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 'shield' laws to be revealed soon  9NewsDraft laws to protect people from religious discrimination are set to be released in coming weeks with a vi...
Plan to pass religion bill by year's end  9NewsFederal cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday and is expected to consider draft plans to support religious free...
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?
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 ...
Where are the young? Familiar religion ghosts in WPost report on Maine's aging crisis  GetReligionIf you have followed international news about abortion and demographics, you are used to seeing headlines such as the following in the New York Times, ...
Trump's Labor Department tries to privilege religion over LGBTQ rights  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last week, President Trump's Department of Labor put out a proposal to “clarify” existing religious exemptions from a 50-year-old federal mandate that ...
Md. case reveals religious discrimination in education  Baltimore SunIf government says that you are free to believe in something, but not to act on it, you are not truly free.
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 News Service hires a new managing editor, a national reporter and a Vatican reporter  Religion News ServiceCOLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News *Service* (RNS) is pleased to announce that it has hired Roxanne Stone as Managing Editor, Alejandra Molina as a National ...
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 ...
Vidya Balan: Many people shy away from calling themselves religious today. I am one of them  India TodayMission Mangal star Vidya Balan says that there is a problem with the way religion is interpreted today, and that she is among the people who shy away from ...
6 facts about Americans' religious knowledge  Pew Research CenterMany Americans say that religion is very important in their lives. But how much do people in the U.S. actually know about their faith tradition – or about religions ...
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.
Ethics and Religion talk - Welcoming LGBTQ I  The RapidianLinda B. asks...What about these churches saying all are welcoming/open and affirming yet preach against LGBTQ? Along the same line, Carol H. asks...I was a ...
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 ...
Xi's Crackdown on Religion Is China's Worst in 40 Years  OZYWorried about a growing perceived threat from organized religion, Beijing treats faith as a major enemy.
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?
Religion briefs  Troy Daily NewsFirst Lutheran Church services. TROY — First Lutheran Church invites the community to a traditional Lutheran worship *service* with Holy Communion on Sunday ...
Malaysia to question Islamic preacher Zakir Naik over remarks on religion  India TodayMalaysian authorities will summon Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation ...
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 ...
Young activists push interfaith gathering to act on climate change, justice  Religion News ServiceLINDAU, Germany (RNS) — On the eve of the 10th — and the largest and most cosmopolitan yet — Religions for Peace World Assembly, young participants in ...
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 ...
Education Week: Speaker encourages Latter-day Saints to learn from other religions  Universe.byu.eduEvery religion has worthwhile practices and is worthy of study, said BYU church history and doctrine professor, Alonzo Gaskill. Gaskill spoke on the topic of “holy ...
‘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 ...
US Religious Knowledge Quiz  Pew Research CenterHow much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the average American? Here's your chance to find out.
Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the US  GallupHighly religious Americans are less likely than others to drink alcohol and are more likely to view drinking as morally unacceptable.
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 ...
Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution  British Politics and Policy at LSEÉlise Rouméas uses a recent court case involving an NHS nurse being dismissed for proselytising religious views to explain why the matter could have been.
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.
What It's Like To Have Suicidal Thoughts When Your Religion Forbids It  HuffPost UKWhen I was feeling suicidal I had the added torment of believing if I did end it all, relief or peace wouldn't be waiting for me on the other side.
Letter: Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith  Religion News Service(RNS) — A letter signed by nearly 30 leading theologians in the liberal Catholic journal Commonweal forcefully rejects any link between nationalism and ...
What makes someone 'generous'?  ABC NewsWhy is it that some virtues have received a great deal of attention from contemporary philosophers, whereas others – like generosity – have been almost ...
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 ...
New Poll Shows Young Americans Are Not Especially Knowledgeable About Religion  NPRA new survey from the Pew Research Center shows Americans have fairly good knowledge of the Bible and Christianity but limited understanding of Judaism, ...
No Religion in it, Political Compulsions Stopped Others from Raising Population Control Issue, Says MP  News18In 2018, Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjeev Balyan had moved a Private Member'd Bill to enact a population control law in the Lower House.
The complex relationship between religion and mental health  The Irish TimesStudy finds those with higher religious attendance had lower depressive symptoms.
Sarnia councillor, MP meet following online interactions over religion  Windsor StarSarnia city councillor Nathan Colquhoun and Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu have been in an online back-and-fourth over the last couple months that ...
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 ...
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.
Survey: Jews and Atheists Have More Religious Knowledge Than Christians  PatheosWhen it comes to basic knowledge about what different religions teach, Jews and atheists know more than every kind of Christian. That's the bottom line in a new ...
Editorial: Trump’s new ‘religious freedom’ rule looks like a license to discriminate  Los Angeles TimesTrump's 'religious freedom' rule could foster discrimination.
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.
Is Religion Necessarily Irrational? - John Milbank  IAI NewsReligion reasonably puts the relation between the individual and the collective at its core.
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.
The new faces of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies  Arizona State UniversityThe 2019–20 school year is about to begin, and with new beginnings come new faces on the Arizona State University campuses. The School of Historical, ...
Organized Religion Is Having a Bad Few Decades  Mother JonesThe last few decades sure have been bad ones for organized religion. Conservative Christians have decided that the sum total of the Bible is about ...
Famed Christian Songwriter Renounces Religion: “I'm Genuinely Losing My Faith”  PatheosAnother prominent Christian is now publicly saying he's no longer a believer. (For once, Joshua Harris started a positive trend!) This time, it's Australian ...
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 ...
Proposal to Clarify Religious Exemption from OFCCP  The National Law Reviewthe Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs OFCCP published proposed a new rule broadening the religious exemption that applies to its equal ...
Can Religion be Separated from State? Use this Tool to Find Your Way to a 'Secular State'  Economic and Political WeeklyYou have to model a progressive, secular Indian state. From the four options below, which one can effectively keep religion separate from state, and ensure ...
'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid  Religion News ServiceGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on ...
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 ...
Coalition pressured to include protections for religious institutions in discrimination bill  The GuardianThe Coalition is under pressure from faith groups to include protections for institutions in its proposed religious discrimination bill, which is expected to go to ...
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 ...
A Former Muslim Prison Chaplain Says She's a Victim of Religious Discrimination  PatheosIn 2013, a woman was hired to work a part-time job in Albion Correctional Facility, a federal prison, as a Muslim chaplain. But things took a nasty turn from early ...
Perspective | The self-centered religion shared by Marianne Williamson and President Trump  The Washington PostOn the surface, dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and President Trump could not be more different. The president tweets ...
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 ...
Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word  Religion News ServiceMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday ...
Religious freedom, compassion found behind bars | News  AberdeenNews.comReligious freedoms can sometimes be supported in surprising locations.
Inside the sinister world of ‘far right’ Woden’s Folk cult who hold secret hooded ceremonies by torchlight at  The SunAS hooded men face each other with their lit torches in the dead of night, their leader asks an ancient god for strength in a coming race war. This might sound ...
Conservative Evangelicals Aren't Hypocrites, They're Sadists  Rewire.NewsGod tells you not just the way you should be, but the way you actually are, and if you accept that, you will be blessed. If you step outside of it, you're just asking ...
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 ...
'Food Has No Religion': Zomato Shuts Down Bigot Who Refused Delivery from ‘Non-Hindu’ Executive  News18The man refused to accept an order from a non-Hindu delivery executive.
Rather Die Than Prove My Religion Before Entering Temple: Mamata Banerjee  NDTV NewsWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said that she would rather die than prove her religion and challenged BJP to compare the religious ...
My religious knowledge — and yours  Religion News Service(RNS) — I'm mortified. I just took the 15-question multiple-choice quiz of religious knowledge that Pew Research included in its new survey of Americans' ...
Faith groups urge State Department to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission  Religion News Service(RNS) — A coalition of 430 human rights, civil rights, foreign policy and faith organizations, leaders and scholars has submitted a letter to Secretary of State Mike ...
Bishop urges state religious freedom laws  The Catholic WeeklySydney's Bishop Richard Umbers has called for vigilance on the part of legislators to ensure that religious organisations' ability to operate according ...
Steve Bannon and the nationalist roots of Trump's 'Judeo-Christian' vision  Religion News Service(RNS) — Last spring, Steve Bannon opined to reporters that the just-completed Mueller investigation had gotten in the way of a national imperative to combat the ...
Are Christians Really the Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World?  PatheosA new survey says they are, but that's not the whole story.
Akali Dal leader says Sacred Games 2 hurts religious sentiments of Sikhs, wants Saif Ali Khan’s scene...  Hindustan TimesSacred Games season 2 has raked up controversy as Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said a scene of Saif Ali Khan throwing away his 'kada' hurts ...
Registration opens for once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress  Religion News ServiceThe wait is over! Registration is now open for Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020).
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 ...
Religious freedom: can the PM stay true to his word?  The Catholic WeeklyMuch of the debate centred around religious freedom defines the issue in terms of whether or not religious organisations like schools should be exempt from ...
Salvini kisses rosary after Conte criticism over religious symbols  EuronewsIt wasn't just his "irresponsible", "reckless" and "alarming" behaviour as a politician that earned Matteo Salvini the ire of Giuseppe Conte in his resignation ...
How this Vancouver-born author left a cult-like religion and found herself  Vancouver CourierAmber Scorah chronicles her life growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, and what came after she left the religion.
My religious OCD convinced me God would never love me  The OutlineWhen I was a kid, I read my scriptures every night. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I believed that if I skipped even one night, God would blind me ...
We Need Christian Nationalism Because Religious Neutrality Has Failed  The FederalistOur religious liberty never proceeded from attempts at neutrality. It came precisely from the privileged position that Christianity has held in the West.
Stay calm, say religious leaders  New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: Religious leaders have reminded people to keep a level head when it comes to religious and cultural sensitivities, especially in a multicultural ...
'Sacred Games 2' all episodes review: Heady mix of religion, drugs, sex and sassy women  The News MinuteKarl Marx once wrote, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the ...
UN religious freedom monitor working with Israel lobby  The Electronic IntifadaAhmed Shaheed, the UN rapporteur on freedom of religion, is adopting biased definition of anti-Semitism promoted by Israel lobby. (UN Geneva). The United ...
Christianity is a religion, not a relationship  Christian PostIt's a common refrain among some Christians. Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship. But is that true?
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 ...
This feature about fired ESPN staffer who became Catholic priest gets religion — half of it anyway  GetReligionA reader drew our attention to a Sports Business Journal feature on the former ESPN staffer fired in 2012 for his “Chink in the Armor” headline about Jeremy Lin, ...
Just like political parties, religious groups see their rivals as extremists  Religion News Service(RNS — Messaging is incredibly important in American religion. Phrases like, “It's not a religion, it's a relationship” are pervasive in evangelicalism. In fact, if one ...
Religion trumping science  INQUIRER.netScience without religion is lame, religion without science is blind,” declared Albert Einstein, who certainly knew about science but whose authority on religion is, ...
Singapore's religious harmony law to be updated: Shanmugam  CNASingapore's Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act (MRHA) will be updated to deal with new threats arising from the ubiquity of the Internet, said Home Affairs ...
Religious bodies can’t dissolve marriages: Madras high court  Times of IndiaReligious organisations have got no power to dissolve a marriage or to permit a marriage and such exercises by a jamath or any other religious organis.
Learn about Media Council's regulations for religious, sports, talk shows  EgypttodayCAIRO – 20 August 2019: The Supreme Council for Media Regulation set a number of rules to regulate the work of religious, medical, sports and talk shows to ...
Indian celebrities protest attacks on dissent, minorities  Religion News ServiceNEW DELHI (AP) — Dozens of Indian celebrities have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and stop rising incidents of attacks on minorities, ...
The law vs freedom of religion  DNA IndiaThe law vs freedom of religion - The panelists in this week's DNA Samwad debated over the Anti-conversion Bill. While some supported it citing that the creation ...
Every Mormon leader (and teacher, and parent) should read this book  Religion News ServiceThey got offended. They wanted to sin. They were too lazy to keep the commandments. Those are three of the most popular “reasons” that current members of ...
Fox's Pete Hegseth says addressing climate change is the left's "religion" and "they want to fight the weather"  Media Matters for AmericaHegseth: “It's all about control for them. That's why climate change is the perfect enemy.” Written by Media Matters Staff. Published 08/13/19 8:34 AM EDT. Share.
Joshua Harris and the sexual prosperity gospel  Religion News Service(RNS) — All over the world — and among 1 in 3 American Protestant churchgoers — Christians believe that God rewards good behavior with health and wealth.
Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury tears into BJP’s idea of religion  Telegraph IndiaAdhir asks if great leaders endorsed their idea of India or their brand of Hindutva.
Religious leaders react to mass shootings, call for action from Trump, Congress  Religion News Service(RNS) — As the nation reacts to the weekend's mass shootings and President Trump decries hatred that “devours the soul,” religious leaders called for action ...
Manmohan Singh warns of unpleasant trends of growing intolerance, religious violence  India TodayFormer prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said "unpleasant trends" of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes ...
New survey: Americans have limited knowledge of world religions, including their own  America MagazineA recent survey by the Pew Research Center reveals some of what Americans do or do not know about their own faiths and others.
MCMC opens channel for offensive 'race, religion and royalty' content  New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: Complaints on any insensitive posts or *content* that could disrupt national peace and unity in Malaysia can now be channelled directly to the ...
New state law bans discrimination against workers who wear religious garb  New York Post New legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans employers from discriminating against workers based for wearing religious garb or having ...
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Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single... Read More

The 7 Trumpet Judgments

This article will deal with the next set of judgments... Read More

War of the Worlds: Signs of the End of the Age

Jesus said there'd be days like this.The disciples came to... Read More

Planetary Alignment

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

Prophetic Ministry: Affirmations From Scripture to Teach Us Who We Are In Christ

To learn who you are in Christ, you must know... Read More

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

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Homo-sexuality and Christianity

Romans 1:16-1:32. Can there be a compromise between the two:... Read More

How to Handle Negative Feelings When Wronged by Someone Else

How does a Christian really handle negative feelings and emotions... Read More

The Snake Charmers - Part 1

2 Kings 9:30-9:36. How many her today believe in the... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Two

The framework for the message this morning will consist of... Read More

Muhammad

FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS:The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is... Read More

God is not a Homicidal Maniac

One day on the listserve for my support group it... Read More

Moslem America Conclusion

Isaiah 55:7-55:9Moslem America conclusion Let the wicked forsake his way,... Read More

Battle of Armageddon

This will be last and final event of the Great... Read More

America for War

The Americans themselves billed the vote for now President George... Read More

Crazy in Love

Several years ago my cousin was pleased to find out... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Two

Part Two continuedThe Christian's duty of paying taxes even extends... Read More

Choosing the Christian Path

- 147.5 million Americans claim affiliation with a religious group-... Read More

Christian Book Stores are a Great Indicator of the Popularity of the Religion in Demography

Have you ever wondered how exactly would someone find out... Read More

Bible and Kabbalah: The Hardening of Pharoahs Heart

There is continuous creation, out of the new ideas discovered... Read More

Catholic Hierarchy: The Nobiliary Element in the Catholic Church

It seems to me that some of the oldest still... Read More

End-Times and the Other Bible

Can you imagine Biblical "End-Times" prophecies happening in your lifetime?... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

As I was doing my studies, the Lord put something... Read More

Conclave: Electing a New Pope

Upon the death of the Pope, a monumental sequence of... Read More