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  • A zealot, a rebel, but no miracle-worker: film studios plot a secular take on life of Jesus

    Religion | The Guardian
    Dalya Alberge
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Two planned films about the life of Christ are unlikely to be welcomed by traditional believers, but reflect a renewed interest in Bible epicsLeading film-makers are courting controversy with plans for adaptations of provocative books about Jesus Christ that are likely to generate a backlash from traditional Christians.British producer David Heyman is developing a film based on Reza Aslan’s bestselling book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, while Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director, has been working on an adaptation of his own book, Jesus of Nazareth, for five years. Continue…
  • Nigeria: Synagogue - Court Admits Contractor's Medical Report

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    [This Day]By Akinwale Akintunde The Coroner's Inquest investigating the circumstances which led to the collapse of a six-storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on Friday admitted as exhibit a medical report tendered by the contractor of the collapsed building, Engineer Akin Fatiregun.
  • Religious Freedom or Discrimination? Religious Freedom Bill in Michigan Sparks Controversy

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    A controversial law concerning religious freedom passed Michigan’s House of Representatives on December 4, that have some of its citizens in an uproar. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HR 5958), offers protection of religious rights and more leniencies to exercise those rights, including an “act or refusal to act, that is substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief.” Proponents of the bill, including Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall who sponsored the bill, assert that it is…
  • Advent and the Four Comings of Christ

    Catholic Exchange
    Sam Guzman
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Can you believe it? Christmas is this week. For most of us, it has come much to fast. We feel caught off guard and unprepared. We are in panic mode, striving to finish up last minute preparations for family dinners and parties. Yet, during this season, Holy Mother Church asks us for a different kind […]
  • How Do I Know When To Pay For Lunch?

    Phil Cooke
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Whether you’ve asked someone out for lunch to ask advice, pitch your project, network, or just get to know them, you need to know the rules about who pays. The rules used to be pretty clear, but in the last few years, I’ve seen a growing number of people that don’t seem to have a […]
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  • Religious Freedom or Discrimination? Religious Freedom Bill in Michigan Sparks Controversy

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    A controversial law concerning religious freedom passed Michigan’s House of Representatives on December 4, that have some of its citizens in an uproar. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HR 5958), offers protection of religious rights and more leniencies to exercise those rights, including an “act or refusal to act, that is substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief.” Proponents of the bill, including Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall who sponsored the bill, assert that it is…
  • The Church of Buffalo Wild Wings

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Today church will be at Buffalo Wild Wings. You read that correctly. A youth pastor in Birmingham, Alabama will be holding church services at the grill to reach people who don’t normally attend church. Riverchase United Methodist Church will hold Sunday morning services at the grill for a more laid back atmosphere in a modern era. With church attendance dipping, Rev. Wesley Savage will keep the service under an hour, there won’t be a worship band, and people will meet while the staff sets up for the opening for the day. There won’t be beer or alcohol allowed, but people are encouraged…
  • 8 Ways To Share Christ This Christmas

    By: Jay Lowder
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    "Fear is the No. 1 reason people hold back from sharing their faith," said Lowder, who has presented the Gospel all over the world through his more than 20 years in full-time ministry. "Christmas is a perfect time to talk about Christ since He is the reason for the season, and offers a great opportunity to do so in a natural way." Lowder offers the following tips for Christians looking to use the true meaning of Christmas as a bridge to share the Good News of Christ with family and friends: 1. Share your testimony. Doctrines and theology are debatable but personal experiences cannot be…
  • Is this PRESENT enough?

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Can you feel this holiday hurry, the last weekend before Christmas? It's also the Winter Solstice, which is called Yule as well, and it's also the New Moon. You know this gets my woo woo going. I try to weave the magic into my every day normal-ish life.  I will set intentions tonight and I feel that pull to look within on this darkest night.  My father-in-law always reminds me it's all up from here as the days get shorter now.  I'm a sunshine girl who loves the summer, being outside, toes in the sand, eyes looking skyward with open arms.  The cold winters in the Northeast are not as bad…

    Melanie Lutz
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The rhythm is going to get you one way or the other, why not choose a love movement.  Find your personal velocity in love. Let the flow of love wash away all your sins. Let the flow of love raise the level of your thinking.Let love in. Feel into this right now.With each breath seek in joy and light to embody that which resides in you and is not of you, that nourishes your soul. That lifts you into full magnificence.Enjoy this day in all its glory and relish the days ahead.With Infinite Love and GratitudeIf you have any trouble with this you can try Miami Sound Machine's grooves they rhythm…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Advent and the Four Comings of Christ

    Sam Guzman
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Can you believe it? Christmas is this week. For most of us, it has come much to fast. We feel caught off guard and unprepared. We are in panic mode, striving to finish up last minute preparations for family dinners and parties. Yet, during this season, Holy Mother Church asks us for a different kind […]
  • How to Pray like a Child at Play

    Tyler Blanski
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Let’s be honest, most of us don’t pray nearly as much as we could. It’s not that we don’t believe in prayer; it’s that prayer can seem so…boring. If you’re like me, you’ve probably gone through seasons where you’ve spent more time reading about prayer than actually praying. It’s embarrassing: the eternal God condescends to […]
  • An Advent Meditation on Hope

    Regis Martin
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “Legislation is helpless against the wild prayer of longing.”   ∼ W. H. Auden “I did not know my longing until I encountered You.”    ∼ CL Hymn The desire for God is a drive as deep as it is indestructible. There can be no other longing as profound or pervasive. And on the strength of […]
  • A More Personal Connection With Jesus

    Cynthia Trainque
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Answering Catholics Who Leave the Church It has been in the news recently that the Catholic Church in Latin America—comprised of both Central and S. America—has been steadily losing members to Protestant communities of faith. According to a recent survey put forth by the PEW Research Center in Washington, D.C. the primary reason that most […]
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    Michael Lichens
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “But Divinity came to earthly life in the form of a helpless Babe and left it in the form of a helpless Man. If God, therefore, is to be found by us, He must be sought in weakness and defeat, but a weakness under which there is power, and a defeat after which there is […]
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    Phil Cooke

  • How Do I Know When To Pay For Lunch?

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Whether you’ve asked someone out for lunch to ask advice, pitch your project, network, or just get to know them, you need to know the rules about who pays. The rules used to be pretty clear, but in the last few years, I’ve seen a growing number of people that don’t seem to have a […]
  • How To Find Your Social Media Voice

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the […]
  • Welcome To The Christian Attack Culture

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing […]
  • Why Leadership By Threat Isn’t Leadership

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn’t. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as “throngs”) loved his message, but those who resisted where those in authority, because they saw his message as a threat. Sadly, […]
  • What You Should Learn From Sony Pictures Computer Hacking Scandal

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    You’ve no doubt seen the stories plastered across the media about Sony Pictures’ recent hacking scandal. Aside from the breach in confidentiality of private records of salaries, contracts, and other business information, there’s been a humiliating release of email conversations between studio executives. While law enforcement and Sony’s internal team tries to find the culprit, […]
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  • International Olympic Committee OKs the Persecution of Christians While Giving Homosexuals and Transgenders a Pass

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956 MADISON, Wisc., Dec. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Within the last few weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) passed a non-discrimination policy for LGBT individuals, however, the IOC allows their events to take place in countries that persecute Christians. The IOC allowed the Olympics to be in China in 2008 where an estimated 110 million Christians are underground because of persecution. Source: 4 WINDS
  • Favorfloats is Stopping Loan Payback Fights Between Christian Friends and Christian Families

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Contact: Dr. Phil Jay, 651-263-1128 MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me'" (Matthew 25:45). Since many people this Christmas will go into debt or max out their credit cards, come January when they need to make ends meet, they will turn to friends and loved ones to borrow money. However, according to Dr. Philip Jay, Chairman of Favorfl Source: North Central Seminary
  • Foundation for Moral Law Criticizes Obama/Communist Cuba Plans

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Contact: Martha Till, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245 MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Montgomery based Foundation for Moral Law expressed strong opposition to President Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba. Kayla Moore, President of the Foundation for Moral Law stated that "In light of the Communist regime's flagrant abuse of Human Rights and its suppression of Christianity it is outrageous that the Obama Administratio Source: Foundation For Moral Law
  • Nativity Scene will Remain in Franklin County, Indiana this Christmas

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Thomas More Society Reaches Temporary Agreement with ACLU of Indiana Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On the heels of their spirited hearing this morning before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Thomas More Society has reached an agreement with the ACLU of Indiana that the Franklin County Nativity Scene will remain in place this Christmas. The agreement was reached on behalf of the two or Source: TC Public Relations
  • Post-Ferguson Solutions Must Include More Jobs, Group Says

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    New Study Shows That Community Organizing Creates Many Jobs It Shows That Investments in Mass Transit, Infrastructure, & Food Justice Produce Real Benefits Contact: Gordon Mayer, 312-307-0133,; Laura Barrett, 314-443-5915,; both with Gamaliel CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Authors of a new study on job creation, some of whom live in St. Louis and have organized Ferguson protests, will release a new study at 10 a.m. Central Tuesd Source: Gamaliel
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • Lord, prepare me for my finest hour of the New Year

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We are nearing the end of the year. It may be a good time to get reflective about our past. I pose this question: ‘What is the one experience which alone could justify your life?’ In God’s eyes, our moment could have well been some minor incident. It is possible that your most heroic act was to keep your mouth shut in a time of stress? – Reverend James O’LearyI Think I Am Happier Than I Think I Am
  • This holiday season, let’s keep in our prayers those who feel they are not welcome at the banquet

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it. – Luke 10:23-24
  • May our Christmas spirit fill the hearts and lives of others this season, we pray

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    In Missoula, Mont., a man spent more than $1,200 to pay down the balances of six customers whose layaway orders were about to be returned to a Kmart store’s inventory because of late payments. Store employees reached one beneficiary on her cellphone at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where her son was being treated for an undisclosed illness. “She was yelling at the nurses, ‘We’re going to have Christmas after all!’” store manager Josine Murrin said. – Margery A. Beck, APAnonymous donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts
  • Lord, I am listening

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid.’ – Matthew 1:20
  • Let us pray with those celebrating Hanukkah

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us in life and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season. – Shehecheyanu – The Blessing for the New Season as noted inJewish Family Celebrations
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Christmas trees from around the world - In Pictures

    Guardian Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    From the traditional Norwegian Spruce in Trafalgar Square to the world’s largest digital Christmas Tree in Times Square here are just some of the festooned trees from around the world. Continue reading...
  • Justin Welby: church looking to heal deep divisions on same-sex marriage

    Maev Kennedy
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Archbishop of Canterbury avoids disclosing own views on issue but talks candidly about family problems on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island DiscsThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he is trying to heal the split in the Anglican church over same-sex marriage.“If you love them you have to listen to them very, very carefully,” he said in reference to the passionately held but opposing views among believers during his appearance as guest castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Continue reading...
  • Heroes of 2014: Innes Bowen, the woman who mapped British Islam | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:23 am
    The Radio 4 producer’s book, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent, is enormously important to understanding the UK todayInnes Bowen is a Radio 4 producer on current affairs who has spent much of the last eight years doing some serious journalism in her free time. What she has come up with is not sensational, but is enormously important. Her little book on British Islam, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent, lays out for the first time in terms accessible to a lay audience something of the inner structures and dynamics of Islam in Britain.For most people who are not Muslims, and certainly…
  • A zealot, a rebel, but no miracle-worker: film studios plot a secular take on life of Jesus

    Dalya Alberge
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Two planned films about the life of Christ are unlikely to be welcomed by traditional believers, but reflect a renewed interest in Bible epicsLeading film-makers are courting controversy with plans for adaptations of provocative books about Jesus Christ that are likely to generate a backlash from traditional Christians.British producer David Heyman is developing a film based on Reza Aslan’s bestselling book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, while Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director, has been working on an adaptation of his own book, Jesus of Nazareth, for five years. Continue…
  • Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake: our Christmas story - in pictures

    Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Dream team Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake have come together to tell their version of the nativity, about the boy left behind to tend the sheep as the older shepherds head for Bethlehem and it’s called On Angel Wings.An animated version of On Angel Wings is being broadcast on the BBC on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Continue reading...
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    Go Connect

  • Advocating for the Vulnerable

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We offer outreach consulting services to help churches as they develop plans and relationships with the community around them.
  • Church and Community Partnerships

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Observing the separation of church and state does not mean we shy away from engagement.  To value the community we must engage with community.
  • Thank you Go Connect

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    My wife and I have been so inspired by Go Connect.  Thank you for pushing us to live beyond what we think we can do and serve in our own neighborhood.  Thank you! Steve from Washougal
  • Better Benevolence

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Churches everywhere want to know if person they are helping is being honest or if they getting taken for a ride.  With our services, churches can rest assured that will not happen.
  • Can Poverty be Beaten?

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    All of us come face to face with poverty on a daily basis. Well that may change here in Clark County with a recent decision from our commissioners to ban solicitations in areas near traffic. Regardless of what you think of this action, I am sure you wonder what the right thing to do is. Do I […]
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • The Militarized Divide

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Actual human beings congregate only on one side of it, or the other. If Eric Garner is a nuisance and Michael Brown is a thug and Trayvon Martin is a suspicious-looking kid in a hoodie who didn't belong in that neighborhood . . . then, whoosh, all their humanity vanishes
  • Walk on Water-The Wisdom of Jesus

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    The following sayings of Jesus (peace be upon him) from traditional Arabic sources are excerpted from Walk on Water, a forthcoming book by Hamza Yusuf. From Traditional Arabic Sources
  • Prophet: Say I am only a mortal like you

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Life of Prophet Muhammad (S) in light of many of the recent incidents that have promoted violence as a response to real or perceived denigration of the Prophet ..
  • Jesus Through a Muslim Lens

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Jesus of Nazareth is the most widely revered religious figure in the world ..
  • 'I Can't Breath': Racism and War in America and Beyond

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    The American sense of "manifest destiny", accompanied by the "white man's burden", never truly faded into mere historical references. They are real notions that continue to exist and define "white privilege" at home, and military crusades outside.
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Funding helps ministry continue fight against AIDS

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    DRC (MNN) -- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by the end of 2013 nearly 35 million people were infected with HIV. Many are stepping up to prevent the threat of HIV turning into AIDS. Annemarie Boks, an Africa Inland Mission (AIM) missionary, is one person who is taking part in the fight against AIDS. She’s worked in Congo as a nurse for years. Since 2002, she has been working with the AIDS Awareness program of the CECA 20, or Communauté Evangélique au Centre de l’Afrique, as their manager. The AIDS Awareness Program brings information about the disease to churches. They…
  • Medical missions trip report: December 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation,who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” --Isaiah 52:7(Photo, caption courtesy VBB) SE Asia (MNN) -- It's been a full but satisfying December for a medical missions team serving with Vision Beyond Borders. They've spent the past couple of weeks in Southeast Asia caring for refugees, playing with kids, and delivering Bibles to closed countries. They've returned to their homes in the U.S. just in time for Christmas. As they celebrate the birth of Christ…
  • Haitian Parliament on shaky ground

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned last week. What's ahead? (Photo courtesy of OEA - OAS via flikr , some rights reserved) Haiti (MNN) -- If elections don't take place by January 12, 2015, the Haitian parliament will dissolve. In the aftermath of Prime Minister Lamothe's resignation, Haiti is wondering if his absence will make way for long-overdue elections, or cause more instability. When legislators' terms expire on the 12th, President Michel Martelly will be the sole leader of Haiti, says The Economist. We spoke to Bill Passons of AMG International to gain insight…
  • Grieving wife forgives despite tragic loss

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy The Voice of the Martyrs Canada) Colombia (VOMC) -- Pabel, a 33-year-old evangelist of the Colombia Para Cristo ministry and an outreach partner of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, mysteriously disappeared last month. Eight days after his disappearance in late November, Pabel’s body was located in the mountains of the Paez Indian Territory. The two murderers responsible for his death confessed and are in Indian custody. In her grief over the tragic loss of Pabel, his widowed wife is responding through God's grace, which in itself is a very powerful testimony. Kelly was…
  • Family Christian wants to thank you

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit Family Christian via Facebook) USA (MNN) -- It's a common occurrence for mission organizations to endure a long process of fundraising before a project can get off the ground. So when it happens in 8 days, and the goal is met and surpassed, it's a remarkable thing. Family Christian Stores recently held an 8-day campaign to raise funds for a rescue center in the Dominican Republic. The center, run by Destiny Rescue, will provide a safe place for children, specifically girls, to escape from a life of sex trafficking. Read more about that campaign here. Steve Biondo of Family…
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  • The God of Salvation

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    by James Smith, 1863, New Park Street, LondonWe are at best — a company of poor, lost, and ruined sinners. We have no power to help ourselves — nor will to apply unto another. But Jehovah has revealed himself as "The God of Salvation." His wisdom drew the plan, being prompted by his love. And to eternal love and infinite wisdom — we are indebted for that glorious scheme, which brings glory to God — and salvation to man."The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." God appeared in human nature — to save his people from their sins. He labored, and suffered, and died, the…
  • Free & Discount eBooks - 12-09-2014

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon: Vol. 1 (1-200) by C. H. Spurgeon (free)The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon Part 2, 201-400 by C. H. Spurgeon (free)We’re Just Friends by Chuck Milian (free);Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke ($1.99); Note to Self by Joe Thorn ($0.99);Faithmapping by Mike Cosper & Daniel Montgomery ($0.99);Not By Sight by Jon Bloom ($0.99);Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessice Thompson ($0.99);Finding God in the Hobbit by Jim Ware ($1.99).
  • A Skeptic's Prayer, A guest post from JD Wetterling

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    1.) FIRST THIS HAPPENS:Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).2.) IT LEADS TO THIS:“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).3.) AND RESULTS IN THIS:…“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).4.) ABSENT #1 and #2, THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE IS THIS:So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and…
  • Free and Deeply Discounted eBooks for 12-3-2014

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Free eBooksThe Existence and Attributes of Godby Stephen Charnock (free .pdf)The High King of Heaven: Discovering theMaster keys to the Great End Time Debateby Dean Davis (free .pdf)The Doctrine of Law and Grace Unfoldedby John Bunyan (free)Deeply Discounted eBooksThe Complete Ante-Nicene & Nicene and Post-Nicene Church Fathers Collection (37 Volumes, 65 Authors, 500 Books ($2.99)Illogical Atheism: by Bo Jinn ($2.99)
  • Thank God Without Ceasing

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    We affirm with the Bible that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ (without exception) will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). That has never been at issue. Problem is, no one is naturally willing to submit to the humbling terms of the gospel, apart from regenerating grace (Deut 29:4, 30:6; Ezek 36:26; John 1:13; 5:21, 6:63-65, Rom 8:7, 1 Cor 2:14). Indeed, God commands all people everywhere to repent and believe (Acts 17:30), so it is man's responsibility, but men naturally love darkness, hate the light and will not come into the light (John 3:19, 20) So even after God has given…
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  • Dispelling Hollywood’s Christmas myths in movies, shows

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    When it comes to Christmas-themed movies and shows, most Americans would like to believe that Hollywood is giving them an accurate portrayal of the Christmas offerings they are watching around the holidays, but is this really the case?
  • Christian, political leaders blast U.S.-Cuba diplomacy

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Putting an end to more than half a century of severed ties between the United States and Cuba in protest of its blatant dictatorial human rights violations, President Barack Obama opened up a diplomatic relationship with the communist nation, triggering much criticism from Christian leaders and politicians from both sides of the party lines.
  • Study: Technology taking over holiday traditions?

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As more and more electronic gizmos make their way onto the market and become more commonplace in mainstream society, the way Americans spend Christmas and the rest of the holidays each year is greatly changing from generations past — especially amongst young people.
  • Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.
  • Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.
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    Religion News Blog

  • Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

    Religion News Blog
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Travis and Wenona Rossiter have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the faith healing death of Syble Rossiter, their 12-year-old daughter. The couple belong to the Church of the First Born -- theologically a cult of Christianity based on its extreme, unbiblical beliefs regarding faith healing. Full story: Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death
  • Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

    Religion News Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists. Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low. Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here's the Internet Movie Database listing that scares the destructive Scientology cult. Full story: Thursday’s Religion News Roundup
  • Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member

    Religion News Blog
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    A former Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult member awaiting trial after 17 years on the run is still brainwashed. Also: Destiny Church's controversial, self-appointed 'bishop' Brian Tamaki told his devoted followers that God wanted them to give high-denomination bills to his church. Full story: Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member
  • Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism

    Religion News Blog
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    A woman and here family prayed for the resurrection of their dead husband and father for 6 months. Plus: how will religious fundamentalist react to robots? Also: is the man who shot up downtown Austin buildings a member of a 'Christian Identity' hate group? Full story: Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism
  • Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed

    Religion News Blog
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    A court in Haarlem, Netherlands, has postponed its decision on the extradition of controversial rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted in Israel on sexual abuse charges. Full story: Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed
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    Religion News Service

  • Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ?

    David Gibson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    (RNS) Some argue that Jesus was a fictional character, and that believers and everyone else have been duped. Scholars say there’s nothing to the claim. So why does the theory keep hanging around? The post Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • My top 10 religion stories of 2014 (COMMENTARY)

    A. James Rudin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    (RNS) Rabbi A. James Rudin offers up his annual list of the year's top religion stories. The post My top 10 religion stories of 2014 (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Franciscan order on verge of bankruptcy after financial fraud is uncovered

    Josephine McKenna
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The scandal has shaken the order inspired by its founder’s devotion to poverty and prayer. It is active in 110 countries and had more than 14,000 members. The post Franciscan order on verge of bankruptcy after financial fraud is uncovered appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Believers pray to ‘Our Lady of the Milk’ in this ancient Bethlehem spot where Mary nursed Jesus

    Michele Chabin
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “We estimate that in the past dozen years at least 3,000 babies have been born to mothers who prayed in the grotto,” said the Franciscan brother who guards it. The post Believers pray to ‘Our Lady of the Milk’ in this ancient Bethlehem spot where Mary nursed Jesus appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Executions drop to lowest level in two decades

    Kevin Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The 72 death sentences issued in 2014 represents the fewest in 40 years, according to a leading anti-death penalty advocacy group. The post Executions drop to lowest level in two decades appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Celebrating human evolution and religion in Ethiopia

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    by Salman HameedBiological evolution is a subject often at the center of science and religion debates. On the one hand, it seems logical that an idea that removes one aspect of human uniqueness may cause tension amongst some religions. On the other hand, such a tension is not necessary nor has always been the case. Even in late 19th century and early 20th century, biological evolution - including that of humans - was more or less accepted in Europe without much controversy. It might have been the case in the US too if not for specific circumstances linked with the Fundamentalist movement of…
  • Mapping the damage to Syrian Archaeological sites

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Salman HameedFrom Science: This map is based on satellite data and shows locates sites of damageThe civil war in Syria and surrounding areas is also taking its toll on archeological sites. Last week's issue of Science has an article that used satellite imagery to assess some of the damage. And it is not just ISIS that is responsible for the damage - though they are the ones intentionally going after Shia, Christian or Yazidi sites. But the most extensive damage is simply through the actions of the military:The Islamic State group has emerged as a particular threat, making concerted efforts…
  • Jail time for a Turkish astrophysicist for blocking headscarf students

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    by Salman HameedAstrophysicist Pekünlü photographed while taking pictures of women wearing headscarfsThis is a fascinating story that provides some insight into the changing political landscape in Turkey. An astronomy professor has been sent to jail for 25 months for repeatedly blocking students wearing headscarves from entering the faculty building where he worked. Until recently (2010), headscarves were banned in Turkish public universities - and I think that such a ban was atrocious. Now, this professor, Esat Rennan Pekünlü, is accused of violating the rights of students as well…
  • A new book on atheism in the Middle East

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    by Salman HameedAbout a year ago, I had a post about growing open atheism in Egypt where I pointed to a possible trend in increasing self-expression, including in the domain of religious beliefs. Among the various factors contributing to it, university education and the exposure of other ideas via the internet and social media are perhaps the most important ones. It is the notion of "personal religion" that is, perhaps, allowing the possibility of more open atheistic and/or agnostic stances in contemporary Muslim societies (also see this earlier post about secular bloggers in…
  • A new paper on Islamophobia and Islamic Creationism in Europe

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    by Salman HameedI have a new paper out in Public Understanding of Science that looks at the context for Islamic creationism in Europe. In particular, the focus is on the way evolution-rejection may be becoming a marker of identity amongst Muslim minorities in Europe and how media coverage is further polarizing the narrative, particularly in the UK. This is all the more relevant as a new study has shown that in the UK, Muslim men were "up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. And…
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Sikh pilot’s statue unveiled in UK

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Jalandhar, Punjab: The statue of late Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji, Distinguished Flying Cross, was unveiled during a ceremony at Gravesend in the UK. Mahinder Singh Pujji went to the UK in 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force during the World War II. He died in 2010 at the age of 92 in Gravesend. This was possible due to the efforts of Gravesham borough councillor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who not only made efforts to raise the money but also convinced the Gravesham borough council and its leaders, both ruling and the Opposition. Speaking to The Tribune, Dhesi, former mayor and Labour…
  • APKF launches Sikh forum

    29 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: In a unique initiative, Akal Purakh Ki Fauj (APKF), a Sikh organisation, has decided to bring Sikh entrepreneurs from across the globe on a single platform by launching “Coalition of Sikh Entrepreneurs” (CSE). Addressing the first meeting of the new outfit, US-based entrepreneur, Suneet Singh Tuli, known for launching the world’s cheapest Akash tablet, commended the endeavour of all those, who played a key role in constituting the CSE. APKF chief advocate Jaswinder Singh said the move aimed at facilitating free exchange of ideas among Sikh entrepreneurs as well as…
  • Sikh clergy can’t summon Sidhu, say scholars

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be summoned by Akal Takht as it was against Sikh “rehat maryada” (code of conduct). Former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti said any Sikh who either cuts or colours his hair could not be summoned to Akal Takht. He also felt that Akal Takht should not be dragged into a political battle like…
  • Sikh devotees from Europe visit Sultanpur Lodhi

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Jalandhar, Punjab: Nearly 15 Sikhs from three European countries today visited Sultanpur Lodhi and took bath in the holy Bein. The nationals of France, Germany and England, who have adopted Sikhism and are here to attend a religious discourse, visited the place, which is important as it was here that Sikhism originated. The members of the group took bath in the rivulet for about half an hour after which, they went to Nirmal Kutia, where environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal has set up a Sikh museum. Kirpal Singh from Germany said he had taken to Sikhism since the past 20 years and he was…
  • Gurdwara row: Sikh bodies challenge edict

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Abohar, Rajasthan: The “trustees” of Gurdwara Buddha Johad (Raisinghnagar), who were sacked by Akal Takht today, held a meeting of Sikh organisations at a gurdwara in Sriganganagar. They challenged the edict against the Trust and asserted it was not applicable in Rajasthan since the Trusts in the state were affiliated with Rajasthan Dev Sansthan Board. Taking exception to the way they were forced out of historic gurdwara Buddha Johad, the outgoing trustees submitted a memorandum to the district police chief. They sought legal action against the “erring” persons. They threatened to…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with "spiritual Alzheimer's". ...
  • Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.
  • Poland suspends abuse probe of Vatican ex-envoy

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prosecutor says that Poland has suspended an investigation into the alleged sex abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic by a Polish-born former Vatican ambassador due to a lack of evidence.
  • Pope to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in Philippines visit

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday. The pontiff will hold a 10 to 15-minute dialogue with the dean of the Philippines' largest Islamic studies centre and a Taiwan-based Buddhist leader on January 18, according to Father Carlos Reyes, a member of the committee organising the Pope's visit. He will also meet with the Hong Kong-based regional head of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as a Hindu leader, Protestant…
  • Man stages new protest on ledge of St. Peter's in Vatican

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An Italian man evaded Vatican security for the fifth time to reach a high ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica to protest against laws he says caused him to lose his business. Marcello di Finizio apparently used mountain climbing ropes to lower himself down to the ledge late on Sunday from a roof that is accessible to tourists. He was still there on Monday morning. Television footage showed him pacing on the ledge talking on a cell phone. ...
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Russian bank gets 30 billion rouble bailout – business live

    Graeme Wearden
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, as Russia central bank steps in to rescue Trust Bank, fronted by Bruce WillisFirst Russian bailout since rouble crisis beganBank advertised by Bruce Willis hits troubleEuropean markets rally 1.42pm GMT Trust Bank’s bailout was announced as Moscow was digesting a grim warning from one of the country’s most experienced and well-regarded politicians“Today, I can say that we have entered or are entering a real, full-fledged economic crisis. Next year we will feel it clearly.”“The government has not been quick enough to address the situation…
  • The 12 TV shows of Christmas

    LaToya Ferguson
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    From Friends to 30 Rock, American TV has produced some cracking Christmas specials over the years. Here are our pick of the greatestChristmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but when it comes to regularly scheduled programming, it’s kind of a wasteland. We get Christmas Specials where musicians and Muppets spend the night quipping and crooning, but a dearth of ordinary television programming. But the American tradition to take a mid-season break at least tends to lend itself to a White Christmas treat before going off the air. This year, there’s probably no better way to fill…
  • Crossword roundup: the best cryptic clues at Christmas

    Alan Connor
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Festive tales both touching and chilling in our cryptic picksAround this time of year, crossword setters furnish us not just with puzzles but also with seasonal references and even, through allusion and reference, a festive playlist. 10d Peak location for office documents? (5)[ synonym for ‘peak’ and item of stationery ]19d Common name displayed by individuals supporting Japan (5)[ abbreviation for ‘Japan’ on top of synonym for ‘individuals’ ]3ac/8d/20ac 10 19’s timely tale of nipper and nippers (3,1,4,3,9,2,2,3,5,5)8d Speaker I love that’s set to music (8) [ synonym for…
  • 2014: when songwriters burned the chorus and built the bridge

    Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    Pop’s rules are being rewritten by producers such as Avicii and Zedd, who are downplaying the once sacrosanct chorus – and Katy Perry even dared to do without one at allFor decades in the church of pop, the chorus has been the altarpiece, the focus for all those who worship there. It’s where songwriters install their most beautiful, affecting work, and the contrast between it and the relative plainness of the surrounding verses only enhances its dazzle. “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!” Berry Gordy once joked, understanding that this is what listeners truly gather around.In…
  • Overcoming writer's block: three tips

    Rowena Murray
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    Academics tend to use procrastination as an explanation for writer’s block, says Rowena Murray, but really, they are just avoiding asking for helpA common thread in conversations about how difficult academic writing can be is the persistent feeling of not being ready to write. Or not being good enough to write. While academics and PhD students might not call this writer’s block, they talk a lot about procrastination and perfectionism. They list displacement activities checking email, Facebook, references, doing the laundry, cleaning the room, mowing the grass, watching it grow – and…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldier at central Israel checkpoint

    Marcy Oster
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank Palestinian was overpowered as he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint into Israel. The Palestinian from Tul Karem on Monday pulled out a knife at the Nitzanei Oz crossing near Netanya in central Israel, the IDF spokesman said. The attacker was detained for further questioning. There were no injuries in the foiled attack. On Sunday, two Palestinians brandishing knives were caught by Israeli troops near the West Bank settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem.
  • French motorist rams car into crowd for ‘the children of Palestine’

    Marcy Oster
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    (JTA) — A French motorist reportedly shouted “This is in the name of the children of Palestine” as he slammed his car into crowds in eastern France. At least 13 people were injured, two critically, in the incident Sunday in the city of Dijon, the French news agency AFP reported. The news agency cited a source close to the investigation into the attack as saying the man is mentally imbalanced and spent time in a psychiatric hospital. The man also shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for God is great, as he drove into the crowd in different locations in the city,…
  • Elie Wiesel to receive honorary doctorate from university in Krakow

    Marcy Oster
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    WARSAW, Poland — Nobel laureate and Holocaust memoirist Elie Wiesel will receive an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. The university Senate voted unanimously last week to honor Wiesel for his involvement in the fight for the defense of human dignity; for efforts to deepen public understanding of the crimes of the Holocaust;  for reminding Poles about Jan Karski, and for stigmatizing the crimes of genocide, anti-Semitism, intolerance, indifference and xenophobia. “Achievements justifying this distinction for Elie Wiesel include his full…
  • ADL: Killing of N.Y. police officers ‘heinous, senseless, shocking’

    Marcy Oster
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League called the killing of two New York Police Department officers a “heinous, senseless and shocking assault.” The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot in the head through the window of their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Shortly before the killings, the gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, threatened to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers in July. “I’m putting Wings on Pigs Today,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram minutes before the attack. Brinsley…
  • Zelikows endow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC

    Marcy Oster
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    (JTA) — Hebrew Union College’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management will be renamed in honor of Marcie and Howard Zelikow after the couple provided a multi-million dollar donation. The Zelikows provided a $5 million endowment along with a $1 million commitment for current operations to the Los Angeles school, HUC announced Sunday. The official dedication of the school will take place Feb. 8. “Our investment in the Zelikow School is an investment in the Jewish future,” Marcie Zelikow, the immediate past chair of the school’s Advisory Board and a member of the…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • An Odd Place (Lesson 7: Luke 2)

    Fred Sanders
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Caesar Augustus was ruler of Rome. He called himself Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Divi Filius Imperator,  and throughout the Roman Empire his subjects called him son of God and lord of all. When he gave a command it was absolute law, and when he spoke, people moved. Now it came to be that in those days Caesar Augustus sent out a dogma: Since the entire inhabited earth was his household, he wanted a headcount. So everybody in the known world had to go back where they were from and hold still long enough to be written down. Each family returned to their proper city. That’s why a man named…
  • Torrey Christmas Card, Interpreted

    Joe Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:33 pm
    This year for our Christmas card, the faculty and staff of the Torrey Honors Institute chose a winter theme. This sent us all to our closets and garages to find coats, scarves, and hats that don’t get much use here in Southern California. One of our art students, Katya Austin, gave us some instructions and took some pictures. Then we waited to see how they would come out. When my family got the card in the mail we were quite impressed. What impressed my wife is that Torrey had chosen to fly us all to her childhood home in Pokhara, Nepal, where her family was stationed for their missions…
  • Trinity Episodes on White Horse Inn

    Fred Sanders
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    I’m a guest on two recent episodes of the White Horse Inn, along with regulars Mike Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, and Rod Rosenbladt. The topic is the Trinity, and the two shows are in support of the latest issue of Modern Reformation magazine,  The Trinity Issue (with articles by me, Carl Trueman, James White, etc.). The first episode, “Exploring the Doctrine of the Trinity,” hovers around the central ideas of my book The Deep Things of God, as we talk about the Trinity and salvation, the mediatorial structure of Christian prayer, and the personhood of the Holy Spirit. The…
  • Knowing the Names (Lesson 6: Matthew 1)

    Fred Sanders
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    As the arrival of Christ draws nearer, all the names by which he is to be called really begin piling up. We first heard about him as the seed of the woman who would defeat the seed of the serpent. The prophet said he would be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.  The angel told Mary he would be called the son of the most high. But in the traditions of the old world, the person who would actually do the job of giving a boy a name would be his father, and so it falls to Joseph to do his duty as the dad and put a name on the boy. Of course there’s the…
  • Annunciation Gap (Lesson 5: Luke 1)

    Fred Sanders
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Nobody knows what Mary was doing in her home in Nazareth when the angel Gabriel arrived there from God. Most painters who have made pictures of the scene have shown her reading the Bible or saying her prayers. A few show her at some household task like laundry or mending; I’ve never seen her washing dishes or sweeping. One of the very early legends about the annunciation says that she was doing her share of a repair job for the veil in the Jerusalem temple. The legend says that 82 young women around Israel were recruited to spin thread of various colors for the veil; Mary was working on the…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Applications Now Being Taken for HAF Congressional and Advocacy Internship, Summer 2015

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON DC, December 19, 2014(HAF Press Release): Are you interested in public policy? Are you passionate about being an advocate for the Hindu American community? If so, HAF's 2015 summer internship is for you! Learn more about the program and download the application by clicking here. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 6, 2015.The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is a unique opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight exciting weeks over the summer in our nation's capital. HAF is offering two tracks for the internship:…
  • RSS Reconverts 100 People in Agra

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    SourceINDIA, December 11, 2014 (Indian Express): At least 100 persons from 37 families were reportedly re-converted to Hinduism at a ceremony organized by an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the cantonment area here.The Dharma Jagran cell of the RSS and Bajrang Dal claimed to have organized the joint mass conversion ceremony where about 100 people, mostly slum dwellers, were yesterday re-converted and "brought back to the Hindu fold" after a ritual that included tying of sacred threads on their wrists and putting a vermilion mark on their foreheads.The organizers of the event…
  • Just Five Percent of Indian Marriages are Inter-Caste: Survey

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    SourceINDIA, November 13, 2014 (The Hindu): Just five per cent of Indians said they had married a person from a different caste, says the first direct estimate of inter-caste marriages in India. The India Human Development Survey (IHDS), was conducted by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland. The IHDS is the largest non-government, pan-Indian household survey. It covers over 42,000 households, representative by class and social group. Its findings, yet to be made public, were shared exclusively with The Hindu. When married women aged between…
  • Daily Inspiration

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    SourceLike the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart.-- Rig Veda 7.1.2
  • Ancient Deity Worth Stolen from Himachal Pradesh Temple

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    SourceSHIMLA, INDIA, Dec 10, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Ancient ashtadhatu (eight-metal) Deities of Lord Rama, Hanuman along with Deities made of gold and silver of other deities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen by thieves from Raghunathji temple at Sultanpur in Rupi Palace at Kullu, police said today. Thieves stolen the Deities of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, a gold locket and a chain, a gold-plated Narsinh Shila (stone), silver Deity of Lord Ganesh and some other articles of worship last night, police said. A case has been registered on the statement of Devinder Singh, son of…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Miketz and Chanukah: letting your light shine (Velveteen Rabbi)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here's the d'var Torah I offered at my shul this morning. (Cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.) The first thing Joseph does, when summoned from Pharaoh's dungeon, is shave and change his clothes. Presumably he does this because it's not appropriate to appear before the ruler of the land in rags... but given the importance of clothing in the Joseph story, I see something deeper. Remember his coat of many colors. Remember the garment which he relinquished to Potiphar's wife in escaping from her clutches. Remember Tamar, who disguises herself in a cloak in order to orchestrate justice.
  • Worth reading (on Chanukah) (Velveteen Rabbi)
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are all of us afraid of the dark. At night, anxieties suppressed or repressed come swimming to the surface of consciousness: am I safe? Am I loved? Am I needed? Is there meaning in the world, or is it all, ultimately, just a swirl of chaos?... Judaism does not ask us to ignore this darkness and the sense of doom it might educe in us. On the contrary, it asks us to face them squarely, and then, ultimately, to defy them. But how?... "The soul of man is the lamp of God," the Book of Proverbs tell us (20:27). What this means is that ultimately, our task is not to light candles, but to be…
  • Three from the vaults - old Chanukah photos (Velveteen Rabbi)
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For #throwbackthursday, here are three old Chanukah photos. The first two of these are photographs of me with my middle brother. This one's about 30 years old. If you look closely you can see my homemade Chanukah decorations taped to the framed Calder print on the rear wall. I think this was taken the year that my parents were in Kenya over Chanukah, traveling with a friend who was a hematologist and whose work frequently took him to Nairobi. My parents traveled with a tiny chanukiyah which held birthday candles, and arranged for me to celebrate Chanukah with different family members on…
  • Happy Chanukah! (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Tonight at sundown we'll enter into the Festival of Lights, also known as the Festival of Rededication, also known as Chanukah. (Or Hanukkah. Whatever. It's a Hebrew word. Its real spelling is חֲנֻכָּה -- I think the English variant with the "ch" comes closest, but mileage varies.) First candle in the chanukiyah. (Chanukiyah may not be a familiar term for everyone. A chanukiyah is a special menorah made for Chanukah, with eight branches and a ninth candle for lighting the others, instead of six branches and a seventh candle for lighting the others which is what you would find on a…
  • New essay in Beyond Walls - and a chance to learn with me next summer! (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    I have an essay in the Beyond Walls digital magazine this week. My essay is about how writing can be transformative (in the personal / spiritual sense, not the fannish sense), and it's called Transformative Work. Here's a taste: Writing can transform. In writing, we are in transit: boundary-crossers moving from one state of being to another. (This is the meaning of the Hebrew word Ivrim, usually rendered as "Hebrews;" etymologically, to be an ivri is to cross over.) All writers are in some way boundary-crossers, or if you prefer, boundary-bridgers. In writing, we reshape the world around us,…
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  • Filling The Empty Chair

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I can’t remember snapping this picture but when I found it on my phone I had to smile. The patterns, the busyness of what was probably early 1970’s era carpet and chair covering. The embroidered antimacassar. Wonderful. Nothing matches, nothing tones together. So unlike current indoor sensibilities. And a home SO full of memories of the woman who once lived there. And images of her beloved companion Dakota laying beside her, white as snow. I smile at this photograph, it’s a smile of recognition. It conveys the essence of the person, Margaret, who is no longer around to fill…
  • Anna’s Not True Story

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    For the local production of The King and I This morning a local congregation member showed us around the local theater where he works making props, helping to stage productions and generally looking after the building. The whole place is largely staffed by volunteers and the players are all local and unpaid. Currently playing is The King and I and the painting of the Buddha as the backdrop for the production could not be missed. The staging area is ’tiled’ with copies from Anna’s diary, she is the ‘I’ of The King and I and, let it be known, that in actual fact…
  • Seeing Is Believing

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Known as the Backbone of the World by the Blackfeet Tribe The other day three of us drove from Whitefish in Western Montana over the Marias Pass to Browning in Eastern Montana with a van full of food for the Blackfeet Foodbank as well as bags of warm clothing. This is a regular fortnightly run one of my hosts has done for several years – as he says there are a lot of people behind getting the van filled with food and clothing and still he reliably makes the journey winter and summer alike. And what a journey! Thankfully the weather was good, the roads were clear of snow and the…
  • Gifts

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Barb and Barb with loaves.Where I am staying two woman friends are baking bread to give away as gifts to just about everybody they know in the area. They started early at around 7.30 am and now at midday it’s looking like all the dough has been made and most of it baked. They are obviously enjoying each others company and there’s much laughter and reminiscing. It is quite a production and they have been doing this faithfully for 24 years! They have kept a diary which includes news of who’s around, children and then later as they have grown to adulthood, their boyfriends.
  • How to…..

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Talking to somebody the other day. Talking about being the best person one can be. How do you do that? she asked. Off the top of my head, which is where so many of my responses come from, I replied – Well it has to do with intention, doesn’t it? Our intention to exercise compassion, unconditional love and matured wisdom in our daily dealings. Best we can. Sounded OK at the time anyway. It was the first time somebody had asked ‘how to….’ which was a good question. Soon (the 11th November) it will be the twentieth anniversary of my mother’s death. Just having…
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  • A holiday food tour

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    With the holiday season upon us, many of us are busy in our kitchens cooking secret family recipes and the season’s favorite delicacies. Looking at the delicious options in The Oxford Companion to Food, we compiled a list of various holiday specialties and treats from around the world that you may want to incorporate in your next holiday feast. Speculaas, otherwise known as Christmas biscuits were traditionally baked for St Nicholas’s Eve on 5 December. They are made of wheat flour, butter, sugar, and a mixture of spices in which cinnamon is predominant. The dough is baked in decorative…
  • Black Israelites and the meaning of Chanukah

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The story that most Jewish children learn about the holiday of Chanukah is that it commemorates the Jews’ victory over foreign invaders and their sullying cultural influences. Around 200 B.C.E., Judea was the rope in a tug of war between two stronger powers: the Ptolemic dynasty of Egypt and the Seleucid Empire of Syria. The Seleucids, led by the kings Antiochus III & IV, won when Antiochus invaded Judea in 175 B.C.E. But in 170 B.C.E. the Jews who favored Egypt took control from the camp that favored Syria. According to the Roman historian Flavius Josephus, Antiochus IV invaded Judea a…
  • An enigma: the codes, the machine, the man

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Prometheus, a Titan god, was exiled from Mount Olympus by Zeus because he stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. He was condemned, punished, and chained to a rock while eagles ate at his liver. His name, in ancient Greek, means “forethinker “and literary history lauds him as a prophetic hero who rebels against his society to help man progress. The stolen fire is symbolic of creative powers and scientific knowledge. His theft encompasses risk, unintended consequences, and tragedy. Centuries later, modern times has another Promethean hero, Alan Turing. Like the Greek Titan before…
  • Physics Project Lab: How to make your own drinking bird

    Alex Guyver
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Over the next few weeks, Paul Gluck, co-author of Physics Project Lab, will be describing how to conduct various different Physics experiments. In his second post, Paul explains how to build your own drinking bird and study its behaviour in varying ways: You may have seen the drinking bird toy in action. It dips its beak into a full glass of water in front of it, after which it swings to and fro for a while, returns to drink some more, and so on, seemingly forever. You can buy one on the internet for a few dollars, and perform with it a fascinating physics project. But how does it work? A…
  • The longest night of the year

    Catherine Fehre
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The winter solstice settles on 21 December this year, which means it’s the day with the least amount of sunlight. It’s the official first day of winter, although people have been braving the cold for weeks, huddled in coats and scarves and probably wool socks. It’s easy to pass over the winter solstice because of the holidays; however, many traditions center around the solstices and equinoxes, and even Christmas has borrowed some ideas from the midwinter celebration. Below are a few facts about the winter solstice and the influence it has had on religion. 1.   The…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • From Humbleness to Wonderment and then Fleeing to God

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Some of the stations of the Wayfarer from Humbleness to Wonderment to Fleeing to GodHUMBLENESS, KHUSHU'"Has the time arrived for the faithful that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of God?" 57:16Humbleness involves a holy fear that is accompanied by awareness and humility. It involves three things: altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions, humility in service, and modesty and reverence in the inner consciousness.The signs of altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions are three: bad people are safe from the humble, good people are happy…
  • Maqam, Murshid and Murid: Sufi Way Stations and Master-Disciple Relationships in Conference of the Birds

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
     by Noora Kamel Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is an allegorical poem elaborating on the nature of mystical experience and the stages on a wayfarer’s path to the Divine. Using an overarching story of the hoopoe bird of Solomon who convinces a host of other birds to undertake a spiritual journey, ‘Attar maps out the human weaknesses that must be overcome before such a quest, as well as the arduous obstacles one will need to overcome to reach the goal. At each step of the journey, ‘Attar uses countless smaller tales within the frame story to underscore the point being…
  • Healing the Broken Heart

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    THE SHARING THAT INSPIREDSomeone wrote on Facebook and I quote here:It's mind numbing how many people I'm in touch with feel various versions of this:"There's a critter like underlying feeling that nothing is ok.I look at my blessings, there are so many of them.One minute my heart is full. The next minute - empty.One instance I think I'm ok, the very next I feel like crying.I try to think there are so many people on earth who has it much worse. It doesn't lessen my pain.I feel like crying.And crying.And then crying some more."As I have been contemplating, writing, sharing on spiritual…
  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works? Part 2

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Healing can occur when we are prepared to face, accept, and then work through the emotional issues which are connected with the physical illness. We can also turn inward for healing by accessing that place of the “silence of one’s being”. One’s inmost silence, a place of wholeness and beyond limitations that is free from disease, is reached in deep states of dhikr (the remembrance of God) or meditation.It is accessed in those moments when losing oneself utterly in prayer for the healing of a loved one or oneself, where one is in complete self-surrender. This radical shift of…
  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    We Can Never Thank EnoughIf we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.And when…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • What Can We Learn From the Mars Hill Shutdown?

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mars Hill Church began as a small gathering in Mark Driscoll’s home in 1996 and soon became one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. But the church that was praised just last year as one of the “Top Churches to Watch in America” has been the subject of much controversy lately, stemming primarily from its hyper-masculine, strongly opinionated founding pastor. The Puget Sound Business Journal recently ran an article stating that there are rumors of Mars Hill declaring bankruptcy (the Puget Sound region of Washington was home to several of the church’s locations). Even if such…
  • Little Hope Was Arson – A Second Look (Film Review)

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Note: a review copy of this film was provided in exchange for a review. Visit the film’s website here. See our earlier review from James here. Spoilers follow. If you’ve ever been to Texas, you may have noticed the Jesus fish symbols on billboards used (presumably) to alert viewers that the company is Christian owned, or that it only takes a few minutes on the road to realize that there is almost literally a church on every corner. In the Bible Belt, conservative Protestant Christianity is a significant part of the culture at large, and in some ways Little Hope Was Arson, a new…
  • Pumpkins and Thanksgiving

    Alicia Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    In Germany, the asparagus harvest marks a national celebration. Whole restaurant menus center around asparagus, filling the hearts and stomachs of Germans thrilled by the wonderful harvest season. Asparagus has been an important crop in Germany, so the foundations of the festivities have economic and historic roots. In America, we have a similar celebration of the harvest of a particular vegetable — the pumpkin. To the foreign observer, our celebration of the pumpkin harvest must seem similar to the festive asparagus day of the Germans. We produce pumpkin pies, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin…
  • Little Hope Was Arson – A Review

    J.F. Arnold
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: A review copy of this film was provided to me in exchange for a review. I thank especially the film’s executive producer, Bryan Storkel, for working to make sure I received this documentary, since I asked for it such a long time ago. In addition, you can check out the film’s website here. There is no easy way to sum up the issues that naturally arise in a film about a pair of arsonists who target churches, starting with the church they grew up in. We’ll start with the merits of the documentary. The easiest way to sum up the film’s credentials is to say this: you…
  • A Tale of Two Memes; or, Can We Change the World?

    Alicia Taylor
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Can we change the world? As often as modern young adults are regarded as entertainment seekers, today’s 20- and 30-somethings are also driven by a laudable desire to see the world become a better place. The modern Awareness Raising that “white people like” derives from that desire, and gets some things right and others wrong. For a case study in Awareness Raising, let’s imagine two YouTube videos out to change the world. One is a video of child laborers making rugs to be sold in America. Another is of a woman begin showered with catcalls while walking through a city. Such…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • The Vision

    Lora Walsh
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monday, December 22, 2013 — Week of Advent 4, Year One [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.] Today’s Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 61, 62 (morning) // 112, 115 (evening) Isaiah 11:1-9 Revelation 20:1-10 John 5:30-47 The city where I live has a vision. Not a wolf-shall-live-with-the-lamb vision like in today’s first reading, but a compelling vision of community spirit nonetheless. Last week, I attended a City Council meeting, where our mayor and elected representatives all sit beneath posters…
  • New Episcopal Service Corps sites for 2015

    Jon White
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Two new Episcopal Service Corps program sites, in Memphis, TN and Berkley, CA, announced their opening this week.   In Memphis, TN, two parishes joined forces as sponsors.  Grace-St. Luke’s and Church of the Holy Communion have been accepted as an Episcopal Service Corps site for 2015-2016.   “City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps in Memphis, Tennessee” will seek and place five young people in five Memphis organizations for one year of service starting next August.   Three interns, sponsored by Grace-St. Luke’s, will be at BRIDGES, St. Columba Episcopal Conference and…
  • The Magazine: I Sing My Songs

    Jon White
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Teri Van Huss How does a developmentally disabled person deal with a concept? It’s something they can’t see or feel or interact with. In my experiences with my 19-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, I’ve discovered life is much simpler for her than the rest of us, and that she truly struggles with anything that’s not in her physical sphere. I would like to introduce you to Miss M.E. Van Huss (short for Maria Elizabeth) and give you a glimpse of the kind of magic person she is.   A smiley-faced M.E. Van Huss as Crucifer at her mom’s ordination to the diaconate, June 28,…
  • Nuns top Billboard classical chart for second year

    Jon White
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    From WQXR: Billboard reported this week that, for the second year in a row, the top-selling classical artists were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a community of nuns from rural Missouri. The sisters’ “Lent at Ephesus” and “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” – collections of ancient chants and hymns – were the first- and second-best selling traditional classical albums of 2014 (the traditional classical category excludes crossover releases, according to Billboard). “Lent at Ephesus,” which was released on Feb. 11 by Decca, sold about 34,000…
  • The Magazine: Popping Collars Podcast #9

    Jon White
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    With whimsy, humor, and a theological perspective Episcopal priests take a look at popular culture In this episode Betsy, Greg, and Liz ride the recent wave of dystopian fantasies in popular culture including The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Divergent and discuss where they intersect with our current spiritual realities. Musical Interlude Credit: “All’s Good that Ends Well” by Lorenzo’s Music To listen to previous shows, go here   
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    Emergent Village

  • Making The Most Of Your Space: How To Make Extra Storage In Your Bedroom

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A small bedroom presents a challenge that many people understand: space. Humans do have a tendency to hoard objects of necessity and interest, from clothing and books to collectables and shoes. Wanting to have all of these things with us in our bedroom usually leaves us with a lot of clutter and very little space. What’s worse than bedroom clutter is our inability to locate the things we need at any given time. If this situation leaves you scratching your head, then you should seriously start researching ways to create some much-needed extra storage in your bedroom. Here are some great…
  • When to Roll Up Your Sleeves and DIY

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Before I bought my first house, I didn’t fancy myself very “handy”. And I guess I still don’t, but I’m a lot better than I used to be. After a year and a half of living in a fixer upper, my wife and I have learned a lot of new skills, and our house equity has been increased significantly by work we didn’t know how to do just a couple of years ago. But there are some jobs even I won’t tackle. It’s important to know when to get some industrial supplies from Gotstock and when to leave it to the pros. Here’s how I make the decision. How much can I save? I have done enough work…
  • 3 Key Items You Should Never Overlook When Redecorating

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    by  Stacie Stacie Stacie  Amateur interior-decorators devote endless hours to fretting over minute details, spend hundreds of pounds on unneeded embellishments and agonise for days over options separated by the breadth of a hair. However, it is amazing just how often that these same obsessive decorators will completely ignore key items within the rooms they are transforming. Either leaving them just as they were or not properly utilising just what a difference these items can make to the overall look and feel of any given room. This overlooking can be down to simple ignorance of the items…
  • Creating A Garden For The Whole Family

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When it comes to your home, it stands to reason that you are going to want somewhere that the whole family can be happy. Of course, every family is different so there are no set rules for what is considered perfect. Instead, what you need to do is think about the needs of your family and create something perfect. One of the biggest things to take into account is the garden and what you are going to do with it. If you have young children then it is important to create a space that is the perfect compromise for both you and them. A garden is preferable for children so if you have a property…
  • When DIY is the Best Option

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are like me, there’s a lot of work to be done on your house. My wife and I bought a fixer-upper, and we’ve managed to add a lot of equity to the house. But we still don’t have molding, a save staircase, insulation in the attic, and many many other little things. When we bought the house, we (like you?) didn’t know much about household repairs. I’ve learned a lot, but have gotten down to jobs I’m not as comfortable performing myself. Still, it’s really expensive to get these jobs performed by professionals, and early estimates have come in between $30 and $50,000. Here is…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Bishops - Part 55: 19th Century Clergy in Russia

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In his continuing series on bishops and Church organization, Fr. Thomas speaks about various clergy figures from that time. He references the book "My Life"s Journey" the memories of Metropolitan Evlogy,
  • Relax, God is in Control - Final Thoughts

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Fr. Thomas Hopko takes one last look at the phrase "Relax, God is in Control" and provides information on additional material he has written and spoke about regarding this general topic. Here is the list: Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West by Met. Kallistos Ware And from his Speaking the Truth in Love series: Pain and Suffering The Wrath of God The Wrath of God - Part 2 Anger and Wrath in Human Life On Sadness and Grief in Christian Life Theological Reflections on Calamity Does God Play Favorites? Predestination, Providence, and Prayer Understanding Evil - 9/11 Remembered God and…
  • Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Last time, Fr. Tom talked about the Ottoman Empire and its demise. Today he reflects on the impact of Turkish rule on Orthodox clergy and laity.
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    Jewish Treats

  • Rock of Ages

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    “Rock of Ages let our song / Praise thy saving power / Thou amidst the raging foes / Wast our sheltering tower....” This is the first verse of Maoz Tzur as loosely translated from the original Hebrew by Marcus Jastrow and Gustav Gottheil in the late 1800s. And while tzur may mean rock, the rest of the verse actually means: Refuge, Rock of my salvation/ to You is a delight to give praiseRestore my House of prayer/so that there I may offer You thanksgivingWhen You silence the loud-mouthed foe/Then will I complete, with song and psalm, the altar's dedication.Maoz…
  • A Chanukah Heroine

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Have you ever heard of Yehudit (Judith), the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, who saved her city, Bethulia, from destruction at the hands of the Syrian-Greek general Holofernes?As the Jews in the town neared starvation due to the enemy siege, Yehudit told the elders that she had a plan to deliver the enemy into their hands, but they must not ask her about it. They must simply have faith in her. Knowing her reputation for wisdom and piety, they agreed.Accompanied by one maidservant, Yehudit managed to gain an audience with Holofernes and told him that, for the sake of those suffering from…
  • Time Together

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Light candles with friends and family.
  • Spin the Dreidel

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    I have a little dreidelI made it out of clayAnd when it’s dry and readyWith dreidel I shall play!The dreidel is a four sided top, with a single Hebrew letter on each of its sides. Before the game begins, all players are given an equal number of coins or candies. Each player makes an initial deposit of coins or candies to the middle of the circle and then takes a turn spinning the dreidel. When it falls, depending on which Hebrew letter is facing up, the following occurs:Nun: Nothing happens, on to the next player.Gimmel: The player wins the pot.Hey: The player takes half the pot.Shin: The…
  • Book of Maccabees

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Chanukah is neither directly ordained in the Torah (like Rosh Hashana, Passover, etc.) nor mentioned in any other biblical text (as Purim is in the Book of Esther). The Books of Maccabees are not included in the Biblical canon, because these events occurred after the sages had declared the Tanach (complete Hebrew bible) closed to further additions (around 250 B.C.E.). Writings, such as the Books of Maccabees, which have historical import but are not included in the Tanach, are often referred to as Sfarim Chitzonim (external books) or by the Greek term Apocrypha (hidden…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • A Beautiful and Record-Breaking Nativity Scene

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Even if you have seen this already, it's worth a view. Also look at the sister video promoted the end that shows the making of this spectacular production. With beautiful music from the Piano Guys and vocalists Peter Hollens and David Archileta, a cast of over 1,000 assembles to create a brilliant nativity scene. I watched this before going to bed and had some really interesting dreams plagiarizing a few parts of the video. Might work for you, too. And unlike other dreams I've had recently, this one was completely free of commercials and blatant product placement. Are you guys getting a lot…
  • More to LDS Garments Than Meets the Eye

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    A few days ago I discussed the new video from the Church discussing basics of the LDS garment. Today I'd like to mention some interesting connections it has to ancient religion. Our critics assume that Joseph Smith just plagiarized the concept of the Temple from pieces of Free Masonry mingled with scripture or other influences from Joseph's environment. There is no question that there are some common elements with Masonry, as I discuss on my LDSFAQ page on temples and Masonry. But for those wondering if the Temple is a modern invention, there I raise several issues there that point to …
  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers

    Jeff Lindsay
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    My remarks below are made as an observer in China, distant from the Ferguson scene and the tensions in the US, so I apologize if I am missing important parts of the story. But the call for peacemakers is one that will apply in every land and era. May there be more of them, and may we all take steps to promote peace. I was frustrated to see the violent outbreak in Ferguson. Everyone seemed to know that there was going to be mob violence when the decision came out, regardless of what it was. So where was the National Guard? They were needed and wanted, bu they came a day late, after the…
  • Upgrading My Gadgetary Life in China: More Blessings from Frustrating Failures

    Jeff Lindsay
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Over at the Nauvoo Times, I just shared a story involving the frustrating failure of two Samsung devices that happened within the same week. Wonderfully, the failure of the camera led to new information from a Samsung technician about known trouble with Samsung's USB cables. While that was irrelevant in resolving the camera problem (that had to be shipped to a US repair center for a major overhaul), it made me wonder if the firmware upgrade disaster I had experienced with my Samsung tablet might have been due to a cable problem. When I tried the upgrade again with a 3rd party cable, the…
  • President Henry B. Eyring's Visit to the Vatican: A Gentle Call to Strengthen Marriage

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    President Henry B. Eyring just did something that my wife and did earlier this year: visited the Vatican. OK, our visit wasn't newsworthy. We stood in line with lots of other tourists as we explored a little of the endless art at the Vatican Museums and admired its surroundings. President Eyring was doing something more noteworthy than sightseeing. He was sharing a message from the Church about the importance of the family at an international summit at the Vatican that was opened by Pope Francis.While some might have expected direct arguments against same-sex marriage in President Eyring's…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • My favorite articles to write in 2014

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Good writers will admit that it takes a lot of effort to write—not to simply to write well, but to write at all. It’s actually a lot easier to not. And very often, we writer types tend to be our own worst critics… but even so, there’s always something we’ve written we genuinely like.Today, I want to share some of my favorites written in the last year. These are articles representing some of the work I’m most happy with from the past year, although not necessarily the most read (though some of them are).I hope you’ll give them a read if you haven’t already:The day ISIS got a…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA few to start off your week:Boring by Michael Kelley—99¢Connected by Erin Davis—$2.99A Simplified Harmony of the Gospels by George Knight—99¢The Lion and the Lamb by Scott Kellum, Andreas Köstenberger and Charles Quarles—$2.9910 Questions Every Christian Must Answer by Alex McFarland and Elmer Towns—99¢The Unbreakable Laura HillenbrandThis profile of Laura Hillenbrand is well worth reading.Advice for a New ElderGarrett Kell:Our church recently recognized a brother named Mark to serve as an elder. To welcome him, I reached out to a few dozen…
  • When you love the world, you abuse it

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    We should not love the world because we can neither have nor enjoy its pleasures long. It may be that they will leave us, but if not, we must leave them. And the stronger affections we have toward anything, the more bitter the affliction when we leave it. Strong affections bring great afflictions to men and women. In Luke 12:19-20, we see how short a man’s time is. The fool there had built up a great estate: “Thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: Then…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThis week there’ve been quite a few really good deals on Kindle books. Here’s a recap along with a few newer ones:Jesus in the Present Tense by Warren Wiersbe—$1.99How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart—$3.99Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas—$2.99But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? by Michael Green—99¢A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada—$2.99A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddelbarger—$5.68The Coffee House Chronicles set by Dave Sterrett and Josh McDowell—99¢The Money Saving Mom’s Budget…
  • 3 things I loved about Through The Eyes of Spurgeon

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Through the Eyes of Spurgeon, the new documentary directed by fellow Canuck Stephen McCaskell, was released yesterday. This is something we’ve been waiting a long time for. Why do I say “we”?Because I was part of the team that made it, writing the screenplay.This is one of the coolest projects I’ve been a part of in my professional career, one that, a couple of times, I honestly wasn’t sure was going to come to fruition. But here we are. The movie’s out there, and it’s pretty great. Here are a few of the things I loved about being a part of making…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • 5 Hot Holiday Worship Spaces

    Mary Valle
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Traditions are great, but they can be stifling. Sometimes things get so rote we tune everything out, including the whispers of the Divine. Take a moment right now. Think about your plans. Listen to the still, small voice. What is it telling you? I’ll tell you what it’s telling you. ‘Cause God told me to tell you what She wants to tell you. It is this: “This holiday season, get the heck out of your boring wooden pews and head for Concrete Country.” I don’t know why. When the Holy Ghost tells me to do something, you know what I do? I say “yes.”…
  • No Perfect Church

    Lyz Lenz
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    The physical totality of my church is in the trash—chairs, cups, plates, and the half wall that divided the nursery from where the grade school kids colored during the sermon. My plate that I covered with chalkboard paint so I could advertise the coffee (French Vanilla! Hazelnut!) was also chucked into the trash, along with two boxes of Daily Breads, those little paper devotionals that manifest themselves in Protestant churches. No one ever took them except my three-year-old daughter. She would grab two Daily Breads on her way out of the door, insisting that they were her story books. She…
  • On Black Anti-Semitism

    Alain Mabanckou
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    In Harlem, black anti-Semitism is a reality. You decide to talk about it. The exercise is all the more delicate since by simply bringing up the topic you risk it flying back in your face like a boomerang. In his time, Karl Marx had been accused of anti-Semitism by his former teacher, Bruno Bauer, who had already drawn fire from all sides for having responded to the Jewish Question. Marx took up Bauer’s argument and asked whether they should be freed as a group before the general population. Although Bauer asserts with good reason that “we must free ourselves before freeing others,” Marx…
  • Still Slowing Down for Poetry: For Mark Strand, 1934-2014

    S. Brent Plate
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    As I crawled my way out of college, and started stretching toward graduate studies, I stumbled on an essay in the New York Times Book Review. I’d never heard of the author, a poet named Mark Strand, but the title caught my fancy, “Slow Down for Poetry.” It was a mantra that I desperately wanted to live up to, even as my life had little to do with slowing down. While I dabbled in poetry, I was far from fluent in its efficacies, and I was surprised to learn that the author of this enchanting essay had been the U.S. Poet Laureate the year previous, in 1990. This was my…
  • Not For One Side Alone

    Liza Case
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Yesterday morning, the morning after the grand jury failed to return an indictment against Darrell Wilson in Ferguson, MO, I had to appear in family court. My son’s father brought false allegations of “Alienation” (a charge made largely by middle-class white men against middle-class white women and one that is enough to trump anything else involved, including pedophilia) against me two-and-a-half years ago and we have been in court ever since. During this ordeal, I have experienced a great deal of injustice. I have come face to face with the most brutal forms of misogyny. The injustice…
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Winners and Losers in the “Visitation” of American Nuns?

    Patricia Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Pope Francis: Winner When not busy sending dogs to heaven (oops, not really) or brokering the restoration of US-Cuban diplomatic relations, the pope made a key personnel change that resulted in the deft handling of what could have been a PR disaster for the Vatican. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, the Francis appointee who succeeded Cardinal Franc Rodé as head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, walked back Rodé’s ominous “visitation” of what he called “a certain secular mentality that has spread in these religious families and, perhaps, also a certain feminist…
  • Wherein An Elected Official Gets His Holiday Miracles Mixed Up

    Sarah Posner
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Here’s a heartwarming holiday story from Springfield, Massachusetts, where city councilor Bud Williams said at a Chabad Lubavitch-sponsored Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Williams pointed the finger at the Chabad rabbis for his blunder: The city councilor said he referenced Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated every Dec. 25 by Christians worldwide but not by Jews, after participants in the ceremony mentioned “the bright light” of 2,000 years ago – an allusion to Christ, according to Williams. “They said…
  • American Nuns and the Vatican: More Pain than Promise

    Mary E. Hunt
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The other shoe dropped on December 16, 2014 at a press conference announcing the “final report” on at least one phase of the long-simmering Vatican struggle with U.S. Catholic sisters. It was not a red Prada slipper, and the devil is still in the details. Despite herculean efforts to make nice, the 12-page report and its presentation reinforce the Roman Catholic Church’s patriarchal power paradigm. And although many have hailed the report as a sign of the Vatican’s warming toward women, I am not convinced. Six Years of Scrutiny The first shoe dropped in 2008 when Cardinal…
  • The Death of Truthiness: A True Believer Mourns The Colbert Report

    Stephanie Brehm
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    In the beginning, there was The Colbert Report. I believe that today we lost the best and truthiest television program ever in the history of televisions—and of histories. Known to his friends as The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World, Stephen Colbert stood at the helm of the Report for nine short years, guiding us with his “tips of the hat,” chiding us with his “wags of the finger,” and standing up against leaders who “think with their heads rather than know with their hearts.” A beacon of “truthiness,” Colbert warned…
  • 6 Overlooked Takeaways From a Reviewer of Controversial Texas Textbooks

    David R. Brockman
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    In September 2014, I found myself standing before a mostly hostile Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) testifying about religious imbalance and inaccuracies in public school textbooks under consideration for adoption. To my great surprise, I also found myself quoted in Politico, the Washington Post, and several Texas newspapers. Al Jazeera America sought me out for an on-camera interview. For a religious studies scholar more at home in the classroom or library cubicle, the swirl of media attention was, well, disconcerting. Six months earlier, the nonprofit watchdog group Texas Freedom…
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    On Being Both

  • A Millennial Perspective on Interfaith Marriage: When Unchurched Meets Unmosqued

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Frank and Medina     (Note: Today I’m pleased to share this space with guest blogger Frank Fredericks.) I recently read Susan Katz Miller’s Being Both, which is a practical, story-based guide on the many options interfaith couples have, with a particular focus on the feasibility of raising children in more than one faith tradition. Being in an interfaith marriage of my own as a Millennial, I was fascinated by the different approaches offered, but at times felt like the discourse within its pages was for Gen X’ers, who are now raising children, whether toddlers or teens,…
  • An Interfaith Child’s Hanukkah and Christmas

    Susan Katz Miller
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I’m very pleased to announce that Being Both is the December selection for the #UUreads program. I wrote this piece for Beacon Broadside, the marvelous blog from my publisher, Beacon Press. To read it on that blog, click here. After our family Thanksgiving, set in the muffling silence of eternal snow in northeastern Pennsylvania, I sent my daughter back to her sunny California college with a care package to remind her of all the Christmases, and all the Hanukkahs, of her childhood. I tucked into her bag an Advent calendar, and tiny Hanukkah presents wrapped in tissue paper, numbered for…
  • Seeing the Sacred in One Interfaith Family

    Susan Katz Miller
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
      Barbara Mahany describes her new book as a field guide to wonder. The essays in Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door at times bring to mind Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Karen Maezen Miller, Waldorf pedagogy, and mystics including Julian of Norwich. Mahany leads us through the cycle of seasons in the natural world, and in the life of a Christian and Jewish interfaith family. A former Chicago Tribune columnist (and former pediatric oncology nurse), Mahany writes as a parent, a naturalist, and a Catholic. Her voice—funny, humble, brave,…
  • Interfaith Family Community, Chicago Style

    Susan Katz Miller
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    In writing Being Both, I set out to chronicle the rise of a grassroots movement centered on three great cities with vibrant interfaith family communities: New York, Washington, and Chicago. Each of these cities has a program with over 100 interfaith children being educated by paired Jewish and Christian co-teachers. Recently, I was in Chicago to celebrate the publication of Being Both (just out in paperback) with interfaith families there. Both interfaith parents and grown children from Chicago filled out the surveys that form the backbone of my research for Being Both. Most of them were from…
  • An Interfaith Family Community Welcomes a Torah

    Susan Katz Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    As a parent determined to connect my children to Judaism, as a writer who loves storytelling, as a Jew who grew up wrestling with our ancient texts, I wanted my children to experience Torah. This word, Torah, represents our collective Jewish narrative and thus, more broadly, all of Jewish teachings and practice. But I also wanted my children to interact with the physical Torah: the five books of Moses, hand-lettered on parchment scrolls, dressed in embroidered velvet. And so it was with great joy recently that I witnessed my community, the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington,…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • Shocking and morally intolerable

    Lee Potts
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Torture violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions, in their highest ideals, hold dear. It degrades everyone involved — policy-makers, perpetrators and victims. It contradicts our nation’s most cherished ideals. Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment are shocking and morally intolerable. ~ National Religious Campaign Against Torture Tags: dignity, human, human person, religion, torture
  • Doing what is ours to do

    Lee Potts
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Our Holy Father, St. Francis, reminded us, through his desire to recreate the scene of the Incarnation at Greccio, that we are ONE in our Lord. The question for each of us to consider throughout this season of anticipation is, what can we, as sisters and brothers to one another, do to rekindle the spark of the Spirit’s fire and enthusiasm within each of us and within our Fraternities so that we may open our hearts to hearing, healthing and healing one another so that together, as family, we can journey into the new year with open minds and open hearts to the direction of Him who has called…
  • No room!

    Lee Potts
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    No room! The Creator of the universe finds no room in His own creation! The God of all creation is refused a welcome by those from Whom they received life! Almighty God is born in a hovel for animals, Whose throne is a manger and Whose adoring court are a humble couple and poor shepherds from the hillside who were tending sheep! What mystery of love! Here is a total emptying! How can we question that God understands our human condition? The ecstatic praise that St. Francis of Assisi once said when he reflected upon the Mystery of the Incarnation: O sublime humility, O humble sublimity! is the…
  • In making our formal and public professions

    Lee Potts
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    If I pause to think about it, such a declaration is enough to take my breath away. In consecrating ourselves “to service in His Kingdom,” we change our relationship to God’s infinite and eternal creation, which in itself is something that is always changing, always new, always becoming. We are no longer simply along for the ride, as it were. We can no longer live our lives as we have, focused solely on ourselves and our families and our careers and the countless irritations that make up modern life. In making our formal and public professions, we declare that Christ is the center of our…
  • A light to the world

    Lee Potts
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    For Francis and Clare, prayer is to lead to a renewal of the “Incarnation;” God is to “take on flesh” anew in one’s life through the action of the Holy Spirit, and the birth of God in one’s life should shine before others, as a light to the world. ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer Tags: birth of God, Franciscan Prayer, Ilia Delio, Incarnation, take on flesh, the Holy Spirit
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    Amish America

  • How (Some) Amish Drivers Keep Warm in Winter

    Erik/Amish America
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    My calendar tells me it’s officially winter now, which may be what inspired me to start a log fire the other day (even though it wasn’t really fireplace-cold weather yet). In fact, I’ve got another crackler going as I write this post, since I love fires so much. Again not so much for heat purposes as […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Kitchen Terms Quiz (Part 2)

    Erik/Amish America
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    Today, the second half of the Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen terms quiz we started on Tuesday. If you missed it you’ll find the first 12 words here, and answer key for the original 12 here. All words courtesy of Mark Curtis of the Belle Center, Ohio Amish community. Some of you used knowledge of German 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
  • In the Kitchen with the Amish of Buchanan County, Iowa

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    Suzanne Woods Fisher took a trip to the Amish community in Buchanan County, Iowa earlier this year. She shares that visit with us today–along with a few surprises she encountered. — The next time you have an occasion to travel to an off-the-beaten path Amish settlement, carve out a little extra time. Slow down and take a moment to look, […]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
  • Not An Outhouse: The Amish Phone Shack

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    In today’s guest post, David Arment of discusses those funny little buildings you see here and there in Amish communities. — One thing that seems generally true is that Amish are reluctant to accept technology that connects them to the outside world. We English would say they live “off the grid”. In our area, phone […]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
  • Do you know these 12 PA Dutch kitchen terms?

    Erik/Amish America
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    Mark Curtis has come up with a little language quiz for us, testing knowledge of some Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen terms. Each of the words below has something to do with the kitchen, food, or cooking. This is the first half of a set of 25 words. I know we’ve got some PA Dutch speakers here. I am not […]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

  • Who would Jesus torture? Poll suggests majority of U.S. Christians support “enhanced interrogation”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    New poll finds majority of Americans think torture was justified after 9/11 attacks by Ken Howard If, as this article and poll implies, a majority of Christians believe that torture is justifiable, then Christianity has failed in its teaching mission, and we who call ourselves Christians (literally, “little Christs”), as a body, have betrayed our founder. While I personally believe, based on my reading of Scripture, that Jesus opposed violence of any kind, even in the most expansive interpretation of Augustine’s “Just War Doctrine,” torture has been considered an…
  • Nov 11 – Martin of Tours – Bishop + Theologian

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Martin of Tours Bishop + Theologian 11 November 397 click here for books about Martin of Tours From the Satucket Lectionary Martin was born around 330 of pagan parents. His father was a soldier, who enlisted Martin in the army at the age of fifteen. One winter day he saw an ill-clad beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. Martin had no money to give, but he cut his cloak in half and gave half to the beggar. (Paintings of the scene, such as that by El Greco, show Martin, even without the cloak, more warmly clad than the beggar, which rather misses the point.) In a dream that night, Martin…
  • Nov 12 – Charles Simeon – Priest + Teacher + Promoter of Missionary Work

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Charles Simeon Priest, Teacher, Promoter of Missionary Work 12 November 1836  click here for books on our about Charles Simeon From the Satucket Lectionary Two hundred years ago, students at the English Universities were required to attend church regularly, and to receive the Holy Communion at least once a year. This latter requirement often had bad effects, in that it encouraged hypocrisy and an irreverent reception of the sacrament. Occasionally, however, it had a very good effect, as with the Cambridge student Charles Simeon. He wrote: “On 29 January 1779 I came to college. On 2…
  • The Beatitudes – A Reflection

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,…
  • Nov 1 – All Saints

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Feast of All Saints 1 November click here for books on the Feast of All Saints From the Satucket Lectionary [Note that these readings are from the old Episcopal Lectionary]. FIRST READING: Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10,13-14 (a commemoration of patriarchs, prophets, and other heroes of ancient Israel.) Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. The LORD apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and were men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and proclaiming prophecies;…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • I don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Thru

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, December 7,2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. A. Maurice DraneSend 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 Church Fight

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Joe H. ToddSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • The Conversion of a Rich Man

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Joe H. ToddSend 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
  • Things are Not as Bad as They Seem

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. A. Raymond MonkSend 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
  • Great Praise for a Great God

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at our 31st Church Anniversary 11:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Royhopgood, Jr., Pastor of Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist ChurchSend 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

  • Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Alotau, Papua New Guinea, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese. The Papua New Guinean islands located in the deep South Pacific region north of Australia are a hub for constant typhoons while also sitting on the seismic belt of the infamous “Ring of Fire” plates that cause series of volcanic eruptions and tsunamis that sweep the shores. A severe tropical cyclone known as ‘Ita’ slammed the remote Melanesian island…
  • UK youth create Advent video calendar

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    London, England, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This Advent, young Catholics in the UK are using video media to challenge their peers to “engage in the life and rhythm of the Church” and seek a deeper relationship with Christ. Made for Glory, a by-the-youth, for-the-youth faith initiative in the UK, has been releasing a video for every day of Advent. Each video features a reflection from one of several young people based upon that day’s Gospel reading. So far, they've produced 25 videos for their virtual Advent calendar.  “We’re all thirsting…
  • Scriptures come to life for Irish families through Jesse Box

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    Rome, Italy, Dec 21, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new initiative out of Ireland is using Biblical dioramas to engage parents and children in Scripture. The Jesse Box, says one of its creators Sebastian Kraszkiewicz, aims “to help pass the faith to the children and to encourage family liturgy.” The diorama kit provides tools for children who, with the help of their parents, can create and act out different stories from the Old and New Testament. The biblical stories currently available include the Creation account, Exodus, the Christmas story, and Pentecost. The set is…
  • Investing with Catholic values? Knights of Columbus group to offer guidance

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    New Haven, Conn., Dec 20, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus fraternal organization aims to extend its Catholic values and financial expertise into a new subsidiary that will provide investment guidance to Catholic institutions. “The Catholic community has traditionally been served by investment managers with a broad, rather than Catholic, focus,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Dec. 19. “We believe a Catholic firm committed to Catholic values can offer a more compelling solution for Catholic entities.” The New Haven, Conn.-based organization…
  • A new era for women's health care? This Catholic clinic hopes so

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Denver, Colo., Dec 20, 2014 / 08:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the phrase “women’s health” often conjures up images of artificial hormones, devices, and pills, one natural health care center in the Denver area is hoping to transform the way women receive care – one patient at a time. “Women’s dignity is the forefront and center of what we do,” said nurse practitioner Abby Sinnett, co-founder of Bella Natural Women’s Care. “A woman is beautiful and strong and can do amazing things, which is exhibited when they have a baby – it is…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Helping those on the Margin

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    I have spoken before about what a stunning reform Biblical law was compared to the law codes of surrounding cultures.  For example, the law applied equally regardless of social class; whether one was the child of a tribal chieftain or of a hewer of wood, the law was the same.  There was no capital punishment for property crimes as compared to the hanging of horse thieves in our own country in the nineteenth century.  The law was the same applied to the native born Israelite or the foreigner in the land.   “This is not politics, this is a moral and ethical imperative…

    David Adams
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    I read the most interesting article today.  Apparently, there are places in Florida, and I’m sure other states, where it is illegal to feed homeless people. Let me repeat that again – it’s illegal to feed homeless people. The article featured a picture of a 90 year-old man, who was arrested alongside two pastors in Ft. Lauderdale, and discusses the issue fairly well. Of course, there were a number of bystanders who did not take this arrest very well, and a fair number of people were concerned about how the law forbidding feeding the homeless got passed, but the police did their job…
  • Faith Perspective on Hunger

    Adam McDuffie
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This week, I participated in a Food and Faith panel at Wake Forest University as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The goal of the panel was to examine the role that faith-based groups could and should play in combatting the problems our nation faces with hunger and homelessness. This is an especially relevant topic of discussion at Wake Forest, considering the fact that Winston-Salem is one of the worst urban areas in the nation in terms of child hunger. Two questions which arose over the course of the panel discussion stuck with me the next day:  “Jesus was…
  • Why Not To Go To Church: Is This Pew Taken?

    Darian Duckworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Disclaimer for Members of St. Luke UMC and Shipman Chapel: This musing arose from a comment I heard outside of the church earlier this week. This comment was not about a specific congregation or a particular pew. It was a general observation. I will not ask you to change seats this Sunday. I will not institute assigned seating. This is the first in a series of posts intended simply to make all of us, in local churches and beyond, think about why so many people choose not to attend church.“I know how churches can be. I wouldn’t want to take anyone’s pew.”I hear a lot of reasons why…
  • Give Them Jesus

    Heather Cody
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    I pass by them every Thursday on the way to school. Sometimes I try not to look because the site of it takes me days to get over. So much for “break my heart for what breaks Yours.” The run-down shack of a house, beat up car in the dirt drive, the worn out clothes hanging on souls with skin. It’s more than I can take. And I don't know their story--except that there is one. He must be her grandfather, maybe. They have the same greasy hair and loving smile. The bag hanging from underneath his shirt tells me he's sick. And the way she holds his hand waiting for the bus, tells me he's all…
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    Divided Under God

  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
  • Rick Santorum Shows Us Again How Historically Illiterate He Is

    Kevin Davis
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images On Monday, a conference call with Rick Santorum was released via YouTube by STAND, a right-wing conservative organization run by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia minister who has of course dabbled in politics.  STAND is an acronym for “Staying True to America’s National Destiny,” which is quite obviously all Jackson could come up with after already picking the name STAND.  And I’m sure he thinks it’s catchy as hell.  Besides, you know they mean business when they actually hyphenate “between” as…
  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Thank You & Merry Christmas!

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As crazy as it is to say, it is that time of year again. Our kids just have a few more days of school before they begin their Christmas break. We have our lights on the house, the tree is up, and we were wearing shorts this weekend – gotta love our Houston climate. Christmas parties and concerts are in full swing. Christmas shopping is an obvious objective for so many who are filling the roadways each weekend. It is that time. My writing here at Suburbia Uncovered will take a break for a few weeks. There are several different reasons. I will be preparing for our Christmas Eve Worship…
  • When Will It All End?

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    During the Advent season we enjoy the rhythm of looking ahead towards Christ’s return.  I have learned to love this season and I look forward to it each year.  When we talk about the return of Jesus it invariably sparks some conversation about those who claim to ‘prophesy’ the very moment of that return.  This has turned into a thriving market in the Christian marketplace.  It seems that many of us really love reading or watching as so-called prophets or experts tell us when this world will come to an end. Honestly, we have such explicit clarity on these things.  The scriptures do…
  • Learning to Love Advent

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m not sure if it is a product of age or just my natural neurosis, but I find myself getting more and more forgetful. I could share countless examples of this growing reality. First, it is a regular occurrence that I walk into a room of the house with fervor, obviously on a mission, and arrive in that room to find myself standing there wondering why it was that I needed to go into that room. Second, of many, would be the moments that I call someone (by the way, I hate to talk on the phone) and I hear a familiar voice answer which finds me having no earthly idea why I would have called that…
  • Is Thankful Still Meaningful?

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the time of year where we hear about being thankful.  We get to see all the lists of what our friends are thankful for through their social media megaphones.  From the seemingly most thankful, we get to see things they are thankful for everyday.  It is a pretty common family tradition for many to gather for a Thanksgiving celebration and all share one or two things for which they are thankful.  Many of our children who are in school will talk about thankfulness with their teachers in some fashion as well. I think being thankful is an incredibly important value to embrace.  I…
  • Reflections on The Crossings Journey

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I have the great opportunity of teaching a group of church planters who are participating in a training program through the Houston Church Planters Network.  They are in a residency which carries them through a training process before they are sent to various locations around Houston to begin new churches.  It is a blessing for us at Crossings Community to participate with this program financially, prayerfully, and in training. As I have thought about sharing with them this week it has caused me to reflect on various aspects of our own journey.  It has…
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  • Dec 21 The King

    Jann Cobb
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    What if we had this kind of excitement about seeing Jesus? What if every time we went to worship our hearts and souls exhibited this response to being in the presence of Jesus? What if we treated Him, the coming King with uncontrollable abandon?For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6which He will bring about at the proper time–He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,1…
  • Dec 20 Great Physician

    Jann Cobb
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    One weekend when my husband was away for several days I decided to cook up a storm of food.  My supplies were gathered and the recipes were close at hand. Several things had already been prepared and were cooking in the oven.  I turned my sights onto the next recipe, Sweet potato casserole. After browning the hamburger it was time to cut the slices of sweet potato.  I took the mandolin and began the process. Putting aside the hand guard because it was difficult to use I began to slice the sweet potato. Then it happened! I sliced a chunk of skin off of my right hand. Immediately…
  • Dec 19 The Gift

    Jann Cobb
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. John 4:10Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15Jesus comes to earth in human form as a baby. We read about him as a babe lying in a manger. An Angel foretold His birth to Mary and the angels declared that the newborn king has arrived.Wouldn't you love to see the footage of Jesus as a baby? Did he do all of the baby things? cooing, spitting up, diaper changes? Was He a normal inquisitive child who asked why,…
  • Dec 18 The Amen

    Jann Cobb
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you you ever been listening to a sermon and just thought, Yes, that is so true? You just want to say Amen! We say it without even thinking about it. It's just what we say! There is so much meaning behind this word. It is found 78 times in the Bible. It shows up first in the Book of Numbers, and then for the last time in Revelation 22:21As a Hebrew word it means, “surely, indeed, truly.” The root word is "aman" which denotes “to be firm, steady, trustworthy, faithful”. I love that it sounds the same in English and in Hebrew! Amen.We use this word to say, Let it be so! I…
  • Dec 17 I AM

    Jann Cobb
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jesus declares that He is, I AM multiple timesI am the bread of life I am the light of the world Before Abraham was, I am I am the door I am the good shepherd I am the resurrection and the life I am the way, the truth, and the life I am the true vine John 6: 35, 48 John 8: 12, 9:5 John 8: 58 John 10:9 John 10:11 John 11:25 John 14:6 John 15:1I Am is the name of God. When Moses asked God what shall I say when they ask me, "who sent you?" This is the response God gave him.God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"…
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    The Daily Register

  • The Seven Virtues for Parents

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    By Mark Shea | Last time, we talked about the bad news of the Seven Deadly Sins. This time, we will hear the good news: we parents are offered grace and help from God through Jesus Christ to live a truly good and happy life by practicing the Seven...
  • Mass Start Times that Warrant Attention, Things to Mention When Bringing a Friend to Mass and More!

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Mass-Start Times that Warrants Attention by Dr. Ed Peters of In the Light of the Law - Mary the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: Blasphemy or Biblical? – Dave Armstrong, Seton Magazine Seven Things to Mention When...
  • Evangelization You Can Live With

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    By Adam Janke | Commentary | I was responsible for running a table for our apostolate after Mass at a parish in Lansing, Mich. One of the parishioners walked up to me and told me that he had driven by a car accident and was one of the first people...
  • Nothing but Christ Will Do

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    By Tom and April Hoopes | User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 21 | Sunday, Dec. 21, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Dec. 25 is the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), a holy day of obligation.   Mass Readings 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalms 89:2-5, 27,...
  • The Church Way Up North

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    By Melanie Radzicki McManus | Catholicism Is Growing in a Land That Once Had One Believer | The numbers don’t sound too impressive. There are about 11,500 Catholics in Iceland — or 3.5% of the country’s total population of 325,000. But considering...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Michigan Legislature Ends Year Without RFRA

    Don Byrd
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Written by Don Byrd Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation will have to wait another year in Michigan. Though it passed the House earlier this year, the state’s Senate declined to take up the bill before the legislative session expired. As the Detroit Free-Press explains, the bill had support but remained controversial. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, hasn’t put the issue on the agenda and said he’s not inclined to include it in the final days of the lame-duck session. If it’s not today, it dies for the year, but it can be reintroduced next…
  • BJC’s Hollman: What is the Role of the Church in Marriage?

    Don Byrd
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Written by Don Byrd 2014 saw great change in the status of same-sex marriage across much of the country. While our country has to some degree merged the idea of civil and religious marriages, those changes have prompted questions about the church’s role in civil marriage. In the newest issue of the BJC’s Report From the Capital, General Counsel Holly Hollman writes that these questions are worth asking: Through the years, and long before same-sex marriage became a common topic of political debates, I’ve heard Baptist pastors who served on the BJC Board or worked closely with us…
  • City Council Runs into Religious Liberty Law, Changes Mosque Vote

    Don Byrd
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Written by Don Byrd An Islamic Center will be permitted to open in Kennesaw, Georgia, after all. The City Council voted 5-0 to approve an application to use a retail space as a mosque, over the objections of a handful of rowdy protestors. What’s unusual about this vote is that the same group of 5 Councillors voted 4-1 last month to deny the permit. What happened in the last month to change their minds? RLUIPA happened. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is a federal law that protect religious liberty by prohibiting local governments from denying religious…
  • Senate Confirms Saperstein as Religious Freedom Ambassador

    Don Byrd
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Written by Don Byrd On Friday, the U.S. Senate confirmed David Saperstein to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom with a vote of 62 to 35. Saperstein is director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. After his nomination by President Obama earlier this year, the Baptist Joint Committee released a statement of support. Baptist Joint Committee Executive Director Brent Walker enthusiastically applauded the selection. “Rabbi Saperstein brings theological training and legal expertise, valuable experience serving on the U.S. Commission on International Religious…
  • BJC Urges Supreme Court to Support Workplace Religious Accommodation in Abercrombie Case

    Don Byrd
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Written by Don Byrd The Baptist Joint Committee joined other religious liberty advocates in a friend-of-the-court brief last week in the case of E.E.O.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch. Abercrombie is accused of violating the civil rights of a prospective employee by denying her a job due to her headscarf. Samantha Elauf wears the head covering (a “hijab”) in accordance with her faith. A jury initially awarded her $20,000 in damages, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Abercrombie. The BJC’s brief urges the Supreme Court to overturn the 10th Circuit’s…
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  • 3 Practical Ways For Young Leaders to Grow

    Jonathan Pearson
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a young leader, the best thing we can do is grow. Sure, we can lead well now and do great things while we’re young, but wer’re still growing. In fact, for experienced leaders, the best thing you can do is grow as well. We’re all growing and learning as we go. That being said, here are 3 ways to grow as a leader… 1. Be willing to do it all. This one especially applies to young leaders. For many of us, we still aren’t quite sure of our sweet spot. We’re still searching for exactly what kind of leader we want to be. One of the best things we can do is a little of everything.
  • To Be Like A Child

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4) Matthew 18:2-4 is an often quoted verse when it comes to talking about children in the church. We look at these verses and think about how children have genuine trust in others. How children are willing to trust without hesitation. I’m reminded of this fact every time I hold my little boy. But, What if it isn’t…
  • Books

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    The Productive Pastor The Productive Pastor is a soon to be released eBook about getting the most out of your time to maximize kingdom impact. Sign up below to be notified as soon as a release date is set! Subscribe to be notified! _________________ Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make There are 8 key attitude and action shifts that every great leader makes. From entitlement to honor. From passive to passionate. From unreliable to consistent. Are you willing to make these and other key shifts and be ready when the “next up” call comes? The Millennial Generation is poised to…
  • Podcast

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Next Up Podcast The Next Up Podcast is a monthly podcast hosted by Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates. Each month we discuss topics and ideas that are important for young leaders that want to shift to areas of greater influence and make a true difference. Here’s a list of recent episodes: I is For Impact: 3 Keys to Impacting the People Around You Everyday (Episode 13) T Is For Tools: 3 Tools Great Young Leaders Utilize (Episode 12) A Is For Authenticity: Why Being You Is Best (Episode 11) I is For Influence: How to Gain and Keep Influence (Episode 10) B is For Burnout: How To Keep From…
  • Sermons

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    The Gospel spreads through the spoken word. I love the chance to speak in churches, universities, high schools, and anywhere else I can be useful. I hope the videos below encourage and challenge you.        Related StoriesPodcastBooks 
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  • Creation Days: Not the Same as 24-hour Earth Days

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Getting our parameters right begins with knowing beginnings, but more than that is being able to distinguish one beginning from the other. Most think that Day 1 of Creation is also Day 1 on Earth. The Bible explains that these two differ. It is on the fourth day of creation that the first earth day commenced. GENESIS 1:16-19 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the…
  • Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Human sciences are wanting, wanting as ever. That is because God has reserved some knowledge of his work for him alone. ECCLESIASTES 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. As defined in the dictionary, human science is the study and interpretation of the experiences, activities, constructs, and artefacts associated with human beings. Normally used with the Letter “s,”…
  • Possibilities and Impossibilities: God is in Control – not Atheists

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Nothing in science tells us that there is no Creator. To qualify, it is “scientific atheists” that declare so. Recently, a famed British Scientist named Stephen Hawking said science is more convincing than God in explaining the universe. The report written by David Edwards for Raw Story was titled, “Stephen Hawking comes out: ‘I’m an atheist’ because science is ‘more convincing’ than God.” According to NBC News, Hawking made the comments to the Spanish-language paper El Mundo during the Starmus Festival at Tenerife in the Canary Islands. El Mundo’s Pablo Jauregui…
  • Possibilities and Impossibilities in the Bible: Time-bound and Foreordained

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Our awareness on things that exist teaches us two definite things: possibilities and impossibilities. Possibilities are positive. They make us think, prepare, work, and plan on expected eventualities. Impossibilities, on the other hand, are negative. They erase expectations, make us decide definitely, and worse, sometimes make us not to think anymore and dismiss everything associated with known impossibilities. The Holy Bible, as a book written many millennia before our time, is a book that teaches us possibilities and impossibilities. A reckless reader may at once judge ignorantly that the…
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Is Not Michael The Archangel

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

  • Do You Believe It's Wrong To Pursue Blessings?

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I once heard a man criticizing a group of Spirit-filled believers; saying, "They're just a bless me club." He sneered and said, "They just want to pray for each other. They're always going after joy and peace. They are not interested in what really matters." He was convinced that something was deeply wrong with their desire to encounter the Lord. He was certain that their longing for tangible blessings in this life reflected a defect in their faith.A lot of people feel the same way. They're persuaded that it's wrong for Christians to seek the blessings of God. They believe it speaks of…
  • The Top 5 Biggest Flops of 2014

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Regularly writing for this blog is kind of challenging. In the middle of ongoing distractions and the pressures of my personal responsibilities, I try to compose articles that bring a little encouragement and insight. I sincerely want to touch the lives of people, but it's hard to find time to do it in a way that's engaging. What's even more disconcerting is when I actually scratch out something worthwhile and it doesn't get read. I never quite know how people will respond to my posts. Is my title going to draw attention or not? Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. As…
  • Why You're Terrible At Telling Stories

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Everyone has heard the guy who's terrible at telling jokes. Then there's the woman at the office who bores everyone at the water cooler. Sadly, most Christians have a lot in common with these people. We're pretty terrible at telling stories.I'm honestly amazed at how awful Christians are at presenting the greatest story in the world!Bad stories are evidenced by bad characterization, confusing settings, and misunderstood plot lines. The overall movement and trajectory of the story isn't engaging to those who listen.The problem of a "bad story" is revealed, in part, through the examination of…
  • How To Find Who You Truly Are

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    I think that most people understand that our ultimate sense of identity comes from Jesus. An important aspect of this is allowing Him to disrupt the competing value systems that claim to give us meaning and purpose. He alone should be the source of our strength.This is important because many people - including those who claim to be Christians - have been getting their sense of value from other things. Many individuals seem to get caught up in knowledge, achievements, and personal connections. Their sense of stature is directly associated with how hard they've worked and what they've…
  • A Surprising Thing Happens When The Thorns Are Uprooted

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    After the fall of man, the earth became cursed. Creation came under assault and things went into disarray. The Lord declared the following: “The ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you” (Genesis 3:17-18a). Great difficulty began to unfold because of man's tragic choice. Storms, natural disasters, and the raging sea became a symbol of this unsettling chaos. The world began to convulse and enter into duress. Paul pointed out that, because of man, “creation was subjected to frustration”…
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    The Dude Abides

  • LISTEN: God Girl on the Steve Brown Show!

    Cathleen Falsani
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Jennifer Grant, my dear friend and co-editor of Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels, and I are guests on our homesizzle The Rev. Dr. Steve Brown‘s radio show and podcast today. By the by, Steve, who is (among many marvelous things) Professor Emeritus of Preaching [Read More...]
  • God Girl’s 2015 Masterclass in Laguna Beach! Tix On Sale Now!

    Cathleen Falsani
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Stoked to announce that tickets are on sale now for my first MASTERCLASS of 2015! Saturday/Sunday, January 24-25 in Laguna Beach, California. you want to write but you’re not sure where (or how) to start. begin with yourself. what’s YOUR story? i can help you find it.  (a masterclass for writers) with me (cathleen falsani [Read More...]
  • Desmond Tutu: The Arch’s Prayer for Peace

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    “O God, all holy one, you are our Mother and our Father and we are your children. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may be able to discern your work in the universe. And be able to see Your features in every one of Your children. May we learn that there are [Read More...]
  • MLK’s Prayer (for Ferguson, for All of Us)

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    O God, make us willing to do your will, come what may. Increase the number of persons of good will and moral sensitivity. Give us renewed confidence in nonviolence and the way of love as taught by Christ. Amen. — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpted from Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open [Read More...]
  • Pray For Ferguson, Pray for Peace, Work for Justice

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Words fail me upon hearing the news out of Ferguson, Mo., tonite. So I’ll share those from the late Irish poet and mystic, John O’Donohue, and an image from my friends at Sojourners. Beannacht (A Blessing) On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance [Read More...]
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust In The Lord Hour – 22 December 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: No visits yet
  • The Manning Report – 19 December 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:26 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 230 times, 5 visits today)
  • Trust In The Lord Hour – 19 December 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)
  • Jesus Is The Only Answer (A)

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Dr. James David Manning teaches on how the Lord Jesus leads, guides, and directs our lives. (13 Dec. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 25 times, 2 visits today)
  • Is Bill Cosby The World’s Most Notorious Rapist?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Is Bill Cosby the world’s most notorious rapist? (15 Dec. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 223 times, 8 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • Morning Buzz | PRRI Presents: Holiday Reads

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    We're going on a holiday hiatus from the buzz. To keep you informed and entertained, here's a PRRI-approved list of articles, books, television series, and films.
  • PRRI Speaks with Janelle Wong about Asian Americans’ Impact on Politics and Religion

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political…
  • Morning Buzz | The 27 Next Hobby Lobbys

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, RNS crowns 2014 the year of church-state court decisions, the Church of England gets its first female bishop, and a new study suggests that religion and work mix well.
  • Morning Buzz | Chicago Catholics at a Crossroads

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, U.S. and Cuba normalize relations, federal judge in Pennsylvania rules Obama's executive actions on immigration unconstitutional, and Chicago Catholics leave the church.
  • Morning Buzz | “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, evangelical college students join #HandsUpWalkOut, Jeb Bush "actively explores" a presidential run in 2016, and the Vatican releases a five-year report on American nuns.
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Requesting Your Urgent Prayers – Shyju

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I write this post to you with urgency to raise prayer support for the four city revival meetings planned in India. God is sending me back to my country after two long years. And it is my honour to be able to serve my people once again. Starting with Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, we have planned a one evening conference in each of these cities. By the grace of God, our partners and friends have been the biggest support and reason of blessings for all our ministry endeavours. Thank you for all that you do in the name of our Lord. Can I ask you to do the following for these meetings: 1.
  • Attacks in India, Pakistan; Myles Munroe’s Tragic Death; Darlene Zschech Healed; Billy Graham Turns 96; Bible is the Most Influential Book

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Editorial: Persecutions against the children of God are rising. This author has received first hand information about attacks on the pastors and believers in Madhya Pradesh of the organization that he is a part of. Newspapers also reported of planned attacks in Bastar, Chattisgarh. The disappointing aspect about these attacks is that the police arrested the victims than the perpetrators. Let the church arise and pray for when the persecutions rose, the church expanded further in the first century! November was also a month when we lost giants in Dr. Myles Munroe and Chikku Kuriakose, a…
  • Keeping God Before You Always – #ManHostingGod

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    (If you missed the last post, read “Man Hosting God” here.) I am sure as children of God we all harbour the desire to see our churches, cities and nations soaked with God’s glory. God’s presence and glory inhabits in the praises of His people, but how will our cities experience the glory of God, when our worship doesn’t reach up to Him? The secret to pleasing God is living a lifestyle of worship where you are in an unbroken communion with the Holy Spirit. This continual communion with God is only possible when you keep God before you. Always. Two Hurdles to…
  • Man Hosting God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Picture this : Arms of a strong and rich man pick up a frail and dying baby from a ragged and old street. He brings the baby to his palatial home and feeds its hungry stomach. Day by day the child grows stronger and it is here that the little orphaned boy finds a name. He even inherits the rich man’s identity and possessions. Many decades later, this child now a successful entrepreneur, now wants to show his gratitude by taking care of the kind old man and buy him a new home. Can you imagine the journey of this little boy? This may be a relatively weak comparison but close enough for us…
  • Before You Try to Fix the Mess in Your Church – 7 Reflections

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The purpose of this blog is to empower God’s children to have a closer walk with God. To be able to do so we must also understand how God places His children on earth. Marriage and Church Firstly, God never liked the concept of man being alone. He wanted us to understand partnership and dependence on each other through marriage. Simply because together we are stronger. And so when God created Adam and Eve, He also had the church on His mind. So being without a church is not an option. See Apostle Paul’s writings in Ephesians 5:30, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…
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    2 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    I would love to appeal in my own little way to The families and relations of the martyrs who have taken offense at TB Joshua by reason of the building collapse, meting out threats of lawsuits and court injunctions. Please pause one moment and ask yourselves, is this what your deceased loved one would have done or […]
  • TB Joshua Bodies Delayed By Nigerian Authority

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
      According to a government official who did not want to be named, the delays have been caused by the political haggling between South Africa and Nigeria. The official said the Nigerian government has been refusing to have DNA analysis conducted in South Africa “even though they don’t have the expertise, facilities and skills”. Yet […]
  • TB Joshua Building Collapes – Over Eight Thousand Applied to Visit!

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s a known fact that Prophet TB Joshua is the most sought after by people all over the world visiting the Synagogue Church of all nation’s “SCOAN” All international airlines that has a direct flight to Lagos would attest to this as well as the Nigerian immigration and customs. It’s a known fact that Prophet […]
  • Why Joshua’s Church Collapse Convinced Me He Is A Genuine Man Of God

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    People repeatedly and usually sarcastically questioned on social media why Joshua had not ‘prophesied’ his own building collapse despite his famed divine insight to foresee events of international significance.

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today something incredibly revealing happened in the blogosphere. Something we would not have believed even if we were told. The vocal TBJ critic blog who assert themselves an authority in everything TB Joshua and SCOAN published an article on the SCOAN tragedy. In the article, they posted a photo of the collapsed building to undermine […]
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  • What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

    Duke Taber
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    I find it interesting that in our world people can be passionate about many things except Jesus. When they are passionate about Jesus they are labeled with derogatory labels like “Jesus Freak” Holy Roller” and “Bible Thumper.” Our culture applauds people being zealous for the environment, world peace, and political parties. But they treat religious fervor with suspicion. Could this be indicative that they, not us, have their priorities out of line? In Numbers chapter 25, I found an interesting verse that I want to share with you. Numbers 25:11 New Living…
  • The Fruit Of Patience

    Duke Taber
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Pastor Duke’s Sunday sermon shared at the Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. on the fruit of patience. The post The Fruit Of Patience appeared first on Tabers Truths.
  • The Fruit Of Peace

    Duke Taber
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Pastor Duke’s Sunday sermon shared at the Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. on the fruit of peace. The post The Fruit Of Peace appeared first on Tabers Truths.
  • The Fruit Of Joy

    Duke Taber
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Pastor Duke’s Sunday sermon shared at the Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. on the fruit of joy. The post The Fruit Of Joy appeared first on Tabers Truths.
  • Fruity Living

    Duke Taber
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Pastor Duke’s Sunday sermon shared at the Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. on the fruit of the Spirit. The post Fruity Living appeared first on Tabers Truths.
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  • VIDEO: EPIC EPOCH update - 12-13-2014

    Ken Ammi
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lady Gaga opens up about, apparent, Catholic school sexual trauma Read all about Gaga’s background, alter egos, occultic nature, etc. here. Sleepy Hollow TV show as neo-Gnosticism Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 12 Read more about the occult here. What do Bill Cosby and Miley Cyrus have in common? Date rape! Fitness page.
  • VIDEO: Freeman encourages taking marching orders from demons

    Ken Ammi
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
  • EPIC EPOCH update – 12-20-2014 AD

    Ken Ammi
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Bible prophecy - Jesus in Exodus 15 Aleister Crowley's scarlet harem, part 13 Qur'an/Koran affirms that Christians differed and fought each other Tracy Twyman and the Baphomet bankers Fitness products (real foods like jerky, supplements like protein powder, etc.).
  • EPIC EPOCH update – 12-6-2014 AD

    Ken Ammi
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Christian Bale to follow up "Exodus" movie with a movie about Muhammad As a side note, check out the “Unbelievers Compliment Christianity” chronicles. Aleister Crowley's scarlet harem, part 11 As a side note, check out my work on Scientology Abortion's Arguments: "Pro-Choice" is "Pro-Life" Qur'an/Koran confirms that Muhammad quoted the Bible Fitness page.
  • EPIC EPOCH update 11-22-2014 AD

    Ken Ammi
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Product review: Creation Ministries International - "Evolution's Achilles' Heels" Newly found “Lost Gospel” by Barrie Wilson and Simcha Jacobovici The Qur'an/Koran on “true” Christians pre-Muhammad Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem Abortion’s Arguments: parents are unfit Also, see my health and fitness product reviews here.
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  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 14

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

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    The name Tracy Twyman is well known in, at least, two or three social circles: 1) Patriot Movement circles, 2) Truth Movement circles and 3) the all things occult circles. Generally speaking, as one must do when addressing entire...
  • Bible prophecy – Jesus in Exodus 15

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    After His resurrection, Jesus met up with a couple of His disciples and “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24). With that in...
  • Qur'an/Koran affirms that Christians differed and fought each other

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4, gleaning from Dr. William Campbell’s book The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of history and science and will conclude that, ironically...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 13

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD “Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow&rdquo...
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  • Stephen Colbert & friends sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’

    Joshua Rhone
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    The way that Stephen Colbert signed off last night was brilliant. A star studded entourage join Colbert in singing ‘We’ll Meet Again.’ The post Stephen Colbert & friends sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ appeared first on
  • Hiatus

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For those that subscribe to and/or regularly follow my blog, you’ll notice that it has been a while since I’ve posted something of substance (or at all for that matter). The hiatus has been somewhat intentional, in that I needed a break. Blogging became a chore. It became something I felt that I had to […] The post Hiatus appeared first on
  • Sir Ian McKellan teaches Cookie Monster to ‘resist’

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I find this far funnier than I probably should. Cookie Monster: ‘Me not much of a jewelry guy, me not sure that’s very relevant example (1:17).’ The post Sir Ian McKellan teaches Cookie Monster to ‘resist’ appeared first on
  • Miroslav Volf reflects on the difference between joy and happiness

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Author and theologian, Miroslav Volf, reflects on the difference between joy and happiness. This post seems especially apropos given that this Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)––a day commemorating joy and/or rejoicing. What Is the Difference Between Joy and Happiness?   The post Miroslav Volf reflects on the difference between joy and happiness appeared first on
  • Søren Kierkegaard regarding the Incarnation

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    If a poet or an artist puts himself into his Productions he is criticized. But that is exactly what God does, he does so in Christ. And precisely that is Christianity. The creation was really only completed when God included himself in it. Before the coming of Christ, God was certainly in the creation, but […] The post Søren Kierkegaard regarding the Incarnation appeared first on
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • 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,…
  • Dominion TV Series: The AntiChrist is the Hero in the War on Heaven

    Derek Murphy
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    25 years ago, God disappeared. Some angels blamed humans, and led by Gabriel, they waged a war against the humans. Other, higher angels, led by Michael, decided to protect the humans. A child is born, with markings on his body, who will grow up to become the savior of the human race and lead mankind out of darkness. Followers of the faith “continue to believe that the chosen one, our savior will reveal himself to us.” The main character, Alex, is a rebel (secretly in a relationship with the leader’s daughter). Michael and the leadership are authoritarian.
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    Set Apart People

  • Why we are to do our own Bible study

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our previous article about Scripture memorization touched on Bible study and why context is important if we want to understand Scripture. In this article, we want to take a step back and look into why it is necessary for us to do our own Bible study and why we should apply self-discipline and establish a habit of daily Bible study. Most people believe it is enough to listen to teachings or sermons and read other’s Bible studies. Although we can learn from other people, and we do believe it necessary to hear what YHVH has revealed to others, we also believe that it is essential to do our…
  • Scripture memorization … having YHVH’s Word in our hearts…

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scripture memory is our most powerful tool in changing our habits of thought, and the internalized truths of God’s Word keep us mentally healthy. It’s the greatest secret I know to personal resiliency. It molds our thoughts, and our thoughts shape our lives; for as we think in our hearts, so we are.2 Consider the Scripture that was quoted above: Proverbs 23:7 7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is. This is a powerful truth! What we think within ourselves, we become. If we think negative thoughts all the time, we will become negative. If we think angry thoughts, we will become angry.
  • Using habits to set yourself apart

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    We have written before about the fact that we should live out our faith with actions. We have already made in-depth studies about some of these actions, like prayer and Bible study. These actions start adding value when they become a part of who you are. It is thus necessary to find a way of establishing these actions into your daily routine. In this article we will look at the benefits of establishing habits in our lives. We also need to ensure that these habits keep adding value in our lives. Let us see what we can do to ensure this. A definition of habits When we think of habits, many…
  • Speak truth to yourself

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      Depression and anxiety are part of many peoples lives. It may be hidden behind a smile, anger or even behind a facade of perfectionism, but it is there. Even if you don’t experience it yourself, you may know somebody who does. There are many reasons for this, for each person it is different. We live in a broken world full of broken relationships and hardship and we often are so entangled in this that we fail to see the beauty that still exists around us. Coming to know the truth is one such reason to feel “what is the use of all this, why bother. ” It can all seem so…
  • Finding meaning

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finding meaning, is probably one of the most sought after objectives in life. Many books have been written about this subject, yet it remains unreachable to most and the question is often asked why this is. The reason may be that we seek for answers in the wrong place. We often search for meaning by worldly means instead of seeking the true Source of meaning. We have learned in a previous article ” To have hope…” that meaning and hope are connected. Without meaning or purpose, we can’t have hope as it is our purpose that fuels our hope. You have probably, like me,…
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    Believers Portal

  • Pastor William Kumuyi Speaks On Healing Ebola Patience

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    Over the weekend, General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi revealed how his prayer healed an Ebola patient in one of the Ebola infested countries. Speaking at the National Deeper Life December Retreat, the man of God said he would not disclose the name of the country where his prayer healed the patient. According to him, he prayed through the phone and the prayer was answered by God who healed the Ebola patient in another country. Hear him “The National Overseer of that country had told me of how a woman was struck down with Ebola and was being…
  • Robbers And Hoodlums Attack Church In Akure

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Scores of thugs reportedly, invaded the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Pillar of Fire, located at L.A. primary school area of Akure , the Ondo state capital, at the weekend during service, flogged the pastor known as Pastor Arije and other church members. Besides that, the hoodlums who reportedly stormed the church on motorcycles, were also said to have destroyed some other items inside the church which include, plastic chairs, wall clock, window glass and electrical appliances among others after the members had run away for safety. LEADERSHIP gathered that policemen who came to calm the…
  • RCCG Dissociate From The Allegation Of Blessing APC Candidate Running Mate

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
    The Redeemed Christian Church of God has dissociated itself from rumours making the rounds that its General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, gave his blessings to the vice-presidential ambition of a former Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The All Progressives Congress had on Wednesday named Osinbajo, who is said to be Adeboye’s close ally, as the running mate of its presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The RCCG denied celebrating the emergence of the law professor who pastors its Olive Parish located on Banana Island,…
  • APC Comends Pastor E. A. Adeboye For His Attidtude To Divisive Audio CD

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the General Overseer (GO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for dissociating himself and the church from the offensive and divisive audio CD that is being circulated by certain pastors. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party described the pastors distributing the audio which calls the APC a “Muslim party” as “political pastors”. APC said that Adeboye has once again exhibited his characteristic exceptional leadership and shown…
  • Pastor Adeboye Demands Members to Bring Voters Card to Church

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday declared to all RCCG faithful should come to church on first Sunday of 2015, being the 4th day of January before he and other pastors in the church will release the New Year’s blessings. Adeboye made this declaration on the fifth day and eve of the recently concluded 2014 edition of the Holy Ghost congress, an annual gathering of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which always comes up in the month of December. The cleric also enjoined Nigerians to ensure that they acquire their voter’s card which…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • No Nativity, No Eucharist

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    “And she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” –Luke 2:7 Our living room is rarely used. It has become a place to go to make a quiet phone call, read or just get … Read More →
  • FGG-052 Christmas, the Happiest and Saddest of Times

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Christmas day is fast approaching.  For many people, it is the happiest and most joyful time of the year.  For others, Christmas can be the saddest time of the year.  In this podcast, Tony give some helpful advice if you find yourself sad or lonely at Christmas and what you can do to help others … Read More →
  • More or Less

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” — Romans 12:2 I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to take some time at the end … Read More →
  • FGG-051 Your Presence is Your Present

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    As we get older, receiving presents at Christmas isn’t quite as important as the people we have around us.  Family and friends become very important at Christmas time.  There is not a parent alive that wouldn’t trade even the biggest present for having their family together at the holidays.  Sons and daughters, grand kids, and … Read More →
  • Apps to Help You Grow in Faith

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Yes, there is an app for that, an app for everything from social media, to business development to where the best restaurants, bars and bathrooms are located. So, I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that there are some really good apps to help us in our prayer life. Here are a few of my favorites. For … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • 10 Christmas Gifts for the RCIA Candidate or New Catholic

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Thanks be to God if you have someone in your live who’s decided to join the Catholic church or who is spending their first Christmas as a Catholic. These newbies need your support to help their faith flourish and grow so they will continue to become active Catholics who are making a difference in the […] The post 10 Christmas Gifts for the RCIA Candidate or New Catholic appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Travel Guide to Santa Barbara in Honor of St. Barbara’s Feast Day

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Today is St. Barbara’s feast day. She is 3rd Century saint, who refused to marry despite her father’s insistence. The legend goes that when she told him she was a Christian, he had her tortured and then beheaded her himself. Many miracles were said to have occurred during her tortures. California’s Santa Barbara is named after […] The post Travel Guide to Santa Barbara in Honor of St. Barbara’s Feast Day appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • How to Make an Advent Wreath in 4 Steps

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you’re a Catholic newbie like me, you may not have an Advent wreath. In fact, I’ve run across plenty of longtime Catholics who’ve never had an Advent wreath! Problem solved! Just follow these simple steps that even a non-crafty person like me can do easily and you’ve got a new tradition to hand down through […] The post How to Make an Advent Wreath in 4 Steps appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • When Others Cause you to Suffer…

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Have someone in your life who causes you to suffer that you feel no love for, yet you help them anyway? This wonderful passage from the Diary of St. Faustina is for you. Thanks to FlockNote’s free Divine Mercy Daily for sharing this morning:   During Holy Mass, I saw Jesus stretched out on the […] The post When Others Cause you to Suffer… appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Litany of Humility – A Good Remedy to Pride

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    I love this litany and need to pray it more often. Thanks to Mary’s Moms for sharing this yesterday. Litany of Humility O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed,  Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being loved,  Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being extolled,  Deliver me, […] The post Litany of Humility – A Good Remedy to Pride appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • The Tyranny of Certainty: In Defense of Text Criticism

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned previously that I tend to be rather open to discussions about theology and the meanings of Biblical texts, but that I also have two groups running around the Evangelical community who provoke my ire—Word Faith teachers & King James Only teachers. I’ve written frequently of late about Word Faith teachers and so today I’d like to take a shot or two at King James Only teachers whose ignorance about issues of text criticism hinder many and make targets out of others as they fire empty headed and mean spirited accusations at solid Bible loving, Jesus following…
  • Fun with Hebrew Poetry: Isaiah 40:3 in the New Testament

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been teaching an Isaiah class of late and we had an amusing time last night considering the way the New Testament Scholars have handled the quote from Isaiah 40:3 when it appears in the gospels. I don’t suppose there is some deep and dark secret meaning to all this, but I think it is always important to pay attention to details. This hones one’s own interpretation skills and gives solid Bible types something amusing to say during those long silences at Christmas parties. So Isaiah 40:3 reads in the ESV, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make…
  • The Obliterating Folly of Single Text Christians

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s been a lot of chatter on social media of late about torture. Now, torture is a powerful weasel word… i.e. a term that comes pre-loaded with good or bad sentiment meant to manipulate the outcome of an exchange without having to resort to actual discussion, facts, or proofs. While I do want to discuss issues of interrogation, like anybody else… today, I’d rather consider the weaselly ways this discussion is carried on by those who take their own moral superiority for granted. Under the United Nations Torture Convention of 1984, the definition of torture is: “Any act by…
  • It’s Not MY Fault: Denying Our Humanity In Denying Our Culpability

    Andrew Sargent
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    A lot of people have terrible things happen to them. Some children are beaten, sexually assaulted, feast on a steady diet of verbally demeaning rhetoric. There is war and oppressive governments finding newer and better ways to keep the citizenry cowed in hopelessness and fear, or distracted with cheap and vain amusements. Some are bullied, generally disliked, homely, bald, bespectacled, and/or pudgy. Some struggle in poverty, others have diminished mental or physical capacity. Some face the struggles innate to being pampered, wealthy, and amazingly good looking. Some have incredible…
  • Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me as Quote NOT Statement: Psalm 22:1 in the New Testament

    Andrew Sargent
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Matthew 27:46  reads, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Many have taken this text as preaching “the Divine Rejection of Christ on the Cross”—that Jesus “took our sins upon him” on the cross, (perhaps like slipping on a heavy sin-laden backpack which he intends to carry to the precipice of Mount Doom… or into the path of divine wrath) God’s wrath was poured out against that sin, burning it up, but also forcing the father to turn his…
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • 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…
  • Let us remember what our Guru has taught us?

    28 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    He himself had taught us to practice the presence of God and Guru with us at all times. In concurrence with his teachings, let us remain steadfast in the conviction that, although we cannot see him with our material eyes, he continues to stay in our midst, noting our every thought and action, and showering his grace as we strive to walk the path he revealed to us. We should strongly reaffirm our resolve to implement his every Instruction for purifying our hearts and for pushing forward his mission. This is the most befitting way of showing our respect to himWhat they have given to humankind…
  • Tips to encourage Devotion in Kids!!!!

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

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    -"Once, I was giving a lecture in a town. There was a college boy, who had heard my lectures and was staying with me during his vacation. After the lecture we went for a walk. He asked me the question, "Swamiji, why are we here in this world?"I wondered how to answer this question. There was a cinema hall in front and the night show had begun. I asked him, "Do you have money for the tickets?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Buy two tickets." He replied, "Swamiji you will see the movie!" I answered, "Let's see it with you today." So, he purchased the tickets. We were a little late. We entered the…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • 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
    “No Other Help I Know,”* written by Charles Wesley, is a song often heard in African-American churches. 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 among the first that come to mind as I ponder the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, died at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.  We can…
  • Do You Fear Betrayal? (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
  • Who Do You Welcome? (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and reap its economic benefits. But racism…
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    Happy Eid Mubarak SMS, Messages, Greeting Cards

  • Discounts on HostGator Black Friday Sale 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    HostGator, one of the leading and best web hosting services provider, is offering huge discounts to their customers during the Black Friday sale 2014.Users can get discounts from 25% to 80% if they purchase hosting during the Black Friday sale 2014. There are also 1 hour flash sales (for both domains and hosting) where you can 75% discounts.For first time customers, let me tell you that, Hostgator is the best hosting provider with excellent customer support, high reliability and uptime. There are over 900000 website hosted on HostgatorBlack Friday Web hosting dealsHosting deals - Fast Web…
  • EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi 2014: Best 10

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Are you looking for EID Mubarak SMS to greet your friends and family on the auspicious occasion of EID? If yes, then you are at the right place, this site presents you the best EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi so that you can greet your loved ones this EID.What is EID Mubarak Meaning?Muslims greet each other sending EID Mubarak SMS in hindi to friends and family on the occasion of EID 2014 which is celebrated after fasting for 29 or 30 days.So here we present the list of best EID mubarak sms in hindi. You can copy and send those EID mubarak sms to your friends and family.Without wasting further time,…
  • EID Mubarak Messages in English and Hindi

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    EID Mubarak messages in English and Hindi are shared here so that one does not get short of messages on the auspicious occasion of EID ul Fitr 2014. Earlier we have even shared EID mubarak SMS in Hindi, EID SMS in English and EID text messages to make sure that everyone gets their favorite EID Mubarak messages in English to greet their friends and family members.If you would like to wish your loved ones using EID greeting cards or would like to set EID wallpapers on your computer or mobile phone, then make sure you checkout and download the EID Mubarak Wallpapers and EID images.Lets come back…
  • EID Mubarak Images Free Download

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    After EID Mubarak SMS and Messages, now it is time to share the EID Mubarak Images which you can download for free and send it to your loved ones. We also have EID Mubarak Wallpapers and EID Mubarak greeting cards for free download.EID mubarak images has got many uses. They can be used as wallpapers for your mobile phones and computers, they can be used to send EID Mubarak wishes to your family and friends online, they can also be printed onto thick papers and be gifted to someone special on the occasion of EID ul Fitr.Now without further talking, let us see the best EID mubarak images…
  • EID SMS in Hindi: Best 10 Collection

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    I suppose you have already checked the EID mubarak SMS in Hindi which we have shared some time back. Now this is the extension to it which contains the collection of 10 best EID SMS in Hindi for all the people out there.You can copy paste and sent these EID SMS in Hindi to your friends and relatives and wish them EID Mubarak on the glorious occasion of EID ul Fitr 2014.If you don't like to send the wishes in Hindi, then you might be interested in the best EID mubarak SMS in English and EID Mubarak text messages that we have shared too a while ago. Lets now see the collection of best EID SMS…
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    Pilgrimage Places and Pilgrimage Tourism in India | Myoksha

  • A Pilgrim’s Chronicles – From the pages of My Yatra Diary…

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Simons
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will…
  • The Joy of Gratitude

    Steve Simons
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    God is ready to flood you with favor. God is ready to bless you with abundance. God is ready to provide you with prosperity. All it takes is a change in attitude, and you will start seeing the super-natural goodness of God in a whole new way in your life. When you are ready to enjoy, appreciate, and accept God’s goodness, it opens the door to blessing in a way that nothing else can.  This is because God loves you, which means that He wants to be good to you and give you things that you will enjoy, use, and love. If you tell God that you don’t like what He is giving you, you are…
  • Applicants Not Supplicants

    Steve Simons
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    God is not interested in belittling you.  God is not interested in you belittling yourself. Everything — EVERYTHING that God has in store for you is good. Every plan that God has for you is a blessing.  Every thought that God has for you is refulgent with prosperity.  Every promise that God has spoken over your life is abundant in joy, peace, health, fulfillment, success, accomplishment, intimacy, well being, and love. Do you pray in full acknowledgement of this fact?  Or are you coming before God like you expect Him to ignore, deny, and dismiss you? Do you respect and accept what…
  • Do You Believe In Grace?

    Steve Simons
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Do you believe in grace? When you ask yourself what you need in order to be successful in life, what do you believe the answer is?  When you consider the pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, peace, and joy, what do you identify as the root cause?  When you are in the fight of your life for health, healing, restoration, conflict resolution, accomplishment, influence, leadership, or overcoming obstacles in whatever form they arise, where do you look for the answer, the strength, the solution, and the life that will get you there? Do you believe in grace? Why do some situations go in your favor?
  • Change Your Culture

    Steve Simons
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Have you ever noticed that Jesus was just as comfortable touching lepers, healing the blind, and raising the dead as He was partying with tax collectors, discussing the finer points of the law with the rulers of the synagogue, connecting with people of other ethnicities and religions, and meeting with the wealthiest and most powerful people of His time? Jesus had incredible range. Whether you have high quality problems like stressing out over which private school to send your child to in order to make them the most competitive in applying to Harvard, or you have lower quality problems like…
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  • 5 Facts You Must Understand About Love

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Shortly after I made an intellectual decision to commit myself wholeheartedly to the task of becoming a more loving person, I was discouraged by a lack of desire on an emotional level . It just didn’t seem to come naturally. Sure, I’ve always been a… #post-1744 .CPlase_panel {display:none;}
  • Shamanic Physics

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    A two-part, Thinking Allowed “InnerWork” video. Shamans see the world as made up of vibrations, using resonance between individuals to effect healing. In Part One of this two-part series, Fred Alan Wolf discusses his efforts to explain shamanic realities in terms of modern physics. He suggests that shamans interact with parallel universes and are able to enter into the world of the dead. In Part Two, Wolf describes … Read More →
  • WE Rise

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    WE Rise WE is the field WE is where WE reveal WE is the field WE is where WE reveal WE rise and WE enter a world that is already made WE illuminate turn the night into day WE feel the future state and it’s great! Oh my my it was such a big change I was about to jump … Read More →
  • The Last Generation

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    The Solution Throughout time and throughout the world, wise men have failed to come up with a solution that would be accepted by all. I offer a genuine solution that is both acceptable and unites them all. The New Society The acceptance of the religion of “love thy neighbor as thyself”, as simple as that, (meaning the religion is “love thy neighbor as thyself”!). A just distribution of the profits, … Read More →
  • Everybody is God

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    A Kabbalistic insight into who God is, where God is, and what God has to do with you Everybody talks about God these days. Intelligent Design, New Atheists, Darwinists, everyone seems to have an opinion about God. But when we talk about God, do we really know who, or what we are talking about? And if we do, does that mean that our opposers do not know what they are … Read More →
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