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
Albania gets religion  POLITICO.eu
Religion | Community  Daily Astorian
My family's religion  Duke Chronicle
Liberty and religion are drifting apart  Catholic Herald Online
The object of religion  Economic Times
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
Insult, Injury and Religious Liberty  The Wall Street Journal
Immigrants want to ban criticism of religion in Denmark  The Copenhagen Post - Danish news in english
On Sukkot, think of the Kurds  Religion News Service
Religion briefs  Troy Daily News
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Firstfruit from Death Guarantees the Coming Harvest

The farmer handed buckets to us, the blueberry pickers. "You're... Read More

6 Keys to Successfully Screening Church Staff and Volunteers

Whether you are in the process of formulating a screening... Read More

How Should We Pray?

Many Christians often wonder, "How should we pray?"I'm going to... Read More

Gods Favorite Religion

What does your church teach regarding the subject of Widows... Read More

2nd Coming of Jesus

In this first verse, God says He will allow all... Read More

God is God

God is God and besides Him, there is no other.... Read More

In Divers Places

Isaiah 65:17-65:25In Divers Places. A Look at prophecy and today's... Read More

Rudraksha Beads - For Health, Wealth & Spirituality

The Tears of Lord Shiva that are Rudraksha, are the... Read More

Like a Flood: What The Church does with Killers like Katrina

Isaiah 59:19 declares: "...when the enemy comes in like a... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

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

7 Bowl Judgements

There is now one more set of 7 judgments God... Read More

Heaven and Hell

Heaven is a bribe and hell is a punishment. Be... Read More

Why Doesnt God Answer My Prayers?

I heard a story about a girl who wrote to... Read More

The Wealth of the Wealthy

Some may ask, why can't I have a lot of... Read More

The Spreading of the Not-So-Good News

PART 1: Another Gospel?The influence of the occult upon our... Read More

Planetary Alignment

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

A Strong Anchor

Stories have been told about the only thing that saved... Read More

Crucification

Most of know how Jesus was crucified. Do we ever... Read More

What I?m Giving Up for Lent?

Don't worry I'm not going off into religious rantings. ?Having... Read More

The Oldest Concept in History

I find it funny that one of the oldest concepts... Read More

John Roberts and Madalyn Murray ? The Turtle and the OHare

Although I've never met Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, I... Read More

Catholic Hierarchy: The Nobiliary Element in the Catholic Church

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

What Is Faith?

1. Faith is a "spiritual substance" on the inside of... Read More

The Armorbearer Coach & The Character of Christ In You

And even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to... Read More

Books of the Living and Dead

Revelation 20:12 makes a powerful claim: "And I saw the... Read More