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 stands against religion-based violence  Anadolu AgencyANKARA. People across the globe commemorated the victims of religious-based violence on Thursday. On the first International Day Commemorating the ...
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 ...
We have become too wary when talking about religion  Telegraph IndiaSome feel strongly that schools are meant for educating and not preaching. In the United States of America and the United Kingdom, no religion can be taught in ...
International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - World  ReliefWebEnglish News and Press Release on World about Protection and Human Rights; published on 22 Aug 2019 by UN HRC.
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.
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 ...
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?
Religion Notes: Aug. 22, 2019  MassLive.comSun rays fall through the clouds over the banking district in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) AP. 0. By Pam Mastriano ...
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.
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.
German president warns against using religion for political gains  Qantara.deGerman President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against abusing religion for political gains in his opening speech at the Religions for Peace W.
Why This Court Got It Right on Religious Imagery  Daily SignalIn a win for the First Amendment, a federal appellate court ruled earlier this month that the seal featuring a cross located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, does ...
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.
Religion: Aug. 22, 2019 | Community  Daily AstorianGrace Episcopal. Sunday is Hunger Awareness Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Ave., with an ingathering at the 10 a.m. *service* for the ...
Myths and facts about vaccines, measles and religion in Israel  The Jerusalem PostThe 'Magazine' interviews professionals on measles cases in the Orthodox community and discovers that ideology is not the reason for the outbreak.
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 ...
Trump Labor Department rule would let religious employers discriminate  Vox.comThe Trump administration caused an uproar when the US Department of Labor proposed a new rule that would give certain federal contractors the right to ...
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 ...
Protect our religious freedom, for goodness sake  The AustralianAs the world recovered from World War II, it reflected on the horror that had taken place. There was a recognition by most states across the world that there was ...
Editorial: Trump’s new ‘religious freedom’ rule looks like a license to discriminate  Los Angeles TimesTrump's 'religious freedom' rule could foster discrimination.
DNA Tests are a Curiosity, Not a Guide to Choosing a Religion  PatheosThere is nothing wrong with wanting to follow the religion of one specific set of your ancestors. As a modern Druid who draws inspiration from Celtic ancestors, ...
TERRY MATTINGLY: 'Nones' and the void in American religious life  Meridian StarAmericans 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 ...
‘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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Your Religion Doesn't Dictate Your Political Party In America  WBURLinda Wertheimer experienced the pain of anti-Semitism as a child. In her town and school, being Christian was equal to being an American.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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 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 ...
Professor Alyssa Rockenbach to Receive Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award for Work on IDEALS Projec  NC State College of EducationAlyssa Rockenbach, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education at the NC State College of Education, has devoted much of her ...
Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the Many Rapid Changes in the Religious Life of American Jews  MosaicFor much of the 20th century, the major religious denominations—Conservative, Reform, Orthodox—loomed large over institutional Jewish life in America. But in ...
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.
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 ...
Race and religion remain Malaysia's most divisive issues: The Star columnist  The Straits TimesIn his commentary, the writer says that recent events, such as the furore against Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, show that the Pakatan Harapan is not ...
Religion briefs for Aug. 22 | Community  Petoskey News-ReviewBAY VIEW. Worship director set to speak. BAY VIEW — The Rev. Daniel Moser, the director of Bay View's Worship and Religious Life, will speak on Sunday, Aug ...
Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history  The EconomistBRITAIN'S RELIGIOUS leaders, a relatively small and embattled community in an ever more secular land, are wondering what to make of Boris Johnson. As with ...
2019 RNA Annual Conference  Religion News ServiceEach year, RNA's Conference brings together religion reporters and scholars from across the country. Anticipated attendees include religion reporters at ...
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 ...
Religions for Peace participant emphasizes role of women  Deutsche WelleDelegates from around the world are attending the inter-faith meeting Religions for Peace in the southern German town of Lindau. DW's Aya Ibrahim met a ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Separation of religion and state shouldn't be eroded  The ObserverThe Government of Uganda has for a while sought to “regulate” religious freedoms under the guise of protecting its citizens. This has essentially taken the form ...
Coming to Terms With One's Religious Past - RAI with Matthew Fox (8/8)  The Real News NetworkMatthew Fox, a former Catholic priest and theologian talks about the ways conservatives and progressives claim the Catholic religion, and how the secular left ...
Taxpayer money shouldn’t pay for religious indoctrination  Baltimore SunGovernment funding shouldn't be used to fund religious groups and it also is not discriminatory to do so.
How an idea about a UN day for persecuted religious people became a reality  PremierThursday is the first UN day for remembering victims of violence due to their religion.
Prominent Catholic professor says secular colleges push their own religious doctrine  The College FixNames pantheism as the religion of secular colleges.
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 baseball and religion meet | North Port Sun  yoursun.comBy ALEXANDRA HERRERA. Staff Writer. NORTH PORT — Baseball is America's pastime, but it's more than that for Bryan Steverson. The 77-year-old West ...
Suhakam urges respect for child’s right to religion, identity  Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today reiterated that international conventions protect a child's right to ...
Religion is vital, but fanaticism turns faithful into slaves  The Star, KenyaSociety has adopted misconceptions making them slaves to self-proclaimed men of God.
Confessions of a disloyal Jew  Religion News Service(RNS) — I am guilty of disloyalty. On Tuesday (Aug. 20), President Trump said, “I think that any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a ...
Religion is being misused in Pakistan to hunt for political power and electoral hegemony  Gulf NewsThere is not a single party in Pakistan that has not misused religion to grab power.
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 ...
Have Religion Scholars Been Deceived by Darwin?  Discovery InstituteEditor's note: Dr. Shedinger is a Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the author of a new book critiquing Darwinian triumphalism, The ...
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.
Teach your kids about religious diversities!  Global Village spaceOn one hand, our national flag has a dedicated white portion to highlight our country's religious minorities, but on the other the news shows.
Fear is the Slaveholder Religion's Tool of Control  SojournersConservatives' rejection of the 1619 Project is based on a fear of black power.
Religion  Geauga Maple LeafMission Sunday Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ is changing it worship *service* the last Sunday of each month. To put faith ...
Albany Area Religion Bulletin | Faith  The Albany HeraldThe Albany Area Religion Bulletin is a weekly compilation of church and faith-based events in Albany and southwest Georgia and is published generally on ...
Biggest news of the 21st century? Collapse of religion: James Haught  Middletown Press and JournalEndless suicide bombings and massacres by religious fanatics in the Islamic “cult of death”? Snowballing acceptance of gays as equal humans? Kakistocracy ...
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.
Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics  CityNews CalgaryROME — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it ...
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 ...
New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism  J-Wire Jewish Australian News ServiceReligious Education in schools can strengthen multi-culturalism and reduce extremism in our wider communities, according to a new report. Dr Suzanne Rutland.
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 ...
Trump's 'disloyalty' comment latest example of religion being exploited for political gain, some say  TribDem.comBeth Sholom Congregation Rabbi Irvin Brandwein wasn't surprised Wednesday to hear President Donald Trump said Jewish Americans are "disloyal" for voting ...
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 ...
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.
#GCSE and #ALEVEL entries for Religious Studies may have fallen - But as a Nation we haven't stopped believing  FE NewsSTUDENT entries for GCSE and A-level Religious Studies has fallen in the last year. In 2018 241,749 learners sat the subject at GCSE level down by 36% and ...
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?
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
'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 ...
Extremism in all religions is bad  MalaysiakiniLETTER | All religions teach good and to do no harm unto others.
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 ...
When religion meets secularism in urban planning  MIT NewsI'm interested in the peaceful coexistence of communities,” says Babak Manouchehrifar, who left his home country of Iran to study at MIT. The fourth-year PhD ...
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 ...
'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.
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' ...
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 ...
Military Might Is Our National Religion  TruthoutWhen I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the ...
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 ...
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 ...
Man refusing religious divorce for his wife says reports he changed his mind are ‘fake news’  JTA NewsJERUSALEM (JTA) — The man whose mother's burial was delayed in Israel over his alleged refusal to give his wife a religious divorce said reports that he had ...
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 ...
Does Catholic Church have bigger sex abuse problem than other religions?  Buffalo NewsSome attorneys and advocates for sex abuse victims told Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck they think the Catholic Church has a much bigger problem than ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fears GCSE religious studies becoming 'niche' subject - The Irish News  The Irish NewsFEARS that religious studies may become a "niche interest" have been raised by a report into a sizeable drop in pupils taking exams. From 2017 to 2018, the ...
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 ...
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.
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Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this:... Read More

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Jesus Was a Hippie

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The world that we live in today is in imminent... Read More

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The Warped Psychology of Islam

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

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In classrooms throughout the country, Judeo-Christian beliefs are often cast... Read More

The Freemasonic Order of the Golden Centurion

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The Power Source

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized ?in the name of... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

(Parental discretion advised)Please forgive me if you find any part... Read More

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He Showed 'Compassion'He made lots where there was only little.... Read More