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  • Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Another One of God's Little Jokes?

    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)
    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence that the awkward grammar often displayed Semitic influence or, in some cases, came from Early Modern English, predating the English of the KJV. This theory is developed much more fully in a recent Mormon Interpreter article, "A Look at Some 'Nonstandard' Book of Mormon Grammar" by Stanford Carmack. Carmack argues that a close look at the initial language of the translated Book of Mormon reveals that much of the seemingly nonstandard grammar is actually acceptable Early Modern English that is frequently…
  • Church Turned into Temple after 72 Valmikis Reconvert to Hinduism

    Hinduism Today Magazine
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    SourceALIGARH, INDIA, August 28, 2014 (Times of India): A church with a cross in it that belonged to the 7th Day Adventists overnight turned into a temple adorned with a portrait of Shiva after what some Hindu groups in Aligarh termed the "successful ghar wapasi" (reconversion) of 72 Valmikis who had become Christians in 1995. There was an elaborate shuddhi karan (purification) ceremony on Tuesday inside the church in Asroi, 18 miles from Aligarh.Khem Chandra, Sangh pracharak and pramukh of Dharam Jagran Vivad in Aligarh, said, "This is called ghar wapasi, not conversion. They left by choice…
  • Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

    Religion | The Guardian
    David Smith in Lalibela
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The world heritage site of Lalibela is key to Addis Ababa's plans to banish images of famine and boost visitor numbersKiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man shut his eyes and trembled from head to toe as he was blessed. Finally, Gezahegne stepped forward and stooped so the priest could tap the cross all over her body. "I felt close to God," she said.Steeped in ancient ritual, this was the scene revealed by dawn's first light in the rock-hewn…
  • Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation. Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and played for Italian side Napoli, sat in the front row waiting his turn to…
  • Saudi religious police beat up Briton

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes. A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him. Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female…
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  • Nigeria: UN Rights Council Condemns Islamic State Atrocities

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    [Daily Independent]The UN Human Rights Council has condemned jihadist group Islamic State for committing atrocities in Iraq and decided to dispatch investigators to the country to collect evidence.
  • Nigeria: Inter-Faith Forum Lists Causes of Insurgency

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    [Guardian]STAKEHOLDERS at a one-day Inter-Faith Forum organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Monday blamed religious intolerance and unemployment for the state of insecurity in the country.
  • Liberia: Episcopal Church Donates Preventive Materials to C. H. Rennie Hospital

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    [Inquirer]In an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the county, the Episcopal Church of Liberia in conjunction with the Episcopal Relief Development Organization in New York, United States of America on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 handed over some preventive materials to the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County for the use in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the county.
  • Nigeria: Clerics Pray for Safe Return of Chibok Girls

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    [Daily Trust]Over 1000 prophets led by Apostle Emma David Okafoagu Friday converged at the Ecumenical Center Abuja to pray for the safe return of Chibok girls, peace and unity in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria: Churches Tasked On Welfare of the Poor

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    [Daily Trust]Enugu -Churches in Nigeria have been advised to always partner with government at all levels in order to improve the welfare of the poor in the country.
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  • Start the School Year With a No-Screen Week

    Nell Minow
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A new study shows another good reason to detox from all screen time now and then, especially for kids.  Children who take a five-day break from all screens are better at reading real-life facial expressions to understand the emotions of the people around them.  Psyblog described the study, which set up a camp program to occupy children used to spending 4-5 hours a day watching screens.At the camp, the children weren’t allowed to use any electronic devices, while the other group went about their normal, everyday lives.It was quite a change for those children who attended the Pali Institute…
  • taking care of the heart's chariot

    Britton Gildersleeve
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The heart rides around in a body. Consider the mind the charioteer.I'm not always a good caretaker of my chariot, this body I run around in. I do better some weeks than others, but I still don't rock this w hole health thing. I don't eat enough veggies, I know -- although I like them. I do eat a lot of fruit. And I'm not nearly active enough. via flickrSo the stuff at the top of this post? Well, let's just say I do breathe deeply. And I cultivate cheerfulness. And I'm absolutely fascinated by life. But the whole eat lightly? I had strawberries and pound cake w/ whipped cream for dinner the…
  • Summer Summer-y: The Summer Movies of 2014

    Nell Minow
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    A few concluding thoughts on the summer movies of 2014:A good summer for food movies: "The Chef," "The 100-Foot Journey," and "The Trip to Italy" had some big-time actors but the real stars were the luscious meals. Special mention of the delicious French comedy "Le Chef," starring Jean Reno, as well.A bad summer for comedies: "22 Jump Street" was uneven, but at least it had some laughs. Can't say the same for "Neighbors," "Blended," "Tammy," "The Other Woman," "A Million Ways to Die in the…
  • Tips For More Playfulness In Your Parenting

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
      Bigstock PhotosDo you wish you felt more playful with your kids? Are your daily activities using up the time you used to have, so you think you can no longer be playful? Are you feeling too serious about life?Our world can sometimes feel like a serious place. By serious I mean intense situations or circumstances that we want to excel at, but come with a certain amount of stress. We take our jobs, homes and relationships seriously; and our parenting can feel very serious too, with everything we want to put into them. Schedules are created because we have many responsibilities and our…
  • Sunday Inspiration #46

    Alex Blackwell
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Learning to let go of the small things that create stress and anxiety allows you to welcome the things that bring more peace, joy and happiness. This inspiring video is a reminder that stress is a choice. So focus on what’s right in your life so you can enjoy more of the beautiful gifts life has to offer.Click here to watch.Image Source: Simple PathsAbout Alex BlackwellAlex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Let Christ Be Your Model in the Spiritual Life

    Fr. Jean Nicolas Grou
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    There are very few Christians, even among those who are es­pecially consecrated to God, who have a right idea of what true virtue is. Almost all of them imagine it to consist in a cer­tain routine of piety and in fidelity to certain exterior prac­tices. If with this they have at intervals some emotion of […]
  • Refuse God Nothing

    Richard Becker
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “Refuse God nothing ….” ~ St. Jeanne Jugan Do movie trailers ever make you cry? Try this one. Of Gods and Men (2010) tells the story of the Tibhirine martyrs, seven French Trappists who refused to abandon their Algerian monastery during the 1990s’ civil war, despite government requests and offers of assistance. The monks were […]
  • Sanctity in the Small Things

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    As Jesus watched at the entrance of the Temple the money being thrown into the treasure-box, He did not pay so much attention to the rich and their large sums that they threw in. Indeed they wanted to be seen and applauded for their abundance given ostentatiously. Then a poor widow threw a few small […]
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    Michael Lichens
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yesterday Paul contrasted the wisdom of God and the wisdom of men for the Corinthians, indicating that his proclamation of the Lord Jesus was presented to them not with “wise argumentation,” but with “the convincing power of the Spirit.” In today’s reading he picks up and develops further the difference between the wisdom of this […]
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    Michael Lichens
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “Let nothing disturb you, nothing cause you fear. All things pass; God is unchanging. patience obtains all. Whoever has God needs nothing else; God alone suffices.” ~St. Theresa of Avila, from Saintly Solutions to Life’s Common Problems
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    Phil Cooke

  • How To Turn The Tables On Your Critics

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    If you’re a leader in politics, ministry, business, or in the media here’s something important you need to know: In today’s digital culture, you can’t hide anymore. In the old days, politicians could hide a mistress, TV evangelists could hide their jets or mansions, and anyone could hide a DUI conviction, an old arrest, and […]
  • Mastering Media Is Knowing What Each Platform Does Best

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Too many people use media randomly, with no real strategic vision. Perhaps a friend recommended local TV, or a board member suggested billboards, or a church youth director likes social media. All these platforms and others are important, but they question is: Why? While I could write many books on the subject, here’s a short […]
  • The Cost Of Being A Leader With Last Minute Ideas

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    The lesson for today:  If you’re ideas are delivered last minute, the execution will be half baked. One of the most frequent frustrations I hear from creative teams, media directors, advertising agencies, copywriters, and designers is that the executive, CEO, pastor, or other leader comes up with ideas at the last minute, but still expects […]
  • How Your Message is Delivered is Just as Important as the Message Itself

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Now before you crucify me for heresy, let me explain. My father was a pastor back in the 50’s and 60’s, and compared to today, getting his message out was easy. Church was a big part of life back then, and the distractions were very few. But today? Here’s a few stats to put it […]
  • You Are Not A Storyteller

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    This two minute interview with Austrian graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister is absolutely right on.  However I hesitated posting it because of the profanity.  But the subject is so good and so timely I decided to post it anyway.  If you’re fed up like me with all the people calling themselves “storytellers” out there, then this is […]
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  • New Book 'Abortion Free' Tells the Inside Story of Late-Term Abortionist George Tiller and His 'After Tiller' Protégés

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue,     WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday evening, PBS plans to air the film, After Tiller, which features three late-term abortionists, LeRoy Carhart, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson, who worked with George Tiller doing very late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas.    "After Tiller Source: Operation Rescue
  • Faith Community and Leaders to Hold White House Candlelight and Prayer Vigil in Support of the Women of Iraq -- Saturday at 8 PM

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741   WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A candlelight and prayer vigil in support of the women of Iraq will be held tonight, August 30, at 8:00 P.M. on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House across from Lafayette Park.   The group will be praying for the women of Iraq who are facing unspeakable acts of violence and persecution by the terrorist organization, Islamic State.   They wil Source: Christian Defense Coalition
  • World Congress of Families Announces Postponement of Regional Event in Melbourne Amid Threats of Violence and Vandalism

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Pro-Family Group, a Recipient of International Peace Award, Targeted by Sexual ExtremistsContact: World Congress of Families, 815-222-2490,; Communications Director, 508-405-1337, ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs announced the postponement of the WCF regional event in Melbourne.  Endeavour Forum will be the convener of the "Life, Family, and Fre Source: World Congress of Families
  • Upcoming Conference to Show Pro-Lifers How to Navigate Law

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Contact: California ProLife Council, 310-962-1131   SACRAMENTO, Aug. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The upcoming "Be Normal & Change History!" ProLife Conference is the first of its kind hosted by California ProLife Council and the National Right to Life Committee. The conference will gather high-level leaders of the pro-life movement in Orange, CA with the goal of showing pro-lifers how to change history by using the civic process available to "normal" American Source: CCN
  • New Book Warns of Evangelical Left Influence on Millennials

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    "If U.S. evangelicals disengage from the public square and fail to engage the rising generation, then we risk losing our public voice, then our religious liberty, and then liberty altogether." -- Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new generation of Evangelical Christians is vulnerable to liberalizing trends in the Source: Institute on Religion & Democracy
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • May the practices I’ve honed in business be used to advance my spiritual journey, I pray

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Make a little progress every day: I used to believe in the big-bang theory of marketing–a fantastic launch that created such inertia that you flew to ‘infinity and beyond.’ Now my theory is you make a little progress every day–whether that’s making your product slightly better, increasing your skill in one small way, or closing one more customer. – Guy Kawasaki, Five most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur
  • Pray for those who will use this day to look back over their life’s ambitions

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when they look back–and at some point everyone looks back–she will hear her heart saying, ‘What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you?’ – Paulo CoelhoBy the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
  • Let us remember to pray for the success of our ventures

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Try stuff. Luck is a big part of many successes, so (a) don’t get too bummed out when you see a bozo succeed; and (b) luck favors the people who try stuff, not simply think and analyze. As the Chinese say, ‘One must wait for a long time before a Peking duck flies into your mouth.’ – Guy Kawasaki, Five most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur
  • Lord, keep my eyes open to betrayal today

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    For if a man will betray God, he will surely betray man. – Gereon GoldmannThe Shadow of His Wings
  • Pray for those struggling to make a go of their business

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Never ask anyone to do something that you wouldn’t do: This goes for customers (‘fill out these twenty-five fields of personal information to get an account’) to employees (‘fly coach to Mumbai, meet all day the day you arrive, and fly back that night.’) – Guy Kawasaki, Five most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Kevin Andrews asks World Congress of Families to stop using his name

    Melissa Davey
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The social services minister says he was named as international secretary in error and he asked for the reference to be removedSocial services minister Kevin Andrews has asked organisers of the World Congress of Families conservative Christian conference to remove a reference to him as international secretary from their promotional material.Andrews last week pulled out of delivering the opening address at the World Congress of Families after hearing that the rightwing Christian group Catch the Fire would host it. Continue reading...
  • I received an antisemitic leaflet in my letterbox and yet I cherish free speech | Robin Christie

    Robin Christie
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Im Jewish, and thats all that matters to the neo-Nazis. Not that Im an atheist, not that I disagree with the Israeli governments actions in Gaza, or that I enjoy pub triviaLast week a flyer came through my letterbox harbouring the message wake up white Australia. Its argument read something like this: Jews have been displaced over 100 times. Are they the victims of persecution, or have they been kicked out of their homes so often because they harm the countries in which they reside? Continue reading...
  • David Cameron shelves move to ban British jihadis returning to UK

    Patrick Wintour
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Political and legal opposition forces PM to back down on key elements of plan to counteract Islamic State terrorist threatDavid Cameron's plan to fight the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State got off to a stuttering start when he was forced to shelve key proposals amid legal uncertainty, Liberal Democrat objections, and even doubts within the security services. Continue reading...
  • Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

    David Smith in Lalibela
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The world heritage site of Lalibela is key to Addis Ababa's plans to banish images of famine and boost visitor numbersKiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man shut his eyes and trembled from head to toe as he was blessed. Finally, Gezahegne stepped forward and stooped so the priest could tap the cross all over her body. "I felt close to God," she said.Steeped in ancient ritual, this was the scene revealed by dawn's first light in the rock-hewn…
  • Rotherham child sex abuse: it is our duty to ask difficult questions | Slavoj iek

    Slavoj Žižek
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Anyone who wants to fight for emancipation should not be afraid to examine religion and cultureThe outline of what happened in Rotherham is now more or less clear: at least 1,400 children were subjected to brutal sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013; children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities, beaten and intimidated. The perpetrators were (almost exclusively) of Pakistani origin, and their victims were often white schoolgirls.Reactions were predictable. The left exhibited the worst of political correctness, mostly via…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • A Lesson to Learn

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    They arrogantly dismiss those with whom they disagree and never see the need to engage differing opinions. Because they see themselves as bearers of the only truth, they are quick to denounce others, as they say, "with clarity and conviction." 
  • Paystubs for All

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    In the absence of a federal paystubs requirement, it is estimated that as many as 20 million U.S. workers do not receive documentation that outlines their own wage information.
  • Faith and Paystubs

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Across faith traditions, the message is clear: pay workers their due wages. Yet, wage theft continues to be one of the most prevalent crimes against workers, and the lack of regulations on the issuance of paystubs only exacerbates the problem.
  • The Courage to Disarm

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    When we inflict death on distant cultures, at the sterile remove that modern weapons grant us, we can avoid all but the most cursory awareness of the consequences of our actions. But when we do it at home, it's not always so easy.
  • Senseless Killings in the Name of Islam

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    In Islam Peace is the standard, it is the principle, and each person of faith has the moral obligation to maintain peace, without compromising on justice and truth. Islam invites to the subul as-salam (pathway of peace); peace of mind, peace of conscience, ...
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Ebola is a wakeup call for the Church

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    “People are dying--physically and spiritually.This is a wakeup call for the Church.We are taking our nation for Jesus.”(Photo credit Christian Aid) Liberia (CAM) -- Fourteen years of civil war. The fourth-poorest country on earth. Now the Ebola epidemic threatens to wipe out thousands of lives. Is there hope for Liberia? James Cuffee certainly thinks so. The dynamic leader of Christ Evangelical Fellowship Ministries (CEFM) recently told Christian Aid Mission, your link to indigenous missions, that churches across the country have been “very busy fasting and praying” for God’s…
  • Nepal floods submerge 80 more villages

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit GFA) Nepal (GFA/MNN) -- August was a month of destruction as Nepal floods and landslides, triggered by severe monsoon rains, affected over 200,000 people. Gospel for Asia (GFA) is one of the groups responding to this disaster, giving food and the hope of Christ to flood survivors. In one village, flood waters completely destroyed three temporary church buildings, and two more permanent church structures were filled with water. As pictured below, a line of GFA workers stood in knee-deep water in pouring rain to hand packets of food to 100 needy families. The leader of GFA's work…
  • Bibles smuggled by faith alone

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Contact Vision Beyond Borders to geta copy of 'By Faith Alone.' USA (MNN) -- How do you get Bibles into a country where they're outlawed? By faith alone--which also happens to be the title of a new book by Patrick Klein, Vision Beyond Borders president. "I'm hoping what it will do is encourage us, as Christians in America, that people still around the world are putting their lives on the line for the Gospel," Klein says. By Faith Alone is a collection of stories Klein wrote about God's faithfulness. They're true stories about all the times God has helped VBB teams smuggle Bibles into closed…
  • Cameroon Bible translation teams tempered in crucible of war

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Wycliffe Associates) Cameroon (WAS/MNN) -- Just as a crucible can withstand very high temperatures, so is Cameroon being tested by the heat of persecution. Bruce Smith, President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, explains that the country is wedged in between Nigeria and the Central African Republic. "The borders of these countries are somewhat porous. This is the situation that Cameroon is starting to experience: they're being impacted from the West from the Boko Haram terrorism, and they're being impacted by the East from the Seleka rebels and things like that in the CAR."…
  • Religion laws, Myanmar, and the future of the Church

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Image courtesy World Mission) Myanmar (MNN) -- Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is at a crossroads. Three months ago, Burma was considering a controversial "Religious Conversion Law." It bore resemblance to the anti-conversion laws of India with language like "people found to be applying for conversion, with the intent of insulting or destroying a religion, can face imprisonment of up to two years." Additionally, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom noted in its 2014 report that “political reforms in Burma have not improved legal protections for religious…
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  • 7 Free eBooks by B. B. Warfield

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    The following free eBooks by Benjamin Warfield are available in ePub and .mobi formats, accessible for your eReading device. These are classic works which are all highly recommended.  We believe no one should be held back from having a significant library of these important works because of cost so please spread the word to your friends so as many people as possible can make good use of this edifying literature.Faith and Life (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldStudies in Theology (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldBiblical Doctrines (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldCalvin and Calvinism (eBook) by B. B.
  • Purity of Heart - Matthew 5:8

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. - Matthew 5:8Each of the Beatitudes has two components: the condition called blessed (or “happy”), describing the heart state of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven; and the resulting condition of life in the Kingdom. As we have seen in our study of the other Beatitudes, either one of these phrases might not mean what we assume on first reading. For one thing, we are sinful by nature and not in tune with God’s way of thinking or viewing the world. For example, the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” might refer to…
  • Mercy - Matthew 5:7

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.- Matthew 5:7                We live in a world of imbalance.  Material wealth is distributed unevenly, but people have non-material qualities in differing degrees, too.  Some are more intelligent or have more or less artistic skill or scientific aptitude or business acumen.  Yet some skills or abilities can be increased or developed beyond natural aptitude.  This is true, too, for our emotions, our capacity to feel, especially to feel for others.But what makes people merciful?  What makes us care about others in…
  • Must We Meet Any Conditions For God to Love Us?

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Bible teaches that God's love is unconditional for his children. In the view of some God will only love someone if they first do something for him - meet a condition. But the love of God in the Bible is that he first loved us, in spite of our disobedience. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. While we were dead in sin, Christ made us alive (Eph 2:5)As an everyday example,some think the kind of love God has is like a parent whose toddler runs into the street. The parent stands at the curbside waiting and calling to the toddler to get out of the way of oncoming traffic but…
  • What Makes Us Hungry? - Matthew 5:6

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. - Matthew 5:6We are not righteous by nature.  We are sinful, broken and rebellious.  We acknowledge that and admit that we have no goodness in us that should recommend us to the Lord.  We might even grieve over our sin, those behaviors and attitudes that displease and alienate us from God.  And if we are honest with ourselves, this humbles us and takes away from us any basis for pride or elevating ourselves over others; it makes us meek.We have thus addressed the first three Beatitudes:Blessed are the…
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  • Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt

    Michel Martin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.» E-Mail This
  • Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

    NPR Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.» E-Mail This
  • At Houses Of Worship, Women Serve Food For A Higher Purpose

    Anne Noyes Saini and Ramaa Reddy Raghavan
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Across the U.S., women work the kitchens of temples, mosques and Sikh gurudwaras, putting on both simple meals and complex feasts. They see their work as serving God by serving others.» E-Mail This
  • Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

    Peter Kenyon
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Villagers in Al-Qosh opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as its 6th-century monastery.» E-Mail This
  • A Growing Backlash Against 'Amish Exploitation' In Pennsylvania

    Marie Cusick
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Locals in Lancaster County, Pa. — where the Amish community plays a big part in agriculture and tourism — are speaking out against reality TV shows like Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia.» E-Mail This
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    Religion News Blog

  • Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Religion News Blog
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids. The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult's property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute. Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry. Full story: Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news
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    Religion News Blog
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews By the way: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets … [Read more...] Full story: @religionnews Twitter Feed
  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Religion News Blog
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. Full story: Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Religion News Blog
    28 May 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. Full story: Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Religion News Blog
    21 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm. Full story: Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation
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    Religion News Service

  • Jewish life before the Holocaust in thousands of never-seen photos

    Lauren Markoe
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    (RNS) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hopes the world will look at photography of Roman Vishniac, and that some viewers will be able to identify people they knew in the faces he captured.The post Jewish life before the Holocaust in thousands of never-seen photos appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Quote of the Day: Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan

    Yonat Shimron
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    “I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” –Nidal Hasan, convicted shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood […]The post Quote of the Day: Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Eastern Catholic patriarchs denounce Islamic State’s ‘crimes against humanity’

    Josephine McKenna
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Meeting outside the Lebanese capital Beirut, the patriarchs called on the international community to stop the “criminal actions” of the Islamic State militants and urged Islamic institutions to forcefully condemn the extremist group. 
The post Eastern Catholic patriarchs denounce Islamic State’s ‘crimes against humanity’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • London rally will call for zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

    Trevor Grundy
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The rally comes against the backdrop of a worrying rise in European anti-Semitism and the release of a report by the Community Security Trust that monitors attacks on the Jewish community.The post London rally will call for zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis to celebrate wedding Mass for 20 couples

    Josephine McKenna
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is not the first pope to celebrate a marriage ceremony but his predecessor Benedict XVI never presided over a marriage during his eight-year pontificate.The post Pope Francis to celebrate wedding Mass for 20 couples appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • A spectacular animation showing the movement of Western culture over the past 2000 years

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    by Salman HameedPosts have been light this summer and will continue to do so for another week (just in time for the beginning of classes!). In the mean time, I ran across this fantastic animation that maps the births and deaths of culturally significant figures. A blue dot signals a birth and the red light signals a death. From NPR:To make these movies, art historian Maximilian Schich and his colleagues mapped the births and deaths of more than 150,000 notable artists and cultural leaders, such as famous painters, actors, architects, politicians, priests and even antiquarians (people who…
  • US Muslims and Atheists together again in a recent Pew poll

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    by Salman HameedA few months ago I had pointed out that Muslims and atheists in the US may have a lot more in common than they think. For example, according to a Gallup poll, Americans are least likely to vote a Muslim or an atheist for President (well, except for the secret Muslim and the secret atheist President Obama). Then a Pew survey found that most Christians in the US will be unhappy if a family member married an atheist. They ask about Muslims, but I'm sure the unhappiness would be at a similar level.Now a new Pew poll uses a thermometer scale (really!?) to gauge how people of…
  • Getting closer...the Abdus Salam Documentary

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    by Salman HameedA behind the scenes photograph from the making of the Salam documentaryI have posted periodic updates on the production of the documentary film about Dr. Abdus Salam, led by Omar Vandal and Zakir Thaver (see pictures from the shooting here). It is a fantastic project and a true labor of love for these passionate guys. In today's Dawn, both Omar and Zakir talk about Dr. Abdus Salam and also the process of making the documentary. You can watch this 7-minute clip here:The life and strife of Pakistan's only Nobel... by dawn-newsAnd in case you haven't seen this before, here…
  • The creation of Muslim terrorists by FBI in "The Newburgh Sting"

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    by Salman HameedIf you have a chance, check out a new documentary on HBO, The Newburgh Sting. It is sad and tragic. Here you have an FBI undercover agent recruiting 3 African Americans and one Haitian immigrant - all from a poor upstate New York town of Newburgh - into a terrorist plot. The FBI agent is sleazy and drives around in a Mercedes or in his one of two BMWs. Oh - and this undercover agent happens to a Pakistani (oh why oh why??) who was convicted on some petty crime. The problem is that the people at the local mosque immediately saw through his sleaziness and did not want to engage…
  • A history without Darwin...

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    by Salman HameedPeter Bowler is a leading historian of Biology. I enjoyed his talk at Darwin's bicentennial conference in Alexandria, Egypt back in 2009. After the talk I had a brief chat with him and he mentioned that he was working on a book that imagines history without Darwin and the Origin of Species. The book is now out and it is called Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin. It looks fascinating and makes some interesting claims about the relation between science and religion. Here is a review from Science:Since the 1920s, the idea of evolution has generally been equated with…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Priority Mail

    Cheri Cowell
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   Priority mail is a great invention. Whatever you can squeeze into that envelope or box, regardless of the weight, is one flat fee.   Did you know God was the originator of Priority Mail? That’s right, he charges the same flat rate no matter what we send His way. No matter how much we stuff in the envelope, no matter how weighty the issues we want Him to deal with, and no matter how important (or unimportant) it is to us, He charges one flat fee.   God then went a step further and paid the fee! So now we can send Him our mail—our prayers, desires, dreams,…
  • Mowing Grass and God’s Direction

    Hally Franz
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Hally Franz –   I spent quality time with our Craftsman a few weeks ago. Though noisy and a bit rough, he has a powerful presence and can get the job done. And, he provides an opportunity for some solace and reflection in the process. No, I’m not referring to an extra-long devotion time with the Father of us all. Nor did I hang-out with a handyman my husband and I happen to have on retainer. We don’t, by the way.   No, I just rode our riding lawn mower for a few hours. Between my husband and sixteen-year-old son, it’s rare that I find a reason to do that. And, while I…
  • Not The End

    Elaine James
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Elaine James –   A song came to mind, “The ants go marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants going marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants go marching ten by ten the little one stops to say ‘The End’, and they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain. Boom, boom, boom!”   All I could do is sing as I cleaned and sprayed my kitchen counter when I was confronted with a whole lot of ants. I wasn’t happy. In fact I was tired. I had been resting from surgery. I was just getting back in the swing of cleaning and this mess was wearing…
  • Ready With An Answer

    Carin LeRoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Carin LeRoy -   Last week while watching my grandchildren play and ride their bikes outside, a man in the complex where they lived started a conversation with me. When he learned my husband and I had been missionaries, he began to talk about God. Sharing a little of his life history, he told me he had been homeless several times and struggled with addictions. He wanted to talk about spiritual things and hear my thoughts.  He felt he was bound by His lifestyle and choices, and it was clear he desired life to be different. As we talked about God, the Bible, and life, I struggled to…
  • Mosquito People

    Mary Sefzik
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Mary Sefzik -   Mosquitos—one of the most annoying summertime pests. They can make a meal off of you before you have time to devour your slice of juicy watermelon. By the end of the evening your legs are covered with those tell-tale itchy welts—summertime souvenirs. The constant urge to scratch becomes all-consuming. The more you scratch the hotter and redder those bites become. You question whether an evening outside was worth the itchy aftermath. Some people are like mosquitos. They lite, they bite, and they leave you to deal with the after effects. They barge into your life…
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Sikh Relief Team Pledges to Work For Release of Bhai Balbir Singh “Bira”

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Ludhiana, Punjab: The Sikh Relief team has welcomed the release of Bibi Sukhjinder Kaur, who was detained in Ludhiana along with her husband Bhai Balbir Singh “Bira” in a fabricated case. While welcoming the release of Bibi Ji, the Sikh Relief team stated that over five years of her life were wasted due to prolonged court hearings. The following statement was released by the Sikh human rights and charity organization in relation to the case of Bhai Balbir Singh and Bibi Sukhjinder Kaur. In 2009 Sukhjinder Kaur was newly married to Balbir Singh and the happy couple were travelling back…
  • SGPC delegation meets Kiwi High Commissioner

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: A five-member SGPC delegation led by its president Avtar Singh Makkar met New Zealand High Commissioner Grahame Morton today and sought stern action against those involved in the murder of a Sikh in that country. The delegation reportedly handed over a memorandum to the New Zealand High Commissioner in which it took up the case of Devinder Singh who was killed while on way to pick up his wife after duty. The delegation told Morton that the Sikhs were being targeted in European countries due to mistaken identity in the aftermath of 9/11 attack in the USA, which was a matter…
  • FIBA Maintains Turban Ban; Sikhs Urged to #CallFoulonFIBA : Sikh Coalition

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    New York City, USA: In a news release the US based civil rights organization the Sikh Coalition has information that [i]gnoring protests from around the world, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) decided yesterday (August 28) to delay a decision on whether Sikh athletes can wear turbans. No deadline was given for addressing the issue. As a result, FIBA’s turban ban remains in effect, and turbaned Sikh athletes remain vulnerable to discrimination. The Sikh Coalition has written a protest letter to FIBA, but we need your support to move this campaign forward. The Sikh Coalition has…
  • Mansa police again gets one day remand of Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Mansa, Punjab: Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal was again presented in the court of ACMS Kuldeep Singh Cheema today by the Mansa district police. He was sent commanded judicial custody in a 2011 Bhikhi case, in which the court had granted his one day police remand yesterday, however the police was able to get police remand of Baba Daduwal in a fresh case. Mansa district police has registered a fresh case against Baba Baljit Singh under FIR number 97 dated: 27 August 2014 under sections 25/54/59 of Arms Act at police station Sadar Mansa. After the ACJM Kuldeep Singh commanded Baba Daduwal to be…
  • Punjabis among 24 Indians detained in Kuwait for murder

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    New Delhi: Twenty-four Indian workers, most of them from Punjab, were taken into custody by the Kuwait police for allegedly killing two Egyptians during a brawl on Thursday. The Union Government has taken up the matter with the Kuwait Foreign Ministry, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. Consular officials visited the camp where the workers are lodged to ally their concerns. He said Indians at the camp have been segregated from workers belonging to other nationalities considering the safety aspect. The Indian Mission is also in touch with the company that has assured…
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    Century Blog

  • 10 Books

    Drew G. I. Hart
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    10 books that have "stayed" with me or have had a long lasting impact. read more
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "If only the real Jackie Robinson could pop up as a public service announcement before Jackie Robinson West plays in the Little League World Series to repeat the words he said about police brutality fifty years ago." read more
  • Quick to listen

    Tim Graves
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The first major decision I made was racist.A young white man in his twenties, I was going to change the world. The new director of an urban early childhood program dedicated to providing services within a multiracial, multicultural, mixed-economic setting, I was passionate about the mission. I was not a novice to racial tensions, having given my confession of faith in a storefront church with a strong emphasis on inclusiveness, and educated in the St. Louis city and Ferguson-Florissant school districts. read more
  • New today: Peter Watson's book on atheists, standing with LGBT people globally, channeling drive away from resentment

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Have preachers lost their nerve?

    Angela Dienhart Hancock
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do most American preachers stay silent on public issues to keep their congregations happy? read more
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
  • The FeedBlitz Simple API: Adding Subscriptions Programmatically

    Phil Hollows
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you’re a plugin developer, PHP guru, or a web programmer who wants to do more with FeedBlitz but the REST API is daunting, we’re rolling out a new set of features in a “Simple” API that is much easier to use.  This API needs an API key, which you can get here after you log in. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level: Intermediate Good for: Adding a subscriber from a popup, plugin, or web site back end The function of this “Simple” API is to start the FeedBlitz dual opt-in process for…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation. Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and played for Italian side Napoli, sat in the front row waiting his turn to…
  • Saudi religious police beat up Briton

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes. A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him. Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female…
  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself "Dark Lord" has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of…
  • Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    A change in Germany's capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money. Dioceses in both churches have reported in recent weeks that the number of members deserting them has jumped compared to last year, often by 50 percent or more, as banks prepare to withdraw church tax at source for capital gains from January 1. Under a simplified procedure starting next year, banks will withhold that premium from church members earning more than 801 euros ($1,055) in capital gains…
  • Three admit to murder of prominent Tibetan religious leader in China: lawyer

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Three Tibetans in China have pleaded guilty to involvement in the death of a prominent religious leader and two other people, a lawyer representing the victims' families said on Friday, in Tibet's most closely watched murder case in decades. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was among the first religious leaders to teach Tibetan Buddhism to followers in the West. He was killed in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu with his nephew and another Tibetan last October. "They have admitted to the basic facts of the court's allegations," lawyer Xiang Chaoyang said of…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Senate votes down mining tax question time live

    Gabrielle Chan
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Tony Abbott is still pedalling hard to get his budget through as Labor attacks the governments planned delay on superannuation. Follow parliament live... 2.52pm AEST Bill Shorten moves his motion about what he describes as Abbotts lies. 2.51pm AEST After a technical disaster, we are back on board to hear the last of a question to Christopher Pyne, who has suddenly found faith in David Gonski, who was on the front page of The Australian supporting deregulation of Australians universities. Gonski was of course head of the Gonski report which formed the foundation of Labors education reforms.
  • Transfer deadline day: Falcao, Blind and Welbeck moves as they (eventually) happened

    Jacob Steinberg (7-11am) Michael Butler (11am-1pm), Barry Glendenning (1-3pm) and Nick Ames (3pm-7pm) John Ashdown (the gold run)
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United on seasons loanDaley Blind also moves to Old Trafford from AjaxInteractive: see how much Premier League clubs have spent 1.41am BST Right, thats it from me. Thanks for your company and your emails, comments and tweets. Cheerio! 1.39am BST Falcao speaks! In suspiciously press-release friendly sentences! I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season. Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the teams…
  • AFL finals: what now for the teams who missed out?

    Russell Jackson
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Chin up, your clubs season may be over but there are reasons to be cheerful. Unless youre St KildaProving better than anyone that you make your own luck, it was apt that West Coasts only glimmer of finals hopes last week rested on the results in other games because it was a season in which they failed to get the job done themselves. Maybe that inconsistency and tendency to drop winnable games can be attributed to the onset of a new coaching regime but Adam Simpson would view this campaign as a significant let-down given the talent at his disposal. Continue reading...
  • The Joy of Six: Brits in the NRL | Paul Connolly

    Paul Connolly
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    From Ellery Hanleys brief but brilliant spell to an athletic maths teacher, some of Australian rugby leagues best importsUp until the 1960s the player drain between the Australian and English rugby league premierships was overwhelmingly in one direction: towards Europe. But slowly Australia began to see more and more British players testing themselves in what soon became the premier rugby league competition in the world. The NRL is currently witnessing a boom period for Brits arguably the best ever, what with Sam, George, Tom and Luke Burgess, Sam Tomkins, James Graham, Gareth Widdop and Mike…
  • US Open 2014: Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as it happened

    Tim Hill in New York
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    British No1 beats Frances Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to set up a last-eight match with top seed Novak Djokovic 5.16pm ET Well, Andy Murray is through, and deservedly so, on balance. It was extremely hot and humid, and as Murray acknowledged, both players found it tough going. Not a classic, but Murray shaded it: he made fewer errors, and played the big points better. Disappointing for Tsonga, who never really got going, and who hit fewer big winners than we might have anticipated. Next up for Murray is Djokovic, who looked really good against Kohlschreiber, and wholl present a far…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Report: SodaStream mulling departure from West Bank plant

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    SodaStream may be shutting down its West Bank factory in Maale Adumim. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory. CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the Israeli economic publication The Marker that the company, which makes home soft drink machines, will make a decision in the next two months. Birnbaum said the decision would be based solely on economics. “The considerations will be purely financial, and do not include the European boycott on…
  • Canadian Nazi Party founder running for Ontario township post

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    (JTA) — The founder of the Canadian Nazi Party, John Beattie, is running for deputy head of the town council in an Ontario community. Beattie, who led violent Nazi rallies in Toronto 50 years ago and painted swastikas on the lawns of its prominent Jewish residents, is a candidate in the Township of Minden Hills, which has a population of 5,600, the Toronto Sun reported. Beattie told the newspaper that he was manipulated by the Canadian Jewish Congress into founding the Canadian Nazi Party in order to get hate-speech laws passed. Bernie Farber, a former CEO of the Congress, denied the…
  • Foreign Affairs Committee’s Royce and Engel to visit Israel

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    (JTA) — Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will visit Israel this week. Royce (R-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, and Engel (D-N.Y.), its ranking member, are scheduled to meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, as well as Palestinian Authority officials. They also will tour an Iron Dome battery, according to a statement from the House committee. In a statement, Royce said the lawmakers “are traveling to Israel to show bipartisan support…
  • Turkish Jews can stay mum on Israel’s Gaza op, Turkish Jewish intellectuals say

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jews in Turkey are under no obligation to comment on Israel’s operation in Gaza, a group of Jewish intellectuals in Turkey said. The open letter issued Friday was in response to calls for the Jewish community to denounce the operation, as well as a campaign claiming the Jews of Turkey are responsible for Israel’s actions in Gaza. “No citizen of this country is under any obligation to account for, interpret or comment on any event that takes place elsewhere in the world, and in which he/she has no involvement,” the intellectuals wrote.
  • U.S. calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians,” an unnamed U.S. government official told Reuters on Monday. “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision.” The Israel Defense Forces Civil Administration on Sunday said it would appropriate nearly…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • One of Those Critters

    Fred Sanders
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Here is a link to some footage of Bob Warren, who died last week, doing his thing: teaching. This is vintage Bob –although in one sense this footage is not characteristic of him, in that he doesn’t have his Bible open and he’s not digging away at a text. In every other way, though, this session displays so much of what I remember about Bob from the years I spent studying with him in Kentucky (1986-1990): the homespun affability, the intensity, the immersion in Biblical patterns of thought, the excitement of learning directly from Scripture, the deep concern to connect with…
  • A Much-Needed Gap

    Fred Sanders
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Recently I read a witty novel written entirely in the form of letters of recommendation. It reminded me of some spoofs I’ve seen in various places, which I would describe a satires of the genre of recommendation letter. These things have floated around in photocopied form since before the internet, and I can’t trace their authorship. So here is pastiche of the best lines I’ve seen, a compilation that I hope is The Most Ambiguous Recommendation Ever. Dear Committee Members, My student Nomen Nescio has asked me to send you a letter of recommendation. He is an incomparable…
  • Recommended: Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members

    Fred Sanders
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    As the academic year rolls back around, I usually end up reading a late-summer silly novel. Nothing eases the pain of being a grown-up with a job quite like a dose of Wodehouse –though Alexander McCall Smith and Jack Handey also work pretty well. I need more from a late-summer silly novel than just a little amusement; I want a book that delivers an actual laugh every few pages, and this year I found one that delivered –Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. It’s a short novel written completely in the form of academic letters of recommendation. Epistolary novels are…
  • “Grace motivates permanently, on all levels.” Bob Warren (1946-2014)

    Fred Sanders
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Bob Warren died this week, and I’m remembering the four years I spent studying the Bible with him in the late 1980s.  Bob was a Bible teacher in Hardin, Kentucky, just a few miles down the road from Murray State University, where I went to college. He did some hog farming as well at that time, and ran a ministry called B.A.S.I.C. Training (that’s Brothers And Sisters In Christ). Every Tuesday night, students and locals from a variety of churches would drive out to “the hill” in tiny Hardin to share worship and hear Bob teach from the Bible. In the 25 years since…
  • “The Intelligence Can Only be Led by Desire.” (Simone Weil)

    Fred Sanders
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I love to argue with Simone Weil (1909-1943)’s essay “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God.” Then again, I love to argue with Simone Weil. Her writings always have something in them that catches me and lures me in –but then I find that I can’t stand to stay very long in Weil-space. Flannery O’Connor called Weil  “a mystery that should keep us all humble.” I have to admit I’m encouraged that O’Connor’s encounters with Weil’s books seemed to run parallel to mine: “Weil still…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

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

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

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

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

    Gordon Atkinson
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:00 pm
    I’m currently writing a series of articles about ministers who no longer want to be in the ministry but feel trapped in their jobs. The series is running at The High Calling website and has been picked up by a number of other sites. There are 8 articles planned, and I hope to have them done by the end of the year. The Articles: Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About Trapped Part Two: The Mercenary
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Church Turned into Temple after 72 Valmikis Reconvert to Hinduism

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    SourceALIGARH, INDIA, August 28, 2014 (Times of India): A church with a cross in it that belonged to the 7th Day Adventists overnight turned into a temple adorned with a portrait of Shiva after what some Hindu groups in Aligarh termed the "successful ghar wapasi" (reconversion) of 72 Valmikis who had become Christians in 1995. There was an elaborate shuddhi karan (purification) ceremony on Tuesday inside the church in Asroi, 18 miles from Aligarh.Khem Chandra, Sangh pracharak and pramukh of Dharam Jagran Vivad in Aligarh, said, "This is called ghar wapasi, not conversion. They left by choice…
  • A Film Fest Highlights Conditions Of Hindu Temples

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    SourceHYDERABAD, INDIA, August 27, 2014 (Silicon India): A unique international film festival here brought into focus the dilapidated condition of Hindu temples in India, highlighting problems like corruption, mismanagement, encroachments, financial problems faced by priests and erosion of traditional rituals associated with worship. Aimed at creating awareness about the need to save temples, the three-day festival saw the screening of 40 movies from different parts of India and countries like Mauritius, Denmark, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Britain and the United States. The first-of-its kind festival…
  • Marvelous Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Film Released

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm, August 31, 2014 (Press release, Robert Moses, Namarupa Publishers): In the summer of 2014 Namarupa Yatra Divine went to Puri, Odisha on the Bay of Bengal to witness the world famous Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra. Lord Jagannath, His Brother Lord Balarama and their sister the Lady Subhadra ascend their incredible chariots and proceed from their huge Jagannath Puri Temple for three kilometers down the Grand Road to take their annual summer vacation in the Gundica Temple. We had grandstand seats right at the starting area of the great chariot festival and spent the…
  • Daily Inspiration

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    SourceHow can one realize that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. Reality alone will remain, and we will be That.-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic
  • India's US$5.14 Million Ta Prohm Restoration Work Will Be Finished This Year

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    SourceINDIA, August 29, 2014 (Indian Embassy Phnom Penh): HPI note: we were unable to access the URL at source the day we posted this, but it should be correct.India-Cambodia relations are traceable to 2000 years. Historically, Indian influence in culture and religion was a dominant feature in South East Asia. However, Cambodia is perhaps the only country where it still remains strongly visible in customs, rituals and way of life of the people. The landmark of this strong link is perhaps the pre-Angkor era temples, which are one of the greatest heritage monuments in the world. According to…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • #blogElul 6: Search (Velveteen Rabbi)
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    SEARCH (6 ELUL)I want you to see meeven when I'm unlovely.Lost on familiar roads.Who's in the mirror?My feet are confusedbut I know I don't wantto be a mechanical rabbiton a greyhound track.Is it safe to showmy true colors, flashmy most hidden heart?Will you turn me away?What mattered more:the wrong turnor the change in course?What am I searching for? 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.) You can read last year's and this year's #blogElul posts via the Elul…
  • #blogElul 5: Know (Velveteen Rabbi)
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    KNOW (ELUL 5)It's time to wake up. The shofar is sounding.This is real:open your eyes.The shofar is soundinga call to remember.Open your eyes.Who have you become?A call to rememberyou could have been kinder.Who have you becomesince last we gathered?You could have been kinder.Don't take it too hard:since last we gatheredno one's been perfect.Don't take it too hard.You're loved anyway.No one's been perfect.The leaves are turning.You're loved anyway.The moon waxes brighter.The leaves are turning.Where are your loose ends?The moon waxes brighteras the work grows more urgent.Where are your loose…
  • #blogElul 3: Bless (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    BLESS (ELUL 3)What         do we blessI ask        and you point:first flames    then gobletsthen bread        braided smoothmy lips        brush your forehead d'var acher        another view:Blessed is        the Onewho opens doors        into holinessand implants         meristem cells            into grape vines        coiling Blessed is        potentialcurled tight        in the kernelof every grain        we mill and bakebless infinity        translated into cosmoscreation's atoms      …
  • #BlogElul 4: Accept (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    ACCEPT (ELUL 4)The leaves will turnthen let go.The days will flickerlike candle stubs.The woman tetheredto a toxic dripwill get betteror she won't.The child in me shoutsit isn't fair --as though I could changeGod's mind, rewindthe fallen leavesto spring chartreuse. The process of writing today's poem began with the idea that where I get myself into trouble (where I suspect we all get ourselves into trouble) is wanting things to be different than they are. Some things are changeable, of course. But others aren't. Time, for instance, flows in only one direction. Accepting what is can be a…
  • #blogElul 2: Act (Velveteen Rabbi)
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    ACT (ELUL 2) Remember standing in the wings chest full of butterflies listening for the cue to step forward and speak? You could look at scuffed wood and remember the masking tape that told you where to stand. And when you said your piece you knew the response before the words rang out. Today there is no such luxury. Improvise your lines. Work with whatever emotions well up behind your eyes. Comedy may veer to tragedy and back without warning. The curtain never goes down. The reviewer is always watching. Good news: I hear she's inclined toward mercy if you keep it real. I'm participating…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Meaningless Or Not

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following is the first of twelve verses of a poem titled Meaningless or Not. The poem was ably translated into English by Ven. Kongzhu a Chan nun who I am so glad to say is an acquaintance. Originally life itself has no meaning Because of human needs Meaning is added to it Originally life itself has no purpose Because of human wants Purpose is established Master Chi Chern Read the rest of the poem and then sit still for awhile and then read it again. Return frequently. That’s what I’m doing.  
  • Greyhound Bus

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    They call it the grey dog. Its Americas endurance test on wheels. Now coming into the eighth hour running fast and smooth towards Arcata on the north California coast. Plenty of time to contemplate the death of My Luminous Friend. To sit still with him as he goes on. This post is for a chap on the bus in medical trouble.
  • Being over Doing

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Little library for little people. And big people too.The following was copied from an old post made back in June 2008. Yep, as I said in a response to a comment from Gay. It’s worth going back through old posts. This quote from Thomas Merton fits right in with thoughts of recognition for what one does. Interesting to contemplate how one values others for what they are. We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men (and women) are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness. Thomas…
  • Recognition

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Yes, who ever you are and what ever you do having some overt recognition isn’t nothing. It’s not like one does things in order to receive applause, far from it. So when recognition comes the appropriate response is to bow (inwardly) and accept with grace and gratitude. Then move on. Before I move on here is a link to a site where Jade was listed as one of 20 top religious blogs of 2014. Thank you Theology Degrees. Jade was one of two Buddhist blogs in the whole world to be listed. How kind of you to look kindly on this internet space. And then there is Zen College Life which lists…
  • Between Quiet and Solitude

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Pegasus Books, Berkeley. This photograph has been deliberately fuzzed. That’s how my mind was and generally is when in a bookshop of any size. I’m an admirer of book covers, the design and fonts used, the colours and lately the plastic covers. Shining paper is giving way to mat flexible plastic. Feels good in the hand. But, I rarely look inside. I’m not there to buy I’m there because the door’s generally open and I’m irresistibly drawn into the cavern of yet to be explored delights. But, I don’t get past the covers, often. I know a genuine writer who…
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  • The US Supreme Court should reverse Wynne – narrowly

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Maryland State Comptroller of the Treasury v. Brian Wynne requires the US Supreme Court to decide whether the US Constitution compels a state to grant an income tax credit to its residents for the out-of-state income taxes such residents pay on out-of-state income. Brian and Karen Wynne live in Howard County, Maryland. As Maryland residents, the Wynnes pay state and county income taxes on their worldwide income. The Maryland income tax statute provides that Maryland residents who pay income taxes to states in which they do not live may credit against their Maryland state income tax liability…
  • Stop and search, and the UK police

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The recent announcement made jointly by the Home Office and College of Policing is a vacuous document that will do little or nothing to change police practice or promote better police-public relations. Let us be clear: objections to police stop and search is not just a little local difficulty, experienced solely in this country. Similar powers are felt to be just as discriminatory throughout North America where it is regarded as tantamount to an offence of ‘driving whilst black’ (DWB). This and other cross-national similarities persist despite differences in the statutory powers upon…
  • How does color affect our way of seeing the world?

    Sara Pinotti
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    There is a study of color perception that has gotten around enough that I would like to devote this post to how I see it, according to my take on whether, and how, language “shapes” thought and creates a “worldview.” The experiment involved the Himba people, and is deliciously tempting for those seeking to show how language creates a way of seeing the world. There are two parts to the experiment. Part One: presented with a group of squares, most of them various shades of green and one of them a robin’s egg-style blue, Himba tended to have a hard time picking out which square was…
  • Why learn Arabic?

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    To celebrate the launch of our new Oxford Arabic Dictionary (in print and online), the Chief Editor, Tressy Arts, explains why she decided to become an Arabist. When I tell people I’m an Arabist, they often look at me like they’re waiting for the punchline. Some confuse it with aerobics and look at me dubiously — I don’t quite have the body of a dance instructor. Others do recognize the word “Arabic” and look at me even more dubiously — “What made you decide to study that!?” Well, my case is simple, if probably not typical. In the Netherlands, where I grew up, you…
  • Does industry sponsorship restrict the disclosure of academic research?

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Long-run trends suggest a broad shift is taking place in the institutional financing structure that supports academic research. According to data compiled by the OECD reported in Figure 1, industry sources are financing a growing share of academic research while “core” public funding is generally shrinking. This ongoing shift from public to private sponsorship is a cause for concern because these sponsorship relationships are fundamentally different. Available evidence suggests that industry financing does not simply replace dwindling public money, but imposes additional restrictions on…
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    Technology of the Heart


    31 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Know O beloved,that the highest blasphemy is our seeing two, three or many instead of the OneAnd yet when pointing to His Majestic Self Allah uses the pronoun 'We'Forget for a moment what they teach in kindergarten madrassas and seminariesthat this "We" is just a royal pronounCome and graduate yourselffrom that class for childrenthose who cant digest foodso they are given the ready-made formula for infantsInstead,The subject of tonight's lesson isfor the advancedThat "We" by whichAllah calls HimSelf is Precisely becauseHe desires to include youYes - youAs HisIn baqa * You are His,so He can…
  • Bismillah ~ In the Name of Allah ~ On Behalf of Allah

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Bismillah - Arabic calligraphy - mixed media - Sadiq M. Alam1.And know that all of Allāh’s secrets are in the heavenly books, and all of the secrets of the heavenly books are in the Qur’ān. And all of which is in the Qur’ān is in al-Fātiḥah, and all of which is in al-Fātiḥah is in bismillah.. and if you probe further you may come to know that all of that is further contained within the tiny dot below the ba (the first letter of bismillah)~ Traditional Sufi SayingThe above statement is an allusion to the holographic nature of the universe and reality as well where the part…
  • Study Theme for Humans who Aspire to be Awake

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    MAN HAS TO COMETO UNDERSTANDHOW TO SEE HIMSELFAS HE REALLY IS,SO THAT HE CAN ACHIEVESOMETHING IN THE AREAWHICH HE CALLS"WHAT HE MIGHT BE."~ Idries ShahA certain sufi teacher was asked, “If you were to give a number of study themes to the people present, which ones would you stress?” Following were his answers in brief and bold. The texts in italic are commentaries by this author.1. All approaches to a study or an individual may start with a desire for attention. However they start, they must never end up in this manner. Desire for attention of others is a pervasive, very hard to…
  • Story of a Reluctant Healer

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    1. There was a woman who had a son who became blind at an early age. The sorrow of the mother was very profound because her son could not see the colors of flowers, nor the play of clouds against blue sky, nor could play joyfully like how other children played. The heart of the mother was filled with sorrow. One day she heard of a saintly man who had miraculously healed many people.So one day with great hope the woman brought her blind son to the saintly servant of Allah, who was known as Khawaja Ahmad Jam. About him it was popularly known that he was someone whose supplications would be…
  • Two Poems on Beauty and a Prayer my Heart often Sings to the Most Beauteous One

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    KNOW THE TRUE NATUREKnowThe true nature of your Beloved.In His loving eyes your every thought,Word and movement is always -Always Beautiful.Hafiz Daniel Ladinsky, A Year with Hafiz: Daily ContemplationsTHE GUARDIANS OF HIS BEAUTYWe are the guardians of His Beauty.We are the protectorsOf the Sun.There is only one reasonWe have followed God into this world:To encourage laughter, freedom, danceAnd love.Every man, plant and creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein and noteIs a servant of our Beloved - A harbinger of joy,The harbinger ofLight.We are the companions of His Beauty.We are the…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • What the Purity Movement Didn’t Tell Us

    Alishia Lawman
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Growing up, I was a strong advocate for the “purity movement” of the late 90’s.  This was a movement primarily in the Christian evangelical church which encouraged teenage boys and girls (predominantly girls) to avoid having sex before marriage.  Some churches had purity ceremonies where teenage girls walked down the aisle and were symbolically given to Jesus by their fathers.  They would wear a white dress and receive a ring and make a promise to “stay pure” until marriage.  Some churches had purity bible studies where, without ever talking about healthy sexuality, young girls…
  • 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child: Book Review

    Alicia Prickett
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Anthony Esolen’s book, 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, probably has the best cover of any book published in paperback. Despite the old proverb about judging books by their covers, this modern In Praise of Folly could draw in even a reader who didn’t know that Esolen is a leading scholar on Dante who can quote the majority of Paradise Lost from memory. In this book, Esolen turns a critical eye on the state of education and childhood in America. He points out that the adulthood awaiting our children really requires a deadened imagination. The best cog in the…
  • Robin Hood and Christianity: Corrupting Christ’s Return

    Alicia Prickett
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    An episode of Robin of Sherwood, a delightfully dated 1980s Robin Hood television adaption, begins with a broad-bodied fellow laid in the dust, fending off the blows of a vicious little knot of robbers. Before we have time to worry about his fate, the Merry Men enter with swinging fists and shooting arrows, and the ugly little band darts off to the shadows. As Robin oversees it all like a hardened watchdog, the hearty heroes take the fellow back to their Merry Mancave to eat and drink and, of course, wrestle.  Before we know what’s going on, the chap lifts Little John above his head…
  • The “Quieter Love” That Comes with Time

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I met my husband when I was fifteen years old. We fell in love as kids. Jordan used to pick me up at my parents’ house in his white mustang to take me out on dates: to movies; to go swing dancing; to the local Albuquerque coffee shop where he had asked me to be his girlfriend in the first place. We dated for several years (broke up once in the middle) and married two months before my twentieth birthday. The groundwork for our relationship was laid in the early days of our youth, which paired nicely with the pleasant dizziness of youthful love: love that is just starting out, just revving…
  • The Future of Protestantism: Further Reflections

    Nick Dalbey
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A note from the editor: We’ve been running a little low here at EO, but don’t fear. We’ll be back up to speed at some point in the relatively near future. Apologies to Nick Dalbey, who sent in the below article long enough ago that I had to adjust the first sentence to make it time appropriate. -J.F. Arnold It’s been well over a month since the Future of Protestantism discussion, and Protestantism is alive and well. I’ve been encouraged by the discussion and the articles that have followed in the wake of the event not because everyone is agreed and divisions healed, but…
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    Evolving Beings

  • What Will My Parents Think? — The Rite of Liberation

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

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

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

    16 Jan 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I’m Black Feather (otherwise known as David J. Nagy). I’m a Lifedream Illuminator, a psychic artist and healer. You can learn more about me and my work with Lifedream Illuminations on my site Black Feather Medicine. My journey of awakening and personal expansion While I’m sure anyone who knows me now wouldn’t believe it, I grew up thinking I hated people. If someone would have told me that I’d be helping people as a healer and psychic and Loving it as a Privilege, I’d have thought they were crazy. I began my present life in a small, remote forestry town in Northern Canada. Besides…
  • What We Lost in Our Search for God

    7 Jan 2014 | 8:04 am
    Questions surrounding God have both plagued and fascinated humanity, perhaps since the beginning of our civilizations as we know them. In our recent times, when spiritual awakening is progressing at an ever increasing rate, we continue to push the boundaries of all that we know, or wish to discover. Yet, while many resources exist to help us with our quest and queries about God, we have to consider where our core information about God is coming from. In this essay we will examine what our human race has lost on this journey, and could re-gain by taking a different approach in their search for…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • All Faithful Can launched as faithful response to misogyny

    Megan Castellan
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Today, three Episcopal priests launched a new website, entitled All Faithful Can--a play on the earlier hashtag: #yesallwomen. The priests: the Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware, the Rev. Robert Berra, and the Rev. Jocelynn Jurkovich-Hughes, have set up the site to be a safe space for women's stories of experiencing misogyny inside and outside of the Church. The site also hosts resources on how the Church can construct theology to fight sexism, and honor the dignity of every person in a practical way. From the section, "Why should the Church care about Rape Culture?", it explains why a site like this…
  • Voices of Faith at the Ferguson rally

    Megan Castellan
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The Religious News Service posted a video interviewing different clergyfolk at march on Saturday, August 30, in Ferguson, Missouri. The video and full article can be found here. Though this one did not make as much news as those that occurred over the previous three weeks, it was the largest daytime march to occur since the shooting death of Michael Brown, by the police officer Darren Wilson. According to the article: It’s a unique look into what the protests are like on the ground. It was a hot, muggy–and even rainy–day. The protests were organized. Protestors held orange signs…
  • The hard fought roots of Labor Day

    Megan Castellan
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    While by now, Labor Day marks the effective end of summer, and the last hurrah of BBQ season, an article in the Huffington Post reminds us today that its roots run far deeper, and sadder than that. The Labor Day holiday was instituted by Congress in June of 1894, in the midst of the Pullman Railway strike, in order to appease the striking workers. A federal holiday had been a longtime demand of organized labor in the US. The holiday, however, didn't end the strike, and within a month, Grover Cleveland sent federal troops to break the standoff, resulting in dozens of deaths. In light of this…
  • Lay employee pension benefits: Does your church offer them?

    John B. Chilton
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    This Labor Day can you say whether lay employees across your diocese are receiving the pension benefit mandated by General Convention? As the Church Pension Group reminds us, "Episcopal employers subject to the authority of the Church are required to provide a pension to all lay employees scheduled to work a minimum of 1,000 hours annually. Implementation was to be completed by January 1, 2013." (Link added.) Earlier this month the Diocese of Virginia issued lay employee benefits statistics based upon reports gathered from churches of the diocese, stating, "The 2014 Lay Compensation Reports…
  • Untruth

    Ann Fontaine
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” – John 8:32 “The truth,” he said, “will make you free.” “What is truth?” someone would ask. And another time he would say. “I am the truth.” If that is the case, then is everyone else . . . untruth? So then . . . Truth walked by the Sea of Galilee and called to untruth, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Truth, walking along, saw untruth sitting at the tax booth and called, "Follow me." Truth withdrew to a deserted place. But untruth heard it and followed; truth taught untruth; truth healed…
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    Emergent Village

  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
  • Relocating For Your Job: Four Ways to Make the Transition Easier

    28 Jun 2013 | 10:38 am
    Relocating for a job has its ups and downs. On the upside, you will gain a fresh perspective on life as well as gain the ability to take part in things will expand your professional growth. On the downside, you will have to pack everything you own and move to a new location, leaving behind friends and family. To make the process as smooth as possible, keep in mind the following tips. Tip One: Understand Your Employer’s Tax Liability When it comes to relocating for your job, understand your employer will most likely be responsible for paying your moving expenses. Everything from house…
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    Jewish Treats

  • Employees and Employers

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    The American labor movement, which developed in the late 19th century, strived to ensure that workers were paid fairly, were provided with a safe working environment and were protected from being taken advantage of by their employers. Many of the prominent American labor activists of the 20th century were Jews, which is, perhaps, not surprising considering that the foundation of workers’ rights is found in the Torah and the Talmud. The Torah deals with such issues as paying workers on time, workers’ access to excess produce, and the right to set working hours. For instance:Raba also said:…
  • On the Blech

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Challah, chicken soup, gefilte fish, kugel, chamin/cholent...the delightful foods associated with Shabbat are seemingly endless. Perhaps they are so delightful because the Shabbat foods are prepared with special love and care.It is widely acknowledged that much of the special spirit of Shabbat is due to the three Shabbat meals that are served on the Day of Rest (Friday night dinner, Shabbat lunch and seudah shlishit). The big question, however, is how it is possible for the great cooks of Shabbat meals to make such amazing fare when cooking is one of the 39 m’la’chot (forbidden creative…
  • Favorite Foods

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Choose some of your favorite foods, and prepare them for Shabbat.
  • The Firstborn’s Double Portion

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    For much of history, there were few greater advantages in life than being a firstborn son. It is well-known that among the European nobility, the eldest son inherited both the family title and the family land. The younger sons either became knights or entered the clergy.The idea of primogeniture has its roots in the Torah’s laws of inheritance, by which the eldest son receives a double portion of the inheritance. This means that if there were three sons, the inheritance would be divided in four, with two portions going to the eldest (for information on women and inheritance, click here.) A…
  • Never Too Early

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It is never too early in one's life to prepare a will. 
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Another One of God's Little Jokes?

    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence that the awkward grammar often displayed Semitic influence or, in some cases, came from Early Modern English, predating the English of the KJV. This theory is developed much more fully in a recent Mormon Interpreter article, "A Look at Some 'Nonstandard' Book of Mormon Grammar" by Stanford Carmack. Carmack argues that a close look at the initial language of the translated Book of Mormon reveals that much of the seemingly nonstandard grammar is actually acceptable Early Modern English that is frequently…
  • Daniel Peterson Quotes a Questionable LDS Apologist, But the Rest of His Presentation Was Good

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    At the recent FAIR Conference, among the very interesting presentations was Daniel Peterson's excellent reminder about the gaps and fallacies in the commonly mentioned CES Letter. His talk, "Some Reflections On That Letter To a CES Director," was generally thoughtful and intelligent, though it begins with a rather embarrassing gap in which he quotes from a highly questionable amateur LDS apologist, whose frequent gaffes and missteps have been regularly called out right here on this blog (so I am often told). Apart from that little blunder, his presentation was pretty solid and worthy of…
  • No Evidence at All?

    Jeff Lindsay
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    One critic posting on my comments pages recently explained why he didn't believe in Jesus. The argument he offered looked logically constructed and was presented with a "slam dunk" air. It was just one argument, though I'm sure he must have many more, but he presented it as if this was a sufficient reason to reject Christianity. The argument is based on the New Testament statement from Christ when He is discussing the events of the last days, and says, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:34, also see Mark 13:30 and Luke…
  • 2014 Fair Conference: Ty Mansfield on Sexual Identity and Same-Sex Attraction from an LDS Perspective

    Jeff Lindsay
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The recent 2014 Fair Conference, held Aug. 7-8, 2014 in Provo, offers a great selection of faith-strengthening perspectives from a broad mix of speakers. Topics include same-sex attraction, the Book of Abraham, the CES Letter, the role of women in the Church, the authorship of the Book of Mormon, etc.  In this post I'll call attention to Ty Mansfield's excellent presentation on same-sex attraction and the LDS experience. His talk, "'Mormons can be gay, they just can’t do gay'? Deconstructing Sexuality and Identity from an LDS Perspective," discusses the complexity of sexual attraction…
  • What American's Open Borders Mean in a World with Ebola: An Easy But Hopefully Wrong Prophecy

    Jeff Lindsay
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    Have you read Laurie Garrett's piece for, "You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola"? It deserves more attention and perhaps a bit more healthy fear. Join me in wishing for my complete failure as I make what looks like an easy prophecy regarding health care: Ebola is coming to America. May I be ridiculously wrong. Hopefully Ebola will be swiftly contained and not hurt any more in Africa or anywhere else. But the chances of it spreading eventually could be high, and when it does, it could spread swiftly. Yes, airport security is increasing and many steps will be taken to…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Seven books I’m reading this fall

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well, it’s finally here: Labor Day, and with it, the end of summer holidays in Canada. Tomorrow, kids all over Canada will return to school, and traffic will be slightly busier due to school busses. Life around the Armstrong home will be a little different, too, since it’s our first official day being a homeschooling family. As new seasons approach, I like to consider what I’m going to read over the next several weeks. A few weeks ago, I shared a look at what I planned to read during the summer (and actually read most of them!) Today, I wanted to share a few books I’m…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    How to speak Christianese HT: Jeff Medders Are We Passionate for People? Jonathan Parnell: It is an amazing thing that God comforts the downcast, and that he tells us this so clearly. The idea of God’s comfort isn’t religious folklore, nor is it some spiritual platitude to pull out when we can’t think of something more specific to say. This is a truth read explicitly in the words of Scripture, and pervasively narrated throughout. But how exactly does he comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain. Theoretical…
  • Even now, the Lord is betrayed

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Just now, the Lord Jesus is betrayed by not a few of His professed ministers. He is being crucified afresh in the perpetual attacks of skepticism against His blessed gospel; and it may be that things will wax worse and worse. This is not the first occasion when it has been so, for, at various times in the history of the Church of God, His enemies have exulted, and cried out that the gospel of past ages was exploded, and might be reckoned as dead and buried. For one, I mean to sit over against the very sepulchre of truth. I am a disciple of the old-fashioned doctrine as much when it is covered…
  • Because sometimes you just need to laugh

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Four videos that make me smile: 1. Tim Hawkins combines everything I hate about country in this video: 2. Word crimes hurt us all. But this song is great: 3. “How can we expect children to learn to read if they can’t even fit in the building?” 4. “Yeah, that’s not appropriate” What’s a funny video you’ve seen lately? Advertise here with Beacon Ads
  • Brothers, abandon the green room

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Every so often, I’ll be reading a book by a pastor and see mention of a green room at the church. For those who don’t know, a green room is one in which in which performers can relax when they are not performing (typically, they’re found in a theaters, concert halls, and studios). Which, of course, is one of the goofiest things ever. Now, I get it: I am not a natural “crowd” person. My favorite time at a party is when it’s time to go home. Most pastors (at least, most of the pastors I know) tend to have a more introverted temperament. And while I get…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • The Rhino In The Room

    Kevin Childress
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    A few nights ago, a friend and I joined our neighbors in the park to spread blankets on the grass, sit under the stars, and enjoy a local theater company’s performance of a play. The drama the company had chosen to produce this season was Rhinoceros, a classic 1950s Absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco about people in a rural French town transforming into rhinos. The tale is generally understood as an allegory about World War II and how so many seemingly good, “normal” people were seduced by the Nazis and fascism. But for me, an interfaith worker in post-9/11 New York City, the play alluded…
  • Priests on Film

    Mary Valle
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Rosaries, Latin incantations, holy water? Check, check and check To further celebrate the release of Calvary (read about it courtesy of S. Brent Plate  and me) I’d like to present a completely subjective and by no means exhaustive list of my favorite priest-themed TV shows and movies. Thanks and praise to everyone who volunteered their own favorites on Twitter and Facebook. I am now rich in the goodness of lots of clerical movie and TV shows to catch up on! Fall viewing: already sorted. Catholics What has been on my mind most as of late is Catholics, another entry in the “Catholic and…
  • Bindrune

    Eric Scott
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    I’ve never told you this story. Mid-day in a St. Louis summer: not just hot, but humid, sticky – “muggy,” as we, the low-born of the south side, called it. On an August day like that one, the world seemed to glow orange under the proud gaze of Father Sun. His death didn’t seem so tragic to me in that kind of heat. Asshole had it coming. It was about 11 o’clock in the morning, and I stood in the English Woodlands of the Missouri Botanical Garden – “Shaw’s Garden,” one of the great gifts of our local saint, Henry Shaw. The year was 2007; I was…
  • Leo XIII: First Papal Movie Star

    Mary Valle
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    In a review of Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation, S. Brent Plate describes the how Leo XIII became the first pope on film. In 1898, cameraman William Dickson trailed Pope Leo XIII around the Vatican grounds, documenting a series of vignettes of his activities. The Roman Catholic leader walked, rode in a carriage, and sat with attendants, simple movements recorded by the new technologies of the motion picture camera. The scenes were intended for Catholics in other parts of the world, especially the United States, who could see the head of the faith, fully…
  • The Minister’s Handyman

    Greg Bottoms
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    She had been a disc jockey with her own morning show on one of the big stations in Tidewater, Virginia. A great voice, fans would later say. A real professional, they would add. She had a classical command of elocution, which she effortlessly bent into a rock ’n’ roll delivery, husky and lived-in, a little weathered, worldly. She had worked hard to achieve her position in radio, but for some reason, three weeks before it happened, she quit the best gig she’d ever had. Folks speculated about a soured relationship, a lost pregnancy, maybe depression. But she was dead before anyone found…
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    On Being Both

  • In Faith and In Doubt: Secular/Religious “Interfaith” Families

    Susan Katz Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    My review of a new book by Dale McGowan, In Faith and In Doubt, the first book on secular/religious mixed marriages, just went up on my Huffington Post blog. No matter what you believe, or what you practice, I think you will find this book useful in negotiating family dynamics with respect and compassion.   Susan Katz Miller’s book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family is available now in hardcover and eBook from Beacon Press. You can also pre-order the paperback now.    
  • “Conversation With Interfaith Family Pioneer”

    Susan Katz Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Ken Chitwood describes himself as a “theologian without borders,” interested in “the contextualization of doctrines & practices across religious boundaries, physical borders, & cultural barriers.” Needless to say, that’s my kind of theologian. Ken is both an academic in religious studies, and an experienced religion newswriter. This somewhat rare combination informed an unusually long and thoughtful interview about interfaith families and Being Both, published on Ken’s Houston Chronicle blog, Sacred Duty, this week. For those who don’t follow…
  • Interfaith Education for All: A Review of Being Both

    Susan Katz Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    In my public speaking, I often point out that interfaith children need interfaith education, but also, when you think about it, all children need multifaith education in order to become more effective bridge-builders and peacemakers. In the UK, government-funded schools are required to provide multifaith education for all children. Here in the US, we take a very different approach: because of the separation of church and state, religion is rarely taught in public schools. I understand the benefits of this separation, but as a side effect, American kids don’t learn much about religion,…
  • Ten Reasons Couples Join Interfaith Family Communities

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
      Protestant and Jewish grandparents hand down the Torah at an interfaith Bar Mitzvah. Photo stephaniewilliamsimages   In yesterday’s Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein reports on Washington DC synagogues “trying to make room for interfaith couples.” Note the use of the word “trying” here. The article does chronicle significant progress in the Jewish community in welcoming interfaith families, and that is cause for celebration. But it also recounts poignant stories of families trying to connect to Judaism and facing restrictions, limitations, and exclusions. Such…
  • Interfaith Children Speak Out: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

    Susan Katz Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    In order to write Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, I interviewed Jewish and Christian, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Christian, and Buddhist/Jewish/Christian families. This week, I was thrilled to see Jewish and Muslim adult interfaith children emerging on twitter–coming out, as it were, and speaking out about how love can prevail, even in a context fraught with geopolitical tension and violence. In response to the current crisis in Israel and Palestine, two students in New York, Abraham Gutman (Jewish, Israeli) and Dania Darwish (Muslim) created the…
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    Scientology Newsroom - Latest News Stories

  • When in Rome… Don’t Use Illicit Drugs

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Volunteers from the Churches of Scientology across Italy reach out this summer to create a drug-free country.Millions of tourists from around the world vacation in Italy each summer. In Rome alone, a city of over 3 million, the population swells by more...
  • Voice for Humanity: Honoring Scientology Volunteer Ministers

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    On World Humanitarian Day August 19, the Church of Scientology International honors the many thousands of Scientology Volunteer Ministers and those with whom they partner to bring help in desperate times across 120 nations.The United Nations designates...
  • Voice for Humanity: Defending the Rights of Parents to Protect their Children

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the Church of Scientology honors civil rights attorney Allison Folmar, who is defending the rights of parents to protect their children from harmful psychiatric drugs. In honor of World Humanitarian Day,...
  • Voice for Humanity: Helping Baja Youth Escape the Grip of Drug Cartels

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the Church of Scientology is honoring men and women whose work makes a difference.The Church of Scientology International is releasing a series of videos on the Scientology Video Channel in commemoration of...
  • Vancouver Volunteers Reach Youth with the Truth about Drugs

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Vancouver are taking advantage of the summer months—when Vancouver shines—to promote drug-free living.At today’s Sun Festival in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and every chance they get, Vancouver Scientologists...
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 63 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 6

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

    Craig Owen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
         What do we make of all the scary and gory events portrayed in the Book of Revelation?  For example, in chapters 8 & 9, it talks about the seven angels and the events the set in motion such as a third of humanity is killed, a third of the oceans are destroyed, a third of the vegetation is wiped out.  Are these things predictions about events in the future we can do nothing to stop, or is it someting else? In wrestling with this questions, we come to the three questions at the heart of our study: 1) What is the role of a prophet? Make predictions about…
  • Eps 61 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 4

    Craig Owen
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
        We look at some of the specific symbolism of Revelation and try to figure out the message of the author.  The cycles repeat- seven seals,seven angels and all kinds of bad and scary plagues and disasters.  Part of what the author is doing is trying to is scare us into making a choice.  We explore what that choice is and what it means for us today.       In the next episode we will look at all of the terrible events that these cycles portray a nd hat they might mean.      To learn more about this series go to my…
  • Eps 60 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 3

    Craig Owen
    7 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Many people believe that the book of Revelation is a roadmap of the End Times, explaining what will happen and when. For this to be true, it is assumed that Revelation reads like a modern story, with a straight line plot containing a clear beginning, middle and end. But is this really the case?  This is the issue we will look at in this episode.      I will be drawing upon the insights of Rev. Dr. Craig Koester, a scholar and Professor of New Testament who specializes in the Book of Revelation.  His very readable book can be linked by clicking on the title:…
  • Eps 59 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 2

    Craig Owen
    22 May 2014 | 10:20 am
       In this episode we look at when, where and why the Book of Revelation was written.  This will give us a clue about what the message of the book may be.  The author of Revelation copies a lot of his style from the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible.  The circumstances in which both of these books were written are very similar and will reveal a lot about the authors' intentions.      In the next episode we will look at the structure of the book of Revelation whcch will tell us something about how it should be read.  …
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • To reveal the presence of Christ

    Lee Potts
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Motivated by the power of the gospel, Secular Franciscans are called to unfold the living Christ and bring his message to all people regardless of age, race, creed, economic status, or the like. Especially worthy of consideration are the displaced persons and the unchurched and others in situations which make it difficult for them to appreciate what the Church is trying to do to reveal the presence of Christ and safeguard their God-given rights and dignity. ~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Editor, Called to Follow Christ Tags: Benet A Fonck OFM, called to follow christ, Church, dignity, displaced…
  • Live it!

    Lee Potts
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    The world needs this Franciscan spirit, this Franciscan vision of life. It is expected that you, beloved children, know it deeply, love it with passion, above all that you live it with the perfection that your state allows. ~ Pope Pius XII, Speech to the Tertiaries in Rome (July 1, 1956) Tags: franciscan spirit, Franciscan vision, passion, perfection, Pope Pius XII, speech
  • God’s love continues

    Lee Potts
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Incarnation then for (St.) Francis becomes the first moment of experiencing the greatest love possible and becomes the one single and most important event in all human history. God is physically with us as one of us, able to touch and be touched and showing us our salvation. God’s love continues without condition all the way to the cross, where not even life is more precious than the continued outpouring of unconditional love which does not fade in the face of diversity. ~ Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS, “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” (FUN Manual) Tags: bob fitzsimmons, Cross,…
  • It’s about being converted in our lives

    Lee Potts
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Francis and his brothers in faith were then — and they remain today — a confirmation of how God renews the Church through a kind of gentle rebellion against the world; an uprising of personal holiness; a radical commitment to Christian poverty, chastity and obedience in service to the Church and the poor. The Franciscan revolution of love teaches a lesson that Catholics too often forget. Rules, discipline, and fidelity to doctrine and tradition are vital to the mission of the Church. But none of them can animate or sustain Catholic life if we lack the core of what it means to be a…
  • The parts we ought to listen to the most

    Lee Potts
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Now, the easy way to deal with this of course would be to ignore it. Write it off. “Oh Jesus didn’t mean that!” The truth is, I don’t know why Jesus said something that seems so harsh and even cruel. There is also no way to know exactly why he changed his mind and anything anyone comes up with is speculation at best. Regardless, it is there. It was worthwhile enough that the writer of Matthew’s gospel included it. It is always so easy to pick through what we like in scripture. We focus on the things that resonate with and mean the most to us. The parts that are difficult though, are…
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    Amish America

  • Ohio Beard Attack Convictions Overturned

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    From the Associated Press: An appeals court panel on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn’t their driving motive. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by attorneys for […]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
  • Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice

    Erik/Amish America
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    What do you know about the Amish of Geauga County, Ohio, the fourth-largest Amish community? Over 15,000 Amish live here. Yet the settlement kind of gets overlooked, especially with Holmes County so close. Among the buggies, windmills, and laundry lines of Geauga County, you’ll find something not often seen in other communities: the classic ice vending freezer. A friend […]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…
  • Father of Abducted Girls Feels Sorry for Kidnappers

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    The Watertown Daily Times has published comments from the father of the two girls abducted last week in upstate New York. Mose Miller has 14 children, and is one of the Heuvelton community‘s bishops. In an interview with Johnson Newspapers in their Heuvelton home on Sunday, the girls’ father — Mose Miller, 44 — said he feels […]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
  • Two Amish Girls Abducted in New York (Updated: Girls Found Alive; Arrests Made)

    Erik/Amish America
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Local news outlets are reporting that two Amish girls in upstate New York have been abducted while tending their family’s produce stand (Note: since the girls have now been found, the Amber Alert info, artist’s sketch, news station videos, and the girls’ names, originally included with this post, have been removed).  The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s office has activated […]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…
  • Food in Amish Country (10 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    Now is a great time to get produce from Amish stands. David Arment of site sponsor Arment Photography has ten photos today featuring various foods in Amish country, and the signs which advertise it. About half of these are produce, and half we can just call “other”. I’m not sure all of them are from […]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

  • Shall we be brave today?

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

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

    Julia Rocchi
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Grandmom Helen at her 90th birthday“Those were the Rommely women: Mary, the mother, Evy, Sissy, and Katie, her daughters, and Francie, who would grow up to be a Rommely woman even though her name was Nolan. They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made out of thin invisible steel.” -- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe blue-eyed teen -- Elena by birth, Helen in Americanese, Len to her four brothers -- wanted more than anything to sing. Blessed with a clear, lovely voice, she sang around the house, she sang at church, she sang…
  • Patience is a snack-maker

    Julia Rocchi
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Roll with it. Photo by kattebelletjePatience knows she’ll trip if she moves faster than the confines of her shrinking, rickety body allow, so she grips handrails, deliberates her steps, and accepts elbows when they are extended. You never knew her young and assume she was at some point, but you wouldn’t be surprised to learn she’d been born old. She has that eternal way about her, the same as an ancient tortoise that floats effortlessly through its existence and seems to get a quiet thrill out of confounding expectations. You once asked Patience her age; she laughed the question away…
  • The peach pit of desire: An anxious meditation on wanting to want

    Julia Rocchi
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This is the pit. Photo by quinn.anya, FlickrYou wonder how you swallowed the pit in the first place.Did it drop into your salad the day you ate your lunch out in the park and were people-watching with such intense focus that it snuck into your power greens undetected and waited for the free elevator ride down your esophagus? Did it crawl up the stairs from the kitchen the night you were restless with fitful dreams of romantic escapades and worst-case scenarios, and did it take advantage of your suctioning snores to slide down the hatch? Maybe, barring reasonable explanations such as these,…
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    Patheos Articles - Roman Catholicism

  • Getting Religion Gradually: The Anti-Trend

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Having the mustard seed means not being afraid to use it.
  • What People Are Saying

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    "If you have only one church history book, this should be it ... It will please both those who like to read about the past and those who never knew how interesting it could be." -- Christianity Today
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Using the full text of the print textbook plus chapter summaries and primary sources, this Inkling Interactive Textbook is the perfect tool with which to teach yourself about Church history. Accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers.
  • The Bible: An Introduction, Second Edition

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    "The Bible: An Introduction, Second Edition" offers answers to the most basic questions that first-time students and curious inquirers bring to the Bible. Using the full text of the print textbook plus chapter summaries and primary sources, this Inkling Interactive Textbook is the perfect tool with which to teach yourself about the Bible.
  • What People Are Saying

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    "If you have only one church history book, this should be it ... It will please both those who like to read about the past and those who never knew how interesting it could be." -- Christianity Today
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • Being a Body, Owing Grace

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We must think about the body in terms of grace: to be embodied is unavoidably to receive grace, both the grace of God and the grace of others.
  • Eternal Womanhood and the Limits of Public Recognition

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The challenge is to enrich LDS language about and for women without equating it to secular ideas.
  • Sexuality: The Path of Unity with God

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We not only believe but ritualize the importance of sexual difference to Christian life -- life before and, with God's grace, with God. Perhaps nothing is more central to Mormonism.
  • Being the Body of Christ

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Membership in the community attests to the multiplicity of the self that Christian teaching demands: the Father and the Son are united as one; we too must be united as one.
  • The Overlooked Bondage of Our Common Sense

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When we read scripture, if we do not hear the call to be something more, then we may be in danger of the bondage to the philosophies of men.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Cause and Effect

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jean Germain Drouais [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsWhen something happens…anything…we have a tendency to make a mad dash to uncover causality and assign blame. Some times we do so only in order to reinforce our own beliefs and life decisions. Comedian Jim Gaffigan characterizes this well when he says, “I think I might be lactose intolerant because I had four milkshakes last night, and today I feel terrible.” Too often this tendency pops up around some uncomfortable topics: She died of lung cancer, but she smoked and I don’t, so I’ll be fine. He committed suicide, but he…
  • Can you study the Bible by reading the Qur’an?

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In Genesis… Illustration by Owen Jones from “The History of Joseph and His Brethren” (Day & Son, 1869). Scanned and archived at where it was marked as Public Domain. Text from Book: Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis, C.XXXVII. V. 3. Joseph is Jacob’s youngest son to his fourth baby-mama Rachel, who followed Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah… …got to love that biblical and traditional view of marriage! Parents aren’t supposed to have favorites, but…
  • Ken’s on Vacation (but there’ll be others posting)

    Ken Howard
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
        I will be away until mid-August for vacation. But I will not leave you postless. Curtis Farr will continue his weekly midrash, and you may see others as well. See you in a couple weeks! Ken+Filed under: Paradoxical Thoughts Tagged: August, Curtis Farr, Episcopal Church, God, Jesus, Midrash, Paradoxical Thoughts, West Hartford Connecticut
  • Why I Think the Word “Heretic” Should Take an Extended Vacation

    Ken Howard
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Ken Howard   Lord Sandwich:  “I have heard frequent use of the words Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: but I confess myself at a loss know precisely what they mean.” Lord Warburton:  “It’s very simple old chap. Orthodoxy is my doxy. Heterodoxy is anyone else’s doxy.”   An exchange between John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, and William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester, in the House of Lords in the mid-18th century debates on the “Test Laws.”   I am writing today’s post to explain my thoughts to a long time friend and associate. Brad and I go way back. We share…
  • Nothing Separates Us

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pictured: That which separates us from the love of God. By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rules, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 Sometimes Paul gets it so right that there is absolutely nothing more one can say. Click here to see a full list of the things that separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Take Our Poll Amen? The Rev’d Curtis Farr is the assistant…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Forgiveness

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 17, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Miss. LaToya Gaines. The text was taken from Luke 23:24. 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
  • You Will Not Get Away

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 17, 2014 at our 8:00am Worship Service by Pastor Joe Todd. the text was taken from Luke 12:47-48. 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
  • The Fight of My Life

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    This message was delivered by Min. Tyrone Love Jr. on July 27, 2014 at our 11:00 am worship service . The text came from Matt. 16:24-28. 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
  • Testing Time

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This message was delivered by our own Pastor Joe H. Todd on Aug. 10, 2014. The text was taken from Acts 5:1-4. 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’s Going On

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 3, 2014 at our 11:00am Worship Service by Missionary Lorrie Bentley. The text was taken from ll Chronicles 7:12-14. “You paid the electric bill but still sitting in the dark…turn on the switch!” We have the power to make a positive change in our communities time to use it. 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 
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    CNA Daily News

  • Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Lahore, Pakistan, Sep 1, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza. Organized under the patronage of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan, an inter-faith group of more than 50 women - including lay and religious - gathered Aug. 26 for a special prayer service, offered for the deceased Christians and Muslims in Iraq and Gaza. Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Cap, national coordinator of the Council for Interfaith…
  • Hundreds flock to conference looking to revive parish life

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Denver, Colo., Sep 1, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life. The newly-founded Amazing Parish movement seeks to provide resources to pastors and parish leaders so they can create a thriving parish life. The conference, held Aug. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, featured Catholic speakers and workshops on topics such as parish leadership teams, formation programs and evangelization. For a…
  • Faith is rooted in God - not human approval, Pope Francis says

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is “because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His Gospel.” One ought to receive the Word “as one receives Christ: that is, with an open heart, with a humble…
  • Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a phone call from the pontiff who gave his blessing and assured of his prayers.   “'I read your letter,' said the Pope. He said he was very sorry for everything that was happening to us and he said, 'Know that I am with you in prayer always. I never forget you,'” Fr. Benoka told CNA Aug. 31. Pope Francis told him, “I've personally sent Cardinal Filoni to check on the situation…
  • Ebola outbreak worsens amid more pleas for aid

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 31, 2014 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The continuing spread of the Ebola outbreak in Africa is putting more lives at risk, while containment efforts and the flight of vital workers have endangered food supplies and medical care even for those without the disease. “What we are seeing today in contrast to previous Ebola outbreaks (are) multiple hotspots within these countries, not a single remote forested area, the kind of environments in which it has been tackled in the past,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Dogged Faith

    Julie Long
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    A sermon based on Matthew 15:21-28Some of you may remember last spring when Wilcox County, Georgia, made the national news for hosting its first integrated high school prom. Folks around the country were flabbergasted that almost 60 years after “separate but equal” was deemed unconstitutional and schools were integrated, this kind of thing still happened. Thankfully, the story became news because four students decided it was time for a change. They led money-raising efforts, and the school sponsored a prom for all students for the first time in decades. It turned out to be a great…
  • The Gospel According to Sean Maguire: "It's Not Your Fault"

    Darian Duckworth
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    It's a blessing to make people laugh.Healthy laughter is a balm for mind, body, and spirit. When I speak of healthy laughter, I’m not talking about the nervous, jilted, hesitant laughter of politeness we manage when a minister tells a terribly unfunny joke. (Yes, I’m guilty.) Healthy laughter is the sound of a delight-filled response. Healthy laughter is an expression of more than happiness. It’s a manifestation of joy we may not have known existed in our souls.Last week, I received a number of emails, texts, and calls from folks who read the blog post, “How Not to Get a Date With An…
  • Loving the Person in Front of You

    Adam McDuffie
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Christians are traditionally characterized by a desire to live a Christlike life. While that can take a variety of forms, we often see this expressed in a desire to be as close to Jesus as possible. We sing of wanting Jesus to walk with us. We look to the teachings of Jesus as a model for our own lives and morals. Even (or especially) when it comes to matters of politics and policy, we so often turn to Jesus.What Would Jesus Do?WWJD? Jesus becomes the model for our stances on policy, and it seems he can be used to justify any number of positions. It becomes less a question of what Jesus would…
  • Let It Go -- And Grow

    Darian Duckworth
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    One year ago, the man I was dating planted a vegetable garden in my backyard. Four raised beds of tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and carrots surrounded a square bed filled with herbs. Resting on evenly layered mulch, little Eden caught eyes and tickled noses around the neighborhood.  “Sometimes the soil with which we struggle simply needs different hands to dig through it.” — Darian Duckworth I gathered recipes and prepared to cook the fruits of “our” labors. But what really thrilled me was learning about gardening from him. He was going to teach me what to…
  • Strangers and Sojourners With Our God

    Adam McDuffie
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The debate over illegal immigration has intensified recently, and children are playing a prominent role in the discussion. Young children are leaving their homes and their families and traveling the dangerous road to the United States. Consequently, Border Patrol agents have found themselves with large numbers of children under their protection and no clear idea of what to do next.There have been repeated calls to send in the National Guard, to increase the security presence on the border; or to close the border completely. We have to find some way to stem the flow of immigrant men, women,…
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Fortune Cookie Christianity

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My bride and the kids had left town for a couple days to see some family and I was faced with a considerable challenge. I’m blessed with a wife who makes coffee for me almost every day. After I had recovered from the morning emotional distress of missing the presence of my family, I was faced with the reality that my coffee was not going to magically appear. I’m ashamed to say that my chosen path was to get in the car and drive a few miles and find the drive-thru window for my morning cup of black gold. Do you approach the Bible with “fortune-cookie” mentality? I know what you…
  • “Home is where the heart is…”

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Aside from walking up to a pregnant women and telling her how big her baby must be… teaching on marriage and parenting can be one of the most dangerous mine fields. It is so touchy because none of us carry the title Master of The Universe when it comes to marriage and parenting. To even further complicate things, it is one of the most personal topics that we could possibly discuss. In order to see real transformation happen we need to own the areas of weakness and struggle. At Crossings Community we are entering the mine field this week. We are not a church that fills our calendar with…
  • SIX Ways Journaling is Worth Your Time

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Books are full of maxims about ‘what you measure.’  You are what you measure.  You get what you measure.  You can’t manage what you don’t measure.  There are some principles of truth within these maxims which apply to our spiritual journey.  We do not like to talk about measuring anything when it comes to spiritual things because we do not want to create a performance mentality.  Just as dangerous, we do not want to malign a biblical definition of success with one that is convoluted by measuring man-defined performance. How do we leverage the opportunity to measure our spiritual…
  • Parenting: It Is NEVER Too Late

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember late in my college career I got this wild idea to run a marathon.  The most I had ever run was about 10 miles and the marathon was about 6 weeks away.  I was young and stupid.  I’m so stubborn it took me a couple weeks of trying to jump into the training schedule as wells as some knee issues to realize it was too late.  It was just too late. I didn’t continue running after that realization.  I felt like if I could not do things on my terms I could not do them at all.  Again, young and stupid. I hear this same logic in parents often times.  The dreams they had for their…
  • Learning How to Disconnect

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have to begin by saying that I am no expert. As a matter of fact, I am about as far from an expert as I could be in this area. That being said, I have come a long way over the years. Some googling could probably take you to some really great thoughts by people who are so much better at this than myself. However, maybe I can save you a little bit of time by sharing some of my rookie lessons learned so that you can push ahead on your journey. First, as I mentioned in Intoxicated by Connectivity there was a transition that needed to happen for me before the practical strategies for…
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    The Daily Register

  • An Open Letter From Ukraine’s Catholic Primate

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    By ARCHBISHOP SVIATOSLAV SHEVCHUK | Editor’s Note: The letter has been edited for style. To the Catholic Episcopal Conferences То the World’s Religious and Political Leaders To All People of Good Will For nine months, Ukrainians have been on...
  • St. Padre Pio's Five Point Rule of Life; St. Toribio de Mogrovegjo: Apostle of Peru and More!

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Saint Padre Pio’s Five Point Rule of Life by Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman – Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo: Apostle of Peru – Joseph F. X. Sladky, The Standard Bearers Jesus Wept – Donald R. McClarey JD, The...
  • My Big Profound Spiritual Revelation

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Mark Shea | What a day! Bus late, no breakfast, missed deadline, headaches, depression and post-nasal drip. And when I got home my kids were whiney, my wife mentally quick-fried to a crackly crunch and I was as prickly as a porcupine. Summoning...
  • In “Calvary,” One Priest Pays for the Crimes of Another

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    By Joan Frawley Desmond | Calvary” -- a new film, in theaters right now, by the Anglo Irish director and writer, John Michael McDonagh -- begins with an aerial view of Sligo, the Irish county that once inspired the poetry of William Butler Yeats....
  • God Has a Flare for the Dramatic

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    By DONALD DeMARCO | NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has recently disclosed that two years ago, on July 23, 2012, planet Earth almost plunged into global catastrophe. On that date, a solar flare — better known in scientific...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Federal Government Sues Minnesota Town Over Muslim Permit Denial

    Don Byrd
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by Don Byrd Last week the federal government filed suit against St. Anthony, Minnesota, charging the town with violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). RLUIPA bars local governments from treating the land-use requests of religious organizations differently than non-religious requests. In 2012, the complaint alleges, St. Anthony unlawfully discriminated against a Somali-American congregation in denying a permit to use part of an office building as an Islamic Center. City officials declined settlement offers by the U.S. Attorney, according to this…
  • Church-State Updates: Vouchers, Free Speech and Hate Crimes

    Don Byrd
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Written by Don Byrd The church-state news this week includes updates to 3 stories I have been following here at Blog From the Capital. Read on! School Vouchers in North Carolina UnconstitutionalA judge in North Carolina has now ruled unconstitutional the state’s new “opportunity scholarship” (aka school voucher) program. If you have followed this story you know that state officials have been in a race to distribute the funds to parents before the judge’s ruling, after the state’s Supreme Court lifted a preliminary injunction halting the program earlier this year.
  • 8th Circuit Approves Ten Commandments Monument in Fargo, ND

    Don Byrd
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Written by Don Byrd A Ten Commandments monument on the Civic Plaza in Fargo, North Dakota may remain, according to a 2-1 ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week. Affirming the District Court, the appeals panel noted the circumstances surrounding the display in finding it constitutional. The monument here is essentially the same as [the one found constitutional] in Van Orden v. Perry. It was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles in 1958. It sits passively on the Civic Plaza. It shows the Ten Commandments alongside other symbols, such as the American flag and an…
  • Rastafari Student in Louisiana Challenges Suspension over Hair Length

    Don Byrd
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Written by Don Byrd The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter Monday to school officials arguing that their indefinite suspension of a student because of his hair length violates his religious freedom rights under both the U.S. Constitution and the state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The student is Rastafari and argues his faith forbids cutting his hair. Here is a clip from the letter (via the Times-Picayune) On Monday, August 18, 2014, John Doe’s mother, Jane Doe, attended the school board meeting and asked for an exemption from the dress code policy for John Doe. On…
  • Advocates Warn of Tax-Funded Discrimination at Kentucky’s Creationist Park

    Don Byrd
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Written by Don Byrd Ark Encounter, the proposed creationist theme park in Kentucky, is on track to secure millions of dollars in tax breaks, despite its religious subject matter. Now, advocates warn that the enterprise will discriminate in hiring based on religion, and urging officials to deny tax incentives on that ground. Associated Baptist Press reports: Lawyers representing Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said public support for the Ark project was problematic from the start, but a recent online job posting requiring applicants to subscribe to the organization’s…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • Failure Is An Option: Why Domino’s Got It Right

    Jonathan Pearson
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you watch any amount of TV, you’ve probably seen the Domino’s ad that talks about how failure is an option within their company. The other day, the commercial came on and I couldn’t help but think about how simplistically brilliant that statement is for a company that works with food. For a company that tries to be innovative with something that has been around for hundreds of years. If you haven’t seen the ad, here it is (click here if you can’t see the video in your rss feed) Making failure an option gives us all a chance to… Take risks Make mistakes…
  • Why I Allowed My 4 Month Old To Go Through Pain

    Jonathan Pearson
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    Several weeks ago, my wife and I had to take our 4 month old for his shots and check up. As any of you know that have children, watching your child get multiple shots and cry with each one is pretty gut wrenching. Sure, I know my little man will eventually fall down and get hurt, he’ll have his heart broken, and he’ll go through painful stuff in the future, but, watching him get those shots gave me a realization that… Sometimes we have to go through present pain to prepare us for a brighter future. (Tweet that) What my little guy had to go through that day at the doctor’s office was…
  • 3 Lessons About Life From the Big Bang Theory TV Show

    Jonathan Pearson
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my favorite shows on TV is the Big Bang Theory. It’s one of those shows that I can watch the same episode several times and still laugh my head off every time. If you haven’t seen the show, it centers around several scientists that are geeks and best friends. The other day I was watching an episode and couldn’t help but think about these life lessons… Find good friends These guys are best friends. They know each other. They fight with each other, but they’re always there for each other. We need other people. No matter what personality type you have or how much you like to…
  • How to Consistently Create Great Content

    Jonathan Pearson
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every week I create a lot of content. On any given week I… Preach Blog Write Guest Blog Tweet Post to Instagram Record podcasts Do interviews Manage social media networks Manage other blogs That’s a lot to keep up with! One of the questions I often get is, “How do you create all of the content? How do you stay on top of it?” The truth is, sometimes there are brain blocks and I have trouble, but most of the time it’s not that difficult… at least the content I create. I don’t know too many leaders or people on social media these days that aren’t creating some kind of content.
  • Understanding Makes Leaders Attractive

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    NOTE: The following is a guest post by my friend Pastor Shane Wall. Be sure to check the link at the bottom for more about his upcoming book! BIO: Shane Wall has been ministering internationally for over 30 years. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of The Feast of The Lord in Orangeburg, SC, where he and his wife Jasmyne reside. I saw it in my mind. I believed that I could do it, and I did it! Now, I understand. Strange thing is, people are paying attention to me now. The more I share about what I understand, the more people are listening intently to me. How inspiring are the confessions…
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  • The Lord Jesus Christ Is Not Michael The Archangel

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The entire world is mistaken in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. II PETER 1:5-8 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because most of them that believe have not added to their faith the virtues the Apostle Peter mentioned,…
  • Why Christ is Not Man But God

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    No debate would be feasible tackling an issue that Christ is man. “Christ is man” does not even qualify as proposition since Christ had pre-existence. He was not man such that his “manhood” was only a manifestation from a greater form. A proposition is something offered that can be accepted or denied and therefore must be complete in itself. Granting that Christ was man, it was only true in His earthly body in his more or less 33 years on earth and after having served a purpose, was subject to a resurrection that enabled him to return to his true form. Such 33 years therefore…
  • New Truths Belie Evolution Even More

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    To belie is to fail to fulfill or justify a claim or expectation; to betray. What’s wrong with a purposeful start for man with a creator? Upon what principle is evolution based, that one should believe this senseless development of man from animal or non-life? Yet, many hold on to this false belief as obstinate proud intellectuals who cannot see reason. Fortunately, God has made sure his words would be preserved to guide man in his thinking. After the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Codex Sinaiticus, I will mention about new research on Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal as created in Animal Creation Time…
  • “Let There Be Night” Eschews Guidance and Growth

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    27 May 2014 | 11:07 am
    A pastor wrote a book entitled “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” the context of which is that God can be found and is much closer in darkness than in light. I’m hesitant to call Barbara Taylor a pastor, but that is how people call her. Featured in Time Magazine (04/28/2014), her audacity is such that it had triggered my appetite to write off those contentions. This book is apparently written in darkness, inspired by darkness, and is against Christ and God. Taylor alleged that great things happened in the dark. Among these are that Paul was called when he was blind, therefore in darkness;…
  • Producing Some Children of Hell: Religious Fallacies Entrenched throughout the Centuries

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    16 Aug 2012 | 7:52 pm
    Misinterpretation and misconception of the Scriptures by supposed scholars have been running throughout the years, which legacy now has drastically produced some children of disobedience bound to hell. GALATIANS 5:4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” This is the verse most misinterpreted by Baptists and (allegedly) Born Again preachers! They teach that obedience to the commandments is not necessary for salvation, followed by a blatant misconception that if you are of Christ whatever happens and whatever you may…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • One Thing That Might Be Causing Static Between You And God

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Over the last few years I've been attempting to grow in the deeper things of the Spirit. Yet, I've found that the old religious patterns are holding me back more than I had realized. One of the things that I’ve tried to do is push back all of the "noise," listen for the Lord's voice, and then respond to what I think He’s saying. I suppose that I first got drawn into this strategy after reading one of Jesus' sermons in John 14.In this inspiring passage, Jesus was preparing His followers for His departure. Since He was going to Heaven, Jesus needed those who remained equipped to carry…
  • 4 Unexpected Reasons Why Demons Have Greater Faith Than Many Churchgoers

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    I was recently reflecting on a conversation that took place a few years ago. A young man approached me to receive some badly-needed words of counsel. As I listened to some of his underlying struggles, it was clear that he really didn't have an intimate relationship with Jesus.After dialoging for a while, I was compelled to ask where he stood in terms of his faith. He anxiously shifted in his seat and mumbled something along the lines of the following: "I know about Jesus and what He did on the cross. I believe the Bible has a lot of truth in it. What more is there to say?"Although I didn't…
  • Let The Spirit Renew Your Thoughts

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    While Christians are called to live an overcoming life of victory and goodness, most haven’t obtained their rightful inheritance. Even as hearts long for the light, darkness quietly encroaches our families and churches. We desperately want to move forward, but the way out can seem complicated.Part of what we're dealing with is the subtle deception of the enemy. He continually endeavors to bring confusion and anxiety upon creation. It seems that Satan’s most treacherous tactic in all of this is to encumber the minds of Christians. Deceptive spirits come and cast their shadow upon…
  • The Most Amazing Supernatural Thing I Saw As A Kid

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you have read some of my previous blog posts, you probably know I grew up in a devoted Pentecostal family in rural Northwest, Arkansas. Throughout the formative years of my life my parents took me to several “healing crusades” in old, disheveled, canvas tents.Bombastic evangelists in sweaty, three-piece polyester suits would lay hands on the sick and pray for all the infirmed. These sweltering, evening meetings were always quite exhilarating for me.More than once, incredible things took place before my eyes. I recall observing a crippled woman regain her ability to walk after intense,…
  • The Surprising Way That God Extends His Kingdom

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    How does a king gain more influence? In ancient times, a monarch often extended authority into additional spheres by the establishment of a court and loyal officialsThe king appointed reliable men to faithfully represent him in key decisions. Those entrusted with his authority bore his royal seal and had the complete backing of the kingdom as they transacted the affairs of the king. In the ancient world it was believed that the greater the king, the greater his court would be. It was understood that a wise monarch selected honorable individuals to extend the reach of his authority.
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  • The Ambulance is Coming

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    This is me in grade 9 baby… Last week, I had
  • The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios + Paralyzing Doubt

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The other day, my wife went shopping and brought home Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. I have not eaten these in literally a decade. Perhaps this makes me old, but I clearly remember when these hit the market. I can practically hear myself now:Children, gather around. When I was young, we only had regular Cheerios and Honey-nut Cheerios. But then, one blessed day in 1989, we listened to the sound of a whole new O. Apple. Cinnamon. Cheerios.A Bridge Too Far But then, I went into Target and saw this. Have you seen the Cheerio aisle recently? Have you? Fellow American citizens, have you seen this? Have…
  • Belgium: The World Cup and The World’s Worst Genocide

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, at approximately 1pm PST, Belgium will play the US in the World Cup. The US is an underdog. We’ll likely lose. We already can’t hang with Belgium in the areas of beer, chocolate and waffles. But whatever. I wanted to use that match-up as a way of talking about something more important.Belgium’s Dark History In 1884, when Leopold II of Belgium came to the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to exploit it for its natural rubber. Rubber was fast becoming a world-wide commodity. Leopold he sent a private army of Belgian nationals and mercenaries armed to the…
  • Ping-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft, Global Poverty + Me

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation? - BonoPing-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft and World-Class Philosophers When I was in college, I studied philosophy and during a unit on justice, we read the works of a philosopher named John Rawls who developed an important idea he called “the veil of ignorance.” But I, being a simple man, took his concept and renamed it The NBA Draft Ping Pong Ball Theory of Justice.Let me explain: back in the 80s and 90s, the order that the teams in NBA…
  • June 19: Happy Juneteenth

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Happy Juneteenth There’s a holiday that’s celebrated in Texas that’s quite unusual. It’s called Juneteenth and it’s celebrated on June 19th. It marks the day when, in 1865, word reached the African Americans in Texas that the United States had abolished slavery. A Union general, Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX and announced that in the United States, slavery had been ended. Reaction among the newly freed slaves ranged from everything from shock to jubilant celebration. Imagine being a slave and learning for the first time, that you are free.Here’s the text of the…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Never Lean To Your Own Understanding

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Never Lean To Your Own Understanding By Putting Your Trust In The Lord. Recorded 13 August 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)
  • None Besides God

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    There is None Besides The Power and Truth of Almighty God. Recorded 7 August 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us .ly/wP2lQ1 (Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 1 September 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:47 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 6 times, 6 visits today)
  • Trusting Jesus Brings Jesus Back

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Trusting In Jesus Brings Jesus Back. Recorded 5 August 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 109 times, 15 visits today)
  • Farrakhan Ticked Off With The Mack Daddy

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Farrakhan Ticked Off With The Mack Daddy. Recorded 26 August 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 529 times, 36 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • The Morning Buzz | Utah Judge Issues Victory for Polygamous Family

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, expansion of mental health care stalls, a Utah judge issues a victory for a polygamous family, the U.S. government sues a Minneapolis suburb for blocking an Islamic center, a leaked poll shows that women are skeptical of the GOP, measuring abortion rates is challenging, and both parties worry that White House action on immigration could tip the 2014 midterm elections.
  • The Morning Buzz | LA Mayor Plans to Raise the Minimum Wage

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, the federal government raises the amount of pot that can be grown for research, nearly one-quarter of American children live in poverty, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the witness stand in his corruption trial, Los Angeles's mayor plans to raise the minimum wage, and the Obama administration takes on a sweeping climate change treaty.
  • The Morning Buzz | Where Can You Pack Heat in Public?

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, Americans' racial segregation, where you can carry a handgun openly, racism as a spiritual issue, Democrats organize in Arkansas, and universities still suffer from a dearth of socioeconomic diversity.
  • The Morning Buzz | Did Immigration Officials Discourage Migrants from Seeking Asylum?

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, Mark Driscoll takes a six-week leave, civil rights groups sue immigration officials, voting rights cases begin, a "drafting error" could doom Obamacare, and no Democratic politician has given voice to the anger in Ferguson.
  • The Morning Buzz | Obama Administration Adjusts the Contraception Mandate Exemption

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, the Obama administration announced changes to the contraception mandate exemption, budget cuts threaten a unique Alabama prison education program, working mothers are penalized in hourly jobs, gun groups appeal to women, medical marijuana entrepreneurs try to expand, and a Jewish woman explains why she stopped going to synagogue.
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • 5 Keys To Rise Above Every Hate (Overcoming Offence Series)

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceImagine someone saying I’m going to punch you but you are not allowed to be offended. That’s exactly what Jesus taught. Everything in our flesh seems to go against that principle of unconditional love. Who really does not want to fight back a guy who is trying to steal your jacket? And who really is willing to let go of his/her scarf as well, along with the jacket? Matt 5:39 says, do not resist an evil person. Be intentional about letting him get the best of you. When you do that you don’t become the fool. Instead you…
  • How Not to Let Offence Drag You Down

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceLast week, as I was writing this post, I began to do a self check and see if there was any offence in me against anyone. See part 1 on Offended Christian here. The more I searched my heart in prayer, the more Holy Spirit kept showing me an individual. The more I wanted to ignore it, the more the Lord brought it to the light. I kept denying that I was hurt. But the fact was, as much as I thought I was not hurt, it was my pride that kept me from admitting that I was hurting. Because to admit that “I was hurt” felt like a confession…
  • I Will Hurt You: An Offended Christian

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceThere is a beautiful looking bird in Canada called seagull. Of late I have been fascinated with seagulls. They look white and are magnificent acrobats of the sky. Unlike other birds, when flying they make seemingly impossible antics appear effortless.They can even float motionless in midair by catching wind currents with perfect timing and precision. As much as their acts are amazing, I found hardly anyone in Canada celebrating this bird as they would probably with the other birds of the air. I wondered why these white beautiful…
  • Revive Nations Latest Video Updates August 2014

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Hello Precious GTH readers, I just got back from wonderful meetings in Switzerland. Thank you for all your prayers. If you have not already, you can follow Revive Nations’ ministry updates by becoming a partner for free here or like my Facebook page here. Today I want to share with you some of our recent video resources that are available on YouTube. If you want us to immediately notify you every time we upload a new video, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Pray with Pastor Shyju – Destroying the Tumours That Abort the Destiny! [click above  to watch] Join me in…
  • Iraqi and Gaza Christians Under Fire; Church Growth in China; Movie on King David; Update on Saeed Abedini

    Blessen Varghese
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    France Offers Asylum to Mosul’s Christians While the situation for Christians in Mosul, Iraq is taking a turn for the worse, senior ministers of the French Government have issued a public statement offering asylum to Iraqi Christians being driven out of their homes by ISIS. Many Christians have fled their hometown of Mosul after the militant ISIS group seized the city and told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which ISIS has taken as the capital of its Islamic state. Please…
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    Watch TB Joshua

  • Reactions at TB Joshua’s alliance with Sierra Leone Government to curb Ebola

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    The critic watch blog assert that it took them by surprise that a country actually took TB Joshua up on his offer of a donation of anointed water to fight the Ebola virus. But we at Watch TB Joshua say they have not seen anything yet, indeed, they have not seen anything yet. What can […]
  • Ebola cure: T.B. Joshua to the rescue with the new Anointing water

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Wisdom is proved right by her actions; not words. While they may be unwise who hide their faces behind a watch blog and do nothing but slander the true prophet; even more foolish are those who would reject the undaunted power and openness of TB Joshua’s deeds to believe accusations from anonymous and unidentified bloggers. Of these […]
  • Will a man Rob TB Joshua? Yet they have robbed him.

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    There are those who take upon themselves to malign their fellows, there are those who take upon themselves to badmouth their peers, there are those who take upon themselves to criticize their colleagues; and for all these, there shall not one escape the wrath to come. If there is great punishment in view if such […]

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One would not blame those who criticize the deliverances that happen at SCOAN, after all, there is no way a man can explain the taste of ice-cream to another who has never tasted one, for him to understand. Even if he claims he understands after the explanation, he lies and does not until he comes […]

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It is often said that the doings of a disciple are the hallmarks of his master’s teachings; as the saying goes; like father; like son; like mother like daughter; like disciple like master. On basis of this some critics have insinuated that the character some of TB Joshua’s disciples display is a product of the […]
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • VIDEO: How to make Atheism look bad (restaurant prayer edition)

    Ken Ammi
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
  • VIDEO: Breaking Bad symbolism (all seasons...Metastasis)

    Ken Ammi
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Ebola, Obama and Moses

    Ken Ammi
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ebola, Obama and Moses - The recent African Ebola outbreak has brought about many interesting topics. One such topic is that of medical regiments for dealing with such outbreaks.This week we saw the Barack Obama administration bringing infected people directly in through... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • On the paranormal trickster

    Ken Ammi
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    On the paranormal trickster - The American Heritage Dictionary defines trickster as follows:2. Often Trickster A mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor.Random House... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • Thank God for, Well…God – The Unlikely Case of Gregory Smith and Angela Montez

    Ken Ammi
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Rather than ending her day with a bullet sized hole between her eyes Angela Montez gained a friend, a brother and an increased love of, and trust in, God. Just what was the line a demarcation between prey and prayer? Armed with a gun, Gregory Smith proceeded to rob Angela Montez, an Indianapolis store clerk.[i] Hours after said divine intervention helped her convince a would-be thief to give up mid-heist, the alleged robber agreed that God played a major role in his dramatic change of heart. “It had to be God working through her because she just talked to me like a mother or a grandmother…
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  • Abortion’s Arguments: it’s her body, it’s her choice

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    The point of the it’s her body, it’s her choice argument is that “No one has the right to tell any woman what she can or cannot do with her own body.”Looking at...
  • BBC’s “Bible Hunters” compliments Christianity

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    We simply cannot wait to see the rest of the BBC’s series on the world’s holy books and are certainly looking forwards to “Qur'an Hunters.” Can you imagine? No? Well then, you...
  • Atheists’ appeal to science and the death of the Renaissance Man

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    University refers to only to a supposed institute of higher learning but to that which such an institute is supposed to promulgate; a whole, aggregate, entire, etc. view of the world.Ask the question, “What is a human being...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: all aborted babies are going to heaven anyhow

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Of course, the statement that all aborted babies are going to heaven anyhow is pointed at theists.If the only point of life is to get the heaven bound to heaven quickly, then a holocaust perpetrated against all theists would...
  • Brave celebrities condemn Muhammad and Islam

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    To date (August 27, 2014 AD) close to 200 Hollywood related celebrities have bravely condemned Muhammad and Islam via the group Creative Community for Peace (see current list below).These celebrities signed a contra Hamas statement based on a...
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  • Measuring spiritual growth

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    …can be tricky. Often, sometimes intentionally and often unintentionally, we measure our spiritual growth (or the growth of others) by way of comparison. We compare ourselves with someone else. More often than not, we compare ourselves who has been on the journey of faith longer than us, and as a result we end up feeling like a spiritual zero. Don’t believe me… Pause for a moment and take a moment to try comparing yourself with some of the great heroes/saints of the faith–––Moses, Ignatius of Loyola, Mother Theresa. Of course, I need not expand that list any further.
  • The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Dr. Kara Powell’s most recent book, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, is a follow up to the earlier, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, which she co-authored with Dr. Chap Clark. While both books draw on research that was collected as part of longitudinal study conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute, two things set The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family apart from the earlier book. First, The Sticky Faith Guideutilizes research that has been done in the years since the release of…
  • Goodnight, Ark (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Goodnight, Ark, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman, is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. (I recently had the opportunity to read and review another book from the Zonderkidz line: Jonah and the Great Big Fish.)  If it isn’t readily apparent, Goodnight, Ark is a children’s book that seeks to recount the biblical account of Noah and the ark in an age-appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I…
  • Jonah and the Great Big Fish (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Jonah and the Great Big Fish is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. Intended for children ages four through eight, Rhonda Gowler Greene attempts to tell the story of Jonah in an age appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I can’t help but comment as an adult who is well-acquainted with the story of Jonah. The story begins with God instructing Jonah to go to Nineveh. He’s to tell the people of the city to…
  • An interview with Garrison Keillor

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yesterday I watched Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Garrison Keillor. They talk Lake Wobegone, Keillor’s unlikely success and how Keillor prepares for and delivers the much acclaimed ‘News from Lake Wobegone’ segment of the show.
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    Set Apart People

  • Y’shua and the laws of clean and unclean

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
      We have previously written two articles on our understanding of the commandments regarding clean and unclean. We have since received some questions which we were very interested to find answers for. One of these questions is: How do we make sure we do not come into contact with anything or anyone who is unclean in order to make sure we don’t become unclean? We might, unknowingly, touch a person who is unclean or use public transport and sit on a chair where an unclean person sat. We might, for this reason, always be in an unclean state. The question is, does this really matter?
  • Always wanting more…Covetousness is idolatry

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We all need material things; we need furniture, a roof over our heads, clothes to wear and many other things. However, when does this need to have things turn into just wanting things for the sake of having it? When is wanting stuff covetousness? In the epistle to the Colossians, Paul said that covetousness amounted to idolatry. When I read this, I felt convicted, because I like nice things. I do really want a beautiful garden and a cozy, nicely decorated home. I want good home school resources to teach our children and many other things. Does this mean that I practice idolatry? Does this…
  • Disobedience is not a game, it could change the course of your life

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
      What if your next act of disobedience changes the course of your life? Have you ever considered this? I was reading the passage about the twelve spies and Israel’s rebellion in the book of Deuteronomy, and the profoundness of this passage struck me and has stayed with me since. It made me contemplate this question. I am not talking about losing a blessing as a result of being disobedient; I am talking about a profound change like in the case of those who rebelled, not entering the land. Just think about it, they were saved from harsh slavery just to walk around the wildreness for…
  • Teach them to your children, why we homeschool

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We read in Scripture that we are to teach our children. What does this mean? Does this imply that all responsibility to teach our children remains with us as parents? Should we be teaching them math, history and everything else, or does it only refer to YHVH’s Word? In a previous post, They say there are giants in the land… we asked if anybody would be interested in a study about homeschooling and why we homeschool. We have had some response to this. So, in this post, we will share with you why we homeschool our children. Our decision to homeschool was made after we found out we were…
  • A response to comments about the heresy of the Enoch calendar

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As a result of our previous article on the heresy of the Enoch calendar, we have received many responses.  These responses all tried different approaches.  They either tried to justify the solar calendar or the validity of the book of Enoch. We decided to answer all these responses in one document, as most of these responses overlap in content. We have grouped the comments by some key topics. Rather than responding to each comment raised, we will discuss each of the main topics. Objection to the canonicity of Enoch Under this topic we have received two lines of approach.  The first is that…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Let there be a positive record of always talking with regard.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Message for the day 02-09-2014Projection: When I have regard for others, there are good wishes expressed through my words. Such words are totally free from the slightest bit of negativity and bring a very positive result. When words are positive, they are few but essenceful. So they have a lot of impact on others. Solution: When I have regard for others, I will be able to keep myself free from negative and waste words. So I'll naturally find every word of mine being used in a positive and powerful way. So I find only accumulation and no waste through my words. My energy is…
  • The power of stability enables to cross over all obstacles

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Message for the day 01-09-2014Projection: The one who is stable is not influenced by one's own old habits and tendencies to react, but is able to think and act properly under all circumstances. The power of stability brings forth the best decisions in the most difficult times, brings solutions and helps in lessening the impact of the obstacle itself. Solution: When I am stable on the seat of a master, I am able to be free from the influence of my own old habits, those that are of weakness. Instead I am able to transform old habits into new ones, making them into those of power.
  • To accept advice is to ensure self-progress.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Message for the day 16-09-2014Projection: The natural state of the self is to ensure progress. Everything that is done by the self is for its progress. But the one who rejects advice rejects the progress of the self. To accept advice means to take the chance for whatever benefit that comes my way. Solution: When someone corrects me or gives me an advice or suggestion, if I accept it in the right spirit, I'll constantly learn from it. This will enable me to experience constant progress. I am also naturally able to give regard to everyone I come into contact with and remain in…
  • Regard for others makes them our helpers.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Working with others we usually find ourselves expecting others to cooperate with us. And sometimes we are not able to get their cooperation. We are, then, disappointed and look for help from elsewhere or seek to change the place of work. But we find that it is just a temporary solution. Solution: Each and every individual has a contribution to make for every task at hand. We need to give a chance and allow them to make their contribution. This is possible when we provide them with the right environment of love and regard. When we respect…
  • The one who gives constantly is a true bestower.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: We usually find ourselves giving only to those who give to us. When someone gives us love or happiness, we too are inspired to give. So we find that unless we get from others, it becomes difficult to give. Solution: We need to have the aim of not letting anyone go from us empty handed. That means we give them an experience of love or happiness or whatever they need at that time. When we have that aim, we will be able to give even when we don't get anything. And then, we find that only when we give do we get. Soul…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Girls with Purple Hair

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    “Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. –Romans 2:1 A few weeks ago, while Diane was in California visiting our grandson, I was driving to get some dinner when … Read More →
  • FGG-036 The 7 Great Prayers

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    In this podcast, Tony recalls his cancer diagnosis and the simple prayers he received in emails that helped him through a difficult time in his life. Prayers in Brief: 1. I Love You God 2. Thank You God for… 3. God, You are Inside Me 4. I Attract God’s Blessings 5. God, I See You … Read More →
  • Did He Say That?

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, and only God can fill it.” –Blaise Pascal As I sat down on a Saturday morning to write, I was inspired by a quote that I have heard and used often about a God-shaped hole in our hearts. The idea of a God-shaped hole … Read More →
  • FGG-035 In All Things Give Thanks

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In this podcast, Tony discusses giving thanks as an important element of Christianity.  He uses the beautiful writings of St. Rose of Lima to better understand God’s amazing grace.  The feast of St. Rose of Lima is celebrated this Saturday, August 23rd. Quote: “If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine … Read More →
  • We Celebrate

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven. Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty. Give praise with blasts upon the horn, praise him with harp and lyre. Give praise with tambourines and dance, praise him with strings and pipes. Give praise with … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Are Catholic Bishops Living too Lavishly? CNN says so…

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Over the weekend, I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. The CNN Belief blog lists the residences of many of America’s prominent Catholic bishops, noting their size and value, which they define as “lavish.” It made me think about the morality of how a bishop should live. Recently, Pope Francis, […] The post Are Catholic Bishops Living too Lavishly? CNN says so… appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Advice on Repentance from St. Jane Frances de Chantal

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    On the feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, a saint whose story speaks to me, here is a wonderful quote from her courtesy of Catholic Online: “Should you fall even fifty times a day, never on any account should that surprise or worry you. Instead, ever so gently set your heart back in the right direction […] The post Advice on Repentance from St. Jane Frances de Chantal appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass?

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    In reviewing my website analytics, I discovered that someone came across my blog after typing this question into Google. I just wanted to provide a big old YES! You can most definitely attend any type of mass as an RCIA candidate or even as a non-Catholic. The only thing you cannot participate in is receiving […] The post Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass? appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul exhorts us to “Pray without ceasing.” Upon first read, that is a TALL ORDER! How in the world can we pray ALL the time? Don’t you feel as though you struggle to work in any prayer at all sometimes? You’re not alone! After a year of being a full member […] The post 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Holy Dads, Holy Virtues

    6 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    As we buy our Father’s Day cards and gifts this June, many of us may be thinking about what makes our dad a “good” dad so we can find just the right card. No doubt, our dads have their share of failures, like all sinners, but I bet there’s at least one, if not countless, […] The post Holy Dads, Holy Virtues appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Mark 7:19 and the Little Participle that Could

    Andrew Sargent
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, we’ve discussed the controversial aside which Mark seems to have added in Mark 7:19 to the effect that Jesus’ debate with the Pharisees over the “Traditions of the Elders” leads naturally to Jesus’ denouncement of Torah food laws[1]—A happy day for squirrel hunters and scallop eaters the world over. Today, I’d like to raise some doubts about the grammar of our Markian “aside.” In a future post, I’ll take on even more important points of interpretation. Did you know that original manuscripts of the New Testament had: 1. ALL CAPITALS: While we have capitalization…
  • 40 Days With the Savior: Chapter 1 Rewrite—It Begins

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jonathan Cashman and I have been testing the chapters of our book 40 Days with the Savior on small groups in Florida. We listened to criticisms and have rewritten some of the chapters to address concerns. Here is the re-write of chapter 1. I’ll be posting the re-writes of a few chapters over the next while. I hope you enjoy them. You might want to take a look at  Isaiah 52:13-53:1-6 SAVIOR? Welcome to the first of forty days with the SAVIOR. To speak of a SAVIOR suggests that humanity needs saving, that there is some problem so threatening to our existence, our eternal existence, a…
  • Jesus vs. the Law: Torah, Halakah, and Jesus’ Declaration of Dietary Deliverance in Mark 7:19

    Andrew Sargent
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy the gastric freedom of gentile existence. Whether my arteries enjoy it is another discussion altogether. I love lobster, shrimp, and bacon, and though I have never actually eaten dolphin or alligator, I’d happily try them if you slathered them with a creamy garlic butter sauce. So don’t imagine that I am attempting to preach a legalistic return for gentiles to the dietary confines of Torah. Neither do I accuse those, who, for their own reasons, choose to restrict themselves, thus. I believe that one needs to eat as their conscience dictates, and that…
  • Jesus May Have Declared All Foods Clean But I Still Won’t Eat Chilled Monkey Brains

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I learned Hebrew from a Rabbi.[1] Then I had to re-learn it from other sources. The Rabbi, you see, had a rather relaxed philosophy of language learning. He immersed our class in the world of the Hebrews, into the world of the Jews. He said things like, “Greek teachers are all inches from an emotional breakdown, twitching over the strain of figuring out which of more than thirty types of genitive THIS one is?”[2] “Hebrews simply sit beneath the fig tree,” he would muse, “thankful to YHWH for the shade of the fig tree.” I learned a lot from him, just not a lot of the technical side…
  • What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know about the “Still Small Voice” Could Fill A Blog Post

    Andrew Sargent
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we have a recently engaged guest Blogger. John Donnelly is a Biblical Literacy Ministries Educator, Church Planter, & Part-year missionary to India. John has a Master’s in Old Testament Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is nearly finished with a Masters degree in New Testament studies from the same. Have you ever read something in the Bible and thought that it makes no sense? Or had a hard time picturing it? Sometimes it can be hard to get the story details to jive in your mind. The problem often lies in the fact that we have preconceived pictures in our mind…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Preparedness Month 2014

    Fr. Peter
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    by Fr. John A. Peck ~ Guest Blogger National Preparedness Month is almost upon us, and in light of that, I thought a quick look at why being prepared makes sense, and can, in fact, be a fun activity for yourself and your family. Why should you do it at all? Let’s quickly review a few things we’ve seen in the past few months. Extreme Drought is crushing not only California, but a great deal of the west and south, resulting is smaller herds of livestock; The Ebola Outbreak threatens to appear almost anywhere; flu Season is almost upon us and Ebola symptoms are identical to flu symptoms…
  • Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction. What we are witnessing before our eyes…
  • Orthodoxy and Suicide

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person’s life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I learned a long time ago that I have limitations in my ability to help someone when they come to…
  • Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East

    Fr. Peter
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    The Most Blessed TikhonArchbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada Pastoral Letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East “We have preferred profane and material things to the commandment of love, and because we have attached ourselves to them we fight against men, whereas we ought to prefer the love of all men to all visible things and even to our own body.” (St Maximus the Confessor, The Ascetic Life, 7) Beloved in Christ, Our hearts have…
  • Prayers for Enemies

    Fr. Peter
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In 1941, with the German occupation of Yugoslavia, Bishop Nikolai, together with Patriarch Gabriel Dozhich, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in the infamous Dachau Prison Camp in Germany. He spent two years in Dachau, witnessing and suffering some of the cruelest torture of human beings the world has known. Prayers for Enemies by St. Nicholas Velimirovich  Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my…
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • 10 Simple Tips to live an Inspired Spiritual Life!

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Inspiration has such amazing power. Inspiration boosts our enthusiasm to exert our physical,mental and intellectual faculties to the utmost. Inspiration gives us the optimism to joyfully pursue in our endeavors till we reach the goal. It makes even the biggest hurdles appear puny.Let ponder over the many ways of building our level of inspiration, to lead an inspired life, filled with devotion to God and Guru.1. Everyday revise and contemplate upon the Divine knowledge you have received from the Guru and the Vedic Scriptures.2. Look on the human form as a rare opportunity granted to the soul,…
  • Why are we here in this world?

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    -"Once, I was giving a lecture in a town. There was a college boy, who had heard my lectures and was staying with me during his vacation. After the lecture we went for a walk. He asked me the question, "Swamiji, why are we here in this world?"I wondered how to answer this question. There was a cinema hall in front and the night show had begun. I asked him, "Do you have money for the tickets?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Buy two tickets." He replied, "Swamiji you will see the movie!" I answered, "Let's see it with you today." So, he purchased the tickets. We were a little late. We entered the…
  • How to teach and train mind that there is no happiness in the material world?

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    -There are innumerable things in the world, and each thing has endless varieties. If you try to experiencing everything first before deciding that there is no happiness in it, your whole life pass in this endeavor.-There are people who run after money all their lives, and yet do not decide that it does not have the happiness they are seeking. Again, if you finally do come to the conclusion that the world is not a place of happiness, but the mind doubts whether or not there is happiness in God, then what will you do?-As human beings, God has bestowed us with subtle intellects that can make…
  • Importance of Human Life...

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    We, the Sadhaks (devotees) should always keep in mind that whatever good we are doing is all due to the grace of the Guru and God. Otherwise, we have been bound by maya, awfully attached to the wordly possessions, absolutely worthless, having hideous ideas, full of dirt and filth from time immemorial.If we are able to do something good, if a tear trickles from our eyes for God, if we have some good word and noble feeling for the Guru, we must conclude that it is all due to the Guru's grace.If he had not given us the spiritual knowledge, if he had not bestowed his love upon us, how could we be…
  • O My Mind!! This Golden chance of Human Life is passing away……

    19 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    Even Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar are under the influence of Time, then where do you stand? Having received this priceless human body which is desired even by the celestial gods, why are you wasting it in worldly pleasures? Like a deaf and blind person, you neither listen to saints nor see the reality of material world. You simply remain infatuated by the pleasures of senses. Now I will do, now I will start doing devotion, saying like this, you keep on procrastinating, for which you will have to repent. Jagadguru Shri Kriplauji Maharaj says that “Annihilation takes place within a…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and its economic benefits.
  • The Word for Today is #One (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
  • The Word for Today Is #Handiwork

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

    Verneda Lights
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Florida Mass Choir performs “Battle-Axe.” (If video does not immediately appear, refresh your browser.) When I was a child, I had a plaque given to me as a reward for excellence in memorizing Bible verses. The plaque said “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV) I would look up at the shiny wood plaque and run my fingers across the flowers painted on it, wondering what “cares” meant. Things we care about, like the welfare and life-events of family members, jobs, education, finances, natural disasters, and wars at home and abroad, can take…
  • The Word for Today Is #Authority

    Verneda Lights
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Illustration of “The Trusting Child”, a poem by Lydia Sigourney which appeared in Poems for the Sea, Hartford: H.S. Parsons & Co., 1850. Page 41. See (Photo credit: Wikipedia) God creates every human being, but being created by God doesn’t automatically make everyone His child. God’s children have a trusting relationship with their Father. They believe in HIm. They receive and welcome His love and forgiveness, and they rely upon Him for their daily needs. This gives true believers the authority or right/…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • The Death of a Life

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A few blog posts ago, I was chastised for “giving myself to other men.”The anonymous commenter declared no decent, Catholic man would ever want such a one as me – soiled, defiled, not pure – which is fine. I have long since confessed my sin to the only man I truly love and need – Jesus Christ – and should I spend my entire existence shunned by “decent, Catholic men,” I will remain at peace, for I know I am loved by Love. Nevertheless, the elephant remains in the room.I am not a virgin.Growing up without a father, I spent my years searching for male approval and acceptance. As…
  • Mary, Our Spiritual Mother

    2 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Mother.The word brings comfort to some, disdain to others. As with most mother-daughter relationships, my mom and I have had our ups and downs. Power struggles through my adolescence convinced me she was a cruel, controlling woman, and the sooner I could break free, the better. Now an adult, the novelty of “breaking free” has worn off, and I see much more clearly. I realize every lesson she tried to teach me was not only true, but out of love…and she knows everything. Much wiser now, I seldom make a decision without consulting Mom first.Quite a drastic change from the “terrible…
  • The Evolution of the Selfie

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    I was waiting at Gate C23 of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, excited about visiting family in Syracuse, and somewhat impatient to get the flight going, when I witnessed the most peculiar of human conditions…The Selfie.Passengers were filing out of a plane which just landed, hauling heavy carry-ons which (let’s be honest) should’ve been checked, but who the heck wants to pay $25 per bag? I could tell each was tired from the flight and eager to get somewhere, when out of nowhere, the exodus from the plane came to a screeching halt. A tall teen wearing basketball shorts exited…
  • Tapping Into My Spiritual Michonne

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    For a month or so, I turned my back on God.My interior grew dark, so much so, I found prayer impossible. Not only did I neglect my daily conversation with Him, I abandoned all efforts towards charity – indulged in selfishness at the expense of my neighbor’s happiness. I could not feel His presence, so I turned to earthly pleasures to make me feel whole. I knew I was displeasing Him through my behavior, but such knowledge failed to faze me.I was committing spiritual suicide, and I barely cared.Looking back, I realize I was under spiritual attack. Who would’ve thought demons would take…
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  • Best Labor Day Deals 2014 – TV, Laptop, Head Phones, Camera, Home Theater, Web Hosting

    Ashutosh Kumar
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Best Labor Day Deals 2014 : Finally here comes the labor day weekend 2014. For which we were waiting for 2 months. The only long weekend after memorial day and 4th of July to give us relief and time to spend with our family while summer ends. But do not forget that labor day weekend brings us a lot of sales with lucrative discounts. So we suggest you to either wait for last-minute labor day deals or open the links given right away and shop now! Celebrate the contributions of workers Best Labor Day Deals 2014 Best Labor Day Deals 2014  | Labor Day Weekend Deals Here is a long list of best…
  • What is Labor Day All About? Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

    shobhit pandey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    What is Labor Day All About? and Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? : In this article we are sharing some FAQ’s of Labor Day. Few question provided below that help you to understand the Labor Day meaning, when is Labor Day this year, History of Labor Day, Labor Day weekend gateway, what is labor day all about etc. Q1). What is Labor Day all about ? Why is Labor Day celebrated? Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the American labor movement in the honor of the social and economic achievements of workers. It is a yearly national tribute…
  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes, Messages, SMS & Images Collection

    shobhit pandey
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    On the occasion of special Ganesh chaturthi, here we are sharing Happy Ganesh chaturthi wishes , messages, sms in English, Hindi & Marathi font. Select on this wishes from the below provided collection and send to all your friends. You can also share these Ganesh chaturthi wishes , messages, sms with everyone via Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other social networking sites also. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi wishing images Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes, Messages, SMS in English I Wish U Happy Ganesh Chaturthi And I Pray To God For Your Prosperous Life, May You FindAll The Delights Of Life, May Your…
  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Images, Pictures, Wallpapers Collections

    shobhit pandey
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Ganesha Chaturthi Images:Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival also popular with another name as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi. The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. This year it is observed on 29th August 2014. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi. The festival involves installing clay or plaster of Paris images of the elephant-headed god in public pandals, which are worshipped for…
  • Funny Labor Day Jokes One Liner & Labor Day Jokes Images

    shobhit pandey
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Funny Labor Day Jokes One Liner & Labor Day Jokes Images : Here we are providing you the funny Labor Day jokes, get through these labor day funny jokes with your friends, family and colleagues in this Labor Day 2014. These Labor Day Jokes might be enough funny to make every one laugh and cheers the Labor Day 2014. Few Labor Day Jokes Images are also provided here, must share. Labor day Jokes Images Funny Labor Day Jokes Messages & SMS  A little 8-year-old girl asks her father. Is Aunty Diane having her baby today? Why did you think she is about to give birth? Because you said today…
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    Pilgrimage Places and Pilgrimage Tourism in India | Myoksha

  • 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…
  • Top India Travel Bloggers

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    We started Top India Travel Bloggers as an informational list, but it turned out to be inspirational as we got to know more about each of these amazing India Travel Bloggers. The individuals featured here have diverse backgrounds – some of them left their corporate jobs to pursue travel full-time, some of them found meaning to their lives through travel and some of them started blogging to inspire others to travel more. However, there is one thing common among these bloggers – They love India and they glorify our country with their inspirational travelogues! Get Inspired from these…
  • Rameshwaram Temple

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    Rameshwaram Temple (also known as Rameswaram Temple) is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located on the island of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu State, India. Rameswaram Temple is one of the four temples that are a part of Char Dham Pilgrimage. Rameshwaram Temple is also known as Ramanathaswamy Temple Significance: Rameshwaram Temple is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Yatra. Hindus plan to visit these 4 shrines at least once in their lifetimes. Traditionally the journey starts at Jagannath Temple Puri, and goes clockwise to Rameshwaram followed by Dwarka Temple and…
  • Jagannath Temple Puri

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Jagannath Temple Puri is dedicated to Hindu God Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) and is located in the holy town of Puri in Odisha State, India. Jagannath Temple Puri is one of the four temples that are a part of Char Dham Pilgrimage Significance: Jagannath Temple Puri is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Yatra. Hindus plan to visit these 4 shrines at least once in their lifetimes. Traditionally the journey starts at Puri, and goes clockwise to Rameshwaram Temple followed by Dwarka Temple and ending at Badrinath Temple The speciality of Jagannath Temple Puri is that…
  • Dwarka Temple

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Dwarka Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Krishna and is located in the town of Dwarka in Gujarat State, India. Dwarka was the capital city of Lord Krishna’s Kingdom. Dwarka Temple is also known as Jagat Mandir (Temple of the Universe). This temple is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Pilgrimage. The temple is more than 2000 years old and is considered very powerful by the devotees Significance: Dwarka Temple is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Yatra. Hindus plan to visit these 4 shrines at least once in their lifetimes. Traditionally the journey starts…
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