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  • Greek police evict rebel monks from monastery headquarters

    Religion | The Guardian
    Associated Press
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Move followed court ruling to clear Thessaloniki apartment, which was being used as a base for schismatic monksAssociated Press in ThessalonikiDozens of Greek police have taken part in an operation to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox church. Continue reading...
  • Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Religion News Blog
    Religion News Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola? Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians worshiping in house churches. Full story: Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?
  • Dear Public Employee: Think the Government is “Hostile to Religion”? Get Another Job.

    Religion Dispatches
    Hollis Phelps
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina. It was, of course,...
  • New today: The church's new foundation, Charles Scriven reviews Brian McLaren's book We Make the Road by Walking, supporting couples through infertility

    Century Blog
    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Religion News Blog
    Religion News Blog
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim. In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they argue that according to the admission of detectives there is no evidence that Bethany’s death was anything other than a suicide." Full story: Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’
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    AllAfrica News: Religion

  • Algeria: Algerian Experience in Worship Management Can Bring a Lot to Senegal

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    [Algerie Presse Service]Algiers -Algerian experience in the worship management can bring a lot to Senegal, said Thursday in Algiers Senegal's Foreign Minister and Senegalese Abroad Mankeur Ndiaye, especially as the two countries share the Tariqa Tidjaniya (spiritual path of Islam).
  • Nigeria: Synagogue Building 'Mystery' Plane Likely a Nigerian Air Force Jet

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    [Premium Times]A "mysterious" aircraft videoed by security cameras as flying at least four times over the Lagos Synagogue Church building shortly before the structure collapsed killing more than 115 people in September, may have been a Nigerian Airforce jet, a coroner's court heard Thursday.
  • Egypt: Egypt's Mufti Condemns Israel Closure of Aqsa Mosque

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    [Egypt Online]Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam has strongly condemned Israel's decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Egypt: Al-Azhar Undersecretary Urges Media Outlets Not to Use the Word "Islamists" When Referring to Terrorist Groups

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    [Egypt Online]Al-Azhar Undersecretary Abbas Shoman has attended the graduation ceremony of a batch of Malaysian Imams. Shoman renewed his call on the media outlets not to use the word "Islamists" when referring to the terrorist groups. He added that the Islamic world is going through a very critical phase, saying: "The Western plot against Islam is obvious". Shoman said Islam has never approved killing innocent people, urging Imams to modernize their sermons.
  • Nigeria: Alabi - Hajj 2014: History Repeats Itself

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    [Guardian]ISLAM has five pillars. They are: (1) Faith - believe in the Oneness of Allah, His Prophet, Muhammed (SAW) and the Holy Quran. (2) Salat - the prescribed five times daily prayers. (3) Zakat, giving alms to the needy, a certain portion of one's wealth, as spelt out in the Holy Qur'an. (4)Fasting, as stipulated in the month of Ramadan and (5) Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah, Medina and other holy places in Saudi Arabia.
 
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  • Celebrities Who Married Everyday People

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Check out these celebs and the everyday people that they married.
  • The Day This Catholic Girl Prayed for Chick-fil-A

    corme
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    My sister drives the car while I ride shotgun. My three boys chatter behind us . We are hungry. Scratch that, we are starving, so we drive to scout out the perfect lunch spot before our drive back to Sarasota. We are smack in the middle of Orlando, Florida. A seemingly perfect spot for restaurant surplus. “Let’s look for a Chick-fil-A,” I say. Squeals of enthusiasm fly from the backseat. My sister nods in agreement. This clinches it. All eyes begin to hunt the landscape. Twenty minutes later, different screams are cast from the backseat. The boys are weary of this game. We surrender. My…
  • Chronic Illness: All Right to Ask

    mpratt
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment. The nurse who took me into the examination room did not wash her hands before moving to start my eye exam. The nurse who took me into another examination room immediately after a couple exited it did not sterilize the exam area before admitting me to it. The doctor who came in to examine me did not wash his hands before approaching me to begin his exam. Not - that is - until I asked them to. One of the nurses seemed a bit put off by my request to take care because of my immuno-suppressed state. The nurse who sterilized the exam area, upon my request,…
  • Laggies

    Nell Minow
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Lynn Shelton is known for writing and directing small, intimate, independent films with a lot of improvised dialogue ("Humpday,""My Sister's Sister," "Touchy Feely"), often using the same small group of actors. With "Laggies," she moves seamlessly to working with a more conventional screenplay, written by someone else (novelist Andrea Seigel), and with a higher-profile Hollywood cast, but the film maintains a nice indie sensibility that lets the characters speak for themselves.  For example, the only time the word "laggie" is used, it is not directed at any of the main characters and it is…
  • a bardo for Richard

    Britton Gildersleeve
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    via Facebook My friend Richard died this week. Tuesday, to be precise. And in light of that precision, he was really my sister's friend, at least at first. But because we ended up talking across her FB page, we became friends too. I can't believe he's gone. Funny, sly, profane, intelligent & wise, Richard dominated any conversation he took part in. Sometimes you'd have to warn him -- these are friends/ family/ kids, Richard! But there wasn't a truly mean bone in his broken body. I didn't know for many months that Richard suffered from a chronic disease, and was bed-ridden. He was so…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Prayer, Purgatory, and All Souls Day

    Cari Donaldson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    When I was a Protestant, there were things I thought I knew about the Catholic Church, things I knew I didn’t know about the Catholic Church, but didn’t want to learn, and then a box marked, “Everything Else”. During my conversion process, that “Everything Else” box grew bigger and bigger as I slowly acquainted myself with this […]
  • The Calamity of Death and the Trial of Life

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    November 2, 2014 Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110214.cfm Death is a calamity. Or at least that is usually how we think of it. In fact, it is hard for us to imagine a worse fate than death, a more terrible punishment than execution. What really sends us reeling is […]
  • Scripture Speaks: Feast of All Souls

    Gayle Somers
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    On this day, we remember all those who have died in God’s friendship. What does it mean to be a friend of God? Gospel (Read Jn 6:37-40) Today, Jesus gives us a glimpse into God the Father’s master plan for His creation. We know from the first chapter of Genesis that God wanted man’s friendship—why […]
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    Michael Lichens
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The theme for today’s liturgy emphasizes the prayer of St Paul in the beginning of our Epistle “that your love may lead you each day to a deeper knowledge and clearer discernment.” Again, the central focus on love and deeper love, which is exemplified in the Gospel when Jesus shows that while fulfilling the law, […]
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    Michael Lichens
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “The Rosary is a very old devotion which has exercised an immeasurable influence. It is, above all, dear to pious people and belongs to their lives like the work they do and the bread they eat.” -Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady
 
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    Phil Cooke

  • A Funny Look At Why Paper Isn’t Dead

    philcooke
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sometimes we forget that in the swirl of gadgets, productivity apps, and mobile devices, paper is a long way from being dead. Maybe that explains why notebooks like Moleskin and Field Notes are more popular than ever.  Particularly as a creative medium, even with mobile devices or an iPad and stylus, there’s something about working […]
  • The Salvation Army’s Amazing New Advertising Campaign

    philcooke
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A few months ago, Jim Knaggs, Commissioner of the Western Territory of the Salvation Army gave me a sneak preview of a new advertising campaign. It was unusual because most nonprofits advertise to either the public or potential donors. But this campaign was focused on people in need. As a result, bus stop ads pointed […]
  • With Your Career, Are You An Amateur Or Professional?

    philcooke
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    At some point in our careers we need to decide how serious we are about the pursuit. As the old saying goes: “The thinking that got you into this mess isn’t the thinking you need to get out.”  All of us start as beginners or amateurs – and there’s no shame in that. But at […]
  • How To Introduce A Speaker

    philcooke
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    As a speaker, I’ve been introduced a thousand times, and I can confidently say that most didn’t really help. Usually they simply print out my bio from philcooke.com and read it. Trust me, a bio on a website isn’t meant to be a live introduction, so it comes off slow and boring. The worst don’t […]
  • Why Your Message Needs to Find a Mobile Audience

    philcooke
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As of January 2013, there are more mobile devices in the world than people.  (In India, there are more mobile devices than toilets, but that’s another blog post entirely.)  The question becomes – is your message available on mobile platforms?   Are your short films, videos, sermons, teaching, blogs, or whatever else available via mobile? […]
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  • Appellate Briefing Completed in Precedent-Setting Litigation Challenging Encinitas' Ashtanga Yoga Program (Sedlock v. Baird)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Contact: NCLP Media Relations, 760-747-4529 SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On October 6, attorneys with the National Center for Law & Policy filed Petitioners' and Appellants' final brief in the California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, Division One. The case is now fully briefed and will be assigned to a three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments and decide the appeal in the near future. The lawsuit challenges EUSD's (Encinitas Union School Dist Source: The National Center for Law & Policy
  • Author Aims to Save Lives to Christ Through Former Weakness

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Contact: Alisa Massey, 580-977-8482 LAHOMA, Okla., Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian author Alisa Massey's book Anonymous No More: One Mother's Faith-Filled Journey Through Addiction, Recovery, & Redemption is currently for sale at alisamassey.com. Alisa is currently up for any speaking engagements and is ready to inspire the world! Alisa's book is a memoir on her triumph over her addiction and she hopes to help others through her own story of redemption. A highly inspira Source: Alisa Massey, LLC
  • Tennessee Pastor Says 'Churches Are Too Boring,' This is Why People Are Not Attending Regularly

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Redemptive Life Church in Memphis, TN - at Wolfchase, will be the first of three campuses to be launched within the Greater Memphis area. Redemptive Life Church is a casual, friendly, non-denominational fellowship made up of people who are passionate about Jesus. We seek to live out our faith in a real and authentic way in order to help people experience the transforming love of Christ and discover their purpose. Contact: DJ Roker, Lead Pastor, Redemptive Life Church, Inc., 901-877-5353, office@ Source: Redemptive Life Church
  • Failing at Fatherhood: a Book for the Imperfect Father Set to be Released by Trinity Grace Press

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Contact: John McClure, 321-442-2525 KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Trinity Grace Press announces the forthcoming release of "Failing at Fatherhood: a book for the imperfect father" by Jack Barr of King, North Carolina. The release is scheduled for November 10th. Starting with an article on CNN, Jack Barr tells his deeply personal story as a new father who learns that his child has Down syndrome. Fear and anxiety quickly overwhelm him to the point where he takes d Source: Trinity Grace Press
  • Gerard Long Steps Down as Executive Director of Alpha in Obedience to a Fresh Call from God

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Contact: Wayne Kriemelmeyer, Aplha USA, 224-588-8531, waynekriemelmeyer@alphausa.org CHICAGO, Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- It's with considerable sadness, but also gratitude, that the Alpha USA Board recently accepted the resignation of Executive Director, Gerard Long, effective December 31st 2014. Gerard has served Alpha for the last eight years and in this time the ministry has seen a fourfold increase in the number of churches using Alpha. Also, he has led the establishment o Source: Alpha USA
 
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

    Company of Prayer
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear,…
  • For those in retail professions, as they enter their busiest season, we pray

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “ Some retailers make up as much as 30 percent of their yearly sales numbers from October to December. Kicking off the end of year spending season is Halloween. Just how much do Americans spend on trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities? The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts total Halloween spending—including candy, costumes, and decorations—to come in at $7.4 billion this year. – Bourree Lam, theatlantic.comWait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween?: The National Retail Federation estimates that people will cough up $350 million just on Halloween…
  • For all those who use their unique skill set for the benefit of others, we pray.

    Company of Prayer
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals–breakfast, lunch and dinner–to India’s homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.
  • For all those who use their unique skill set for the benefit of others, we pray.

    Company of Prayer
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals–breakfast, lunch and dinner–to India’s homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.
  • For all those who use their unique skill set for the benefit of others, we pray.

    Company of Prayer
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals–breakfast, lunch and dinner–to India’s homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Muslim community must address issue of street grooming, says Nazir Afzal

    Helen Pidd, northern editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Crown Prosecution Services lead on child sexual abuse urges community to report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation by Asian and Pakistani men and says dont walk byThe Muslim community must accept and address the fact that Asian and Pakistani men are disproportionately involved in localised, street grooming of vulnerable girls, one of the UKs most senior prosecutors has said.Nazir Afzal, the Crown Prosecution Services lead on child sexual abuse, told a meeting of Muslims in Bradford on Thursday night that the community had to address the issue of street grooming and that Muslims…
  • Say hello to Zilzar.com, the Islamic answer to Amazon

    Emma Howard in Dubai
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Online market platform will specifically cater to Muslim consumers looking for halal products and servicesFirst there was Amazon and its ubiquitous internet retail model. Next came Alibaba, a Chinese behemoth valued at more than $200bn. Now the Islamic world has launched its own competitor to the great global online giants, in the hope of cornering the mouthwatering trillion-dollar Muslim consumer market. Zilzar.com was unveiled by the Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, at the World Islamic Economic Forum. Zilzar means earthquake in Arabic.The global market for halal…
  • Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque reopens amid heavy security video

    Guardian Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque reopens on Friday morning after being shut to all visitors on Thursday for the first time since 2000. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called for a 'day of rage' in response to the closure. The Israeli police presence across Jerusalem's Old City has been increased amid fears of violence Continue reading...
  • Greek police evict rebel monks from monastery headquarters

    Associated Press
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Move followed court ruling to clear Thessaloniki apartment, which was being used as a base for schismatic monksAssociated Press in ThessalonikiDozens of Greek police have taken part in an operation to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox church. Continue reading...
  • Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers

    Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem and agencies
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Rare closure followed fatal police shooting of Palestinian suspected of having been the attempted killer of a rabbiIsrael reopened the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday before the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing by police of a Palestinian shooting suspect.The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before midday prayers, following an Israeli clampdown on the shrine on Thursday. Continue reading...
 
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    It does not seem to occur to mainstream Islamic religious leaders that perhaps their understanding and practice of Islam is at fault. That perhaps they should begin to try different solutions, adopt different attitudes, and cultivate different viewpoints.
  • We need to know more, but the "experts" aren't helping

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    They may know a few choice Arabic words (Sunni, Shia, Jihadi, etc.) and can use a few of them in a sentence. But experts, they are not. I'm sorry to sound elitist, but some guy who made a fortune in real estate and happened to be elected to Congress is not ...
  • Our Souls Turned into Weapons

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    And wars don't end. They go on and on and on, inside the psyches of the ones who fought and killed. War's toxins hover in the air and the water. Landmines and unexploded bombs, planted in the earth, wait patiently to explode.
  • The Missing Context: 'Islamic State' Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The entire American nation-building experiment was in fact a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country's army, entire official institutions and the construction of an alternative political class that was essentially sectarian.
  • God as the Only Creator

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    One of the most compelling messages of the Qur'an concerning architecture is that God is the only Creator; the rest is His creation unable to match His power, competence and creativity.
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Women in Leadership: Part Three

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bright Hope believes that equipping the local, in-country church is the critical element needed to combat human trafficking in India.(Image, caption courtesy Bright Hope) International (MNN) -- Throughout the world, women are treated as less than human. Gender-based killings -- practiced everywhere from China to the U.S. -- kills thousands of baby girls before they take their first breath. In many of the world's "developing" nations, mothers and wives do 75% of the household labor. If girls and young women make it beyond the age of five, they face a myriad of dangers specifically tied to…
  • Prison ministry a shining light in the dark

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit CBI) Puerto Rico (CBI/MNN) -- Puerto Rico has an incarceration rate of about 332 per 100,000 people, and cocaine trafficking has nearly quadrupled in the last seven years. New York Times reports that the increase in drug trade is due to traffickers in Columbia and Venezuela who are looking for new ways to import cocaine into the United States. But like a shining light in the dark, Crossroad Bible Institute (CBI) is thrilled to announce the launch of a new satellite campus in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USA). The fast-growing campus has already enrolled 92 students and…
  • Coming under increased scrutiny

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kazakhstan (VOMC) -- The Voice of the Martyrs Canada reports that increasing numbers of Christians in Kazakhstan are being given short-term prison sentences for refusing to pay fines linked to their religious activity. Fines are now being regularly imposed for violating the country's harsh Religion Law, which includes distributing religious literature, talking to other people about religion, and meeting with others for worship without compulsory state registration or license. In addition, social projects run by religious groups are coming under increased scrutiny. Within the first 10 weeks of…
  • Iraqi refugees tell their story

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Iraq (MNN) -- ISIS continues its offensive across Syria and Iraq, leaving many victims in its wake. The stories of ISIS killing males above 10 years old, the systematic rape of women and girls, and the looting of personal possessions is shocking, even to many Muslims. SAT-7, a Christian satellite television network to the Middle East and North Africa, went into a refugee camp to interview victims of these heinous crimes against humanity. We've transcribed these interviews so you can get a sense of what they've experienced.   SAT-7 is coordinating a day of prayer for the Middle East this…
  • Mission trip to Philippines great success: hunger for God’s word apparent

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Smiling faces of a family whojust received free Christian literature.(Photo courtesy of Christian Resources International) Philippines (MNN) -- Pretend you have to travel hours to get to a concert you've been looking forward to for months. You realize that there is likelihood for you to be late. So you call up the information desk where the concert is going to be held and ask them, "Will I still get my Bible?" Christian Resources International returned from the Philippines earlier this month. What they found was a hunger for the word of God. Concert During this trip, CRI held a…
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  • Corporate Excommunication

    john_hendryx
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    The excommunication of an individual in your local church should never be done easily or lightly, but sometimes it needs to be done for the love and purity of the church. Done rightly and carefully it exposes false teaching and unrepentant immorality and may have the blessed function of being the means of repentance, reconciliation and the bringing of brothers back into the fold.This has got me to thinking ...due to the doctrinal chaos, immorality and outright rebellion now obvious in evangelicalism, I have thought about whether excommunication could be done on a corporate scale... that is,…
  • Why I Am a Calvinist By Brandon Lucas (Guest Post)

    john_hendryx
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    IntroductionAlmost a decade ago I was involved in a titanic spiritual battle between two opposing theological views. I could feel the once rock solid doctrines of free will slipping through my fingers like fine sand. I begged and beseeched the Lord to deliver me from the relentless reasonings and scriptural bombshells ripping the house I had built on the shifting dunes of man-centered doctrines. My pride and self-respect were on the line.See, for the first decade of my born-again life I embraced a form of Arminianism that many call Semi-Pelagianism. Simply put, I believed that man's free will…
  • "Intolerant views should be eliminated."

    john_hendryx
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Post: "Intolerant views should be eliminated."Response: I saw this statement yesterday in the comments of some news about a Christian... and no doubt we all increasingly see these kind of statements frequently posted around the Internet. IN fact, these are the kind of statements where I have seen people receive hundreds of "likes" on progressive-leaning news websites like Huffington Post, especially when they are talking about the views of theologically conservative Christians. It really appears that the persons who make such declarations, and their followers, fail to see the sheer irony in…
  • Book Review: Jonathan Edwards (Christian Biographies for Young Readers) by Simonetta Carr

    john_hendryx
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Christian Biographies for Young Readers series introduces children to key figures from church history. Author Simonetta Carr and illustrator Matt Abraxas offer a compelling and beautiful historical account of the life of each Christian figure profiled in the series. To date, the series includes volumes on John Calvin, John Owen, Augustine of Hippo, Athanasius, Anselm of Canterbury, Lady Jane Grey, John Knox, and now, Jonathan Edwards.
  • The Four Stages of Man

    john_hendryx
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Adrian ReynoldsIt is always helpful for the preacher to be thinking through to whom he is preaching in terms of their spiritual state. Thomas Boston is helpful here with his fourfold state, picking up on Augustine:Primitive integrity, i.e. pre-fall – in Augustinian terms, able to sinEntire depravity, i.e. post-fall, pre-conversion, not able not to sinBegun recovery, i.e. regenerate, able not to sinConsummate happiness (or misery), i.e. glorification, unable to sinIt will not have escaped your notice that we are not preaching to either (1) or (4). However, chances are we are preaching to…
 
 
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  • Women of Grace Conference

    proverbs31
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I had the privilege of speaking at the Women of Grace Conference this past weekend. What a lovely group of ladies. I went there to bless them but came away very much blessed myself.  Truly an honour and a wonderful experience. I shared on three verses: Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:20 and Proverbs 31:25.  The first about considering the field that their ministry is in, the second about helping those who are in need in their communities and the third about confidence and assurance and also knowing where and how their families fit into God’s plan for them. Thank you ladies, and in…
  • Meeting the needs of others

    proverbs31
    21 Apr 2013 | 4:53 am
    Debbie and I hadn’t seen each other in many years.  We’ve both had our trials and challenges during that time of not seeing one another. But we reconnected about a year or so ago when I saw her post on the Facebook page of the Christian radio station I love to listen to.  Turned out she’d remembered the station from when she used to work for me many years prior, and when looking for something more uplifting on the air, she turned the dials till she found what she was looking for. Yesterday, she and her son, Joel, came here to visit. She’d sent me a message via…
  • Interview on 20Twenty

    proverbs31
    10 Dec 2012 | 10:16 pm
    If you heard me on Vision Radio or the show 20Twenty and came looking for the book and more information, you’ve come to the right place. I was delighted when Neil rang me and asked for an interview… two in fact!  One about each book I’ve written and published: “Worth More Than Rubies: The Value of a Work at Home Mum” and “It Happened By Design” which is about a series of real life God-incidences by 30 different authors. I invite your comments and questions and am more than happy to engage in conversation. Perhaps you have been wanting to work from…
  • Sad day, reflection on society?

    proverbs31
    27 Sep 2012 | 4:46 pm
    Today is a sad day in the city of Melbourne.  A 29 year old woman, who was an employee of one of our media services disappeared early last Saturday morning, while walking on her way home from a night out with her colleagues. She only had 800 metres to walk. She’d twice refused a lift home from one her colleagues.  Who knows the reason why.  Her husband was waiting for her at home. In the past couple of days it’s come to light that she was seen on the pavement by video cameras inside of shops with a man who was talking to her.  This morning it was announced that a man had been…
  • Mother’s Day not far away

    proverbs31
    13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 am
    Mother’s Day is coming round once again.  Is this something you look forward to, or something you dread?  Do you have a mother you look up to or resent? Do you have children who look up to you or, for some reason, dislike you? For my own part, Mother’s Day is tinged with both sadness and happiness. I have 4 lovely daughters that I get to spend time with and usually get spoilt over lunch or dinner and with lovely gifts.  But I lost a son 33 years ago whom has never gotten to know me as his mother, at least not here on earth.  A step-daughter we lost over 3 years ago.  And a…
 
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    Religion News Blog

  • Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Religion News Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola? Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians worshiping in house churches. Full story: Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?
  • Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Religion News Blog
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim. In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they argue that according to the admission of detectives there is no evidence that Bethany’s death was anything other than a suicide." Full story: Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’
  • Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

    Religion News Blog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    London's Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise. Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is possessed often resort to physical abuse in order to try and get the spirits to leave. Full story: Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK
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  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    Religion News Blog
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly. This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand. Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend
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  • Text messaging project helps ease religious and tribal tensions in Kenya’s Tana Delta

    Fredrick Nzwili
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A conflict unfolding in the Tana Delta has led a Canadian-based genocide prevention organization to launch an innovative project to monitor false rumors and give community members neutral and accurate information. The post Text messaging project helps ease religious and tribal tensions in Kenya’s Tana Delta appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Human trafficking survivors offered full scholarship at Christian university

    Ben Sheffler
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    (RNS) San Diego's Point Loma Nazarene University launched an Indiegogo campaign this week with a goal to raise $40,000 in 40 days to fund the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund. The post Human trafficking survivors offered full scholarship at Christian university appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Haunted houses * Assisted suicide * The color of death: Friday’s Roundup

    Yonat Shimron
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Brittany Maynard cancels her death date. New York and Chicago brace for Catholic church and school closings. The Sistine Chapel's frescoes are turning white. The post Haunted houses * Assisted suicide * The color of death: Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Southern Baptists change their tone but not their substance on homosexuality (COMMENTARY)

    Jacob Lupfer
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The Nashville conference was remarkable for two notable shifts: a change in tone -- call it a kinder, gentler opposition to homosexuality -- and a pragmatic concession that the fight over gay marriage is largely lost. The post Southern Baptists change their tone but not their substance on homosexuality (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Bishops object as Catholic universities offer same-sex benefits

    David Gibson
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    (RNS) Twenty-two Jesuit universities now provide benefits to same-sex partners. The post Bishops object as Catholic universities offer same-sex benefits appeared first on Religion News Service.
 
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  • Nobel Peace Prize to Malala! Here are three videos including a song by Laal

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    by Salman HameedIn the off chance you haven't heard, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi - an Indian child rights campaigner - have been awarded this year's  Nobel peace prize. This cannot be any more perfect - a Pakistani and an Indian, and a Muslim and a Hindu sharing the peace prize (heck the Nobel committee still has a long way to make up for the Obama prize.Just in case you think that Malala is simply overrated and has gotten all the attention for being shot, check these two videos from NYT. She is an incredibly smart with an amazing sense of charm and natural humor. First, watch…
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) disrupted by protesters

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    by Salman HameedAfter years of court cases, it looks like the construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is about to start (see this earlier post: Thirty Meter Telescope Inching Towards Final Approval). Yes, I'm an astronomer, but I do feel a bit sad about native Hawai'ians who have been fighting to keep this large telescope off of Mauna Kea. It is a complicated issue at the intersection of economic development, science, colonial history, power imbalance between the interested parties, and questions of the sacred. Perhaps, appropriately, the groundbreaking ceremony for the telescope…
  • Moon Sighting or Moon Fighting?

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    by Salman HameedLast last year, I had conversation with Akif Khan of Rationalist Society of Pakistan on the topic of lunar calendar controversies amongst Muslims in some countries (not in all places, as some do use calculations. I think Turkey is one of those countries). In any case here is the conversation (yes, it goes for half-an-hour). This is timely as we have Eid here tomorrow. So along with this video, Eid Mubarak!And much thanks to Akif Khan and Pakistani rationalists.
  • Video Contest for Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Public Education

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    by Salman HameedThe Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Pubic Education is soliciting 8-minute videos for on the topic of Pakistan: How to Make a Better Society. And yes, you can get a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and your work feature in the Karachi Literature Festival in February 2015.Here are the details from the EACPE website:------------------The competition seeks to raise awareness and encourage activism on important social issues, and encourage the use of new media in Pakistan.Submissions for 2014 may deal with any of the following:Citizenship: What are the rights and responsibilities of…
  • Sachal Studios Orchestra plays Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    by Salman HameedFor your Sunday evening, here is a fascinating interpretation of Beatles' Eleanor Rigby by Sachal Studios Orchestra: Eleanor Rigby - Sachal Studios Orchestra (Lennon - McCartney) from Sachal Music on Vimeo.Sachal Orchestra shot to fame through their phenomenal rendition of Dave Brubecks' Take Five (you can see the video here). And if you want more, you an see their recent (June) performance with Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Here is Blues Walk:
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  • Orphans Video

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Orphans Video From: American Bible Society Views: 14 1 ratings Time: 00:42 More in Sports
  • Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu David Damrosch and Lydia Liu host a Q&A at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 10 0 ratings Time: 34:33 More in Sports
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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Lydia Liu at the Nida Symposium 2014 Lydia Liu responds to David Damrosch's lecture at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 34:40 More in Sports
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    3 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
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  • Nokia Lumia: The Ultimate Camera Phone

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    All eyes have been on the new releases by Apple, Google, and Samsung. Nokia on the other hand seems to have quieted down with their flagship Lumia line and in hindsight, there isn't much to go with the the Nokia smartphone line. Still, it is worth noting that one of the smartphones, the Lumia 1020 has somethine to boast about.
  • Nexus 9 Specs and Features Revealed: HTC-Made Tablet Sticks to Google Aesthetic

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    The successor to Google's Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus 9, is soon to make its public release soon with pre-orders going on as early as last week. This time, the tablet has been made by HTC and even though it's made by a different manufacturer, it certainly follows Google's design aesthetic to the letter with its rounded off edges and minimalistic back covering.
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    31 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Smartwatches are slowly gaining a foothold in the market as other manufacturers aside from Samsung are starting to put out a wrist watch line of their own. Apple has the Apple Watch, Motorola has the Moto 360, Microsoft has the Microsoft Band, and LG has the G Watch R.
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  • Wanda McDonald: 1st Turbaned Sikh Woman In Canadian Navy

    JSingh
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Toronto, Canada: The World Sikh Organization of Canada has helped Master Seaman Wanda McDonald become the first Sikh woman to wear the turban while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). McDonald, a Sonar operator based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, joined the RCN in 1997 and became interested in the Sikh faith three years ago. After deciding to become an initiated or amritdhari Sikh, she requested permission to wear the turban on duty. The WSO regularly provides information to the Canadian Forces with respect to Sikh practices and articles of faith. When McDonald made her request to wear…
  • DSGMC has misused J&K relief fund, allege Sarnas

    JSingh
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna and general secretary Harvinder Singh Sarna today alleged that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh (GK) and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa allegedly misused the relief fund meant for flood-affected people in Jammu and Kashmir. They said GK and Sirsa engaged a private jet aircraft to Sri Nagar and stayed there for only half an hour. They did not interact with the affected people and delivered lectures just praising their efforts. The Sarna brothers showed video of a…
  • Picking up thread of unity amid turmoil

    JSingh
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Bathinda, Punjab: Residents of Mungaska village in Alwar district of Rajasthan, who were uprooted following the 1984 Sikh genocide, continue to struggle even 30 years after the violence that shook the nation in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Unlike Delhi where the government to offered help to the victims after the riots, people from this part of the country have no hope of any help.Even those at Hondh Chillar village in Rewari district of Haryana where 31 were killed and the entire village uprooted have come under the limelight and can expect a…
  • Oz gurdwara vandalised, SGPC condemns attack

    JSingh
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Melbourne, Australia: The SGPC has strongly condemned the attack on a gurdwara at Perth in Australia. In a statement issued here today, SGPC spokesman Diljeet Singh Bedi said the attack on the shrine was highly condemnable and the Australian authorities must initiate strict action against those behind it. He said SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, who was on a visit to the US, had shot off a missive to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. The newly built gurdwara became the target of anti-Islamic slurs after it was vandalised. It was also painted with obscene messages. The multi-million…
  • DSGMC to start memorial construction

    JSingh
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    New Delhi: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK today announced that the gurdwara committee would start the construction of the 1984 Sikh genocide victims memorial on the premises of Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on November 1. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will lead the construction work. The foundation stone of the memorial has already been laid in June 2013. The DSGMC has also invited Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and the heads of five Takhts for beginning the construction work. There would be no…
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  • Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel ...
  • Collapsed Lagos church building 'had no planning approval'

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    A guesthouse that collapsed at the Lagos megachurch of one of Nigeria's most popular preachers, killing 116, did not have planning approval, a building inspector said on Thursday. Lagos State commissioner for physical planning Olutoyin Ayinde also said that several other structures on the site of TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) were sub-standard.
  • Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Michelangelo frescoes

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo's delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. To protect the frescoes, the Vatican has decided to restrict the number of visitors to the chapel - where popes are elected in secret conclaves - to 6 million a year. The previous lighting and air conditioning systems were installed in 1994 - when the number of visitors stood at about 1.5 million - and had become inadequate to…
  • Catholic Church to close, merge a dozen schools in Chicago

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Catholic Church will close or merge a dozen of its 240 Chicago-area schools due to falling attendance in some areas of the country's largest parochial school system, the Archdiocese of Chicago said on Wednesday. "We will not be able to maintain all schools in their current form," outgoing Cardinal Francis George said in a letter posted on the website of the archdiocese, which has a deficit of millions of dollars. Six schools would close in June 2015 while another six would merge into three, affecting 1,280 elementary school students, it…
  • Pope maps out personal (and progressive) policy

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the turbulent meeting of bishops on family issues that just ended.
 
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  • The Hallowe'en where Terminator came back and Dizzee lopped off someone's head

    Louis Pattison
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Hello and welcome to the Ghoul Daily, which will still go by the hashtag #guidedaily, for sinister SEO reasonsTerrifying tunes, frightening film trailers and, er, cadaverous commentary, hauled out the pop cultural charnel houseAnd of course, spooky #reviewanythingTweet us at @guideguardian, why dont you 5.38pm GMT Presuming that youre not currently in the process of daubing your face with panstick and fake blood, youll probably be looking for something suitably chilling to hunker down in front of this evening. And have I got a list for you.Witchfinder General (BBC2, 12.05am) 4.55pm GMT No,…
  • The 2014 Guardian World Cities Day Challenge live

    Chris Michael
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    To celebrate World Cities Day, in conjunction with UN-Habitat, were putting 36 contestants in the hot seat to tell us their citys best idea and why other cities should adopt it. Cheer them on!What exactly is this?Right. And who are the judges?Latest contestants will be listed in the left-hand marginYou can choose to order by oldest first 5.14pm GMT Well, the votes are counted. The envelope is open. Congratulations to all those who sent their ideas to the World Cities Day Challenge! It has been fantastic to see ideas from all over the world. Most importantly, each and every one of them has…
  • Wigged out: why ballets bad hair day is ruining the show

    Judith Mackrell
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Frizzy mops, foppish wigs and pudding bowls the Ashton are only the latest company whose absurd head gear make their dancers look like sad extras from a Victorian melodrama Judith Mackrell on the Royal Ballets Ashton mixed bill a five-star masterclassWigs can be an essential prop to ballet: the white curled wigs worn by courtiers; the fantastical wigs of fairytale characters; the extra tresses needed for short-haired dancers, the short crop to cover long hair. The art form also inconsistently and unsatisfactorily depends on them. For me, that issue came into particularly bothersome focus…
  • Japanese stimulus drives stock markets higher; eurozone inflation inches up - business live

    Graeme Wearden
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Dow Jones industrial average has hit a new record high, as investors cheer the Bank of Japans new stimulus programmeSummary: Markets surge as BoJ boosts stimulus plan 5.07pm GMT Days after the US Federal Reserve ended its QE programme, Japan stepped in and sent markets soaring by increasing its own bond buying plans, writes Nick Fletcher. So just a couple of weeks after markets were tanking on fears of a global economic slowdown, political tensions and fears of the spread of Ebola, a difficult month has ended on a positive note. The final scores showed: 3.03pm GMT Shares in Barclays have…
  • Russell Westbrook's injury deals major blow to Thunder in brutal west

    Hunter Felt
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Oklahoma City Thunder, already dealing with the loss of MVP Kevin Durant, will now have to play without Russell Westbrook for up to six weeksIts only two games into their season and the Oklahoma City Thunder have to face their worst-case scenario. Already forced to play without Kevin Durant, the Thunder now may have lost point guard Russell Westbrook for four to six weeks after he suffered a right hand injury in Thursday nights 93-90 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center.Westbrook appeared to have injured his right hand in the second quarter while attempting to catch a rebound. Shortly…
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  • Eight Palestinians reported injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    (JTA) — At least eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in clashes with Israeli police that occurred shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged all parties to practice restraint in Jerusalem. The clashes included the firing of flare guns by Palestinian men at police guarding the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem on Friday, the news site news.walla.co.il reported on Friday. Police responded by firing crown dispersal means at the Palestinians, who fled the scene. In another incident, eight Palestinians were injured during clashes following Friday prayers near the…
  • British Jewish school flunks tolerance test

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    (JTA) — A British Jewish school failed government inspections for lacking “tolerance.” The Beis Yaakov secondary school for girls in Salford near Manchester received an “inadequate” in snap inspections conducted by educational officials from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, according to the a report Wednesday in The Guardian, which said the school had enjoyed a “good” ranking before the inspection. Two additional Jewish schools had their rating lowered following inspections conducted last month in the wake of what British…
  • Jewish school enrollment up 12 percent, fueled by haredi Orthodox growth

    Uriel Heilman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    NEW YORK (JTA) – Jewish day school enrollment in the United States is up 12 percent from five years ago, primarily due to growth in haredi Orthodox schools. Nearly 255,000 students are enrolled in 861 Jewish day schools from the 4-year-old level through 12th grade, according to a new census of the schools conducted by the Avi Chai Foundation. The day school survey, which has been conducted every five years since 1998-’99, found 59 more schools and 26,437 more students since the last study, in 2008-’09. Previous surveys found enrollment growth rates of about 11 percent in each five-year…
  • Pro-BDS Jewish group boycotts Brussels Jewish film festival

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    (JTA) — A small, left-leaning Jewish organization pulled out of the 16th annual Brussels Jewish Film Festival, objecting to the involvement in the event of the embassies of Israel and the United States. The Union of Progressive Jews of Belgium, or UPJB, announced its decision to pull out of the event, which it had agreed to sponsor, in a statement dated Oct. 24 that appeared on the organization’s website on Tuesday, the opening day of the six-day event. The festival, with the theme “Under the Same Sun,” features films about relations between Israelis and Palestinians. The UPJB…
  • Vietnam’s first Israeli film festival to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    (JTA) — A film festival in Vietnam will mark 20 years of diplomatic relations with Israel. The five-day festival organized by Israel’s embassy opens Saturday at the National Cinema Centre in Hanoi, moving on Nov. 6 to the BHD Star Cineplex ICON68 in Ho Chi Minh City, the embassy announced on its Facebook page earlier this week. According to Israeli ambassador Meirav Eilon-Shahar, the festival will introduce to Vietnamese audiences the films “Foreign Letters,” “Broken Wings,” “The Matchmaker,” “Someone to Run With” and “Something…
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  • Wordsworth in the West

    Fred Sanders
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    William Wordsworth perfected a certain type of nature poetry, a particularly spiritual sort of nature lyric. He celebrated the movements of the infinite Spirit making itself known to humanity through the forms of nature as contemplated by poet-prophets who were the universe’s appointed spokesmen. Nature herself elected certain sensitive souls, forming them throughout early life to be receptive to her revelations in later life.  As he recounts in The Prelude, Nature populated his young imagination with the forms of giant cliffs and dark forebodings, of dancing daffodils and of…
  • “English Bible” did not mean “Dumbed Down”

    Fred Sanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier this year I noted the premiere of a new journal, the Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies.  The second issue is out now, and among the essays published there I especially enjoyed the autobiographical piece by David Bauer entitled, “My Journey with Inductive Bible Study.” Bauer was one of my first Bible professors at Asbury Seminary (and the journal’s editor, Fred Long, was actually the T.A. in that class on Matthew’s gospel in 1991). Years later, I’m still using and teaching a lot of the techniques he taught under the heading of “English…
  • Progress and Regress on the Trinity: The Book

    Fred Sanders
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Zondervan has published select proceedings of the 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference in a volume bearing the same title as the conference: Advancing Trinitarian Theology, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders. Slipping into advertising mode, I was going to say “Get the book, don’t wait for the movie!” But then I remembered that the movie’s actually been out for a long time: we made full video of all five plenary addresses available online not long after the January 2014 conference. So I suppose I should say “Don’t settle for the movie, get the…
  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print.  I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project. The book begins with five chapters on the nature and the works of God, which is a revolutionary way to begin an account of the Christian life. The reader’s attention is immediately directed not to the ups…
  • Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    The doctrine of the Christian life –that is, a theological account of what it is to exist as a Christian– is a wonderful part of theology, but also one that is open to distortions in two directions. In one direction, the doctrine can become overly practical, and get reduced to a kind of applied spirituality. In modern culture, that usually means the gravitational pull of psychology and self-help will begin pulling it downward toward a naturalistic understanding, toward a set of techniques, tips, and best practices for the management of immanent possibilities. When the doctrine of…
 
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  • The Ministers’ Morgue

    Gordon Atkinson
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Originally posted in 20087 at RealLivePreacher.com. This story may only be online for a limited time, since it will be in the new edition of Turtles All the Way Down. I got the news that a minister friend had died in Waco. He dropped dead right on the sidewalk. There was no warning. A witness said he looked surprised for a moment, and then fell in a heap. I hadn’t heard from Doug in years, so I was surprised to find that my name was in his wallet, listed as the person to contact in an emergency. He had a wife, but she left him years ago. I heard he was working at a church in Waco. I…
  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

    Gordon Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Originally published in August of 2006 at Real Live Preacher. The big day is finally here; you’ve made it to college. You’ve worked hard to get into Cornell, and I assume you are giddy with excitement. Almost drunk with it. This is the beginning of a modern adventure that is almost mythic for our culture, and I hope you see it that way. I went off to college in the fall of 1980. Sure, the world was a different place then, but I felt much the way you do now. If I recall, my main concern was not looking stupid. I knew I was a freshman, but I didn’t want to look like one, you know? The…
  • The Smallest Person In All The World

    Gordon Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A Dramatized Version of a Bible Story The Rabbi (20 years before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in the world? The smallest, Rabbi? Yes, the person who matters the least. The person with absolutely no power. The smallest person in all the world. How would I know this person, dear Rabbi? Indeed, how WOULD you know this person? For when we speak of the smallest person in the world we are speaking of the very mathematics of God. It is only with the reckoning of The Almighty that we are able to make sense of a newborn infant, a fallen sparrow, and a single…
  • Everett Joseph Smith was a real boy

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This essay was never published online. It was written for the book (RealLivePreacher.com) and published in 2004. There were 9 essays only that only appeared in the book. The phone call came at night. Doesn’t it seem like they always do? I felt sick. I hung up the phone and turned to my wife. “John and Denise’s baby came.” There was nothing to say, really. We sat there feeling horror and dread. “How far along?” she asked. “Twenty-two weeks. A little boy, and he was alive.” Her face fell. My wife is a chaplain. She spent years working labor and delivery, so she knows what…
  • The Preacher’s Story in Four Parts

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Jan 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This short autobiography was posted in four parts from December 14-21, 2002, the first month of Real Live Preacher. I’ve never liked it. It was roughly written, and I cringe when I read it. Correction, I cringed when last I read it back in 2004. My editor at Eerdmans agreed that it was rough, but he liked that about it and demanded that we include it in the book. He felt it was unpretentious or something. Maybe so. Offering my opinion on that would introduce paradoxes, so I’ll just smile and say nothing more about it. I do recall that this was a kind of break-out piece for me. It…
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  • Solving The Puzzling Mental Illness of Bhutanese Refugees

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Source KANSAS, USA, October 28, 2014( by Alex Smith, Kcur):The community health specialist,Dr Lemaster has been working for the past several years to address the unique challenges of Bhutanese refugees. Many Bhutanese refugees have had trouble adapting to life in the United States. "Within a month of getting here, somebody committed suicide and we began to be become aware that the risk of suicide in the Bhutanese refugees is about three times the risk of in other refugee groups," LeMaster says. "So we started looking into that." He tried art therapy, dance therapy, tai chi and even a petting…
  • Portals of Gangotri Shrine Closed to Public

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Source DEHRADUN, INDIA, October 25, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): The portals of the Gangotri shrine were closed to the public for the winter on Friday. Meanwhile, preparations have also been made for the closure of the portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on Saturday. Multitudes of devotees from various parts of Uttarkashi district and beyond arrived at Gangotri shrine on Friday. After ceremonial prayers and amidst Vedic chanting, a statue of Goddess Ganga was carried out of the shrine in a palanquin by devotees at 12:50 pm. The devotees left with the palanquin carrying a statue of Ganga for Mukhba,…
  • Secretary Kerry to Host Diwali Celebration

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Source WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2014 (U.S. Department of State): Secretary of State John Kerry will host the Obama Administration's Annual Diwali Celebration to honor the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain holiday celebrated throughout the world. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on October 23, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. After an introduction by Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks that celebrate the important contributions Indian and South-Asian Americans have made to the United States, and…
  • Diwali: Hearing Earth's Cry

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Source MINNESOTA, U.S., October 15, 2014 (Huffington Post by Anantanand Rambachan): On the occasion of Diwali 2014, I want to share a reflection on one of the central narratives associated, in the Hindu tradition, with this festival. This is the narrative that connects Diwali with the celebration and rejoicing over the return of Rama to his home, after a lengthy exile, and his defeat of the oppressive and tyrannical, Ravana. Citizens welcomed him by lighting thousands of lamps, even as over one billion Hindus do today throughout the world. The story of Rama has become a central narrative of…
  • Singapore's Three National Monuments to Undergo Repair Work

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Source Singapore, October 15, 2014 (IBN Live): Singapore's National Heritage Board (NHB) has disbursed more than US$1 million in grant for repairs and restoration work at three national monuments, including the oldest Hindu temple in the country. It has accorded $44,000 to Sri Mariamman Temple, a Dravidian style temple at South Bridge Road in the Central Business District (CBD) for a repairs and face lift work Strengthening work would be carried out on a single-story shrine next to its main prayer hall, after a crack line developed on a column of the temple. Jean Wee, NHB director of…
 
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • The work

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    This is the work: remembering reasons for gratitude before I even get out of bed. There is always something for which I could be saying thank You. This is the work: balancing brisk ("c'mon, we've got to get out of the house, I'm going to be late") with gentle ("want me to help you with your sneakers?") This is the work: laughing at the same jokes again and again, because no one has an appetite for repetition like a five-year-old who's just discovered the "interrupting cow." Noticing where I've made progress in my inner life, and celebrating myself for that. Noticing where I'm bumping again…
  • Lesson

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    After the party    the trees reveal         their elegant bones.         When winds blow    they flirt, naked        branches touching.        The hills unveiled    show off their hips,        put on new clothes.        Now they're professors    in faded purple corduroy        with conifer elbow patches.        They sit zazen    and teach stillness.        How to love what comes        and what goes.    How to appreciate        colors now mutedand light diffuse    soft as wet leaves        cushioning…
  • Once the leaves fall

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    I always forget that once the leaves fall, the trees reveal their elegant bones. So do the mountains. With branches bare, the contours of every hillside come clear. I can see houses, hills, horizon through what used to be a solid wall of leaves. The hills take on their late-fall garb. Now they're turning a faded purplish-brown with patches of evergreen -- starting from the tops of the mountains, where the leaves are all already down. These colors are comforting and gentle on the eyes. The skies here have been overcast lately. I tell myself that they are pearlescent and dove-grey rather than…
  • Go into the word and reveal the light: a different reading of Noah

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Last week we read parashat Noach -- the Torah portion which tells the story of Noah, the flood, the ark, and the rainbow. One of my favorite teachings about this story turns it into something else entirely. It hinges on the Hebrew word teva, "ark," which can also be understood to mean "word." When God tells Noah to enter the ark -- so teaches the Baal Shem Tov -- God is also saying, "Enter the word." Go deeply into the word. Which word? The words of prayer. God's instruction to Noah is also an instruction to all of us. We're meant to go deeply into the words of prayer. Some interpretations…
  • Cheshvan

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tonight at sundown, when we enter into Shabbat, we will also enter into a new lunar month. On the Jewish calendar, we're about to begin the month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is an empty month. A blank slate. An open expanse. It is the only month which contains no Jewish holidays (aside from Shabbat) and no special mitzvot. Some people have the custom of calling this month Mar-Cheshvan, "Bitter Cheshvan," because after so many weeks of feeling ourselves to be in God's presence, we enter into a whole month with no festival opportunities to feel that closeness. Some rabbis (me included) joke that…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • walking in step with

    Mugo
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Linda Payne was one of the artists who exhibited work at the opening I went to a few days ago. I rather liked this ‘gatha’ she wrote. Walking in step with the present – very good. Walking with the ever-changing present, nothing static, nothing unmoving or non movable.
  • Knowing without knowing

    Mugo
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Yreka – from an art show. The other evening several of the monks and many lay members attended a small art show in Yreka titled Women Who Know Alaska. One of the women is a regular attendee here at Shasta Abbey. We went to support her and her artistic endeavours. After a fairly brisk look at the art on the walls I chatted sociably and then sat with an elderly woman on a window seat, the town of Yreka behind us. After the preliminaries, What’s with the hair thing? and Brown and purple, nice colour combination! we settled to chat. Story or in this case autobiography tumbled from her…
  • Cloister Encounter

    Mugo
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Rivulet by the cloister. I met a lay guest on the cloister after lunch today.  I’d recently picked her up from the Greyhound bus stop. We know each other well of old. Ah, hello Rev. Helen she said brightly! The Reverend Helen and I are quite often mistaken for each other. No. It’s Mugo, I respond. With a bit of a laugh about mistaken identity we chatted on about this and that as she made her way (ever-so-slowly with the aid of a walking stick) up the cloister towards the Guesthouse. Eventually the conversation drifted to matters of Buddhist practice. I know Buddha is everywhere.
  • Living in Books – getting lost

    Mugo
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    On display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent Belgium. Functional books! Here I am again quoting from a post in Brainpickings. Yet again. This quote comes from an essay called “Flight” by Rebecca Solnit, in her collection of essays “The Faraway Nearby” The following is taken from A Book Is a Heart That Only Beats in the Chest of Another: Rebecca Solnit on the Solitary Intimacy of Reading and Writing Like many others who turned into writers, I disappeared into books when I was very young, disappeared into them like someone running into the woods. What surprised and still…
  • There’s more to silence

    Mugo
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    With memories of a rule of silence (self-imposed). Sealed lips. Exposed rowdy mind! Few mention advanced silence. Silence while talking singing, writing. Laughing, sculpting.
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    OUPblog

  • Sharecropper’s Troubadour: songs and stories from the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting

    Alice
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting featured an exciting musical plenary session led by Michael Honey and Pat Krueger. They presented the songs and stories of John Handcox, the “poet laureate” of the interracial Southern Tenant Farmers Union, linking generations of struggle in the South through African American song and oral poetry traditions. The presentation built on Dr. Honey’s article in Oral History Review 41.2, “’Sharecroppers’ Troubadour': Can We Use Songs and Oral Poetry as Oral History?,” as well as his recent book. The audio below was graciously…
  • A Halloween horror story: What was it? Part 5

    PennyF
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every Friday this October we’ve unveiled a part of Fitz-James O’Brien’s tale of an unusual entity in What Was It?, a story from the spine-tingling collection of works in Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, edited by Darryl Jones. Today we’re wrapping up the story with the final installment. Last we left off the narrator, Harry, and his friend, Hammond, tied up an invisible entity, shocking the boarders of the haunted home where they had been staying. Will they learn more about the mysterious creature? We watched together, smoking many pipes, all night long,…
  • Oxytocin and emotion recognition

    Julia Callaway
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Imagine you are in class and your friend has just made a fool of the teacher. How do you feel? Although this will depend on the personalities of those involved, you might well find yourself laughing along with your classmates at the teacher’s expense. The experience of sharing an emotion with your friends (in this case the fun of getting one over on the teacher) will probably strengthen your friendship further. But in a class of one hundred students, there are likely to be one or two who have trouble understanding the joke. The ability to infer and understand other peoples’ emotions and…
  • Stem cell therapy for diabetes

    ChloeF
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    This month, it was reported that scientists at Harvard University have successfully made insulin-secreting beta cells from human pluripotent stem cells. This is an important milestone towards a “stem cell therapy” for diabetes, which will have huge effects on human medicine. Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the blood glucose is too high. In type 1 diabetes, the patients have an autoimmune disease that causes destruction of their insulin-producing cells (the beta cells of the pancreas). Insulin is the hormone that enables glucose to enter the cells of the tissues and in its…
  • Another Gaza war: what if the settlers were right?

    AlyssaB
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Before they were evicted from their homes and forcibly removed from their communities by the Israeli government in 2005, Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip warned that their removal would only make things worse. They warned that the front line of violence between Israelis and Palestinians would move closer to those Israelis who lived inside the Green Line. They claimed their presence provided a buffer. They said God promised this Land to the Jewish people and that they should not abandon it. They said Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, unlike many other places inside Israel, did not involve…
 
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Tasawwuf Lessons by Sheikh Ali Mustafa

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Sheikh Ali Mustafa Seinpaal hails from Suriname, South America, a former Dutch Colony; from a Christian, religious family. Sheikh Mustafa embraced Islam in 1966. After meeting Maulana Dr. Fazlur-Rahman Ansari (r.a) in 1969 in Suriname, he went to study at the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies at Karachi.Sheikh Mustafa graduated from the Aleemiyah Institute in 1974, the same year Dr. Ansari passed away. He obtained the Alim Degree: AD-DARAJAT AL-IJAZAH AL-ALIYAH. Shaykh Ali Mustafa in his website has published a number of lessons on Tasawwuf or Sufic Science of Islam. The first lesson of…
  • the attributes of the lovers

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Allah the Most Glorious, at one stage during The Ascension (Me’raj) informed the Prophet (s) the following:"As for the happy way of living, it is that in which the person is not tired of remembering Me, does not forget My bounties, and does not ignore My rights (on him). He seeks My pleasure day and night. The ever-lasting life is realized when the person works for his spiritual benefit until the world loses its significance for him, and looks small in his eyes. The hereafter becomes great for him.He gives preference to My pleasure over his own desire; seeks My pleasures; thinks the right…
  • Healing with the 99 Divine Names - Self Healing Tips for Any Day

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Healing comeswhen we choose to walk away from darknessand move towards a brighter light.~ Dieter F UchtdorfIn the Name of the Real Owner of All Sublime Names in the Heavens and the EarthIn a very enigmatic Sign of the Quran, Allah the Most Sublime Majesty is transmitting to us, "All that are in the heavens and on the earth entreat Him (in their needs). Every (moment of every) day, He is in a new manifestation (with all His Attributes and Names as the Divine Being). ~ The Quran 55:29"Drawing on that hint that the Real is manifesting ever renewed in every moment and in understanding of the…
  • Tomae Notun Korey Pabo Boley - Only to Find You Again and Again

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    And I, the Divine Creator, did not create the beings of other dimensions and mankind except to worship Me. ~ The Quran 51:56To serve or to worship any being, one first need to know or recognize that being. Gnosis (marifa) is a prerequisite to serve God. Thus a positive interpretation of the above verse is that God created man to first recognize God and then to serve / worship God. Otherwise that service is incomplete or has not reached ihsan or station of excellence.Every action of man has its highest fulfillment when that action is for the Lord (fi sabilillah), the Most Sublime, the Most…
  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    an imaginal portrait of the companions of the cave According to contemporary Islamic Scholar and expert in Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran Hosein, Surah al-Kahf, the 18th Chapter of the Quran is the quintessential Chapter to access the sacred knowledge of the later days or last age. This subject is known as 'Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman.While reflecting on the 18th Chapter of the Final Testament, the Qur'an called al-Kahf or the Cave, it becomes clear that there both the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Permanent Autonomous Zone are to be discovered in that brilliant…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • To Live In Peace and Repentance

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I often find that, from Sunday to Sunday, I am struck by different moments in our church service. Last week, my husband and I made a short autumn getaway to Vermont (referred to simply as “God’s Country” in our house). On Sunday morning, we stood side by side in a small Russian Orthodox Church outside Montpelier, on what can only be described as the perfect autumn day: the sun was bright; the sky was clear, intense blue; the air cool and fresh. The morning sunlight softly illuminated the smoke from the censor as it gently wafted and curled around the altar table. The deacon took his…
  • “The Heights and the Depths:” Considering the Seasons of Life

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Like a cool morning mist, fall is gradually settling on New England. Having been raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s a different and enjoyable experience for me to now live in a place that has proper seasons. In New Mexico, summer lingers until about mid-October. The fall leaves are lovely—mostly golden cottonwoods—and the fall temperatures last until almost Christmas. Winter lasts all of two months, if that, and it starts to feel like spring again in February. Not so for New England. The seasons up here are more evenly matched in length, and they differ distinctly from one another.
  • Children, God, and Human Nature: How Being a Nanny is Teaching Me About the Universe

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    In my day job, I work as a nanny for three adorable children. The brother-sister twins are almost a year and a half, and their older brother, Sam, is four. I’ve learned some things that I more or less expected to learn after taking this job: how to change a diaper, how to prepare bottles, how to spot from across the room a baby chewing something he’s not supposed to chew. However, I’ve also learned some things that I didn’t expect as much. Caring for small children provides a sharp insight into what it means to be human, often on a daily basis. For example: Children reveal aspects of…
  • “Even tough guys need Jesus,” a review of “Fight Church”

    J.F. Arnold
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” The question was posed to a camera in the documentary Fight Church. The film takes a look at a recent surge of interest in fighting for sport within the church. There are an estimated 700 churches in the U.S. participating in various forms of martial arts, according to a statistic near the end of the film. As a documentary, the film certainly succeeds. There are some strong opinions from various perspectives offered throughout, even if the majority of the speakers land in the…
  • The Stick and the Carrot: Exposing the Hidden False Gospel of the Purity Movement

    Alishia Lawman
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have previously written a post on what I believe to be missing in the teachings of the Purity Movement.  I am writing now about what I believe is problematically present in the Purity Movement.  The calling to pre-marital abstinence is consistent with what Christianity has always taught.  However, the Purity Movement took this teaching, and twisted it beyond recognition with false motives, false methods, and false consequences which not only surpass the tenets of Christian teaching, but actually contradict them. The Purity Movement often employs two different methods to promote a…
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    Evolving Beings

  • What Does it Mean to Meditate & How to Do It

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Meditation is an age-old practice that has been a part of our human journey and evolution for millennia; most likely from the very beginning of our journey on this planet. In fact, when we examine the entire multitude of living beings on this planet, it can even be reasoned that many, if not all, of them meditate. How we will understand this, of course, will all depend on how we understand the practice of meditation itself. In this essay, we will explore the many sides of meditation and how to do it for optimal mind, body, and spirit benefits. In modern times, we may hear about the various…
  • 62 Beneficial Effects of Nature for Healing and Evolution of Mind, Body & Spirit

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    We've all probably heard to some degree that nature and time in nature is good for us. But we may not realize just how good nature truly is for our psyche and physical state of being. Every time you are in nature you benefit in a multitude of wellness areas. Regularly spent time in nature has profound benefits for every part of our physical, mental, emotional, social and psychological well-being. Here are 62 reasons to inspire and motivate you to make time spent in nature a priority in your life for personal healing and evolution. How you experience each of the below mentioned benefits will…
  • What Will My Parents Think? — The Rite of Liberation

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The connections we have to our parents, or to those whom we consider our guardians, run deep and have profound consequences for the course of our lives. It is natural to be guided by our parents' approval and live based on their expectations when we are young children. It is after all first from them that we learn about ourselves and our world. However what greatly limits the quality of our life is if we don't transition into our own way of living and being as we grow into adults. In this essay we will explore the challenges of living based on the expectations of our parents, and the…
  • Submit Your Story!

    1 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    Do you have an inspirational story to share about your personal awakening or evolution? Have you overcome some personal life challenge or shift in consciousness? Were you motivated to change your life and improve your well-being? Share about your journey and inspire others, by participating in the Evolving Being in Action series. Thank you for your interest in sharing your story to help and inspire others along their personal journey of awakening and evolution. Below are the guidelines for submitting your story. Guidelines for Submissions: Share your story in the following format and…
  • Relationship Challenges: When to Hold On and When to Let Go

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Relationships are one of the most powerful platforms we have for personal evolution. They have the potential to elicit an awakening or a shift in consciousness, just as they can stagnate our evolution or even cause de-evolution. They can bring out the best and the worst in us. They can be our highest highs and lowest lows. Regardless if we have the best schooling, most advanced technology or abundant finances, every one of us is prone to relationship challenges. It is part of our natural growth and development. However how we handle these opportunities largely dictates our quality of life,…
 
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Continuing the conversation on the future of theological education

    John B. Chilton
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jim Naughton's post in The Lead on the presiding bishop's recent remarks on new models for the formation of leaders generated considerable comment. It struck us that we ought to encourage a continuation of that conversation. Here's just a bit of what the presiding bishop said: As old models become unsustainable in some contexts, dioceses are finding new ways to form leaders – like the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka that serves students from four neighboring dioceses. Theological education is much in the news, with active conflict in several places, a result of deep anxiety over…
  • Anglican men speak out against gender based violence

    Andrew Gerns
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Anglican Communion, through the International Anglican Women's Network, is participating int in "16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence" from November 25 to December 10, 2014. For the 16 Days, the focus will be on ending violence against women and girls and on promoting equal and respectful relationships. On this video Anglican men speak out in solidarity with women.
  • A Parish Crisis: Reflections and Lessons Learned

    Ann Fontaine
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    by Eric Bonetti Last January, when I was elected junior warden in my parish, things started off with a bang -- or more appropriately -- a gurgle. Right about the time of our parish meeting, a large swath of the undercroft had flooded in the night, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damage and a major rebuilding project that swallowed countless hours of my time, and many late nights. LIttle did I know that things soon would get worse. Far worse. On February 10, our rector had a serious accident. The details aren't particularly relevant, but he was rushed to the hospital, underwent…
  • Storage Space

    Lora Walsh
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Friday, October 31, 2014 – Proper 25, Year Two [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today's scripture readings.] Today's Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 40, 54 (morning) // 51 (evening) Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8, 18-22 Revelation 13:1-10 Luke 12:13-31 Today Jesus tells a parable about a man who has a common solution for his current predicament: Build more storage space. When the man's land yields a bumper crop, he asks himself, "What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?" His bright idea is to "pull down my barns and build larger ones,…
  • Bishops United calls for universal background checks

    John B. Chilton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Via email: EPISCOPAL BISHOPS GROUP CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS Citing overwhelming public support, bishops make case for life-saving gun legislation October 30--Bishops United Against Gun Violence, an ad hoc group of almost 60 Episcopal bishops, today released a briefing paper that “seeks to shed light on new findings indicating that the vast majority of Americans today, including gun owners, support universal background checks prior to all gun sales.” In the paper, Bishops Ian T. Douglas of Connecticut and William H. Stokes of New Jersey cite a July 2014 poll conducted by…
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    Emergent Village

  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    Thomas
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Are Illuminated Mirrors Really Better?

    Thomas
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When you are looking for the perfect mirror for your bathroom you may encounter a new designer-style mirror that looks ideal for the smallest room – the illuminated bathroom mirror. The reviews for this product sound excellent, and the mirrors certainly look fresh and contemporary. But is it really worth buying one of these mirrors over a standard mirror? Are illuminated mirrors worth it? Here we investigate the advantages of a lighted mirror for your bathroom. Direction and Strength of Lighting It is important to be able to see your face clearly when you are shaving or applying make-up.
  • Consumer Confidence Reflected in the Property Market

    Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    The property market recovered in London and the rest of the regions of the UK followed on. The return in consumer confidence has ensured that the growth has continued despite the fact that it has not been uniform throughout the country. It does mean that property investment is once again on the agenda. That applies to businessmen who want to build a portfolio as much as to families who either want to improve their existing homes or to move somewhere bigger. All this is good news for people wanting to sell and for the construction industry that went through a period of lean years after the…
  • Promoting the Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows for your Customers

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Every customer is different and therefore every customer will put a different emphasis and importance on energy efficient windows. It’s your job to give the customer what he or she wants – but you can also use the selling process to advise consumers on the benefits of energy efficient windows and what they need to know in order to make the best purchase decision. Here’s how to give buyers information about energy efficiency without losing the momentum of the sale. Demonstrating Energy Ratings Each window is given a different energy rating so that the consumer – and the supplier –…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

    Thomas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Information on the R22 phase out If your office or home uses an air conditioning system that is still running on R22 then there is some information you need to know about the upcoming R22 ban. You have probably received notification that R22 is being phased out but what do you need to do next? The air conditioning installation company Breeze Installations inform us about the R22 phase out. All About The R22 Phase Out R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is widely used in air conditioning systems. However the substance contains chlorine which is an ozone depleting substance. The law…
 
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For the next few podcasts, Fr. Tom will be looking at the important 19th Century in Russian Orthodox history. He recommended several books but in particular these three. The Heart of Russia - Kenworthy The Making of Holy Russia - Strickland Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution - Shevzov
  • God Is In Control - Revisited

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fr. Tom returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.
  • Bishops - Part 53: The Impact of the 19th Century on Clergy and Laity

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Last time, Fr. Tom talked about the Ottoman Empire and its demise. Today he reflects on the impact of Turkish rule on Orthodox clergy and laity.
  • God Is In Control - Yes or No?

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    We hear the phrase "God is in control" and may even use it from time to time when trying to make sense of a difficult situation. Fr. Thomas Hopko evaluates that phrase and challenges us to rethink it.
  • Bishops - Part 52: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.
 
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    Jewish Treats

  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    While the Torah tells us that God cursed the descendants of Eve with a natural hatred for snakes, there is no innate reason for people to fear spiders...and yet we do. Big or small, male or female, a great number of people appear to hate the very appearance of a spider. This discomfort pervades so far as to include not only the spiders themselves, but the webs they weave as well. (Thus the use of spider-webs in Halloween decor.)The benefits of spiders, particularly their appetite for pesky bugs, may be known, but when a spider crosses the floor people are quick to recoil and run.Even King…
  • Appreciate Life

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Appreciate the diversity of animal life on our planet.
  • "For Yourself"

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of the arguments posed by those opposed to organized religion is that religion requires people to act mindlessly. Judaism, however, strongly encourages questioning, and  “Free Will” is an essential element of Jewish philosophy and Jewish life values. More than that, while Jewish life is built around the collective history of the Jewish people, living Jewishly is meant to enhance the life of each individual.The emphasis on a person’s individual journey can be understood from the first of the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham. In Genesis 12, the words that God uses to instruct Abraham…
  • Embrace It

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Explore Jewish life and embrace your heritage. 
  • A Publisher of Books

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    A businessman, a Zionist, a refugee and a publisher, Salman Schocken lived a life driven by his passion for words. Born in Posen, Germany, on October 29, 1877, Schocken was the second son of a simple shopkeeper. A self-educated lover of culture and literature, Schocken spent his youth in Berlin but, at the age of 24, decided to join his brother, Simon, in business in Zwichau. Together, they founded the Schocken Department Store, which became a chain of 20 stores. Eventually, Schocken Department Stores was one of the most successful businesses in Germany. Salman became the sole owner after his…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • More on the Ebola Threat and the Need to Prepare for Deliberate Spread of the Disease

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    In a previous post on the Ebola threat, I reminded us of our need to be prepared for crisis when I raised the specter of terrorists deliberately spreading Ebola in the States. I suggested that our lax border security could make it way too easy for enemies to bring infectious materials and infected people into the nation. Of course, the laxness that threatens us involves not just the borders that people walk across illegally, but the borders people fly across with proper documentation. To better appreciate the potential for mayhem here, I recommend Marc Thiessen's article in the Washington…
  • An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    On this blog, I've previously discussed statements showing Joseph Smith's views in support of Mesoamerica as the primary location for Book of Mormon events in the New World. Thanks to Warren Aston, I just learned of another factor to consider. In the archives of the Church is a map from some early Latter-day Saints allegedly giving information obtained from Joseph Smith about the travels of Moroni from Bountiful in Book of Mormon lands to the burial place of the Book of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah of New York State. Bountiful, according to the map, was in "Sentral America" (Central America).
  • LDS Family Takes on a Giant Risk and Rescues a Troubled Young Lady

    Jeff Lindsay
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A young lady in a broken family who just turned 18 had been in our prayers for a long time. We were pained by the stories we heard and the tragic downward spiral in her life. We knew she was smart and had vast potential, but it was being wiped out by drugs,  horrific friends, and a lengthy list of tragic problems.She was leaving home and about to trapped forever, it seemed, in a hopeless situation, when an LDS family with their own children and challenges did something amazing. In spite of the risk,…
  • A New International Accent in General Conference

    Jeff Lindsay
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his talk in Cantonese (see the news story at the Salt Lake Tribune). Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong made history as he gave the first General Conference sermon in a language other than English. We had the pleasure of meeting him a while ago in Shanghai--very kind and interesting man. Later Elder Eduardo Gavarret gave his talk in Spanish. Awesome!I look forward to hearing some talks in Mandarin in the future. English will continue to dominate the leadership of the Church, but it may become a minority language among…
  • A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan

    Jeff Lindsay
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of others tourists visited the popular site of Kiyomizu-Dera, where an beautiful ancient temple sits on a lofty hill overlooking Kyoto. As we departed the crowded site, we noticed a quiet little detour from the exit path leading to some iron gates. Curious, we continued and entered into what I felt was the most spectacular view of all in this area: the Kiyomizu-Dera Graveyard, where thousands upon thousands of cremation remains are marked with tombstones that stand like little skyscrapers over a vast city of…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Why I’m teaching teens about worldviews

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today is a fitting day to begin a course about worldviews with the teens in our homeschool co-op. This is the 497th anniversary of Luther’s nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany—the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation.The Reformation is an example of one of the most important theological debates in the history of the Christian church: the debate over justification. How are we saved—by faith and our works, or by faith alone? But this wasn’t simply a renewal of vibrant Christian faith and a rediscovery of the gospel: it represented…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA couple of big ones for you today:Spurgeon’s Calvinism, edited by Stephen McCaskell, is $2.99 through today, and How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp is free until the end of the day. Also on sale are Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, and Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft (2.99 each); The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard ($2.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.79); God’s Will by J.I. Packer ($2.99); Autopsy of a Dead Church by Thom Rainer for 99¢; and Know the Creeds and Councils by…
  • “Stop feeling that way” doesn’t work

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last night, Emily and I had an interesting discussion about a little booklet we’d been reading, Help! My Teen Struggles with Same Sex Attractions. Although the booklet had some good points throughout, and presents a solid (albeit extremely brief) rebuttal of common redefinitions of the so-called “hammer” verses on homosexuality, there was something just not quite right about it. In fact, if I had to sum it up in a couple of words, it would be this: naïvely simplistic.Unless I’m completely misreading it (which I hope I’m not), the approach seems to be, more or…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job DescriptionThabiti Anyabwile:But in all of this talk over the years, I’ve come to believe that the most neglected aspect of a pastor’s job description is the command for pastors to disciple older women in their congregations. It’s a massive omission since in nearly every church women make up at least half the membership and in many cases much more. And when you consider how many ministries and committees depend upon the genius, generosity and sweat of our sisters, it’s almost criminal that most any pastor you meet has no plan for…
  • Don’t seek what you’re not willing to lose

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There’s a real danger to platform building, as anyone who has paid the slightest amount of attention to the scandals that routinely rock churches in North America will tell you. And it almost always winds up being a variation on the same theme: someone starts believing his or her own press.Despite building a platform for the sake of the gospel, the platform inevitably becomes more and more about us.And the moment that happens, we’ve already lost it. We see this when celebrity pastors hire PR firms, sure, but none of us are immune. When blog stats are lower than we’d like,…
 
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Religious Baggage

    Ashley Makar
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Just $2.99 on Kindle and iTunes! (Click the cover to see options.) Jerusalem, July 16, 2009 Peeking at the notebook on the lap of the young woman sitting next to me on a Frankfurt airport shuttle bus, I read what seem to be the jottings of a travelogue: arrived…picked up baggages. With her ankle-length black skirt and long-sleeved blouse and blunt bangs that seem too loose at the hairline to be her own, she looks like the Orthodox Jewish girls I used to tutor at Touro College—many of them young women, raised in Brooklyn, for whom English is a second language. And she writes like them,…
  • Breaking: God is Not a Wizard

    Mary Valle
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    It was a good run, wasn’t it?   Pope Francis recently said that, regarding the Big Bang, there’s no conflict behind that concept and faith in God. He went on to say “when we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.” That is, God set everything in motion but he doesn’t lob miracles left and right when he feels like it. Francis’ “being nice to gays, divorcees and cohabiters” talk is mere babble next to this Jesuitical, Teilhardian self-evolving-cosmos-as-living-Host…
  • Shia LaBeouf is a Christian Man

    Mary Valle
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Shia LaBeouf just made a movie, Fury, where he plays a WWII soldier whose faith gets him through war. Something happened during the filming. I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it. It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. But wait. There’s more. I had good people around me who helped me. Brad [Pitt] was really…
  • Meet Black Judaism

    Sam Kestenbaum
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Wentworth Arthur Matthew was the most influential black rabbi of the 20th century. Chief Rabbi Matthew led the historic community of the Commandment Keepers in Harlem, established a rabbinical school, and over the course of a few decades shaped a distinct Jewish practice, known today as Black Judaism. Matthew’s disciples, Black Jews, are all over the country—sometimes interacting with the larger Jewish world, but often living deeply observant lives separate from the mainstream. Black Judaism is hardly the largest black religious movement to emerge in the last hundred years. There…
  • Wednesday Winkses

    Mary Valle
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Maybes you should twy payings me sometimes Good mornings! Time for your Wednesday Winkses on this wainy days! Sorry, sometimes I dictate to my dog, Ginger, and I always wegrets regret it. Fwankwies, sometimes I just don’t have time to type all this stuff. I fink I catches most of her dogspeaks, though. Happy Diwali! India’s festival of lights has many trawditions like rangoli — designs made out of colored sand to honor the goddess Lakshmi. See some examples here. Feast your ears on some chalgi Baghdad music, which lit up family gatherings, coffeehouses and wewigious…
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    On Being Both

  • Being Both: The Paperback

    Susan Katz Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Opening my first box of paperbacks.   Today, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family comes out in paperback. For me, the paperback release also marks one full year on the road with Being Both. In DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California, I have entered into deep interfaith family conversations, with Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, Buddhists, Bahai’s, Mormons, Unitarians, Pagans, Hindus, and those with complex religious identities, with theologians, seminarians, religious studies professors, ministers,…
  • Being Both: Paperback Release Events!

    Susan Katz Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Dear readers (interfaith families, interfaith activists, therapists, visionary clergy, theologians, sociologists, historians of religion), I am so very thankful to you for joining the conversation around Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, over the past year. With your help, I have been able to bring the stories of interfaith families engaged in interfaith education to churches and synagogues, libraries and bookstores, colleges and universities. And because of our success, Beacon Press is honoring the one-year anniversary of Being Both by releasing a paperback…
  • High Holy Days: Now With Great Poetry

    Susan Katz Miller
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Two blog posts this week hinted at the struggle many interfaith families, and many Jewish families, have with the intimidating length and inaccessibility of traditional High Holiday services. In The Forward‘s interfaith advice column, I responded to a woman who feared these services would alienate her interfaith husband from Judaism. And over at Kveller, a mother admitted she was not going to require her children to attend services, even though they are an otherwise deeply-engaged Jewish family. One response to such questioning has been to blame those who are disaffected: if you only…
  • High Holidays with an Interfaith Community: 2014 Edition

    Susan Katz Miller
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Each year, I have taken to posting a set of links to Jewish High Holiday (or High Holy Day) services designed by and for interfaith families. Of course, many such families now feel welcome and included at progressive services in Jewish communities around the country. But there is still something different, and deeply moving for many of us, about gathering with an intentionally interfaith community. Of course, you don’t have to be in an interfaith family to attend these radically inclusive services. At our services in Washington DC, for instance, you will find curious people of other…
  • 7 Ways for Interfaith Families to Find Community

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This year, I posted my annual roundup of communities that welcome interfaith families over on my Huffington Post blog, in order to reach more interfaith families looking for comfortable spiritual or religious or secular homes. I hope you’ll take a look. It includes mention of Jewish, Humanistic Jewish, Ethical Society, Unitarian-Univeralist and interfaith family communities… Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are about to become interfaith parents. And as interfaith parents, they are about to face an ongoing series of decisions about the religious affiliation and education of…
 
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 66 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 9

    Craig Owen
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
        In the last episode I suggested what was the real message and spirituality of the book of Revelation.  It is NOT telling us to be passive, waiting for God to intervene in history as all kinds of horrible things happen to the earth.  The author of Revelation copied heavily from the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament.  Both Daniel and Revelation were written to religious groups who were being persecuted and oppressed.  Both books allegedly predict all kinds of terrible things that will occcur.  What actually happened in history after both…
  • Eps 65 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 8

    Craig Owen
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Finally, we are at the point of finding the answers to our question 'what is the spirituality of the Book of Revelation?'  As I have commented in previous episodes, what the Book of Revelation is about is answering questions about the problem of evil.  If God is all powerful, how can God let the community of faithful believers be persecuted, killed and tortured?  [Once again I am drawing upon Dr. Craig Koester's book Revelation and the End of All Things for much of these insights]. We find several answers to this question in the Book of Revelation.  What Revelation…
  • Eps 64 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 7

    Craig Owen
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
        Last time we looked at the story of the prophet Jeremiah and king Zedekiah.  In this episode we will look at that story more closely and answer the following questions: 1) Does a prophet make prophecies about the distant future or mostly to the people and times in which they live? 2) Do we have free will in what a prophet predicts? 3) When a prophet makes predictions, are they set in stone and unchangeable, and are we powerless to do anything about it?      In the next episode, we will look at what does the book of Revelation say about the problem…
  • Eps 63 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 6

    Craig Owen
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
         What is the role of a prophet?  Are the predictions of prophets totally accurate?  Can predicitons be changed or are they fixed and there is nothing we can do?  Do we have free will?  These were the questions we left off with last time.  In this episode, we look at a story of the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah.  The story takes place in the year 587 BCE when Jerusalem was completley surrounded by the huge army of Babylon.  We will find answers to these questions in this story.  In this episode we go over the story and its details.
  • Eps 62 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 5

    Craig Owen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
         What do we make of all the scary and gory events portrayed in the Book of Revelation?  For example, in chapters 8 & 9, it talks about the seven angels and the events the set in motion such as a third of humanity is killed, a third of the oceans are destroyed, a third of the vegetation is wiped out.  Are these things predictions about events in the future we can do nothing to stop, or is it someting else? In wrestling with this questions, we come to the three questions at the heart of our study: 1) What is the role of a prophet? Make predictions about…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • An ever-more concrete reality

    Lee Potts
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Unlike service work or charity (as popularly conceived), solidarity requires “specific action, a style of life, a break with one’s social class.” It is perhaps unreasonable to expect most Christians to so radically adopt a position of solidarity and a life of evangelical poverty in short order, but it is not beyond their capacity to begin to reimagine what a morally just and particularly Christian life might look like and then work in ways to make that commitment an ever-more concrete reality. ~ Daniel P. Horan, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual…
  • To disclose the image of God

    Lee Potts
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The journey of prayer for Franciscans is the discovery of God at the center of our lives. We pray not to acquire a relationship with God as if acquiring something that did not previously exist. Rather, we pray to disclose the image of God in which we are created, the God within us, that is, the one in whom we are created and in whom lies the seed of our identity. We pray so as to discover what we already have—“the incomparable treasure hidden in the field of the world and of the human heart.(St. Clare)” ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer Tags: Franciscan Prayer, human heart, Ilia Delio,…
  • If it is meant to be

    Lee Potts
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Right from the beginning, we are to convince ourselves of the truth of the fact that this entire idea about vocation to and profession in the SFO is something driven by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we approach these realities as if everything depended on us… our knowledge, our input, our time and talent. We miss the point if we do not allow the Spirit to breathe throughout our deliberations and reflections. God gives the call and through the Spirit will see it through if it is meant to be. ~ Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M., “Profession and the Secular Franciscan: Theological and Liturgical…
  • All human beings without exclusion

    Lee Potts
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    And now, at the dawn of the new millennium, does the Franciscan adventure still have meaning? Does it still have any chance of  success? Never has true fraternity been so longed for and at the same time so little lived. Never has the Franciscan charism been more needed than today in order to offer the total Christ to a disintegrating world which fears a brotherhood of solidarity among all human beings without exclusion. ~ Cardinal Roger Etchegaray on the occasion of the Great Franciscan Jubilee celebrated at St. John Lateran in Rome, April 9, 2000 Tags: Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, Franciscan…
  • It is expected that you

    Lee Potts
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The world needs this Franciscan spirit, this Franciscan vision of life. It is expected that you, beloved children, know it deeply, love it with passion, above all that you live it with the perfection that your state allows. ~ Pope Pius XII, To the Secular Franciscans of Italy, 1 July 1956 Tags: franciscan spirit, Franciscan vision, passion, perfection, Pope Pius XII, secular franciscans
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    Amish America

  • The Opposite of a Barn Raising

    Erik/Amish America
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    What goes up, must come down. And if it’s a barn you have in mind, the Amish might be able to help you. We’ve witnessed a lot of barns rising skyward thanks to Amish. Here is one heading in the other direction. An MLive.com photo essay tells the story of this job, which took place near Sparta in […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish Auctions – November 2014

    Erik/Amish America
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Hard to believe we’re already inching up to November. This being the first year we’ve been tracking Amish auctions, I thought their numbers would start to dwindle by now. It looks like that they might be the case. Still, this month our dedicated compiler was able to find a decent number of events, but few so far for December. As […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Serving the Amish Questions & Giveaway

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    If you missed it, Serving the Amish author James Cates answered your questions in the comments section of our previous post. I’ll share a couple of them here (plus three of my own at the end of this post). First, from Loretta: Amish often have large families and children are considered a blessing from the […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Who makes Amish scooters?

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    I think we can include the classic kick scooter as one of those icons of the Amish, along with the horse-and-buggy, hand-stitched quilt, straw hat, and so on. Even though many Amish don’t really use scooters (e.g. Amish in a lot of Midwestern communities), they are closely connected with the Amish in Lancaster County, where […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Amish of Salem, Arkansas

    Erik/Amish America
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Don Burke has been on a tour of Amish settlements in the South and Midwest. These are his photos and account of the small community at Salem, Arkansas (Fulton County), one of only two Amish settlements in the Natural State. You can view more photos at Don’s Arkansas Amish Flickr album. — Nestled in the Ozarks of north-central […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
 
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • I, Catulla: What Latin subconsciously taught me

    Julia Rocchi
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A photo posted by Julia Rocchi (@jmrocchi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:55pm PDTMany high school students give their teachers cards or scented candles at the holidays. I wrote my teachers poems. And no one amassed a larger body of my work than my high school Latin teacher, Mrs. Bender.Over the course of three years, I wrote reams of translations, essays, and parodies inspired by my Latin classes. I couldn’t help myself, really; the material was so rich, the concentration so directed, that not a class went by where I wasn’t inspired by a character, phrase, or technique.It all came to a head…
  • Love is for the weak

    Julia Rocchi
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Imperfect. Photo by Dan Iggers“Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else.”-- St. Therese LisieuxLove is for the weak, who cry from bed for water though the nightstand holds a glass.Love is for the hunted, who chew their cuds in open glades, forgetting they are prey.Love is for the brittle, who snap at slightest pressure, crack, and clatter to the floor.Love is for the wounded, who slump against the barricades and weep to lift the flag.Love is for the dim, who do their homework every night and always get it wrong.Love is for the lost, who dropped their map 10 miles back and…
  • At the quarry (or, Thoughts on our mutual foregone conclusions)

    Julia Rocchi
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Which way up? Photo by Marlon Malabanan, Flickr"I tell students who want to major in English, 'You're majoring in death.' This is why I'm not a guidance counselor." -- Billy CollinsWe cannot see the bottom. Long ago,men mined this pit for pittance. Who was itwho spotted pleasure in the void, who softenedthuggish crags with borrowed water, docks,and rope swings? Doesn't matter. We float now,white legs astride our Skittle-hued noodlesthat pop the choppy surface leagues awayfrom scars of arcing picks and dynamite.Our conversation turns to space. "How bigis it?" one asks. "What lies beyond its…
  • Shall we be brave today?

    Julia Rocchi
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Dark side/light side. Photo by Daniele Nicolucci, FlickrTo be, or not to be, that is the question—Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to sufferThe Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,And by opposing end them? ...-- Hamlet, William ShakespeareShall we be brave today?Shall we stare that great white in the eye?Shall we ball up our fistsAnd give him a kissSo the joy that he feels make him cry?Shall we be brave today?Shall we fend off the alien queen?Shall we set guns to stunAnd blast her with funSo she no longer wants to be mean?Shall we be brave…
  • The insignificant other

    Julia Rocchi
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Significant? Photo by Mandy Jansen, FlickrWe will do, we will hope, we will live,We will rest in the hearts of remembering menWho saw us as we passed.-- from “You,” by Carl SandburgIn historic preservation, places being considered for the National Register must identify their period of significance, or the span of time in which whatever makes the place noteworthy occurred. It could be an event, a person, a distinctive characteristic, even “the potential to yield important information.”As the National Park Service puts it, “Events and associations with historic properties are finite;…
 
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Oct 31- Sasaki & Tsen, Bishops

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Paul Shinji Sasaki + Philip Lindel Tsen Bishop of Mid-Japan + Bishop of Honan, China 31 October 1946 + 1954 click here for books on Sasaki & Tsen From the Satucket Lectionary Sasaki, Paul Shinji, Bishop of Tokyo, Japan [1885-1946] and Philip Lendel Tsen shop of Honan, China [d. June 6, 1954]. Sasaki was a bishop of BiNippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan) who endured much persecution for his beliefs. In 1937, Tsen and Sasaki attended the 1937 Synod in Canada where they publicly bore witness to the unity among Asian Christians despite the Sino-Japanese war. Sasaki was tortured…
  • Oct 30 – John Wyclif, Translator + Controversialist

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Wyclif Translator + Controversialist 30 October 1384 click here for books about or by John Wylif From the Satucket Lectioanary John Wyclif (also spelled Wycliffe, Wycliff, Wicliffe, or Wiclif) was born in Yorkshire around 1330, and was educated at Oxford, becoming a doctor of divinity in 1372. In 1374, King Edward III appointed him rector of Lutterworth, and later made him part of a deputation to meet at Brussels with a papal deputation to negotiate difference between King and Pope. About this time Wyclif began to argue for “dominion founded on grace.” By…
  • Oct 29 – James Hannington & Companions, Martyrs

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    James Hannington & Companions Martyrs of Uganda 29 October 1885 click here for books about James Harrington & Companions From the Satucket Lectionary Among the new nations of Africa, Uganda is the most predominantly Christian. Mission work began there in the 1870’s with the favor of King Mutesa, who died in 1884. However, his son and successor, King Mwanga, opposed all foreign presence, including the missions. James Hannington, born 1847, was sent out from England in 1884 by the Anglican Church as missionary Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa. As he was travelling toward…
  • Oct 28 – Simon & Jude, Apostles

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Saints Simon & JudeApostles 28 October NT click here for books about Saints Simon and Jude From the Satucket Lectionary On the various New Testament lists of the Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13), the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot (also called Simon the “Cananean,” the Aramaic word meaning “Zealot”) and by Judas of James, also called Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. (“Judas” in New Testament contexts corresponds to “Judah” in Old Testament ones. Note that masculine names ending in…
  • Oct 26 – Alfred the Great, King + Christ Follower

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Alfred the Great King + Christ Follower 26 October 899 click here for books about Alfred the Great From the Satucket Lectionary When the Gospel was first preached in Britain, the island was inhabited by Celtic peoples. In the 400’s, pagan Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, invaded Britain and drove the Christian Celts out of what is now England into Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The new arrivals (called collectively the Anglo-Saxons) were then converted by Celtic missionaries moving in from the one side and Roman missionaries moving in from the other. (They then sent…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Don’t Believe the Lie

    embcministry
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblett. The text was taken from Numbers 14:1- 3. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • God Did It For You

    embcministry
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 28, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Miss. Phyllis Todd. The text was taken from John 3:14 - 17. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • The Call of Ministry

    embcministry
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 28, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Tyrone Love, Jr.. The text was taken from I Samuel 3:1-12, 21. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • Will You Believe and Stay or Doubt and Leave

    embcministry
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 21, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. A. Maurice Drane. The text was taken from John 6:60-69. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • When My Position Paralyzes My Praise

    embcministry
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 14, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Cleavon Williams. The text was taken from John 12: 42-45. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
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    CNA Daily News

  • Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Boston, Mass., Oct 31, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants. What is known of her history is sporadic at best, though she was definitely Irish and definitely Catholic. According to an article in the Boston Globe, even Ann's real name remains a mystery, as…
  • Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Paul II, the head of the Knights of Columbus said on Wednesday. “We have often heard that the family is at the center of the New Evangelization. This means that there must be greater pastoral care and formation of families at the parish level. We must pray that this will be one of the fruits of the recent Synod on the Family and of the…
  • March of Saints aims to catechize Filipino children about heaven

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Manila, Philippines, Oct 30, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Families in Manila are gearing up to march in a colorful Oct. 31 parade dressed as their favorite saints, to evangelize and to catechize on heaven and the communion of the saints. According to Chita Monfort, executive director for Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls, “the March of Saints primarily is a Christ-centered way of celebrating Halloween, and an avenue of catechizing the kids at an early age, and families, about the lives of the saints.” “The idea is to create a counter-culture and to bring back the…
  • Rethinking her death, Brittany Maynard praised for seeing life's value

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Denver, Colo., Oct 30, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a 29 year-old woman with terminal brain cancer reconsiders her resolve to end her life, one scholar says the change of heart indicates a more mature level of thinking. “That’s advanced thinking, that’s higher order thinking – when you can let go of the trappings of this world and realize there is something else,” reflected Dr. Julie Masters, chairman of the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska. She told CNA Oct. 30 that Brittany Maynard’s reconsideration is an “interesting…
  • How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2014 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don’t fully understand the nature of marriage. “There were a good number of us within the synod who felt, given the heavily secular climate today in which so many of our young people are living – what they see in media, television, electronic print, in movies, the music they listen to, the world they’re engaged in – (that) the idea of a permanent, enduring bond that would…
 
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  • Yom Kippur Morning 2014

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Down the narrow pathDark stone risingTo either sideLeaden leggedSweat soakedSuffocatingDarkThe wrong pathThe way backToo steepToo strewn with hazardsLoose rocksPitsNo way To turn backTo retraceUnwise stepsOnly despair as a traveling companionForwardDown The wrong waySuddenlyTo the sideAn openingLightFresh airTurn Turn TurnThere is a wayTo turnTo moveTo chooseAnother wayYou slide through the openingThe wayNowIs Also steepAlso difficultButThere is lightThere is airRejoice!Dance upwardOn worn out legsPirouetteOn aching feetThe way will not be easyButIt is the right…
  • The Gospel According to Phoebe: Telling the Truth

    Darian Duckworth
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    This is the second of a four-part series inspired by the TV show, Friends. While every character has their perks, the one who has taught me the most is Phoebe. Here is just one gospel lesson from her.In the world of Friends, all you need are a guitar and an idea to become a musician. You don't really need to know how to play that guitar. And the songs you write don't have to make sense. If Phoebe Buffay can land a regular gig at a New York coffeehouse, you believe that all of us can, too. “In the Church, I think we’re often guilty of watering down truth to the point of flooding.”…
  • Plus-one, Minus Love

    Melissa Grimes
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Written on September 16, 2014I don't like Christians...which is ironic, considering I am one. I find it far easier to like, and even love, my atheist and agnostic friends. Of course, it's easy to love my Christian friends who support me; the ones who believe it's perfectly okay that God made me gay. But the ones who spew such hatred toward me, are hard to love.Tonight, I like Christians even less than normal. Tonight, I am ashamed. I am ashamed of the city I love. The city I have chosen to make my home. Just earlier this year, I wrote a post praising the actions of our Board of Aldermen after…
  • The Next Right Thing.

    Eric Minton
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Quite often, over the course of numerous conversations unfolding inside the circled wagons of wounded American Evangelicalism, there develops this almost liturgically repetitious refrain amongst the faithful:our best years are behind us. Whether it’s wistfully recounting the size of Sunday morning audiences, the commitment levels of “the young people” to something named “Sunday School,” or the central place religious institutions held in the life of community members interested in finding a mate, a friend, or maybe just a job interview only a few decades ago.our best years are…
  • Dogged Faith

    Julie Long
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    A sermon based on Matthew 15:21-28Some of you may remember last spring when Wilcox County, Georgia, made the national news for hosting its first integrated high school prom. Folks around the country were flabbergasted that almost 60 years after “separate but equal” was deemed unconstitutional and schools were integrated, this kind of thing still happened. Thankfully, the story became news because four students decided it was time for a change. They led money-raising efforts, and the school sponsored a prom for all students for the first time in decades. It turned out to be a great…
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  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
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  • Go Outside!

    Matt
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    If you live anywhere around our home state of Texas then you have noticed the hints of weather change. We have suffered through another summer and the joys of breaking a sweat during the walk from your front door to your car. We can only let our kids go outside for short little bursts and they still come in smelling like a wet dog while being completely exhausted. Things are changing right now and my family LOVES it. Some of our greatest time as a family is spent playing baseball, volleyball, or football (with full dog participation) in our yard. It is a great time of laughter and fun which…
  • Oct 31: One of My Favorites

    Matt
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is so much greatness to be celebrated on this wonderful day! It has created the most memorable bedtime stories for our family. We also celebrated the day when we were able to begin watching the movies which accompany it with our oldest daughter. It is powerful because it is not just myth or folklore but rather a celebration of world changing historical events. Over the years of 1516-1517 the church in Rome was raising money to make improvements to St. Peter’s Basilica. The strategy used for raising the funds for this building project was to send out messengers teaching church people…
  • A Look Back…Part 2

    Matt
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 5, 2012. Alex Kennedy is a man who has spoken into my life since I was about 16 years old. He was the man who officiated my wedding, and someone I have been blessed by throughout the years no matter where God had moved each of us or what stage of life we were walking through. God had brought him back to Katy and he was the pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church. Alex was the man I took on that drive to share the vision of what God had been speaking. During that drive, I told Alex that I wanted him to journey with me through this and I wasn’t…
  • A Look Back…Part 1

    Matt
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 3, 2012. Lori and I thought God was calling us to plant a church for a long time before there was any action taken. It began with conversations here and there all surrounded by much prayer. We had come to a pretty definite conclusion about three years before the first home meetings began. We knew God was equipping us through great relationships and ministry experiences in that season, and we were waiting on him to give us the green light. My way of coping with this passion while being engaged in other areas of ministry was frequent prayer…
  • Legacy Sunday 2014

    Matt
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In October of 2006 Crossings Community Church changed from conversations and ideas to actions. Years of prayer came to a crossroads of action. Those days were pregnant with excitement and vision as well as fear and trembling. This Sunday is Legacy Sunday at Crossings Community. This is the Sunday each year which we set aside to celebrate God’s work over the history of His church called Crossings Community. We also look ahead with the vision that He has given to the need and direction that He has prepared for us. It is an amazing day of worship because, although we are talking about the…
 
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  • Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Minister Subpoenas

    Don Byrd
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Written by Don Byrd Houston Mayor Annise Parker has abandoned subpoenas targeting area ministers following a firestorm of national criticism and concerns about the possible violation of church-state separation. The Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker joined several other Baptist leaders earlier this month in denouncing the original subpoenas, which sought communications including sermons from a handful of area ministers regarding a petition drive to repeal a recently enacted Houston ordinance. Parker subsequently announced a change in the subpoenas to remove the reference to…
  • Federal Judge Halts White House’s Contraception Compromise for Religious Nonprofit

    Don Byrd
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, a federal judge in Florida has issued an injunction halting Obama Administration from enforcing its latest compromise in the battle over the contraception coverage mandate for religious organizations. The White House has struggled to find a way for employees of religious nonprofits like Ave Maria University, the plaintiff in this case, to receive contraception coverage without requiring the organization itself to provide the coverage. The rules devised by the administration have focused on the organization certifying that it is exempt as a religiously…
  • UPDATE: Coeur d’Alene Clarifies Law for Wedding Chapel Ministers

    Don Byrd
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Written by Don Byrd Last week, I posted about a lawsuit filed by the owners of a wedding chapel, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Donald and Evelyn Knapp are ordained ministers who were threatened with sanction for violating a local nondiscrimination ordinance if they refused to perform same-sex marriages. They sued claiming application of the law against them violated their religious freedom rights. Now, after giving it some thought, local officials have clarified that the law would not require the Knapps to perform marriages they find objectionable. In a letter to city officials, (via…
  • 6th Circuit to Re-hear Appeal in Arab Street Festival Evangelist Suit

    Don Byrd
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the 6th Circuit has agreed to re-hear an appeal in the case of Christian evangelists who police ordered to leave the Dearborn, Michigan, Arab Street Festival out of concerns for violence. Earlier this year, a panel of appeals court judges affirmed the dismissal of the evangelists’ complaint, emphasizing that their confrontational methods of proselytizing were “intended to incite the crowd to turn violent,” and that restricting their speech was the only way to quell the violence. Now, the entire 6th Circuit will re-hear the appeal.
  • Washington School District Accommodates Student Religious Dagger

    Don Byrd
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Written by Don Byrd A young Sikh student in Auburn, Washington, will be allowed to wear a small sheathed dagger under his school clothes, as required by the Sikh faith. Like most school districts, Auburn’s has a “zero tolerance” policy for weapons, but officials made an exception to accommodate him. District administrators . . . say there are plenty of Sikhs, both students and staff, who have carried Kirpans to school for years without incident. In this case, the knife is to be kept under the child’s clothes at all times. “The knife can’t come out. It…
 
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  • Video Post: Give Life!

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    If you can’t see the video, click here.        Related Stories5 Evernote Notebooks Every Young Leader NeedsThe Best 2 Minutes Of Your Day: Fan Fun2 Revelations About Authenticity: Why We Have A Hard Time Being Us 
  • Fall At His Feet

    Jonathan Pearson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭9‬ NLT) I love the picture this verse paints in my mind when I see it. I see the two Mary’s…. dazed and confused about where Jesus would be. Realizing that Jesus was standing just ahead of them, they take off in a dead sprint towards their Savior. Like a kid running to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, the ladies couldn’t maintain their run or even get close enough to Jesus to hug him. All they could do was fall. They fell at the feet of Jesus…
  • 5 Evernote Notebooks Every Young Leader Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am an Evernote fan boy. There, I said it. I’ve written about Evernote many times in the past. You can see those posts here. As I change the way I process information and as I lead more and more, I’ve adjusted how I organize just about everything I do. Right now, here are 5 Everntoe notebooks that I’m using more and more. They’re a great start for any young leader that needs some organizing… Inbox My Evernote inbox is my holder of all things that I don’t immediately have a place for. When I email something to my Evernote, it goes here. When I send something from somewhere…
  • The Best 2 Minutes Of Your Day: Fan Fun

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    This guy gets it and spreads a little love and joy while he’s at it!        Related StoriesVideo Post: Give Life!Next Up Podcast: 3 Ways to Live & Lead in The Moment (Episode 6)What Does It Mean To Take Up Our Cross? 
  • 2 Revelations About Authenticity: Why We Have A Hard Time Being Us

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    I’ve written recently about authenticity. The Next Up Podcast covered why authenticity is important at to a leader in its latest episode, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic. Here are 2 revelations… We all have inauthenticity inside us Many won’t admit it, but I’ll be the one to step out. Sometimes, I try to be someone I’m not. The truth is, I enjoy making people happy, I want to fit in, and I like to have people looking up to me and thinking I’m smart. We all have that inside of us. It’s why advertising works, it’s often why…
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  • Are You One Of The Few Christians That Do This?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    "Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts" (1 Corinthians 14:1a). You probably already know this, but as passionate followers of Jesus, we're to actively pursue love. In fact, this is one of the foundational truths of Scripture. All Christians should desire to run after the Lord's heart.However, while pursuing love, it's important to not overlook spiritual gifts.The Bible has the audacity to tell us we should actually desire them in our lives.Desire in the original Greek meant: "To covet earnestly. To be zealous in the pursuit of good.To desire earnestly, pursue earnestly,…
  • Deep Calls Out To Deep

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    There's something in the depths of my soul that desperately yearns for the Lord. I have a desire to know Him in the unfathomable wonder of His glory. I want to move beyond the heartless worship and empty religious forms and have an overwhelming experience of His presence.I don't just want to know about the Lord. I yearn to encounter Him in the fullness of who He is. Through an ancient Psalm attributed to David, a declaration was made that truly plunges beneath the surface. The visceral words of this prayer reflect a longing that displaces all religious superficiality."Deep calls to…
  • When God Dwells With Men

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Ever since the fall, one of the greatest longings was that God would dwell with us here on earth. Broken humanity desperately wanted to re-encounter God’s glorious presence. On some level this transpired during the time of the Exodus. At the Feast of Tabernacles tents were hastily constructed with the intention of encountering God Israel truly yearned for God to dwell with them in an intimate way. They wanted more than just signs, wonders, and miracles, they ached to truly see His face.With the emergence of Jesus centuries later, this promise was finally realized. The "Tabernacling…
  • You Won't Believe It, But Heaven Isn't The Final Destination For Believers

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I spent much of my childhood being assured that the "heavenly realms" were my ultimate destination. In addition to comforting declarations at funerals and homilies on “the pearly gates,” my Pentecostal church sang songs like “I'm Gettin' Ready To Leave This World.” “I'm gettin' ready to leave this worldI'm gettin' ready for the gates of pearlKeeping my record bright and watching both day and nightI'm gettin' ready...to leave this world” As our humble congregation was confronted with abject poverty, substance abuse, and broken marriages, the promise of a heavenly abode…
  • I Want To Be Left Behind

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    For five years I've seriously contemplated writing this. Yet, the reason I never did is because of my innate aversion to controversy. It's shocking, but each time I write about things like this, angry comments and unsubscribes start showing up in my inbox. I enjoy weighing in on relevant biblical topics but hate to get into arguments with beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.This may turn out to be a mistake, but I felt it was time to disentangle some associations people have with the "rapture." I typically stay out of these things, but this is getting quite difficult to ignore. Every time…
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  • The Disquiet Time Blog Tour: Updated Links

    tgf
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I'm delighted to say the book has been received warmly, reviews are good, and the early (very early) sales numbers are encouraging. Many of the contributing authors to DISQUIET TIME along with some of our supportive media friends are in the midst of rolling out a blog tour.
  • Guest Post: Ina Albert on Changing Faces of Spirit

    tgf
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    But the reason I returned to Judaism was not a deep-seated belief in G-d. It was Judaism’s conviction that being Jewish could not be denied. No matter what, I could not be excommunicated. I could question whatever I wanted and still be "kosher." Denying G-d in front of the altar in the synagogue, blaspheming the Torah, refusing to have my boys circumcised, would not release me. I was Jewish, and once a Jew, always a Jew.
  • Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left

    tgf
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago. Dave didn’t deserve this. Journalism doesn’t deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of […]
  • DISQUIET TIME BLOG TOUR: Jennifer Grant

    tgf
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Today, the blog tour continues with my co-editor (the whole book was her idea, btw) Jennifer Grant. Read Jen’s blog tour post HERE.
  • DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

    tgf
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We see God’s spirit shining through each other’s eyes as we grant ourselves permission and a safe space to, as Edgar says in King Lear, “speak what we feel, not what we ought to say”―even (and especially) when it’s messy.
 
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  • An Open Letter to Whoever Messed With the Star Wars Action Figures in my Office

    dave
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Dear Friends and Colleagues,As many of you know, in my office, I keep a small number of classic Star Wars action figures, both for my children to play with when they visit me and to inspire a general sense of nostalgia about my own childhood.Yesterday, unbeknownest to me, someone came into my office and rearranged those figures, putting them in wildly inappropriate poses. This is unacceptable – and I demand an apology – for three reasons. Reason 1: The little diorama you created on my shelf placed my action figures in ways that broke – according to my estimatation – 9…
  • Six40 Book

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    25 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Six40 Disciple Core MaterialClick here for the downloadable PDF of WestGate’s new Six40 Disciples Core Material.
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  • Tim Keller’s Sept. 11 Remembrance

    dave
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND PEACE FOR 9-11 VICTIMS’ FAMILIES Ground Zero/St Paul’s Chapel Tim Keller Sept 10, 2006As a minister, of course, I’ve spent countless hours with people who are struggling and wrestling with the biggest question – the WHY question in the face of relentless tragedies and injustices. And like all ministers or any spiritual guides of any sort, I scramble to try to say something to respond and I always come away feeling inadequate and that’s not going to be any different today. But we can’t shrink from the task of responding to that question. Because the…
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  • Cory Booker Lied To The American People

    agentDave001
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Cory Booker Lied To The American People. Recorded 28 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)
  • Mike Master Interviews Dave Wallace, U.S. Congress Candidate In Maryland

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    31 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Michael Charles Master interviews Dave Wallace, U.S. Congress Candidate In Maryland. Recorded on 30 October 2014. Visit Dave Wallace’s website at http://www.wallaceforamerica.com/ “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 2 times, 3 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 30 October 2014

    Jattira
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898″>http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898</a> (Visited 89 times, 35 visits today)
  • Make Al Sharpton Piss On Himself

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    30 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Make Al Sharpton Piss On Himself. Recorded 27 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 93 times, 23 visits today)
  • Come On With Your Bad Self

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Dr. James David Manning interviews Dr. Ben LaCorte. Recorded on 30 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 70 times, 24 visits today)
 
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  • Latest Videos: Finding the Greater Reward

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
     Finding the Greater Reward Pursue the greater reward -Jesus [tweet this] Keep your eyes on Jesus, the blessing will follow you. [tweet this]   How to Hear God Clearly The man who learns to be at rest and not strive for things to happen is the man who has the greater revelation of Jesus. [ClickToTweet]   Why Does the Past Still Hurt God did not call you because you were better than you fathers, but He called because you were available. [tweet this] Disappointment, discouragements and offence come from us looking inwards, the more you make it about you the more  power you give them…
  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Last Friday was my last service as the youth Pastor, as I moved into the new phase (Read more about it here) I searched deep to see what I would share to my beloved group of young adults as my final words to them. Here are seven thoughts I shared with them: 1. GO! To recap the final words of Jesus. (Mark 16:15,16; Matthew 28:19) a) Go Ye into the World – this world is your world. The farthest you can reach. Till the last person in your college or office. To that person in the other end of the city. Go, don’t be held back. Go, to the farthest your feet can carry with the news that set…
  • A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    How desperate are you to have an encounter with God? Share your thoughts with us here on Facebook and Twitter. For email viewers click here to see the video from email.   The post A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe appeared first on RN - Guarding The Heart Blog.
  • Saying Yes to the Call of God as a Pastor in Montreal

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    When we left from India in obedience to God’s command, I did not fully comprehend God’s plans for us in Canada. All I knew was that He asked me to stop travelling for a year and go pastor the youth of this predominantly Italian & multicultural church in Montreal. I anticipated it to be the hardest thing for me and it didn’t make complete sense to why God would lead me in this direction. However, the last one and a half year have been crucial to the realigning of my heart to God’s call and purposes. During this time, due to various reasons, three pastors including the Senior…
  • How to Respond to What You Fear the Most

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    What do you fear the most? In the book of Judges, chapter 6 we read about the Midianites who began to attack the people of Israel. The Bible says that the power of Midianites was so oppressive that out of fear the Israelites made shelters for themselves in mountains clefts, caves and strong holds. The attack of the enemy succeeded in pushing the children of God back from the place they were positioned to be. This oppression continued for 7 years. And when the Israelites cried to God, His answer to them was surprising. In verse 10 of Judges 6, God says, “I am the Lord your God; fear not the…
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  • Synagogue collapse Update: TB Joshua Faces Coroner

    watchtbjoshua
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Fireman “Expert” who testified in Court: Anyone with even the least understanding, looking at the way the SCOAN building collapse can tell that the collapse was near-symmetrical, quick and total. An indisputable fact is that no other theory would suffice to explain such a near-symmetrical, rapid and total collapse but that of carefully placed explosives […]
  • TEN Evidence materials’ on the Synagogue Collapse site

    watchtbjoshua
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    In this open letter addressed to the coroner of Inquest on the synagogue building collapse, by a Nigerian journalist, the facts of the building collapse are thoroughly explained. The writer with solid evidence meticulously states ten undeniable proofs for the collapse being a preplanned demolition, for Coroner O.A KOMOLAFE's attention.
  • NIGERIA’S ‘9/12’: BURIED FACTS ON THE SYNAGOGUE BUILDING COLLAPSE

    watchtbjoshua
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Having read through most propaganda of TB Joshua haters online – the allegations of the people coming out of their woodwork with nooses and stakes crying prosecute Him, prosecute Him, at the top of their voices. Here are some thoughts on this new video for anyone who cares to be objective enough. Watching the new […]
  • EX-DISCIPLE SOE REFLECTS ON THE SCOAN TRAGEDY

    watchtbjoshua
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Having read through most propaganda by TB Joshua haters online, and the allegations asserted by the people holding nooses and stakes crying prosecute Him, prosecute Him, at the top of their voices. Here’s a brief comment on this new video for anyone who cares to be objective enough. Watching the new CCTV video from TB […]
  • MYSTERY JET BEHIND THE COLLAPSED BUILDING AT SCOAN: MATTERS ARISING

    watchtbjoshua
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hear what TB Joshua’s critics have to say about the tragedy:  …regardless of what may be said by TB Joshua, it is quite clear to any rationally minded individual that this tragedy was caused by unauthorized and unregulated building work,… the alternative hypothesis presented by TB Joshua is verging on insane. We all know TB […]
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  • When Sheep And Shepherds Taste Blood

    PastorDuke
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    When will we learn? When will it stop? Once again both sheep and shepherds have piled on to shoot one of our wounded. And they are relishing in the bloodsport. What am I talking about? The reaction of both Christians and Christian leaders concerning the downfall of Mark Driscoll. My heart is grieved. Not because I am a fan of Mark’s. I don’t really know him. Not because I am in his sphere of influence or am able to influence him. Not because I pastor in the same community so take it upon myself to care. I am grieved because I have seen this time and time again and the end result…
  • Why Would Jesus Allow Himself To Be Crucified?

    PastorDuke
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
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  • Millennials, Here Is Why The Church Isn’t Listening To You.

    PastorDuke
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    I remember being 20 something. I remember being 30 something. Those were some of the most frustrating years of my life. I honestly thought I knew it all. 20 plus years later, I still don’t know it all but at least I stopped thinking I did. Recently I read an article by another Millennial passing on a mantra that has been passed down since time immemorial from one generation to another. It is another rendition of “the sky is falling and you need to listen to us”. Just listen to this rendition. Being on the other side of the Exodus sucks, don’t it? I see the panic on your…
  • Are You Ready For A Miracle

    PastorDuke
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
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    PastorDuke
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
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  • Travis Walton's fifty shades of grey aliens

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Travis Walton, and fellow US Forest Service loggers, claim that he was abducted by aliens into a UFO on November 5, 1975 AD in the Apache-Seagreaves National Forest in Arizona. Eventually, in 1993 AD, the movie Fire in the...
  • Satanist compliments Judeo-Christianity by destroying Ten Commandments

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What! You did not hear of it on the national news? What! No riots or beheadings?! Well, yet another entry into the Unbelievers Compliment Christianity archives has reared its satanic head as Satanist compliments Judeo-Christianity by destroying...
  • Scientific American’s “EVOLUTION the human saga” continues the great myth

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The new Scientific American issue, titled “EVOLUTION the human saga,” is a perfect example of that which we elucidated in essays such as Scientific Cenobites and especially Atheist and Darwinian Science and Story Telling.Scientific...
  • Atheism and domestic violence against women

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Imagine meeting that oh so dreamy rock star and peace activist, John Lennon, only to have him punch you into oblivion—that’s soooo hot!!! This is merely one of various characteristics that Lennon shares with his...
  • Kevin Smith, aka “Silent Bob,” compliments Christianity

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    In the article Pop-occulture’s top 24 movies/TV shows on angels and fallen angels we noted the following with regards to the Kevin Smith, aka “Silent Bob,” 1999 AD movie “Dogma”:Two fallen...
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  • Disputatio pro Declaratione Virtutis Indulgentiarum

    joshrhone
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Amore et studio elucidande veritatis hec subscripta disputabuntur Wittenberge, Presidente R. P. Martino Lutther, Artium et S. Theologie Magistro eiusdemque ibidem lectore Ordinario. Quare petit, ut qui non possunt verbis presentes nobiscum disceptare agant id literis absentes. In nomine domini nostri Hiesu Christi. Amen. 1. Dominus et magister noster Iesus Christus dicendo `Penitentiam agite &c.’ […] The post Disputatio pro Declaratione Virtutis Indulgentiarum appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences

    joshrhone
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects at that place. He requests that those who are unable […] The post Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

    joshrhone
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    According to Mick Jagger, the song propelled the Rolling Stones from being a band to being ‘a huge, monster band.’ Jagger credits the catchy title and memorable lyrics with the song’s success. There’s no question that he’s on to something. But I also think there’s more to it than that. I think the song’s enduring […] The post (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.’

    joshrhone
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    This famous quote comes from John Wesley’s sermon ‘The Use of Money.’ It’s a great quote. I’ve used it a time or two. Although short and succinct, there’s a lot to unpack and it truly takes a lifetime to live out. Today, I’d like to share a portion of the sermon. In the section that follows, Wesley […] The post Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • A brief word on rosaries

    joshrhone
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Earlier, I received this question: What is the difference between the Catholic rosary and the Anglican rosary? It’s a good question. One that I will try to answer, in as brief a manner as possible. Admittedly, I should preface what I am about to say by letting you know that I am neither a Catholic, […] The post A brief word on rosaries appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
 
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  • To bring honor to our Fathers Name

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
      What is in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?7 Names are important, we each have one or more and it is part of who we are. In ancient times, names were even more important. Our Heavenly Father has a name too. His name is not God, the word god is a title, not a name. There is much debate about how to pronounce the name of our Heavenly Father. This article is NOT about this topic. Instead, we will look at what it means to bring honor to our Father’s name as opposed to how His name can be profaned. We shall first look at the third commandment because this relates…
  • What about the mezuzah?

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Introduction In our study on the use of tefillin we came to the conclusion that it is not possible to defend either side of the argument. In the same scriptures we also see the reference to the writing of the words on the doorpost. This leads to the next question – should we interpret this part literally? Scriptures The practice of affixing a Mezuzah is based on two Scriptures found in the book of Deuteronomy. In both cases the mention of fixing the words to your door-post, follows the commandment of binding to your hand and forehead. Deuteronomy 6:8–9 8 “You shall bind them as a…
  • Sukkot in Jerusalem

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      This year we have the privilege of being the place that YHVH chose to put His Name for the Feast of Sukkot. We thought that it would be a good idea to give you an idea of what it would be like to join us for such a special appointment. This year the city is really packed!  We have never seen Jerusalem this busy.  The hotels and hostels are turning people away because they are fully booked.  The streets are crowded like you have never seen before. Everywhere in the streets you can see Sukkahs of all different shapes and sizes.  You can even purchase some Sukkah kits to build…
  • Sukkot – The Basics

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Sukkot, the festival of joy! Every year we find ourselves in need of review of the Scriptures regarding the feast in order to make sure we don’t miss out on anything. For, this reason, we decided to write a short article with just the basics and links to the other articles we have written on the topic. It makes it easier to find the information. If you are not really sure weather or not you should celebrate this, you can read about the transformation power of YHVH’s appointed times in the article ” Are you willing to be transformed? YHVH uses these appointed…
  • The six woes, and Yom Kippurim

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Yom Kippurim, the most solemn day of the year. A day of atonements, a day of introspection and repentance. I am sure we have all been searching ourselves, to find the areas where we fall short. I always ask YHVH to reveal these areas to me, and He is faithful. It is never pleasant, but good for growth and profitable in becoming who He wants us to be. So, how does this relate to the six woes and rotten fruit, you may wonder. I was reading in the book of Isaiah and came across this passage about the six woes and felt really convicted. It starts off with a parable about a vineyard…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Accuracy brings perfection and speciality in all that is done.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 23-10-2014Projection: To be accurate means to take up full responsibility for every task and do it to the best of one's ability. That means all resources that one has are used in the best possible way for the best result of the task. This naturally brings perfection in everything that is done. Solution: When I am accurate in everything I do I am able to be free from carelessness and negligence. I find myself bringing speciality and uniqueness in what I do. For having done things with accuracy, I also find myself becoming trust-worthy and I am also able to be…
  • The one who has the courage to face is the one who can bring about a change.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 22-10-2014Projection: When there is a challenge which brings out a negative response, there is an immediate desire to move away from the situation so that the negativity finishes. But the real challenge is not the situation itself, but the expression of a weakness within. The one who has the courage to face this weakness and work on it is able to bring about a change accordingly. Solution: When I am able to face the challenge of working on my own weaknesses, instead of moving away from the situation I am able to experience progress at every step. Then there…
  • To have the awareness of being God's instrument is to bring about a positive change.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 21-10-2014Projection: When there is the awareness of being an instrument of God, there would be the desire to do the best and be the best. So each and every thing I do would be for the improvement for the self. Due to this there would be divinity and speciality seen in every thing that is done. This would also bring the awareness of all the resources and they would also be used in a worthwile way. Solution: When I am aware of my own role and what I contribute through my specialities, I recognize the fact that I am a beautiful instrument of…
  • The method to bring about a permanent change is to bring about newness in thinking.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 20-10-2014Projection: To bring about a permanent change for the better means getting the mind trained to new ways of looking at the same situation. Only with this new understanding will there be a new response. Trying to bring about change in a superficial way will not bring about a long-lasting change. Solution: When I train my mind to think creatively I'm able to keep my mind busy. In this way I'm able to free it from thinking negative and waste. Also I find myself enjoying every scene that comes in front of me and I also find myself constantly…
  • The method to finish waste thoughts is to deal with the mind with love.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 19-10-2014Projection: When there are waste thoughts in the mind which one tries to stop, it becomes difficult to do that. There is discomfort and difficulty experienced. On the other hand, when the mind is taught to take the right direction with love, there is a quick and dramatic change. Solution: When I learn the art of speaking to my mind with love, I am able to free myself from waste thoughts without any feelings of suppression. Concentration too becomes easy and all thoughts are directed towards the right direction. Soul Sustenance 19-10-2014Where…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-045 Trust God, Don’t Worry

    tonyagnesi
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses worry.  Americans spend so much time in their lives worrying.  We worry constantly.  We worry about unimportant things, things we have no control over, things that we can’t change. What can we do to stop worrying? Scripture: Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?  … Read More →
  • Called to Evangelize

    tonyagnesi
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.” –1 Peter 3:15-16 As Christians, as … Read More →
  • FGG-044 It’s All About Commitment

    tonyagnesi
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I am a fan of committed marriages.  Whenever I hear of a couple celebrating 50 or 40 or even 25 years together it makes me smile.  In this podcast, Tony discusses commitment in marriage and offers 6 things you can do to have a deeper understanding of commitment. Quote: “God created marriage. No government subcommittee … Read More →
  • Life Lessons on the Journey

    tonyagnesi
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Last week, I received a note from a reader who asked, “What are some life lessons you would share with your new grandson?” I replied that I began writing my stories with that thought in mind. Is there anything I can share that might help the next generation avoid some of the pitfalls that I’ve … Read More →
  • FGG-043 In the Blink of an Eye

    tonyagnesi
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Time flies is an expression we hear all the time.  And it’s true. In this podcast, Tony discusses how time flies and how we need to understand that in the blink of an eye things can change.  He offers several suggestions. too. Scripture: To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, … Read More →
 
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Free Catholic Resources

    Lyn
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Calling all Catholic newbies! Here are two fantastic free Catholic resources for you to help get to know your new Church :). CatholicCity.com I recently discovered this website after picking up a free CD at my parish. It offers free booklets and audio CDs that are super helpful. I grabbed the audio CD of the Rosary […] The post Free Catholic Resources appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore

    Lyn
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our bodies are a gift from God and they are an essential part of our being. Someday, we will reunite with our bodies in heaven. So we should honor our bodies here on earth as the divine gifts they are in everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat to keeping it […] The post Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine

    Lyn
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Doesn’t this Bible verse from the Gospel of John perfectly explain the notion that we will have to suffer and by doing so we will be “fruitful?” “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear […] The post Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux

    Lyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    St. Therese of Lisieux, the “little flower,” is my confirmation saint and I am much devoted to her! Through PrayMoreNovenas.com, I’ve been praying a novena to her leading up to her feast day Wednesday, October 1. It’s said that when praying a novena to St. Therese, you should look for roses as signs. Those were […] The post Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Don’t Worry, Just Work

    Lyn
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Are looking for peace in your life? I know that’s what drew me to the Catholic Church. I have the answer: don’t worry, just work! When you are a follower of Christ, you know that you can give everything to Him, or to his Blessed Mother whom he has designated as the dispenser of all grace […] The post Don’t Worry, Just Work appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood, You’ve been Misquoting Isaiah 59:19: Part 2—Almost Every Other English Translation but the KJV

    Andrew Sargent
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recent post I began a discussion on the problems with the KJV’s translation of Isaiah 59:19, whose part of concern reads, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” We isolated three problems with this rendering stemming from what I believe to be a poorly determined antecedent to the pronoun in the verb “he will come.” The word that the KJV sets as the antecedent to this pronoun would be spelled incorrectly by the Hebrew Scribes if it is indeed supposed to be rendered “enemy.” The use of the article THE does…
  • When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood, You’ve been Misquoting Isaiah 59:19: Part 1—KJV

    Andrew Sargent
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The pertinent part of Isaiah 59:19 reads in the King James Version, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 is one of the most oft quoted texts in Scripture, memorized thus even by those who don’t read the King James Bible… which is unfortunate because Isaiah 59:19—a favorite for spiritual warfare aficionados—is also one of the most altered translated texts across the versions. In fact, the rendering of Isaiah 59:19 in other translations is so altered from the KJV that many read it and interpret it in…
  • Why You Should be Against Anti-discrimination Laws: The Tyranny of “Do-gooders”

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I find that political discussion with Christians and non-Christians alike often turns into a confusion between moralizing and good principles of governance. Many seem unable to disentangle their hearts desire for others from the desire to use the force of government to achieve that desire. Hence, being against anti-discrimination laws is NOT the same thing as being in favor of discrimination and prejudice… one is about personal ethics and morals and the other is about principles of government. The equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of our constitution is a federal mandate…
  • Train Up a Child and Everything Is Your Fault, Part 3: Is Proverbs 22:6 a Promise?

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In two previous posts[1] I’ve been discussing Proverbs 22:6 and the translation issues involved in what seems a rather ambiguous central phrase, “upon the mouth of his way” which seems best when translated “according to his way.” We considered how only two of the six suggested interpretations of this proverb provide a reasonable antecedent for the final pronoun in the proverb, demanding that “upon the mouth of his way” represent a specific path, not a method of training, and not a timing of training. This left us with two potential interpretations. Train up a child in the way he…
  • Train Up a Child and Everything Is Your Fault, Part 2: What is the way of the Child?

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a previous post, we turned our attention to a literal rendering of Proverbs 22:6,[1] which being one of the most hurled about texts, whether in accusation, self-defense, or hopeful soothing, suffers much in the shadow of questionable translation. The problem phrase “על־פי דרכו   upon the mouth of his way” was shown to best reflect the somewhat vague notion of “according to his way,” which demands the question, “What is the way of the Child.” There are five suggestions about the meaning of “according to his way” in addition to the earlier suggestion that “upon…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Southbridge in the Civil War – Andersonville Prison

    Fr. Peter
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Andersonville Prison is synonymous with the horrors of the Civil War.  Some 13,000 Union prisoners died while being held in some of the worst conditions of the American Civil War.  Andersonville Prison was opened in February of 1864 on 16.5 acres of land near the town of Andersonville Georgia.  By the time the prison was liberated in May of 1865 45,000 union soldiers would have been held there. The prison was commanded by Major Henry Wirz who was tried and executed after the war due to the conditions of the prison he commanded.  The most common cause of death was scurvy, diarrhea and…
  • What Pulls Us

    Fr. Peter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:26-39 At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke…
  • Mazel Tov ~ Reflections from A Bar Mitzvah

    Fr. Peter
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
      If you are like me, you have only heard or read about the Jewish custom of Bar Mitzvah.  I had an intellectual knowledge of what it was all about – the becoming of an adult in the eyes of Jewish Community and an acceptance of the Jewish faith in a very public way – but I never had any first-hand experience with it.  Well, that all changed when I recently attended my nephew Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah. I often describe myself as a “church geek”. I like ritual and liturgy, not only of my own church, but of other churches.  I like the history of the development of ritual and…
  • What Kind of Soil Are You?

    Fr. Peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others…
  • The Gettysburg Story

    Fr. Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I listen to a number of podcasts as I travel on my rounds and one of my favorites is Civil War Talk Radio hosted by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz of East Carolina University.  Each week Gerry, as I like to think of him, brings authors and other Civil War scholars to his show for an interview about their book or specific topic.  If you are a serious student of the Civil War or just someone who likes history, this show is for you. The show takes a break for the summer so I have been using the time to catch up on the ten years of archived episodes, I have been binge listening, and I have heard…
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    Like a Seed

  • Doubt

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Doubt is to consider something unlikely. It is a lack of trust and confidence in ourselves, our relationships with good people, and God. Doubt is a poison that flows from fear. It is immobilizing, crippling, and can lead to despair. It is rightly said that Doubt and faith cannot exist in the same mind at the same time. William Shakespeare wrote  'Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.'.Doubt is the absolute inverse of faith.A proper understanding of doubt, where it comes from and how it affects us, helps us to be able to recognise it…
  • Faith and Sacrifice

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Of Faith and SacrificeLove is one of the most powerful forces on this earth. By it wars have started and ended and emipires have risen and fallen. Through the zeal of a love of God the world has been transformed by loving, charitable hands, and has been scarred by the overzealous acts of extremists. When bridled it provides a home with an atmosphere of peace and harmony, and when unbridled it is loose to tear the family to pieces. There are four ways in which the word love is used in greek: Agápe, spiritual love (love of God) ; Éros, passionate love (Romantic interest); Philla, mental love…
  • For These are the Things Jesus Taught

    14 May 2014 | 3:13 am
    I'm trying to be like Jesus;I'm following in his ways.I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,Love one another as Jesus loves you.Try to show kindness in all that you do.Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,For these are the things Jesus taught."As we contemplate the trials that we have experienced, and those on the horizon, we can begin to realize how powerful Christ's atonement truly is. He is the most forgiving and loving being in our lives. Feelings of doubt, fear,…
  • The Risen Lord

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    So Easter has come and past. I love to use this time of year to reflect on my Lord and Saviour, and I would like to share with you my testimony of the Risen Lord. Before we lived on this earth we lived with our Father. We were his spirit children. He wanted us to be like him, and to gain experience, and so he presented to us all a beautiful plan. This plan involved God creating a world for us, so we could gain a body and experience mortality so that we could learn and understand. Because of Father's foreknowledge he knew we would each make mistakes. We would become unclean and unfit to return…
  • The Anchor Of Souls

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Parable of the Bike and the PoopA man once had twin sons. One was extraordinarily happy and optimistic, the other was very sad and depressed all the time. years went by and his happy son kept getting even more optimistic, and his sad son became more and more pessimistic. One day, the father decided that he wanted to do an experiment, to see if he could make his pessimistic son happy, and his optimistic son sad. So their birthday came around, and he had thought of the perfect gifts. He knew that his boys loved riding their bicycles, so he went to the cycle shop and picked out the nicest…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Do You Fear Betrayal?

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
  • Who Do You Welcome?

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America?

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and its economic benefits. But racism and…
  • The Word for Today is #One

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
  • The Word for Today Is #Handiwork

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Photo courtesy of oom_endro / Pixabay Your fingerprints are not the only part of you that’s unique and beautiful. The Lord took special care to craft every cell in your body, then poured special gifts to shine like diamonds, into your mind and soul. The Bible tells us that we are God’s handiwork. The original Greek word was not handiwork, but “poema” (poem). That means we are extensions of the mind, aesthetic, and vocabulary of God. That’s AWESOME! The word for today is #handiwork. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God…
 
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • A Letter to My God Daughter

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    I saw my God Daughter last night. As soon as I walked through the door, she ran and clung to me in greeting, and my heart instantly melted. I remember when she was a baby, seated atop her high chair while throwing her lunch at the wall. Six years later, she has grown into a vivacious character who enjoys dancing and singing and cheering and discovering the world around her. She is also (if I do say so myself) quite the comedian.But I will be honest, I worry for her. I suppose any adult who loves a child looks at the world in light of that child. What will this world do to her? How will it…
  • Jesus, take the wheel.

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I am praying for my husband…the operative word being “my.”Just to clarify, I am not married. Nevertheless, he is in my prayers. For years, I simply prayed for a husband…operative word being “a,” as though he were a winning Lotto ticket or a raise at work. When he failed to appear, I let frustration take over and quit petitioning God. The desire to marry, however, remains with me. God put the desire in my heart for a reason, and the reason is marriage is my vocation. I know He has called me to love another and his family, just as I know He would never tease me with such a desire…
  • A Spiritual Look at "The Walking Dead"

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I don’t like gore. I prefer psychological thrillers – stories which get inside my head and make me ponder the unimaginable – but gore? No thank you. Blood and guts and suffering make my stomach churn and heart break, so much so, I would binge watch Nicholas Sparks’ cheesy romantic dramas as an alternative. Although I’d probably just read a book…not Nicholas Sparks.Despite my aversion to gore, I make a conscious (and enthusiastic) decision to expose my eyes to heads bashed and stabbed and shot and exploding like water balloons filled with blood every Sunday night. I am referring,…
  • Subterranean Homesick Alien

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The wind blew against my cheek the other day.No big deal, I know…happens all the time. This time, however, felt different. Most of us don’t notice the wind any more than we notice clouds in the sky, but this particular breeze practically demanded I notice it. The sensation was like a caress – a cool, gentle hand against my skin – and my thoughts immediately drifted to God.In a surreal way, I knew the touch was His.I’m not sure why He would do that, however, as I have been out of control lately. Without sugar-coating things, I will attest to being a Spiritual Sloth. I no longer pray…
  • The Death of a Life

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    My friend killed himself the other night.The terror started with a cryptic status left on his Facebook: “To anyone reading this, know that I love you, and thank you for any impact you had on my life.”My first thought was he’d “hit the sauce” a little too much and used Facebook to wax sentimental, but others knew better. Within seconds of his post, mutual friends began calling him or anyone who might know his whereabouts to find him, stop him from ending his life. Shortly after, his father found him hanging lifeless.His poor daddy.He was always one of those funny guys, ya know?
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    Diwali Greetings and Images 2014- Happy Deepavali Cards

  • Best Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 Gifts- Deepavali Gifts

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Diwali is one of the most important festival celebrated all over the India.. Diwali is the day of meeting relatives and Greeting them with Gifts, Sweets and Cards. We have Gift ideas to make your Diwali shopping easy. These are most suitable and beautiful gifts you can give to your love ones and make their Diwali special.Diwali, the festival of lights is nearing. It has different forms and different story behind it but the joy and importance of festival is same all over the country as well as globally where Hindu communities celebrate Diwali. The calendar has already rolled to October and…
  • Top 10 Happy Diwali 2014 SMS- Best [*Diwali*] {*Messages*} and [*Wishes*]

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Diwali is about to come and as the getting close, many of planning to wish our love ones in some different styles and with memorable way. So wishing Happy Diwali someone special with some special messages and SMS is one of the very good idea. Are you worrying where to get Best Happy Diwali SMS and Messages? We have collected some special messages and SMS to wish Diwali someone special and make this Diwali some more special. Have a look at our collection.SMS or we can say Text Messaging has become very common today not just among the youth, but also among the older generations. Most of us send…
  • Top Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 [*Quotes*], {*Wishes*}, [*Messages*] and Sayings

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Are in an idea to gift your loved ones with extraordinary gifts and greetings for this Diwali 2014? If yes, then it is a must for you to have a look at some of our Diwali Quotes and Wishes. Here are some of the best Wishes and Quotes you can ever find anywhere else in English, Hindi.Words are the only ways to express your feelings to your beloved ones when they are far away from you. They are the only means to touch your loved one’s heart to a great extent. Hence, you can make use of these beautiful words to wish your beloved ones a very happy festival to express your feelings towards them…
  • [*{*Happy*}*] Diwali 2014 {*Images*} and [*Wallpapers*]

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Are you looking for some beautiful wallpapers and images for Happy Diwali 2014? Then you are at right place. Our collection of Diwali wallpaper and Happy Diwali 2014 Images consist some of best and most beautiful images and wallpaper you can find. Diwali is a festival of light, colors and fun. Every one of us would wish to celebrate this wonderful festival in a unique way. All of us will certainly decorate our houses with beautiful flower garlands, colorful Rangolis and glittering lamps. As we all know, Diwali2014 falls on October 23rd and there are just few more days to go. It is time for…
  • Top 10 [*Facebook*] [*Cover Pic*] And [*Status*] for Happy Diwali 2014

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Facebook is the thing where almost every one share every special moments of their life thorough Status, Pictures and Cover Pics. This Diwali, Are You Looking For Some Beautiful Diwali FB Cover Pics, Photos and Status to Wish Your Fb Friends? Have Look At Our Collection Of handpicked FB cover Pics For This Auspicious Day of Diwali.Enjoying life on Social Networking Websites these days has become a part and parcel of the lives of not just the youth but also the middle aged people. It is quite sure that everyone Wishes to share our happiness, sorrows or any updates in our life as a status on the…
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