanity? Epic analysis delivers an answer  New ScientistA scientific review of 10000 years of history is finally revealing the unexpected truth behind religion's role in human civilisation.
Religious Plualsim Is The Will Of God – OpEd  Eurasia ReviewMost college students have at one time or another asked, 'If there is only one God why are there so many religions?' This is a good question that I as a Rabbi ...
Letter to the editor | Traditional religion is dying  TribDem.comWhat is happening to the United States of America?
Unification Church succession case threatens protections for minority religions  Religion News Service(RNS) — The Trump administration has repeatedly made religious freedom a priority. If it wants to keep its credibility on the issue, the White House would do ...
Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews  Phys.OrgAround 80% of secondary school students who had classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who ...
Terror has no religion  Dhaka TribuneWhen it comes to identifying terror, there can be no bias.
The charitable status of religions is up for debate  The EconomistBRITAIN'S CHARITY sector is flourishing. Nearly seven out of ten British adults say they have made a contribution to a good cause in the recent past. As of last ...
Solidarity without politics and religion  The Sun DailyMUCH is being made of the “# Solidarity4peace” rally held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. If it is for ushering in a new era of race relations, well and ...
Race and religion: The futility of a sanitised debate  The IndependentParliament will have “a proper debate” on issues like hate speech, race and religion next month, said K Shanmugam on March 19 at the 15th Religious ...
The EU is a religion for Germans – no wonder Brexit is going so badly  Spectator.co.ukWhat makes me chuckle about the Brexiteers is how little they understand the German mindset. Here in Germany, the European Union is a religion. It is…
Dartmouth physicist on winning top religion prize: 'Science does not kill God'  Fox NewsA Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy has won one of the world's leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his ...
Religious attacks | Letters To Editor  San Mateo Daily JournalEditor,. We live in a time of partisanship when facts are discounted if they run counter to one's favored viewpoint. Accusations of “fake news” abound, causing ...
Reactionary extremists are co-opting religion The Church must resist the distortion of its faith by  Church TimesThe Church must resist the distortion of its faith by xenophobic and sectarian movements, argues James Walters. “WERE/ARE you a Christian?” the Christchurch ...
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 [email protected]
Religion Notes 03/23/19 | Religion  Leader-TelegramEXPLORE ECKANKAR: “The Power of Gratitude,” the ECK light and sound *service*, will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at The Center, 3701 U.S. 12.
Have You Converted To A New Religion? Tell Us Your Story  NPRNPR's Weekend Edition is looking for people to share their stories of religious conversion. What religion did you convert to and why?
Religion  Royal GazetteTODAY • The Bermuda Ambassador Choir: Newly formed community choir will hold a supper Bingo at 6.30pm to raise funds for a concert tour in Europe. Tickets ...
It's a (Wo)Man's Religion  Excalibur OnlineSajila Nudrat | Health Editor Featured Image: A woman's faith is a private and personal journey, and no one has the right to tell her how she should practice it.
Baton Rouge-area religion bulletins for week of March 23  The AdvocateDeadline for religion bulletins is noon Monday. Email [email protected] Baker. Saturday, March 24. *Service*: 10 a.m., InKovenant Ministries, 14000 ...
Care for migrants is changing the world of religion  The EconomistNOT THAT many people know about the Waldensians, a reformist Christian sect dating from the 12th century which fled to mountains in the north of present-day ...
Americans' drinking habits vary by religion  Pew Research CenterIn the United States and many other countries, religiously active people are less likely to drink alcohol than those who are not as religious. That may not be a ...
MALAYSIA People from different ethnic and religious background come together in Kuala Lumpur for peace and Christchurch victims  AsiaNewsThe Malaysian capital saw the Solidarity4Peace march unfold this morning during which the Kuala Lumpur Peace Declaration was read. For Minister for ...
Religion events | News, Sports, Jobs  Warren Tribune ChronicleDIVINE WORSHIP: Alpha and Omega Second Day Adventists in Warren will welcome Elder Michael Tate as the guest speaker 11 a.m. today at the Divine ...
'Nones' now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US  Religion News Service(RNS) — In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don't affiliate with any specific ...
Opinion | Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times  The Washington PostAs politics has become a religion in so many lives, political discourse has taken on theological overtones. I am not referring to President Trump's accusation of a ...
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 celebrations ...
The Supreme Court Is Quietly Changing the Status of Religion in American Life  The New YorkerJeffrey Toobin on how conservatives have contrived ways to obtain government money for religious entities, and how the lawyers representing them are ...
The Supreme Court and Religious Favoritism  The New York TimesOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court once again took on a question that has long confounded it: What qualifies as an impermissible establishment of religion ...
Opinion: Faith leaders must step up. BAME groups are dying over religious falsehoods about organ donation  The IndependentReligion and culture overwhelmingly hold black and Asian people back from donating organs. Without guidance from religious leaders, they'll continue to suffer ...
Religious, civil rights groups ask Pompeo to request expert probe of US racism  Religion News Service(RNS) — Scores of religious and civil rights organizations have asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to request an evaluation by a U.N. expert of the ...
Ethics and Religion Talk: What is a Religious Lifestyle?  The RapidianWhat does it mean to live a Christian lifestyle? How would this be different from living a Jewish lifestyle, a Muslim lifestyle, a Hindu lifestyle?
Religious violence is on the rise. What can faith-based communities do about it?  World Economic ForumViolence inspired by religious intolerance is increasing. In this era of turbulence and uncertainty, interfaith action may offer an important antidote.
Speaking of religion: What's your best news?  Bennington BannerBad news seems to grab most of the headlines, but what about Good News? What's the best news you've ever heard? For me, one that ranks pretty high is what ...
'Gus Dur on Religion, Democracy and Peace’: Showcasing an Indonesian intellectual - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta PostThe Gusdurians – the young followers of Indonesias fourth President, the late Abdurrahman Gus Dur Wahid – have offered his thinking to a wider audience by ...
Mamata slams BJP for questioning her religion  Deccan HeraldLashing out at the BJP for questioning her religion, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she does not need any lecture on ...
How courts decide on matters of religion  LivemintCourts must respect the integrity of religious groups except where certain practices lead to individuals' exclusion.
Belief in aliens could be America's next religion  The Outline'American Cosmic' explores how the once-fringe phenomenon has taken root among the powerful.
Lori Falce: How does religion turn into violence?  Tribune-ReviewFor the love of God. It's a common phrase. For the love of God, can't you pick up after yourself? For the love of God, why can't someone do something about ...
The Role Mormon Religion Plays In 'Abducted In Plain Sight'  ForbesAs millions of viewers watch the crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix, the overwhelming response is shock and disbelief. How could this have ...
U.S. top court sympathetic toward Maryland cross in major religion case  ReutersU.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled a willingness to let a 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial stay on public land in Maryland ...
Freedom From Religion Foundation Wants Circuit Attorney to Remove Bible Verse From Courthouse Wall  Christian News NetworkST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the circuit attorney of St. Louis, Missouri to request that a ...
Workism Is Making Americans Miserable  The AtlanticFor the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising transcendence and community, but failing to deliver.
NZ is committed to religious diversity - but do we know what that means?  Stuff.co.nzOPINION: To protect religious diversity after Christchurch, we need to understand it better.
Is spirituality the new religion?  TimesLIVEToday, more people identify as spiritual than religious – it's label free, available to us 24/7 and likely to make you happy.
Teaching Empathy in a World That Creates Religious 'Others'  SojournersI teach a class on world religions. Here's what happened after two mass shootings in six months.
‘I am the real religious one’: What Narendra Dabholkar wrote about his understanding of spirituality  Scroll.inAn excerpt from the second volume of 'The Case for Reason', a translation of the rationalist and anti-superstition activist's 'Timiratuni Tejakade'.
China protests US criticism of policies on religion  ABC NewsChina has issued a protest over remarks the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom made criticizing Beijing's polices toward Muslim and ...
Terror attacks show importance of protecting minority groups, freedom of religion: Shanmugam  TODAYonlineSINGAPORE — New Zealand has set a good example for how a community should react in the wake of a terror attack, Home Affairs and Law Minister K ...
UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites  Washington PostU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people ...
Mystery infections traced to blood-shedding religious ritual  Religion News ServiceNEW YORK (AP) — Add self-flagellation to the list of ways to get a dangerous viral blood infection. Researchers said Wednesday (March 13) that they were ...
Western powers using Christianity to 'subvert' China, says religious official  The GuardianHead of state-sanctioned Protestant churches in China says 'anti-China forces in the west' are trying to interfere with social stability. Reuters. Tue 12 Mar 2019 ...
Religious Leaders In Cuba Outspoken And Critical Of Proposed Constitution  NPRCubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the "supreme guiding political force." Religious leaders are critical of ...
Prayer postcards spark debate over faith and privacy in Nashville  Religion News ServiceNASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A group of Nashville churches decided recently to pray for every resident in their Bible Belt city. Then they sent out postcards to ...
British Government Rules Christianity Is Not a Religion of Peace, Rejects Convert  BreitbartThe asylum application of a Christian convert from Iran was rejected after they claimed their new faith was more peaceful than Islam.
How fan fiction gave millennials power over their spirituality  Religion News ServiceMasters voice I can heard (sic) loud and clear. I know when I do wrong, I know when he is pleased. The way I see things is that we tend to limit ourselves, our ...
Interview | 'Radicalism Is Spurred by Nationalism More Than Religion': Fatima Bhutto  The WireIn conversation with Fatima Bhutto about her new novel, 'The Runaways', and the alienation that drives radicalism.
Immigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups  Religion News Service(RNS) — For the Rev. Kaji Douša, senior pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York, crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is a fairly uneventful activity.
Instagram-friendly Bibles are here to court millennials  Vox.comThe Christian startup Alabaster makes Bibles for the Instagram generation — and expects to sell nearly $1 million worth of religious books this year.
Have Americans Made Work Their New Religion?  WBURDo you seek meaning in your day job? We ask if America's cult of finding fulfillment at work leaves people spiritually empty.
Religion News Service announces the launch of House of Worship Subscription Service  Religion News ServiceCOLUMBIA, Mo. – Religion News *Service* (RNS) announces a new resource that will place professional religion journalism in the hands of small faith-based ...
In an Era of Religious Refusals, the Do No Harm Act Is an Essential Safeguard  ACLUEarlier this year, the Trump administration granted a request from the state of South Carolina for an exception to a federal rule barring discrimination in federally ...
How Trump's executive order on campus free speech affects religious students  Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump didn't reference religion in his new executive order on campus free speech, but that hasn't stopped some ...
Race and religion persist in 'New Malaysia', says Suhakam commissioner | Malaysia  Malay MailPanellists hold copies of Pusat Komas' 2018 Malaysia Racial Discrimination report during its launch in Kuala Lumpur March 21, 2019. — Picture by Choo Choy ...
COLUMN: Democratic Party needs to 'get' religion (again)  KYStandard.comAre you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Catholic Church? Those weren't the words Sen. Kamala Harris used when she grilled a federal judicial ...
Keep violence over race and religion a foreign culture  Free Malaysia TodayViolence over race and religion can be seen all over the world, but Malaysians should continue to reject this as we have done for the past six decades.
Freedom Of Religion Can't Trump Demands Of Public Order: Madras HC [Read Order]  Live Law'The fabric of secularism that has been so carefully woven should not be torn asunder by permitting the right to freedom of religion to trump the demands of ...
Christchurch Mosque Attacks Were About More Than Religion  HuffPost CanadaFraming it simply around religion allows the systemic root causes to be ignored.
Scrap religion as a charitable purpose, says National Secular Society  Third SectorA report from the society argues that advancing religion is not an unqualified good.
Jews and Muslims say Belgian animal cruelty law trammels religious freedom  Religion News ServicePARIS (RNS) — Jewish and Muslim communities in Belgium are seeking to overturn a recent ban on the ritual slaughter of animals that they say is really ...
Some of UK's religious charities promote harmful views, claims report  The GuardianReligious charities benefiting from generous tax breaks are promoting beliefs and activities which run counter to British values and opinion, according to new ...
Iceland Declares All Religions Are Weapons Of Mass Destruction  PatheosReykjavik, Iceland – Iceland's parliament voted to classify all religions as weapons of mass destruction. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism ...
Plans for 'proper debate' on issues like hate speech, race and religion in Parliament next month: Shanmugam  Channel NewsAsiaSINGAPORE: There are plans to have a “proper debate” in Parliament on issues such as race, religion and hate speech early next month, according to ...
Importing faith from Singapore: rise of Indonesian shopping mall churches  South China Morning PostChurches are sprouting up in shopping malls in a bid to get around red tape and gain more security.
Religion and Polarized Politics: An Interview with Melissa Rogers and Peter Wehner  Religion & PoliticsThe 2016 election of President Trump highlighted the country's state of political polarization. Many argue that people have retreated into their respective.
Religious leaders call for end to hate crimes  CTV NewsReligious leaders in Montreal gathered Friday to call for an end to violence against people exercising one of their fundamental rights: freedom of religion.
Relationship issues, not religion behind Utrecht shooting, suspects' neighbors say  NL TimesGokmen T., the 37-year-old man suspected of killing three people and injuring five in a shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht on Monday, has a lengthy criminal ...
4 things to know about Ash Wednesday  Religion News ServiceFor Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of preparation called Lent and a season of ...
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in France  Religion News ServicePARIS (RNS) — Anti-Semitic acts in France increased by 74 percent last year, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced last month, calling the ...
Ordained Episcopal Priest Barbara Brown Taylor Discusses Her Book 'Holy Envy'  NPROrdained Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor says that teaching the different religions of the world changed her students' understanding of faith — as well as ...
Lee County teachers told they cannot display religious items  WTVATeachers within the Lee County School District were told they cannot display religious items within the schools after school officials received a letter from the ...
War memorial or religious symbol? Cross fight reaches U.S. high court  ReutersWhen Fred Edwords first drove by the 40-foot-tall (12 meters) concrete cross that has stood for nearly a century on a busy intersection in suburban Maryland ...
Look beyond race and religion in showing love and care to others: Masagos Zulkifli  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - Singaporeans should look beyond race and religion in showing love and care to others, helping to prevent "disastrous and violent acts" such as ...
In the age of Amazon, spiritual and religious bookstores find a market that clicks  NBCNews.comIn the age of Amazon, independent shops emphasize face-to-face relationships with loyal customers. "It doesn't cost anything to talk to me," one owner says.
Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules  Religion News Service(RNS) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the clergy housing allowance authorized by the Internal Revenue *Service* is constitutional. The Freedom From ...
No, religion is not antithetical to liberalism  The Washington PostDeeply religious Americans went for Trump because they feel surrounded and are looking for escape, not because they're prone to authoritarianism.
In UP's Chitrakoot, a New Attraction Reveals Govt's Strong Push for Religious Tourism  The WireWhile the state of healthcare and other basic amenities remains dismal in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 15 crore is being spent on building a ropeway on Lakshman Pahadi ...
New Documentary About Veganism And Religion To Premiere In London  Plant Based NewsA new vegan documentary which looks at veganism is the context of religious spirituality will premiere in London in May. The screening of A Prayer For ...
Attempts to pit NZ religions against each other are doomed to fail  The SpinoffLiteral fake news is fuelling attempts to divide New Zealand's religious communities, writes Aaron Hendry, an Auckland youth worker and Christian. In the wake ...
Is Work An American Religion? | Here & Now  WBURMany are turning to work for the community and fulfillment past generations found in religion, according to The Atlantic's Derek Thompson.
Singapore's Muslim religious leaders say NZ attacks a reminder of dangers of intolerance  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - Muslims here have to continue to harmoniously coexist with people of other faiths, urged religious leaders in Singapore on Friday (March 22) as ...
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Gods Providence in a Jericho Journal

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

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Is Your Life Significant?

"I also say to you that you are Peter, and... Read More

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Fellowship Forever

Today I would like to share with you the word... Read More

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

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Translator Robs Beauty of Words

Today we are looking at one of the most beautiful... Read More

Not Just Hearing the Word

Welcome to the website: All about Jesus, I hope you... Read More

Christians in Peril.

Romans 7:8-7:25. The Christian today has become a people without... Read More

Following Instructions To The Letter

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Computerized Christians? Get Ready for the New Church!

Isaiah 43;19 declares: "Behold, I will do a new thing,... Read More

The Unbelievable Becomes Believable

The Path Is Winding:Ever wonder why things that happen in... Read More

The Warped Psychology of Islam

The London Bombings are just the beginning. Londoners are probably... Read More

Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?

The flesh is the part of us that resists our... Read More

Possibilities in Prayer

Prostrateology is the theological term for the doctrine of prayer.... Read More