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  • Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

    Religion | The Guardian
    Harriet Sherwood, Sandra Laville, Kim Willsher in Paris, Ben Knight in Berlin, Maddy French in Vienna and Lauren Gambino in New York
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Hundreds of girls and women are going missing in the west, reappearing in Iraq and Syria to bear children for the caliphateHundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East, causing increasing concern among counter-terrorism investigators.Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited via social media. Continue reading...
  • India arrests 140 for religious clashes as Modi tours U.S.

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Police in western India have arrested 140 people after two men were stabbed during violence between Hindus and Muslims that left more than a dozen injured and was triggered by an image posted on Facebook, officials said on Monday. The violence in the state of Gujarat coincides with a visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to meet President Barack Obama later on Monday on a trip emphasizing India's economic potential. ...
  • Angola: Apostolic Nuncio Stresses Missionaries Role in War Time

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    [ANGOP]Lubango -The Vatican ambassador to Angola, Dom Novato Rugambwa, Sunday day in Lubango, southern Huila province, acknowledged the role played by Catholic missionaries during the war period in the country.
  • Ron Howard on The Good Lie

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Good Lie is a movie about the human spirit. Faith helps the Sudan refugees forge past the challenges that they are facing on their journey and provides them with the hope necessary to move forward. Reese Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, an agent for an employment agency, who is assisting the Sudan refugees get settled in the United States. Witherspoon’s character, Davis, helps the refugees on their new chapter in the states and they help her find a new meaning of life. Through faith and hope, two different cultures are able to unite and become more. You’ll find yourself researching the…
  • Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer

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    Raoul Plus, S.J.
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We may pray to adore, to give thanks, to implore pardon, or to ask for the graces we need. But whereas, in the last three cases, our thought comes back to ourselves, in the first, we forget ourselves entirely and think of God alone. If I give thanks, it is because I have received; if […]
 
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  • Ron Howard on The Good Lie

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Good Lie is a movie about the human spirit. Faith helps the Sudan refugees forge past the challenges that they are facing on their journey and provides them with the hope necessary to move forward. Reese Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, an agent for an employment agency, who is assisting the Sudan refugees get settled in the United States. Witherspoon’s character, Davis, helps the refugees on their new chapter in the states and they help her find a new meaning of life. Through faith and hope, two different cultures are able to unite and become more. You’ll find yourself researching the…
  • The Best of Jimmy Fallon

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Here is the best of Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
  • Your Moon Astrology Forecast For October 2014

    Matthew Currie
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    (Finally — a practical astrology forecast that EVERYONE can use, regardless of their Sign! Make sure you bookmark this page and come back — it could be the most useful thing I’ve written all month!) October sees Mercury Retrograde from the 5th to the 25th and yes, that's going to be kind of a pain in the butt. Venus moves into Scorpio and Mars into Capricorn and our basic drives all get a little more serious. But the big news is the total Lunar Eclipse on the 8th, which involves Uranus and a Venus-Pluto square. Oh, cut that out. It's not that bad. I'll have details for you closer to…
  • Free Yourself from Bible Study Myths

    Carolyn Henderson
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    "Why won't you attend Bible study?" a man asked me once. "Do you hate studying the Bible?" Anytime you seek to free yourself from rules that the majority of people follow, you'll be told that you're different, dissident, and difficult. Well, go ahead -- would you rather be free, or compliant? Spirit of the Canyon, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art. Seriously, when you get a question framed like that, it's best to just talk about the weather. The person asking will never understand the answer, because…
  • What to say to your Jewish Friends on the Holidays

    Evan Moffic, @chicagorabbi
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    While speaking at a church recently, I received an urgent question: “Is it okay for me to wish my Jewish friends ‘A Happy New Year’ on Rosh Hashanah? “Absolutely,” I said. The questioner then asked what was appropriate to say on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, when many Jews do not eat or drink and spend most of the day in synagogue. I thought for a minute. My answer was a bit disappointing. About the closest we get to a customary greeting in synagogue is “Have an easy fast.” As I thought more about it, however, I realized we have a few other possibilities: Rosh…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer

    Raoul Plus, S.J.
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We may pray to adore, to give thanks, to implore pardon, or to ask for the graces we need. But whereas, in the last three cases, our thought comes back to ourselves, in the first, we forget ourselves entirely and think of God alone. If I give thanks, it is because I have received; if […]
  • Five Ways Parents Can Engage Children in the Faith

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The primary obligation of parents towards their children is to pave the way for the salvation of their immortal souls. Jesus pointed this out very clearly: “What would it profit a man if he were to gain the whole world and lose his soul in the process. What can a man exchange for his very soul?” […]
  • John Carroll: America’s Bishop

    George J. Galloway
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When President James Madison asked for and received, by a narrow margin, a declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812, there was one man in the new republic who knew exactly what to do: John “Jackie” Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, an aging shepherd of a small and widely diverse flock, in a fledgling democracy […]
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    Michael Lichens
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “There are three things we must do to be at peace: have a pure intention to desire the honor and glory of God in all things; do the little that we can unto that end, following the advice of our spiritual father; and leave all the rest to God’s care.”  -St. Francis de Sales, Roses […]
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    Michael Lichens
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For those who are known for our hospitality, the gospel narrative about Jesus being refused lodging in a Samaritan village may seem disturbing. But in those times, the hostility between Samaritans and Jews was part of the cultural landscape. For one, Samaritans did not believe that the temple of Jerusalem was the proper site for […]
 
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  • Seth Godin’s Advice on Nit-Pickers: Pastors and Leaders Need to Read This

    philcooke
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    My friend Seth Godin wasn’t writing this for pastors, but when I read it, I realized pastors were exactly the right audience for this piece. Read it through and let me know if you agree. And perhaps more important – if you’ve ever experienced one or more of these types of folks in your church […]
  • 5 Ways To Get A Response To Your TV Programs

    philcooke
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mary Hutchinson, direct response maven from “Inspired Direct” outside Boston sent me this most excellent post that you should forward to anyone considering going on TV or starting a non-profit or religious media ministry: Five Things You Need to Get a Response on TV Non-profits, religious organizations, and infomercial producers are still expanding their scope […]
  • Shocking Research: Would You Prefer to Sit Alone With Your Thoughts, Or Receive an Electric Shock?

    philcooke
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I’ve spent years studying the impact of today’s distracted culture, but I wasn’t quite ready for the results of a new study by Science Magazine. Last month the magazine revealed just how difficult and unpleasant people think it is to sit alone with nothing to do but think. The magazine states: “In the study, participants […]
  • Who’s Creating The Movies and TV Programs That Will Inspire The Next Generation?

    philcooke
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    This past week I had two interesting experiences. First – it was the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Clayton Moore – who played “The Lone Ranger” on television. The series originally aired on ABC from 1949-1957, and was the highest-rated television program on the network in the early 1950s and its first true […]
  • Is This What Christians Really Think About Hollywood?

    philcooke
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    For the last number of years, The National Day of Prayer Task Force has met annually with all of their volunteer prayer leaders from across the country, in a different city every year, in order to get a perspective on how to pray for the different areas of need in our nation. Last year they […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • Public Advocate Responds to Blog Critics in Michigan About its Pro-Family Survey

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Contact: Public Advocate, 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com Public Advocate is in the Michigan liberal blog media spotlight right now for daring to ask Michigan candidates if they will pledge to oppose adding pedophilia to "anti-discrimination" legislation. Eugene Delgaudio, President of Public Advocate Said Today: While we consider this question of preventing the addition of pedophilia to protected sexual orientation to be very important, the Liberals are trying to hijack the Source: Public Advocate
  • Terry Allan Christian, Author of 'What Did Jesus Say' Announces 'Bible Belt Tour' Celebrating 40 Years Serving Jesus

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Terry Allan Christian's book, What Did Jesus Say' helps lead Christians back to the words of Jesus. Rev. Christian begins his Bible Belt Tour' from Birmingham Al area October 5, 2014. Birmingham, AL September 30, 2014 As a Christian author and speaker, Rev. Terry Allan Christian's singular mission is to reestablish true Christian values in the most powerful way by presenting only the words actually spoken by Jesus Christ. In his ministry and in his message, there is no place for pol Source: PrimeStar Publicity
  • Life Education And Resource Network Holds Demonstrations Leading to Washington DC

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Contact: Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., 201-704-9325WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Life Education And Resource Network, L.E.A.R.N will be holding public demonstrations with marches in Newark NJ, Lawanside NJ, Philadelphia PA, District Heights of Maryland and Washington Dc on October 11,12,13 of 2014.  LEARN is the largest African American Pro-life network in the country. The purpose of the demonstrations is to encourage social activism and bring nation Source: LEARN
  • UP Presents the UP Original Movie 'Heavenly Match,' Romantic Comedy -- Stars Samaire Armstrong ('Resurrection,' 'The O.C.')

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Also Stars Brendan Penny ("Motive," "Whistler") and Former Destiny's Child Letoya Luckett (Preacher's Kid, "Treme") Co-Star Premieres Exclusively On UP, Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 P.M. EDT / 6:00 P.M. PDT Based on Author Beth Pattillo's Acclaimed Novel "Heavens to Betsy" Contact: Chelsye J. Burrows, 770-692-4559, cburrows@UPtv.com; David Gardner, 770-692-9939, dgardner@UPtv.com; www.UPtv.com/pressroom ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- UP presents the UP Source: UP
  • SonSet Solutions to Become Independent, Nonprofit Ministry

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Move Allows Organization to Cultivate New Ministry Opportunities While Still Serving Technology Needs of Reach Beyond   Contact: Ty Mays, 770-256-8710, tmays@inchristcommunications.com     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The board of trustees of Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org) announced today that SonSet Solutions, its technology division based in Elkhart, Ind., will become a new independent nonprofit ministry effective Jan. 1, 2015. The move Source: InChrist Communications
 
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Anti-Islam, but pro-gay? How mosque opponents tie themselves in knots | Connor Tomas O'Brien

    Connor Tomas O'Brien
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Wherever Islam spreads, homophobia follows thats the rhetoric mosque opponents use against their leftwing foes. The real issue is the bigots own inconsistency The left seem to be very stupid, I suppose, Mike Holt says. The Queensland-based former One Nation candidate is bemused when I ask him why he believes some progressives support both the expansion of rights to LGBT people, and the building of mosques in regional Australian centres.Holt is one of the key figures in the anti-mosque campaign. He takes credit for launching the Concerned Citizens of Bendigo organisation that emerged to fight…
  • Witches: James I and the English Witch Hunts review

    Nicholas Lezard
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Tracy Borman's study of the mysterious deaths at Belvoir Castle in 1613 casts light on the exploitation of credulity for political purposesWitchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries has been one of the most popular topics with historians and the reading public for almost half a century. And why not? There is much to grip the modern reader, insulated from the madness of the time by centuries of rational scepticism, but still alive to the frissons to be had from stories of popular delusion and all the delicious paraphernalia that come with them: the crones, their familiars…
  • Family of Abdul Numan Haider have been sent death threats, police say

    Gay Alcorn
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Police condemn threats and say family of teenager shot dead by police in Melbourne must be left alone to grieveThe family of a teenager shot dead by police in Melbourne last week have received death threats, police said on Tuesday.The parents of Abdul Numan Haider, who stabbed two officers outside Endeavour Hills police station last week before he was shot, were threatened over the weekend. Haider,18, was being investigated by a terrorism task force, and had had his passport cancelled. Continue reading...
  • Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

    Harriet Sherwood, Sandra Laville, Kim Willsher in Paris, Ben Knight in Berlin, Maddy French in Vienna and Lauren Gambino in New York
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Hundreds of girls and women are going missing in the west, reappearing in Iraq and Syria to bear children for the caliphateHundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East, causing increasing concern among counter-terrorism investigators.Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited via social media. Continue reading...
  • Guardian Live: Hatreds Old and New as it happened

    Sian Cain
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Should Britains Muslims and Jews feel constrained by the events in the Middle East? Are Islamophobia and antisemitism at all time highs? The Guardians Jonathan Freedland and the Huffington Post UKs Mehdi Hasan came together to talk about the current atmosphere in the public sphere and what each community needs to do to be heardInterested in Guardian Live events? See the full listings here.Just weeks after the latest direct conflict between Israel and Gaza dominated headlines, The Guardian and The Huffington Post UK brought together Jonathan Freedland and Mehdi Hasan - two of Britains leading…
 
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Essence of Hajj

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Once Junaid Baghdadi met a man who had returned from Hajj (Hajji). After observing him for a while he asked him, "Have you been to Hajj?" ..
  • "Russian revolution" on IUMS session

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    As we have mentioned earlier, the fact is that, after two wars in Chechnya, Russian media, policy analysts and propagandists have formed very a hostile image for Arab and Turkish Muslim scholars, religious leaders and preachers. 
  • Pilgrimage of Spiritual Awakening

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    During the Hajj, all pilgrims stand united in a single act of worship, equal before God and with equal access to Him. An open mind can grasp the true magnitude of this occurrence and use it to break down even the most deep-seated prejudices and fears. Consider Malcolm X's reflection upon seeing the diversity of the Hajj
  • The legacy of Abraham

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The legacy of Prophet Abraham is an example of great sacrifices and complete submission to God ..
  • Hajj - Not a two-week vacation

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    For thirteen hundred years, the vast majority of Muslims made the journey to Mecca on foot, or perhaps mounted on a horse or a camel ..
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Home in South Asia provides refuge for abused teenagers, women

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of Baptist Global Response) South Asia (BGR) -- Baptist Global Response shares the following prayer request for women in South Asia: The Atulya Home in South Asia provides a safe place for young women coming from backgrounds of abuse, exploitation, and rejection. “The vision of the home is to see the women healed and set free from their past, to find hope for their future, and to move into a destiny in God,” a ministry partner says. “These women come from places where they are considered worthless, so we long for them to discover who they are in God—that they are…
  • The Treasure: multifaceted audio Scripture

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Treasure(Photo credit World Mission) USA (MNN) -- While globalization is one of the key issues highlighted at this year's Missio Nexus Leadership Conference, so is urbanization: the movement of people from remote locations into the city. Laurel Verburg of World Mission shares why their audio Scripture device, The Treasure, is perfect for both settings. "No matter what your mission is, chances are the population you're working with is going to respond to an audio Scripture," Verburg observes. "So, The Treasure is a great tool for doing that. "Small group ministry is huge in churches," she…
  • Ebola numbers staggering, Church source of life-saving information

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of Living Water International) West Africa (MNN) -- Ebola is more than a virus. It's more than an epidemic, and more than a deadly outbreak. Ebola is a harsh and blatant reminder of our mortality. U.S. troops are on the ground working against the spread of Ebola, says The Wall Street Journal. CNN says experts are developing possible vaccines and beginning to test them on humans, and another doctor exposed to Ebola has arrived in the United States for testing. These are the updates on Ebola. How big is Ebola, really? How big will it get? CEO and President of Living Water…
  • Muslims can’t defend ISIS idiology

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Iraq map Iraq (MNN) -- As United States President Barak Obama admits to underestimating ISIS, the Islamic State has taken more territory. According to reports, ISIS is moving closer toward Turkey. Even though warplanes continue bombing the region, local leaders suggest it's too little to make any difference. This is making the refugee crisis even worse as non-Muslim and nominal Muslims flee for their lives. Voice of the Martyrs is an organization looking out for the needs of the region's Christians. Todd Nettleton just returned from the Kurdish region of North Iraq. He describes the human…
  • Celebrate Bible Translation Day with Wycliffe

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit Wycliffe USA) USA (WYC/MNN) -- Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. Congress designated September 30 as Bible Translation Day: a day to honor the work of Bible translation around the world. Wycliffe Bible Translators USA shares the history of Bible Translation Day and the state of worldwide Bible translation today in the following article: Did you know there’s a day set apart worldwide to honor the work of Bible translation? Well there is, and we’re excited to tell you about it! In 1966, Wycliffe founder Cameron Townsend first shared an idea with Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, his…
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  • What Happens When the Supernatualism of the Bible is Removed? Moralism

    john_hendryx
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    “…What remains in Christianity when the supernaturalism of the Bible is given up is not Christianity at all.  Liberal Christianity and liberal Judaism, for example, turn out to be exactly alike.  They have the same…fundamental skepticism about God, the same complacency about man, and the same mild admiration for the prophet of Nazareth.  Tolerance has had its perfect work.  The equilibrium has been restored.  The consuming fire of Christianity has burned out, and we have merely the same feeble moralism that was in the world before Christianity took its rise.”It is a drab, dreary…
  • New Atheist Ideologues and How Christians Ought to Respond

    john_hendryx
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Anyone paying any attention has recently witnessed a new boldness from many of the most verbal online atheists. A large number who declare that they think the "virus" of religion should be "eradicated" and "outlawed". Many are using the same phrases and language as if they were all reading off of the same sheet. Look closely. This is the language of totalitarianism and control; the language of those who abhor freedom of conscience; the language we usually behold in the most virulent forms of fundamentalism ... but do not be troubled: this really should not come as a surprise to anyone who is…
  • 7 Free eBooks by B. B. Warfield

    john_hendryx
    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

    john_hendryx
    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

    john_hendryx
    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…
 
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    Religion

  • Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

    NPR Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher. That's almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents.» E-Mail This
  • In The Rural West, 'Roving Rabbis' Reach Isolated Jews

    Stina Sieg
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Each year, hundreds of Hasidic rabbinical students travel to far-flung towns that don't have thriving Jewish communities, encouraging rural Jews to reconnect with their faith and be more observant.» E-Mail This
  • Radical Muslim Cleric Reportedly Among 9 Arrested In Britain

    Scott Neuman
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Anjem Choudary, the former head of al-Muhajiroun, is said to be among those arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism or supporting a banned organization.» E-Mail This
  • Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence

    Dina Temple-Raston
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah is considered one of the most influential Muslims in the world. As a respected scholar, he has issued edicts to explain why groups such as the Islamic State have it wrong.» E-Mail This
  • Vatican Arrests One Of Its Own On Child Sex Abuse Charges

    Sylvia Poggioli
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    For the first time, the Vatican has put one of its own under house arrest for alleged sex abuse of minors. Josef Wesolowski is the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic and was defrocked in June.» E-Mail This
 
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    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

  • Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party.
  • Section 3: Social & Political Issues

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage The public is evenly divided over whether businesses that provide wedding services, like catering or flowers, should be required to provide services to same-sex couples despite religious objections to same-sex marriage. Half (49%) say that wedding-related businesses should be required to provide services to same-sex couples just as they would to […]
  • About the Survey

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 2-9, 2014, among a national sample of 2,002 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (801 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone and 1,201 were interviewed on a cellphone, including 673 […]
  • Section 1: Religion in Public Life

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Religion in Politics The public is now evenly divided on the question of whether churches and other houses of worship should express their views on day-to-day social and political questions: 49% say they should do this, while 48% say churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters. During the last midterm […]
  • Section 2: The Religious Landscape of the 2014 Elections

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    The partisan preferences of religious groups have remained relatively stable in recent years. Majorities of black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated continue to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, and say they would vote for the Democratic congressional candidate in their district this fall. At the other end of the spectrum, white evangelical […]
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    Religion News Blog

  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    Religion News Blog
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly. This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand. Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend
  • 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
  • @religionnews Twitter Feed

    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 A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog To those … [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
 
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    Religion News Service

  • Tensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools

    Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    (RNS) It's unclear whether eight faculty resigned or were effectively fired, and what the future holds for the Episcopal Church's flagship seminary.The post Tensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Halal KFC * Bible Museum * Bishop Finn : Tuesday’s Roundup

    Lauren Markoe
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Colonel Sanders tries to be more Muslim than the imams. The Vatican is investigating KC's Bishop Finn. And the Hobby Lobby Bible museum, soon to be built in the heart of the nation's capital, gets an official name. (And it's not "Hobby Lobby Bible Museum.")The post Halal KFC * Bible Museum * Bishop Finn : Tuesday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Steve Green says the $800 million museum will show "the Bible speaks for itself." The post Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Quote of the Day: Sen. Ted Cruz

    Ron Ribiat
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    “We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS. We repeal Common Core.” – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Friday (Sept. […]The post Quote of the Day: Sen. Ted Cruz appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders

    David Gibson
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    (RNS) Their absence at the Values Voter Summit could hurt the New Jersey governor and the brother of the former president with conservative Christians who are key to winning the GOP presidential primaries.The post Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders appeared first on Religion News Service.
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    Irtiqa

  • Sachal Studios Orchestra plays Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    by Salman HameedThe territory currently controlled by ISIS (from Wikipedia) There are a lot people commentating on ISIS and what is going on in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and the Muslim world at large. The situation is complicated to say the least. The US is involved again in the fight and is planning a Goldilock strategy of supporting those rebel groups that are just right for US interests, i.e. they will fight ISIS and defeat it while at the same time will be able to topple Assad's regime in Syria. And all the while won't change their own views about the US and its allies and will remain…
  • Two excellent short animated films about Wallace and Leeuwenhoek

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is an good introduction to Alfred Russell Wallace (co-disoverer of the concept of natural selection) and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (the discoverer of microbes):Here is The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace (tip from Zakir Thaver): And here is Seeing the Invisible (tip from Jason Tor): 
  • Too easy to shut-down liberal religious voices in Pakistan

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    by Salman HameedIt is becoming a challenge to write on issues like this at a time when Islamophobia is also becoming rampant in US and Europe and Muslims are being painted with broad brushes (more on this tension later). But these outrageous events need to be called out as well - and that brings us to another tragedy in Karachi, where the dean of Karachi University Islamic Studies department, Dr. Mohammad Shakeel Auj, was assassinated on Thursday. The problem, apparently, was that he had religious interpretations that didn't sit well with some of his colleagues and a former dean of his…
  • A new book series on "International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society"

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    by Salman HameedIf you are following this blog then I'm assuming that you have at least some interest in matters related to science and religion. Well, if you are looking to publish in this area (or have a much broader focus on culture and society), then the following may be of interest to you. I'm a co-editor (along with Fern Elsdon-Baker and Ignacio Silva) of a new book series by Pickering and Chatto Publishers called International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society and we are looking for both established scholars and first-time authors to publish as part of this series. Here is…
 
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Australian Sikhs being targeted amid anti-Muslim tensions.

    JSingh
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Australia: Sikhs have reported an increase in abuse in Australia from people mistaking them for hardline Muslims in the aftermath of the recent terror raids and the shooting of a known extremist. Community leaders from around the country have reported rising tensions – and now Sikhs, who wear turbans and long beards, say they have been targeted. Harjit Singh from the Australian Sikh Hertiage Association has experienced the rise of verbal abuse towards Sikhs and urges Australian’s to educate themselves on their heritage in Australia. ‘We walk down the street and sometimes we…
  • Sikh leader Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind acquitted by Jalandhar court; Release expected today

    JSingh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Jalandhar, Punjab: A local court here today acquitted Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) president Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind in a two years old case. Bhai Kulvir Singh, who is also a member of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) from Phillaur constituency was brought to Jalandhar from Nabha Jail to hear the decision. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mandip Singh Dhillon acquitted Bhai Kulvir Singh from all charges levelled against by the Punjab police. Bhai Kulvir Singh was framed in case because of political reasons by the Punjab police at the behest of ruling Shiromani Akali…
  • Greek media report on Gurdwara attacks of 21 September 2014.

    JSingh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Sikh Gurdwara shot at in Marathon 29/09/14 GREECE – Dimitris Angelidis Around 3.15 in the morning on Sunday, September 21, a rural black Toyota exited the Sikh Gurdwara in Marathon, climbed the sidewalk and stopped just behind a bus parked at night on one side of the courtyard. Then, as per the security camera, the vehicle drove back, reached the other side of the courtyard and restarted slowly forward. From the window of the vehicle, the passenger fired five consecutive shots from a suspected automatic weapon, which pierced the glass windows across the length of the Gurdwara, tore…
  • Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s last surviving sister passes away on his birthday in Canada.

    JSingh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Canada: Bibi Prakash Kaur, the last surviving real sister of Shaheed Bhagat Singh passed away in Canada on Sunday. She was 94. Coincidently, she passed away on the birth anniversary of the martyr, which falls on September 28. Professor Chaman Lal, a former professor of JNU Delhi and an author of several books on the martyr confirmed the news. She was living with her son Rupinder Singh in Toronto. Interestingly, a few hours before she died, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists in Canada visited her to greet her on Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary though she was not in a condition to respond.
  • Air India told to refund ticket amount, compensation to baptised Sikh

    JSingh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Air India to refund the amount spend by a baptised Sikh passenger on a domestic ticket along with Rs 10,000 as compensation for causing harassment and Rs 2,000 as litigation expenses. The passenger, wearing a four-inch kirpan was not allowed to board the flight from Ahmedabad to Amritsar. In a complaint before the forum, the complainant, Amarjeet Singh, a 66-year-old resident of SJS Avenue, had stated that he was fully aware of the fact that Kirpan is not allowed inside International Airports so he had booked a…
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    Century Blog

  • LaSalle Street Church makes use of abundance

    Amy Frykholm
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “You might think,” I told a group of high school students gathered for “Service Day” at our church’s community meal, “that we have to deal a lot with scarcity here. We are trying to feed 250 people a week entirely from donations. But the truth is that our bigger problem is often how to deal with abundance.”I pointed at the table where we had put donations that came in from a nearby Whole Foods: strawberries just about to rot, packages of guacamole, gallons of milk, cartons of organic yogurt, and dozens of loaves of bread. read more
  • Fired? Forced out? You're not alone.

    Carol Howard Merritt
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you’ve been fired or forced out, it doesn’t always mean you need to fold up the cloth all together. It’s incredibly painful. We might feel a spiritual rejection that we’ve never experienced. We may have a loss of identity. Betrayal might become wounds that are so deep that we don’t feel like we’ll be able to love a congregation again. We may feel abandoned by God. But sometimes we just need to need to endure the ache, walk through the rejection, and find a place where our gifts can flourish. read more
  • A day to remember that the harvest exists and that it sustains our lives

    Steve Thorngate
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today is Michaelmas, St. Michael the Archangel's feast day that's traditionally associated with the harvest. I like Travis Norvell's idea to recover the day's observance in a culture that's largely forgotten its relationship with the land: read more
  • New today: Resisting ISIS, shame and guilt, Brian McLaren's favorite books for ministry

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    28 Sep 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
  • Consumers and kenosis

    Stan Saunders
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In her most recent book, Blessed Are the Consumers, Sallie McFague focuses on kenosis as the key element in shaping a Christian alternative to the pervasive religion of consumerism. McFague says that consumerism consists of those cultural patterns and practices by which people “find meaning and fulfillment through the consumption of goods and services.” We may rightly identify consumerism as a religion. read more
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • 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:…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday. The Oct. 2-4 gathering will include Vatican ambassadors to Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinians as well as representatives to the United Nations and the European Union. ...
  • KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.
  • Vatican to donate 100,000 euros to Auschwitz upkeep

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Warsaw (AFP) - The Vatican has pledged 100,000 euros ($125,000) towards preserving the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in southern Poland, the site's museum said Monday.
  • India arrests 140 for religious clashes as Modi tours U.S.

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Police in western India have arrested 140 people after two men were stabbed during violence between Hindus and Muslims that left more than a dozen injured and was triggered by an image posted on Facebook, officials said on Monday. The violence in the state of Gujarat coincides with a visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to meet President Barack Obama later on Monday on a trip emphasizing India's economic potential. ...
  • India police arrest over 200 for religious violence in Gujarat

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    New Delhi (AFP) - Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said Monday.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Tory conference 2014 - Theresa May slams Lib Dems over communications data bill: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Andrew Sparrows rolling coverage of all the developments at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, including David Camerons morning interviews and speeches from Boris Johnson and Theresa May 3.47pm BST Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has just started his speech. He began by saying that the next Tory government would have no greater priority than the NHS. 3.35pm BST The Lib Dems have accused Theresa May of peddling misinformation about their opposition to the communications data bill. (See 1.28pm.) This is from a party spokesman.We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking…
  • eBay unveils plans to spin off PayPal next year - business live

    Graeme Wearden and Nick Fletcher
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    eBay shares jump 6.5% in early trading after it announces that it will separate from the payments site it bought in 2002 3.41pm BST Perhaps everything isnt as rosy in Americas economy as expected.US consumer confidence has fallen unexpectedly this month, to a four-month low. The Confidence Boards monthly survey of morale dipped to 86.0 from 93.4 in August. A less positive assessment of the current job market, most likely due to the recent softening in growth, was the sole reason for the decline in consumers assessment of present-day conditions. All told, consumers expect economic growth to…
  • Why Evan Davis was right to wear a tie for Newsnight

    David Hepworth
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The tie is an indicator of seriousness. When men in suits dont bother with it, they dont look edgy, they just look unfinishedOn Monday afternoon, Evan Davis announced that he had decided to wear a tie with his suit for his first appearance as anchor of Newsnight. This was obviously the correct choice both in theory and in practice but it had not been made without some soul-searching.Ok decision taken. I will be wearing a tie for my first @BBCNewsnight. (What happens on my second @BBCNewsnight, I shall decide tomorrow). Continue reading...
  • Hong Kong protests grow ahead of public holiday live updates

    Matthew Weaver
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Follow live updates on the Umbrella Revolution pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong 3.39pm BST "A lot of expats are watching from the sidelines, we wanted to show our support" - French student in Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/VhGNZAS59BAs this tweet shows, its not all Hong Kong nationals taking part. 3.34pm BST Weve already heard about support for the protests among some people in Taiwan. Now its president, Ma Ying-jeou, has warned an over-tough official response could hamper ties between the mainland and the island state.He told a meeting of his Kuomintang party, which supports eventual…
  • Dennis Rodman to go back to North Korea again

    Maeve Shearlaw
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    The former NBA star and self-styled basketball diplomat says he plans to take pro-wrestling to the secretive state in November. We look back at his previous, controversial visitsDennis Rodman is at it again, talking about two of his favourite subjects: sports and North Korea.The celebrity gossip website TMZ caught up with the former NBA star this week as he got on to a bus, and it was evident that he believes his sporting relationship with the country is still going strong.It's true, I'm in North Korea. Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jung Un. I love the people of North Korea.
 
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Jewish families move into eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood

    Marcy Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several Jewish families moved into apartments in buildings in the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan. The Jews moved in late on Monday night, amid protests by Arab rioters who threw rocks and fireworks and attempted to enter one of the homes, according to reports. One policeman was injured in the attacks. The eleven apartments in six buildings were purchased by Kandel Finance, an American company, Walla!News reported. It said that the arrangements also were assisted by the right-wing Elad organization, which is working to solidify a Jewish presence in…
  • Death of Jewish construction worker being probed as terror attack

    Marcy Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police in Israel are investigating the death of a Jewish construction worker in Petach Tikvah as a terror attack. Nathaniel Roi Arami, 26, fell 11 stories from the side of a high-rise building where he was doing exterior work when both of his rappelling cables snapped in an incident on Sept. 16. His co-workers had finished work and had walked away from the site before he fell. A court-imposed gag order was lifted Tuesday in the investigation, which is looking at Arami’s death as a possible nationalistic murder. An Arab co-worker had been taken in for questioning…
  • Netanyahu lunches with Adelson following U.N. speech

    Marcy Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had lunch in a New York restaurant hosted by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson following his address to the U.N. General Assembly. The meal for five at Fresco by Scotto required every customer of the midtown Manhattan restaurant to enter through a metal detector, the New York Post reported. Netanyahu arrived at the restaurant with some 30 security guards, the Post’s gossipy Page Six reported Monday. He ordered veal chops. Meanwhile, officials from the haredi Orthodox parties, all in the opposition, are accusing the Prime Minster’s…
  • Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland port docks in LA

    Marcy Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    (JTA) — An Israeli-owned cargo ship prevented by pro-Palestinian demonstrators from unloading in the Oakland Port will try to unload in Los Angeles. The Zim Shanghai was unable to unload its cargo Saturday after some 200 activists gathered at the Oakland port and prevented workers from getting near the ship, which is owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s largest shipping company. Approximately 50 police officers were on hand but did not intervene. The ship docked in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to tracking by the website marinetraffic.com. It is still…
  • Frenchman probed for telling TV he might kill Jews

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    (JTA) — French police opened a criminal investigation against a young man who spoke of killing Jews in a televised interview. Yves Jannier, the prosecutor of the Pontoise region north of Paris, ordered the probe Monday following the airing last week by the France 2 channel of an interview with a young man about the Jews of the nearby Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, Le Parisien reported Monday. The young man, who was not named, is seen standing with friends on the street and answering the questions posed by a journalist for France 2. “What they are doing over there in Palestine, we are…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Theology and California: The Book

    Fred Sanders
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    I’m pleased to announce the publication of a strange, new book: Theology and California: Theological Reflections on California’s Cutlture (Ashgate, 2014), edited by Jason Sexton and me. It’s available in hardcover for your libraries, softcover with a gorgeous cover photo, and e-book for portability. As Kevin Vanhoozer asks back-handedly on the back cover, “Theology is faith seeking understanding –yes, but of California?” Yes, of California. This book of essays is the result of several years of collaboration in a project called Theological Engagement with…
  • The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate

    Scriptorium Admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Torrey president Dr. Paul Spears discusses “Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate” with Dr. Adam Johnson.  Moderated by Dr. Fred Sanders. The post The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Where to go to Church

    Greg Peters
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It recently came to light that the inimitable Billy Graham said that if he could do it all over again, he would be “an evangelical Anglican.” Such a sentiment immediately caught the attention of evangelical Anglicans everywhere: we could have both J.I. Packer and Billy Graham playing on our team? Then it sunk in: if he could do it all over again he would be an Anglican. Graham, enjoying his twilight years, does not appear to be contemplating a “conversion” to Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he sees something in Anglicanism that makes him think that it holds promise and Anglicans everywhere…
  • Boethius and Divine Simplicity

    Adam Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Perhaps you have heard of the term “divine simplicity.” The basic meaning is that God is one – he has no distinct or separate parts that can in any way be in conflict with each other. Often this doctrine is employed in the context of discussions concerning the divine character. One might say that God’s justice and mercy were at odds with each other, for instance, and then qualify or correct that by means of divine simplicity, arguing that because God is one, his mercy is a just mercy, and his justice is a merciful justice. The implications of divine simplicity for how we think about…
  • The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel

    Scriptorium Admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Theologians Dr. Joe Henderson and Dr. Adam Johnson discuss the books of 1 and 2 Samuel.  Moderated by Dr. Matt Jenson. The post The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Kullu Religious Body Decides to Continue with Animal Sacrifice Despite High Court Ban

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    SourceINDIA, September 26, 2014 (Indian Express): Less than a month after the Himachal Pradesh High Court banned animal sacrifice at religious places during fairs and festivals, the caretakers of the Deities, at their rare congregation, decided to continue with the age-old tradition. The development has created a piquant situation for law enforcing agencies, which had earlier told the caretakers' body that High Court orders would be enforced strictly to stop animal sacrifice of any sort. Its immediate effect will be in Kullu Dussehra on October 3 wherein animal sacrifice is part of the…
  • Indonesian Puppetry and a Festival of West Javanese Culture Come to Freer/Sackler

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON D.C., September 26, 2014 (Washington Post): Epic narrative. Exquisite music. Spirited humor. And puppets. The performing-art form wayang golek has it all, says Kathy Foley, a scholar and master puppeteer who is deeply versed in this brand of theater, traditional to the Sundanese culture of West Java, Indonesia.Wayang golek could be likened to "a combination of what we would think of as opera, Shakespeare and popular stand-up comedy," with dance (by puppets) and some "high philosophical wisdom" thrown in, says Foley, a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
  • Calling All Young Writers: Announcing HAF's 6th Annual NextGen Essay Contest

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON D.C., September 4, 2014 (HAF): ) The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) announces its sixth annual NextGen Essay Contest, open to writers ages 14 through 27. As HAF continues its efforts to build a credible Hindu American voice, it is also working to ensure the voices of future Hindu American leaders are heard. The NextGen Essay Contest was established in 2009 to engage the youth and to continue to emphasize the importance of a Hindu American identity.Submissions should address an issue relating to Green Living. Green Living is a hot topic these days. From eating only organic to…
  • Daily Inspiration

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    SourceI am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and acceptance. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India in the very year in which their holy temple was destroyed by Romans. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the last of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I, my friends, am a Hindu.-- Swami Vivekananda…
  • Navratri Mandals in Mumbai Provide Wi-Fi to Feature on Social Media

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    SourceMUMBAI, INDIA, September 26, 2014 (Hindustan Times): Every festive season, cultural events take the city by storm. Now, to ensure that the buzz and excitement spreads on social media as well, mandals across the city are providing Wi-Fi connections in their venues this year. This new trend can be attributed to the fact that young visitors to the mandals are fond of clicking selfies against a festive backdrop, and Wi-Fi connections allow them to promptly upload the photos on to social networking sites. This, in turn, translates into publicity for the mandals, say organizers. While the…
 
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    Hindu Blog

  • Shastra Puja – Navratri Sastra Pooja during Durga Puja

    Abhilash Rajendran
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Shastra Puja is held on the ninth day of the Navratri Festival – this is the Mahanavami... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Belnauti – Bilva Amantran Sashti during Durga Puja

    Abhilash Rajendran
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Belnauti, Bilva Abhimantran Sashti, is one of the initial rituals performed during Durga... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Sharad Purnima 2014 date - Sharad Poonima 2014

    Abhilash Rajendran
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Sharad Poonima 2014 date based on Hindu calendar and panchang. This festival is observed... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Mahanisha Puja

    Abhilash Rajendran
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Mahanisha Puja is an important ritual dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is performed during... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Durga Puja Quotes – Thoughts on Mother Durga by Swami Chinmayananda

    Abhilash Rajendran
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    ‘Mother Durga’ is the Power Terrible, which manifested out of the Eternal Truth, which is... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • On Yizkor

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    I've just shared a post about Yizkor on my congregational blog. It's sparked by the fact that we'll recite the prayers of Yizkor, our memorial service, twice in the span of two weeks: once at Yom Kippur, and again at Shemini Atzeret. But what is Yizkor, and why do we say it twice in such rapid succession? Here's a taste: The word Yizkor means “Remember!” — and the service with that name is when we remember our beloved dead. We say the prayers of Yizkor four times a year. I follow the tradition which maps these four Yizkor services to the four seasons: Pesach – springtime. Shavuot –…
  • A transformative Yom Kippur

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    I wonder how many of y'all reading this blog now were reading ten years ago when I attended my first Yom Kippur retreat at Elat Chayyim? I had felt for years as though Yom Kippur were eluding me. I could tell that it was supposed to be transformational, but I'd never been able to entirely find my way in. I always came out of it feeling that I wanted more. And then I went to the old Elat Chayyim for a Yom Kippur retreat, and the experience opened me up. It was everything I had barely dared to dream the holiday could be. From then on, I went on retreat every year for Yom Kippur, until midway…
  • The sweetness of honey; the gates, open

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    As a child, I loved being able to drizzle my Rosh Hashanah challah with honey. I remember eating leftover challah toast with honey on the mornings right after the holiday. The golden honey pooling on the rich white bread always seemed deliciously decadent, especially in our Pritikin household. I knew that the honey was a kind of prayer -- "sweet foods for a sweet year." (That's what's behind the custom of dipping apples or challah in honey on Rosh Hashanah.) But I thought that was a one-time thing. Honey on challah, honey on apples: we ate those on the holiday itself, and then maybe for a few…
  • Children of Sarah and Hagar (a sermon for Rosh Hashanah Morning 1, 5775)

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The story I want to tell you begins on the final day of a retreat for spiritual leaders. We'd been asked to pair up and share a favorite spiritual practice. My partner and I sat facing each other, our knees almost touching. I told her about my favorite prayer, the modah ani prayer of gratitude. I try to focus on these words first thing in the morning: if not the very first thing which comes to mind when our son wakes me, then at least the first conscious thought I summon into my mind. "I am grateful before You, living and enduring God. You have restored my soul to me. Great is Your…
  • New poem: the story of Chanah

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, our haftarah reading -- the assigned reading from the later books of the Hebrew scriptures -- is the story of Chanah, from the book of First Samuel. For the last few years I've offered the haftarah as a storyteller telling a story. This year I'm sharing a poem instead. The poem draws substantially on classical midrash about Chanah. I hope it speaks to you. Chanah SpeaksWe didn't marry for lovebut Elkanah (whose name means "God is zealous")had kind eyes and gentle handsand I was not afraid.How he'd learnedthe ways of the marriage bedI never asked.We came to…
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  • Horse Camp at 8000 feet

    Mugo
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    From the monastery Mount Shasta can be seen towering into the sky, recently covered with snow. Winter is just around the corner. A cooling last week with welcome heavy rain has ushered in a real sense of the season change. Today a female Reverend and I drove up the mountain road to a trail head leading to Horse Camp. It was a two mile walk to the stone hut. The area around the hut serves as a base camp for those climbing the mountain. The hut a shelter in severe conditions. It’s a long days climb to make it to the top starting out in the wee hours to get back down before dark. This is a…
  • Together With

    Mugo
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Text on the side of the Stupa at Shasta Abbey in memory of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett I was on call for Rev. Master Jiyu during the last night of her life. I sensed she wasn’t sleeping, she wasn’t well. Not well at all. A cold had been doing the rounds and she had it, her breathing was laboured. I lay still, very still. Listening. I thought I was having a heart attack – the pain in my chest was intense. My mantra that night was When life comes, there is life. When death comes there is death. Over and over again I repeated. Something in me knew this was sympathy pain yet all…
  • Silent Retreat

    Mugo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Busy bicycle made silent – The Netherlands 1999. The monastery will be on silent retreat for three days starting tomorrow. Why not join us by building in some extra ‘sitting still’ time into your day. Where ever you are and what ever you are doing there are generally places to pause if only for a few moments. Silence is generally associated with not talking and cutting down on the chatter can be a good practice in getting to listen to the chatter in ones head. Silence externally or internally is not the absence of sound. For my good Sangha friend who has recently broken her…
  • Fire! Fire! – Audio Talk

    Mugo
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Hotei House Garden, Shasta Abbey. You can listen to a talk I gave at Shasta Abbey this morning. The title of the talk is Fire! Fire! and based on a post of the same name and last just under 30 mins. I’m in after talk shock and post retreat exhaustion so I don’t have much to say this evening.
  • Waving Him Off

    Mugo
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    2010, Vancouver. Found these photographs taken in October 2010. Lost for words right now, but I guess it really is goodby. You left a lot of good behind you old friend. Bows all around.
 
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    OUPblog

  • Setting the scene of New Orleans during Reconstruction

    Daniella Frangione
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Reconstruction era was a critical moment in the history of American race relations. Though Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation made great strides towards equality, the aftermath was a not-quited newly integrated society, greatly conflicted and rife with racial tension. At the height of Radical Reconstruction, in June 1870, seventeen-month-old Irish-American Mollie Digby was kidnapped from her home in New Orleans — allegedly by two Afro-Creole women. In The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era, Michael A. Ross offers the…
  • Austin City Limits through the years

    Daniella Frangione
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Austin City Limits is the longest running musical showcase in the history of television, spanning over four decades and showcasing the talents of musicians from Willie Nelson and Ray Charles to Arcade Fire and Eminem. The show is a testament to the evolution of media and popular music and the audience’s relationship to that music, and to the city of Austin, Texas. In Austin City Limits: A History, author Tracey E. W. Laird takes us behind-the-scenes with interviews, anecdotes, and personal photographs to pay homage to this landmark festival. In doing so, she also illuminates the overarching…
  • Keeping caffeinated for International Coffee Day

    Alice
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Of all the beverages favored by Oxford University Press staff, coffee may be the lifeblood of our organization. From the coffee bar in the Fairway of our Oxford office to the coffee pots on every floor of the New York office, we’re wired for work. Here’s a brief gallery of employees with their preferred roast — grabbed from a street cart, made to order, or part of an elaborate weekly routine. Oxford staff are ready for their next meeting! “My cappuccino from the OUP coffee bar in my Shakespeare insults mug – so I can fire creative insults and keep caffeinated at the…
  • CERN: glorious past, exciting future

    Sara Pinotti
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today, 60 years ago, the visionary convention establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research – better known with its French acronym, CERN – entered into force, marking the beginning of an extraordinary scientific adventure that has profoundly changed science, technology, and society, and that is still far from over. With other pan-European institutions established in the late 1940s and early 1950s — like the Council of Europe and the European Coal and Steel Community — CERN shared the same founding goal: to coordinate the efforts of European countries after…
  • Celebrating 60 years of CERN

    Hannah Paget
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    2014 marks not just the centenary of the start of World War I, and the 75th anniversary of World War II, but on 29 September it is 60 years since the establishment of CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research or, in its modern form, Particle Physics. Less than a decade after European nations had been fighting one another in a terrible war, 12 of those nations had united in science. Today, CERN is a world laboratory, famed for having been the home of the world wide web, brainchild of then CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee; of several Nobel Prizes for physics, although not (yet) for Peace;…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    ..1..You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more.~ Morpheus to Neo in the movie MatrixHave We not shown man the two ways?But he has not attempted the way of ascent..~ The Quran 90:10,11Verily, We showed man the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful - the choice is his.~ The Qur’an 76:3..2..thisbeingunconditionallygratefulisthe secretingredientsthatmakelife - thisbeing…
  • Who is Sheikh Imran Hosein? Top 10 Reasons Why We Should Listen to Sheikh Imran

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    .. We might teach him the interpretation (ta'weel) of events.~ The Qur'an, 12:21The writing is on the wall,if you can read the writing.~ Sheikh Imran HoseinSheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942) is a contemporary Islamic scholar, thinker, philosopher and expert in Islamic Eschatology and International Monetary System. His knowledge in a number of subjects related to Islamic Eschatology is phenomenal and unparalleled in any time in Islamic history. He has for more than fifteen years been the lone voice crying in the wilderness now on the subject of Islamic…
  • Dr Fazlur Rahman Ansari - Portrait of an Outstanding Muslim Scholar

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.The people of spiritual wisdom (hukama’)are the inheritors of the Prophets.~ Sacred Tradition“As matters stand in the Muslim world today, it is the decline of religious leadership from the Islamic standard in a serious measure that constitutes a major cause of its inability with regard to its emergence from the abyss into which it has been descending since some time. The remedy for the situation is obvious.” - Fazlur Rahman Ansari, ‘The Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society’.Dr Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari (1914-1974)…
  • Invitation of the Straight Way

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Often the self becomes stuck in a state of self-blame (al-nafs al-lawwama) imagining that the key to returning to the Unity is depriving oneself of things that gives it pleasure or relief.While on the one hand it is certainly true that things that give us pleasure or relief can become addictive and harmful when we habitually use them to avoid receiving certain of our experiences by taking a sip of unconditional gratitude to God; on the other hand, simply depriving ourselves of whatever gives us pleasure or relief is not going to heal us and return us to the Unity.Such deprivations, instead of…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • Children, God, and Human Nature: How Being a Nanny is Teaching Me About the Universe

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

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

    Alishia Lawman
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have previously written a post on what I believe to be missing in the teachings of the Purity Movement.  I am writing now about what I believe is problematically present in the Purity Movement.  The calling to pre-marital abstinence is consistent with what Christianity has always taught.  However, the Purity Movement took this teaching, and twisted it beyond recognition with false motives, false methods, and false consequences which not only surpass the tenets of Christian teaching, but actually contradict them. The Purity Movement often employs two different methods to promote a…
  • A Defense of Traveling Without a Smartphone

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Last week, my husband and I spent a few days in Montreal, Canada. It was our first trip up to the Great White North since moving to the Boston area almost exactly one year ago. I had heard that Montreal is primarily French speaking, so I was prepared for a bit of a cultural immersion. What I didn’t prepare for, though, was not being able to use my iPhone as soon as we crossed the border. About two minutes after passing through border control, my husband and I each received text messages informing us that using data while out of the country would cost about an arm and a leg. This meant no…
  • 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…
 
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    Evolving Beings

  • 62 Beneficial Effects of Nature for Healing and Evolution of Mind, Body & Spirit

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

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

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

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

  • ABC backs airstrikes against ISIS

    Ann Fontaine
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    The
  • The Chosen People

    Ann Fontaine
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    website, blog posts, and podcasts.
  • A GTS Trustee reflects on the crisis at the Seminary

    Andrew Gerns
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The Rev. Ellen Tillotson, a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut and a member of the General Seminary Board of Trustees reflects on the conflict between the faculty and the Dean at the Seminary. This is taken from her Facebook page, and as such is her personal reflection and does not attempt to articulate the official position of the Seminary, administration or Trustees. It is reprinted with permission. This is my own reflection, my own experience, my own broken heart and faulty but best wisdom speaking. Nothing official. Personal. Like many of you, I am heartsick. Like many Trustees of GTS,…
  • Eight GTS faculty terminated

    Andrew Gerns
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Updated While social media has been abuzz today with news that eight members of the faculty of the General Theological Seminary had been fired, we have been attempting to get this news independently confirmed. Not long ago, we received this email that Dean Kurt Dunkle sent to the student body concerning these events. We will continue to follow the story. Dear students, By now most of you have heard of our Board of Trustees' acceptance of eight faculty members' resignations. I heard of this about the same time many of you did. I share in your sadness. With the following, I hope you will see…
  • NCC restructures to cope with change

    Megan Castellan
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    As the mainline churches restructure, so does their umbrella ecumenical partnership. The National Council of Churches, of which The Episcopal Church is a member, has recently emerged from a period of transformation as well. No longer supported by the richest and largest Christian denominations in the United States, the NCC has moved their headquarters from New York City to Washington DC. They also have trimmed their staff extensively and elected to focus on two main issues: promoting peace around the world, and ending mass incarceration here at home. Still, this new approach is not without…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

    Thomas
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to revamp your current address, there’s always something exciting about the prospect of new furniture. The things we surround ourselves with in our homes can have a big impact on the way the place looks and, ultimately, on the way we feel when we’re at home. For this reason, it’s important to get things right. An increasing number of us are finding ourselves buying flat-pack furniture, or furniture which needs to be assembled when it arrives. This is certainly far more convenient to buy, and often more affordable,…
  • Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Kitchen Space: How To Find The Best One?

    Thomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Do you know that the kind of countertop you choose for the kitchen says everything about you? For instance: It not only helps your friends or neighbours to know about your taste but also reveal everything about the personality. If you have decided to do a kitchen makeover, then what you should do now is buy kitchen countertops. However, it’s advisable to consider certain aspects so that you can make the right choice. Along with the aesthetic aspects i.e. feel, colour and shape; it’s also very important to choose a kind of material which is strong and durable. What this mean is that you…
  • Heating the Pond

    Thomas
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the darker nights draw in, it’s important to make sure that you have the right heating system in your garden pond. After a summer spent cultivating and tending to your fish and plants, a cold winter can spoil the healthiest pond, costing you time and money. In the summer months, plants provide essential oxygen for fish, but as the weather changes and plants die off, the rotting waste releases toxic gasses. Add to this fish waste and other decaying matter and a lethal blend is created. If allowed to freeze over, the fumes can’t escape and can suffocate and poison fish. The purpose of a…
  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    Thomas
    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

    Thomas
    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…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Bishops - Part 52: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Fr. Tom Reflects On Kevin Allen’s Retirement

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    As many know, Kevin Allen recently announced his retirement from his interview program, Ancient Faith Today. After listening to an interview Ancient Faith Radio did with Kevin announcing his departure, Fr. Tom shares his own thoughts on the state of American Orthodoxy.
  • Met. Anthony Bloom’s Homily on the Cross

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    During this week as we venerate the cross of Christ, Fr. Tom Hopko shares a sermon by Met. Anthony Bloom on the cross and our sin.
  • Awesome or Fearful?

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    A commonly used word today is "awesome." But, given its meaning today, Fr. Tom asks if it is the appropriate word to use in our Divine Liturgy.
  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    This is part 2 of Fr. Tom's paper on what Orthodoxy would expect from Rome before communion would be restored.
 
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    Jewish Treats

  • Like the Clay in the Hand of the Potter

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    One of the most metaphoric and beautiful piyuttim (poems) included in the Yom Kippur prayer service is Kee Hinei Kachomer.  In English, it is known as “Like the Clay in the Hand of the Potter,” which are the opening words of the first verse:Like the clay in the hand of the potter--he expands it at will and contracts it at will--so are we in Your hand, O Preserver of kindness.Look to the covenant and ignore the Accuser.The subsequent verses (“Like the stone in the hand of the cutter,” “Like the ax-head in the hand of the blacksmith,” etc) follow the same pattern as the first…
  • Inside Prayer

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Jewish prayer is a complex, multi-layered activity. The sages refer to prayer as avodah she'balev, service, the same term used to describe the sacrificial service in the Holy Temple. However, since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., prayer has become our primary means of “connecting” with God. Avodah also means work--giving something of ourselves to God. But what benefit could God derive from our prayers? How do our prayers serve the Divine? The Hebrew word l’hitpallel means to pray. The root word is pallel, which actually means to…
  • Post Labor Day Whites

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    When is it fashionably acceptable to wear white after Labor Day? On Yom Kippur!Many people have the custom of wearing white on Yom Kippur. In the synagogue you will often see women dressed in white suits or dresses and men bedecked in a white garment known as a kittel (Yiddish for robe).There are several reasons for this custom:1) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the day on which we ask God to overlook all of our mistakes. Consequently, it is customary to wear white as a way of emulating the angels, who stand before God in purity. In Hebrew, angels are known…
  • What’s In The Book: Jonah

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    The Book of Jonah is one of the best known stories in the Bible and is read during Mincha (the afternoon service) on Yom Kippur because of its powerful message of repentance:God instructs Jonah to go to the Assyrian city of Nineveh and warn them that Nineveh will be destroyed unless the people mend their ways. Hoping to flee and avoid this mission, Jonah boards a ship. God sends a great storm. The people on the ship, fearing for their lives, discern that Jonah is the cause of the storm and, at Jonah's suggestion, throw him overboard. Jonah is swallowed by a large fish.
  • Spiritual Matters

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Prepare for Yom Kippur by focusing on spiritual matters.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help!

    Jeff Lindsay
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Meridian Magazine is launching a series of articles reviewing the detailed reasons for accepting Wadi Sayq at Khor Kharfot in the nation of Oman as the best candidate for the ancient Book of Mormon site of Bountiful in the Arabian Peninsula, one of many intriguing examples of Book of Mormon evidence. The story of the discovery and basic exploration of this site is remarkable, and the evidence so far stands as some of the most impressive factors supporting the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, or at least its opening chapters.Yet there are still many questions. A genuine archaeological…
  • The Amazing Tale of One Man's Perilous Journey from Islam to Mormonism

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    My experience with members of the Islam faith has been extremely positive, and I have respect for the peaceful forms of that religion that many people practice. But the chasm between our faith and Islam can be quite wide. Crossing it can be an incredible challenge. One man's journey from Islam to Mormonism is a gripping tale shared at LDS Living. Tito Momen's story is told in "My Name Used to Be Muhammad: One Man's Journey from Muslim to Mormon." Read the article (or the book) and let me know what you think.Fifteen years in an Egyptian prison for just his conversion to the LDS faith--how many…
  • The Problem of Evil and Some LDS Perspectives, Or, We Are All Statistics Till the Conflict Is Over

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Shame and Anger: A Response to Small Miracles in a World of Big Pain and Evil Latter-day Saints and other Christians I know sometimes share faith-promoting stories of how a prayer was answered or how they experienced a miracle of some kind. These miracles are rarely the bigger and more dramatic ones we would like to see, such as finding a cure to cancer or a way to heal Ebola.Yet these small miracles can be real and may be received with gratitude from the recipient, for whom the miracle may play an important role in strengthening faith or solving real problems. The sharing of these miracles,…
  • David L. Paulsen on the Problem of Evil

    Jeff Lindsay
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Many thanks to Matt W. at New Cool Thang for mentioning the outstanding speech by David L. Paulsen, "Joseph Smith and the Problem of Evil." This is an excellent summary of the serious challenges to Christian faith presented by the abundant presence of evil and suffering in the world, and a sound demonstration of the power of the revelations given to Joseph Smith in helping us to better address these issues. Much more to say on this topic later, but for starters, let me know your thoughts about Paulsen's treatment of 3 major aspects of the problem of evil. Good stuff, IMHO.
  • Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Divine Irony?

    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…
 
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Write more better: be coachable

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve never met a good writer who has it all figured out. The best I know are eager for feedback. This isn’t because they love having their egos stroked, but because they want to get better at what they do. As much fun as praise is—I mean, who doesn’t love reading an encouraging comment (they’re not just an urban legend!) or a thoughtful review of a book you’ve written?—it doesn’t help you become a stronger writer.For that, you need thoughtful critique. And you also need humility in order to learn from it. Which takes us to the second tip in our quest…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersLots of new ones from B&H today. Here are a few of the highlights:Manhood Restored by Eric Mason—$2.99Spiritual Warfare and Missions by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer—$2.99Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George—$2.99The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken—$2.99 eachCreature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson and Eric Geiger—$3.99Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer—$2.99Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by JD Greear—$2.99Boring…
  • Write more better: write simply

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Most of my training has come on the job. I didn’t go to school for journalism or anything like that. I wasn’t a writer until I was one, and I didn’t plan on being one at all. So, when I’m asked the question, “How do I get better at writing,” I feel a little embarrassed. This is not because I don’t know what to say, but because I often feel like I’m making it up as I go along (even when I’m not).I’m kicking off a new blog series called Write more better: Unoriginal (but helpful!) tips for writing well.Over the course of the next few…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA couple of deals to start your day: The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler—$3.03Fred 2.0 by Mark Sanborn—FreePleasing God by R.C. Sproul—99¢Look for this week’s eBook deals from Crossway shortly.Three Things to Remember When You Read the BibleJonathan Parnell:You can never just read the Bible.There is something deep happening. It’s something more glorious than the universe. Whether you open these pages before dawn, over midmorning coffee, or at the dinner table with family, whenever you read the Biblesomething miraculous is happening. After…
  • Culture as common grace

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    People tend to glory in Shakespeare, as if he were responsible for his powers, but he was not. He had only what he had received. All these gifts that man and women have come from God. And that is why true Christians, as they look out, not only upon creation, but even at culture, discover a reason for glorifying and for praising God.You see, what is wrong with culture is not the thing itself, it is rather that people give their worship, their praise and their adoration to those men and women who have produced the works rather than to the God who enabled them to do it. But if you look at these…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • September Buddha-killing Update

    KtBniks
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Whenever something we publish on KtB prompts a surprising response, I like to take a little time and then weigh in to the conversation editorially speaking. Last week’s feature, “White People Problems,” from our friend Briallen Hopper, is an impassioned meditation on the need for difficult conversations about race and power, on the occasion of Ferguson, and the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking documentary A Time For Burning. It also argued with an advice columnist from the Village Voice, whose large following of “partiers” then took umbrage, prompting a…
  • Belief

    Miriam Bird Greenberg
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Cast: Sister, an authoritative woman, is pacing the paving stones and chain-smoking. A Child is at the top of a ladder with a shotgun, protecting the peach orchard from crows. She is wearing a plain school uniform. Abraham, a workman, is on the roof with a hammer, pounding at something or another. Perhaps he is fixing it. Props: A ladder, a hammer, a shotgun, a peach orchard, a pouch of tobacco. Vignette 1 Sister (with reverence): In the beginning God created the owls and the bees, and he saw the world brought out of darkness. Abraham: Then he created roads to carry the footsteps of men…
  • Am I a Survivor?

    Ashley Makar
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I was ambivalent about wearing the word survivor on my sleeve, until I put on my biking jersey for Smilow Cancer Hospital’s “Closer to Free” ride. I’m a stage-IV cancer patient, currently in treatment at Smilow—not the kind of survivor who’s cancer-free. I didn’t want to wear the label that tends to be on the winning side of the battle we make of cancer in this country. For me, battle is not a good metaphor for a fatal disease that lives and multiplies and recurs in the bodies of so many. And yet, I didn’t want to bike along in Smilow’s annual cycling fundraiser as if I…
  • White People Problems

    Briallen Hopper
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Three days before Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, an advice column in The Village Voice went viral. A man who called himself “Son of a Right Winger” had written in with a problem: “I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics.” The man explained that arguing didn’t get anywhere, but silence wasn’t a solution either: “When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any…
  • Burning in Hell is…Delicious

    Mary Valle
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    It appears that some members of the Conservative Alliance of Front Royal, VA, have gotten a little confused regarding young Tiana Ramos and her successful small business. Maybe it’s the pollen? Allergy meds can mess you up. Sacrelicious? Because what I see is a young patriot in action. Free enterprise? Check. Not taking handouts? Check. Putting those dang teenagers to work? Check. Faith? Check. Rickrack? Perhaps the most patriotic trim of all! Check. As far as “catering to men” goes? What on earth is wrong with that? That’s what God intended. By the way, everyone knows…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
  • History As Lived By The Cracker Lady: Auld Lang Syne (Millennium/Freedom Mix)-Kenny G

    1 Jan 2010 | 12:05 am
 
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    On Being Both

  • High Holy Days: Now With Great Poetry

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

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

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

    Susan Katz Miller
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Olive Branches, photo by Martha Legg Katz One of the reasons I wrote Being Both was to encourage more adult interfaith children to speak out about their own experiences, positive and negative. Too often, the discourse on interfaith marriage has been dominated by people speculating and worrying about the experiences of interfaith children, rather than listening to the voices of those who actually grew up in interfaith families. So I was very glad to read a story in Haaretz this weekend about Jewish and Muslim interfaith families in Israel. The reporter actually interviewed not only parents,…
  • 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.    
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 64 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 7

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

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

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

  • This is no small goal

    Lee Potts
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Where Francis begins to differ from other saints/founders, is in his approach to Jesus. Where most seek to emulate one or more aspects of Jesus’ life, Francis becomes totally immersed in the reality of “all” of Jesus. Ultimately, the spiritual goal of a Franciscan is to struggle to become a total imitator of Jesus, to become “alter Christus” (another Christ) touching all of God’s creation as Jesus did. This is no small goal or challenge, but a path that will ask you to look deeply into how you set your life’s priorities, and how you live them out day to day. ~ Bob…
  • The school of Christ

    Lee Potts
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Profession in the Secular Franciscan Order commits a person to study in the school of Christ, who is “the book of Wisdom, written from within the heart of the Father, since He is the art of almighty God; it was written externally, when it became flesh” (St. Bonaventure). ~Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap, Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment Tags: art of almighty God, Christ, Commitment, Felice Cangelosi, franciscan, heart of the Father, profession, Secular Franciscan, secular franciscan order
  • The only one

    Lee Potts
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hard as it is, we need to learn to forgive other people for making us suffer or disappointing us, and even to accept the problems they create for us as graces and blessings. The attitude is neither spontaneous nor natural, but it is the only one by which to achieve peace and interior freedom. ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom Tags: blessings, Forgive, Freedom, graces, Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe, Peace, problems
  • Totally conformed to Christ

    Lee Potts
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Francis had one dominant thought, one unquenchable desire, one constant intention: to become totally conformed to Christ. Discipleship in love has no other purpose except to “christify” the whole person. It is entirely geared towards transforming the lover into an image of the beloved (LM XIII, 2). Francis was “indeed always occupied with Jesus: Jesus he bore in his heart, Jesus in his mouth, Jesus in his ears, Jesus in his eyes, Jesus in his hands, Jesus in the rest of his members. How often, when he sat down to eat, hearing or speaking or thinking of Jesus, he forgot bodily food”…
  • Union with the Church

    Lee Potts
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    There is no authentic Secular Franciscan ministry without union with the Church in obedience and cooperation. To live the gospel means to know the Lord, seek out his presence, and share his life and mission. To fulfill this three-fold goal, the Church is essential, for she reveals the person of Christ, his presence, and his plan of redemption. ~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ Tags: Called to Proclaim Christ, Church, Gospel, mission, obedience, redemption, Secular Franciscan
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    Amish America

  • Amish Auctions – October 2014

    Erik/Amish America
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Summer is officially history, but Amish auctions plow on into October. Below you’ll find listings for quilt and craft sales, consignment auctions, a Haiti sale, a downsizing auction, and a fire company mud sale, perhaps the last of the year. States include Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. We’ve also got some non-auction events […]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 in Monte Vista, Colorado

    Erik/Amish America
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Ernest Bontrager has a clip of still images taken in the Amish settlement at Monte Vista, Colorado (Rio Grande and Conejos counties). It’s not a new video (2010), but is a nice look at the type of sights you might see in a western Amish settlement. I haven’t visited Amish further west than Iowa, so I […]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
  • What is Amish Wood Milk?

    Erik/Amish America
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    A few months ago I started to notice search traffic coming to this site for a curious term. “Amish wood milk” is not something I’d ever heard of. But quite a few people were looking for it, with even dozens a day landing here for “Amish wood milk”-related searches. How where they arriving at Amish America, […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish Aid English After Silo Topples

    Erik/Amish America
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    You see a lot of this type of story. Amish-helping-English or vice versa. “Feel good”, though usually a bit boring (the headline tells you all you need to know). Still I’m glad these stories are out there. Good news when a lot of what qualifies as news is downright depressing. What got my attention was the […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Rudy Gingerich Moving Sale (Hazleton, IA – 19 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    One of our readers, Carl Oliver, recently attended an event on this month’s Amish auction list. Many Amish-attended auctions are benefit sales–raising funds for medical needs, schools, and other community-wide causes. Others include estate sales, auctions run as a private business, or, as in today’s example, moving sales. You see, moving when you’re an Amish farmer is […]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…
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • At the quarry (or, Thoughts on our mutual foregone conclusions)

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

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

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

  • The Sacred Year: About the Book and Author

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    One searcher's honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.
  • Praise for "Preventing Suicide"

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Unequivocally the best book on suicide prevention I've ever read." -- Alan T. "Blues" Baker, rear admiral and chaplain of the Marine Corps, retired
  • Praise for The Sacred Year

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Michael Yankoski refuses to limit faithful living to daredevil Christians, and he creates a commonwealth of sacred treasures for all to share." -- Read what Shane Claiborne and others are saying about "The Sacred Year."
  • Preventing Suicide: Read an Excerpt

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Even as you read this chapter, there will be one US suicide every sixteen minutes. Suicide is a serious threat and must be taken seriously..."
  • Preventing Suicide: About the Book and Author

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this practical handbook, psychologist Karen Mason equips ministry professionals to work with suicidal individuals.
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • Living Into Eternal Progression

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Recognizing our humanity, they teach us that we can be more, and the "more" that we can be is an eternal more, qualitatively eternal now in the hope of post-mortal eternity.
  • To Be Possessed by God

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knowledge of God is the most important knowledge to have, and that knowledge is not contrary to reason, but does go beyond it.
  • Mormonism in an Expanding World

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Like every religion, especially in the West we face the issue of how to deal with our increasingly secular world, not just legally, but in the way that all of us understand our relationships to each other and to everything else.
  • 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.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Sep 30 – Jerome of Bethlehem – Priest + Monk + Scholar + Translator + Theologian

    Ken Howard
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jerome of Bethlehem Priest + Monk + Scholar + Translator + Theologian 30 September 420 click here for books by or about Jerome of Bethlehem From the Satucket Lectionary Jerome was the foremost biblical scholar of the ancient Church. His translation of the Bible, along with his commentaries and homilies on the biblical books, have made him a major intellectual force in the Western Church. Jerome was born in about 347, and was converted and baptized during his student days in Rome. On a visit to Trier, he found himself attracted to the monastic life, which he tested in a brief but unhappy…
  • Task Force Report on Reimagining Church lacks Imagination

    Ken Howard
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
          by Ken Howard I just finished reading over the TREC Letter to the Church (9/4/14) which contains the preliminary recommendations of the Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC), which the panel will discuss formally at its TREC Churchwide Meeting on October 2 at the Washington National Cathedral. I have to say that I was hoping for more imagination. But my initial reaction is that, while there are some positive recommendations contained in the report, compared to its laudable goals, its results are disappointing. The Task Force goals spoke of making The…
  • Sep 29 – Saint Michael & All Angels

    Ken Howard
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saint Michael & All Angels 29 Sepember HS (Hebrew Scriptures) click here for books and other items on St. Michael From the Satucket Lectionary On the Feast of Michael and all Angels, popularly called Michaelmas, we give thanks for the many ways in which God‘s loving care watches over us, both directly and indirectly, and we are reminded that the richness and variety of God’s creation far exceeds our knowledge of it. The Holy Scriptures often speak of created intelligences other than humans who worship God in heaven and act as His messengers and agents on earth. We are not told…
  • Sep 28 – Rolle, Hilton, & Kempe – Mystics

    Ken Howard
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Richard Rolle + Walter Hilton + Margery Kempe Mystics 28 September 1349, 1396, c. 1440 click here for books by or about Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, and Margery Kempe   From the Satucket Lectionary Richard Rolle (1290–1349) was an English religious writer, Bible translator, and hermit. He is known as Richard Rolle of Hampole or de Hampole, since after years of wandering he settled in his final years at Hampole, near the Cistercian nunnery. He wrote in both Latin and English (his first work, Melum, was of alliterative Latin); many works are attributed to him, but it has been…
  • Sep 27 – Vincent DePaul – Helper of the Poor

    Ken Howard
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Vincent DePaul Helper of the Poor 27 September 1660 click here for books about Vincent de Paul From the Satucket Lectionary Vincent de Paul was born in Gascony in about 1580, of peasant stock. He was an intelligent lad, and his father sent him off to be educated. He was ordained at twenty, and at first was interested chiefly in a successful career. But when he was thirty, he accepted a post as chaplain and tutor in the household of Philip de Gondi, Count of Joigny. This brought him into contact with the peasants on the Gondi estate, and he became concerned for their needs, physical and…
 
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Will You Believe and Stay or Doubt and Leave

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

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

    embcministry
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 14, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. DuShun Beck. The text was taken from John 14:15. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • When a Man in Pain Meets Jesus

    embcministry
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 7, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Lee Barnes. The text was taken from Mar 5:1-5. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • Mind Your Own business

    embcministry
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 7, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Joe H. Todd. The text was taken from John 21:18-22. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
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    CNA Daily News

  • Synod at heart of papal liturgies for month of October

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Vatican City, Sep 30, 2014 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the synod of bishops, which culminates with the beatification of Pope Paul VI. According to the schedule released by the Vatican on Sept. 26, Pope Francis will begin the month of October by kicking off the highly anticipated synod of bishops on the family with an Oct. 4 prayer vigil to be held in St. Peter’s Square at 6p.m. local time. Following the prayer vigil, Pope Francis will officiate an Oct. 5 mass…
  • Hundreds gather as pastor's Iran imprisonment reaches two years

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of advocates gathered Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C., to pray for the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years. At the prayer vigil, Abedini’s wife read from a letter in which the imprisoned pastor reassured his 8-year-old daughter that “ Lord Jesus Christ is in control,” and expressed his wish that she “learn important lessons during these trying times,” particularly that “everything that is happening in it is for His good…
  • First woman appointed to a Vatican congregation joyful

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Vatican City, Sep 30, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first woman ever to be appointed a member of a Vatican congregation explains that “women still have much to give to the Church with their personal charisma.” Sr. Luzia Premoli, superior general of the Combonian Missionary Sisters, was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on Sept. 13, and spoke recently to CNA. “The appointment took me by surprise, I did not expect it … but I was also joyful, because the appointment is a concretization of Pope Francis’ wish for more…
  • Jesuits' history shows trust in God amid trials, Pope Francis says

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The suppression and subsequent restoration of the Society of Jesus shows the importance of discernment and trusting in God even in tribulation, rather than relying on one’s own cunning or dwelling on one’s persecution, Pope Francis reflected on Saturday. “God is merciful, God crowns with mercy. God loves us and saves us. Sometimes the path that leads to life is narrow and cramped, but the tribulation, if lived in the light of mercy, purifies us like fire, it gives us much consolation and inflames our hearts, endearing…
  • Family will be center of next World Communications Day

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- World Communications Day 2015 will focus on the theme “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love,” the Vatican announced Monday. According to the Sept. 29 release, the theme is in continuity with 2014's message, “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter”, as well as with the theme of the forthcoming Synods on the Family. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family will begin within days, running Oct. 5-19. It serves as a precursor to the General Synod on…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Plus-one, Minus Love

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

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

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

  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com 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…
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  • Do Not Lose Heart!

    Matt
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although I’ve written on this a handful of times before, including some of my own personal journey, I believe we need regular reminders. Unfortunately it is easy for us to abandon all we learned through a difficult season when things seem to be going our way. I want to share this word of encouragement with you today: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things…
  • Marriage: Do You Have Fun Together?

    Matt
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This has been a theme in many of my conversations lately and so I thought it would be a great time to throw this simple reminder out into the blogosphere. We all know how the story goes… when you were young and dating it was all about fun. Of course it was, at that point you did not even fully understand what the word responsibility meant. As things progressed past just phone calls with your special friend (and emails or text messages depending on your age) to non-stop hanging out, you were all about having fun. Are you still having fun with your spouse? I bet you could tell many stories of…
  • Meanderings on Growth at Crossings Community

    Matt
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve had a lot of local community members that I’ve know from living in the Katy area for many years, coming up to me and congratulating me on the ‘growth’ of Crossings Community Church. Invariably it comes out something like, “Aren’t you so excited…” or “Aren’t you so encouraged…?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes, I am so excited and encouraged about what God is doing at Crossings Community Church.” The disconnect between the question and my answer, though, is pretty significant. The question is often coming out of the cultural idea that a church celebrates…
  • Teaching Children Doctrine – Yikes!

    Matt
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    At Crossings Community we spent the weekend talking about the family and what it means to own the responsibility of discipling our children. We also spent some time talking about how the church is desiring to equip, support, and resource the parents as the primary faith-trainers in their home. The foundation of what we are to pass on to our children is doctrine. We see in Deuteronomy 6:4 that the foundation of what we are to pass on to our children is doctrine. This scares so many people. I’ve talked with people who objected to this because they did not want to brainwash their children but…
  • Fair Parenting

    Matt
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Resentment is a tricky thing in the parent/child relationship. The word communicates an idea of not being treated fairly. I will be the first to admit that I am constantly preaching to my children the fact that nothing in life is fair. Every time one gets more nuggets than the other it is inevitable that a fairness case will be presented from the court of children in the dining room. I LOVE telling them about life and that life is not fair and that they will always face situations that feel unfair. Life’s lack of fairness should never characterize the way we practically love our…
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  • Christian Pastor’s Two-Year Iran Imprisonment Marked With Prayer Vigil

    NCRegister
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    By ADELAIDE MENA/CNA/EWTN NEWS | WASHINGTON — Hundreds of advocates gathered Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C., to pray for the release of U.S. minister Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years. At the prayer vigil,...
  • Mass. Bishops: Casino Gambling Is a Bad Bet

    NCRegister
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    By BRIAN FRAGA | BOSTON — Led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Catholic bishops in Massachusetts are urging voters to support a ballot measure this November that would repeal a 2011 law that legalized casino gambling in the Bay State. As...
  • Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children; The Hell There Is! Faith and Mystery and Much More!

    NCRegister
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children by Leila Miller of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com The Most Exclusive Job in the World: How to Become Pope – ChurchPOP The Hell There Is! – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand Survival...
  • I Am A Neil DeGrasse Tyson Denier

    NCRegister
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    By Pat Archbold | Really? A famous scientist's ridiculously absurd approach to science (Smug and wrong) turns out to be the same as his approach to life (Smug and wrong.) Go figure? Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the very same scientist who completely lied...
  • Tenn., N. Dakota Pro-Lifers Fight for Their State Constitutions

    NCRegister
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    By PATTI ARMSTRONG | NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee and North Dakota are launching a counteroffensive in the battle for life that could reverberate across the country. Both have ballot measures Nov. 4 that seek to protect their constitutions from...
 
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Alabama Legislators to Propose Religious Exercise in Schools Bill

    Don Byrd
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Alabama legislature may be the next to consider legislation regarding religious expression in schools. Sponsors of the bill say it is necessary to protect the rights of students and faculty to engage in protected religious exercise on school grounds. The al.com’s Brendan Kirby reports: The McMillan-Dial bill spells out a number of student-initiated activities that are expressly protected, including praying, expressing religious beliefs, distributing religious literature, organizing prayer groups and expressing religious views in homework assignments. The bill…
  • Majority of Americans Still Favor Daily Prayer in School

    Don Byrd
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Written by Don Byrd Of all the poll results I have encountered lately, this one is truly the most mystifying. According to Gallup, a majority of Americans (albeit a declining majority) remain in favor of daily prayer in public school, despite well-established Supreme Court decisions (more than 50 years old!) ruling such a practice violates the First Amendment. Sixty-one percent of Americans support allowing daily prayer to be spoken in the classroom. Though still solidly above the majority level, this is down slightly from 66% in 2001 and 70% in 1999.…Three-quarters of Americans (75%)…
  • High School Football Coach Suspended for Leading Team Prayers

    Don Byrd
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Written by Don Byrd A publicly-funded charter school in Arizona has disciplined its football coach for his role in team prayers. Members of the community – as we often see in these disputes – are defending the coach, but it is nice to see the school administrator standing behind the 2-game suspension, and framing this issue as it should be understood. “He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that. Just – he can’t do that with our students. That’s the only prohibition,” says Dr. Davis Baum, the Headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy. …“He directed…
  • Tension Between Religion Clauses Sharply Divides Americans

    Don Byrd
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Polls consistently show a majority of Americans believe in the separation of church and state. They also believe strongly in supporting free religious exercise. But as Michelle Boorstein at the Washington Post writes, when faced with the tension that often arises between the separation of church and state on one hand and the freedom to exercise religion on the other, Americans are sharply divided according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. Boorstein suggests this may be a new front in the culture war. The question: Are you more concerned with the…
  • Baptist Joint Committee Launches Spanish-Language Resources

    Don Byrd
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Great news for those of us always looking for ways to spread the essential work of the Baptist Joint Committee to a wider audience. Many of the BJC’s resources are now available in Spanish, including: “Religious Liberty is a Gift From God” (available as a 1-page handout or bulletin insert on the biblical basis for church-state separation). A Q & A on churches and political campaigns with BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman. “Preserving the Commitment to Religious Liberty in the Next Generation,” an article by the BJC’s Charles…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • A Quick Way To Spoil It All

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    It seems we live in a day in time when people want to say what’s on their mind. It also seems like we live in a day and time when less and less is becoming “correct” to actually say. I’ve seen it recently with athletes, entertainers, hollywood stars, pastors, and young leaders… They react quickly to something that happens in the world around them and speak, blog, or tweet before thinking. They see something that just isn’t right in their eyes and they quickly turn to any outlet to let people know how they feel. Or they have a differing opinion about something than someone else…
  • Overcoming Our Identity Crisis: A Guest Post By Michael Perkins

    Jonathan Pearson
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    If you were to open up your Facebook feed right now, I can just about guarantee you will find several posts in which someone has taken an online quiz that tells them who they are. Seriously. There’s a lot of people taking quizzes. And I’m just as guilty as anyone in regards to this. Over the last few months I’ve learned a lot about myself: My arch nemesis is Taylor Swift. Out of all the Batmen, I’m most similar to Lego Batman. Out of all the comic book heroes I’m most similar to Wolverine. (I’m guessing, it’s the beard?) Oh, and I’m Duke from…
  • 3 People We All Need In Our Lives

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    We need others. That statement is one we often hear. It’s a true statement, but we often don’t think about what it means. It means we need people to do life with, people to help us, people for us to help, and people that can be honest and open with us. We all need people in our lives that can help us be the best version of us that we can imagine and that we can serve and help along the way. Here are 3 people we all need in our lives… The encourager Encouragement is one of those things I really hope people can count on me to give. The truth is, we all need encouragement in life. Life…
  • Next Up Podcast: How to Keep From Burning Out Way Too Soon (Episode 9)

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Burnout is too often a reality for leaders. Many of us that are young tend to think that it can’t happen to us and fail to realize when we’re in danger. The truth is, none of us are exempt from potential burnout. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates remind us that if we’re facing burnout to find what fills us, remember why we’re doing what we’re doing, know when to say no, and to just enjoy the ride. Links for items mentioned in the show: Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make Subscribe | Listen The post Next Up Podcast: How to Keep From Burning Out…
  • 3 Reasons We Like Authenticity in Others

    Jonathan Pearson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    One of my generation’s (the millennials) most sought after traits is authenticity. We live in a time and in a culture where there are more ways than ever to not be authentic. As a result, we’ve begun to value authenticity more than ever. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes this “authenticity” is a fabricated attempt to fit in. Some people desire to appear authentic that they fall right back into the trap of being fake. However, I really do believe we desire authentic people and relationship. Here are 3 reasons we want authenticity in others… We can trust them If you…
 
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • Five Pictures That Show You Might Have A Distorted View Of The World

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The cosmos, as it truly exists is often quite different from the way that people perceive it. Though the Bible claims that spiritual realities permeate the whole of God’s creation, most Americans fiercely discount that assertion. The pervading reality of the supernatural is not typically questioned by individuals in other nations. They believe in spirits and in unseen realms of evil. They are convinced of many things that Westerners vehemently question. Sadly, most of us believe that people from the third-world are ignorant about the makeup of the cosmos. We assume they are…
  • The Untold Reason Why The Church In The United States Is Not Growing

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian Church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the Church find a way to advance in such an antagonistic environment? In an earlier post I recounted that, though the Church was conceived in the wicked constraints of the Roman Empire, it still found a way to grow exponentially. Reflecting on this, Mark Galli, the editor of Christian History Magazine noted that by AD 350 "about 56 percent of the population claimed to be Christians."[1]Within a short period…
  • One Thing Moses Knew About God That Others Didn't

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    It recently occurred to me that few in the Old Testament truly knew the Lord. Judging by language and actions, they had difficulty comprehending God’s true essence. Yes, most of the protagonists had great faith, but they didn’t always know the Lord in a deeply personal way. God even acknowledged this fact more than once, saying:"Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—but Israel doesn’t know its master. My people don’t recognize my care for them" (Isaiah 1:3).“There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land... My people…
  • When Death Dies

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    When Jesus came to the earth, He waged war against the principalities and powers. He exposed the systemic evil that gripped the hearts and minds of humanity.  Everything Jesus said and did was about breaking the deplorable hold of darkness. In healing the sick, driving out demons, and releasing forgiveness, He was actively tearing down the demonic constructs that hindered humanity for centuries. In the fullness of time, the Son of God became man; willingly identifying himself with humanity’s devastation. Becoming our substitute, He allowed himself to be overcome by the full…
  • 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…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Thank you, Roy.

    tgf
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    How do I properly thank the person who opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing — and marveling at — the world? How do I convey with words the deep bow of gratitude I wish I were present tonight to give you in person, for showing me “The God Factor” in everything — how to look and listen for it, what to do with it when I found it?
  • Happy Birthday: We Are Good.

    tgf
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Today’s my birthday and I asked friends to send me YouTube links to their favorite songs so I could make a playlist. We’re up to about 75 now (and I will share it later) but my sweet friend Jennifer just sent a link that reminded me of a favorite I’d rather forgotten about over the […]
  • Reb Zalman Has Gone Home

    tgf
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    News just reached me that Reb Zalman (Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal Movement and my rabbi's rabbi) died this morning in Colorado.
  • ‘The Immigrant’ lands close to home

    tgf
    16 May 2014 | 1:07 pm
    When she was 20 years old, she traveled from her home in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland, to Liverpool, England, where she purchased a second-class ticket and boarded The Baltic ocean liner. Eleven days later, on Dec. 19, 1920, she arrived at New York’s Ellis Island, alone, with $20 in her pocket. Her given name was […]
  • The Poem That Inspired Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

    tgf
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    During our conversation, Aronofsky talked about a prose-poem he'd written as a 13-year-old seventh grader in Brooklyn that was inspired by the Noah story and launched him on his career path as a writer. He recently discovered the actual poem in a box of childhood mementos while searching for baseball cards for his seven-year-old son. Today, the director-screenwriter's representatives shared a PDF of his 'The Dove' poem, which you can see below, followed by its transcription.
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  • Six40 Book

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

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

    dave
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    This is me in grade 9 baby… Last week, I had
 
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Scripture Intermission Alert

    atlahbennett
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Scripture writing suspended until 19 October; last writing today, 30 September. Please replace your writing time with prayers of thanksgiving for such a wonderful year of blessing on our church. (Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 30 September 2014

    rainbow1
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “America is at War with God” preached on 26 September 2014 7:00 PM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898 (Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)
  • Trust The Law Not Miracles

    agentDave001
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Trust The Law Not Miracles. Recorded 25 September 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 43 times, 10 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 29 September 2014

    rainbow1
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898″>http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898</a> (Visited 89 times, 31 visits today)
  • Dr. Wiley Drake At The United Nations Protest: No 2 Rouhani

    agentDave001
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Dr. Wiley Drake At The United Nations Protest: No 2 Rouhani Recorded 25 September 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 27 times, 7 visits today)
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Saying Yes to the Call of God as a Pastor in Montreal

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

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

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Pastor Darren & Krissi West Here is a guest post from Darren & Kirsi West, the Lead Pastors of Real Life Church, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. They have been in ministry together for 21 years, serving God across Canada. Their passion is to see people walking in freedom and fulfilling their God given destiny.  With a love for His presence and hearts that long for His Glory, Darren and Kirsi believe in one decided truth, “One Word From God Changes Everything!” Imagine with me for a moment, that you are standing on the edge of a cliff, and you can’t see what is below…
  • Heart To Heart With Sarah Jakes #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series GTH500It is my joy to have Sarah Jakes write for the #GTH500 Series as we celebrate over 500 posts and 1,500,000 views. Sarah has been such an inspiration to the Revive Nations community. Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential mega-church pastors in the nation. Sarah is a testament to how God is in the business of making a…
  • 6 Keys to Avoid Building Walls of Offence & FREE Overcoming Offence eBook!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceI’m blessed to hear all your feedback on this series and I hope I can do justice to the subject with my concluding post. As an additional resource I’d like to share this video footage of me preaching on the same subject at our church here in Montreal, Canada. (There are a couple more videos of the same topic in our editing queue. So make sure that you have subscribed to our YouTube channel so that you can receive our new video upload notifications in your email inbox). Building the Walls of Offence There’s a scary…
 
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    Watch TB Joshua

  • EX-DISCIPLE SOE REFLECTS ON THE SCOAN TRAGEDY

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

    watchtbjoshua
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hear what TB Joshua’s critics have to say about the tragedy:  …regardless of what may be said by TB Joshua, it is quite clear to any rationally minded individual that this tragedy was caused by unauthorized and unregulated building work,… the alternative hypothesis presented by TB Joshua is verging on insane. We all know TB […]
  • Avoid Ukraine/ Russia Region – Commercial Planes – Crash Awaiting!

    TBJOSHUAFANSUK .
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    T.B. Joshua, a name quickly becoming known on an international scale due to his predictions has just released another one. On Sunday 31st August, 2014, during his church service which was broadcast live on his television station, Emmanuel TV, Joshua spoke of an imminent crash of a commercial plane in a region neighbouring or close […]
  • Reactions at TB Joshua’s alliance with Sierra Leone Government to curb Ebola

    watchtbjoshua
    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

    watchtbjoshua
    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 […]
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    Ken Ammi's feed

  • Abortion’s Arguments: life, death, the Bible and the foundation of the USA

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    There is a difference between “killing” and “murder.” Killing is the justified taking of a life and murder is the unjustified taking of a life. Killing is legal and murder is illegal. Killing is moral and...
  • Massimo Pigliucci schools Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Massimo Pigliucci is a Philosopher and biologist about whom we have written in the past in both agreement and disagreement—see here.Neil deGrasse Tyson is well, for our purposes it is enough to note that he is a...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: keep your laws off of my body

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    The statement, “Keep your laws off of my body” is an issue that revolves around the legislating morality, and it is rather odd since, virtually, all laws are related to your body.This argument attempts to make the...
  • What will Richard Dawkins say about Rebecca Eileen Diebolt’s pedophilia arrest?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    For those who do not know, Richard Dawkins is an Atheist apologist for pedophiles. At least, he is an apologist for those he terms “gentle pedophiles” about whom, or so he claims, we make much too much of...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 2

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD“Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow”&mdash...
 
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    JoshuaRhone.com

  • John Wesley: On The Duty of Constant Communion

    Joshua Rhone
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The following are excerpts from John Wesley’s sermon, ‘On the Duty of Constant Communion.’ (To read the sermon in its entirety, please click here.) I. I am to show that it is the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord’s Supper as often as he can. 1. The First reason why it is the duty of every Christian so to do is, because it is a plain command of Christ. That this is his command, appears from the words of the text, “Do this in remembrance of me:” By which, as the Apostles were obliged to bless, break, and give the bread to all that joined with them…
  • The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike: Featuring the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    As I was relaxing today, I stumbled across this video, shot by some Canadians who ventured to Breezewood, PA, to explore the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels. Part of the a thirteen mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was bypassed in 1968, and subsequently abandoned, ‘The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike,’ as it has been referred to, has become a popular tourist attraction. As we live only a short distance away, we plan to make a trip to do some exploring. The post The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike: Featuring the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels appeared first…
  • Centralia: The Town That Was

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Stumbled across this video today. It documents the demise of the rural Pennsylvania mining town of Centralia. Once a thriving little town, an underground fire, which is still burning, all but wiped the town off the map. It was a fascinating little documentary that has stirred up a number of thoughts and emotions. The post Centralia: The Town That Was appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Success: iOS8

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The post Success: iOS8 appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • iOS8: Almost there

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The post iOS8: Almost there appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Set Apart People

  • Mind control and fear

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you watch the news on television, open the newspaper or Facebook or whatever news or social media you choose to read, you are bombarded with bad news, terror and bloodshed. Have you ever considered what the purpose and effect of this is on us if we are exposed to this all the time? I can tell you what it does to me, it creates fear, anxiety and depression in me; it discourages me and undermines my faith, it makes life seem not worth living. It takes much effort to pull myself out of this state of fear and despair and continue life with joy. I have to constantly remind myself that YHVH is…
  • Should we do the commandments, if we can’t do it all properly?

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost the seventh Biblical month, and the fall feasts are just around the corner. YHVH gave us these feasts as celebrations, but also as teaching aids to learn more about Him and His Kingdom. As the feasts draw near, we need to look into what YHVH requires of us, because we want to please Him. This sometimes leads to discouragement, because we can’t keep all the commandments due to the absence of a Temple. Some people even teach that we, in the diaspora, are not to celebrate the feasts at all because we don’t live in the land. This mindset affects other areas as well, and…
  • The Law of Moses is the Law of YHVH!

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
      After our previous article on Y’shua and the laws of clean and unclean, we received a comment from a friend. With this comment, was a link to an article she wanted us to read, prayerfully consider and give feedback on. This is our response to this article. We will not go into every little detail of the article, but will show you how fundamentally wrong and unscriptural the author’s statements are. We will not be posting a link to this article as we don’t believe in perpetuating false doctrine. We do, however, want to respond to this, because it is very important to us…
  • Tefillin – To use or not to use?

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    After our previous article on prayer, we have done some more study on the traditions and customs that surround prayer. One of the topics that have come up in our discussion about prayer, is the use of tefillin.  A lot of people wonder if the Jewish interpretation is valid.  Is it valid to interpret the verse literally as they do? We will do a more detailed study on this practice to see if it is Scriptural and how we should apply this aspect of prayer to our lives. The Scriptures The practice of using of tefillin is based on four Scriptures. Exodus 13:8–9 8 “You shall tell your son on…
  • Y’shua and the laws of clean and unclean

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    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?
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Success comes through maintaining self-respect.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 30-09-2014Projection: Where there is self-respect, there is naturally a stable state of mind, even in the most challenging and difficult times. This in turn brings right judgement at all times, which allows discrimination between right and wrong. Right judgement leads to right actions. So there is constant success for such a person. Solution: Self-respect is the state of mind where I am able to appreciate my own uniqueness and give regard to myself. When I am able to be in my stage of self-respect, I am able to be stable in all situations. This seat of…
  • The best way to progress is to gain good wishes and blessings from others.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 29-09-2014Projection: For the one who earns the blessings of others at every step, there is easy success. There is positivity and speciality revealed in every action and benefit for the self and others. Even the most difficult circumstances, don't deter such a person, but he has the power and the courage to move on. So there is constant progress, whatever the situations may be. Solution: When I am able to take good wishes from those around me, I am able to experience being obstacle-free. I am able to move forward with ease under all circumstances. Even in…
  • To be elevated is to perform every task with understanding.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 28-09-2014Projection: To understand means to know what to do. So the one who understands and performs the task with this understanding surely performs only elevated tasks. No task is negative, or waste. Nor are actions ordinary, but each and every action is special because there is clear understanding. Others too get inspiration from such actions. Solution: When there is clear understanding of what I have to do, I am able to do what is right. So in this process, I find that there is a lot of time and energy saved and I am able to move forward very easily. I…
  • Forgiveness means to forget the mistakes of others

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 27-09-2014Projection: The one who is able to forgive is able to forget the mistakes in his future interactions even after noticing the mistakes of others. He is able to be loving and so he is able to give corrections with love. Only when there is love in one's interactions, will the corrections given will be effective. Also such a person will not be caught up with anyone's mistakes and will be free from attitudes. Solution: Even if there is a temporary feeling of negativity, if I am able to forget the mistakes of others and forgive them, I am able to be free…
  • To have the balance of being a master and a child is to experience constant success.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 26-09-2014Projection: To have the right balance means to know when to be a master and when to be a child. When one gives an idea or makes a contribution, it is as a master - with total authority. But while the idea is heard by others and is being criticised I become a child. There is no attachment to the idea, but the mind is open to receive new thoughts in order to enrich what is already there. Solution: When I am able to maintain a balance between being master and a child, I am able to experience constant happiness I am able to put forth my creative ideas…
 
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    Pathologically Intellectual

  • Analysis of Watchtower Real Estate Holdings

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    When I joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1973 they presented themselves as an Organization that concerned itself with determining scriptural truth and spreading it to the world at large.  Money was not a concern (or so they said). They did not pass a collection plate at meetings, they sold their literature at low cost.  Since leaving the religion, I have been interested in their financial arrangements, but information is scarce.  Personal background: before retiring, I worked as an accountant in several real estate investment and development firms.  I’m basing the…
  • Sometimes the real world gets in the way.

    9 Jan 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As a few of you may have noticed, production of my fiction and articles stopped a couple of months ago.  Since early November, caring for my 91-year-old Mother has consumed most of my available time, energy and emotion.  I keep hoping that this will change, it does not show any sign of doing so.  In the meantime, I keep noodling around with “Armageddon’s Prisoners,” and a couple of articles on business and religious subjects.  The next chapter of “With Our Backs to the Wall” remains about ninety percent done.  It may not help that I’m trying to write for…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 5

    27 Oct 2013 | 8:26 pm
    After spending three days thinking about it, Jack stopped by the public library on his way home.  Summer was the busy time for his roofing business, Sally would not notice if he was a few minutes late.  He pulled into the new parking structure and found a place quickly.  After pulling the key out of the ignition, a sudden thought struck him.  He had entered a library since leaving high school.  He didn’t even know how to get a library card.He walked into the large building.  The Bellevue branch was the largest in the King County system.  He walked down a…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 4

    13 Oct 2013 | 12:19 pm
    Wednesday evening following the fight in the Gathering House, the Servant Committee met for its usual biweekly meeting.  Only four of the Bellevue Gathering’s six Servants Jack, Matt Kesselring, Todd Davis, and Larry McKinnon attended.  Dan Gunther, the Area Servant sat in, an unusual event. Gunther had temporarily removed Isaac Taylor and Arnold Senge from the committee pending instructions from New Jerusalem.  When he announced he would attend the meeting, no one dared object.The little space at the back of the building, next to the door, functioned as the Gathering…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 3

    29 Sep 2013 | 3:28 pm
    Unlike the austere Gathering Houses Disciples used around the world, the Apostle’s conference room contained only the best appointments.  Where Houses had cheap plastic chairs and inexpensive carpet, this room boasted deep Italian leather chairs surrounding a polished granite table.  The building, built as a luxury hotel, never saw its intended use.  The First Apostle bought the property to use as the Foundation’s headquarters. The Apostles still preserved the hardwood floors, delicate filigree head rails, and window casings.Laban Packard looked out the windows for a…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Married and Lonely

    tonyagnesi
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, … Read More →
  • FGG-040 Green with Envy

    tonyagnesi
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    In this podcast, Tony examines the sin of envy.  Sometimes we surprise ourselves because we should be happy and rejoice for a friends good fortune   But, something within us resents it.  What is the correct Christian response to our feeling of envy and how do we deal with them? Scripture: Rejoice with those who rejoice, … Read More →
  • Doing vs. Being

    tonyagnesi
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.   Matthew 6:33-34 I’m a busy guy. I have always been driven to work harder, accomplish more, to … Read More →
  • FGG-039 Loveless Truth, Truthless Love/ Lord, Help Me to Endure

    tonyagnesi
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Tony shares two separate short stories in this podcast.  In the first, Loveless Truth, Truthless Love, Tony discusses how truth and love seem to go together.  We can’t  have truth without love or love without truth. Scripture: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, … Read More →
  • Thank God for Crying Babies

    tonyagnesi
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:13-14 I’ve learned to love it whenever I hear babies … Read More →
 
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Don’t Worry, Just Work

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

    Lyn
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    A wonderful meditation for today from the Diary of St. Faustina. This is Jesus speaking to the saint: “Entrust everything to Me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances or events will ever be able to upset you. Set little store on what people say. […] The post Entrust Everything to Me, says Jesus appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Are Catholic Bishops Living too Lavishly? CNN says so…

    Lyn
    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

    Lyn
    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?

    Lyn
    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.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Genesis as Ancestor Epic Part II: What is an Ancient Creation Story?

    Andrew Sargent
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recent post we began discussing the nature of Genesis as an ancestor epic—the stories that a people tell themselves about how they almost weren’t a people. Crises have arisen in a people’s past which, save for the sovereign hand of their God, who has a purpose in the world in and through them, would have exterminated them before they ever had a chance to be a people. In Genesis this takes on two forms. The patriarchal narratives explore the crises that threatened the lives and futures of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve sons of Jacob. The primordial narratives deal with more…
  • Genesis as Ancestor Epic, Part I: Getting with the Program

    Andrew Sargent
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When reading any document it helps to know what you are reading. Is this document a comic meant to be funny, mocking or otherwise derisive? Is this document a fiction meant to entertain? Is this document a body of laws meant to form the rules of a society? How are, or were, they meant to be used?  Is this document a history meant to give an account of the origins or story of a people? Thus, when one opens up any particular passage of Scripture it is helpful to know, if one hopes to properly understand the message that passage was intended to impart, what the document is, what its rules are.
  • Law, What’s it Even Good For

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    So, in a recent post I discussed the church’s first heresy (Judaizers/the circumcision party) who sought to require gentiles to become Jews before becoming Christians, or in addition to becoming Christian, as if a proper expression of Christianity is encapsulated in a fixation on the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit of the law… as if truest God pleasing spirituality is found in clothes, food, dates and rituals. So what good is the Law to the Christian if the way Israelite and Jewish worshipers seemed to be commanded to keep it in many many texts is not a valid expression of…
  • The First Christian Heresy & First Church Council

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    So, I’ve been discussing Torah food laws and how the two main texts that Christians appeal to for ignoring them are improperly interpreted. Mark 7 is talking about Halakic regulations popular during Jesus’ day which sought to drive a wedge of hatred between Jew and Gentile, abandoning the Jewish commission to the world. Acts 10 praises Peter’s dedication to Torah while shaming his willingness to allow these same Halakic regulations to keep him from reaching out to Gentiles with the gospel. Even so, I keep saying, I do not follow Torah food laws, and feel no guilt about it… other than…
  • Torah Food Laws & Gentile Lobsters

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the challenges of being a Biblical theologian rather than a systematic theologian (no disrespect to Systematic theology or Systematic Theologians intended) is to speak about theological issues rooted in particular texts without being drawn unwilling into the systematic entanglements of most informed Christian’s existing mental categories. The Christian’s approach to Scripture is often based on mental categories that have developed over millennia through philosophical discussions rooted in the churches ongoing confrontation of Scripture & their own curiosity in the face of an…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Challenge of Our Time

    Fr. Peter
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Fr. George Florovsky “The great Russian bishop of the last century, Theophanes “The Recluse” (d. 1894), in one of his pastoral letters makes a startling statement. What the Russian Church most needed, he said, was “a band of firebrands,” which would set the world on fire. The incendiaries must be themselves burning and go around to inflame human minds and hearts. Theophanes did not trust a “residual Christianity.” Customs could be perpetuated by inertia, he said, but convictions and beliefs could be kept only by spiritual vigilance and continuous…
  • Launching Into the Deep

    Fr. Peter
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Gospel of Luke 5:1-11 At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when…
  • The Dash

    Fr. Peter
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you have been following these pages for the last few months you know that I have begun working as a chaplain for a local hospice provider.  This work has added a dimension to my ministry that I never thought I would have.  Helping people, both patients and their families, during their last days has many rewards and I am glad I decided to pursue this work. At a recent meeting of the hospice team, one team member mentioned the Poem The Dash.  I had never heard of this poem before so I did a quick Google search to find it.  The poem is about the dash that lies between your birth date and…
  • The Face Of Evil

    Fr. Peter
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Over the last few weeks the world has come face to face with an absolute evil known as the group ISIS or whatever it is we are calling it now.  As I write this, word has come that another person has been beheaded by this so-called group of religious fighters.  I have not watched, nor do I recommend that you watch, the videos of these three murders, as they are very gruesome.  It is very difficult to not hate the people who are doing this but, as Christians, that is exactly what we are called to do, not hate. In a recent speech, Vice-President Biden spoke of these “evil people” and that…
  • Fr. Mychal Judge, Saint of 9/11

    Fr. Peter
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    On September 11, 2001 Fr. Mychal Judge was going about his daily routine when he heard that a plane had struck one of the buildings of the World Trade Center.  Fr. Mychal had the honor of being the Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and when the call went out, he grabbed his gear and went right to the scene. The Chaplain usually stands at the Command Post to be available to the scene commander and also to be available if he is needed by one of the guys working the fire ground.  Fr. Mychal was in the lobby of the North Tower of the World Trade Center giving last rites to many of…
 
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • Tips to encourage Devotion in Kids!!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    1) Think Krishna to be your best friend and imagine that you are playing, walking with Him. Do all actions keeping Him with you. When you are alone, just think of Krishna and do not feel lonely. Keep in mind that He is always there with you, helps and protects you every moment.2) When you are doing your homework, imagine He is sitting next to you and helping you.3) You must believe in Him and believe that He will surely help you. He is always yours. He talks to you in your mind. Krishna never forgets you even for a single moment. The coolest thing is that nobody will know you are…
  • 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…
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    Like a Seed

  • Faith and Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
     "And he saw them toiling in rowingfor the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them" Mark 6:48This is one of those scriptures that will change your life.To more fully understand this passage lets give a little bit of background, and give it a setting. King Herod had just ordered the death or John the baptist. John was the forerunner for Jesus Christ. In my mind, Christ and John knew each other well, and John understood our saviour and his role better than possibly any man on earth at the time. When Christ heard about…
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  • Who Do You Welcome?

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

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

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

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

    vlights@e-graphx.com (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…
 
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  • Subterranean Homesick Alien

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

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