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:

Bill Barr 'Gets' Religion  The Wall Street Journal
Religion Listings  Brattleboro Reformer
Albania gets religion  POLITICO.eu
Liberty and religion are drifting apart  Catholic Herald Online
The Religion of Climatism  Commentary Magazine
Religion calendar, Oct. 18-25, 2019 | Religion  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Religion in the Public Schools | Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
The object of religion  Economic Times
Insult, Injury and Religious Liberty  The Wall Street Journal
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Does Society Need a St. Bernard?

You all know the big dogs that carry rum to... Read More

The Christian Community Tries To Take Back What Belongs To Them!

"See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs... Read More

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before... Read More

Amos And Social Justice Part 2

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

Why do Humans Need a God?

Many have asked why people need a God to cope... Read More

Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known... Read More

Do You Have a Name For Me?

MAN: Good afternoon Professor Knowledge. Let me cut to the... Read More

The Basics of Salvation Through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The one key central message of the entire Bible is... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

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

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto... Read More

Getting Your Money Out of Israel: The Presbyterian Church (USA) Recipe

Recently, the Presbyterian Church (USA) beat a drum for justice.... Read More

Facing Our Fears

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.... Read More

Your Focus Determines Your Reality

"Your focus determines your reality", this famous line was spoken... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

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

Let Her Be Covered Part Two

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

Mirrors of Reality

Have you ever looked into a mirror and wondered what... Read More

Catholic Voters Need to Rethink Morality

If Catholic doctrine calls for the sanctity of all human... Read More

The Rapture

Here is the 50 million dollar question - will there... Read More

Following Instructions To The Letter

The dictionary explains wisdom as having good judgement, understanding, comprehension... Read More

In the Wake of Katrina: For Mature Christians Only!

One reason the rescue and relief effort regarding Katrina has... Read More

The Dangers of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter book has just been released in the... Read More

Do We Really Need God?

The human being is endowed with ability. We have the... Read More

Do Not Believe All You Read In The Holy Books

Observation shows that human creative activity has a physical, a... Read More

Purity

Is being purified only for the men of the cloth?... Read More