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  • New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

    Religion News Service
    David Gibson
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    NEW YORK (RNS) Mayor Bill de Blasio says he supports churches renting space in public schools. Now a court decision will force him to show whether he really believes that. The post New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Bangladesh blogger becomes second to be murdered in a month

    Religion | The Guardian
    Jason Burke in Delhi and Saad Hammadi in Dhaka
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Washiqur Rahman’s murder is latest attack on progressive activists following similar killing of American atheist blogger in FebruaryA blogger known for his atheist views has been stabbed to death in Bangladesh, in the latest of a series of attacks on independent writers in the developing south Asian nation.Washiqur Rahman, 27, died of serious injuries inflicted in the assault on Monday morning in Dhaka, the capital. Related: Bangladesh authorities arrest man over atheist blogger's murder Related: Atheist blogger Avijit Roy 'was not just a person … he was a movement' Related: Bangladesh…
  • Indiana Republicans to amend 'religious freedom' law in face of backlash

    Religion | The Guardian
    Amanda Holpuch in Indianapolis
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    State legislators say law is not anti-gay and blame the reaction on a ‘mischaracterisation’. ‘What we had hoped for was a message of inclusion’Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said on Monday they were working on adding language to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to make it clear that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. The move comes amid widespread outcry over the measure that prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes…
  • Liberia: Christian Student Group Gets New Leadership

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    [NEWS] A local student group, National Student Christian Council (NSCC), over the weekend held its 24th annual General Assembly during which it elected broadcast journalist Facia B. Harris as National Chairperson of the group.
  • Stop Worrying about What Others Think and Set Your Mind on Christ

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    From an early age we work to get approval, whether it was proving to our parents that we could ride a bike without training wheels, or taking our first step—caring what other people think seems evitable. Through the years it can become a problem for us as it can cripple us emotionally and spiritually. We need to get to the point where we don’t care what the media says, how colleagues feel about us, or live in state of constant fear or agony of what others think. The other person is not going to worry about it, or stay awake at night upset that you’re offended. You can’t be responsible…
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    AllAfrica News: Religion

  • Liberia: Christian Student Group Gets New Leadership

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    [NEWS] A local student group, National Student Christian Council (NSCC), over the weekend held its 24th annual General Assembly during which it elected broadcast journalist Facia B. Harris as National Chairperson of the group.
  • Zimbabwe: 'Gays, Lesbians Need Deliverance'

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:22 am
    [The Herald] Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya has slammed gays and lesbians for upsetting the natural order of nature as ordained by God.
  • Zimbabwe: Eyes On Magaya Again

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    [The Herald] Tafadzwa Zimoyo -Let us start off with the much talked about event of the weekend as Prophet Walter Magaya beamed his "Ladies' Night", which pulled thousands of women.
  • Liberia: Word Sanctified Ministries Gets First Bishop

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    [NEWS] The founder and senior pastor of Word Sanctified Ministries located in Congo Town, Monrovia, Rev. Joshua Maxwell Seh, Sr. has been consecrated as the first bishop of the Church.
  • Nigeria: Catholic Bishops Call for Investigation Over Card Readers' Failure?

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    [This Day] Abuja -Following the failure of card readers in the March 28th Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Monday called for a thorough investigation of the collapse of the device.
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    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features

  • Stop Worrying about What Others Think and Set Your Mind on Christ

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    From an early age we work to get approval, whether it was proving to our parents that we could ride a bike without training wheels, or taking our first step—caring what other people think seems evitable. Through the years it can become a problem for us as it can cripple us emotionally and spiritually. We need to get to the point where we don’t care what the media says, how colleagues feel about us, or live in state of constant fear or agony of what others think. The other person is not going to worry about it, or stay awake at night upset that you’re offended. You can’t be responsible…
  • When God Seems Silent

    Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed.
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What Do You Do When God Is Silent? · No one escapes it. · It will happen to you at least once in your life. · It’s scary, frightening and will make you wonder whether you will ever be the same. · You may feel like you’re going crazy. · It makes you wish for your old life, however difficult it may have been. · You will think no one else has ever gone through this and survived. · You wake up at 3 AM and panic sets in. · You may not talk about it to anyone. Who would understand? · You think there is something wrong with you. Why can’t you just turn things around? What is “it?”…
  • Do Animals Go to Heaven?

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Originally it was reported that Pope Francis said dogs went to heaven, but it appears that the story grew into a media falsehood and taken out of text. Since Pope Francis, who took his name from, St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals, it seems natural that he would believe this to be true. When Pope Francis blessed a seeing eye-dog, the story grew. The popular Catholic leader was reported to say that animals have souls, and are all important to God, since they are his creation he told over a billion believers. But it was Pope Paul VI who believed animals had souls and went to…
  • The Dangers of Repressing Your Anger

    Tara Springett
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    If you are like most spiritual people you are trying hard to do the right thing, be kind and, most of all, forgiving. And of course, you are totally right in doing so because kindness and love are at the heart of every spiritual path. But unfortunately, there is some sort of danger of trying too hard to be kind and this danger is in repressing our anger. In our attempt to be forgiving and loving we push our resentments into our unconscious mind and once our anger is unconscious it usually produces very uncomfortable symptoms. The first symptom resulting from unconscious anger is fatigue. I…
  • Today's Tarot: TWO OF WANDS

    Aliza Einhorn
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    (photo by aliza)Is there a decision you are delaying? A decision you are leaning on? Which way will you go?We have the Two of Bows (Wands) here, from the WildWood Tarot. He's grasping Decision no. 1 in his right hand. Decision no. 2 in his left. He's in the middle. What will he (you) choose?This weekend's Full Moon Eclipse is in LIBRA, the sign known for its "waffling" and indecision. Fence-sitting! I know I know it's an astrological cliche but look at this guy! He is not moving, feet planted firmly! And his two options are on fire! Eventually they will both burn up.So I draw again,…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Christ’s Sorrow and Passion

    Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Jesus, desiring to enrich us, first gave us his blood to purify us so that we might be able to receive the gifts he offers. O my dear Savior, you go out to the Garden of Olives, to the house of Caiaphas, to the praetorium of the Roman gov­ernor, and at last you climb Mount Calvary. Everywhere you go you pour out the blood of your new covenant, the blood by which our crimes are expiated and abolished. Let us contemplate Jesus in his sorrowful Passion and see the precious blood of the new alliance flow forth, the blood by which we have been redeemed. It first flows in the Garden of Olives. The…
  • Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ’s Passion

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, in the third week of the month retreat which is dedicated to the contemplation of the Passion, suffering and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ accentuates the fact that Jesus suffered all in His Passion for me… This is very intimate and personal! In other words instead of viewing the Passion from afar, 2000 years back buried in history, Saint Ignatius brings it to us right now.  Jesus suffered all of the details of His bitter passion for me.  The Agony in the Garden, the scourging at the pillar, His crowning with thorns…
  • Holy Week and Judas

    Michael Lichens
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Gospel selections for the first three days of Holy Week are heavy with tragedy; not the tragedy of Christ and his violent death at the hands of the men for whom he died, but the tragedy of Judas who betrayed the man who loved him. The tragic figure of Judas Iscariot stalks through these Gospels, dominating them, weighing them with anguish and pain. Today’s and tomorrow’s Gospel readings focus on the most tragic act of all – Judas’ betrayal of Jesus – as told by the evangelists John and Matthew. Why this heavy emphasis on the person of Judas, and on his…
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    Michael Lichens
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “We must not let our hearts be hardened. Let us make Calvary echo with the sound of our sobbing. Let us weep bitter tears for our sins and turn against ourselves with a holy anger. Let us break all our unworthy habits and leave behind our worldly lives. Let us carry in ourselves the death of Jesus Christ.” -Jacques-Benigne Boussuet, Meditations for Lent
  • St. Benjamin

    Saints Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was the fifth century and Yezdegerd, son of Sapor III, was ruling Persia. There was little persecution of Christians during this time, however, a Christian bishop named Abdas changed that. Abdas, in his zeal and out of righteous anger toward idolatry, burned the Temple of Fire, the sacred sanctuary of the Persians. This act infuriated King Yezdegerd and he declared that Bishop Abdas would either rebuild the Persian temple or the king would burn all the Christian churches. When Abdas refused to obey the king’s command, he carried out his order and had all the Christian churches…
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    Phil Cooke

  • Some Distractions Can Actually Help You Be More Creative

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Today, the world is filled with distractions. Email and social media are two of the biggest culprits that rob creative people of focused concentration. There’s also listening to music, watching TV, or allowing people to interrupt your work. I’ve written plenty on this blog about how to avoid distractions, but to be fair, I need […]
  • The 10 Keys To Shooting A Great Video Interview

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Some marketing experts are calling this year “The Year of Online Video.” It’s becoming one of the most popular and effective ways to tell the story of products, organizations, and ideas. 2-4 minute videos can be powerfully compelling ways to tell a story, but in many cases, when they involve interviewing people, they fall flat. […]
  • What We Encountered At Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    For the last 10 days, we’ve been filming around Israel for The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. We’ve interviewed archeologists, researchers, antiquities dealers, and filmed artifacts that date back to Abraham. We’ve also been to the most remote archeological sites, as well as deep into the Palestinian territory to film the remaining community […]
  • The Hillsong Movie – Final Trailer

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    The final movie trailer for Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong movie is finished.  After an exclusive release we worked out with iTunes, we can now release it to the public.  Hopefully, this version of the trailer will give you a much deeper idea about the motivation and story that surrounds the film.  Please share […]
  • Ten Things To Remember Your First Day on a Film Shoot

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    After decades working in the industry, I’m still amazed at the clueless production assistants that manage to get hired on video and film productions. No matter how low you are on the food chain, you’re there for a reason, and people are watching.  So to make sure your first day isn’t your last day, and […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • Church Launches Global Campaign to Pray and Stand in Solidarity with the Persecuted Church during Holy Week

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Church on the Hill, in Washington, D.C., calls people of faith and good will to get involved in the #orangejumpsuit project.   Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Church on the Hill, 540-538-4741; #orangejumpsuit   WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Church on the Hill in Washington, D.C. launches a global campaign to pray and stand in solidarity with the persecuted church during Holy Week and calls people of faith and good will to get involved in the #orangejumpsuit proj Source: Christian Defense Coalition
  • Gay Agenda Influencing the NCAA and USA Track and Field, Both Headquartered in Indianapolis

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    (Madison, WI) The NCAA and USA Track and Field, both based in Indianapolis, are joining protests against the new Indiana law that protects the freedoms of Christians and others. The NCAA and USATF organizations are following the gay agenda that is sweeping the United States. Less than 2% of the population is gay according to the Center for Disease Control, however, their influence is propelled by the liberal media. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by Indiana is the same law tha Source: 4 Winds Christian Athletics
  • Benjamin Altschul, Pastor of Great Among The Nations Christian Ministry, Releases Multilingual Inspiration Video, Raising Effective Communication Among Nations

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    "The Great Awakening with Pastor Bent Altschul of Great Among The Nations" video is now available in English, French, Spanish, and German languages depicting Pastor Altschul's riveting life's story and international dynamic ministry agenda. Contact: GATN, 310-338-1021 LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- For over thirty years, Pastor Bent (Benjamin) Altschul has stood tirelessly and valiantly in his divine calling of service to Gods' people, both "in and out of seas Source: Great Among The Nations, Inc.
  • Hysteria and Duplicity Over Indiana Law

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191   NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue (photo) comments on reaction to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA):   The federal RFRA was passed in 1993, and since that time thirty states have adopted their own RFRA, or a variation of it. These laws have not engendered a single act of discrimination against any American, yet when Indiana Governor Mike Pence Source: Catholic League
  • Faith Driven Consumer: Statement on Indiana Religious Freedom Controversy

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, RALEIGH, N.C., March 30, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer -- the consumer advocacy organization representing 41 million Christian consumers who spend $2 trillion annually, has issued a statement by founder Chris Stone regarding the controversy surrounding legislation in the State of Indiana:   "We are disappointed by the misleading and inflammatory nature of many Source: Faith Driven Consumer
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • Lord, may we find the grace to place complete trust in you

    Company of Prayer
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace.- Saint Ignatiusas quoted in Sacred Space
  • For all of us, who live with the disappointment that results from those who should do the right thing, but don’t

    Company of Prayer
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Advising panicky white-collar criminals on what life is like behind bars is a bull-market business, what with all the arrests on Wall Street for insider trading. As America’s lockups have become more crowded, so has the prison-prep industry.- Garrett Bauer, The Wall Street JournalSchool for Scoundrels: Doing Time in Prison Prep School
  • Let us keep in our prayers the parents among us

    Company of Prayer
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Does not each generation, by means of suppression, concealment and ridicule, efface what the previous generation considered most important?- Hermann HesseJourney to the East
  • For all of us in the process of reinventing ourselves, we pray

    Company of Prayer
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Your power to choose the direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future and to powerfully influence the rest of creation. It is the one gift that enables us to elevate our life to higher and higher levels. - Steven R. CoveyThe 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
  • May our love of neighbor extend to those closest to home

    Company of Prayer
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Adult sibling rivalry. Experts say it remains one of the most harmful and least addressed issues in a family. We know it when we see it. Often, we deeply regret it. But we have no idea what to do about it.- Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street JournalSibling Rivalry Grows Up
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    LCMS Pastors' Resources

  • Live Streaming Services

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    The following lists known LCMS & affiliated churches that offer live streaming of their services so you and your members can attend virtually. Note that this does not include those […]
  • Strepitus

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I’ve never been satisfied with the sound of a slamming book for a Strepitus sound in the Good Friday Tenebrae service. I like the sound of a closing grave, so I […]
  • PrayerMate Christian Prayer App |

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    So many people ask me to pray for them. With this, not only does it help me keep track of them, linking right with my address book if I want, […]
  • Online Giving Options

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    When our congregation looked into the various online giving/offering options, here’s our research, based on a small church and not expecting a lot of buy-in to start with, since we […]
  • The Central Goal

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. A. Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shel Silverstein, 1974 Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would not take the garbage […]
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Teachers urged to 'disengage' from promotion of British values

    Sally Weale Education correspondent
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ conference told that government guidance after Trojan horse affair in Birmingham was ‘political posturing’ Teachers are being urged to ignore the government’s drive on promoting fundamental British values in schools, amid claims that it is “ill-considered, ill-defined and counterproductive”. The policy, introduced after the so-called Trojan horse plot in which hardline Islamists were accused of trying to take over a small number of Birmingham schools, was “totally out of proportion” and vulnerable to misinterpretation, a conference was…
  • Indiana Republicans to amend 'religious freedom' law in face of backlash

    Amanda Holpuch in Indianapolis
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    State legislators say law is not anti-gay and blame the reaction on a ‘mischaracterisation’. ‘What we had hoped for was a message of inclusion’Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said on Monday they were working on adding language to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to make it clear that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. The move comes amid widespread outcry over the measure that prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes…
  • Anglican bishops' letter urging fossil fuel divestment

    Guardian Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Seventeen bishops and archbishops tell Anglican church investments in fossil fuel companies incompatible with a just and sustainable futureIn the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.We, a group of Anglican Bishops from dioceses across our global Communion greet our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the Anglican Communion on this most Holy Day, Good Friday. On this day, when our Saviour poured out his very life for the world, we share the following statement in a spirit of sacrificial and reconciling love. Related: Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with…
  • Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say

    Karl Mathiesen
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Group of 17 bishops and archbishops write letter aiming to focus church’s attention on climate change and urging it to dump investmentsAn influential group of bishops have called on Anglican churches to remove their investments from the fossil fuel companies that are driving climate change.In a declaration and set of requests aimed at focusing the church’s attention on the “unprecedented climate crisis”, the 17 bishops and archbishops said investments in fossil fuel companies were incompatible with a just and sustainable future. Related: Anglican bishops' letter urging fossil fuel…
  • Bangladesh blogger becomes second to be murdered in a month

    Jason Burke in Delhi and Saad Hammadi in Dhaka
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Washiqur Rahman’s murder is latest attack on progressive activists following similar killing of American atheist blogger in FebruaryA blogger known for his atheist views has been stabbed to death in Bangladesh, in the latest of a series of attacks on independent writers in the developing south Asian nation.Washiqur Rahman, 27, died of serious injuries inflicted in the assault on Monday morning in Dhaka, the capital. Related: Bangladesh authorities arrest man over atheist blogger's murder Related: Atheist blogger Avijit Roy 'was not just a person … he was a movement' Related: Bangladesh…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Secret History of My Geography Teacher, also Cofounder of Hamas

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Hasanat was not a militant, even though an assault rifle was laid on his chest in preparation for burial. But, when stacked in the right order, historical circumstances could turn a kindly geography teacher, ,,,
  • Frat Boys on The Bus

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Racism used to be our default setting; now its overt expression summons a national gasp of disbelief - an instant aversion with the force of a fire hose.
  • Learning from the story of - Magicians and Moses

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh is branded on human culture and memory. That face-off evokes familiar empathy for things like justice, struggle ..
  • 11 reasons to explore Islam

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Within Islam it is both legitimate and right to ask the question: "Why Islam?" Every tenet in Islam is subject to analysis and contention ..
  • American Snipers in Action

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Al-Jumaili had hesitated to leave his home in Iraq, but his wife had urged him to come to the US, where he'd be safer. She'd gone ahead to Dallas not long after their 2013 marriage, but he stayed in Iraq to work and save for their new life.
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    Lausanne Movement » Lausanne Movement - Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission

  • Global Consultation on Music and Missions 2015

    Sarah Chang
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The Global Consultation on Music and Missions 2015 will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 6-9 July 2015. The purpose of this gathering is to explore how God is drawing the nations to himself through music and related arts. We are calling together mission and music leaders from around the world to: Dialogue about the roles and functions of ‘heart music’ in the lives of all Christians Form personal friendships and organizational partnerships Discuss resources, strategies, and models that others have found useful in various contexts Identify current challenges and…
  • YLG2016 Response Form

    Sarah Chang
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    YLG2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 3-10 AUGUST 2016 – INDONESIA Do you accept your exclusive invitation to the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016? Yes, I accept the invitation. Please reserve my place at YLG2016. In which language do you prefer to receive communication about YLG2016? What is your comfort level with English? None Only spoken English Only written English Both written and spoken English Native fluency in English No, I decline the invitation. Please indicate your reason for declining: I have financial concerns about the registration and travel costs. If…
  • March 2015 Issue Overview

    Sarah Chang
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Welcome to the March 2015 issue of Lausanne Global Analysis. Whether you are planning to read the full articles or just the executive summaries, we hope that you find this issue stimulating and useful. Our aim is to deliver strategic and credible analysis, information, and insight so that as an influencer you will be better equipped for the task of global mission. It’s our desire that the analysis of current and future trends and developments will help you and your team make better decisions about the stewardship of all that God has entrusted to your care. In this issue we feature an…
  • The Challenge of Radical Islam

    Sarah Chang
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Evangelical views on Islam understandably hardened after the 9/11 attacks. For example: Ted Haggard, the past President of the US National Association of Evangelicals, said: ‘The Christian God encourages freedom, love, forgiveness, prosperity and health. The Muslim god appears to value the opposite. The personalities of each god are evident in the cultures, civilizations and dispositions of the peoples that serve them.’1 Australian Mark Durie claims that Islamic State (IS) ‘battle tactics are regulated by sheikhs who implement the sharia’s rules of war. Many of the abuses committed…
  • Micah Challenge International

    Sarah Chang
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    In 2000 a small miracle occurred. Some 189 nations agreed to halve extreme poverty by the year 2015. It was the dawn of a new millennium with fresh hope for ‘a more peaceful, prosperous and just world’. The UN declared: ‘We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected.’1 An inspiring promise! From this declaration they formulated eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to achieve this audacious plan, each one with measurable targets.2 Micah…
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Tangible help for forgotten refugees

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Image courtesy of Vision Beyond Border via Facebook) Syria (MNN) -- Over the last four years, the number of Syrian refugees has continued to grow in many neighboring countries. And it's no secret that in struggles like this, the aid stops flowing when people stop caring. Syria is entering the fifth year of conflict. When many people have long forgotten, Vision Beyond Borders is one group determined to do what they can to help. People continue to flee civil war and terror threats into neighboring countries. The consequences are that other countries are feeling overwhelmed by the weight of…
  • Trafficked women are trapped

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Operation Mobilization) Singapore (OM) – [Editor’s Note: This article was written by Operation Mobilization’s International Director Lawrence Tong.] OM Singapore's office is in the heart of the red light district. I have walked in the area many times in the daytime. You'll encounter a number of women, but they are very discreet. Still, my view at one time was that they had low morals, were lazy, and chose an easy way out from earning "honest income." I tried to avoid them. One of the women in my international office has a burden for these women and the larger injustice…
  • Bible translation app requires teamwork

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    iPad mini running Commons mobile app.(Photo, caption courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) International (MNN) -- There's an app for everything these days; why not Bible translation, too? Bruce Smith, President of Wycliffe Associates, says they're working on a Bible translation app called translationStudio. The app will be like a Bible commentary, helping translators understand the context and meaning of a verse. "Our goal is to create open content that's freely available that people can use in the translation process," Smith shares. "We've recruited Bible scholars to help produce this open content.
  • Delays, tensions provoke an already tense Nigeria

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Map courtesy Wikipedia) Nigeria (MNN) -- Vote counting got under way in Nigeria on Monday in an election fraught with delays, glitches, and violence. Voting spilled over from Saturday into Sunday due to faulty scanners, absent poll workers, and Boko Haram militant attacks. A winner must secure both a majority and 25% of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria’s states. Early partial returns showed Muhammadu Buhari--a retired general and former military dictator, a Muslim from the North--leading President Goodluck Jonathan--the Christian incumbent from the South. Both candidates have pledged to…
  • Wildlife STORYTELLER stuffed animal offers comfort

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo Courtesy to Audio Scripture Ministries) USA (MNN) -- Audio Scripture ministries is trying to raise funds for 200 Wildlife STORYTELLERS: stuffed animals with small audio players loaded with Scripture, Bible stories, and songs. There is an enormous need for these cuddly reminders in a land where little kids need to be reminded of a faithful God who loves them in spite of the traumas and hardships they face at a young age. These Wildlife STORYTELLERS have been sent to a ministry in Puerto Rico. ASM hopes the stuffed animals will offer comfort to the children as they listen to stories from…
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  • You Reason That God Killed Canaanites for Thoughtcrime, Therefore, So Can We

    21 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I read a comment on an online message board which made the following assertion:VIsitor: Since *God* killed them for thoughtcrime, so can *WE*. Your idea is the same as tyrants throughout history, including the present day. With the identical argument with hate-subject substitution you get the Holocaust over Jews, Orwell’s Inner Party over the Proles, Mao’s Red Guard over the peasants, the Khmer Rouge over the educated, Islamic fundamentalists over Western Civilization. Just have enough of a sliver of moral decency to admit it: you want to kill anyone who believes differently than you do.
  • If You Mourn the Fallenness of Your World Rather than Curse its Difficulties, You Know that Grace has Visited You by Paul David Tripp

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Life in this terribly broken world is hard. You are constantly dealing with the frustration of this world not operating the way God intended. You are always facing the unexpected. Almost daily you are required to deal with something you wouldn’t have chosen for your life, but it’s there because of the location where we live. Life right here, right now is like living in a disheveled house that has begun to fall down on its own foundation. It is still a house, but it doesn’t function as it was meant to. The doors constantly get stuck shut. The plumbing only occasionally works properly.
  • A Fantastic New Book for Women

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Being a mom is not easy.  It is a whirlwind experience filled with exhilaration and joy on the one hand, and exhaustion and challenges on the other. There are days when a mom finds deep satisfaction in her new role as a parent, and there are other days when she doesn’t know if she can go on.During times like this, it is critical that a mom find her joy and her assurance in a stable place that cannot be shaken.  And that is found in her relationship with Jesus Christ.For this reason, I am very excited that this week my wife Melissa’s new book was released, Walking with God in the Season…
  • Wishing Others Ill

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Comment: It is very difficult to respect the feelings of people who want to either kill you or watch you take your own life. If religious people insist on putting it about globally that all gay people are rampantly promiscuous disease carrying child rapists who they want god to kill, as far as I am concerned it has to be "war to the knife" until such things are no longer preached.Response: I have been a Christian for nearly 30 years and have never heard (publicly or privately) my Christian friends (or even Facebook friends) even during a heated argument say they would like to see…
  • Abrahamic Covenant Fulfilled By Christ

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    "The Abrahamic covenant referred to blessings that were YET FUTURE (e.g.. the justification of "all the nations" (Gal 3:8) through faith in Christ. The New Covenant on the other hand speaks of these same blessings NOW REALIZED "in the fullness of time."Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." Gal 3:8Paul describes the events surrounding the coming of Christ and the inauguration of the New Covenant by the term "Faith". He does this in order to contrast the gospel's central…
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Jim and Jill Kelly; Who Is My Neighbor?; Atul Gawande on Being Mortal

    Fred Yi
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Faith gives the retired NFL star and his wife the strength to cope with cancer and death; Minnesota volunteers make tools to improve the lives of small farmers and poor villagers around the world; and a surgeon and writer ponders medicine and “what matters in the end.” The post Jim and Jill Kelly; Who Is My Neighbor?; Atul Gawande on Being Mortal appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Selma March 50th Anniversary; Average Mohamed; Baha’i Nineteen-Day Fast

    Fred Yi
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Fifty years ago, the voting rights struggle in Alabama culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery; a Minneapolis man challenges the violent message of Islamic extremists with an animated cartoon series; and Baha’is observe nineteen days of fasting leading up to their New Year. The post Selma March 50th Anniversary; Average Mohamed; Baha’i Nineteen-Day Fast appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Syrian Refugees in Turkey; Millennials and Religion

    Fred Yi
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    The humanitarian crisis mounts as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee war in Syria (Originally broadcast December 19, 2014); people under the age of 30 leave behind traditional religious affiliations but not necessarily religious beliefs (Originally broadcast November 7, 2014); Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, an international network of residential communities for people with developmental disabilities, wins the 2015 Templeton Prize (Originally broadcast May 26, 2006) The post Syrian Refugees in Turkey; Millennials and Religion appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Recruiting Radical Muslims; B Corp Business Ethics; Blind Boys of Alabama

    Fred Yi
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The growing appeal of ISIS and other extremist groups in the West; for-profit companies that try to solve social and environmental problems; and the gospel music and spiritual journey of five blind boys from Alabama. The post Recruiting Radical Muslims; B Corp Business Ethics; Blind Boys of Alabama appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism; India’s Sacred Cows; Women’s Purim

    Fred Yi
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    US Muslims pursue programs to counter extremist recruiting; the age-old Hindu reverence for cows in modern India; and Orthodox Jewish women take more of a leading role in Purim festivities. The post Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism; India’s Sacred Cows; Women’s Purim appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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  • Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    Religion News Blog
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam. Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suicidal, depressed and in need of counselling after leaving the “cult-like” church and being shunned by their friends and family. Full story: Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult
  • Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Religion News Blog
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona. Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism. More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day. Full story: Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?
  • Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Religion News Blog
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists? Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March. Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 other criminal charges. Plus: cult expert Steve Hassan's YouTube channel. Full story: Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead
  • Religion News for busy people

    Religion News Blog
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the 'prophetess' with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers. Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles? Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world. Many more religion news items... Full…
  • RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    Religion News Blog
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets. Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more. Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking ever be ethical? And why does Playmobil love Martin Luther? Full story: RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People
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    Religion News Service

  • In a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty

    Jonathan Merritt
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (RNS) Many religious groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, oppose the death penalty, but evangelical groups tend to take a more conservative stance. The post In a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY)

    Trevin Wax
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    (RNS) The debate over abortion reveals our society’s inconsistency: We only affirm the humanity of the unborn if the child is “wanted.” The post Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Robert Putnam wants to convert every reader on the sawdust trail to civic salvation. And he's not taking no for an answer. The post Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

    David Gibson
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    NEW YORK (RNS) Mayor Bill de Blasio says he supports churches renting space in public schools. Now a court decision will force him to show whether he really believes that. The post New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

    Richard Wolf
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Facing a rising tide of criticism and business boycotts against his state, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would consider a second law that "amplifies and clarifies" the first one but added, "We're not going to change the law." The post Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Talk at McGill University this Friday on Islamic Creationism in Europe

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    by Salman HameedI think it is not cold enough down here in Amherst. It was 8F last night and the temperature stayed well below freezing all day today. To search for some cooler weather, I will be heading up north to Montreal to give a talk at McGill University's Centre for Islam and Science. There are some fantastic people at the center (or centre) and I'm looking forward to seeing our old friends Anila Asghar and Ehab Abouheif and to meet Jamil Ragep for the first time. If you are in the Montreal area, come to the talk.Here is the title and other information about the talk:Friday, March…
  • Three excellent lectures by John Hedley Brooke on Galileo, Darwin and Einstein

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    by Salman HameedIf you are at all interested in the history of science and religion, then you should definitely spend some time listening to these three lectures by John Hedley Brooke. These will be your three hours very well spent. He is the author of a seminal book on the topic titled Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives. I have had a chance to meet him couple of times and it has always been an absolute pleasure.Here are the three lectures that Brooke gave at the University of Edinburgh last month:Galileo: Nature as mechanistic creation Darwin: From nature as machine to…
  • The killing in Bangladesh for unbelief and in the US for a particular belief

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    by Salman HameedAvijit Roy with his wifeA few weeks ago, an American-Bangladeshi atheist blogger, Avijit Roy, was hacked to death in Dhaka. He and his wife were returning from a Book Fair where he had his own book reading. This is a continuation of troubling attacks on secular bloggers and writers in Bangladesh (see my post from 2013: Standing with Bangladesh's secular bloggers!). Here is an excellent article by Raza Rumi on this murder and the growing religious intolerance in the secular Bangladesh. Raza brings a unique perspective, as he himself had to leave Pakistan after he was attacked…
  • On the issue of letter to Iran by Republican senators...

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    by Salman HameedIt would be easy laugh at the provocative actions of almost all of Republican senators regarding Iran. Their Open Letter to Iran was of course condescending. They want war. And they want war with an unequal adversary - preferably one that doesn't have a nuclear weapon. And they are not exactly alone. Here is an opinion piece in Washington Post titled War with Iran is probably our best option. And look how easy its going be:Wouldn’t destroying much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure merely delay its progress? Perhaps, but we can strike as often as necessary. Of course, Iran…
  • Fourth episode of SkA: Exploring baby solar systems to search for our own origins (Urdu)

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    by Salman HameedIt has been a lot of fun doing this series. So here is the continuation of our Urdu series, Science ka Adda (Cafe Scientifique). In this fourth episode, we look at the discovery of a "protoplanetary disk" around a young star named HL Tau. This star is only a million years old - a blink of an eye in cosmic timescales - but it can tell us a lot about the origins of our own solar system some four and a half billion years ago. Here it is: SkA: Exploring baby solar systems to search for our own origins (Urdu) from Science ka Adda on Vimeo.
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  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.
  • Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.
  • Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states,…
  • Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.
  • Indiana law: Does freedom of religion mean freedom to discriminate?

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    For many conservative religious Americans, the nation’s long-standing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, including the one just passed in Indiana last week, could possibly carve out a public space that permits individuals and their businesses to uphold their religious opposition to same-sex marriage. “What we’re coming up against is: How far does secular law have to go to accommodate a person’s religion?” says Mark Goldfeder, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta. The issue also includes the religious conscience of public…
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  • i's editor pledges that his paper won't be backing any party

    Roy Greenslade
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    ELECTION MEDIA WATCH: Oliver Duff on his general election neutralityOliver Duff, editor of the Independent’s sister publication, i, has pledged to keep his newspaper strictly neutral in the run-up to the general election.“We won’t tell you how to vote”, he tells readers in today’s issue. “We take pride in striving for political impartiality”. “Some newspapers enjoy the sound of their own voice before an election, liking to claim afterwards that they helped to swing the outcome. Not here. This publication revels in refusing to back any political party. No leaders’ faces will…
  • Greek reform deal 'unlikely before Easter' - live updates

    Graeme Wearden
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, including developments around Greece’s debt negotiations, new eurozone unemployment and inflation data, and updated UK growth statsReuters: Greek negotiating team heading homeDonald Tusk: deal possible by end of AprilUK growth revised upEurozone inflation inches up to -0.1%Euro hit by Greek deadlock 11.39am BST The technical negotiations between Greece and its creditors in Brussels have ended, it appears, without agreement on the country’s reform plan.Greek insiders, though, say that progress has been made - although slowly - and talks could…
  • Henry Blofeld commentates on the 2010 Grand National: ‘This is exciting!’

    Chris Cook
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    The Test Match Special commentator attempted to apply his colourful cricket-calling skills to a rerun of the 2010 Grand National, with fascinating results …• Talking Horses: Tuesday’s best bets plus the latest racing news• Horse racing tips: Tuesday 31 MarchEvery little boy or girl who ever developed a taste for horse racing has, at some stage, commentated on the Grand National, even if it was only in the privacy of their own interior monologue. And yet, in the race’s 170-odd years, there has probably only been one person who felt it appropriate, as the leaders rounded the elbow, to…
  • Are you a shy student?

    Matthew Lawrence
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:43 am
    It’s tough fitting in at uni if you’re naturally introverted like me – but an active social life is still possibleAre you a shy student at university? Don’t worry – there are many of us aboard that ship. It’s a tough place to be. When I started university last year, I found it difficult to make friends – I tended to grab the first person I met to ensure I wasn’t left behind when the rest of my course began to form cliques. Related: University is one big popularity contest – but don't try too hard Related: Students: what should you do if you hate your course? Related: Is your…
  • US journalist deported from Kyrgyzstan after interrogation

    Roy Greenslade
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    He was reporting on ethnic clashes that occurred five years agoAn American freelance journalist, Umar Farooq, was deported from Kyrgyzstan after being arrested and interrogated by the country’s security services last week, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).Farooq was detained on Wednesday in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan on suspicion of possessing documents of an extremist nature. He was in the country Kyrgyzstan to investigate ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz that occurred in 2010. Continue reading...
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  • London Jewish couple honored for rescuing killer they helped to convict

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    (JTA) — London police honored a Jewish Orthodox couple for helping to solve a murder case and for rescuing a wounded man from Turkish mafia thugs who tried to kill him. Haim and Rachel Bublil, 33 and 32, received a certificate of appreciation on March 18 from the High Sheriff of Greater London for rescuing and then secretly recording Samuel Zerai, 22, reveal the identity of his shooter, Jamie Marsh-Smith. The recording also has Zerai incriminating March-Smith in a murder that occurred just before Marsh-Smith shot Zerai, the newspaper Alondon reported this week. Haim Bublil, who was born…
  • Swastikas found in dorm at Northeastern U.

    Marcy Oster
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    (JTA) — Swastikas were drawn on a campus dormitory board at Northeastern University in Boston. The swastikas were discovered Sunday in a common area in the International Village dorm. Northeastern’s president, Joseph Aoun, condemned what he called a “hateful act” in a statement that was emailed to students and staff, as well as posted on the university’s website. “These actions are completely antithetical to the values of our university and all that we stand for,” he wrote. “Bias, hate crimes, and anti-Semitism are completely unacceptable —…
  • Soren Kam, among most wanted Nazi criminals, dies at 93

    Gabe Friedman
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    (JTA) — Soren Kam, No. 5 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted war criminals, has died. Kam, 93, a volunteer in the SS Viking Division and Denmark’s highest-ranking Nazi, died last week in Germany, where he fled in 1956 and obtained citizenship. Germany on several occasions refused to extradite him to Denmark, Reuters reported. “The fact that Soren Kam, a totally unrepentant Nazi murderer, died a free man in Kempten (Germany) is a terrible failure of the Bavarian judicial authorities,” the Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, said in a…
  • Jewish House Dems call on Obama to cool rhetoric against Netanyahu

    Marcy Oster
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    (JTA) — Some Jewish House Democrats called on President Barack Obama to tamp down the rhetoric against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The Congress members issued the demand last week at a meeting with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Politico reported Sunday. The meeting was the latest in a series of regular briefings that Rhodes has been holding with Jewish members of Congress about the Iran nuclear negotiations. Among the lawmakers at the meeting were Reps. Ted Deutch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida; Jerry Nadler and Nita Lowey of New York; Adam…
  • Jewish groups blast Virginia State Bar for canceling Jerusalem seminar

    Marcy Oster
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    (JTA) — The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and B’nai B’rith International condemned the Virginia State Bar for canceling its legal seminar in Jerusalem. “It’s a reprehensible decision,” the JCRC’s executive director, Ron Halber, told the Washington Jewish Week on Monday. “It’s based on politics. It’s not based on logic. And it contravenes the spirit and the will of Virginia and the people of Virginia and its leadership. It is a disastrous decision.” In a letter sent to members late Friday night, Kevin Martingayle, president of…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Persons Human & Divine (Ussher)

    Fred Sanders
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    The discussion of personhood in James Ussher’s 1648 systematic theology (A Body of Divinity: The Sum and Substance of the Christian Religion) is brief, and interesting on several counts. Ussher divides the discussion into two parts: Persons in general, “and then what a Person in the Trinity is.” Along the way he picks up some Christological considerations as well. The Body of Divinity is presented in question-and-answer format. Here is the relevant section: For the better understanding of this Mystery, declare unto me what a Person is in general, and then what a Person in…
  • The Economic Trinity is the Dispensational Trinity (for Bob Saucy)

    Fred Sanders
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:33 am
    Robert Saucy (1930-2015) taught systematic theology for 54 years at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. If you doubled Bob’s length of service, you’d have the number 108, which is one year older than Biola itself. Bob began teaching at Talbot in 1961, when the graduate School of Theology was less than a decade old. Just by dint of longevity, Bob would be in the running for most important theologian in the history of Biola. But when you take into consideration his publications, his influence in evangelicalism, his constant dialogue and collaboration with colleagues…
  • The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant (Book Review)

    Adam Johnson
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Michael Gorman’s new book, “The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement,” is a big-picture account of the work of Christ as a covenantal reality. The movement begins with the biblical interweaving of (new) covenant language and accounts of Christ’s death and resurrection, expanding to incorporate a host of other themes that properly relate to or build from the intersection of those two topics. In his words, Christ’s death effected the new covenant, meaning specifically the creation of a covenant community of forgiven and…
  • “Everything Contrary to Right Reason is a Sin” (Clement)

    Fred Sanders
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus reads like a spiritual guidebook that crashed into a book of manners. If that doesn’t make sense to us, it might be because  we don’t see all of life’s domains jointed together, as Clement did. Virtue, for Clement, was precisely the application of right reason to every detail of conduct. One of the results is that Clement left us a remarkable set of instructions for good behavior, taking the trouble to write down descriptions of how young people ought to walk, talk, eat, and sleep. The whole Paedagogus is worth perusing, but…
  • Christian Stoicism (Clement of Alexandria)

    Fred Sanders
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    People who worry about the hellenization, or greekifying, of Christianity tend to worry about Platonism. But the interaction with Stoicism has been equally complex and interesting. Clement of Alexandria (ca 150-215)’s fascinating book Paedagogus is a great early example. The title is variously translated as Tutor, Educator, Instructor, or Teacher of Little Children. etc. It’s a work of Christian ethics, but it incorporates so much from Stoic thought that about a century ago, when form critics were enjoying the apex of their credibility, they hypothesized that it was nothing more…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Rath Utsava Celebrated in South India with Traditional Fervor

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    SourceBHATKAL, KARNATAKA. INDIA, March 30, 2015 (Bhatkal News): HPI Note: The original article states:"Bhatkal Hanumanth Temple's historical Rath (Chariot) was pulled on March 28 evening by a huge gathering of Hindu brethren with traditional fervor and in a peaceful manner. There were special arrangements for pooja (worship) and in the evening, the chariot was pulled by large number of devotees.""Thousands of devotees had flocked here for seeing the rath and its pooja (worship). This event designates historical Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and as usual today also, a group of Hindu brethren under…
  • Hindu Students Council to Host Global Dharma Conference 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    SourceEDISON, NEW JERSEY, March 28, 2015 (Dharma Conference): Hindu Students Council (HSC), the largest Hindu youth organization in North America, announced today that it will host the Global Dharma Conference 2015 to commemorate its 25th Year Anniversary on September 11-13. The 2015 conference, to be held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, in Edison, New Jersey, aims to explore and understand the multi-faceted applications of Dharma for the Self as well as for the Society and the World - whether through the multi-faceted systems of Yoga or the invaluable teachings of Vedas…
  • Daily Inspiration

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    SourceLike treasure hidden in the ground, like flavor in the fruit, like gold in the rock, and oil in the seed, the Absolute is hidden in the heart.-- Akka Mahadevi, twelfth-century Vira Saiva saint
  • US Agencies May be Indirectly Funding Religious Conversion in India

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    SourceINDIA, March 30, 2015 (by Rupa Subramanya, Firstpost): An unsettled and ongoing debate in the area of foreign development assistance concerns the extensive role played by faith-based organisations (FBO). In the US context, in particular, FBOs have been heavily involved in the delivery of both domestic social and foreign development assistance activities funded by the US government. One of the principal avenues through which FBOs receive taxpayer support is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Indeed, several major US-based FBOs, which receive USAID funds, are…
  • Simple Way to Cook Rice that Dramatically Cuts the Calories

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    SourceUNITED STATES, March 25, 2015 (Washington Post): Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations' cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part of almost every meal. Rice is popular because it's malleable--it pairs well with a lot of different kinds of food--and it's relatively cheap. But like other starch-heavy foods, it has one central flaw: it isn't that good for you. White rice consumption, in particular, has been linked to a higher risk of diabetes. A cup of the cooked grain carries…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • #blogExodus 10: Join (Velveteen Rabbi)
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite teachings about the Exodus from Egypt is that we didn't leave Mitzrayim, that Narrow Place, by ourselves. A mixed multitude -- in Hebrew, an ערב רב –– came with us. (That's from Exodus 12:38.) One interpretation holds that those who joined us in leaving the Narrow Place were Egyptians who had intermarried into the Jewish community and wanted to remain with us. They had chosen to connect themselves with our community. It's also possible that others joined the throng for other reasons. Perhaps they had felt constrained in their existing lives, and needed change.
  • #blogExodus 9: Bitter (Velveteen Rabbi)
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Bitter as in bitter herbs: the beet-stained horseradish of my childhood, magenta and pungent, dotting globes of gefilte fish. Bitter herbs as in horseradish root, and the way that nibbling its slices can make the sinuses and the back of the throat burn. Bitter herbs, maror, which we eat on matzah -- combining the taste of slavery with the humble traveling-bread of our freedom. Bitter like the hardships of slavery. Bitter enough that we cried out from the depths of our hearts, and those cries aroused divine mercy for us. Bitter like fears of loss, like fears of rejection. Bitter like the fear…
  • #blogExodus 8: Rise (Velveteen Rabbi)
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Years ago I attended an Easter morning service at my friend Peter's church in Williamstown. I went with our friend Bernard, visiting from Ghana. (I wrote an essay about it: A field trip into Easter.) One of the moments which has stayed with me is Reverend Peter asking, at the end of his sermon, "Will you rise?" -- and the pregnant pause during which we all realized that it wasn't "just" a spiritual question but was also a literal one. "Everything that rises must converge," wrote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He believed that all creation was rising toward the Omega Point, the highest possible…
  • Beyond Walls faculty spotlight (Velveteen Rabbi)
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I'm honored to be the subject of the Faculty Spotlight in the latest issue of Beyond Walls, the online journal dedicated to the program of the same name in which I'm teaching this summer. Here's a taste: I think of Velveteen Rabbi as akin to an intimate coffee-table conversation, even though I know that my words are going out to thousands of readers. Through the blog I invite people in to my virtual home. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup, and listen to this beautiful Hasidic teaching I learned about the holiday cycle. Or here's a piece of Torah with which I'm struggling this week: how do…
  • #blogExodus 7: Ask (Velveteen Rabbi)
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every night before bed I sit with our son and we say our prayers (asking God to bless everyone we know and love, "and everybody else, amen" and the shema) and then we sing a handful of songs. There's a lullaby we've been singing to him all his life which is still part of our bedtime routine (though just this week he's beginning to insist that he's outgrown it, which feels bittersweet.) Usually one of us also sings "I Love You, A Bushel And A Peck." About a month ago, around Purim-time, I started adding the first question of the Four Questions to our bedtime routine. Within a couple of weeks,…
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  • It IS Enough!

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Desolation Sound in reflective mood. I have been going through the papers I’ve been carrying around while traveling and came across a couple of things I wrote when I first arrived at the house I stayed in on Cortez Island during the last week of February. It would seem I was pondering on ‘enough’ back then. In lighter and darker Shades of green Set in wafts of grey mist. The Sound seamlessly IS Sky – water – land No edges. As a hungry stranger Wanting, watching To see More. Is not the green and grey Enough? The drifting wood The Eagle too? It IS enough.
  • Now is Complete

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Complete.I said in answer to a question about purpose: Could you conceive of the possibility that right now is complete? The above was a question I posed during a Q & A session which missed the mark but made an impression on the person sitting next to the questioner! One just never knows where one’s thoughts will land. And take root. Very busy at the moment unfortunately with little spare time for writing here. Hopefully that will change as I catch up with what needs to be done now I’m settled with a desk to return to. Regularly.
  • Bigger Than We Can Think

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    This morning on returning to my room after meditation and morning service I thought to myself, Yes, all my brain and body molecules have now arrived in the UK. And appear to be arranged as they should be. What a relief. Traveling internationally can seriously disrupt ones functioning that’s on subtle and not so subtle levels. Then later in the morning, with perfect timing, a beautiful hardback book arrived in the post. Not one I’d ordered so it’s something of a mystery as to who sent it to me. (I’ve a good idea though). I opened the book at random, titled The…
  • Every Day – Is Every Day – Is a Good Day

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Flying tonight. Vancouver Canada to London Heathrow. Then onwards to Newcastle and Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey.
  • I Will Return, Once More

    7 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Duffy Lake, B.C. Land of the silver birch Home of the beaver Where still the mighty moose Wanders at will Beside the frozen lake. High on a rocky ledge I’ll build my wigwam Close to the water’s edge Silent and still Anybody see a seal? My heart grows sick for thee Here in the low lands I will return to thee Hills of the north I together with two female sangha members, drove out of Vancouver yesterday heading towards the interior of British Columbia. We traveled via Whistler and Pemberton. Visited sangha members on the way and ended up close to Dragon Flower Mountain Temple near…
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  • 10 Easter Songs That Are Better Than Contemporary Worship Music

    Joel Heng Hartse
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    It’s Easter season again, which means church, chocolate, and having to sing a bunch of worship songs written in the last 10 years that kind of sound like Coldplay. I don’t mean to be cynical. It’s just that like a lot of Christians of my generation, I love pop music but am not so keen on the whole contemporary worship music scene. I love rock and roll, sure, but I’d kind of rather sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” in church on Easter than another tired worship chorus by a songwriter whose main influences are 1987 Bono, 2001 Bono, and maybe something really out there like 1992…
  • Millennials: The ‘Don’t Judge Generation’ on Sexual Morality

    Cathy Lynn Grossman | Religion News Service
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Most young adults of every religion, race, and ethnicity support access to affordable contraception. And 56 percent of people ages 18 to 35 say that in some situations, choosing to have abortion “is the most responsible decision that a woman can make.” But, a new survey finds, the reasoning behind these millennial beliefs might surprise older adults who are more rooted in religious doctrines. Most young adults hold views on moral issues that are a long way from what some major religions preach on issues such as abortion and contraception. For most millennials — including one in…
  • Proclaiming the One True God to a Relativistic Culture

    Jeremy Bouma | OnFaith Voices
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    Perhaps you’ve heard the popular parable about the four blind men and the elephant. The story is told from the vantage point of a king who watches as these men grapple with the reality of the massive creature. It goes like this: One man holds the tail, another its tusks; one grasps the elephant’s ears, another touches its massive body. When they report back on what it is they’ve encountered, the report matches their personal experience with the creature: it’s hard or floppy, long or smooth. The meaning of this modern parable? Like the blind men, every religion has a limited…
  • 7 Ways to Support Your Spouse through Porn Addiction

    Jen Ferguson
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Imagine with me for a moment that you come home one night to find your husband engaging sexually with another woman. Shock and rage consume you, yet there is no one but him to hear your cries. He’s the only one in the room. This other woman? She’s on the computer screen, completely oblivious to your presence. This is the man you pledged your love, commitment, and fidelity to all those months and years ago, and now you feel like you’re competing with pornography for his love, attention, and affection. Where do you possibly go from here? While part of you wants to help him rid his life…
  • How National Geographic Is “Killing Jesus”

    Jeffrey Huston
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    When you’re headed to West Africa at the height of the Ebola scare, it’s comforting to know you’re going to meet Jesus when you get there. Such was my fortune in October of 2014 when I flew to Morocco to spend a week on the set of Nat Geo’s production of Killing Jesus, the channel’s third TV-movie adaptation of as many books in the popular Bill O’Reilly series that began with Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy (and now boasts a fourth, Killing Patton). But the big question was this: What or whose Jesus would I be meeting? O’Reilly’s bestseller, co-authored by Martin Dugard,…
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  • A profile of Zelda Wynn Valdes: costume and fashion designer

    Ayana Young
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In this interview with Professor Nancy Diehl, we look back in history to discuss and discover the life and accomplishments of Zelda Wynn Valdes, Master Teacher of Costume Studies at New York University, and designer of the original Playboy bunny costume. Who was Zelda Wynn Valdes? Zelda Wynn Valdes (1905-2001) was an African American fashion and costume designer whose career spanned 40 years. Working in and around New York City, the center of the American fashion industry, Valdes began her career as an assistant to her uncle in his White Plains, New York tailoring shop. In 1948, she opened…
  • Cold War dance diplomacy

    Raquel Fernandes
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Why did the US State Department sponsor international dance tours during the Cold War? An official government narrative was sanctioned and framed by the US State Department and its partner organization, the United States Information Agency (USIA—and USIS abroad). However, the tours countered that narrative. The State Department fed the notion that modern dance was quintessentially “American,” even as the tours themselves offered evidence of modern dance roots and influence from across the globe—notably German modern dance traditions and the importance of African diasporic arts…
  • Beyond immigration detention: The European Court of Human Rights on migrant rights

    Alice Leigh
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The United Kingdom detains ‘far too many [migrants] unnecessarily and for far too long’. This makes the system ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’. Such are the conclusions that a cross-party parliamentary inquiry reached earlier this month. Over 30,000 migrants, including rape and torture victims, are detained in the UK in the course of a year, a third of them for over 28 days. Some detainees remain incarcerated for years, as Britain does not set a time limit to immigration detention (the only country in the European Union not to do so). No detainee is ever told how long his or her…
  • APA Pacific 2015: A conference guide

    Mohamed Sesay
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    We hope to see you in Vancouver, British Columbia for the 2015 American Philosophical Association Pacific meeting. We asked two OUP staff members to reveal what they’re most interested in seeing at the forthcoming conference, as well as what they plan to do in their spare time around Vancouver. Joy Mizan, Assistant Marketing Manager, Academic and Trade Marketing: This will be the first APA- Pacific that I’ll be attending. Many of our authors will be in attendance and many of our books will be the focus of book symposium, author sessions, etc, so it’ll be interesting to see how…
  • Vergil in Russia: milestones of identity

    Eleanor Jackson
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    In 1979, one of the most prominent Russian classical scholars of the later part of the twentienth century, Mikhail Gasparov, stated: “Vergil did not have much luck in Russia: they neither knew nor loved him.” Gasparov mostly blamed this lack of interest on the absence of canonical Russian translations of Vergil, especially when it came to the Aeneid. There have been several attempts at translating the Roman epic into Russian, four of them significant. In the 18th century, Vasilii Petrov (1730-1778), the court poet of Catherine the Great, was the first poet to undertake this…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Alas No one Remember You Here O Beloved! (Tomar Kotha Hetha Kehoto Bolena) ~ A Translation of Tagore Song

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    তোমার কথা হেথা কেহ তো বলে না,করে শুধু মিছে কোলাহল।সুধাসাগরের তীরেতে বসিয়াপান করে শুধু হলাহল ॥আপনি কেটেছে আপনার মূল--না জানে সাঁতার, নাহি পায় কূল,স্রোতে যায় ভেসে, ডোবে বুঝি শেষে,করে দিবানিশি টলোমল ॥আমি কোথা যাব, কাহারে শুধাব,নিয়ে…
  • Aiming Happiness & Bliss: The Intersection of Science & Spirituality

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Physical or material science try to explain the physical reality using physical or tangible evidences. Thats how the whole paradigm of science is based upon, on observable phenomena and verifiable logic and facts. On the other hand spirituality is often about things that can not be touched, observed with naked eyes or can't even be proven with material evidences. Spirituality has a very big component which deals with the unseen.Never the less there is something common between the most materialistic person and the most spiritually oriented person and that commonness is to aim for happiness.
  • A Miracle is a Release from Bondage

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    1.God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. "The present is the only time there is." A miracle is a shift in thinking from what we might have done in the past or should be doing in the future, to what we feel free to do right here, right now.A miracle is a release from internal bondage. Our capacity for brilliance is equal to our capacity to forget the past and forget the future. That's why little children are brilliant. they don't remember the past, and they don't relate to the future.One of the exercises in the Course Workbook reads, "The past is…
  • Annihilation of Falsehood

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Someone asked, in the Quran it reads in 17th Chapter, 81th Sign: "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart."Does that mean all that leave by your side are things of falsehood?Word by Word, the Revelation as example above reads:jaa - Has comeal-haqqu - the truthwa zahaqa - and perishedal-batilu - the falsehood.inna - indeedal-batila - the falsehoodkana - iszahuqan - to perish.The word BATALA - stands for - to nullify, to become vain, to render in vain, prove to be false, worthless. The fabric of the reality is multidimensional. This…
  • Make Me Less of Me and More of You

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:23 pm
    One night, closer to the dawn, the following prayer came to a dervish:O Allah, please make me less of me,And more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the moon waxing and waning, so he further prayed,By the moon and its journeying,O Allah, please make me less of me,and more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the blazing sun, which by it's every single ray, becomes less and less for…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • The Magazine: Missing opportunities to minister online

    Jon White
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    by Reese Rickards The doorbell rang a few years ago and answering it I found two women standing on the porch from a local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Contrary to conventional wisdom about a visit from the Witnesses they were not pushy and didn’t demand money for a publication I probably wouldn’t have read. One of the women was delightful and we had a very pleasant conversation. She came back several months later with her husband and I invited them in. By then she knew my wife and I are active Episcopalians and I am a deacon, so we agreed to disagree about theological issues. My…
  • Speaking to the Soul: Shout Alleluia! Come-on Get Holy!

    Ann Fontaine
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Shout Alleluia! Come-on, Get Holy! (John 20:1-18, Resurrection of the Lord, 4/5/15) A glorious and a blessed Easter to you on this holiest day of the year… it’s the perfect time to: “Shout Alleluia! Come-on Get Holy!” I’m sure Harold Ahrlen and Ted Koehler will forgive us for tinkering with their lyrics. It’s in a good cause. Today we celebrate that we have been made holy through the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are the beloved of our Risen Savior… and we have been born again to eternal life in the Body of Christ. And yet, even on an Easter Sunday…
  • Teenagers facing early deaths are increasingly being consulted about their care

    David Streever
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Jan Hoffman, writing for the New York Times, reports on a growing movement to include teenagers in their own end-of-life planning and care. Hoffman notes that this is an extension of a movement that focused first on adults. From the article: A national push to have end-of-life discussions before a patient is too sick to participate has focused largely on older adults. When patients are under 18 and do not have legal decision-making authority, doctors have traditionally asked anguished parents to make advanced-care choices on their behalf. Teenagers are being asked questions…
  • What does God care about?

    David Streever
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    In a long-form essay on Aeon, anthropologist Benjamin Grant Purzycki examines the sociological and evolutionary reasons why people assume that their God or gods are fixated on issues of morality. Purzycki views this from an atheistic viewpoint, and refers to the 2004 study Sacred and Secular (Norris & Inglehart) to support the view that a belief in the divine helps to improve social and economic justice and equality. He makes a compelling argument for the usefulness of interpreting the beliefs of a god, and the organizational benefits, in an approach that focuses largely on systems…
  • Sufjan Stevens profiled for being a Christian musician who defies the stereotype

    David Streever
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    David Roark writes about the popularity and broad appeal of musician Sufjan Stevens, a musician who explores Christian themes in his lyrics, contrasting it with the limited reach of music which adds “Christian” to the label. The article refers to a 2006 interview in DOA with Stevens about how his music is marketed and viewed. From the interview: But it suddenly seems strange to people (to the press, or to the consumer, I’m not sure which) that their faith should not prescribe their art or their merchandising. Christian music (as a genre) exists exclusively within the few…
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    Emergent Village

  • 4 Remodeling Ideas that will Add Luxury to Your Home

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    We can’t all have inherently glamorous homes, but if infinity pools, panoramic ocean views, and massive marble staircases are beyond your budget, you can still achieve luxury. Making a few remodeling changes can turn your average home into something worthy of the Hollywood Hills. Room-by-room, here are 4 of our favorite ideas.   1. From bedroom to boudoir   If your bedroom feels rich and elegant, you will too. Unfortunately, because the bedroom is least often seen by guests, it’s the room most often neglected during a home makeover.   Starting with the bed: take those…
  • 5 Key Considerations Before You Start Renovating Your Home

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    One of the main purposes of investing in home improvement is to boost the value of your property. Home improvements can offer significant value to the homeowner as well as the community where you live. When you invest in a quality upgrade, the boost in property value will enhance the outlook of your community. It also provides employment for the construction industry and an increased market for raw materials used in home remodeling projects. Hire a contractor vs Do-It- Yourself Many homeowners who consider themselves handy would rather do their own remodeling work. But undertaking home…
  • The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Interior Designer

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    When it comes to decorating your home, you have two basic options: you can either opt to do everything yourself, or you can opt for an interior designer of course Some people want to tackle the job themselves thanks to DIY and inspiration websites like Pinterest, but others know they’re just not crafty enough to handle the responsibility. Some also try to DIY, but then fail miserably and opt for the interior designer to help. If you’re weighing the option of whether or not to hire an interior designer for your specific project, the following are a few pros and cons. Pro: Interior…
  • Can you create a garden pond on a budget?

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    So the summer is coming and you have always wanted that garden pond feature so you can sit out in the garden on those lazy summer afternoons. Well why not? Having a pond in your garden doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of the hard work can be done by you, simply decide on where you are having the pond, the shape you would like and most importantly the size. By opting for a smaller pond you are straight away bringing the cost down. But you can still make the pond stunning and the centre piece of your garden. To help keep the cost down you don’t have to have stock in the pond which of…
  • Troubleshooting the 5 Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Automatic garage door openers are a wonderful convenience, providing shelter for your investments and a protected entrance to your home. With great reliability, garage openers are frustrating when they break down unexpectedly. Luckily, most problems you face are an easy fix you can do yourself. Each model has its own quirks, so be sure to check your owner’s manual if the solution isn’t obvious. If your problems persist, consider enlisting garage door opener repair services. Unresponsive Openers Your press the button on your remote or wall mount and nothing happens. Most likely, your…
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    Jewish Treats

  • Broken Matzah

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Whether one is in North America, Europe or Asia, the Passover seder is almost always familiar due to the universal text of the Haggadah. Through the course of time, however, different communities have developed customs that are unique and beautiful. In preparation for Passover, Jewish Treats presents a few interesting variations of one such custom.The fourth step of the seder is the breaking of the middle matzah, which is known as yachatz. Among Jews of Syrian descent, the middle matzah is specifically broken into the shape of the Hebrew letters daled and vav. The origin of this custom is…
  • Who Knows One?

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    How does one transmit basic theology in a fun manner to tired seder guests? The answer is--with song. Many see this as one of the purposes of the Nirtzah, the final section of the Haggadah. With the exception of “One Kid” (Chad Gad’ya), perhaps the best known song of Nirtzah is “Who Knows One?” (Echad Mee Yo’day’ah?)The song begins with the question, “Who knows one?” and the response, “I know one, one is our God of the heavens and the earth.” This is followed by “Who knows two? Two are the tablets of the law, and one is our God of the heavens and…
  • Traditions

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ask your older relatives what customs they remember from Passover seders when they were young.
  • The Development of the Haggadah

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    On Passover night we are commanded "v'hee'ga'd'ta" and you shall tell, the story of the Exodus. (Notice the shared root of hee'ga'd'ta and Haggadah.) The Passover Haggadah serves as a step-by-step guidebook for telling the story of Passover.Before the destruction of the Holy Temple, most Jews traveled to Jerusalem to offer the Pascal lamb. Because the entire lamb had to be eaten, it was the common practice for several families to purchase a lamb and partake of the festive meal together while retelling the Exodus story, discussing the Midrashim (legendary…
  • A Holiday for Kids

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Why is this night different from all other nights?Ask the kids! Or better yet, let the kids ask you.It might surprise you to know that Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, is focused on the children. The retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt to the next generation is actually a Biblical commandment. “And you shall tell it to your child on that day saying: ‘This is done because of that which God did for me when I went out of Egypt’” (Exodus 13:8).The essence of the commandment to retell the story of the Exodus is fulfilled by educating the children. The method for…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Great Literature You May Have Missed: Joseph Smith's First Vision, Explained by Dr. Arthur Henry King

    Jeff Lindsay
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    One of the most impressive figures on the BYU campus when I was a student was Dr. Arthur Henry King (1910-2000). He was a graduate of Cambridge in 1931 and then earned a  Doctor of Literature in stylistics from the University of Lund in Sweden. He taught English and English literature for fourteen years at the universities in Lund and Stockholm and was for many years on the British Council, which deals with educational and cultural affairs for the British government. He was twice decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for this work. He also served as Assistant Director-General in charge of…
  • Did the Exodus Happen? A Case Where Evidence of "Plagiarism" May Be Evidence of Authenticity in the Biblical Record

    Jeff Lindsay
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:47 am
    Here's a case in which evidence of "plagiarism" in the Bible may actually be evidence for the authenticity of the record of the Exodus. Fascinating story. See Joshua Berman, "Was There an Exodus?," Mosaic, March 2, 2015, at Given the "sustained absence of evidence" for the biblical Exodus (no Egyptian records confirming it, no obvious evidence from the Sinai, etc.), many scholars now question whether it ever really happened. But as Berman points out, once we recognize that the translation of numbers in the Old Testament pose many opportunities for inflation, the absence of…
  • BYU Event on Saturday, March 14, Exploring Early Modern English and Other Complexities in Book of Mormon Language

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Wish I could be in Provo Saturday for an interesting event on some of the complex and controversial aspects of the English language in the Book of Mormon text, especially the original text. The event is "Exploring the Complexities in the English Language of the Book of Mormon," sponsored by BYU Studies and the Interpreter Foundation.By the way, if you think it's valuable to have this kind of discussion and enjoy the insights coming from the Interpreter Foundation, why not make a donation to keep their work moving along?Here is the program, quoting from the announcement at…
  • From The Truth, The Way, and the Life: The Truth About the Way B.H. Roberts Viewed the Book of Mormon at the End of His Life

    Jeff Lindsay
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Critics often claim that a famous LDS General Authority, intellectual, and prolific defender of the faith, B.H. Roberts, lost his testimony of the Book of Mormon after investigating its weaknesses, including evidence that it was a modern creation based on other works available in Joseph Smith's day. This conclusion is based on writings from the early 1920s in which he explored the arguments that critics might make. Though incisively written and developed at length, he clearly explained that this was a case of playing devil's advocate to help the Church prepare for future challenges and did…
  • How Did Joseph Do What He Did in Translating the Book of Mormon? Further Evidence for Early Modern English Influence

    Jeff Lindsay
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The mystery of Early Modern English (EModE) grammar in the original text of the Book of Mormon just became more interesting with Stanford Carmack's latest in-depth analysis, "The Implications of Past-Tense Syntax in the Book of Mormon" at Stanford explores the pervasive and archaic use of "did" in the Book of Mormon, particularly the "affirmative declarative periphrastic" did, or ADP did. Brace yourselves for some intense grammar and loads of intriguing data showing that the unusual usage of this grammatical form in the Book of Mormon strongly differs from the King…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • 10 words that will completely shatter your self-image (and that’s a good thing!)

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Let’s just admit it right now: we think far too highly of ourselves.And no, those aren’t the ten words I’m talking about (and not just because there are 13 words in that sentence).We westerners have an obsession with autonomy. We are self-made people who are motivated to actualize our potential to live our best lives now so that every day can be a Friday after we’ve worked a four-hour work week (which gives us more time to work out at the gym and experiment with fad diets, y’know).We are masters of our domain (except when our fad diets crash and burn on us).We…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersLots of great stuff on sale today:The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges—$2.99Embracing Obscurity—$2.99What Every Christian Ought to Know to Grow by Adrian Rogers—$2.99100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan—$2.99Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Jesus by Jeremy Royal Howard—$2.99Adoniram Judson by Jason G. Duesing—99¢Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth by Hugh Halter—$1.99Losers Like Us: Redefining Discipleship after Epic Failure by Daniel Hochhalter—$1.99AHA: The God Moment That Changes…
  • Are our creeds really the problem?

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    In February 2015, I had the opportunity to be a part of the TruthXchange 2015 Think Tank, “Generational Lies; Timeless Truths”. In my session, I was tasked with tackling the question of deeds vs creeds—or, to put it another way, “Why can’t we just help people and leave religion out of it?”This uniquely western question is at the heart of much of the debate surrounding our responsibility toward acts of social justice (though I am not a fan of the term, but that’s for another time). The audio is now up at, and I hope you’ll take the…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThis week’s deals from Crossway focus on pastoral ministry:The Pastor’s Justification by Jared C Wilson—$1.99Am I Called? by Dave Harvey—$2.99Expositional Preaching by David Helm—$3.99Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine—$3.99Also on sale:Long Story Short by Marty Machowski—$4.99Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$3.99Forgotten God by Francis Chan—$4.99Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle—$3.99Multiply by Francis Chan—$2.99Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace—$2.99Thoughts on Note-Taking During SermonsJared…
  • Ingratitude is madness

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Whenever some new scandal erupts—particularly if it’s of a political nature—I’m not terribly surprised. Grieved, yes. Frustrated, sometimes. Surprised, no. Why? Because, whether it’s a politician getting caught doing something he or she shouldn’t have been,1 attempts to remove the ability for doctors to act in accordance with their consciences,2 or companies attempting to make gender irrelevant through ever-increasing options,3 it’s just the old story of ingratitude playing out, once again. For it was in spite of all God had done and all the blessings he…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Cinderella: The Magic of Kindness

    Kelly J. Baker
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I grew up with Disney princesses: Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella. I watched and rewatched these fairy tales on-screen, not just as entertainment, but also as possibilities for the world I inhabited. I fervently wished that magic was real and that all princes were charming. Particular princesses resonated more than others. Ariel and Cinderella held my attention long after I tired of magic carpets, glass coffins, and deadly spinning wheels. They were intriguing opposites. Ariel was headstrong and rebellious; Cinderella was kind despite tragedy, a mean stepmother, and the…
  • Out of Orthodoxy

    Zackary Sholem Berger
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    The life of Chasidim, Jews living according to strict religious precepts within the confines of a separatist society, is fascinating because it is different from most of our lives. Some might imagine that most under such constraints are happy enough to stay there—or else they would leave, wouldn’t they? Thinking more carefully, we remind ourselves that there are constraints we don’t know about. And some of them do leave. How do they make that decision? Two recent books explore departures from the Orthodox path, answering two different questions – what is their experience like in…
  • Fringes

    Venkat Srinivasan
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The International Central Gospel Church, on Park Avenue in the Bronx, faces a set of railway tracks on a quiet industrial block, next to United Collision auto body shop. The church’s renovated interiors, converted from a warehouse, provided a cavernous room with an altar at the front and rows of neatly laid-out red chairs, each with a pocket slipped onto the back for pamphlets. A PowerPoint presentation projected the text of the hymn on the wall facing the Sunday crowd. I had never attended a church service of any kind. This was in 2008. I was reporting on stories from the West African…
  • The Perpetuation of Prejudice: The Chapel Hill Shootings

    Lauren Sutton
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    The wind is bitterly cold and blows sharply in the night. Somewhere above us, a bird caws a long and solitary cry that echoes across campus. Thousands of students, faculty, and town residents huddle together trembling, with heads bowed and hands shielding the tiny flame of their candles. Despite the vast number of people at the vigil, it is completely silent. So silent, in fact, that I can hear the wax of the girl’s candle beside me as it hits the ground, leaving blood red splatters. The town of Chapel Hill has long been known as an accepting environment, a haven for diversity. A home to…
  • Kingsman: The One-Percent Apocalypse

    Kelly J. Baker
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    I went to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service the day after Valentine’s Day. My husband and I were eager to see a movie, any movie really, that didn’t involve talking animals. The choices were limited for those us who refuse to engage Fifty Shades of Grey, so we settled upon Kingsman because it was the only film that seemed unlikely to offend either of us. Kingsman appeared to be yet another dumb-yet-entertaining action flick. After all, there were secret agents and agencies, a nefarious villain and his deadly female sidekick, slick fight scenes, and cartoonish violence. The beginning of…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Terror On Alt 95

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Terror On Alt 95At the crossroads of Silver Spring, I pulled into a gas station to get my daughter, Shannon, a soda.  She had been demanding a coke for over fifteen minutes.  She was only three years old, but knew what she wanted. The afternoon was warm and we had no air conditioning in our car back in the early 70’s.  I was thirsty too.  We were going to visit my mother in Yerington about thirty-three miles away. Silver Springs was a true crossroad. East was Fallon, West led to Carson City, North was Fernley from which we had just passed through from Reno where we…
  • Rumble At Anaconda Lockout

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rumble At Anaconda Lockout The 1965 Saturday night dances in Yerington,  Nevada became my responsibility quite by accident.  My best friend, Sue, was a dynamic personality and had a powerful voice. She and four other high school classmates formed a band called the Sabras , but they had no place to practice. Our living room just happened to be very large, and so it became the band practice spot and hangout. My mother worked late, so at first I neglected to even tell her of my afternoon activities, but when she did find out, to my surprise she was supportive.  As the band…
  • The Yellow Box

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Yellow BoxBrothers -- I had two.  They were as different as salt and pepper. No they were not black and white, but in flavor they were distinctively unique.  The room they shared illustrates their differences. One side was very neat.  The bed was made neatly.  All the clothes were picked up and hung in the closet or folded perfectly in his dresser drawers.  This side belonged to my brother Dan. Dan was eighteen months younger than me and eighteen months older than our youngest brother.  He was a perfectionist from birth and would go bonkers when things were…
  • Baseball and Mosquitoes

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Baseball and MosquitoesIt was one of those hot dry-your-eyeballs-out kind of days and I was board.  My nine year old mind decided to go visit my friend Rebecca, who lived across town, which in reality was only about four blocks away, but to me seemed quite a distant.  Rebecca was a few years older than me.  She was a sandy-haired Alabama girl with a Southern accent, which made her a weird bird to us Nevada kids.  She was constantly putting on chap stick, because the dry Nevada air caused her lips to chap and split. We became acquainted through our mothers.  My mother…
  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
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    Religion Dispatches

  • How Indiana’s New RFRA Expands the Federal RFRA

    Sarah Posner
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Over the weekend, Indiana’s Republican Governor, Mike Pence, insisted that the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed into law week is just like the federal RFRA, enacted in 1993, and doesn’t permit discrimination cloaked in religion. This same claim–that Indiana’s RFRA and the federal RFRA are identical–is the basis for the conservative outcry that the media has the story wrong, and the Indiana law is merely intended to protect religious rights, rather than allow discrimination, particularly against LGBT people. In his appearance on ABC’s This…
  • Meet the “New Age” Stephen Colbert

    Andrew Aghapour
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    In the kitchen of his Charleston, S.C. home, wearing a flower in his hair, life coach and entrepreneur JP Sears explains, in a recent video, that, “being gluten intolerant used to be limited only to those who are actually intolerant to gluten,” but that now anyone can try it as long as they have a “ravenous appetite for impossible standards and dogmatic feelings of victimization.” When I first watched “How to Become Gluten Intolerant,” just a day after its release, it had already racked up half a million views. As I write, the count is at 2.7 million, and growing.
  • Russian Attack on LGBTs at UN Rejected; Gay Cake Controversy Rages in N. Ireland; Bishop Calls for Marriage Referendum in Puerto Rico; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The White House announced this week that Pope Francis will visit President Barack Obama during his September trip to the U.S. Francis will be attending the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families (not to be confused with the World Congress of Families summit that will take place in Salt Lake City in October.) Kevin Riordan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, reported on a gathering of LGBT equality advocates trying to figure out how to make the most of the Pope’s visit. This week Francis met with 10 gay, transgender, and HIV positive prisoners who were among 90 the pontiff had…
  • A Debate Rages in India Over Conversion, Secularism, and “Spiritual Violence”

    Murali Balaji
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Over the past few months, Indian and U.S. media have reported widely about right-wing Hindu groups’ plans to “re-convert” Muslim and Christians to Hinduism (and in some cases, Sikhism). Indeed, the so-called ghar wapsi (“homecoming or conversion”) effort has rung alarm bells among observers, stoking fears that the right-of-center government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (a self-described Hindu nationalist), are seeking to undermine post-independence India’s secular ideals. It has drawn so much attention, in fact, that it prompted President…
  • My Childhood Hobby Was Satanic, Or So They Told Me

    Joseph Laycock
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Title: Dangerous games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds Author: Josep P. Laycock Publisher: University of California Press Release Date: February 12, 2015 Pages: 368 What inspired you to write Dangerous Games? In the preface I’m very candid about my experiences growing up in Texas and being told that my favorite hobby is satanic. When grown-ups told me that playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was going to drive me insane or cause me to worship the devil, it suddenly dawned on me that adults were fallible: They ran the…
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    On Being Both

  • Passover, Good Friday, and Easter: When Interfaith Holidays Converge

    Susan Katz Miller
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    This year, I am fielding calls from reporters wanting to know how we handle the dilemma of Passover starting on Good Friday. I know that, especially for young couples just starting their interfaith journey, this convergence of important holidays may create stress. Say, for instance, your in-laws are expecting you for a raucous Passover seder featuring four glasses of wine and glazed brisket: this could be an alienating experience if you are also commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and avoiding meat on the solemn Friday of Holy Week. As interfaith families become the norm in our culture,…
  • The Identity of Interfaith Children: Downton Abbey Edition

    Susan Katz Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I don’t always blog about fictional interfaith families, but when I do, it’s because they’re discussing the identity of interfaith children. Season 5 of Downton Abbey, which concluded this week in the US, featured the courtship and interfaith marriage of Rose (niece of Lord and Lady Grantham) and Atticus (son of Lord and Lady Sinderby). But for me, the most interesting episode aired last week, when we witnessed the following conversation between Lord Sinderby and Atticus: Lord Sinderby: “The second Lord Sinderby may be Jewish, but the third will not…” Atticus:…
  • Let Us Check More Than One Religion Box

    Susan Katz Miller
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Imagine for a moment that you are a teenager, arriving at college for your first year, and that you come from an interfaith family. Perhaps you were raised in one religion, but now, you feel drawn to explore the other religion in your family background. Or perhaps you were raised with both religions, and plan to stay connected to both. Or perhaps you were raised with neither religion, but now plan to explore both family religions, or all religions. Now, imagine you are handed a survey and asked to choose one religion, and only one religion, as your identity. Your only other choices are to…
  • Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage

    Susan Katz Miller
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
      Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Samson, Joseph, Esther, Solomon. What do they all have in common? They were intermarried.   Thus begins Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage, a comprehensive and compelling exploration of the formative effects of intermarriage in Biblical times. This book provides a very readable guide to the history of intermarriage in the mixed multitude of cultures and practices and beliefs coalescing gradually, over centuries and millennia, into the people Israel. The authors conclude that the “early willingness to reach across tribal and ethnic…
  • Interfaith Families, Jewish Communities: Spring Thaw

    Susan Katz Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Do you hear a rumbling, creaking, sighing noise, like an iceberg melting? That’s the sound of policies designed to freeze out interfaith families, shifting and groaning as they thaw. Since the release of the 2013 Pew Research report on the Jewish American landscape (and the publication of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family), I have been predicting a warming trend in engaging with interfaith families. Just in recent weeks, I note at least four new efforts by the Jewish community to include or acknowledge interfaith families: 1. A Conservative Jewish rabbi considered…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • Only if we walk with them

    Lee Potts
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    As Christians, if we are to love as Jesus loved, we must first come to terms with suffering. Like Jesus, simply cannot be cool and detached from our fellow human beings. Our years of living as Christians will be years of suffering for and with other people. Like Jesus, we will love others only if we walk with them in the valley of darkness – the dark valley of sickness, the dark valley of moral dilemmas, the dark valley of oppressive structures and diminished rights. ~ Joseph Cardinal Berardin, The Gift of Peace via Catholic How Tags: catholic how, christians, Darkness, human beings, Joseph…
  • A different, deeper kind of love

    Lee Potts
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    In modern-day, consumer-driven America, we continually feel the need for the accumulation of goods and security. We have ignored what God has put in our hearts to do: love one another. Instead we are being consumed by consuming, reaching the point where there is no way out. We have deceived ourselves into thinking we can follow Christ without becoming one with the poor, that we can know and love God without loving others, and not just friends and family and those that love us back! Jesus says that’s easy, even pagans do that. Christ calls us to a different, deeper kind of love: a love for…
  • Who can know where it will lead?

    Lee Potts
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    It is essential to comprehend that Francis had never thought to pick and choose aspects of the life of Christ to dress himself up in, but rather had chosen something that I would say is much harder because there is far less control in it: he had chosen, simply, to follow. Francis chose to move forward step-by-step in the footprints of the Lord, which I say is dangerous, because who can know where it will lead? ~ Solanus Benfatti, The Five Wounds of Saint Francis via Dating God Tags: Dating God, Five Wounds, footprints, saint francis, Solanus Benfatti, stigmata
  • What hast thou done with thy brother Abel?

    Lee Potts
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    I was moved with contrition as with a strong agony, for I had been one of those who had endured that these things should be. I had been one of those who, well knowing that they were, had not desired to hear or be compelled to think much of them, but had gone on as if they were not, seeking my own pleasure and profit. Therefore now I found upon my garments the blood of this great multitude of strangled souls of my brothers. The voice of their blood cried out against me from the ground. Every stone of the reeking pavements, every brick of the pestilential rookeries, found a tongue and called…
  • He would not want it at any price

    Lee Potts
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    [The Christian] will more willingly walk two miles with someone who would force him to walk one than seek justice for himself or even dream of causing harm to one who had hurt him. The tranquility of his heart is more dear to him than the possession of anything that injustice could take away, and if a breach of charity were required to recover something that had been taken away from him, he would not want it at any price. ~ Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Meditations for Lent Tags: charity, Christian, hurt, injustice, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Lent, Meditations for Lent, possession
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    Amish America

  • Five Points Posts (January-March) & Your Ideas?

    Erik/Amish America
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    I’ve enjoyed writing these five points lists the last few months, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. We’ve done one per week since January. They’ve been some of our most popular posts. If you missed any, here they are from oldest to most recent: The 5 Friendliest Amish Communities 5 Outdated Technologies Amish Still Use 5 […]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-Backed Bank of Bird-in-Hand Doing Well

    Erik/Amish America
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    Are you surprised that the Amish-backed Bank of Bird-in-Hand has (so far) been a success? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the bank has amassed more than $60 million in loans in its first year of business. In 2013, Bank of Bird-in-Hand was reported to be the first new US bank since 2010, when […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Language of the Hutterites

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    What do Hutterites speak? The Anabaptist cousins of the Amish communicate in a German dialect, but it differs from what you hear from the Amish. Manitoba Hutterite Linda Maendel explains her native tongue in today’s post. — Hutterisch – the Mother Tongue of the Hutterites Hutterisch, as Hutterites fondly call their language, is the Carinthian German dialect spoken by […]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…
  • 5 Occasions When Amish Sing

    Erik/Amish America
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    “Give me gas for my Ford, keep me truckin’ for the Lord!” That’s not a line you expect to hear in a song sung by Amish people. But that’s what I heard while visiting Amish last week in Lancaster County. I was being entertained by a friend’s children, who put on an impromptu concert one evening, […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Amish of Somerset County, PA (25 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    I paid a visit to Somerset County, Pennsylvania on my “way home” from last week’s stay in Lancaster County. I have “way home” in quotes here because it required a 3-hour detour west down the PA Turnpike in a snowstorm. But I was determined to get there. This had been a place I’d wanted to […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Ten Ways the Church is Like Downton Abbey

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    By Ken Howard & Wendy Dackson [Simulblogged on Paradoxical Thoughts and Past Christian] It all started a few days ago, when Ken came across an Episcopal Church Meme on Facebook and reposted on his own Facebook page with a comment about how it reminded him of Downton Abbey (and not exactly in a good way). The meme in question, displayed below, showed the Presiding Bishop, along with several other resplendently attired clergy and lay people lined in the National Cathedral nave, with the slogan “Ancient Tradition. Modern Outlook. That’s the Episcopal Church.” Much to Ken’s…
  • Ten Things Churches Could Learn from Starbucks (Hint: It’s not about making coffee)

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Editor’s Note: This article was written at the Kingsview Village Starbucks. By Ken Howard Churches could learn a few things from Starbucks… Starbucks is one of those places that, even if you don’t go there, you know it’s the place to go. It’s the number one coffee shop in the United States, maybe even in the world. It’s almost like Starbucks was selling something addictive… They are, of course. Starbucks sells coffee, which contains the drug caffeine. But as far as we know, Starbucks coffee contains no more of the drug than the coffee sold at it’s two biggest coffee…
  • Reflecting on Lent: Mortality and Martyrdom

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    by Ken Howard I still cannot speak of this without a misting of my eyes and a twisting of sorrow in my heart… I woke up yesterday to the news of 21 Coptic Christians executed for the “crime” of being “people of the cross” – brutally murdered in the name of “God” by men who pretend to be brave and heroic while covering their faces in a way that can only be described as cowardly. And as I looked at the picture of those 21 men, forced to kneel at the feet of their soon-to-be executioners, I realized that if ever I am tempted to think that we as Christians face persecution in this…
  • When a moment’s significance does not compute

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr I was tremendously unprepared to visit the Holy Land. Logistically, my plans were resolute—the two-week course on “The Palestine of Jesus” was absolutely all-inclusive, and I even had purchased travel insurance for my airfare. The latter ended up being an expensive mistake, but that is beside the point. I was prepared, and yet I wasn’t. Despite being surrounded by thousands of years of history—all of which is particularly relevant to my vocation—I felt as if I was unable to register the significance of walking on that ground, and it made me angry. I…
  • A Jewish-Christian marriage ceremony, a Washingtonian article, and a Reflection on Modern Culture

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The Rev. Ken Howard, a Jewish Christian and an Episcopal priest, blesses Elena Taube (another Jewish Christian) and Paul Bailey under an improvised huppah at the Washington National Cathedral. By Ken Howard Late last year, I performed a Jewish-Christian marriage ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral (that’s me in the kippah and tallit on the right – I’m a Jewish Christian myself). Elena Taube and Paul Bailey, the prospective bride and groom, were a delightful couple. And the service was great fun (especially the part where I snuck a huppah into the Cathedral, disguised…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Why Me?

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Cleavon Williams.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • How Great Is Your Faith?

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at our 11:00 am Friends and Family Annual Day Worship Service by Rev. George Jolly, Pastor of Mt. Pilgraim Missionary Baptist Church. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • You Still Got It

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Professor Martin L. Espinosa, M.T.S. Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Special Assistant to the President for Alumni Affairs; Professor of New Testament and Religious Studies                                                                                                            M.T.S., Instructor of Religious Studies, B.A., American Baptist College; M.T.S., Vanderbilt University Divinity Send us your email to or call…
  • You Can’t Run From God

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblett.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • A Word of Comfort

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. Todd.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • Three weeks as an Islamic State captive – one woman tells her story

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Erbil, Iraq, Mar 31, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The woman was just 19 years old when she was captured by militants from the Islamic State. Caring for her young son and pregnant with her second child, she was separated from her husband and told that she would be forced to marry a member of ISIS. Her harrowing story is not unique, but the fact that she escaped places her in the minority of those who face the similar terror of life as an ISIS captive. The woman's name, and that of the village where she is staying with her two children, cannot be revealed for security reasons. CNA met…
  • US bishops: Stop shameful detention of migrant families

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    San Antonio, Texas, Mar 31, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family detention centers across the U.S. are filling up with children and young mothers  who are seeking shelter from violence, abuse, and persecution in their Central American home countries - and U.S. bishops are not pleased with the policy. The Church has stood against the policy of detention centers for women and children fleeing violence, saying that they are contrary to social teaching and the dignity of the human person. Controversy over the practice of immigrant detention has sparked exasperation among Catholic bishops…
  • More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 31, 2015 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.” The petition campaign was sparked by a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law which could open the door to abortion in the whole country. The pro-life organization CitizenGo, which launched the petition drive, will send the signatures to Luis Maria Aguilar Morales, president of the Mexican Supreme Court; Supreme Court…
  • In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Westminster, England, Mar 30, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA).- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The letter was published March 24 by the Catholic Herald and has already caused a stir in the local Church and the Catholic blogosphere. The priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, said they wished to “re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage…
  • Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    New York City, N.Y., Mar 30, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so. “Any community group can meet in New York City’s school buildings during non-school hours for any purpose – except for religious groups meeting to worship God,” Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, stated in reaction to the decision. ADF had petitioned the Supreme Court to review…
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    Divided Under God

  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website,, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Consumed by Distraction

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The emptiness of the church calendar at Crossings Community often brings some culture shock to those who have become accustomed to the hustle of the suburban church. Unfortunately the modern church culture trained us to believe that the hours in attendance each week are equivalent to our level of spiritual maturity. At Crossings Community we believe God’s vision for His church is one of people who live life together in real and authentic relationships. I remember having conversations with pastoral staff in previous churches asking about the maturity of a family and the response being…
  • An Indicator of Belief: Prayer

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Children love trampolines. Okay, let’s be honest and say that most adults love trampolines too. It can be good fun to spend some time on a large trampoline jumping around with your kids. Maybe even better is the fun had while going to a local trampoline gym so you can really stretch out and leverage the space. Every single time we take a big explosive jump on a trampoline our action is giving evidence to our belief in that trampoline. Most of our actions are actually an indicator of HUGE confidence in that trampoline. If we believed we could possibly find ourselves ripping through the…
  • Still in The Storm

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  (Psalm 46:10 ESV) I love this truth. We live amidst the swirling storms of many different circumstances. We exist every day within many different relationship dynamics. Those we work with can bring stress and anxiety… parenting will often bring stress and anxiety… all this amidst the pace of life that we live can find us pretty beat up at times. Do you know how to be still? The promise is that God will be exalted amidst any and all circumstances. There are no storms outside of His…
  • Marriage: Beauty in Diversity

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You will often hear someone refer to a person they are planning to marry as someone with whom they have much in common. This idea seems to be rooted deeply in our culture when we begin to talk about finding that special someone with whom we will spend the rest of our life. We often spend those initial stages of discovery focused on how alike we are and then shortly after the wedding day the conversation changes to how different we are. We go from having everything in common to not even speaking the same language almost overnight. There has to be a Hollywood romantic comedy to be found in that…
  • What You are Hiding Will Destroy You

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is so simple and obvious that I feel stupid writing about it.  On the other hand, we all (including myself) must be pretty ignorant because it is a pattern which populates the stories that surround us on a daily basis.  We have no shortage of news around devastated homes, marriages, and friendships.  Further, this is definitely not an inside the church versus outside the church type of reality.  The truth is that we see an unfortunate steady flow of implosion stories within the church. Walk in light and invite others with you. The reason we are seeing this is so simple to identify and…
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  • Sorrow and Joy

    Jann Cobb
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    You know it’s eventually coming. Difficult times, testing of your faith, those moments that take your breath away. We prepare for them, we say we have faith in the midst of them, we sing songs that declare, “I believe in the power of Jesus”. I will stand firm.We cling to the truth, “to be strong and courageous“. And then it comes, the moment that we prepared for. It is in that moment that we realize, nothing can prepare you.We can only hold on to the One who holds the future, take a deep breath of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to fill us with His strength,…
  • Breaking through

    Jann Cobb
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    Breaking throughposted in Uncategorized by janncobbIt happened today. I can hardly believe it as I look out to the once icy, frozen lake there it was. Water had broken through the ice and was once again flowing on the outside.It brings me so much joy to see the water flowing because it means that spring is here! I love everything that it implies.FlowersNew growthBirds singingBike ridesTemperatures that are warmSPRING!The water flowing also reminds me that a breakthrough is coming.I’m reminded of Jesus talking about the living water that is available to us!  He is working…
  • The Final week of winter

    Jann Cobb
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    And so here it is, the final week. The temperatures have begun to rise, the snow is melting, grass has been seen in lawns all over the neighborhood and birds are back. I even saw some geese flying over our house this morning. I had a twinge of excitement because I know that they are fully aware of the signs of the times.When your life has been cold and even the sun in the sky does not feel warm you long for spring, for something new to come. I can’t tell you the joy that I have when I see little flowers begin to push their way through the frozen ground to get to the sunlight. It’s a sign…
  • Admitting I don"t have it all together

    Jann Cobb
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I confess, I don’t have it all together! For those of you who think that I can do everything and never get upset or come unprepared haven’t really been around me that much. I think we all have this outward persona that makes us want others to think of us in a certain way. For example I’m a teacher and I want people to think that I have thought out every lesson, and am ready to go, never being at at a loss for what to do next. It’s the same when I talk about my home.  I like to share about things that I cook. Some people think I cook all the time. Honestly, sometimes I…
  • I Stepped into a Big Mess

    Jann Cobb
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    The weather has turned a little warmer and I was so excited to wear flats. If you are not from a cold weather state you may not understand the joy that one would feel to wear flats! But for me, putting flats on and not boots is rather exciting. It means that spring is just around the corner.On this warm night, as I stepped out in my flats with my husband it felt so good to be just a little bit warmer. I was excited because we were going to a restaurant that we had not been to before. As I went to get out of the truck, icy cold water met my flat and surrounded it. I had stepped…
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  • Indiana Lawmakers May Amend Controversial State RFRA

    Don Byrd
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Written by Don Byrd The firestorm surrounding Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has spurred state legislators to consider amending the law to address the concerns of protestors around the country. The Washington Post reports: Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) said the legislature would act as soon as this week to “clarify” the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which grants individuals and businesses legal grounds to defend themselves against claims of discrimination. The fix, Bosma said, would make clear that the law does not allow people to…
  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Worship in Schools Case

    Don Byrd
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Written by Don Byrd The U.S. Supreme Court this morning denied a petition in the long-running dispute of Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of City of New York (See Order List). That leaves in place a 2nd Circuit decision upholding New York City’s ban on worship services in public school buildings. The 2nd Circuit in 2011 rejected a similar challenge to the New York regulation, which Bronx Household argued at the time denied the congregation equal access to the school building because of its viewpoint in violation of the free speech provisions of the First Amendment. The…
  • RFRA Becomes Law in Indiana, Stalls in Georgia

    Don Byrd
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Written by Don Byrd Indiana became the 20th state to enact a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) law, and the first this year among many considering similar proposals, when Governor Mike Pence signed the law yesterday morning in a private ceremony. If you have been following my State RFRA Tracker (and really, how could you not?), you know that these state bills are modeled after the federal RFRA law, but often differ from that carefully crafted legislation in significant ways. The Indiana bill was amended a handful of times, with many more amendments defeated by the legislature. You can…
  • Arkansas Senate Committee Advances Ten Commandments Monument Bill

    Don Byrd
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Most states are in the thick of their legislative sessions, and while most religious liberty attention is on the wave of Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bills currently under consideration, other laws with church-state implications are also advancing, for better and for worse. In Arkansas, a Senate committee yesterday passed an unfortunate measure that would place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol. Arkansas News reports on the bill: The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation to…
  • (How) Should Voters Care About Candidates’ Religion?

    Don Byrd
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Written by Don Byrd At the NYTimes’ Room for Debate this week, the paper asks, “Why do voters care about a candidate’s religion? Does it matter?” The debaters offer a variety of perspectives in response. Professor Randy Boyagoda says the problem is not that voters care too much about the religion of elected officials, but that they “care too much . . . in the wrong ways:” American voters who care about the role religion plays in national affairs should give up on the syrupy salvation stories. Instead, they should expect to hear from candidates how they…
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  • 6 Reminders From God

    Jonathan Pearson
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    Remember… Always Be Thankful. Don’t compare yourself to other Believers. You were created for my special “God Purpose” and no one else can do what I designed you to do. You are unique to me. I will give you the abilities you need to fulfill my purpose for you. 2 Corinthians 10:12 Focus on my Son Jesus not circumstances. Remember when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the circumstances around him, he began to sink. Keep your focus on Jesus so you don’t get overwhelmed by circumstances. Matthew 14:30 Don’t worry when people talk about you. They talked about my Son…
  • 12 Ways Your iPhone Can Help You Grow

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    Bible Study Apps There are several Bible study apps that work well on an iPhone (or any other phone). Of course, the Bible from is great, but I like the suite of apps from Olive Tree. You can add commentaries to it on a purchase by purchase basis and sync across all your devices. Unread reader My favorite reader for iPhone and iPad. It helps you stay up to date on blogs and news. Smart News My favorite aggregator of news sites from around the web. It helps me grow my knowledge of current events and keeps me up to date on things I’m interested in that I don’t subscribe to and…
  • 4 Questions About Our Faith

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Thomas. I don’t know if it’s because it makes me feel better about my own faith or because I can see myself being a lot like him. Either way, I read this story again a few days ago. I think there are 4 questions that we must all ask ourselves from this passage… 1. Do I really believe what I’ve always said I believe? Thomas had been with Jesus. Thomas knew what was going to happen, but still doubted that God would actually do it. Thomas thought that he believed Christ was who He said, but he still doubted when it got down to it. Do we really…
  • Why Evernote Is Not A To-Do List

    Jonathan Pearson
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love Evernote. I’ve written about how much Evernote means to my every day life in the past. From clipping things across the internet to storing files I want to be able to access anywhere, Evernote is the swiss army knife of productivity and my workflow. It does everything for me. It’s my digital brain. For personal stuff, we have a family notebook that Melissa and I share. For work stuff and anything else, there’s a notebook in my Evernote for it. I use tags some. For a few things here and there that I know will have notes across the many notebooks I have (I probably need to skim that…
  • Young Leader: It’s Not About You… Not Yet At Least

    Jonathan Pearson
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s really not about any of us. But especially right now, it’s not about the young leader. While you’re young and inexperienced, it’s not about you accomplishing all of your dreams. Sure, they are there. That’s one of the things that makes you a leader. If you’re not in the first chair of an organization, though, it’s not about you accomplishing all of those things… yet. In the meantime, it is about the vision that the head leader is putting before you. It’s about you serving, giving, praying for, and supporting that vision. It’s about you gaining experience, learning how…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • Could God Be Speaking To You In An Unexpected Way?

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I remember one of my childhood Sunday school teachers saying, "The mind is the devil's playground. You must be careful with what you see and hear. If you're not diligent in all of this, it could send you to hell."Later in the youth group, I was warned about the dangers of bright colors, popular music, and major motion pictures. More than once someone said, "Satan loves to use Hollywood and the arts to hijack the senses and turn the hearts of young people to the ways of darkness."The way that leaders in my church counteracted this "threat" was to encourage the "dulling of the senses." One of…
  • The Shocking Reason Why The World's Never Going To End

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Sometimes Jesus talks about realities that His beloved children don't seem to comprehend. It's quite common for Him to talk about a realm grander than the imagination. Though difficult to conceive, we're being invited to somehow re-frame everything in light of His transforming Kingdom.Moreover, when Jesus is talking about all these wonderful things He isn't whispering about a sphere beyond the horizon. Instead He is talking about something that invades the broken world where we presently reside. In one pivotal New Testament passage, He declares the following,"Truly I tell you, at the…
  • The Only Way You'll Ever Find Meaning

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Contrary to what religion proclaims, the formation of faith usually takes place relationally. It's life upon life, heart upon heart. While information and spiritual encounters make up part of this process, they are not the sole arbiters. This astounding growth typically takes place as individuals come to acknowledge the wonderful reality of their Heavenly Father.If you were to go back to the Garden of Eden, you’d find that the first man and woman learned the ways of faith through intimate relationship - not by extended precepts and rules. The only requirement that God made was that they…
  • The Secret To Seeing Thousands Come Into The Kingdom

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When ministering to unbelievers, you may find that you're brushing up against dark spiritual realities. Demons and treacherous forces can inflict terrible confusion on the lives of people. The Apostle Paul writes that, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4)  This Pauline passage acknowledges that many of the unregenerate are blinded to the wonderful truth of Jesus. Apparently Satan is at work with great lies and confusion; hindering the great work of the…
  • Have You Heard The Amazing Stories Of What God Is Doing Around The World?

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Since I peruse a number of different books every year, people are always asking me about the "latest and greatest" publications coming off the production line. Many Christian works aren't particularly compelling, so people want to know what's actually worthwhile.I am obliged to explain that I can't recommend everything that sits on my nightstand. Unlike others, I don't just read for inspiration and enjoyment. I might be trying to expand my research and engage the opinions of others. I don't necessarily think everyone would benefit from my reading list.Nevertheless, there is the occasional…
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  • Casulty of Nerf Wars

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This morning. At 7:34am Even though there was no school (To honor Cesar Chavez) I awoke to a gentle tapping on my left shoulder.The form of my darling daughter Asking me If she could have Strawberry Frosted Mini-wheats.Which is a dumb question. Because why would I care At 7:34am On Cesar Chavez day.But then, behind her, Her brother, Also wide-awake on the one day he could sleep in Revealed another question“And after that,” he asked, his voice not nearly hushed enough considering the fact that his mother was still asleep about 3 feet away “Can we have a Nerf war?”So I…
  • There is no other stream…

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    An excerpt from The Silver Chair by C.S. LewisThe birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small, persistent sound, which seemed to come from a good distance away. She listened carefully, and felt almost sure it was the sound of running water. Jill got up and looked round her very carefully. There was no sign of the lion; but there were so many trees about that it might easily be quite close without her seeing it. . . . But her thirst was very bad now, and she plucked up her courage to go and look for that running water.The wood was so still that it was not…
  • The First Time I Met Martin Luther King, Jr…

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Dr. King It was one January.I was 24. It was cold outside. Winter.My empty life rattled, like a dryer with a brick in it.Hours before, I had used my key-card to go into my cushy job. That cushy, corporate job which stole my nine-to-fives by the week-full. And the only thing it gave me in return was mounds of cash. I knew I’d become one with the things that I never believed in. I knew I was lost.I laid on the carpet, thick, and old and blood orange.“It’s my birthday, next week,” you said, sitting at the edge of the room in an old chair that once belonged to my…
  • An Open Letter to Whoever Messed With the Star Wars Action Figures in my Office

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

    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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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 31 March 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. Check Out Dr. Message title “The Book That Moses did not Write” was spoken on 21 March 2015. James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 4 times, 2 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 30 March 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 173 times, 34 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 27 March 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. Check Out Dr. James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 88 times, 2 visits today)
  • Further Plans To Take Down Al Sharpton

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Dr. James David Manning discusses further plans to take down Al Sharpton. (24 Mar. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land,…
  • God Has Not Frowned On America

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Dr. James David Manning explains how God has not frowned on America. (25 Mar. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land,…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 3 Things That Slow Down Intimacy With God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The point of breakthrough in our walk with God comes when we learn intimacy. Many of us have a relationship with God but we don’t have intimacy. We read our bibles and go to church, but it ends there. God is saying, “I desire more than that.” As believers, we should acknowledge that it’s only by God’s grace that we can walk close to Him. There are three different levels of walking with God: 1. Relationship 2. Fellowship 3. Intimacy Relationship is the first level when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts. We begin our walks with God with consistent times of…
  • Broken and Blessed – [Bonus Post Divine Favor Series]

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We’re delighted to release this powerful resource on FAVOR for you! I would also like to add an additional post for all our dear subscribers of Guarding the Heart blog. This post is for those who are struggling with brokenness in their lives. ‘Broken and Blessed’ has been one of the powerful revelations God has been putting deep down in my spirit. Wherever I have shared this message, I have received testimonies of breakthroughs in the lives of people. I believe this concluding post will set your hearts on fire and get you excited for what’s ahead of you. This will be…
  • 5 Declarations Over Your Chains – Divine Favor Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Divine Favor SeriesFriends, this will be the concluding post of the Divine Favor Series. I hope that this series has encouraged you to pursue Jesus like never before, and planted fresh expectation and hunger in your hearts to seek His face. I’m believing that the Lord will shower favor on His children this year. Favor is nothing but a special portion, something extra. Are you ready for it? Greatness will come, but we cannot use the fact that it’s the Year of Favor to be passive in our pursuit of God. There are little things in our heart that…
  • Egyptian Christians Martyred; ISIS Terrorist Converts to Christianity; Victims of ISIS Forgives; Saeed Abedini Worships God in Prison

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editorial: I just did not have the courage to view the video of the execution of the heroes of faith by ISIS. But I had moist eyes reading about how they were uttering the name of Jesus even as they were being beheaded. There was also an amazing report about a former jihadi ISIS terrorist converting to Christianity. I believe these are all signs of things to come. Persecutions and revivals will take place simultaneously! Pray, not just for those persecuted around the world, but also take a moment to pray for ourselves to be able to stand firm in our faith, that God may give us much grace and…
  • Tapping Into Favor Through Mercy

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Divine Favor SeriesDear friends, I am back in Montreal from powerful meetings in India last month. And I want to thank all our partners and friends for your prayers and support. Meanwhile, in this post I’d like to continue the study we have been doing on favor. Before we get into it, let me remind you that “The greatest favor we can have is the grace to see His face.” [tweet this] We Cannot Understand Favor Without Understanding Mercy. If we were to honestly look at us, we’re not worthy. It’s not that we pray like we…
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    Watch TB Joshua

  • T.B. Joshua Euro Prophecy: Fact or Fiction?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    We apologize to our readers for not posting for quite a while now, with a lot going on in the Joshua sphere. Amidst all the argument, complaints, and doubts pervading the blogosphere on TB Joshua, one thing remains unequivocally clear, TB Joshua’s deeds need no articles, blogs, jingles or arguments to validate. The very nature […]

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Referring to the new Morning water as an upgrade to the former anointed water, TB Joshua proceeded to demonstrate the higher level of anointing present in the morning water, which according to him surpasses its predecessor, the anointed water. This he not only boldly asserted, but also went ahead to prove by administering it to […]

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    TB Joshua has treated the lame, the blind, the deaf, the HIV Positive, and has cured them but when he treated the fool, he failed to cure him. And if you think TBJ is one to blame,remember it is written thus: Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, […]
  • SCOAN building Structural Failure: THE WHOLE TRUTH

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    GOOD Morning Readers, Here today we have fresh facts on the Synagogue building collapse in a playlist of 23 videos released via’s youtube channel. Contained in these videos are facts never considered by the mainstream media and journalists, or perhaps they have been carefully covered up to silence the truth whose voice is ever […]
  • 2014 – the year TB Joshua boosted Credibility

    1 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    2014 was a year of spectacularly accurate prophecies from TB Joshua. Despite the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 people and injured many more. It was a year when TB Joshua’s credibility as a prophet was greatly confirmed. Contrary to critic opinion, Joshua did not fail to foresee the disaster that befell his […]
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  • The history of Mary’s assumption in to heaven

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    A Catholic acquaintance is rather taken with employing one liner catch phrases into his claims about the Catholic church. For example, it is the almost 2,000 year old apostolic church that has always believed the same things.Well, he...
  • The “greatest absence of evolution ever reported” is still proof of evolution

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Welcome to evolution for which lack of evidence is evidence, the contradiction of the claim is evidence and a theory about everything thus becomes a theory about nothing—as was elucidated within the article: Is evolution a theory about...
  • Illuminati? D'Angelo on Lucifer, forces and energy used by musicians

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Michael Eugene Archer aka D'Angelo is an R&B and neo-soul musician and producer. Note the GQ magazine (“Amen! (D'Angelo's Back),” June 2012 AD) intro to the interview between...
  • What is the “Origin-of-Life Prize”?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    To those unaware, the “Origin-of-Life Prize” is the brainchild of “The Gene Emergence Project” which is, in turn, a project of The Origin-of-Life Science Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)3...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: making abortion illegal will not stop it

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    In the cause of claiming that making abortion illegal will not stop it, should we legalize rape because laws against rape have not stopped rape from occurring? The same holds true for murder, stealing, child and spousal abuse and...
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    Joshua Rhone

  • The dangers of ahistorical Protestantism

    Joshua Rhone
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Somehow I stumbled across both Scot McKnight’s blog post ‘Al Mohler and Baptists Becoming Catholic and Anglican‘ and Carl R. Trueman’s post commenting on said post. Both are worth a read. I was particularly struck by this comment, made by Trueman: A Protestantism which fails to acknowledge those historical roots and indeed to teach them to its young people leaves itself vulnerable to Canterbury and Rome. There is an historical dimension to Christianity which is important and which needs to be an integral part of pedagogy and discipleship. Trueman’s comment hit…
  • [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve enjoyed. Books that I’ve discussed over coffee with close friends. Books that have made me think. Scary Close is the most recent of those books. And it is more than good. It’s great. Scary great. Better than Blue Like Jazz great. To be clear, I didn’t pay for…
  • [Book] Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure

    Joshua Rhone
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failureshould be required reading for anyone entering into, or already engaged in, ministry. It is jarring. Raw. Author J.R. Briggs writes about failure in a refreshingly honest way. At times he shares from his own experiences with failure.1 In other instances, he shares lessons that he’s learned through relationships that have been cultivated as a result of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, which J.R. created. That is not to suggest that Fail is simply a book of anecdotes about ministry failure. Far from it. As the title…
  • [Book] Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Church Leadership

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    In Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership, authors J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt contend that ‘when a church lacks structural health, that local body suffers, and there’s no hiding it.’1 According to the authors, ‘the local church is most healthy when it is pursuing God’s heart and oriented around his mission.’2 Thus, church leaders – Briggs and Hyatt term these people ‘elders’ – play a crucial role.3 But what is an elder? What are the responsibilities of an elder? Who can be an elder? We begin with the question: What is an…
  • Mile… Mile & a Half

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    I struggle with insomnia. The last few weeks have been particularly challenging. Usually, I try to take advantage of my sleepless nights by reading, researching and writing. The other night, I felt like a member of the walking dead, so I perused Netflix for something to watch. While perusing I stumbled upon Mile…Mile & a Half. (The film can also be streamed via Amazon). The film follows’a group of artists who] leave their daily lives behind to hike & record California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 219 miles stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.’1 Over the span of…
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • “Dig” pilot… a new version of the biblical apocalypse?

    Derek Murphy
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    As a theology major with his own plans to write bible-based apocalyptic fiction, I was excited to see a new TV show out with some great actors. On the one hand, the same topics are recycled so blatantly from other sources it’s cliche on cliche… -A handsome FBI agent called to Israel to chase down a murderer who stole an antiquity… -An attractive red haired archaeologist (also American of course) on a dig under the Temple Mount looking for the Ark of the Covenant. He’s a non-believer, she’s spiritual and alternative. She reminds him of the daughter he just lost…
  • Santa, Satan, St. Nick and Krampus (the moral fluctuation of holiday heroes and villains)

    Derek Murphy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 am
    The holidays are always a strange time. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years – it can be argued that astrological events led to the creation of religious practice – but different cultures celebrate in unique fashions. But modern Western culture embraces such a confusing hodgepodge it’s bound to cause discord. One baptist minister for example is drawing heat for a church sign that reads “Santa is Satan.” He’s not the first Christian to complain that “Jesus is the reason for the season” and Santa is just a commercial…
  • I.Origins – Does faith pervert science?

    Derek Murphy
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    It’s a classic love story. Boy meets girl. Girl is wistful and spiritual, boy is scientific and needs facts and data. (Spoiler Alert!) Girl gets cut in half when elevator fails. Besides having the most gruesomely tragic death scene I’ve ever witnessed – something out of a  Final Destination movie – I.Origins starring Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Michael Pitt is an interesting, in-depth look at God, faith, spirituality and the space between. In the metaphor that frames the storyline, worms have no eyes: they can’t imagine that light exists. But…
  • Dracula Untold: making vampires into heroes and Muslims into devils (Was Vlad the Impaler a Christian?)

    Derek Murphy
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I’ve been excited about the 2014 retelling of the Dracula mythos for quite some time. A Faust-based narration, casting Vlad the Impaler as a suffering hero who made a deal with the Devil to save his people? Sign me up! What I wasn’t prepared for was the sermonizing, heavy-handed Christian morality, and cliché, card board cutout representations of good and evil. Let’s start with the basics. Vlad the Impaler, Vlad III, was a Prince of Wallachia  – Transylvania – who lived in the 15th century. He was sent to live with the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. He was…
  • Crossbones TV Series: Pirates and the Devil Continued

    Derek Murphy
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:53 pm
    In the PhD Thesis I’ll finish one day, I make the connection between the rise of pirates, libertarianism and democracy with sacrilege and devil worship – not “real” devil worship of course, simply people who openly rebelled against the idea of God and aligned themselves openly with the politics of Satan. So I’ve been pleased to watch the sudden increase in pirate fascination… which I thought was running dry after the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but keeps popping up in new TV series like Black Sails. Tonight I’m watching Episode One of Crossbones,…
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    Set Apart People

  • National and Personal redemption, both are required

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
      “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”(Eze 18:20) The Apostle Paul also teaches that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12) Each of us is responsible for him or herself in the sense that we are to repent of our own sins when we become aware of it. However, there is something to be said about national…
  • The Sabbath, a delight?

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    To observe the Sabbath is to experience a little bit of eternity. When we spend the Sabbath in the way YHVH intended for us to spend it, we experience blessing, joy, love and insurmountable peace. It becomes the center of the week, a day to look forward to, a delight indeed. My favorite day of the week. In this article we will look at the practical observance of the Sabbath. Many people are new to this, but even for those who have been keeping the Sabbath for years, let this be a refresher for you. We all need it sometimes just to refocus or to realize how good we have it to be able to…
  • Having an attitude of gratitude

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I believe that one of the reasons YHVH gives us children is to teach us about ourselves :) Consider what happens when we give our children everything they desire at the very moment they want it? They get spoiled. When children are spoiled and told that they can’t have something, they pout and sulk. Some will even storm off or throw a tantrum. It is usually an ugly display of discontentment. This display is not only a result of their emotional state, but often to manipulate parents into giving in. This conduct is not unique to children. When things don’t go our way, we sometimes…
  • Being an overcomer and receiving the reward

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    There are many references in Scripture about being an overcomer. There are also promises given to those who overcome. In this study, we shall look into what it means to be an overcomer in the eternal sense. We will also look into what is required of us and what was promised to those who overcome. Life is like a race and we are to run with endurance and finish. Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Before…
  • The sixth year, a year of preparation

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    We are currently in the twelfth month of the fifth year of this sabbatical cycle. The sixth year will begin in a couple of weeks time. This sixth year is a year of preparation. Just like we have the weekly Sabbath with the sixth day as the preparation day, we have the Sabbatical year, the seventh year, with the sixth year as a year of preparation. So this year when the barley is found aviv and the new moon has been sighted, we will start to prepare for the Sabbatical year which starts 1 Aviv 2016. The purpose of this article is to be a practical guide as to what we are to have in place before…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • It’s a Matter of Trust

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    “So now, my son, find yourself a trustworthy man who will make the journey with you.”  Tobit 5:3 As I sat waiting for Sunday mass to begin, I felt a tap on my shoulder.  In the aisle was an older woman who politely asked, “Are you Tony?”  “Yes,” I replied. “And you work with Living … Read More →
  • FGG-066 Fishermen and Fishers of Men

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of my passions is bass fishing.  I’ll drop almost anything for an opportunity to spend some time on a lake or pond fishing.  I find that fishing not only relaxes me but teaches me patience, as well.  Sometimes, when I am fishing alone, I think of the apostles, and why Jesus chose so many … Read More →
  • The Sign of the Cross, “That Thing You Do?”

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.”   Ephesians 4:1-2 I noticed him as he walked into the classroom for our Catholic prayer service at the Jail Tuesday night.  … Read More →
  • FGG-065 The 80 Miles per Hour Rosary

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    As I merged onto I-275 around Cincinnati, a balding, chubby guy in a Mercedes Benz passed me as if I was standing still.  That guy had to be going 80!  As he passed, I noticed a rosary draped over his steering wheel as he fingered the beads.  “That’s it,” I thought.  “I’ll pray the rosary … Read More →
  • Hey, You Are in My Seat

    15 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    It was just another winter day as I made my way to St. Bernard for the 12:10PM Mass.  St Bernard’s is a beautiful, large church in the middle of downtown and during the week caters to the downtown workers as well as students from the nearby University of Akron. I don’t know about you, but … Read More →
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • The Idolatry of the Modern Mind

    Andrew Sargent
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I was a child, I spent a lot of time irritating my teachers. I had the tendency to say, “What does that mean?” and “What am I supposed to do with that?” or “Why does this matter?” I was more practical back then than I am now on certain levels, and didn’t want to waste my time learning things that had no benefit. [Now, I regard all information as useful… I play Trivial Pursuit after all.] I needed to know what geometry was going to ad to my life, though I sensed that learning algebraic proofs had some value for general reasoning skills. I knew that French would allow me to…
  • Reflections on Survival in Auschwitz: Do Special Situations Demand Special Ethics

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    We have a guest blogger today. Othello Mugugu who originally hails from Zimbabwe, has a Bachelors from Northpoint Bible College, Serves in the American Army, is just completing his Masters in Religious Studies from Providence College in Providence Rhode Island. He has been studying various social and ethical questions surrounding the Anti-semitism of WWII. In this short paper, he was asked to reflect upon Primo Levi’s work If This is a Man, american title (Survival in Auschwitz). This is not a thorough analysis of all of Primo Levi’s thinking, given the vast sum of his writing,…
  • Off to India: What I do with My Summer Vacations

    Andrew Sargent
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I went to Bible college at the age of 19. I’d worked construction for most of my summers through high school, and, while keenly interested in the ministry, imagined that I’d spend my life as a lay leader working full time in the trades. So, upon graduation from high school, I secured myself an apprenticeship [if you can call working for an abusive ignoramus an apprenticeship] and started into my life. Fortunately, I found another position with a wonderful plumber, and all round great guy. [If you are in the Foxboro, Ma area, hire Paul Ryan to do your plumbing.] It took only one…
  • New Creation: A New Years Day Celebration… the radio spot. Take a listen.

    Andrew Sargent
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am This is a heavily edited New Years Day message that I delivered at Darlington Congregational Church in Pawtucket Rhode Island a few years ago. Being heavily edited, it is not only short, but also gets to the point without a lot of hoopla. I consider the importance that New Years Day had in the entire ancient world as a day of New Creation. I ask, “What makes a creation story a creation story?” If one thinks that a creation story is a story where everything that exists comes into being… he’d be…
  • An Open “Letter” to Those Who Wrote an Open Letter to Franklin Graham

    Andrew Sargent
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I just joined Franklin Graham’s Facebook page. I’ve always admired his father for his years of tireless effort on behalf of the kingdom of God, his ability to maintain integrity and grounding in the administration of a world-wide multi-million dollar ministry, and, if not in full agreement with everything he’s done in terms of the way he conceives theologically of evangelism, the simplicity of his message and his ability to avoid controversial topics that sidetrack from his main objective. I don’t need complete agreement with a person to admire what they do and to respect the…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Mary of Egypt a Saint for all of us

    Fr. Peter
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The 5th Sunday of Great Lent is set aside to commemorate St. Mary of Egypt.  Born in the 4th century this day is to remind us of the great power of reconciliation in our lives. At a young age, St. Mary left her home and traveled to Alexandria where she lived a life as a […] The post Mary of Egypt a Saint for all of us appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • New England Churches

    Fr. Peter
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I am a fan of New England Churches.  Perhaps it is the architecture or the quaintness of a time gone by but each time I drive through a town, and see a steeple, I stop and check out the church.  I think I will make posting photos of these churches a new feature here on […] The post New England Churches appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • O Faithless Generation

    Fr. Peter
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    We have now passed the halfway point of Great Lent and our focus is turned toward faith, or should I say the lack of faith.  The middle of anything can be a very difficult place to be, there is just as much behind us as there is before us.  I am not a marathon runner, […] The post O Faithless Generation appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: Behold Thy Cross

    Fr. Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this episode Fr. Peter explains that if we are to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, then we must take up our cross and follow him. The post Podcast: Behold Thy Cross appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Journey Begins With A Yes

    Fr. Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    I have been writing about spirituality for many years now.  I have written about the need for us to forgive others and ourselves.  I have written on the necessity of confession and Scripture reading.  I have written on spiritual reading and Eucharist but what I have not written about is that none of that will […] The post The Journey Begins With A Yes appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • How does being a Scientology Clear help the individual?

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

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

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

    Alex Rodriguez
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Happy New Years! I hope that you make this year the best year ever. There are so many opportunities in the future and so much to do. Seize the day and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. “One predicts the future as much as one is cause. The future isn’t a pattern laid out to abuse or bully you. “The future is a beautiful playground that nobody happens to be combining. You talk about virgin territory—the most virgin territory there is, is the future.” L. Ron Hubbard, From the 2nd American Advanced Clinical Course Download: Wide Screen | Normal…
  • L. Ron Hubbard Quotes and Desktop Backgrounds

    Alex Rodriguez
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Here is a large collection of L. Ron Hubbard’s quotes (LRH Quotes), provided by the generous New Era Publications. Please comment below if you like them or find them inspirational. “Your potentialities are a great deal better than anyone ever permitted you to believe.” —L. Ron Hubbard, Self Analysis Download: Wide Screen | Normal Screen | Smart Phone “The highest purpose in this universe is the creation of an effect.” —L. Ron Hubbard Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought Download: Wide Screen | Normal Screen | Smart Phone “Any information is valuable to…
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • Many a times in our Life we come across so many mishappenings with us, during those conditions we actually do not realize the grace of God but after somewhere we realize that it was for the betterment of us. Then how can we realize the grace of God during those unfavourable conditions because momentarily obviously we get panic….?

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    -Well that is Positive Thinking that you see a positive aspect in everything. We want situations to be favourable to us always! and when situations are not favourable then our natural reactions are like as you said we start getting panic.-However if we bring this piece of knowledge in mind at that time that an unfavourable condition is an opportunity to rise higher. -Swami Vivekananda said “Life is an continuously unfoldment of a being under circumstances tending to press it downwards”. So whenever there is an unfavourable situations if we look on it as a opportunity, as a stepping stone…

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    If you believe this, then when you experience a material loss, you may also feel you have lost God's grace and He has become unfavorable towards you. This inconsistent attitude causes you to fluctuate between being faithful and faithless.Every soul is bound by his karmic destiny or prarabdh, which is the outcome of his past lives' good and bad actions. Whatever material prosperity we are destined to receive is pre-determined by the immutable law of karma.A lack of worldly possessions is truly a sign of God's grace. When someone has less, he has less pride, and it is easier for him to turn…
  • What stops one from complete surrender? Do one’s past negative sanskars and vasanas play a part in determining the level and speed of surrender? How can one overcome one’s inherent negativities and make progress towards self-surrender faster?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:19 am
    Surrender is not a one-time procedure. It is not that we surrender once, and we are done with it forever. We have to keep surrendering at every moment. In this process, there are innumerable obstacles. Our mind is made of Maya and it naturally runs towards the world. We need to beat this mind with the intellect. We also have saṁskārs of past lifetimes that must be countered. And then, we have the ignorance or agyān within us, which is the source of all the problems.However, we must not feel disillusioned. Innumerable souls in the past have overcome these obstacles to perfect their…
  • Right and Wrong Knowledge!!

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    -The knowledge which inspires you toward Divine realization is the right knowledge; it can be obtained by the association of a Divine personality. The knowledge that makes you materialistic is wrong knowledge; you receive such knowledge from your association with the worldly people and their texts.-For this reason, you should know that the right understanding inclines you to do right actions and the wrong understanding leads you into wrong actions.Hence, your every action depends on the  knowledge which we acquire from various sources(that we come across in our day to day life).
  • What is The Right 'age' to start your devotional practice?

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    "Having attained the human form, we do not realize how precious it is. We indulge ourselves in material pleasures for sensual gratification. We devote our full attention to our family and their needs. When somebody asks a little boy/girl to do devotion, he/she replies – this is not the age to start devotion. There is still time and we can do that when we are old. When you ask a young person to do devotion, he/she flatly refuses and says that it is for old people and life is for enjoying.When you ask a middle age person to do devotion, he/she replies that there is still time for it after…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Everybody Has a Gift From God (What’s Yours?) (Verneda Lights)
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    …But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 geralt / Pixabay While straightening out kitchen cabinets, I came across a jar of home-made Kosher dill pickles nestled among a jar of preserves. The preserves and the pickles were made by a neighbor, who regularly gifts us with her dazzlingly packaged, mouth-watering goodies. I didn’t waste any time opening the jar of Kosher dills, closed my eyes, and blissfully crunched away, careful to catch the juice with a paper towel. Some gifts are obvious, and still others are like…
  • He’s an On-Time God (Yes He Is!) (Verneda Lights)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    He’s an On-Time God (If video does not immediately appear, please refresh your page.) Some people get frustrated with God’s timing. They think that He takes too long to take care of business. But that is not the case. 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV) says: 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. The Lord is patient, even with those who do wrong. Even when we do wrong. In His patient, perfect, timing, correction and punishment are just.
  • The Love of Money (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Avarice, (extreme greed or all a consuming desire for material gain), is one of the seven deadly sins, and rightly so: When your desire for riches consumes you, you will do everything within your power to get it. You will lie, cheat, steal, develop evil schemes, murder, rape, plunder, etc., regardless of consequences to others or even yourself. To value money above all is against the will of God. As today’s verses state: People who love money, “have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The word for today is #money. Beware! 1 Timothy 6: 9-11 says:…
  • A Time for Peace (Not Vengeance) (Verneda Lights)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
        The United States of America has long lingered at the cross roads of racial aggression. For centuries, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, governors, mayors, judges, teachers, administrators, parents, pastors, and captains of industry have conspired to oppress and exploit black and working class citizens. This is not just my opinion. This is an established truth that we all must deal with. Yet, the shadow of the cross falls even at the cross roads of racial aggression. Racial hatred is a sin, and Christ died to wash all sin from the human heart. The deaths of unarmed black…
  • No Other Help I Know (Verneda Lights)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
      Mahalia Jackson sings: “No Other Help I Know.”   “No Other Help I Know,“* written by Charles Wesley, is a song often heard in African-American churches. The scriptural basis for this hymn is Psalm 88:9, which says: “I have stretched out my hands unto Thee.” It was my father’s favorite hymn. As a matter of fact, it was the only hymn I ever heard him quote. I can see and hear him now, lifting his hands in moments of deep distress that required prayer, saying: “Father, I stretch my hands to Thee, No other help I know.” These words are…
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  • Dimensions Explained

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The Cosmic Giggle (full film) As the Age of Aquarius approaches there is an increasing urgency to this message because we’re all, literally, running out of time to play in the third dimension. In simple terms, the habit of thinking and feeling and behaving that we know of as the third dimension is going away. […]
  • One Day

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Jordan Maxwell: the Importance of Words “You need to understand words and terms. Because I believe there is a divine presence in the Universe that men call God and one day that divine presence is gonna move on the Earth, and we’re going to see freedom come back to this world. And when it does, […]
  • Kabbalah Ancient Magic

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Learn a little bit about Kabbalah and YOU WILL Understand… Isaiah 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. 520 Kabbala Ancient Magic Kabbala Where did it come […]
  • Hello – The Language With Which The Creator Speaks To You

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    You didn’t see that the Creator sent His messenger to you, and according to your level, you should have recognized it. So what do you suggest to do with yourself in this situation? We are forced to give another few blows, pinches, so that you will feel that it isn’t by accident that all these […]
  • Love the Lord your God with All your Heart

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Love Is The Only Answer – Matt Kahn
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    Religion and the Honest Student

  • Mundus, caro, et diabolus

    John Holland
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Anyone studying the religions of the world will encounter from time to time the notion that all religion is somehow fundamentally anti-human; all religion seems to denounce and find fault with life-on-planet-Earth. Are there any religions that do not reject our … Continue reading →
  • Religion’s Roots in Indigenous Religion

    John Holland
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    The student who is truly attracted to the study of religion will benefit from the enormous number of sacred stories of indigenous religions collected by anthropologists. The roots of religion pass backward from ancient religion through indigenous religion into prehistoric … Continue reading →
  • Exegesis and other big words

    John Holland
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The rediscovery in the late nineteenth century of the Assyrian Empire in the north of present-day Iraq and, soon after, the rediscovery of the Sumerian civilization in the south, all began with an archaeology intending to find the civilizations mentioned in … Continue reading →
  • Miracles in the 80’s

    John Holland
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The study of miracles and supernatural manifestations will always be a subject of great interest for the student of religion, as many religious adherents will claim that their belief has been confirmed and often reinforced by these unexplainable events and … Continue reading →
  • Religion versus Peace

    John Holland
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Now that the smoke has cleared, I would like to reference the heated discussion between writer Sam Harris and producer, director, actor Ben Affleck. Mr. Affleck got very annoyed as both religious and secular ecumenical norms were being so crassly neglected by … Continue reading →
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