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  • What Churches Should Do If Your Pastor Has Been Using

    Phil Cooke
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Because of the revelations recently about the data leak from the Ashley Madison website that encourages people to engage in adultery, my friend Ed Stetzer posted this statement on his blog: “Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, […]
  • Nigeria: Focus On Families At Jehovah's Witnesses Convention

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:22 am
    [Guardian] Jehova's Witnesses will, every weekend from this month to December 20, 2015, be featuring resources that assist families throughout Nigeria to be stronger and more united. This is a focus of their 2015 three-day yearly regional convention with the theme "Imitate Jesus!"
  • Being Evel

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    Nell Minow
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:17 am
  • St. Francis de Sales’s Guide to Starting Our Day Right

    Catholic Exchange
    Fr. Thomas F. Dailey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In his everyday spirituality, St. Francis de Sales counsels us to begin at the beginning. Making God a part of that first conscious­ness of the new day starts things out on the right footing. Thus, St Francis’ Spiritual Directory opens with this exhortation: First of all on awakening, we are to direct our minds completely to God by some holy thought such as the following: Sleep is the image of death and awakening that of the resurrection. Not merely as the first among many things to do each day, but first of all the devout person thinks of God, whose grace­ful action makes awakening…
  • Why The Media is Silent About Planned Parenthood’s Atrocities

    Phil Cooke
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    No matter how many expose’ videos are produced showing Planned Parenthood employees and leaders detailing the horrifying business of dismembering unborn children, selling off body parts, or even harvesting the brain from a baby boy who’s heart was still beating, the mainstream media simply doesn’t cover the issue. From major broadcast networks, to online platforms, […]
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    AllAfrica News: Religion

  • Nigeria: Focus On Families At Jehovah's Witnesses Convention

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:22 am
    [Guardian] Jehova's Witnesses will, every weekend from this month to December 20, 2015, be featuring resources that assist families throughout Nigeria to be stronger and more united. This is a focus of their 2015 three-day yearly regional convention with the theme "Imitate Jesus!"
  • Nigeria: Man Charged With Stealing Church's Musical Equipment

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:11 am
    [Vanguard] An Isolo Magistrate's Court in Lagos has remanded in prison custody a 26-year-old man, Cheka Samuel, for allegedly stealing musical instruments belonging to a church.
  • Nigeria: Umuchukwu Gets First Catholic Priest

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:06 am
    [Guardian] It was history for Umuchukwu town over the weekend as an indigene, Deacon Kingsley Ibeh, was ordained a Catholic priest by the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye.
  • Nigeria: Masquerades Invade Church, Flog Pastors, Worshipers

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:24 am
    [Vanguard] A Church service was reportedly disrupted by four masquerades who flogged the pastors and the worshipers in Epinmi Akoko area of Ondo state.
  • Nigeria: An Appeal for Christian Deputy Governor in Borno

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:22 am
    [Daily Trust] My heart was gladdened when somebody called to tell me that some Christians names were on the list of potential deputy governors in Borno State. Should that come to pass, Governor Kashim Shettima will not only be making history, but he would have addressed the long standing yearning of Christians to be given prominent appointments in Borno State.
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    Catholic Exchange

  • St. Francis de Sales’s Guide to Starting Our Day Right

    Fr. Thomas F. Dailey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In his everyday spirituality, St. Francis de Sales counsels us to begin at the beginning. Making God a part of that first conscious­ness of the new day starts things out on the right footing. Thus, St Francis’ Spiritual Directory opens with this exhortation: First of all on awakening, we are to direct our minds completely to God by some holy thought such as the following: Sleep is the image of death and awakening that of the resurrection. Not merely as the first among many things to do each day, but first of all the devout person thinks of God, whose grace­ful action makes awakening…
  • Trust, History, and the Synod on the Family

    Constance T. Hull
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Next month the second part of the Synod on the Family will commence in Rome. Articles, theories, and concerns have been flying around social media for over a year now. Discussion on the Synod is a good thing and should be encouraged. What I have seen in many circles however, is a sense of foreboding that betrays a fear of a change in doctrine that runs completely counter to what we understand the Catholic Church to be. That foreboding is met with glee in many circles who are touting the Church will get with the times and completely revamp 2000 years of moral law in order to please the…
  • Forming A Healthy Conscience

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Each one of us is born with and endowed with a singular conscience by which we are obliged to form, to cultivate, and to follow in order to live a richer and more moral life. However, this necessitates a properly formed conscience within the soul. If we do not properly form a conscience we will most likely end up with a bad one, or what is more properly called a mal-formed conscience.  So, in order to arrive at a well formed conscience, it will take vigilance and ultimately reforming our soul to be properly ordered to the good. But What is a Malformed Conscience? 1. Lax Conscience is a one…
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    CE Editor
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “The fruit of reflecting on Christ’s Passion is to believe in the truth that we are perfectly loved by God, to accept the gift of God. When our hearts are vulnerable to his love, he teaches us to love what he loves: the Church, and in a special way, his priests.” -Kathleen Beckman, Praying for Priests
  • 20,000 Pounds Sterling per "Dot"

    Catholic Answers
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    That Saturday was blustery, filled with persistent showers and a low overcast. I saw our weekend plans running into the storm drains. Late at night I woke, peeked out the bedroom window, and saw stars—a good sign. The storms were passing and with them the winds. Sunday dawned cloudless, the air almost still. It would be ideal weather for our flight into Big Bear City for lunch. After preflighting the motorglider, I settled into the left seat and my non-pilot friend got into the right. We flew north from San Diego, skirting Mt. San Gorgonio, the tallest peak in the coastal range. To the west…
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    Phil Cooke

  • Why The Media is Silent About Planned Parenthood’s Atrocities

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    No matter how many expose’ videos are produced showing Planned Parenthood employees and leaders detailing the horrifying business of dismembering unborn children, selling off body parts, or even harvesting the brain from a baby boy who’s heart was still beating, the mainstream media simply doesn’t cover the issue. From major broadcast networks, to online platforms, […]
  • What Churches Should Do If Your Pastor Has Been Using

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Because of the revelations recently about the data leak from the Ashley Madison website that encourages people to engage in adultery, my friend Ed Stetzer posted this statement on his blog: “Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, […]
  • Bad Email Habits That Kill Your Productivity and Waste Hours Every Day

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:40 pm
    It’s time to get serious about your email habits.  Millions of people waste millions of hours because they won’t discipline themselves about how they process the tons of email they receive every day. Studies show we spend almost 1/3 of our day dealing with email, so here’s a list of your biggest email productivity killers – the […]
  • Live Love Lead: An Interview with Brian Houston

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Now that my friend Brian Houston’s new book “Live Love Lead” is out and being read by plenty of leaders, I thought it was time to ask him some questions. As founding Pastor of Hillsong Church, with locations in at least 15 major cities around the world, his leadership principles have impacted thousands of pastors and […]
  • A Top Real Estate Expert Shares 5 Ways Churches Can Be More Effective With Direct Mail

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    I recently had lunch with my friend Rodney Johnson, who’s a top real estate agent in Los Angeles, specializing in multi-million dollar homes. As the broker/co-owner of a large real estate firm in the uber-competitive LA residential market, he’s learned over 28+ years how to find clients using virtually every legitimate means possible. That includes […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • 17 Cardinals and Counting

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Seventeen prominent Cardinals from around the world address problems concerning marriage and the family in a series of new books prepared in advance of the October Synod on the Family Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Synod of Bishops on the Family will meet in October to discuss marriage and the family, two hotly debated topics that have caused a crisis in the Catholic Church. In preparation fo Source: Carmel
  • Ambassador Ade Adefuye's Transition is a Big Loss, But He Would Not Be Forgotten

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Contact: CANAN, 516-819-4355   NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Members of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN receive the news of the passing away of Nigeria's Ambassador to the US, Prof Adebowale Adefuye with heavy hearts. However we are thankful to God that not only was he a believer, he lived a life worthy of praise to his maker.   Ambassador Adefuye was a true Nigerian patriot, an envoy par excellence, a notable scholar, an exemplary family m Source: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans
  • Free Community Youth Rally Against Bullying and Youth Suicide

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Contact: Dana Salter, 888-364-8014 LANCASTER, Calif., Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bullying is a national and social epidemic in our country. Today, one in four kids is bullied in school and one in two kids, out of school. Faithbuilders Prayer Ministry (a ministry of Blessed Ministries) will present a FREE youth rally and one-day community workshop on bullying and suicide prevention that will be held Saturday October 3, 2015. This event will be held at The Growing Valley Baptist Source: Blessed Ministries
  • New Book Reveals God's Love as Family Deals with Sex Addiction

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Contact: Lyn Adams, 864-396-3317, COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the wake of the Josh Duggar scandal, I am requesting that you consider printing an excerpt of my book, The Birthday Gift: Snapshots of Marriage to a Pastor/Sex Addict and the Unexpected Path to Healing, currently available on Amazon. Because of the taboo, sex addiction is not discussed. People are embarrassed, either because they are engaging in inappropriate sex acts or Source: Author
  • Researcher Claims Discovery of 'Jesus in the Stars'

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Contact: M. Fiol, 612-868-1142 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Forget the grilled cheese sandwich or the tree bark bearing the likeness of Jesus of Nazareth, a historical researcher claims to have discovered what appears to be a representation of the crucifixion "in the stars" on the day he is believed to have died. Source: F&A, inc
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • In times of severe stress, may I remember my faith

    Company of Prayer
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:26 am
    Then the rainstorm came over me; and I felt my spirit break. I had lost all of my belief, you see, and realized my mistake.- SealLove’s Divine, Seal IV
  • Lord, help me stay focused

    Company of Prayer
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    The author of Hebrews encourages us to ‘Strip off every weight that slows us down; let us run with endurance.’ How? By keeping our eyes on the prize — Jesus, the champion and perfecter of our faith. Asking Him to direct our steps; maintain our focus; guard our steps; protect our margins. There are so many possibilities of things that we can do to grow our business, expand our influence, and increase our opportunity. We lose focus when our eyes are on the finish rather than on the road before us. Strategy has to come before action; training before the race. - Brian Sooyfrom his series of…
  • Lord, grant me someone to mentor; someone I can teach the importance of you in their success

    Company of Prayer
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    Isaac Stern told me once that music takes place in between the notes. Mentors do their work interstitially as well. They counsel to be careful about the little things that they know can be tragically important.- Fay VincentWe All Need a Few Good Mentors, The Wall Street Journal
  • Lord, give me strength

    Company of Prayer
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.- John 14:27
  • For compassion in our struggles, we pray

    Company of Prayer
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    Over 100 different drugs have side effects that can mimic Alzheimer’s in some people.- Melinda Beck, The Wall Street JournalDetective Work: The False Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • Phone Call

    19 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    Frederica reads from chapter 20 of her new book Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, published by Paraclete Press.
  • The Theotokos and Prayers to the Saints

    5 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Frederica reads another selection from her new book Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, published by Paraclete Press.
  • Welcome to the Orthodox Church: Introduction

    15 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Frederica reads the introduction to her new book Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, published by Paraclete Press.
  • Charleston

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Frederica heads home to Charleston, South Carolina, and visits the Emmanuel AME Church, the site of last week's tragic events.
  • Inside Out

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
    Frederica Mathews-Green reviews the new Pixar film Inside Out, a movie that works on both a child and an adult level—especially when it comes to telling the truth about sadness and the lessons it has to teach us.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Pope asks Chicago girl to sing for him – video

    Guardian Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    Speaking by satellite from the Vatican to the people of Chicago, the pope hears 17-year-old Valerie Herrera tell him how she’d been bullied because of a rare skin condition and had turned to music for comfort. The pope then asks her to sing for me. ‘Be courageous’, he says when she hesitates Continue reading...
  • The fortune-teller of Kabul | May Jeong

    May Jeong
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    For centuries mystics have channelled hopes and fears of Afghans. With the nation in turmoil, their services are as popular as ever. But can they survive the latest crackdown by religious hardliners?Last November, Abdullah Sharifi visited a spirit medium. By his own admission, Sharifi was the last person you would expect to indulge in mysticism. Twenty-two years old, tall, handsome, with slicked-back hair, Sharifi usually wears blue jeans and a leather jacket, and walks with a swagger. But by that autumn, he had lost the spring in his step.Five years earlier, Sharifi had begun working as a…
  • The question doctors fear most: 'Do you believe in God?' | Ranjana Srivastava

    Ranjana Srivastava
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    If they balk at the mere mention of God, do doctors miss an opportunity to comfort patients in their most trying times? My patient was sweaty and unsettled. He denied pain but reported thirst, taking a grateful sip of water from the glass I held up to him. We had spoken earlier in the week about his limited lifespan after the failure of multiple lines of chemotherapy. During that conversation, he had searched repeatedly for hope of a specific type – that there was some other chemotherapy I could administer. I had gently, but repeatedly, denied him that specific hope, telling him that I…
  • Onward Christian soldiers: War Room triumphs at the box office

    Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Beating movies with stars including Zac Efron, the critically panned Christian family drama has underscored the popularity of faith-based films in AmericaIt’s official: Hollywood has fallen for God, and God, or at least mammon, appears to reciprocate the affection.War Room, a low-budget paean to the power of prayer, has become the latest faith-based film to triumph at the United States box office. Related: Straight Outta Compton continues to dominate US box office as We Are Your Friends bombs Related: War Room review: shut up and pray he quits Continue reading...
  • Straight Outta Compton continues to dominate US box office as We Are Your Friends bombs

    Nigel M Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    The hip-hop biopic is the first film to sit atop the US box office charts for three weekends in a row since Jurassic WorldFor the third weekend in a row, hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton dominated at the US box office, earning an impressive $13.2m (£8.6m) – pushing its domestic total to a whopping $134.1m (£87.3m), making it the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, according to Variety. It’s also the first film to top the US box office for three consecutive weekends since Jurassic World.Despite Straight Outta Compton’s continued success, the real story at the…
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • DOOR International: reaching the Deaf for Christ

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    DOOR International uses Chronological Bible Storying to share Christ with unreached Deaf communities.(Image courtesy DOOR International) International (MNN) -- Bible study is a key part of discipleship. But, “How do you teach a Bible study if you don’t have a Bible, and nobody in your small group or Bible study group has a Bible?” asks Mike Buus,  founder of DOOR International. There is currently no country in the world where a complete translation of God's Word is available in Sign Language. Because they don't have the Bible, a very small percentage of Deaf people have been…
  • Don’t become immune to the word ‘famine’

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy BGR via Twitter) International (MNN) -- Most people hear the word famine so much that they’ve become immune to it. They’ve stopped paying attention. It’s just another word. But ignoring it doesn’t make the problem go away. In fact, it makes the problem worse. Fortunately, Baptist Global Response (BGR) has stationed help around the world and is partnering with clinics to create a solution. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), around 795 million people don’t have enough food to live a healthy lifestyle. WFP says worldwide, around 3.1 million children under the…
  • Making disciples: accidentally or intentionally?

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy International Mission Board) USA (IMB/MNN) -- Training believers how to effectively disciple new Christians is the heartbeat of Jeremiah and Joy Farmer’s* ministry. The International Mission Board (IMB) couple champion intentional discipleship and provide the training and resources for U.S. and East Asian church networks to ensure their churches are healthy and growing deeper in Christ. “In five years time, [in East Asia] we’ve had 500 new churches with 1.5 million who heard the gospel and 30,000 believed. The statistics are overwhelming and incomprehensible,” Jeremiah…
  • Handicapped camp gives children hope

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of SOAR International) Abkhazia (MNN) -- Everyone needs a sense of belonging. People need to know they are loved and that others will come alongside them in times of weakness. This is especially true for children with physical disabilities. And that's why SOAR International, along with a local church in the small, disputed Eastern European territory of Abkhazia,is reaching out to them. In early October, the church, along with a small team from SOAR, will put on a camp in Abkhazia exclusively for children with physical disabilities. “This year, we’ve offered to bring a…
  • The destruction of Libya

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Crethi Plethi) Libya (MNN) -- The Fund For Peace defines a failed state as a country that has: lost control of its territory erosion of legitimate authority to make decisions an inability to provide public services an inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community In short, the country’s foundation has crumbled. This is more or less a description of Libya. Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA notes that within a context of anarchy and absent rule of law, “When the uprising took place, it was a swift change for the country as a…
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  • True vs. False Narratives

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    A Christian is someone who, by the grace of God, faces the world as it actually exists. The Christian is devoted to understanding reality rather than deny it. The postmodern secularist, on the other hand, denies the very existence of truth as a reality outside of themselves. This means that many people today believe the truth neither exists nor can be known, except what they determine it to be by their self-declared authority. But why is reality so difficult to face for many people? The answer it that many avoid or suppress reality because they are either dissatisfied with or afraid of it and…
  • Reformed Creeds and Supplementary Resources (eBooks)

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The creeds and confessions expand and develop over the entire existence of the church. A creed is a concise declaration or confession of beliefs that outlines the essential truths of the Christian faith. They progress from simple statements in the bible, to brief statements like the Nicene Creed, to complex confessions like the Westminster Confession of Faith. The following are hand selected among the thousands of creeds that have been written.Reformed Creeds and Suplementary Resources (in ePub, .mobi formats)Ames, William The Substance of the Christian ReligionBaptist Divines The London…
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible - New Release

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The NIV Zondervan Study Bible releases on August 25.50-page PDF samplethe book’s website: NIVZondervanStudyBible.comD. A. Carson is the general editor; Desi Alexander, Rick Hess, and Doug Moo are the associate editors; and Andy Naselli served as the assistant editor. Andy Naselli worked on this study Bible full-time for four years and for a fifth year part-time. He managed the project and helped copyedit all of the notes and essays for content and style.The study Bible has completely fresh content from new contributors. Its audience is as general as the target audience for the NIV…
  • Does the Bible Inspire Feelings of Moral Superiority?

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Comment: The bible inspires unwarranted feelings of moral superiority and may be used to excuse obnoxious and malicious behavior of its readersResponse: Sadly, some professing Christians have indeed been known to be obnoxious, but, I would argue, it is not because of the Bible. It is because pride is a natural trait of fallen humanity. Some professing Christians have neither understood nor experienced grace. Understood rightly, the Bible teaches that Christians were not saved because they were good or because they were better than others, but because, by the grace of God, they knew they were…
  • The Centrality of Jesus in History

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Here is a quick sweeping picture of the history of redemption.  God has revealed Himself in space-time history by becoming flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. His purpose was to glorify Himself by redeeming sinful, fallen creatures from their bondage and captivity to sin and its deadly consequences. He did this by becoming our representative (Heb 2:17; 4:15), doing for us from our side what we were unable to do for ourselves. He is the center, the focal point of human history, and all of human history prior to the coming of Jesus Christ was a preparation for His coming:After human beings…
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Environmental Justice in Mossville; Payday Lenders; Terence Blanchard

    Fred Yi
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A small African-American town in Louisiana has been overrun by petrochemical plants and pollution; in Alabama, churches confront predatory short-term loans at exorbitant rates that target and trap the poor; and renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard talks about Hurricane Katrina, music, meditation, race, and excessive police violence. The post Environmental Justice in Mossville; Payday Lenders; Terence Blanchard appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary; The Dalai Lama at 80

    Fred Yi
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Rebuilding continues a decade after the devastating floods, and New Orleans communities of faith see hope amidst the tragedy; and old age has not diminished the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader’s role as an advocate for world peace and inner happiness The post Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary; The Dalai Lama at 80 appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • America’s Incarcerated; The “T” in LGBT

    Fred Yi
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    The US has more people in prison than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of them are African Americans; and faith groups like Urban Village Church in Chicago are reaching out and welcoming transgender individuals The post America’s Incarcerated; The “T” in LGBT appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Evangelicals and LGBT; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica

    Fred Yi
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Growing social acceptance of same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues poses new challenges for evangelicals; Britain’s former chief rabbi leads a global effort against religious extremism and violence; an ancient vision in Mexico of the Virgin Mary inspires millions of religious pilgrims. The post Evangelicals and LGBT; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • The Aga Khan; The Singing Monks of Norcia

    Fred Yi
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims speaks about poverty, peace, philanthropy, and religious understanding; a chart-topping album conveys the music that is central to Benedictine monastic life. The post The Aga Khan; The Singing Monks of Norcia appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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    Religion News Service

  • White supremacist gives Nazi salute at conviction

    Melanie Eversley
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    It took the jury less than two hours to convict Frazier Glenn Miller, an avowed anti-Semite who testified that he intended to kill Jewish people. The three that Cross killed were Christians. The post White supremacist gives Nazi salute at conviction appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Supreme Court says Kentucky clerk can’t deny same-sex marriage licenses

    Richard Wolf
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    WASHINGTON – The ruling, made without comment or any apparent dissents, is an early indication that while some push-back against gay marriage on religious grounds may be upheld, the justices won't tolerate it from public officials. The post Supreme Court says Kentucky clerk can’t deny same-sex marriage licenses appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • NYT reporter: ‘Days when I feel despair’ at news, religion’s role

    Leslie Miller
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Writing about religion isn’t all hope and inspiration, say winners of the Religion Newswriters Association's annual journalism awards. The post NYT reporter: ‘Days when I feel despair’ at news, religion’s role appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope’s ‘blessing’ to lesbian no change in policy, Vatican says

    RNS staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    (RNS) Pope Francis' pastoral approach has often been misinterpreted in the mainstream press as a hint of possible change in church policy. The post Pope’s ‘blessing’ to lesbian no change in policy, Vatican says appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Obama bristles at anti-Semitism charges during interview with Jewish newspaper

    Lauren Markoe
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    (RNS) "There's not a smidgen of evidence," the president said. The post Obama bristles at anti-Semitism charges during interview with Jewish newspaper appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • More digitized Islamic manuscripts now available

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    by Salman HameedYou really don't have to leave your basement now. Digitized Islamic manuscripts are now available from several collections. This is an alphabetical list from a few years back. For example, here are 25,000 Arabic manuscripts from the British Library digitized by the Qatar Digital Library (several astronomy manuscripts are part of this), and manuscripts related to the history of Arabic and Persian medicine at Yale's Medical Historical Library. Now Princeton collection of Islamic manuscripts has been expanded and you can access it here:A generous grant from the Virginia…
  • Muslim scholars take a stance on climate change

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    by Salman HameedIn a symposium in Istanbul last week, a group of Muslim scholars have urged Muslim countries to move away from fossil fuel and greenhouse gases in favor of more renewable sources. Here is the full  text of Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change. In some ways it is not hard to justify such a claim from a  religious perspective - and so does this declaration:This current rate of climate change cannot be sustained, and the earth’s fine equilibrium (mīzān) may soon be lost. As we humans are woven into the fabric of the natural world, its gifts are for us…
  • New episode of Science ka Adda (SkA): Pluto - A New World Again!

    9 Aug 2015 | 11:20 pm
    by Salman HameedFor those who speak Urdu, here is the latest episode of Science ka Adda: Pluto - A New World Again!Here is the description of the episode:Pluto was discovered in 1930. Up until 2015, we did not know much about this little world in our Solar system. The flyby of The New Horizon spacecraft has revealed Pluto to be a fascinating object hosting tall mountains made up of ice, smooth plains with nitrogen ice flows, and a moon that features canyons that can several kilometers deep! In this episode of Science ka Adda (SkA), Salman Hameed examines some of the latest pictures from New…
  • Check out "The Stanford Prison Experiment"

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    by Salman HameedThere is a good chance that you have heard of The Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971. I had also read about it and knew the general contours of the results. But I didn't know the specifics - especially the details that led to the shutting down of the experiment only six days into the 2-week project. Now there is a new fantastic film by the name of The Stanford Prison Experiment (now that makes it easy to know what the movie is about...) that dramatizes the experiment and, from what I have read, does a very good job of staying faithful to the events. It is an intense film (so,…
  • Fantastic resource for historical research on the Middle East

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    by Salman HameedOpen Access is having a fantastic impact. Here is an an excellent resource that contains open access to historical newspapers and other online journals in Middle East and Islamic Studies (thanks to Tabsir for the tip):Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers and Other Periodicals in Middle East & Islamic Studies Below is a list of Open Access historical newspapers and other periodicals in Middle Eastern Studies.Most titles on the list have been digitized by independent projects across the globe and may not have been fully cataloged. It is often difficult…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Striking a Balance

    Hally Franz
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:11 am
    By Hally Franz – Have you been accused of being a “helicopter mom”? I have – by my husband. I am not sure whether to feel complimented or assaulted. Since I like to look on the positive side of things, I am going with the idea that he was totally admiring my parenting style. In caring for our kids, we moms often move handily through the roles of body guard, private investigator, personal tutor, fashion police, counselor and cop. Sometimes, we manage several of those in a single conversation! Dads approach things a little differently. Most moms have horror stories about what’s…
  • Here Comes Harold Camping’s October 21, 2011!

    Dianne Butts
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    By Dianne E. Butts – Last spring, Harold Camping made national news when he predicted the Rapture would occur May 21, 2011. What’s the Rapture? It is an event that many Christians believe will occur during the “End Times,” which we talked about a little in my column last month. One of the foundational beliefs of Christianity is that Jesus will return to earth—as an adult, just like when He died, alive and powerful. We believe this because Scripture tells us so in many places. Here are just couple: Jesus Himself talked about His coming. Three of the four gospel writers recorded…
  • Hysterical Society

    Cynthia Ruchti
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    By Cynthia Ruchti – Our local historical society stays busy resurrecting bits of history, restoring ancient artifacts, and maintaining a charming museum that draws more traffic than one would think for a small town. The walls and displays and collections in the museum reveal a past, now invisible. At one time, along the jaundiced-sounding, but intriguing, Yellow River, flourished a loud, but productive, lumber industry. It was so many years ago that no one alive today has sawdust on their shoes. A significant pottery business thrived, too, sometime in history. Fire destroyed most of the…
  • Control of Bodily Appetites

    Cami Checketts
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    By Cami Checketts – Summer is coming to an end and I’m depressed. It’s hard to let the good times go. I love my boys being home with me, hiking, biking, swimming, just enjoying every minute with them. My only regret this summer is I’ve allowed my self-control to slip. It hasn’t just been an occasional ice cream cone on the front porch swing. Some days it’s been two ice cream cones and, to be quite honest, most of the time I’m the one instigating the treat. I really have no problem with eating treats and I adore ice cream. My problem comes in feeling I…
  • The Privilege of Giving

    Carin LeRoy
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    By Carin LeRoy – Years ago, when we were missionaries returning home for a furlough with our three children, we planned to live in upstate New York, near our sponsoring church. Coming from a tropical climate, we only had summer clothing and nothing for a cold, northern winter. Unknown to us, a lady from our church had taken it upon herself to shop at yard sales for sweaters and other warm clothes for our children. She arrived with several bags of clothes; in the bags were beautiful sweaters, coats, mittens, etc, for them to wear. What a blessing it was that this sweet lady was concerned…
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Remembering my father: Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh, hero of 1965 war

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war, it’s time to remember late Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh, the then commander on the western front credited with playing a heroic and stellar role in the defence of Punjab. In the thick of war as the then army commander, he had famously stood up to army chief Gen JN Chaudhury’s verbal order to pull back troops to the Beas bridge on GT Road, and instead went ahead with an offensive thrust, fighting fierce and decisive battles that eventually changed the course of war. In a tribute to her late father, Harmala Kaur Gupta…
  • Hardworking Sikh cabbie feeding homeless for the past 3 years

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Australia Tejinder Singh, a Sikh cab driver, is being celebrated in Australia for his efforts to feed hungry residents in the city of Darwin on the last Sunday of every month over the past three years. A report from the local news station, Nine News Darwin, said that Singh cooks several kilos of rice and vegetarian curry after wrapping up his shift at seven on Sunday morning, and then he and his son, Navdeep, deliver the food all around the city. “When I do something good, I’ve got too much energy, I say I’m doing something for homeless people, so they give me more energy,…
  • Dr. Pandit Rao Dharennavar – The Man who Loves Gurmukhi in His Own Way

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Dr. Pandit Rao Dhrenvar is the different personality nobody can explain his qualities. He is the only one who can tell something about himself. Surinder Singh just tried to find his positiveness towards Punjabi Language
  • Sikh Population Percentage Declines 10%

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    As per the India religious census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner on Tuesday, the total population of India back in 2011 was 1.21 billion people. Currently in 2015 the population of India is estimated to be just under 1.3 billion people. In 2011, the Hindu population was 966.3 million (79.8 per cent); Muslim 172.2 million (14.2 per cent); Christian 27.8 million (2.3 per cent); Sikh 20.8 million (1.7 per cent); Buddhist 8.4 million (0.7 per cent); Jain 4.5 million (0.4 per cent), Other religions & persuasions (ORP) 7.9 million (0.7 per cent),…
  • San Jose Sikh Gurdwara Sahib Elections 2015

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    In ideal situation, there should be no dispute, wrangling, or expensive court cases over the control of our Gurdwaras. But this is not the case and we all face an unsavory situation in San Jose with elections this week. I have intentionally tried to keep away from getting involved in the politics. However I am deeply concerned about the impact the result of this election could have on our Khalsa school. Our leadership needs to focus more on our next generation in US and less on the politics in India. It is imperative that we groom our future generations in such a way that they become a…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:16 am
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In a letter published by the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis described the "existential and moral ordeal" faced by women who have terminated pregnancies and said he had "met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision". ...
  • Silence at Vatican funeral for ex-envoy in sexual abuse case

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Eight minutes of silence instead of a homily marked the Vatican funeral Monday of a former papal diplomat, whose trial on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors had begun this summer in a Holy See courtroom.
  • Religion rarely part of ICU conversation

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - In less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit do doctors and other health care providers discuss religion or spirituality a new study finds. For many patients and families, religion and spirituality are important near the end of life, and understanding these beliefs may be “important to delivering care that is respectful of the patient as an individual,” said senior author Dr. Douglas B. White of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in email to Reuters Health. Researchers used audio recordings to analyze 249 meetings…
  • Israel Christian schools plan to stay shut in protest

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Christian schools in Israel and east Jerusalem have threatened to stay closed for Tuesday's start of the new academic year over a financing dispute with the government, an official said. Some 33,000 students attend some 45 Christian schools, which employ 3,000 teachers in Israel and east Jerusalem. The director of schools overseen by the Custody of the Holy Land, Abdel Massih Fahim, said Monday the shutdown was being planned to demand equal treatment with other schools in Israel.
  • Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Meet the ‘babassu breakers’ on Brazil's 'new agricultural frontier'

    David Hill
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:11 am
    Plans for agro-industry expansion puts the livelihoods of 1000s of women harvesting rare palm fruit at riskWhat, you might ask, is a “babassu breaker”? That’s my translation of “quebradeira de coco babaçu”, a term used by an estimated several hundred thousand women in Brazil who gather and break open the fruit - no easy task - from a species of palm called babassu. Many quebradeiras’ aim is to use the entire fruit: the seed kernels for oil or milk, the mesocarp - the middle layer - for flour, and the husk for charcoal. The income generated from babassu-derived products is…
  • Lagarde warns of Chinese slowdown as markets slide again - live updates

    Graeme Wearden
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:09 am
    IMF chief fears ‘bumpy’ ride and warns that global growth is weaker than hoped, as China’s manufacturing sector takes another hitChristine Lagarde: Get ready for Chinese spillovers European stock markets deep in the red againIntroduction: More weak data from ChinaFrance and Greece drag eurozone factories down 12.09pm BST One UK company is bucking today’s selloff, though - Aga Rangemaster, whose shares have jumped 10%.The takeover battle for Aga intensified this morning when white goods maker Whirlpool made an approach to the cooker maker, potentially beating an earlier bid from…
  • Transfer deadline day: De Gea latest, Martial, Djilobodji and more – live!

    Nick Ames (now), Paul Doyle (next) and Nick Miller (later)
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:09 am
    Transfer window slams shut (officially, the only way it can) at 6pm BSTAnd mail or tweet @nickames82 12.08pm BST Dom has sent in an update on Joe Ledley’s situation, too. Looks like he’s off on loan:“Joe Ledley has been granted permission to leave the Wales set-up to address his future: think he is likely to move on loan with a number of clubs, including West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff, having expressed an interest. Palace want £4.5m plus for Ledley to leave them on a permanent deal.” 12.07pm BST That’s what I’m hearing from Dominic Fifield.
  • Apophenia and making sense of loss on a Friday night

    Pete Etchells
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    When something bad happens, our pattern-seeking tendencies sometimes make us look for answers where there probably aren’t any. This time around, it’s given me an irrational annoyance about Friday nightsI was having a conversation with my wife yesterday, about which word is more heartbreaking: ‘dead’ or ‘died’. She suggested ‘dead’, given its sense of finality. For me, ‘died’ seems much worse, as it evokes a sense of recency; of immediate, raw pain that hasn’t had a chance to kick in yet, let alone subside.We were travelling back from seeing my aunt and my nana, and we…
  • County cricket – live!

    Vithushan Ehantharajah and Jamie Bowman
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:56 am
    All the action from Worcestershire v Sussex and Yorkshire v SomersetBen Stokes helps England beat Australia in T20I 11.56am BST Jamie Bowman reports from HeadingleyThe first hour here at Headingley has witnessed one of those classic periods of play that only county cricket seems able to produce . Two great exponents of seam and swing bowling in Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom have taken full advantage of a winning toss and a pitch that spent most of yesterday in danger of being washed away on a very damp Yorkshire bank holiday. 11.25am BST Worcestershire 32-2 v SussexMost of Sussex’s…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Iran has not softened position on Israel, says supreme leader’s advisor

    Marcy Oster
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has not softened its position on Israel, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader said. “Iran will not recognize Israel. We still emphasize that Israel is a usurper and occupying regime and we will not come along with it,” Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on international affairs to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told a group of religious leaders from Pakistan visiting Iran on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The comments came several days after British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said in an interview with the British media that…
  • Vienna Jews accuse city prosecutor of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by Muslims

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    (JTA) — The Jewish Community of Vienna accused the city’s prosecutor’s office of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by pro-Palestinian activists. The incitement took the form of a caricature published last month on the Facebook page of organizers of the Vienna march of International Quds Day — an annual event held in cities across the world since it was initiated in Iran as an expression of solidarity with Palestinians and rejection of Zionism and Israel. The caricature showed men wearing Middle Eastern garb and one child pouring water into a hole, at the bottom of which stands a…
  • Half million sign petition to end Israel’s Gaza blockade

    Ben Sales
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — More than half a million people have signed a petition to end Israel’s blockade of Gaza, within one day after it was posted. The petition, posted Wednesday on political activism website Avaaz, calls for an end to the blockade in order to enable the reconstruction of Gaza. Some 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis died in the war, which also destroyed 18,000 homes. None have been rebuilt yet, with money going only to repairing damaged homes. Construction has moved slowly because pledged donations have been slow in arriving, and, according to international aid…
  • Soldiers stoned, settlers arrested as IDF destroys illegal West Bank buildings

    Ben Sales
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Settlers threw stones and tires at Israeli soldiers as they demolished four buildings in two illegal West Bank settlement outposts. The Israel Defense Forces arrested three of the settlers during the incident, according to Israeli news site Walla. No injuries were reported. The demolitions took place at the outposts of Maoz Esther and Ge’ulat Zion in the northern West Bank. The outposts are near the Palestinian town of Duma, where Jewish extremists allegedly firebombed two houses last month, burning a family inside and killing a father and baby. This is not the…
  • 11 Jewish ex-congressmen back Iran deal; 190 former generals oppose

    Ben Sales
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    (JTA) — Eleven Democratic Jewish former congressmen signed a letter supporting the agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, while 190 former generals signed a letter opposing the agreement. The letter backing the deal, released Thursday, touted the signers’ pro-Israel bona fides, and said the agreement “halts the immediate threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.” Congressional rejection of the deal, the letter warned, would “put Iran back on the path to develop a nuclear weapon within two to three months.” Its signatories include former Michigan Sen. Carl…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Post-Obergefell Politics

    Matthew Wright
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Image by Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA. The Supreme Court’s nationalization of same-sex marriage this summer in Obergefell v. Hodges leaves Christians with a lot of work to do—at almost every level. Most of the work isn’t new, but the cultural landmark that Obergefell represents certainly pushes it to the front burner. We need to think hard about how homosexuality is understood and responded to within the Church—most importantly, how Christ calls us to love people. The all but complete dissolution of traditional sexual mores in our society should cause us to reflect on the…
  • Event: Future of the Church, Sept. 9

    Fred Sanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Mark your calendar for an event Torrey Honors Institute is hosting at Biola University on Wednesday September 9 at 7pm (PST): The Future of the Church. It’s a follow-up to last year’s very popular Future of Protestantism discussion, and an attempt to go one step bigger with the scope of discussion. “Bigger” could mean a lot of things, but what we have in mind this time is to talk about churches that are self-consciously world-wide: Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Pentecostalism, and Evangelicalism. Each of these groups is acutely conscious that their local churches…
  • Christ and the Prophetic Mountain Range

    Fred Sanders
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    This month I got to preach on Mark 13:1-27 at my church home, Grace Evangelical Free Church (La Mirada and Fullerton). We’re preaching through the gospel of Mark, and behold, the time had come for the Olivet Discourse. Though most of the commentaries I consulted on this text are not what I would call encouraging to the preacher (“hardest passage in the NT,” “dozens of possible meanings for each saying,” etc.) they did help me see just how deeply Jesus enters into the role of prophet in this discourse. Hearing biblical prophecy from the mouth of Jesus really gives…
  • “Homer is Like Sirens… His Myths are Not There for Fun”

    Fred Sanders
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Bishop Eustathius of Thessalonica (1115-1195) wrote a long, Greek commentary on the Iliad, which he introduced with this commendation of Homer. He thinks everybody should read Homer, but his strategy seems to be making the poet seem deep, dark, and dangerous: Homer is like Sirens. Perhaps it would be best if you kept clear of him from the start; if you blocked your ears with wax, or steered another course, to escape that magic. But suppose you made your way onward through the range of his song, you would not easily pass him by, even if you were loaded with chains; and if you did, you…
  • Head Held High: A Glimpse into the Heart of Education

    Adam Johnson
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    A student gave me a beautiful reminder of the heart of a liberal arts education last semester. And it wasn’t because she got good grades. In fact, her grades were pretty poor. Having done the vast majority of the work for the semester, she found herself buried in commitments at the end of term, and completely missed several major deadlines. She had realized this by our oral final exam at the end semester, and was prepared for the sub-par grade she received. After we had discussed the details of her grade, she opened up about having learned a great deal this semester, among other things the…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Google Brings over 2,000 Indian Artworks Online, Opens 70 Virtual Exhibits

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    SourceUNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 ( The Google Cultural Institute is increasingly helping the Indian culture flourish on a global platform, bringing the best of Indian art and culture online. Google announced that it has added ten new partner institutions to digitize and share their content via its platform. The U.S.-based tech giant is surely doing much to promote Indian culture, and its museums, which are nothing more than tourist attractions having barely any footfalls these days. The Google Cultural Institute, which was launched in 2012 in India with the National Museum and…
  • Yoga in Palestine: The Search for Inner Peace Amid Ongoing Conflict

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    SourcePALESTINE, August 27, 2015 (The Guardian): A lack of yoga teachers, and a social stigma from the belief that the practice had something to do with a foreign religion, meant that until recently not many Palestinians had had exposure to yoga or meditation. But in 2010 Farashe opened a volunteer-based nonprofit community yoga centre in Ramallah that focuses on outreach.In 2012 and 2013, Farashe was boosted when Washington DC-based nonprofit Anahata International ran teacher training for Palestinian women to take the self-care techniques into their communities on the West Bank. With…
  • UN Population Fund Chief Says 'New Mantra' is to Keep Girls in School until Age 18

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    SourceMADABA, JORDAN, August 22, 2015 (US News): The "new mantra" of the U.N. Population Fund is to keep girls in school until age 18 "in every nook and cranny of the world" to protect their rights and slow population growth, the head of the agency said. Last month, the U.N. said it expects the world's population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and more than 11 billion by 2100.Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the population fund, said it is important to enable women to control their fertility. "Our preoccupation is how do we ensure that women have the…
  • Hinduism Today App Now on Both Apple and Google Play

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    SourceKAUAI, HAWAII, August 28, 2015 (HPI): The Hinduism Today app, rolled out August 12 for the iPhone, is now available for all Android smart phones. You can get it on Google Play: Click here and install! Apple iOS users: go here: Play: ... com.yudu.ReaderAIR6213949For many months now the monks have been working among themselves and with experts to create an internet application worthy of Hinduism's flagship magazine. Around the globe there are millions who have no access to the…
  • Kumbh Mela Shravan Shudha - First Snan: Thousands of Devotees Take Dip on the Banks of Godavari River

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    SourceNASHIK, INDIA, August 26, 2015 (Indian Express): Today marked the first day of bathing for those attending this year's Kumbh Mela festival on the banks of the Godavari River in Maharashtra state. For colorful photos see source above.
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Three moments of Shabbat morning gratitude (Velveteen Rabbi)
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    1. We have set up a circle of chairs behind the synagogue, surrounded by mountains and wetland and field. At the beginning of morning prayer the air is chill, but by the time we reach the bar'chu, the formal call to prayer, some of our folks have scooted their chairs into the patch of shade beside the small cement wall. When they turn east, they turn to face the wall -- and suddenly our little cement wall becomes the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem. (It even has little finger-sized holes in it where one could place kvitlach, petitionary prayers!) I will never see that wall the same way…
  • #blogElul 16: Pray (Velveteen Rabbi)
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I manageformal conversation,a love letter morningand evening and afternoonbut most of the timeI rely on the chat windowopen between us all day.I tell you everything.This month you are near.Walk with me in the fields.I want to take your handand not let go. I'm participating again this year in #blogElul, an internet-wide carnival of themed posts aimed at waking the heart and soul before the Days of Awe. (Organized by Ima Bima.) Read #blogElul posts via the Elul tag; last year's posts are now available in print and e-book form as See Me: Elul poems.
  • #blogElul 15: Change (Velveteen Rabbi)
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You remind menot to fear change.Change is like breathing:without it, death(itself a changeI can't yet understand.) You remind mewhat stays the same:roots to ground me,hope to uplift me, my tender heart,my love for you. I'm participating again this year in #blogElul, an internet-wide carnival of themed posts aimed at waking the heart and soul before the Days of Awe. (Organized by Ima Bima.) Read #blogElul posts via the Elul tag; last year's posts are now available in print and e-book form as See Me: Elul poems.
  • #blogElul 14: Learn (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    What I'm here to learn:that it's okayto take up spacewith my ungainly heart.That I can lovewhat I loveand you will neverroll your eyes.That I deservea place at the tableand my mistakeswon't exile me.That when you promisedlove that transcendsall space and time,you meant it. I'm participating again this year in #blogElul, an internet-wide carnival of themed posts aimed at waking the heart and soul before the Days of Awe. (Organized by Ima Bima.) Read #blogElul posts via the Elul tag; last year's posts are now available in print and e-book form as See Me: Elul poems.
  • Article about my rabbinic school (Velveteen Rabbi)
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    There's a lovely article by Rachel Kurland about the ALEPH Ordination Programs in the Jewish Exponent this week. Here's how it begins: California students call in at breakfast. East Coast students sign on during lunch. European students check in at dinner. Israeli students log in at night. Some even chat at 2:30 in the morning.   The ALEPH Ordination Program is not like any other rabbinical school or seminary. The program teaches people from all over the country and the world. And this year, the school will be teaching more students than ever... Here's the part of the article which resonated…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Climbing up High

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Well these photographs are too good (breath-taking) to miss. And I am proud to say I took the banner photo on the warpandwoofknitting blog. The 27th was a special anniversary day for the author and what better thing to do than go hike up a mountain. Being up high, climbing up to a high point and look out around, is what I love to do. Inspiring and a time when insights break free in unexpected ways. Ah! Happy memories of climbing a Tor on Dartmoor years ago – which is where I may well be in a few days time.
  • Note for Subscribers

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:42 am
    Hi all you 80 people who subscribe to Jade and receive posts via email. You receive the ‘first edition’ of my posts which I endeavour to make the ONLY edition! However today I made some changes and added a dedication which I’d want you to share in. So, just today, you will need to hike over to the actual website to read the second edition! Sorry about that. If you, who have not subscribed, would like to do so. It is easy. Painless. And convenient. Just look to the left of the screen and you will see boxes to enter your email address and name and in no time you will be…
  • Being Mortal

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:28 am
    Being Mortal – A Bubble in a Stream As a bubble in a stream a phantasm a dream. Who knows how and where the sweet dew of mortal life will…make manifest. In life do we notice? Yes! But life is eternal Isn’t it? Right now never ends! With a crash or a thud or a slow dribbling away. Life breath stops Eternal night? – a fantasy. Opening palms skywards the sweet dew remains in our deepest Heart. This is for Rosie who met a tragic end the other day and for Grant, My Luminous Friend, who took his last breath a year ago. My thoughts for those who watched the breathing stop.
  • Throssel – In the Early 1980’s

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    How it was from the air in 1984. There is a new photo gallery ‘How it was in the early 1980’s’ on the Throssel website showing how it was in the early 1980’s. It takes my breath away to think of the amount of work done by the monks and guests during this time. The ceremony hall was finally completed in 1985 as I remember. And soon after that the old barn was pulled down and construction started on what is now the monks meditation hall with rooms and offices below. Every body gave there all to make this place possible. And that has not ceased…..
  • The Coal Bunker Oak

    21 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Found sprouting in the coal bunker at Throssel last spring. Planted. Nurtured. Transported to Leicester in the East Midlands. Where it is now. Nurtured. And appreciated. As with the Oak so too with the new temple Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple . Planted. Nurtured and growing…. Many thanks to Rev. Aiden and the congregation for hosting the visit. May this brave tree grow into a Mighty Oak! Watered by faith and devotion.
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  • 10 Counterfeit Jesus Christ Figures We Should Stop Worshiping

    Daniel Darling
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Jesus is still very popular these days, even at a time when Christianity seems to be facing more social marginalization. From political and social movements to kitschy products to bumper stickers, we’ve appropriated Jesus as a mascot for our favorite causes. But we have to wonder, is this the real Jesus of the Bible or a Jesus of our own making? In Romans, the Apostle Paul teaches of Christ’s mission to call out a people and form them into His likeness, but it seems we are more interested in forming Jesus into our image. Even conservative, Bible-believing evangelicals are fond of making…
  • Christianity Is a Battleship, Not a Cruise Ship

    David D. Ireland
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    “Boston Strong.” “If You See Something, Say Something.” Slogans like these keep us mindful of the dangers that lurk in a society where terrorism is no stranger. Airports, sporting events, concerts, and any place where large crowds assemble are outfitted with security cameras, metal detectors, and armed officers. This is our new normal — and rightly so. We need to stay alert. However, in our spiritual lives, many Christians are asleep at the wheel, unaware of the reality of spiritual warfare. Although the Bible has sobering words and graphic examples that warn against the…
  • “What Are You Doing?”: The Ultimate Religious Question

    Galen Guengerich | OnFaith Voices
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    The tradition of theology initiated by Frederich Schleiermacher in the late eighteenth century and clarified by William James at the dawn of the twentieth century insists that religion is not mainly a set of beliefs. Rather, religion is first and foremost a way of life. On these terms, the ultimate religious question is not “What are you thinking?” but rather “What are you doing?” If you want to know what we think is important, look at how we spend our time. If you want to know what we value, look at how we spend our money. If you want to know what we believe, look at how we live.
  • The Beauty of Biblical Submission

    Christina Fox
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    Have you ever played one of those word association games where someone says a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind? Well, what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word submission? Is it positive or negative? In our culture, submission is a word that often incites controversy. I believe one of the main reasons for this strong emotive response is what people think of when they hear the word submission. For many, the first things that come to mind are words such as inferior, doormat, or controlled. I know that response well. For me, the word submission once conjured…
  • 5 Scriptures to Read When You’re Feeling Anxious

    Sheila Walsh
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    Hectic. Overwhelming. Noisy. So often that’s how our lives feel, with our “to do” lists and our busy schedules and our work commitments. It can cause us to feel anxious and not at peace. And, yet, God promises us just that. Peace. And rest. And his presence. Here are five scriptures that can remind us of those good truths when we’re in the midst of chaos: 1. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Countless times I’ve sat down to try to be still and holy. It’s never worked very well. Only recently when I…
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  • Is phantom limb pain all in one’s head?

    Simon Turley
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    Phantom limb pain is thought to result from changes in brain organisation. Recent evidence challenges this view, leaving this mysterious phenomenon unsolved. Picture yourself waking up in the hospital. Your body is hurting, but you can’t remember what happened. The doctor tells you that you had a severe accident causing you to lose your left arm. You think: “I definitely don’t feel well, but surely the doctor must be mistaken; I can clearly feel my hand and in fact it is hurting.” You turn your gaze at the blanket covering your hand. You want to lift your hand to show it to the…
  • Yorkshire: the birthplace of film?

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Any assertions of ‘firsts’ in cinema are open invitations to rebuttal, but the BBC has recently broken news of a claim that the West Yorkshire city of Leeds was in fact film’s birthplace. Louis Le Prince, a French engineer who moved to Leeds in 1866, became one of a number of late 19th-century innovators entering the race to conceive, launch, and patent moving image cameras and projectors. There is plenty to be said about Yorkshire’s contribution to cinema; and film historians have long been aware of the groundbreaking contributions of the moving-image inventors working in the…
  • How well do you know the James Bond songs? [quiz]

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Very soon now, we’ll find out who sings the next James Bond song. SPECTRE, the superspy’s twenty-fifth outing, will be coming out in the fall. But the song will be more like the thirtieth or so, depending on how you count. Most of us don’t remember most of these … “Goldfinger,” sure, sure, the one that Madonna did, “Live and Let Die.” But beyond that things can get iffy surprisingly fast. So why not make sure you’re ready for the announcement, for the release, and for the film by taking our quick quiz? How well you know the Bond songs?   Featured Image: Sean Connery as…
  • Brand management in the internet age: new options, new concerns

    Amelia Carruthers
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    Starting in 2012, the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began to revolutionize the internet with the release of a vast number of new top-level domain spaces. While most attorneys, and indeed the general public, are familiar with many of the commonly-used TLD spaces (e.g., .com, .net, .edu,), with the launch of well over one thousand new spaces (available in the near future), simply registering your client’s business name in one or two extensions may not prove sufficient to reach their target audiences. And, perhaps more importantly, failing to understand the…
  • Is the glass half full or will trouble for lawyers prevail?

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    As new students dive into life as a 1L, recent graduates await their bar results and lawyers continue to soldier on in their ever-changing, ever-growing profession. Legal ethics scholar Deborah L. Rhode, author of The Trouble with Lawyers, and law professor Benjamin H. Barton, author of Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession, joined us to chat about a few hot topics in law including education, diversity, happiness, and the future—is the glass half full or will trouble for lawyers prevail? With various proposals hoping to overhaul the standard law education, which…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Meaning of Life - Fundamental Questions. Simple Answers

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    What is the meaning of life?Life's meaning is dynamic and each and every living being can create different meaning out of it's life. The meaning of life is life itself as it unfolds and it is unique for each.Someone asked me this question, what is the meaning of life.Tonight this answer came to me. And it came as a parable.Lets think that you are the owner of a little kingdom. Lets assume you're a miniature creator and you have limited capacity to create small creatures for your kingdom. So with delight of a creator you start to create your favorite animals and you can make them come alive.
  • In Quest for the Love of the Habib - Sohbet with Walid Lounès Bouzerar

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    1.And among the Divine Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth / the soul and the body,and the difference of your languagesand colors.~ Message of the Final Testament, 30:22Human language, a marvel of God in every sense and yet when it comes to visions of the heart or tastes of grace from the unseen world - even that marvelous instrument of expression falls short. That's why apart from spoken language of day to day communication we have poetry and songs that express what can not be expressed in ordinary expressions. Poetry capture more sublime expressions that come from the heart…
  • The Word That Was Lost - Henry Rasof

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    People ask me—I ask myself—why I, a poet, cannot express certain things I think and feel? What are these things I can barely sense, that I am not even sure are real or imagined, and does the question really matter?The poet’s tasks are several and monumental: to express the inexpressible, grapple with the challenges in doing this, and bring readers in touch with the inexpressible in themselves and their own struggle to connect with the inexpressible.What is the nature of the inexpressible? How can we know something is inexpressible, or if there is even something inexpressible, let alone…
  • 5 Qualities for Becoming a Saint

    7 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm
    1.A Sufi Master said: 'If you wish to be a wali (saint) change your character into the character ofchildren'' 'Why?' he was asked.Children have five qualities' he answered and if adults had these same qualities, they would attain the rank of the awliya (sainthood):one. They do not worry about their daily provision. (This is trust in God the Provider)two. When they fall sick they do not complain day and night about their misfortune. (This is complete acceptance of what is)three. Whatever food they have, they share. (This is generosity, a quality of God)four. When they fight or quarrel, they do…
  • What Happened on Mi'raj? The Concretization of What Can Not be Made Concrete

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Agey chino Muhammadi Nuro mon, agey chino Muhammadi Nurdhuriley bondhurey paibaasoin bondhu sereepurBehold the Light Muhammadan!O heart of mine, recognize first - the Light MuhammadanIf you seek, you shall find the friend abides he at the beauteous land ~ Kalam of Shitalang Shah I have been reading with great pleasure a new book out (Feb 2014) by Lesley Hazleton titled "The First Muslim." This is a greatly researched book and she did look at the life of the most important figure in human history from a very fresh out of the box perspective. I say out of the box because she wasn't biased…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Speaking to the Soul: The holiness of broken things

    Ann Fontaine
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    ‘The Holiness of Broken Things’ – for Charles Schweigert and St. Catherine the base is the ark where Noah cradled all creatures the base is the barque where Christ slept through the storm anchoring a broken orb of once rusty scrap metal transformed by faith in beauty the martyr’s wheel rises the break beatified by a fragrant halo silvery traces of the soul’s flight toward paradise leaving behind for our solace a delicate blue flower love-in-a-mist     Poem by Karin Temple of Grace Episcopal Church, Astoria, OR Image: Sculpture: St Catherine by Charles…
  • Pastoral letter from Bishop Hirschfeld concerning Owen Labrie and St. Paul’s School

    David Streever
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld has posted a pastoral letter about the divisions and grief brought to light following the guilty verdict of Owen Labrie, a student who sexually assaulted another student at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He raises the issues of male privilege and misogyny, and clarifies that there is no legal relationship between St. Paul’s and The Episcopal Church, and finishes with a prayer to heal the divisions within us all. The entire letter is available at his blog, Tending the Vine.
  • Sarah McBride, married by Bishop Gene Robinson, writes about marrying her terminally ill partner

    David Streever
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Photo from Sarah McBride’s story on Medium Writing on Medium, Sarah McBride writes movingly about the grief and joy she experienced in her brief marriage to her partner Andy, who died shortly after they were married in a ceremony officiated by their friend and colleague, The Right Reverend Gene Robinson. McBride became well-known after coming out publicly as a transgender woman while she was the student body president at American University. She met her future husband at a White House event honoring the LGBT community, and the two quickly entered into a close partnership, even working…
  • What impact has Pope Francis had on American Catholics?

    David Streever
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    The Public Religion Research Institute has posted analysis of data on Catholics from their new study, The Pope Francis Effect, using data they collected from the American Values Atlas, a tool they launched in 2014 to provide current data on people of faith in America. They note that Catholicism has held steady in popularity for four decades, although the ethnic and and racial composition has changed radically; 22% of Americans are Catholic, and the ratio of white to Hispanic is 2 to 1, having dramatically shifted from the 90s, when it was roughly 10 to 1. Pope Francis is seen as favorable by…
  • Speaking to the Soul: Crammed with Glory

    Lora Walsh
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Proper 17, Year One [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 25 (morning) // 9, 15 (evening) 2 Chron 6:32-7:7 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:53-65 Many of us have worshiped in spaces filled to varying capacities: churches spacious enough for a pew to a person, places of worship that are comfortably full but not crowded, or cathedrals jam-packed for a life event or special feast day. In today’s first reading, though, the temple is not just standing-room-only. Rather,…
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    Emergent Village

  • Thinking to Sell Your Home by Yourself? Here’s What You Need to Consider

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Selling a home isn’t an easy decision. But with a job switch or any other circumstances that forced you to take the decision, should you be worried about having to do it alone or should you too opt for the services of a pro? Knowing that factors like short sale can be detrimental for your credit’s health compared to the benefits of a good payment history for the current mortgage, you may be inclined to put up the For Sale by Owner board outside to save every penny from the sale price if possible. But have you stepped beyond the short-sighted money-saving mindset and truly weighed the…
  • 5 Most Important Organizational Tips to Use When Moving

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    It is said that 1 in 5 American families will move this year. Are you one of the a lucky ones? For many, relocation can bring the promise of better schools, nicer jobs or a bigger home; but, unfortunately, the benefits don’t make the process of moving any easier. Moving is an incredibly stressful, complicated ordeal and you are going to need all the help you can get. Included here are a few tips for remaining organized throughout your move and aiding in the unpacking.   Leave It Behind There are few things more time and energy wasting than relocating unnecessary objects to your new…
  • 7 Great Landscaping Tips That Will Add Value to Your Home

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    The appearance of your yard has a significant impact on the overall value of your home with a nicely landscaped lawn often contributing to top dollar in the resale market. A house with good curb appeal also creates a powerful and lasting first impression on potential buyers, especially since many buyers use “drive-bys” and pictures in online listings now days to determine their initial interest in buying a house. If you’re looking to resell your home now or in the future, you may be wondering what kind of landscaping changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck. This list of…
  • Making Your Yard Look More Appealing

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    There are many reasons that you’d want your yard to look good. It may just be that you take pride in having a home that looks beautiful, on the outside and the inside. You may be having company that will be spending some time outside in your yard and you just want to make sure it looks nice or they are envious of your beautiful yard. Another reason you may want to make your yard look more appealing is that you are trying to rent, or sell, your home. Curb appeal goes a long way in attracting customers and if your home looks messy. cluttered, or just brown you are less likely to sell. Keeping…
  • Find a Beautiful Kitchen Sink for Your Home

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Your sink is an important part of your kitchen. You can choose one that is going to look attractive and be a pleasure to use. There are a variety of different style and material choices out there, and a good sink can make your life a lot easier. There are many sink brands out there like Hahn Kitchen Sinks. You should look around and find a style that is going to meet all of your specific needs. The purchase of a nice sink can turn into a long term investment.  Stainless Steel Sinks Stainless steel sinks are a popular choice for many reasons. When you choose a sink made of high end steel,…
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    Jewish Treats

  • Forgiveness: An Elul Treat

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Many feel that the three hardest words to say are: “I am sorry.” Yet, we all know how very important those words are. Indeed, saying one is sorry, or at least admitting one’s guilt, is a critical part of the process of teshuvah, repentance.Equally important, however, is the ability to hear someone else’s apology and to accept it. Even greater is the ability to forgo an apology altogether and simply forgive the person for hurting you.Jewish tradition teaches that one is only obligated to ask for forgiveness three times. After three refusals, the person is no longer held…
  • Point of View

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    In situations where you feel you were wronged, try to examine the situation from the other person's perspective.
  • Celebrating the Groom

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    A great deal of the wedding seems to focus on the bride. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear of a wedding referred to as “her day.”  In Jewish tradition, however, there is one wedding-oriented event that is specifically celebrated in honor of the chatan, the groom. The actual day of the event, however, depends on whether one is Ashkenazi or Sephardi.Among Ashkenazim, it is customary for the chatan to celebrate his aufruf, as it is known, on the Shabbat before the wedding (although circumstances sometimes cause the aufruf to be held two Shabbatot before the wedding or at one of the…
  • Shabbat Shalom

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Make an extra effort to enjoy the peace of Shabbat.
  • I Am To My Beloved

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    The Torah verse that epitomizes the emotion of love is: “Anee l’dodi v’dodi lee” - I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me (Song of Songs 6:3). The ideal love relationship according to the Torah is one in which both parties are willing to give themselves to their chosen partner. The Hebrew acronym for the verse Anee l’dodi v’dodi lee is “Elul,” the name of the Hebrew month that precedes Rosh Hashana.When speaking of Rosh Hashana, the sages discuss the great sense of awe that one must feel. They do not, however, mean awe as in fear. Rather, they mean awe as…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Sabbath Day and the Temple

    Jeff Lindsay
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Recently Elder Steven R. Toronto came to the Shanghai International District to provide some training and talked about the important decision recently made by Church leaders to give renewed emphasis to the Sabbath day. See "Church Leaders Call for Better Observance of Sabbath Day" at There is great wisdom in this. I feel that when members understand and love the Sabbath day, they will have habits and attitudes that will help them keep growing in the Gospel and continue nurturing their relationship with the Lord even when it might be easy to drift away.As we work to teach…
  • A Lesson From Russell M. Nelson's On-the-Fly Heart Surgery Innovation: Sometimes Revelation Can Be Detailed and Technical

    Jeff Lindsay
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Russell M. Nelson examining a model of the human heart.Last night I read an entire article from BYU Studies out loud to my wife so we could discuss and contemplate the remarkable content. The article is "Discovering a Surgical First: Russell M. Nelson and Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty" by Austin A. Robinson and Curtis T. Hunter, BYU Studies, 54:1. A brief overview can be read on the BYU Studies website, and you can download the full PDF for $0.99 (better yet, just go ahead and subscribe to this excellent journal!).As Austin Robinson mentions in his overview, the details of this remarkable…
  • An Even More Embarrassing Issue Involving the Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I may have erred recently when I spoke of the awkward phrase "in them days" as perhaps the most embarrassing language problem in the original text of the Book of Mormon. That phrase only occurs twice and is easy to miss, especially since it's long been edited out of the text. It was interesting, though, that it's not only acceptable Early Modern English, but also occurs in both cases in the midst of what appears to be Hebraic poetry, almost as if it were an ironic marker saying saying, "Look here! This is not as clumsy as you think." A much better candidate for the most embarrassing language…
  • Another Test: The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants Use of Command Syntax and What It Tells Us About the Language in the Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    In a recent post examining the language of the Doctrine and Covenants, I found that the Early Modern English style of using "did" for past tense, such a common feature of the Book of Mormon, was not common in the Bible. I mentioned that the next test would be to look at command syntax, which Carmack Stanford has examined with surprising results. Basically, he has shown that the complex grammar involving the verb "command" in the Book of Mormon is rather characteristic of pre-KJV Early Modern English (EModD), differing sharply from the Bible. The Book of Mormon favors complex "layered"…
  • An Old Story Gets a New Face: The Seer Stone and the Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Photo of the long-discussed seer stone used by Joseph Smith.What's interesting news for many Latter-day Saints is, for some of our critics, simply earth-shattering and hopely faith-shattering for benighted Mormons. "Mormon church releases photos of ‘seer stone’ used by founder Joseph Smith" is the headline at the Salt Lake Tribune.From the various accounts of Joseph's translation process for the Book of Mormon that have been published for many years, it has long been clear that Joseph used a seemingly ordinary rock as a "seer stone" for at least a significant portion of the translation…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Eight books I want to read this fall

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Well, here we are once again: The fall is more or less upon us. Next week, kids all over Canada will return to school, the traffic will be slightly busier, and the Armstrong children will be hard at work with our second year of homeschooling. And, of course, as each new season comes, I like to take a moment to consider what I’m going to read over the next several weeks. Most recently, I shared what I wanted to read during the summer, of which I read all but one—Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke—and only because I didn’t get myself a copy. Today, I want to share a…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Three new deals to get you started: The Bible Answer Book, Volume 2 by Hank Hanegraaff—$1.99 The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington–$2.99 And the Lamb Wins: Why the End of the World Is Really Good News by Simon Ponsonby—Free The Place and Purpose of Parachurch Ministries Jon Saunders: My concern with parachurch ministries on college campuses is that they often don’t simply come alongside the churce; they replace it. In the middle of the 20th century, men like Bright and Dawson Trotman rightly recognized…
  • Honor authorities, but fear God

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    First Peter 2:13 starts with six words most of us probably really, really hate: “Be subject to every human institution.” Admit it: you just bristled, didn’t you? None of us particularly like authority. That is, in large part, because we are sinners prone to wanting to be our own authorities. But some of us also have a habit of being so concerned about our human authorities that we forget that they are also under God’s authority. Yes, respect and obey the earthly authorities—whether parents, pastors, police or presidents—but don’t forget: they’re not the…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Crossway’s put two excellent books on biblical theology on sale: What Is Biblical Theology? by James M. Hamilton Jr.—$3.99 Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence—$3.99 What Katrina Taught Me Russell Moore: The apocalypses we experience now—whether in Katrina-struck America or earthquake-devastated Haiti or tsunami-ravaged Asia—remind us that this present order isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. The CNN meteorologists can explain the hurricane only in terms of barometric pressure and water temperatures. We know,…
  • Why God wants us to know the end of the story

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    I love reading a series called Elephant and Piggie with my kids. In fact, one of the things I’m least looking forward to when they get older is them not wanting to read these books anymore. One of the my favorites to read with the kids (in part because it’s a good reminder for me) is one called Waiting is Not Easy! The story goes like this: Piggie has something special she wants to show Gerald. But he can’t see it right away. He has to wait. And wait. And waaaaaiiiiiit. There’s a great deal of sighing and moaning and flopping and whatnot from Gerald, because waiting is…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Words to Live By

    Kelly J. Baker
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    I got another tattoo. A black and gray owl with wise eyes rests on my right bicep. A locked heart lays on its chest. Its claws grasp the key. I get tattoos to mark the transitions, those shifts in my life that suggest nothing will ever be the same. Tattoos make endings and beginnings concrete. My skin changes. Inner turmoil becomes visible, and I move on. I got another tattoo because I felt moorless and lost. Maybe, I could force a transition with a the sting of the needles and the buzz of the tattoo gun. Maybe, I would wallow less. Maybe, there would be progress. While I waited on the tattoo…
  • Narrative of a Moneyless elf

    elf Pavlik
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Photo by Nathan Schneider. Download the free ebook in .epub or .mobi When I arrived in Gdansk, my brother had a flat of my mother’s that he decided to sell. He said he’d give me half of the money from it. I think it was twenty-something-thousand euros, which I found unfortunate. I’d just decided to live without money, and right then I was about to get a lot of it. My relatives had some debts, and they wanted to take another loan so that my grandma could keep the flat where she’d lived for fifty years. They had stress about money, so I told them, “I have all this…
  • A Murderer and a Saint

    Laura Turner
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    The California Missions all feature a statue of Junipero Serra, who is either a murderer or a saint, depending on who you ask. Serra, who is due to be canonized by Pope Francis in September, started the California mission system and founded the first nine missions before his death in 1780. He was also responsible for the strategy that left thousands of Native Americans dead from European diseases. He brought Christianity to California, and then forced the native population to convert. He oversaw the instruction of children and the whipping of runaways. He taught theology to his fellow…
  • Breaking Up With White Jesus

    Kaya Oakes
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    It’s December of 2014. 2am, 3am, 4am, 5am, I thrash and turn over in bed and click on my phone, know I should not click on my phone, click on my phone. And there are the messages, the emails, the notes that never seem to stop. The usual stuff women get on the Internet: you are fat, you are disgusting, you are a disgrace, you are the reason I would never send my kids to college, you are a queer lover, you make me sick, you are a shame. And then: you are a shame to the white race. D’Angelo went silent for 14 years. In December, 2014, he opened his lips again and out came an album entitled…
  • Out For Coffee

    Kelly J. Baker
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    “Coffee. Mama coffee. Hot. Burn baby,” my toddler says to me while pointing at my plain white mug. “Mama’s coffee,” I respond with a smile. He often  pretends to drink coffee from his older sister’s pink Barbie mugs. My almost-two-year-old associates me with hugs, kisses, cuddles, and coffee. This is not a surprise really, because I always seem to have a cup of coffee in my hands. Coffee is an intimate part of our daily life, a constant presence. Drinking this beverage is my ritual to get through the day. Coffee offers me some comfort, no matter what the day might bring. I read a…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Ice Inspection At Perk’s Slough

    16 Aug 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Ice Inspection At Perk’s SloughThe most exciting word in high school was “party”.  Yes, this word would send a buzz like a lose bee down the halls of our school. The excitement built as it traveled in a humming hush which the adults must not overhear.  “Where will it be, who will be there, how can I get there,  what will I wear?”  Now, two of the biggestSue & Danny Acting Outparty animals I knew were my younger brother, Danny, and my best friend, Sue “Hot Lips” Hatton.  So at noon time one February 1965 day, just as I was hanging up my waitress apron…
  • Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In Yerington

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In YeringtonIt was the best of times; it was the worst of times, 1956 and 1957 were not my best childhood years. In 1956, at age 8, I came down with rheumatic fever and was on total bed rest for a whole year.  When I returned to school the next year, I was required to lay down in the nurse’s office at all recesses for the first six months of the fourth grade. I could see all the children playing on the playground and longed to join them.  When I was finally released to go to recesses, I went absolutely crazy.  I  rejoiced on every piece of…
  • The Cracker Lady’s House Roots

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Cracker Lady’s House RootsThe question was asked recently by a Facebook friend, “ What is this cracker lady house stuff all about? I have no idea what the cracker lady house is.”  Well, the origin of the Cracker Lady goes clear back to 1977 and I was in my last year of Bible College in Tennessee.  Most of the time that I lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, I attended a very large white church.  But in my last year of college, I felt the Lord’s leading to go minister in the black church across town. Don’t ask me why He would wanted this country white girl in a black…
  • The Last Road in Yerington

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    The Last Road in YeringtonThere is a road I’ve yet to travel.  It is not the longest or the most adventurous road I’ve traveled. It is not the first time I have driven this road, but It is the last road I will ever go down.  It will start at the corner of Main & Bridge Street.    The Wells Fargo Bank will be on the left and the Copeland Lumber Company will be on the right. It might be called something else now, but when I was a kid it stood there like a big orange square Jack-o-Lantern with its black cat logo.  Every time I went by it I would count how many…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)  ...You thought it was fun to watch grocery trucks unload or hair cuts.  Mac the barber cut “Baby Face Nelson’s hair” right in that very chair. (CB) & (MB)  ---You hung out at John’s Cafe hoping a friend with a car would let you drag Main with them. (CB)  ---if you didn’t drag in a car, you walked up and down Main until your feet got tired, then return to John’s Cafe or the F&B for a coke and some 25 cent order of french fries. (CB)… You remember hearing the “dart” trucks from the…
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    On Being Both

  • Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Interfaith Families, 2015

    Susan Katz Miller
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    (Each year, I adapt this post with new links to upcoming High Holiday services for interfaith families.–SKM) Shofar blast! The Days of Awe (the Jewish High Holidays) begin early this year. Rosh Hashanah starts on the evening of September 13th, and Yom Kippur on the evening of September 22nd. Autumn sends many interfaith families in search of a spiritual home. Jewish communities are becoming more inclusive and welcoming to interfaith families, with the help of national programs like the new #ChooseLove campaign. And at the same time, independent and intentional interfaith communities for…
  • Interfaith Education For Every Child

    Susan Katz Miller
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
      In Being Both, I document the idea that interfaith children benefit from interfaith education. Learning about more than one religion from a young age yields specific benefits for children who have more than one religion in the extended family. But I also write about the idea that every child, in this era of global interconnection, would benefit from learning about the religions in the neighborhood, and the religions of the world. In an important new book from Beacon Press (disclosure–Beacon is my publisher) entitled Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance,…
  • Another Form of Interfaith: A Christian From a Jewish Family

    Susan Katz Miller
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Jewish identities are diverse. Christian identities are diverse. And, interfaith identities are diverse. I often write about the idea that every child, no matter which religious label and education parents give them, grows up to choose their own beliefs, practices and affiliations. Today, guest blogger Sarahbeth Caplin recounts her journey, from a Jewish childhood to her conversion to evangelical Christianity, and her sense of being interfaith.–SKM No one, not even myself, can figure out where my fascination with religion came from: I wasn’t raised in a religious family, and I…
  • Jason Segel: Growing Up Interfaith, Then and Now

    Susan Katz Miller
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    This week, on his “WTF” podcast, comedian Marc Maron conducts a long and thoughtful interview with actor and screenwriter Jason Segel (Freaks and Geeks, How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement, The Muppets). Segel has taken on an ambitious role, playing writer David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, a film opening in theaters today. Wallace wrote the iconic, postmodern novel Infinite Jest in 1996, and committed suicide in 2008. In the first half of the interview, Segel speaks at length about his childhood growing up with a Jewish father and…
  • Deep Christian Roots, Interfaith Family Journey

    Susan Katz Miller
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Callaway Kleiner family photo. Today, we feature an essay from interfaith parent Erika Callaway Kleiner, MDiv. One persistent myth is that interfaith parents raising children with interfaith education must lack religious education or depth. Erika is someone with a rigorous religious education, who has thought long and hard about theology, and still chose (with her Jewish husband) to raise her children with both family religions. In this post, she explains how she got there. Being a Christian has always been an important part of who I am. I grew up in a small United Methodist Church outside of…
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    Franciscan Quote of the DayFranciscan Quote of the Day

  • To be receptive and adaptable

    Lee Potts
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    This [Secular Franciscan] life-style is basically typified by littleness and openness on a personal level (obedience, poverty, and purity of heart), together with others (community), and in an out-reach of service after the example of Jesus Christ the “Man for Others.” “Littleness” is the quality which expresses the Secular Franciscans’ desire to be conformed to Christ in his self-emptying and to follow the Lord in humility and meekness, at the service of everyone, even to the point of taking the lowest place, not vying for power or prestige, and out of boldness risking…
  • A living example

    Lee Potts
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    The Franciscan Rule exhorts us to live the Gospel. The Gospel is Jesus. Jesus reminds us I have come that they may have life more abundantly. (John 10: 10) Thus, to have this life we must “Live Jesus”. This cannot be accomplished if we have other “masters” who attract, seduce, direct, control us … and diminish or even destroy our ability to know, love, and serve the Lord. St. Francis’ radical detachment from things, made him a living example of the joy and freedom of one who is no longer “slave” to his/her wants and even to legitimate needs that he/she has allowed themselves…
  • Not in a place or in a function

    Lee Potts
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    His [St. Francis] assiduous meditation urged him to give her an astonishing title; he would recall how Mary lived on alms for many periods of her life, so he named her the “little poor one,” the “Poverella.” If we remember the real conditions of her life, her frequent traveling and moving, we will realize to what extent her life was poor, itinerant, suffering. Though queen in the eyes of God, she was the Wife of a humble carpenter and lived in a remote and despised village. By this example she teaches us to put our values not in a place or in a function, but in inner…
  • Both are important

    Lee Potts
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    The local fraternity is the basic living organism of the whole SFO. It is the center for spiritual growth, apostolic outreach and loving union among members. Fraternity should be a place where we are offered an opportunity for conversion, for spiritual growth. There are two facets of Fraternity Life. One is internal calling, and the other is external calling; internal spiritual growth and external apostolic works. Both are important for the life of SFO. The Rule of SFO calls Secular Franciscans to go from Gospel (conversion) to life (apostolate). ~ Fr. Irudaysamy, OFM Cap, “Fraternity…
  • To reach the place

    Lee Potts
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    In Franciscan Spirituality, the poverty and humility of God form the foundation of our entire theology. God’s desire to love us and to be physically with us is manifested in Jesus, the Word of the Father. Our God is not a God of vindication but a God of reckless abandon, giving everything (kenosis) in order to complete His desire to love each one of us. This is what fed the insatiable desire of Francis to conform himself to Jesus, imitating Him as completely as possible. Francis sees Jesus in the same light as the Father, poor and humble, but the beloved (totally loved) Son of the Father.
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    Amish America

  • Visiting the Amish at Belle Rive, Illinois (19 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Don Burke today shares photos from a little visit to the Belle Rive/Opdyke, Illinois Amish community, taken last autumn. This is a small community in southern Illinois (Jefferson County), two church districts in size. As a state, Illinois ranks #10 in its total Amish population, which is dominated by the large Arthur settlement. Don gives you a […]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
  • Jim Cates: Anne’s Sermon

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Serving the Amish author Jim Cates today shares the story of an Amish woman named Anne, and a special, unexpected exchange they shared during a visit at a rehabilitation facility. They Shall Speak in Unknown Tongues Both Amish and African-American sermons offer the congregant a message focused on God. Both also ask for a witness. Beyond […]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
  • 5 Things Amish Children Learn In School (Besides Book Subjects)

    Erik/Amish America
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    School starts tomorrow for Rebecca Miller, teacher at an Amish school in Holmes County, Ohio, and recently a regular contributor here at Amish America. That means we’ll be hearing less from her, since she won’t be working a job with regular computer access. However, I’ve still got several posts she has written to share with you. […]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
  • When A Son Joins The Amish: A Visit Back Home

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    Last summer, Anne, mother of an Amish convert, wrote about a visit to her son Ed’s community in Minnesota. Today she shares the story of Ed’s recent visit back to his boyhood home in Virginia. What did Ed’s Amish-born wife Ruth think of her visit to “English” America? How did they make the 1400-mile journey? And what one […]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
  • Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children

    Erik/Amish America
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Amish church member Rebecca Miller gives us an inside look today at an important program in her Holmes County, Ohio community. One of the obvious strengths of the Amish is their strong web of community support. Parents of children with special needs are among those who need a little extra help at times. And that’s what led to 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
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • What to pray for when you don't know what to do next

    Julia Rocchi
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    What comes next? Photo by Niklas Friedwall, FlickrWhere do you turn when you don't know what to write your next blog post on? To a classic Ignatian prayer about discernment, of course.SuscipeTake, Lord, and receive all my liberty,my memory, my understanding,and my entire will,All I have and call my own.You have given all to me.To you, Lord, I return it.Everything is yours; do with it what you will.Give me only your love and your grace,that is enough for me.-- St. Ignatius of LoyolaI had never heard of this prayer before coming across it on Facebook one day, and I immediately filed it away in…
  • An open letter to couples in the first year of their serious relationship

    Julia Rocchi
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:50 pm
    "Are you ready for the spin cycle, Larry?" "Nope. Are you?"Photo by Fabrizio Lonzini, FlickrDear committed couples who have been together one year or less,Congratulations! After much searching and wondering and wringing of hands, you have found someone whom you are 99.9% certain you want to spend the rest of your life with. I applaud you for this achievement; it is 50% attributable to your hope, optimism, and smashing good looks, and 50% to fortunate timing.I can see Year One of your relationship unfolding thus: first a period of intense infatuation where everything you discover about this…
  • Tell us in your own words

    Julia Rocchi
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    There’s a delightful moment in the musical “Guys and Dolls” when self-righteous missionary General Cartwright declaims in operatic tones to gangster Nicely Nicely Johnson, “Tell us in your own words.”She's referring to the personal story of salvation he's purporting to have. And "tell us" is exactly what Nicely proceeds to do, not just with words, but with rhyme, rhythm, melody, harmony, and a full choreographed dance routine alongside a bunch of sin-riddled gamblers.Could the character have stated his story simply, a la group therapy? Sure. But this being a Broadway musical, he was…
  • On the Charleston shootings

    Julia Rocchi
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Three weeks have passed since Dylann Storm Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, and I cannot stop placing myself in the middle of that Bible study.Bible studies provide time and space for contemplation. They offer guided meditation, academic exercise, and community bonding, all in one construct. To think that a man, a stranger, sat in the participants' midst for an entire sixty minutes before opening fire boggles my mind. Did the environment of devotion and love move him at all? Did Mother Emanuel's community sway him, even for a second, to…
  • What the world needs now ... (Do you know the rest?)

    Julia Rocchi
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Burn, baby. Photo by Mike G, Flickr.When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. -- Jimi HendrixLast week, I was walking out of the Metro listening to Fr. Paul Dressler's podcast on active, Christ-like love, and there at the escalator exit stood a melancholy man, in about his early 40s, with a container for change and a sign that read, "I have two small boys..."I can't tell you what the rest said, though, because I ran away before I read the whole thing.Such profound hypocrisy in my action (or lack thereof). I had just spent twenty minutes learning about…
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • The Paradox That Is Church – reflections on a poem by Carlo Carretto

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    A Letter to the Church How baffling you are, oh Church, and yet how I love you! How you have made me suffer, and yet how much I owe you! I would like to see you destroyed, and yet I need your presence. You have given me so much scandal and yet you have made me understand what sanctity is. I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised, more false, and yet I have touched nothing more pure, more generous, more beautiful. How often I have wanted to shut the doors of my soul in your face, and how often I have prayed to die in the safety of your arms. No, I cannot…
  • The Bible & Same-Sex Relations: A Biblical Analysis from an Incarnational Perspective

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I recently reconnected with a classmate from my high school days. Our first several exchanges focused on updating each other on what had happened in the decades since our graduation. Once we discovered that both of us had become Christ-followers, the discussion turned to sharing our respective points of view on a variety of subjects – prayer, spiritual life, the Bible – and eventually to the issue of sexual orientation. My former classmate was surprised to hear that I had a very high view of the inspiration of Scripture, yet favored the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – Postlude: “Autoimmune Church?”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    By the Rev. Ken Howard For the last week or so, I have been writing and posting a series of blog posts on the Episcopal Resurrection movement: one post on the Memorial to the Church and ten on the enabling resolutions. No small feat, that, considering that my “day job” is leading a still-growing, mature church plant. Last night I put the last post – and then myself – to bed. As I drifted off into dream land, I realized that I had two worries: That the resolutions would not pass. That the resolutions would not be sufficient.  In either case, it would be a sign that we are…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – D011: Eliminate Provinces – “Keep Calm & Defeat Bureaucracy”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:31 pm
    By Ken Howard If approved, Resolution D011 – Eliminate Provinces, will eliminate an entire layer of the Episcopal Church‘s bureaucratic structure. At first blush, this may sound like a drastic measure. And it is. It is radical, serious, far reaching…and absolutely essential. I assume that this century-old structure was set up with good intentions. I assume that there must have been a time when the provinces served a beneficial purpose in our denomination (or the system would not have survived its infancy). But IMHO, that day has passed. Bureaucracies have a way outlasting…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #GC78 – Rez D010: Clarify Officers – “Alright, Who’s In Charge Here?”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    By Ken Howard Resolution D010: Clarify Officers of The Episcopal Church, proposes to clarify the roles of the officers of the Episcopal Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and General Convention, providing clear lines of authority and accountability. By-and-large, it is a clean up, but necessary. Last Post: D013 Budget Process – “Budgeting Is No Joke” Next Post: D011: Eliminate Provinces – “Provinces? What Provinces?” Related articles Episcopal Resurrection – a series of posts on a new movement Filed under: Paradoxical Thoughts…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Living With Issues, In Need of a Breakout

    19 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 9, 2015 at our 11:00 am Annual Women’s Day Worship Service by Sister Camille Monk, Chicago, IL..Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • When Life Caves In

    19 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 16, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Chenier Alston, Chicago, IL..Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • What Happens When the Party is Over

    19 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 16, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Dushun Beck.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • An Encounter Before Prayer

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 9, 2015 at our 8:00 am Annual Women’s Day Worship Service by Missionary Phyllis Todd.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • I Want to Do Right but I Don’t Know How

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    This message was delivered on Friday, July 17, 2015 at our Summer Revival Worship Service by Min. Jason Todd, Bayou LaBatre, AL. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at Listen Now:
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    Emmanuel TV UK

  • Mexico Crusade with Prophet TB Joshua – May 2015

    Emmanuel TV UK
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    In May 2015, T.B. Joshua held a history-making crusade at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, the largest football stadium in the world. More than 150,000 people travelled from around the world to receive from God during the two-day event which saw healing, deliverance and miracles unfold in every corner of the massive stadium! Gospel artists CeCe Winans, VaShawn Mitchell and Alvin Slaughter were among those who led worship as God’s power and presence descended to touch hearts and change lives in a way that the nation will NEVER forget! Watch some of the incredible video footage here: And…
  • Keep Watching the SCOAN Live Service on Emmanuel TV!

    Emmanuel TV UK
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    On 2 February 2014, different attendees shared experiences of watching the live service from SCOAN Lagos on Emmanuel TV. Emmanuel and Katarina shared how each Sunday they put on their Sunday-best clothes and join the service in Lagos from their living room in North London, by connecting their computer to their TV set and watching Emmanuel TV. “We join the service just as if we were there in person”, Emmanuel explained, “when they stand, we stand, when they pray, we pray… and we have so many testimonies!” The couple went on to share one of those remarkable…
  • 2014: A Year of Crossing the Bridge

    Emmanuel TV UK
    30 Dec 2013 | 2:58 am
    Remember what Prophet T.B. Joshua said about the year 2014: “It is a bridge that connects one to another. If the year is a bridge, what exactly will you expect? It means you have to live modestly. Cut your coat according to your size. It is not a time to walk arrogantly or a time to be proud. A time to cross a bridge is a time to be very careful.” He continued, “Destiny will work beautifully [in 2014]. Destiny – exactly what God has destined for you. If you are very careful, you will cross the bridge successfully. Please, you have to return back to your destiny. What is the meaning of…
  • BIRMINGHAM: Anointing Water Revival Town!

    Emmanuel TV UK
    6 Dec 2013 | 3:40 pm
    December 2013 Report SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already…

    Emmanuel TV UK
    13 Nov 2013 | 3:57 am
    November 2013 Report QUEUING FOR OVER 1KM It was 6:45am on Sunday 10th November and the cold, wind-whipped streets surrounding the Troxy theatre in East London were already home to a steadily growing line of people. Some came with their travelling cases having just arrived from various countries by plane; some came armed with blankets to withstand the cold while some stood with cups of coffee in the queue. As 8am approached, the line extended for over a kilometre round the streets of The Troxy. As east Londoners woke up and saw the mammoth queue, all asked the same question: what is going on?
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    CNA Daily News

  • Benedict XVI: God's truth, love, and goodness are what make us pure

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:01 am
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Benedict XVI said Mass on Sunday for the annual meeting of his former students, his homily focused on how God's Word frees us from the forgetfulness of a world that no longer even thinks about God. “The truth, love, and goodness which come from God render man pure; and truth, love, and goodness are encountered in the Word, which frees us from 'forgetfulness' in a world which no longer thinks of God,” the emeritus Pope said Aug. 30 while saying Mass for the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis at the chapel of the Teutonic…
  • Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stressed its importance, and the nation's bishops suggest the commission would help the U.S. fulfill Pope Francis’ call to protect religious minorities. “Protecting religious freedom is critical to the health of societies,” said the U.S. bishops’ Aug. 26 letter to Congress. They noted that about a quarter of the world’s countries still face high…
  • Ahead of US visit, Pope Francis is popular among Americans

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2015 / 09:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis and think he has a message for all the country's citizens, but most also know little about him and aren’t sure news reports about him are accurate, a new survey reports. “On his trip to the United States, not only will Pope Francis get to know the American people, but the American people will also get to know him,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus said Aug. 26. “The Pope is popular among Americans, and especially among Catholics,…
  • Pope Francis holds virtual audience with Americans in Chicago, Texas, LA

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Vatican City, Aug 31, 2015 / 07:37 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis on Monday took part in a virtual audience with a group of Americans, less than a month before his historic trip to the United States. The event was hosted by ABC News, which made the announcement of the audience Aug. 31. It will air on ABC News’ "20/20" at 10:00 p.m. ET Sept. 4 and will be posted online in English and Spanish. Next month, the Pope will travel to Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. He will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, address the United States Congress and the United Nations, and…
  • Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vatican City, Aug 31, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants. The pontiff made these remarks during an audience with the International Catholic Legislators Network. During the meeting, members of the Network presented the Holy Father with a document outlining their commitment to promoting life in their respective nations, especially in areas of abortion, Christian persecution,…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Can Growth Be Uncomfortable?

    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As the father of three wonderful children of whom my oldest is a freshman in High School (WHAT?!?), I have a lot of first hand experience with the growth process. With all of the children we have had moments where it was obvious the kids were experiencing some growth pains. They experienced some uncomfortable feelings that seemed to be caused by their particular season of growth. I have walked through many seasons of growth pains in the life of Crossings Community over the years. It is interesting to look back at each of them. In the early years they were purely logistical because people were…
  • A July Prayer Request…

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are a few weeks in July that truly are the most important weeks of my entire year. It took me a good number of years to learn how important this time truly is, but there is no question in my mind today. After our Sunday morning worship gathering on July 5th, I will take the four following Sundays away from preaching. This time is planned out very intentionally and with significant goals marked for each week. These are the weeks that set the trajectory for the next 12 months of my life. I want to share with you what that time will look like for me. I want to share with you some things it…
  • Thoughts on The Temporary Move

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you have not heard, we are relocating beginning this Sunday (June 7) through July 19th to Seven Lakes Junior High. I know what you are thinking…. Why in the world would we do such a thing? Good question. The recent bond passing paved the way for Kilpatrick to both update flooring and technology. This is huge for them and we are greatly excited about these positive changes for the students and staff. The construction and all that comes with it is the reason we had to be relocated for a bit. Seven Lakes Junior High will be a fantastic spot for us. To be honest, we have been praying for a…
  • Intimate But Not Exclusive

    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We too quickly think of these as mutually exclusive rather than a life-giving combination. Don’t jump to any quick conclusions… I am talking about healthy small group relationships. Intimate relationships are really where life change happens. Sunday mornings are vitally important. Sunday’s teaching and musical worship are vitally important. However, it is in real and intimate relationships that we process the way in which God is revealing Himself to us. Healthy small groups must be an intimate place where relationships grow and thrive. Without intimate relationships then, a so-called…
  • Personal Conviction vs Eternal Conviction

    5 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    It has been over two years now that I have thrived on a nutrition plan that avoids grains of any kind. I have my moments of compromise here and there including the occasional family pizza outing. However, those times are fairly rare for me. I stumbled upon this way of eating. It was not by a doctor’s suggestion. It began by simply trying to get healthier and lose some unwanted fat. Long story short, I discovered that some of my life-long health struggles began fading away the longer I went without grains in my diet. In all honesty this was life-changing for me. There were multiple…
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    The Daily Register

  • Here Is What Would Really Happen if Planned Parenthood Were Defunded, Marital Fidelity, and More!

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Here’s What Would Really Happen if Planned Parenthood Were Defunded: Students for Life Use Lancaster, PA, as an Example - Big Pulpit Ten Commandments for Protestants Considering Catholicism – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on...
  • Pope Francis Says Something Or Other About an Uninteresting Topic

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:35 pm
    By Matthew Archbold | You ever notice that many seem to hear Pope Francis loud and clear when he says something they agree with or if he mentions an issue they believe should be on the world's front burners. But when Pope Francis talks about life...
  • Post-Abortive Women and Men Have Their Say

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    By PATTI ARMSTRONG | The shocking undercover videos made by the Center for Medical Progress, revealing the sale of aborted babies, have stirred up deep emotions on both sides of the issue. But for those who have had abortions, the videos are...
  • The Strange Saga of the Bishop Who Ran a Gas Station for 40 Years

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    By Rick Becker | “Little, very little, be very little before God.” —St. Jeanne Jugan My friend Cathy’s family caught the Frank Lloyd Wright bug this summer. “We just went to the Dana-Thomas House, which was wonderful,” she wrote me recently, “and...
  • Former Purdue QB-Turned-Priest Has Heavenly Game Plan for the Faithful

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    By TRENT BEATTIE | After passing his way into the state record books with 3,360 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior at Lafayette Central Catholic High School in Indiana, Thomas Haan was off to Purdue University. He was thrilled to be on a Big Ten...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Wisconsin Legislature Allows Religious Waiver from Dwelling Codes

    Don Byrd
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    Written by Don Byrd In recent years, conflict has grown between modern government regulations and Amish communities, where religious beliefs often require a lifestyle that rejects technological conveniences. In Wisconsin, the legislature has taken a step toward increased accommodation of those religious views by allowing waivers from the state’s dwelling code requirements. Associated Press reports: Republican state Rep. Kathy Bernier of Lake Hallie introduced the amendment after Eau Claire County pursued actions against several Amish families for noncompliance with the code. She said…
  • Can a State Capitol Host a Ten Commandments Monument But Deny Other Religious Displays?

    Don Byrd
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Written by Don Byrd In April, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill authorizing the state to display a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds. As I wrote at the time, government-sponsored religious displays are a bad idea.  A perhaps even worse idea, however, is to allow displays honoring one religious view while rejecting displays honoring another. Yet, the state recently denied an effort to similarly authorize a Hindu statue on the Capitol grounds. Is any of this legal? That is a tougher question of constitutional law than you might think. The Supreme…
  • 6th Circuit Refuses to Halt Injunction Requiring Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses

    Don Byrd
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    Written by Don Byrd In a brief order yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Rowan County (KY) Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay that would allow her to continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because the practice violates her religious beliefs. In a lawsuit agains Davis in her official capacity as clerk, a trial court previously issued an injunction ordering her to issue the licenses in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell.  This week’s ruling means the injunction will not be halted while Davis appeals that…
  • Burma Parliament Passes Troubling Religion Laws

    Don Byrd
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Written by Don Byrd Human Rights Watch is calling on President Thein Sein of Burma to reject a law approved by Parliament last week that would greatly restrict religious freedom in the country. The Religious Conversion Bill requires a lengthy, intrusive application process of anyone seeking to change their religion. Local board members would review the application and determine the approval of the conversion. Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch warns of the impact of the law on religious minorities and notes that it is “directly incompatible with the Universal…
  • Kansas School District Removes Jesus Portrait After Complaint

    Don Byrd
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Written by Don Byrd The small town of Chanute, Kansas is by all accounts a largely Christian community. So, it’s not too surprising that a portrait of Jesus that has been on the wall of Chanute’s middle school “for at least 50 years” has generated no complaints over that time. Until now.  After receiving a letter from a religious freedom advocacy organization on behalf of a “local community member” demanding its removal, the school district made the right decision and took down the picture. Religion News Service reports that many who feel a connection to…
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    Christian Stress Management

  • Position Yourself Even If You Have To Crawl

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    The 5th Christian stress management step in Managing Stress with the Word of God is Position YourselfThe Bible tells us that one day Jesus went to the pool by the Sheep Gate which is known as Bethesda. This pool had 5 porches where many sick, blind and paralyzed people lay waiting for the Angel to stir the water since whoever entered the pool first was healed of his disease. Among those people waiting for the Angel was a man who had been sick for 38 years. When Jesus saw him, He knew that he had been in that condition for a long time and so He asked him, "Do you want…
  • Position Others: Lame Beggar

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    The 5th Christian stress management step in Managing Stress with the Word of God is Position YourselfThe Beggar was Positioned at the Beautiful GateThe Bible tells us about a man who was born crippled and was carried each day to the Beautiful gate of the Temple to beg for alms. Peter and John healed this lame man and solved his problem while he was at his strategic position by the Beautiful gate. (Acts 3:1-10)Therefore emulate the people who carried this crippled man to the Beautiful Gate and assist people in stressful problems that they cannot solve themselves by placing them in…
  • Position Yourself: Jehoshaphat

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The 5th Christian stress management step in Managing Stress with the Word of God is Position Yourself.King Jehoshaphat Positioned His ArmyWhen King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were attacked by several armies and they did not know what they could do to defend themselves, they consulted God and He told them to do the following 5 things.These 5 instructions are still relevant today and you can also do these same things if you are in a stressful situation after praying for His guidance:1. Do not be afraid. (2 Chronicles 20:15)2. Do not be dismayed because of these armies…
  • Position Yourself: Jochebed

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    The 5th Christian stress management step in Managing Stress with the Word of God is Position Yourself.To position yourself is to go to the place where you are best able to solve your problems. Jochebed Positioned Moses in the NileJochebed's stressful problem was the fact that she had given birth to Moses after Pharaoh had issued a decree that all Hebrew babies should be thrown into the river to drown. (Exodus 1:22) She therefore hid him in the house until he was 3 months old and when she could not hide him anymore, she put him in an ark made from bulrushes that she had daubed with…
  • Fight To Posses Your Promised Land

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    God told Joshua, "Arise and cross the Jordan with the Israelites to the land I am giving them." (Joshua 1:2)However we see that even though He had given them the Promised Land, they had to fight many battles to posses it. Therefore understand that even though God has given you something through the promises in the Bible, you may still have to fight spiritually to possess it and make it a reality in your life. To fight these spiritual battles so that you can possess the Promises of God you have to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6) which consists of:1. Salvation (Get saved by…
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  • Want More Young Leaders? Here Are 3 Ways To Get Young Leaders On Board

    Jonathan Pearson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s no secret that the millennial generation (20-30’s) is the largest, most educated, and perhaps most intriguing generation in history. Companies, churches, and non-profits are doing their best to navigate the waters that is young leadership. This group of leaders is essential to the future of any organization, but how do you get solid, young leadership on board? Here are 3 ways to get young leaders on board with your vision… Speak to their potential It may sound self serving, but young people need validation. It’s not all our fault. We’ve kind of grown up getting it from the…
  • You Probably Didn’t Know Evernote Could Do This

    Jonathan Pearson
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love Evernote. Does it have it’s share of confusion and hiccups? Sure. However, Evernote is still my digital brain. It holds everything for me from preaching notes, this blog post, take out menus, and Ebooks. It’s important to me and I have no idea what I’d do without it. I really wouldn’t like to find out either. I’ve written some about Evernote in the past. You can see those here later. Right now, here are 6 things you may not know Evernote is great at doing… Work chat Slack is a powerful chat tool for businesses and collaboration in general. Evernote, a year or so ago…
  • These 3 Things Are On God’s Shoulders, Not A Leader’s

    Jonathan Pearson
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    You can’t study leadership in the context of the Bible and not fall on the story of Moses. From his call until his death, he is leadership wisdom embodied. What he did right provides powerful wisdom to young leaders and experienced leaders alike. What he did wrong helps us understand our own mess ups and begs us not to repeat them. I love the story of the call of Moses. When God called Moses, he didn’t seem like a good candidate to lead the nation God had called out and separated for Himself. However, God in all his wisdom chooses Moses. As he’s telling Moses about the call that He…
  • Why It Really Is Easier Said Than Done

    Jonathan Pearson
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’ve all heard the saying, “That’s easier said than done.” One of the reasons sayings like that stick around so long is because they’re mostly true. The older I’ve gotten and the more life experience I gain, I really do see how true this statement is. No matter what we’re doing, what our dream is, or where our life takes us, talk is easy, doing is difficult. Here are 3 reasons it really is easier said than done… Doing takes conviction To do something, especially something big and worth while, it takes 100% conviction that it’s worth doing. Think about it… the best…
  • My Process For Publishing New Blog Posts And Making Images

    Jonathan Pearson
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    My personal blog has over 1,300 posts. Those posts have come over a long period of time. I started writing my first post on Blogger in September of 2008. Some of those posts have certainly been better than others and some have certainly taken longer than others to publish. Through those 7 years, I’ve learned a little bit of a process for finding an idea, developing it, and publishing to my blog. Here’s a look at how it usually goes for me when posting a new blog post… Evernote Capture For me, it begins with a simple idea. Maybe it’s something that I thought of while I was trying…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • I Hope You're Not Allowing This Important Reality To Remain In The Background

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Whenever the New Testament is being read, the wondrous accounts of Jesus and Apostles are vividly on display. As the Messiah and His anointed followers exploded on the scene, they demonstrated the glorious reality of the "good news." Whenever they laid hands on the sick, it publicly affirmed that the awaited age of the Kingdom had finally arrived. Most readily comprehend that the Kingdom of God was breaking in during the First Century, but it seems a bit out of reach for us today. Are modern believers being excluded from this powerful reality? The obvious answer is, "no." In one of…
  • Why You've Been Duped Into Believing The Myth That The World Is Getting Worse and Worse

    18 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A former colleague disclosed his anxiety about the violence in the Middle East. Of particular concern for him were the brutal onslaughts against Christians by an organization known as ISIS. This terrorist organization that began as part of al Qaeda in Iraq has spread throughout Arab world. It has beheaded and brutally opposed anyone who differs from their fierce form of Islamic Fundamentalism.Reflecting on some of the frightening news reports, he said,“It is obvious to anyone with half a brain that the world is getting worse and worse. Evil is rising all around us and the Christian Church…
  • Why Churches Are Unable To Heal

    11 Aug 2015 | 3:37 pm
    I've visited a number of congregations over the years that readily claim to offer the New Testament ministry of healing. It's carefully articulated in their doctrines and a part of their organizational matrix. Most of these groups occasionally invite the sick to be anointed with oil and receive prayer. The implicit value of healing is readily acknowledged by the staff and volunteers. They claim, in their literature, websites, and social media updates, to be "healing churches."Yet, beyond the bold, "Charismatic" methodologies and rhetoric, it appears that something is amiss. Churches are…
  • Can You Get The Gold Of Egypt Without Building A Golden Calf?

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Our benevolent Heavenly Father desires to bless His beloved sons and daughters. Throughout the Bible, there are countless instances where the Lord displays His incredible generosity and kindness.Individuals would do well to remember that Scripture asserts that abundance and provision are dimensions of God's Kingdom - as well as a sign of His gracious engagement with man. In no story is this on greater display than when the children of Israel were preparing to depart from their Egyptian captors. God enables the once mistreated offspring of Abraham to receive precious gold and jewels from…
  • Why Premillennials Can't Have Their Cake And Eat It Too

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Almost every occasion I mention the present-day expression of the Kingdom of God, someone quickly asserts, "J.D., don't forget, the Kingdom is now, but not yet." As this phrase tumbles out of their mouth, I know they're technically leaving the door open for healings and other expressions of power. Nevertheless, it often sounds more like unbelief or a rationalization of their spiritual inactivity. I've found that, for some, the "already/not yet" has become a convenient way of acknowledging Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom without expecting any of it to invade history.I remember the…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 1 September 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message, “The Church was Traveling Through a Train Wreck” (A) was spoken on 29 August 2015 at 10 AM by Pastor James David Manning. Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 31 August 2015

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    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=”″></a> (Visited 141 times, 21 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 31 August 2015

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message was spoken on 22 August 2015 by Special Guest Apostle Perez. Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 20 times, 2 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 27 August 2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    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=”″></a> (Visited 312 times, 1 visits today)
  • Black People Are Spiritually Sick Socially Wretch

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am The Manning Report Dr. James David Manning and Sabbath Lafleur discuss the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter Movement. (25 Aug. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the link below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses,…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Watch Out: 6 Areas of Attack on the Mind

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    As children of God, one of the biggest battles that we face is not in reality, but in our minds. The enemy often uses words or thoughts to make a situation look very real in our minds even when it isn’t. That’s why the Word of God is so clear in asking us to renew our minds.Here are 6 areas of attack on the mind that you need to watch out for:1. IntimidationThis is the first attack of the enemy. I call it the ‘Goliath syndrome‘. The devil will try very hard to make you feel small by using words, actions, shouting, screaming etc in order to intimidate you. As seen in…
  • Walking & Praying in the Spirit – RN09

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast!I was very excited to be able to do this podcast from UAE with two of my leaders, Pastor Priji Varghese and Evng Hari Rao. We were planning for the Tent of Meeting in UAE and we jumped in on the opportunity to answer this question on how to walk in the spirit/how to pray in the Spirit. I hope you enjoy and share it with friends.Many of our friends have asked this question on how to walk in the spirit/how to pray in the spirit. Do listen to the discussion on this topic below:What does it mean to walk in the spirit?What does it mean to be driven by the Holy…
  • Persecutions in Nigeria, Niger, USA; Jewish Man Helps Christians Against ISIS; and more…

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Release Not Part Of Iran Deal The release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini was not secured as part of the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and six major world powers including the US, his wife has confirmed. Naghmeh Abedini, who has campaigned relentlessly for her husband’s release since his arrest in 2012, has issued a statement urging the Obama Administration to reconsider. Click here to read the rest of the story.Christian Students Rejected And Expelled From College For Their Faith Brandon Jenkins and Dustin Buxton, two US students, were denied admission to…
  • Attacks in Nigeria, USA; Iranian Pastor to be Released Early; and More

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Editorial: News Digest will be going fortnightly starting this edition. This change was necessitated as it was becoming difficult to add all the Christian news around the world within the News Digest for a month. Through fortnightly editions, we intend to cover more news and thus, also raise up prayer points for our brethren who’re suffering for their faith around the world like the ones in Nigeria, Iran and Israel below. And of course, we’ll continue to cover some positive stories as and when we get them. Read the testimony of a woman who escaped from her kidnapper’s clutches by…
  • Relatives Forgive Charleston Mass Murderer; Persecutions in Iraq, Pakistan; Saeed Abedini Update

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Charleston Church Massacre: Relatives Forgive the MurdererRelatives of victims of the Charleston church massacre openly forgave the accused Dylann Roof. Nine relatives of victims came forward and offered their forgiveness, while expressing their emotions of a hurting heart. Roof sat for an hour with members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina before opening fire massacring six women and three men. He has told investigators he carried out the shootings telling them “I wanted to start a race war,” but said he almost didn’t go through with it…
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • A new show starring Lucifer: finally, the devil portrayed as hero on TV!

    Derek Murphy
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    I’m sensitive when talking about my PhD research, because I know most people aren’t ready to seriously engage with the idea that Satan is the hero of Paradise Lost (even though debate has been raging for about 300 years… and it’s a stupid debate too, because the evidence is so clear, and academics spin circles Continue Reading
  • (Deus) Ex-Machina: Artificial Intelligence and the History of Gods

    Derek Murphy
    18 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    I decided to watch Ex-Machina (2015) to blow off some steam, but I started taking notes when this line made me sit up and take notice: “If you’ve created a conscious machine it’s not the history of man… that’s the history of Gods.” This isn’t just a sci-fi thriller, this is an attack on God, by Continue Reading
  • Is Les Miserables a death cult for failed revolutionaries?

    Derek Murphy
    11 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    I’ve seen Les Miserables several times. The music has always been stirring, but I’ve never been able to bond with the characters as much as I did tonight, when watching the new Hollywood production, which involves closeup shots of the painful, anguished looks on the faces of Hollywood Superstars like……….. There isn’t much missing from Continue Reading
  • Marvel’s DareDevil TV Series explores the shifting boundaries between villain and hero

    Derek Murphy
    10 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    This is a (a)theological companion to Marvel’s 2015 DareDevil TV Series. The series narrative starts like this: the main hero goes to church to ask forgiveness for what he’s about to do. He draws the line at killing people, but both the good guys and the bad guys tell him if he wants to make a difference, to win, Continue Reading
  • Are angels real? The Messengers – a new supernatural TV show wants you to believe in the Devil

    Derek Murphy
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    At the end of a hard day’s work, I like to unwind with whatever TV show I can find. I tend to like supernatural drama series, but not really shitty high school drama ones. The latest series that has caught my attention is CW’s “The Messengers” – which is, basically, the Book of Revelations but Continue Reading
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    Set Apart People

  • Being in YHVH’s will

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Making choices is part of life. We can choose the country we live in, the suburb, the house. We can choose how we raise our children. We choose our friends and we choose what we eat or don’t eat. We can choose a career, the clothes we wear. Some choices have a greater impact on our life than others. All choices have consequences, good or bad. As believers, we want to make choices that would be in YHVH’s will. If what we choose is not within YHVH’s will for us, we will suffer the consequences of that wrong choice. How do we know if our choices are in YHVH’s will? YHVH…
  • The spiritual fix for fear

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Introduction This article is a continuation of our study of the spiritual source of the diseases we are experiencing in our lives today. Why do we still have so many health issues once we have decided to follow in the footsteps of our Messiah? In the previous articles we have seen that: Healing is not YHVH’s perfect plan – good health is! Not all diseases can be healed by doctors because some are in the spiritual realm We have also established that we need to remove sin from our lives if we want to be in His perfect will. Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’…
  • The Remnant

    15 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Life preservation is a cornerstone of our existence. We want to keep ourselves safe from harm or injury. We mostly do what we do to preserve our lives, this means that we work to get money to meet our basic needs: food, a roof over our heads, clothing etc. For some this also means trying to find out what will happen in the future so they can be prepared. For unbelievers this means horoscopes, psychics and who knows what else, for believers, Bible prophecy. In a previous article Why does evil seem to prevail?, we wrote about being part of the remnant. When we study Bible prophecy, we find many…
  • Strength to go on

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    We need strength to get through every day, some days more than others. Sometimes life is hard. During these downs we often find it difficult to drag ourselves through yet another day. It seems that there is no light at the end of the long dark tunnel. This may cause us to be depressed and despondent not wanting to go on. These are the times we need extra strength. Sometimes it is physical strength, but mostly spiritual strength. For this, we need to go to the Source of all strength. Let’s search the scriptures to find out how. YHVH teaches us through His Word, that there are a number of…
  • Purity and Holiness

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
      Purity and holiness are two words that that came across my path so much the last couple of weeks and not only mine. It is as if YHVH is urging His children to focus on becoming pure and holy before Him. Purity and holiness aren’t new, YHVH has always required it of us, but it is as if there is an urgency to this. We have to be pure and holy. Why is this necessary, you may wonder? Let’s see what YHVH said about purity and holiness. Purity and holiness When you study YHVH’s word, you will learn that YHVH requires purity and holiness from us. We are to become holy for He…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Where there is true respect there is humility.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Message for the day 01-09-2015Thought to ponder: The more respect is measured on the basis of something external, the greater the desire for recognition from others. The greater the desire, the more one falls victim to ego and there cannot be humility. Point to practice: Start the day with a thought that brings self-respect. Tell yourself that you are special and you will use your speciality throughout the day. You will not dominate or limit the freedom of anyone. Soul Sustenance 01-09-2015The Invisible Law Of The Universe (Part 2)Newton’s third law of motion states that…
  • Faith in others enables them to be powerful.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Message for the day 31-08-2015Thought to ponder: Faith in others is usually mistaken for blind faith - observing helplessly, only hoping for the best in our heart. We, then, don't consciously do anything but just hope for the best. In such a situation we subtly experience fear or tension. But this is not true faith nor is the outcome usually right. Point to practice: Faith in others means to remain alert to what is going on and then to fill the other person with the strength of our faith to such an extent that they feel able to do whatever needs to be done. Our faith will fill…
  • To bring elevated thoughts into actions is to ensure powerful progress.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
    Message for the day 30-08-2015Thought to ponder: All of us, at some point, have had thoughts that are positive and would bring about a change for the better. Such positive thoughts sometimes go unnoticed but when translated into action can bring a lot of benefit. For example, when we see someone working hard to achieve something, we admire him/her. But, if we catch this thought and pick out one point in our life for which we can really work hard, we would find great benefit. Point to practice: Today I will spot and catch one positive thought that I can bring into practice. It…
  • To see things with the right vision (third eye) is to ensure that I am not blind to the opportunities that life offers.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Message for the day 29-08-2015Thought to ponder: Wisdom is to see what is not seen. When I only see what is visible to the two eyes, I miss out important details. To open the third eye of wisdom and see through to the reality of things is to create opportunities for oneself. Wisdom is to see benefit, positive and opportunity in everything. I need to give this training to the third eye. Point to practice: Today I will look at things differently. When something happens to me that I am uncomfortable with, I will see what positive there is, hidden in the situation. Negativity…
  • To have a big heart is to find solutions easily.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Message for the day 28-08-2015Thought to ponder: To have a big heart, during upsetting times, is to be above the feeling of what is mine and what I have to lose. It is but natural to see what I have to gain, but added to this I also need to see what others are going to gain from this. When I am caught up with my needs and apprehensions, there will be blocks which will not help me create solutions. Point to practice: Today I will work to find solutions in such a way, that there is benefit for all. I will not only look at benefit for myself (I will not worry about what I have to…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Living with Less

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    “When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet … Read More →
  • FGG-088 Doing vs. Being

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Doing is easier that being. Doing is quantifiable. We can measure our productivity in a big promotion, a cleaner house, a better report card or a bigger paycheck. Doing is what we are taught to do from the time we are old enough to understand. But where is the balance in our lives? After all, … Read More →
  • A God Appointment

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” –Matthew 19:24 Today I had a God appointment. This morning as I was reading the morning office, I had a strong feeling that I … Read More →
  • FGG-087 Married and Lonely

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Why is it that so many married people feel alone and lonely? They feel like they are living together separately. No love, no kisses, no sex, no communication. Rather than oneness, they feel like ships crossing in the night. In this podcast, Tony discusses what has happened? Scripture: He said in reply, “Have you not … Read More →
  • Attentive or Distracted

    16 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    “Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” –St. Augustine Dad, are you listening to me? Honey, we talked about this yesterday, don’t you remember? Bob, you said you would pick … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • We are on the Wrong Road… C.S. Lewis

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Written by C.S. Lewis during World War II in the book “Mere Christianity,” which I am currently listening to via Audible (a great way to read even MORE books — see link for free trial), he says these words, which reverberate today, especially in light of the rulings on marriage and the unconscionable acts of Planned […] The post We are on the Wrong Road… C.S. Lewis appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • From RCIA to Confession, My 10 Most Popular Posts

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    I continue to see specific posts I have written consistently have the most readers, so I thought I would compile a list of some of the most popular topics I’ve written about. Please enjoy the following Top 10 Most Popular Posts on Catholic Newbie listed in order of popularity: How to Start a Conversation about Catholicism […] The post From RCIA to Confession, My 10 Most Popular Posts appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Is It OK to Be a Devout Catholic and Have Nice Things?

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    As I enter into my third year as a Catholic, one of the issues I’ve yet to find peace with is my “stuff” and whether I’m truly living the Catholic life as Jesus wanted while sitting in a nice house in a suburban neighborhood with plenty of food to eat, enough money to clothe my […] The post Is It OK to Be a Devout Catholic and Have Nice Things? appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Amazing Catholic Conversion Stories up to 20% Off

    7 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you entered my recent giveaway of Marcus Grodi’s Journeys Home and Journeys Home 2, amazing stories of Protestants who converted to Catholicism, but didn’t win, you now have a chance to buy them at a discount. CatholicWord, who kindly provided the books for the giveaway, is discounting many of Grodi’s books. They are currently 15% […] The post Amazing Catholic Conversion Stories up to 20% Off appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Tweet These Companies that Support Planned Parenthood

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
      Not only should the U.S. government defund Planned Parenthood, we must reach out to companies that we frequent and demand they stop funding Planned Parenthood, as well. By all means, send them emails and letters! But I think the easiest action you can start with is to bombard them on Twitter. I’ve compiled a […] The post Tweet These Companies that Support Planned Parenthood appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Artifact Communication in the Bible

    Andrew Sargent
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’d like to draw your attention to artifact communication—the use of things to affect the understanding of another. Things have shared meaning within a community. Like a band of gold worn specifically on the “ring finger” of the left hand. Like a read dot in the middle of an Indian woman’s forehead. Like a bulbous red ball attached to someone’s nose. When reading the Bible, we are constantly being confronted with artifacts, with things, that have a different meaning to the author than they do to us. We know what our artifacts mean to us… now we have to…
  • Question about Job 1:4: What does “every one his day” imply?

    Andrew Sargent
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
      Question: Job 1:4 – Is there a majority scholarly agreement with regards to what “every one his day” means? What is “his day”? I was always under the impression that it was each one’s birthday… What do you say? Is there scholarly agreement in general? If so, what is the majority scholarly opinion? ~Bob The question regards: Job 1:4 “His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.” The answer to the question is found generally in…
  • Contempt for the Fearful: A Response to “The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity”

    Andrew Sargent
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m the last person who should criticize another person for writing an aggressive article that seeks to make a single point in exclusion to a myriad of other points that might soften a forceful tone. In fact, when I read the post, “The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity”[1] it reminded me of my own once upon a time kick. Scripture said, “Fear not,” so fear was sin, and I preached against fear, and stood a tad haughtily over those who had less success than I did over fear. My whole adult life was before me; I had no wife, no children, no property, no looming disaster ready…
  • The Danger of Using Matthew 18:19-20 to Speak about Prayer

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Okay, so Matthew 18:19-20 has nothing to do with prayer… let’s establish that fact from the start. If you doubt this statement, read my blog “Wherever Two or Three are Gathered in His Name, They are Almost Certain to Misinterpret Matthew 18:20.” I don’t say this because I hate…
  • Wherever Two or Three are Gathered in His Name, They are Almost Certain to Misinterpret Matthew 18:20

    Andrew Sargent
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mat 18:20  ” For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” We may as well get this out of the way right up front. Matthew 18:20 has NOTHING to do with prayer, corporate or otherwise. Now, don’t get me wrong. Prayer is an important part of the Christian walk. It just isn’t being discussed in this passage. To insist on using it to speak of prayer causes two problems. 1. It conceals the true meaning of the text, robbing the church of the value that Matthew 18:20 was intended to provide it. 2. It creates unhealthy ideas about prayer and…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Faith Without Works is Dead

    Fr. Peter
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Martin Luther was not a fan of the Letter of St. James mostly for the reason that it sort of took the wind out of the […] The post Faith Without Works is Dead appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Amazing Story of Deborah Sampson

    Fr. Peter
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
      Hunting around for something to watch on television I stumbled upon the program Mysteries at the Monuments.  I like history, so the idea of finding out of the way monuments and showing their story was appealing to me.  On this particular episode, there was a story about a bronze statue located in front of […] The post The Amazing Story of Deborah Sampson appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Churches and Their History with Slavery

    Fr. Peter
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Historian John Fea recently pointed out an article in the New York Time about how one Rhode Island Church is coming to grips with their past history of slavery. We cannot gloss over our past nor can we replace it but we can, and should learn from it and provide the ability for others to […] The post Churches and Their History with Slavery appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Donald Trump and the Bible

    Fr. Peter
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    In a recent interview on the Bloomburg Networks “With All Due Respect,” GOP Presidential candidate and member of the Presbyterian Church Donald Trump was asked to identify his favorite verse from the bible.  He was asked this because he claims that after his own memoire, the bible is his favorite book.  Now I don’t really […] The post Donald Trump and the Bible appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Mindfulness and Email

    Fr. Peter
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    As a follow up to last week’s essay on mindfulness I thought I would share some thoughts on mindfulness in communication especially email.  Email is here to stay and there is no way to avoid it.  It can either control you or you can control it.  Blind communication, like email and social media, can be […] The post Mindfulness and Email appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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  • Introducing the L. Ron Hubbard Hall

    Alex Rodriguez
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    One of the largest venues and buildings of the Church of Scientology will be opening soon, as announced at the Scientology New Year’s Celebration 2015. This building represents the need of the Church to host its parishioners for major events. Because the Church is growing at such a rapid rate, it must continually book bigger and bigger venues, such as the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. I’ve been to the several events there and couldn’t even find a good seat because how packed it was. And so, this new building will be the hub of all Major Scientology events with enough…
  • John Travolta: “The Church has been so Beautiful for Me”

    Alex Rodriguez
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Church of Scientology has been receiving a lot of attention by the media recently. John Travolta was was asked about his latest thoughts about Scientology during a phone call regarding the premiere of his new film The Forger. Travolta said “I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?” Travolta said in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times. “It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom (Cruise), I imagine.” He went on to say the church helped him through personal…
  • How does being a Scientology Clear help the individual?

    Alex Rodriguez
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    The Scientology Parent blog published another superb article. This time it’s an interview with two parents who have both received Scientology auditing and achieved the State of Clear. The details about how Scientology auditing can help settle down a home and bring some well-deserved relief for parents can be found here: There has been and always will be talk about Scientology in the media. But really the media will never show you an inside look into a family and how they practice their religion.
  • How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News

    Alex Rodriguez
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News. The post How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News appeared first on Real Scientology Beliefs.
  • The Scientology Superbowl Ad 2015

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you’re in a city that played the Scientology Commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl, then you probably saw the Scientology Commercial this year during the Super Bowl XLIX too. The 2015 Ad showed in these cities (and probably more that I don’t know about): Washington D.C. Nashville, Tennesse Sacramento, California Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Seattle, Washington Cincinnati, Ohio Denver, Colorado Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas New York City, New York I already explained the meaning of the 2014 commercial in my post:…
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • What should we do to get a human birth again in our next life?

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    There are 8.4 million species of life in existence. In the species below human beings-animals, birds, fishes, insects, birds, etc-there is no free will. Hence, upon death the soul is naturally and sequentially promoted to the next species. But human beings possess the free will to act according to their volition, and hence, they are responsible for their actions. Their next birth is decided by their karmas in the present life.The facility to do karmas is given to the human species, not for animal-like activities, but for God-realization.The scriptures state:         …
  • There are so many Gurus from different religious sects that it becomes confusing to choose one Guru. What is the process of finding a Guru?

    2 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
     There is a saying in Hindi:                       "Pani piyo chhanake, guru banao janake"“Drink water only after filtering it; make a Guru only after carefully knowing him.”  We must not accept anyone as our Guru, merely because of a friend’s suggestion; we must ourselves recognize someone as a true Guru, and only then should we surrender to him.  However, just as it is not possible for a Grade One student to evaluate the capability of a college teacher, similarly, it is not easy to recognize a Guru, who is a Divine…
  • In the Indian culture, we all have heard hundreds of times since childhood that we need a Guru. But is there any definition of who a true Guru is?

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The word “Guru” has now been adopted by the English language as well, and so we hear terms such as Marketing guru, Economics guru, Finance guru, etc.  However, when you refer to the true Guru, you are enquiring about the spiritual connotation of the word as described in the scriptures.  The meaning of the word “Guru” is:Gu shabdastvandhakarasyat ru… ( Advaya Tarakopanishad 16)   “The syllable “gu” means “darkness,” and “ru” means “to destroy.”  Hence, one who dispels the darkness of our nescience, and brings us to the light of true wisdom,…
  • What is The Right 'age' to start your devotional practice?

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    "Having attained the human form, we do not realize how precious it is. We indulge ourselves in material pleasures for sensual gratification. We devote our full attention to our family and their needs. When somebody asks a little boy/girl to do devotion, he/she replies – this is not the age to start devotion. There is still time and we can do that when we are old. When you ask a young person to do devotion, he/she flatly refuses and says that it is for old people and life is for enjoying.When you ask a middle age person to do devotion, he/she replies that there is still time for it after…
  • Importance of Human Life!

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    This human form is like a full moon night which will soon be over, and again the dark night will come. You are sleeping in ignorance, unaware of the fact that the passage of time is continuously shortening your life…You are not willing to leave your sleep, even though you are perpetually being beaten by the objects of your desires.  Once the opportunity to redeem yourself in this human form is missed, you will have to rotate in the cycle of life and death in 8.4 million forms of life. Then you will rub your hands helplessly and regret…..Kripaluji Maharaj says, ”Listen to the…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Created in Christ to Do Good Works (Verneda Lights)
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory system in anterior view. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Think you’re nothing special? Think again. You are amazing. You are precious. Here are just a few of the reasons why you are a miracle: Scientists estimate that there are 37.2 trillion cells in your body. Placed end-to-end, the blood vessels in your circulatory system have a length of 24,873.6 miles. According to NASA, this is long enough to circle the Earth two…
  • Don’t Wear Yourself Out (Verneda Lights)
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:47 pm
    geralt / Pixabay Exodus 18:18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about how Moses, (a work-a-holic who believed in doing everything himself), was advised by his father-in-law, Jethro, to set up an administrative structure that would streamline his work and decrease his stress levels. While functioning as a caregiver, this point is something I ponder often. Being a caregiver is hard work, and there’s nothing like having a chance to sit down after months of…
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Terror (Verneda Lights)
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Illustration by aitoff / Pixabay Sunday mornings are warm, sepia-toned memories. Our getting-ready-for-Sunday-School ritual ran like clock work with 7 kids spinning in their own orbit yet never getting in anyone’s way. Taking curlers out of my hair, I’d sit and listen to the Sunday morning radio line up of local talent on a portable AM radio I bought from Edwards 5 and 10 cents store. A warm breeze blowing purple floral curtains carried the raspy music of a local acapella Gospel quartet called “The Heavenly Four.” If I remember correctly, the lead singer, named Phyllis…
  • Encourage & Build One Another (Verneda Lights)
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    cherylholt / Pixabay I’m so grateful for technology, because it makes it easy to say kind words or donate money that helps someone who’s down, in dire straits, or championing a worthy cause. Lies and deceit are also made easier on the ‘Net, but the potential for good is something we can use to build one another up instead of tearing each other down. The word for today is ‪#‎encourage‬. Do it for the next person you meet. It’s a powerful way to keep love alive. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians…
  • The Word for Today Is: (Humble Yourself and) #Pray (Verneda Lights)
    11 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    View image | Prayer is a powerful weapon. and a citadel of hope. Because prayer changes things, two of the most important things you can do in life are to thank God for His goodness and plead for His help. But prayers from proud, selfish, lips go no where. Next time you think Heaven’s ear is made of brass, consider the state of your own soul. Humble yourself, repent, pray, and seek God’s face. Then watch how things change. The word for today is #pray. May you do it often and in humility. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • Apostasy in the Church - Part II: A "New Religion"

    8 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    O Creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with the loving knowledge of you, that I may bring your light to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries which you have revealed. – St. Thomas Aquinas, "Prayer Before Writing"I never wanted to write what…
  • Apostasy in the Church - Part I: Born Again Catholic

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Disclaimer: What I am about to write might trouble some of you, but nevertheless, I must speak. Do not think I write the following without much prayer and reflection, for offending God is my only true fear. The Spirit has taught me much over the past several months, mostly happenstance, and in spite of His enlightenment, I still pray to God and His holy Mother I not be misled. For everything I’m about to say (in a two-part series, for I’ve determined there is too much to say in one post, and the human attention span is limited) came as a shock to me. Truth be told, I’m still digesting…
  • The Anti-Christ is Here

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    When I was seven, I was snooping through my mother’s stuff, when something caught my eye.The book was titled The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance Cumbey. To my innocent mind, rainbows were a wonder to behold, and I could not fathom anything dangerous about those glorious bursts of colors in the sky. The book’s cover, however, begged no alternative. A circle of red, yellow, green, orange, and blue sat front-and-center, while various symbols decorated the circumference…Symbols of the occult, I would later learn.For the time being, however, I was young and naïve. Life and all…
  • The Truth of The Assumption

    10 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    The Assumption.Both a Church teaching and mystery of the Rosary, the Assumption proclaims the body of the Virgin Mary was taken up – assumed – to heaven upon her death, where after her soul and body were once again made one. Put another way, Mary is the only saint in heaven who also possesses flesh. When the world would declare the body something to be defiled and useless, God – through His Church – demonstrates the sacredness of the body via the preservation of His most beloved and loyal subject…Mary. While all the Rosary mysteries require faith to believe, the Assumption seems to…
  • Dauntless

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Spring Retreat for the youth group is two weeks from yesterday, and as usual, I am speaking.I also haven’t prepared a single word.Hence, this blog post. I am hoping some good, old-fashioned free-style writing will spark some ideas or inspiration on the chosen topic…the movie, Divergent. Based upon the popular book series, the film tells the story of a futuristic society divided between five “factions:” Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Upon their sixteenth birthday, each person must undergo a…
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    Pilgrimage Tourism | Myoksha

  • Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is dedicated to Shri Sai Baba. It is located in the holy town of Shirdi in Maharashtra, India. Significance: Shirdi Sai Baba is worshipped as God incarnate and is revered as one of the greatest saints ever in India. Baba preached the universal religion of love and embodied all religions in his teachings. That is the reason why devotees of all faiths come to Shirdi and worship Baba. He does not discriminate devotees by caste, creed or religion. He blessed millions of his devotees by saving lives, averting accidents, facilitating financial gain, granting the offspring…
  • Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Venkateswara and is located in the hill town of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh State, India. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha, thus earning the name Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri,Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple is on Venkatadri (also known as Venkatachala or Venkata Hill), the seventh peak, and is also known as the “Temple of Seven Hills”. Venkateswara is known by other names: Balaji, Govinda, and…
  • Spiritual Kerala

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Overview Experience Spiritual Kerala like never before Itinerary Short Itinerary Day 1 – Arrival at Trivandrum. Relax and enjoy the overnight stay Day 2 – Visits to Spiritual locations and sightseeing places in Trivandrum Day 3 – Unwind with the nature and visit spiritual places in Kumarakom Day 4 – Explore spiritual places in Alleppey and relax by the beach Day 5 – A day of relaxation for mind and body at Guruvayoor. Ayurveda and visits to spiritual places Day 6 – Fort Kochi and Muziris region sightseeing Day 7 – Cochin shopping and departure Detailed Itinerary Day 1 –…
  • A Pilgrim’s Chronicles – From the pages of My Yatra Diary…

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    My journeys date back to very early in my childhood­­­… perhaps to the times when I was a toddler in my mother’s arms. Like most Indian families rooted in traditions, I would tag along my pilgrim parents wherever they went. Knowing little or nothing what this activity meant. To the senses of a little kid, the essence of ‘a pilgrimage’ was wrapped and yet, the joy was always there… One such journey that I have a clear memory of is the 14 km trek to Vaishno Devi in Jammu, a time when I was still untouched by the ‘What will people say’ syndrome. With a spring in my step and a…
  • From a Travelogue to a Mission

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    How it all began As a child and through the growing up years, traveling was a part and parcel of life due to my father’s frequent transfers. In every new place were several hidden jewels, well outside the popular tourist maps, unique, rare and absolutely awesome. For some reason, my heart went out to these places and whenever I visited one of them, I imagined myself to be part of the story they told, playing different roles Came the era of digital cameras by which time I had started travelling extensively on work. I always made time to visit these unique places and shared the pictures with…
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    Uncompromised Men

  • 3 Lessons About Time I Learned From Great Men of God

    J.R. Duren
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from J.R. Duren – journalist, husband, father, and the author of Living Like Lions.   Time is a curious thing. In many ways, the perception that we have time to become the men we want to be leads us to become lazy and drags us farther away from the image of Jesus to which we hunger to conform. These past two years, I worked on a nonfiction book called “Living Like Lions.” I examined the lives of 20 Christian men, and, in the end, I found myself seared with the memories of men whose lives reflected Jesus in a way I can only…
  • When You Hear What They Did, You’ll Want Vengeance, But They’re Already Dead

    Jacob McMillen
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT This last week, 4 young adults in Florida brutally hacked one of their roommates with a machete, buried him alive in a shallow grave, and then had sex nearby as he slowly died. The victim was 17 year old Jose Amaya Guardado. The group considered murdering the teenager a fortnight before actually carrying out the act, and managed to dig a grave and hide the machete in the bush a few days before, police said. According to the arrest report, the foursome lured Jose into the woods before “ambushing” him with the machete, causing “massive injuries”. As he was…
  • That Moment You Chatroulette Into A Live First Person Shooter

    Jacob McMillen
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    This is amazing. How epic would it be to stumble into an experience like this? A big “well done” to the creative minds that made this happen! The post That Moment You Chatroulette Into A Live First Person Shooter appeared first on Uncompromised Men.
  • College Minister Uses World-Leading Video Game To Bring Community To Students

    Jacob McMillen
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Jesus came to bring abundant life! At Georgia Southern University (GSU), college minister Kevin Williams is partnering in that vision by bringing community and support to one of the most unreached student segments on college campuses: the video gamers. What do I mean by “unreached”? Video gamers (not casual – playing 4+ hours per day), particularly on college campuses, have very little offered to them in the way of community or support. Colleges typically don’t offer activities catered to their interests. On-campus social groups often ignore or ostracize them. Churches…
  • #TestimonyTuesday – Startups Funded, New Jobs Coming

    Jacob McMillen
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    It’s #TestimonyTuesday! 1. Testimony My friend’s startup has been looking for funding for some time now. I’ve worked with them a bit and been praying for God to bless the company. They just received word that they’ve been accepted into a pretty elite accelerator which will give them $170k in funding, 3 months of intensive mentorship in New York City, and the opportunity to pitch to leading venture capitalists in their industry at the end of the mentorship. Awesome! 2. Prayer Request Brian Rohler, a member of the community here at Uncompromised Men, is currently…
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    Safe @ Church

  • 3 unarmed Americans stop armed terrorist in France

    Alan Hughes
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    L to R: Anthony Sadler, Aleck Sharlatos and Chris Norman, pose with medals they received for their bravery Spencer Stone This morning, dozens, if not hundreds or people in France are alive and uninjured because of the actions of three Americans who, despite being unarmed, stopped an armed attack on a passenger train. (Note: this article is based on facts known at the time of publishing. Some details may change over time, but the principles won’t.) By now you’ve probably heard the story. If not, the quick recap: US Air Force airman Spencer Stone, Army National Guardsman and Afghanistan…
  • It’s a plan, not a commandment

    Alan Hughes
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Each Sunday Carl Chinn writes a piece called “Think About It” where he addresses something in the church security field. If you’re not already reading it, I’d highly recommend it. Recently he published a piece that fit nicely into something I’ve had on my mind. “I heard a speaker at a U.S. military symposium describe major incident response as being more like jazz than a symphony. In a symphony, the musical piece is carefully and rigidly choreographed, structured and managed. Each musician follows the sheet music and conductor to strike exactly the correct note at precisely…
  • Using moderation in our platform

    Alan Hughes
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    With recent events like the shooting in Charleston or the bombs being placed at churches in New Mexico, many of those involved in church security have suddenly found themselves enjoying a more prominent platform than before. That’s a good thing, but we also need to exercise some moderation.   We all know there is a difference between what we can do and what we should do. While consulting with some programs around the country, I saw a few cases that concerned me. Even if our churches or organizations give us a lot of room to operate in response to these recent events, we need to use the…
  • Armed church staffer saves woman from being murdered

    Alan Hughes
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Heriberto Haro-Luna (Source: Boulder Co Sheriff) On the night of July 30, Heriberto Haro-Luna was drunk and angry. He had recently become estranged from his wife. So he took a knife and he went to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic church where his wife was a regular Thursday night parishioner. He ambushed her in the parking lot, put his arm around her neck and told her to say her prayers. Haro-Luna stabbed her in the abdomen and threatened to slit her throat as she prayed what she believed was going to be her final prayer. Unfortunately for Haro-Luna, not everyone at Sacred Heart was…
  • Texas man charged with planning Columbine-style attack on youth group

    Alan Hughes
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A 19 year old Texas man was recently arrested over threats he made against his church via Facebook. The incident raises some points worth discussing.   Nicholas Amrine had been attending Convergence Church in Fort Worth for the past year. On May 31, 2015, he attended the student ministry for the last time. Church leaders asked him to not return because of his age and his “recent erratic behavior”.   On June 3, Amrine posted on Facebook:   “All the kids that forgot about me are going to get what they deserve. I may have been hesitant in the past but next time u see me…
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    Acton Institute PowerBlog

  • PowerLinks 09.01.15

    Joe Carter
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Katrina 10 Years Later: Disaster Recovery and the Political Economy of Everyday Life Peter Boetkke, Mercatus Center It is important to explain this history because it was in this intellectual context that the events around Hurricane Katrina have to be understood in order to appreciate our rationale behind undertaking the Gulf Coast Recovery Project in 2005 and continuing it to this day. Read more on PowerLinks 09.01.15… The post PowerLinks 09.01.15 appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: PowerLinks 06.10.14 The Minimum Wage Workforce Myth Why Not Have Multiple…
  • EcoLinks 08.31.15

    Bruce Edward Walker
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    SOS to Pope Francis: It’s souls that need saving not the environment Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press Protocol and pomp and ceremony aside, why would Christ’s Vicar on Earth come to pay homage to a president who is unabashedly the world’s top champion of abortions, including partial birth abortions; whose party refuses to defund Planned Parenthood whose organization sells body parts of aborted babies on the black market; and whose presidency is driven by a soul-corroding hatred of the country he was elected to serve? Read more on EcoLinks 08.31.15… The post EcoLinks 08.31.15…
  • Subsidizing Subsidiarity: How Conservatives Failed New Orleans

    Joe Carter
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall on the Gulf Coast. As always happens when remembering such ignominious events, we look back in hindsight to attempt to learn what could have been done differently. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we conservatives will admit that we share some of the blame for the disaster—just not in the way many of us realize. Read more on Subsidizing Subsidiarity: How Conservatives Failed New Orleans… The post Subsidizing Subsidiarity: How Conservatives Failed New Orleans appeared first on Acton Institute…
  • Video: Wayne Grudem And Barry Asmus On A Solution To The Poverty Of Nations

    Marc Vander Maas
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    So far, 2015 has given us our busiest Acton Lecture Series ever, and we’re pleased to share more of it with you today on the PowerBlog. Back on April 16, Acton had the privilege of hosting Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus, who spoke on the topic of the book they jointly authored, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Read more on Video: Wayne Grudem And Barry Asmus On A Solution To The Poverty Of Nations… The post Video: Wayne Grudem And Barry Asmus On A Solution To The Poverty Of Nations appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: Video: Ten Things To Know…
  • Israel and the Significance of Religion on Culture and Economics

    Sarah Stanley
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Despite ongoing conflict and regional unrest, Israel’s economy is doing exceptionally well. Unemployment is under six percent, incomes are up, and the Index of Economic Freedom shows Israel’s rank improving over the last few years while America and many Western European nations are declining. Acton’s Director of Research, Samuel Gregg, discusses this situation in a new article for the Jerusalem Post. He says: Read more on Israel and the Significance of Religion on Culture and Economics… The post Israel and the Significance of Religion on Culture and Economics appeared…
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