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  • May we enjoy God’s abundance this Summer season

    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers
    Company of Prayer
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion is no part of the Christian faith. - C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory
  • An Aspect Of God's Unfolding Story You Might Not Have Considered

    World Revival Network Blog
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:31 pm
    A gifted leader recently told me that he rejected the notion of “progressive revelation.” This is the idea that God discloses who He is and what He’s doing over time. Within this understanding, more of the nature and character of God will be unveiled over subsequent generations.  He shared with me that “progressive revelation” causes the Old Testament to be devalued and enables heresy to subtly gain traction. He argued, “This not only causes Christians to look down on Moses and the Prophets, it is also an idea that enabled Joseph Smith to found Mormonism (and practice…
  • Nigeria: Ramadan - Group Donates Items to Enugu Muslim Community

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    [Daily Trust] As part of efforts to help the less privileged during the holy month of Ramadan, food stuff worth thousands of naira has been distributed to Muslims faithful in Enugu metropolis.
  • Ramadan, and the wounding of blessings

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    Britton Gildersleeve
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    via wikicommonsI love the idea of Ramadan, as I've written before. I like the idea of doing without (although I am nooo good at it!), to remind us of our many blessings. I use that term w/ some trepidation, as most Americans associate the word 'blessing' with a divine gift. I'm using it more in the original sense -- infused with bloody marks to escape wrath and bad luck.Blessing derives from the same root as the French verb blesser -- to wound. So that a blessing is a kind of wound, a gift that brings with it pain. For me, it's the pain of knowing my  luck (and often it's that alone:…
  • Saint Maria Goretti

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    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    When I was a young girl, my mother would often tell us stories of the saints. I loved it, and today’s saint, St. Maria Goretti, was one of my favorites. Maybe it was that her holiness lies in her rejection of a premature sexuality, something I also understood.Perhaps it was that she was young, like me, and I felt closer to her than the adult saints. Whatever it was, this little girl saint spoke to me, and I loved her. But when the time came to choose my confirmation saint in 10th grade, my choice proved how silly and clueless I was about the whole point of choosing a confirmation saint.
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  • Nigeria: Ramadan - Group Donates Items to Enugu Muslim Community

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    [Daily Trust] As part of efforts to help the less privileged during the holy month of Ramadan, food stuff worth thousands of naira has been distributed to Muslims faithful in Enugu metropolis.
  • Nigeria: Pastors, Imams Break Fast in Kaduna

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    [Daily Trust] Kaduna -Christian clerics led by Pastor Yohanna Buru of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, at the weekend joined their Muslim counterparts to break the Ramadan fast.
  • Nigeria: Begging Not Part of Islamic Culture - Wakili

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    [Independent (Lagos)] Senator Ali Wakili represents Bauchi South in National Assembly. In this interview with journalists, including Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, in Bauchi, he speaks on the recent fracas in the National Assembly over leadership position and his plan to empower the people of his constituency through animal husbandry, among other issues. Excerpts:
  • Nigeria: Living Alone in a Secluded Place?

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    [Independent (Lagos)] "A transcendentalist should always try to concentrate his mind on the Supreme Self; he should live alone in a secluded place and should always carefully control his mind. He should be free from desires and the feelings of possessiveness." ( Bhagavad-gita 6.10)
  • Nigeria: Clerics Urged to Combat Error of Gay Marriage

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    [Independent (Lagos)] Lagos -The Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion), The Rt. Reverend Dr. James Olusola Odedeji has said that the duty of Christian clerics at this time is to combat the error of gay marriage over its acceptance.
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  • Ramadan, and the wounding of blessings

    Britton Gildersleeve
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    via wikicommonsI love the idea of Ramadan, as I've written before. I like the idea of doing without (although I am nooo good at it!), to remind us of our many blessings. I use that term w/ some trepidation, as most Americans associate the word 'blessing' with a divine gift. I'm using it more in the original sense -- infused with bloody marks to escape wrath and bad luck.Blessing derives from the same root as the French verb blesser -- to wound. So that a blessing is a kind of wound, a gift that brings with it pain. For me, it's the pain of knowing my  luck (and often it's that alone:…
  • Trailer: Jenny's Wedding with Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel

    Nell Minow
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
  • Trailer: Glitch

    Nell Minow
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am's no US release date set at the moment for this film, also known as "Leading Lady," but I hope we get to see it. The actress is Katie McGrath, currently in "Jurassic World" and soon to appear in the new Camelot movie, "Knights of the Round Table," with Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and co-stars including Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Jude Law, and David Beckham.
  • Ramadan Pearls 05 - objective

    Aziz Poonawalla
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    As for the men of knowledge of the hereafter, what they mean by the correctness of fasting is its acceptability; and the acceptability of the fast is whether or not it has enabled one to reach one's objective. They understand the objective of fasting to be the taking on, as much as possible, of a character which contains one of the characteristics of Allah - the Self-Sustainer* - and which resembles the angels in their having no desires.(Muhsin Fayd al-Kashani, from Leaves from a Sufi Journal)* Al-Qayyoum, one of the Names of Allah - see Qur'an 2:255, 3:2, 20:111
  • The Fourth and the First

    Aziz Poonawalla
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:38 am
    This evening, just prior to sunrise, members of my mosque in Los Angeles gathered round to raise the flag of the United States of America. Due to fortuitous timing, just as the flag was unfurled, a squadron of planes flew overhead in formation, cast in rose hues from the setting sun. 30 minutes later, as night fell, I stood in prayer, near the open windows of the mosque, blessedly cool air finally washing over me as respite from the Valley heat. Children played outside the window, and fireworks blossomed overhead, beyond my line of sight but making their presence known from the sound of their…
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  • Saint Maria Goretti

    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    When I was a young girl, my mother would often tell us stories of the saints. I loved it, and today’s saint, St. Maria Goretti, was one of my favorites. Maybe it was that her holiness lies in her rejection of a premature sexuality, something I also understood.Perhaps it was that she was young, like me, and I felt closer to her than the adult saints. Whatever it was, this little girl saint spoke to me, and I loved her. But when the time came to choose my confirmation saint in 10th grade, my choice proved how silly and clueless I was about the whole point of choosing a confirmation saint.
  • The Cry on the Cross

    Stephen Beale
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The 2011 film The Grey—on the surface, a story about a group of men who attempt to survive the wilderness of Alaska—raises deep existential questions about the meaning of this life and whether there is one after it. In a nutshell, the story begins with the crash of a plane full of oil workers. Left stranded out in the proverbial middle of nowhere, the crash survivors wonder if there is a reason they were saved. Perhaps, by some miracle, God spared them for some higher purpose. But then, one by one, the men are hunted down and killed by a pack of wolves or succumb to the harsh elements. In…
  • St. Maria Goretti: A Martyr for Today

    K. V. Turley
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Some years back I traveled with a small party to a farmhouse in the Italian Pontine Marshes. The building proved a nondescript place, with the space below used for storing foodstuffs and farm equipment whilst on the first floor lay the living quarters. As it turned out those same living quarters were largely unchanged since the early part of the 20th Century. There was one noticeable addition, however. On the floor of the main room was a plaque marking the spot of a murder. It was there in the summer of 1902 that, whilst resisting rape, an 11-year-old girl was brutally stabbed, dying a short…
  • Summer Spiritual Direction: Do Nothing

    Richard Becker
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hobbes: You know what I like about summer days? They’re just made for doing things…even if it’s nothing. Calvin: Especially if it’s nothing.  ~ Bill Watterson When I lived in New York City, I ate little, slept poorly, and wallowed in angst. Naturally, I got sick, and eventually I tracked down a walk-in clinic to get some help. “Deep breath…and out,” the doctor instructed as he moved his stethoscope around my back. Then this question: “How long have you been in New York?” “About a month or so,” I replied. “Another breath…and out,” he said. “What are you here…
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    Michael Lichens
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Faith can be developed within us by believing what we cannot physically see. We learn from the testimonies of those who live lives filled with faith. We commemorate the faith of St. Maria Goretti who protected her purity for God’s greater glory. She would rather give up her life then succumb to the lustful intentions of her attacker. In today’s Gospel, the woman who had suffered bleeding for more than 12 years believed that she would be healed by touching the cloak of Jesus. Her simple gesture filled with faith and hope was rewarded by her being healed. My own faith was severely tested…
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  • Noah: Has Anyone Changed Their Mind About the Movie?

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for […]
  • Why TV Is Still The Most Effective Advertising Medium

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    With the flood of articles and information about the move online, it’s easy to forget the power that television still holds when it comes to influence. Steve Newton from Newton Media tipped me off to a new study released recently in Adweek magazine confirming that when it comes to advertising, TV is still the king. […]
  • When It Comes to Engaging Culture, When Do Christians Draw a Line?

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision has brought Christian cultural engagement back into the limelight in a big way. There has been the predicted wide range of responses in light of the announcement. But as public policy grows more dismissive of religious faith, and a growing number of groups show outright hostility, here’s some thoughts to […]
  • Pastors: Read This Before You Respond To Media Requests on The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    There’s no question that local pastors will be interviewed about their position and response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. But before you answer that call, here’s a few things to remember:  Whatever denomination you’re from, just for context, you should read the statement from current and past presidents of the Southern […]
  • Leaders: Be Careful Using Statistics in Your Presentations or Social Media

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Today’s post is a guest piece from media researcher Ron Sellers, from Grey Matter Research.  In his presentation “Insert Brian Williams Joke Here” he brings up a very important point for leaders to try to make an impact using “the latest research.”  Before you do something embarrassing, this is worth a read: We’ve all done it.  You’re […]
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  • Verna Linzey Opens for Super Star Jimmie Rodgers on 4th of July

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Contact: Chaplain David M. Wagner, PALM SPRINGS, Calif., July 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Southern Gospel recording artist and hymn writer Verna Linzey opened for super star Jimmie Rodgers at Rodgers' 4th of July Gala at Calvary Chapel in Beaumont, California. Photo: Verna Linzey (hi-resolution version available on request) Source: Military Bible Association
  • Children's Ebook Aims to Impart the Faith Through Reading While Giving Back to the Community

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Contact: Avé Murray, 704-584-9046, CHARLOTTE, July 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Where Is Jesus? ebook authored by Avé Murray will be released this year on September 8th in honor of International Literacy Day. It is now available for pre-order at major online retailers including iBooks, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Come along with Megan on a journey as she searches for Jesus. This ebook is ideal for children ages 3 to 5 and will prove to be a fun-filled Source: Barrier Breaker Publishing, Inc.
  • Millions Reclaim the USA for God on July 4th and All Month

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Contact: Rev. Steven Andrew, USA Christian Ministries, 877 537-8734 SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Across the nation, Americans are rededicating the USA to God on July 4th. The massive rededication started on June 26th with the Supreme Court's decision against traditional marriage. "We are seeing a revival as people want to do God's will and turn away from homosexual and other sins," said Rev. Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries and author of "Go Source: USA Christian Ministries
  • Woodbine Cottage Publications Revises Samuel Rutherford's Lex Rex -- A Comprehensive Examination of a Christian View of Government

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Contact: Thomas Adamo, 732-604-5228, LAKEHURST, N.J., July 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Woodbine Cottage Publications is pleased to announce the 2015 revision of Samuel Rutherford's Lex Rex. As timely as ever, Lex Rex continues to ask the most important questions about the power and legitimacy of civil government. Which Law is King? Who will you serve? What can we do? Is the government the only supreme judge of the law? Originally published in 1644, the ide Source: Woodbine Cottage Publications
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • Lord, let my belief override any fear I confront today

    Company of Prayer
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    But, ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’- Mark 5:36
  • Almighty Lord, keep us free and appreciative of our individual free-will which you’ve given us

    Company of Prayer
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    As Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1914, ‘Independence is an achievement, not a bequest.’ It has taken decades of constant vigilance for people to achieve–and to protect–a world where they are free from what others believe they are free to do. Freedom from the enslavers. Freedom from the tyrants. Freedom from the oppressors. - Dwight CurryHow We Behave at the Feast
  • Lord, continue to bless nations with freedom

    Company of Prayer
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    I know it’s probably heretical for anyone of my generation to say this, but I never liked the song ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ To say, ‘Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose,’ seems dangerously shortsighted. When our freedom to do mocks all we have fought so hard to be free from, freedom seems to be the very thing we might lose.- Dwight CurryHow We Behave at the Feast
  • May we enjoy God’s abundance this Summer season

    Company of Prayer
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion is no part of the Christian faith. - C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory
  • Let us mind our own business before looking at that of others, we pray

    Company of Prayer
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:23 am
    What is greed? Of course none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fellow who’s greedy.- The Wall Street JournalNotable & Quotable: Milton Friedman
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • Charleston

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

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

    4 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    Frederica reads parts five, six, and seven of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
  • The Snow Queen (Continued)

    20 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    Frederica reads part four of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
  • The Snow Queen (Continued)

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Frederica reads part three of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Media scares about ‘sharia marriages’ miss the point | Shaista Gohir

    Shaista Gohir
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Some Muslims have religious but not civil marriage ceremonies to avoid sharing assets, but they’re not the only ones avoiding their responsibilities. Changing the law could help protect cohabiteesRecent press coverage on Muslim weddings no longer describes them as religious, Muslim or even Islamic marriages. Instead they are being referred to as sharia marriages. The negative connotations associated with the word “sharia” allow dubious links to be made to extremism, as in an article on the front page of the Times on Friday: “Young Muslims fuel huge rise in sharia marriage”. The…
  • Princess Charlotte christening: crowds gather for royal ceremony – in pictures

    Jonny Weeks
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday, drawing crowds of well-wishers Continue reading...
  • Lady of the rosary procession in Manchester - in pictures

    Christopher Thomond
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The Guardian’s Christopher Thomond photographed Manchester’s Italian community celebration of The Madonna Del Rosario procession through the Ancoats, or Little Italy, area of Manchester. Continue reading...
  • Pope Francis arrives in South America with message of hope for neediest

    Associated Press in Quito, Ecuador
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Trip includes Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, among region’s poorest countriesPontiff expected to raise environmental concerns with countries’ leadersHistory’s first Latin American pope travelled to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region’s poor, who were expected to turn out in droves to welcome him.Francis, known to some as “the pope of the poor”, chose to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay specifically because they are among the poorest and most marginal nations of a region that is home to 40% of…
  • Life for British Muslims since 7/7 – abuse, suspicion and constant apologies | Mehdi Hasan

    Mehdi Hasan
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    The London bombings shocked us all. But in the decade since, our community has been unfairly demonisedIt could have been me. King’s Cross was my station. But 10 years ago, on the morning of 7 July, 2005, I happened to be on a day off, sitting at home in front of the television, glued to the news channels. Fifty-two of my fellow Londoners lay dead.Within days, the four young men behind the worst terror attack in British history had been identified, and a knot tightened at the pit of my stomach. The London bombings had already been dubbed “7/7”, a deliberate attempt to depict the attacks…
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    Islamic Insights » Islamic Insights | Listen With Your Soul

  • Listen With Your Soul

    Neda Sariri
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    When you sit beside the river and listen closely, the Euphrates speaks to you only in eulogies of Aale-Hussain. Ask her what she saw on that treacherous day, and she
  • Martyrdom is Our Honor

    Jerrmein Abu Shahba
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    Sadly, Shia genocide continues as we hear of horrifying news reports of the killing of innocent Muslims, specifically Shias. Their place of murders are not any place. These believers are
  • Tell Me of the Women of Karbala

    Neda Sariri
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    When the moon cried as she left the skies. When the sky wept as day was approaching. When the sun rose in agony, regretting the bringing forth of a day
  • Lady Khadija, the Esteemed Wife of the Prophet (s)

    Jerrmein Abu Shahba
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Lady Khadija al-Kubra (as) is the daughter of Khuwaylid, belonging to the clan of Banu Hashim of the tribe of Banu Asad. She was a distant cousin of her husband,
  • Ramadan: A Social Equalizer

    Asad Raza
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    The world is full of miseries and pains. One of the greatest pains is the feeling of hunger. There are millions on the global level who suffer starvation and who
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    Lausanne Movement » Lausanne Movement - Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission

  • Progressive and Liberative Islam

    Sasan Tavassoli, Joseph Wandera
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    This presentation was given at the Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam in Accra, Ghana, from 6-12 April 2014. (Read more Progressive and Liberative Islam)
  • Strategic Consultation on Church Planting in the Americas

    Sarah Chang
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Lausanne Church Planting Network will convene a Strategic Consultation on Church Planting in the Americas on 18 June 2015 near Indianapolis, USA. The consultation will be held at the Wesleyan Church World Headquarters. This consultation centers on the need to heighten collaboration among church planters in the North, Central, and South American regions. Our desire… (Read more Strategic Consultation on Church Planting in the Americas)
  • 2015 European Conference on Global Mental Health and the Role of the Church

    5 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A consultation on Global Mental Health and the Role of the Church will be held at the International Hochshule Liebenzell (IHL) in Bad Liebenzell, Germany, on 22-25 June 2015. The consultation is sponsored by IHL in partnership with the Liebenzell Mission and the Lausanne Movement. Plenary speakers will include Dr Gladys Mwiti (Kenya), Dr Saul… (Read more 2015 European Conference on Global Mental Health and the Role of the Church)
  • Creation Care and the Gospel Conference: Canada/US

    Sarah Chang
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:51 pm
    This conference is one of a series of events in the Lausanne Creation Care Network’s global creation care campaign. Emerging from the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel held in Jamaica in November 2012, each of these conferences is designed to help participants develop creation care movements in their own countries. (Learn… (Read more Creation Care and the Gospel Conference: Canada/US)
  • Tenth International Conference on Jewish Evangelism

    Sarah Chang
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) is a Lausanne issue network that began in 1980 at a Lausanne sponsored conference on evangelism to unreached people groups. LCJE is the only global organization in existence today in which people involved in the field of Jewish evangelism can come together and network around the cause of Jewish evangelism.… (Read more Tenth International Conference on Jewish Evangelism)
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Refugees find hope amidst terror

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of E3P) Middle East (MNN) -- Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt. These are just a few of the countries infiltrated by the Islamic State through acts of terror. And it doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon. Out of Syria’s 22 million citizens, 3.8 million have fled the country, while 7.8 million are internally displaced. Nearly half of the country is homeless, and over 450,000 Christians have lost their homes. But while there may seem to be no hope in sight for the Middle East, God is still working. Through the work of E3 Partners, many are finding temporary relief and a…
  • BGR maximizes Nepal quake relief funds

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Baptist Global Response) Nepal (MNN) -- Nepal's government estimated the cost for earthquake repair at $6.7 billion. Foreign donors have given more than $3 billion dollars, led by India promising $2 billion over the next two years. The Asian Development bank pledged $600 million, while China promised $483 million. These countries may have outgiven everyone else, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're making the biggest impact. Baptist Global Response has raised about $1.2 million for food, shelter, and other essentials, and has mobilized about three-quarters of it. It…
  • Food for the Hungry makes a lasting impact in Bangladesh

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bangladesh (MNN) -- “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” That’s a philosophy Food for the Hungry follows in their various programs, and so far, they’ve been proven right. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a community called Dumni has been continuing the work started by FH five years ago, including various savings and care programs. Since 2010, when the community was graduated from the program, locals have been able to sustain and expand each program within the community (Photo Courtesy Food for the Hungry) Currently there are 43 active…
  • Red Rock Mysteries radio program trying to produce Series 6

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    International (MNN) -- The past year for Keys for Kids Ministries has been eventful, to say the least. They’ve changed their name from CBH Ministries, adjusted their radio to a 24/7 program, and even gone international, developing an app for Chinese Sunday schools and translating their radio station into Albanian. It’s not over, either. They’re working hard right now to raise enough funds to translate material into Nepali, Greek, and Macedonian. “As these requests [for translated materials] kept coming in, we thought 'we just need to give this material to the countries that really…
  • Rwandan village provided with clean water

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Rwanda (MNN) -- Across the world, over 748 million people suffer because they don’t have access to clean water. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have no water at all, but the water source may be a filthy stream. Such was the case of Dativ and her five children. Dativ live Nyamugari, Rwanda, and the closest water source they had access to was a dirty stream. The hike was miles long, consuming valuable time that Dativ could have been using to provide food for her family. Instead, she had to haul a bucket of water to and from the stream. (Photo Courtesy Living Water International) Not only…
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  • Being Truthful And Avoiding Misunderstandings

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    This is a general post about evangelism.Next time, instead of watering down the offense of the gospel in a futile attempt to get unbelievers to think better of Christianity, try leading by telling a little about the truth of yourselves... that we are great sinners and have no righteousness of our own - that our only hope is in the righteousness of Another... that we are no more deserving of God's favor than they... then when you explain God's holy law it does not give the FALSE appearance that we think we are better than them... because the fact is were not better. But for the grace…
  • Getting to Know Your Neighbors on TV

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Westboro Baptist Church, a 40-member church comprised largely of one man's family is made world famous by the news media for its outrageous protests. Now there are probably only three reasons the media consciously decided to make such a tiny church such an enormous story over a period of many years: 1) that the news media actually believes Westboro is an accurate representative of what a significant number of Christians really think or 2) they know that 99.9% of Christians do not even remotely believe as they do but want to create a sweeping narrative in order to influence the public to…
  • To Cut off the Sinner from All Hope in Himself

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    One of the most prevalent motifs that runs through the whole Bible is its constant reminder of the insufficiency of man. While this may seem all too obvious, we need constant reminding of this critical truth in our everyday lives. This goes for the non-Christian, because he has no hope apart from Christ's mercy, and for the Christian who has no hope, save in Christ alone. This is not only clear in those parts of the Scripture which are propositional but are also quite pervasive in the gospel narratives. If you read closely about the events associated with Christ's earthly ministry, it becomes…
  • A Time for Resistance

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Institutionalizing SinIt is a very interesting time to be alive.  By His grace, may God grant us an outpouring of His Holy Spirit in extra measure that we might resist every urge to accommodate to the philosophy of this age or remain silent on the new institutionalization of sin. Make no mistake, the recent Supreme Court ruling on re-defining marriage will have far-reaching ripple effects on every aspect of our society ... and it will require us as Christians to resist by disobeying every law which would force us to compromise the gospel.   And while yesterday may have been a day of…
  • 15 Powerful Prayers from the Bible

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    How do you pray? Prayers that are rooted in Scripture are guaranteed to be aligned with the heart of God. Here is a list of 15 powerful prayers from the Bible that you can use word-for-word or to spur on your own prayers:Romans 5:1-11Father God, we thank you that your amazing unfathomable love has been poured out for us at the cross and poured into us by the Holy Spirit. We want to taste and experience more of the depth and breadth and length and height of your amazing love. Help us to walk by faith. Help us to endure in suffering. Help us to own our need of you. Help us to fully embrace your…
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    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

  • Same-Sex Marriage, State by State

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In June of 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide. This timeline highlights the changes in state policies leading up to that ruling.
  • Gay Marriage Around the World

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions.
  • About the Survey

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted May 5-June 7, 2015 among a national sample of 5,122 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (1,800 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 3,322 were interviewed on a cellphone, including […]
  • Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    A solid majority of U.S. Catholics believe that Earth is warming. But climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics, like the U.S. public as a whole, mainly along political party lines.
  • U.S. Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Media Contact: Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager 202-419-4372, Washington, June 16, 2015 — On the eve of a forthcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment and climate change, a new Pew Research Center survey finds U.S. Catholics’ views on global warming are broadly reflective of American public opinion writ large; a solid majority believe that […]
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Religious Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Ethics of Gene Editing; Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods

    Fred Yi
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Supreme Court’s decision upholding same-sex marriage sharply divided communities of faith; a veteran community developer and urban activist advocates models of charity that let the poor thrive; and a new medical technology allows scientists to repair and replace defective genes in order to treat genetic diseases, but ethicists are concerned about the risks of gene alteration for future generations. The post Religious Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Ethics of Gene Editing; Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Supreme Court Rulings; Healing Moral Wounds of War; Former Mormons

    Fred Yi
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare and recognizes same-sex marriages nationwide; philosopher Nancy Sherman says combat veterans are coming home from our recent wars with deep moral injuries as well as physical wounds; and while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responds openly to contentious issues in its history, many Mormons continue to have doubts about the Mormon past and to leave the church behind. The post Supreme Court Rulings; Healing Moral Wounds of War; Former Mormons appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Faith-Based Activism on Climate Change; Recalling Liberation Theology

    Fred Yi
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    In south Louisiana, faith-based activists are trying to help vulnerable communities affected by climate change; and we look back at the legacy of liberation theology, a movement begun in Latin America that sided with the poor and oppressed over the rich and powerful. The post Faith-Based Activism on Climate Change; Recalling Liberation Theology appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Birth Control in the Philippines; Rancher Nuns; Ramadan on the Road

    Fred Yi
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A law that provides the poor with free access to contraceptives in the Philippines is at the center of a national debate about Catholic Church teaching, sexuality, and poverty; a community of Benedictine nuns in Colorado live a life of prayer and work on a 300-acre cattle ranch; and Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen describes what it’s like to observe Ramadan when they’re far away from home. The post Birth Control in the Philippines; Rancher Nuns; Ramadan on the Road appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Latino Converts to Islam; John Unger; Shinnyo Lantern Floating

    Fred Yi
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The growing number of Latino converts to Islam face challenges inside and outside their communities; West Virginia state senator John Unger is a legislator and the pastor of three mainline Protestant churches of different denominations; and a Buddhist ritual held in New York City honors people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace. The post Latino Converts to Islam; John Unger; Shinnyo Lantern Floating appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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    Religion News Blog

  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ version of Facebook

    Religion News Blog
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    The people behind Facegloria -- said to be a sin-free alternative to Facebook -- want to take on Facebook, Twitter, and the world. Aimed initially at Brazil's booming 'Evangelical' movement, the service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the posting of all-too-revealing selfies, 600 banned words, and anything related to homosexuality. Full story: Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ version of Facebook
  • International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    Religion News Blog
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers. Here is a listing of upcoming events. Full story: International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events
  • Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

    Religion News Blog
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon have been ordered to pay $135.000 to a lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for. Aaron and Melissa Klein said their refusal to bake for the lesbian couple was prompted by their Christian beliefs. The case has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays. Full story: Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple
  • Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

    Religion News Blog
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    The insular Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) is building a "fortress-type" wall around its meeting house in Colorado City, Arizona. Observers believe the wall is being erected on the orders of cult leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in prison. Full story: Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse
  • Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

    Religion News Blog
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    Cult leader Lia Eden claims that a UFO piloted by the archangel Gabriel wants to pick up her followers. She has therefore requested that Indonesia's President and Jakarata's Governor grant the UFO permission to land at the country's National Monument. Full story: Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers
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    Religion News Service

  • Critics decry Israeli cabinet vote rejecting measure to ease Jewish conversion

    Michele Chabin
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli rights activists say the decision by Israel's cabinet Sunday to nix the establishment of local conversion courts is a blow to religious freedom. The post Critics decry Israeli cabinet vote rejecting measure to ease Jewish conversion appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Boyd Packer, head of Mormon Church top governing body, has died

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Packer, who served as president of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had been next in line to be church president, according to his obituary in the Salt Lake Tribune. The post Boyd Packer, head of Mormon Church top governing body, has died appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Royals fans swoon for Princess Charlotte’s christening

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    On the first public outing since she was born, the baby daughter of Prince William and Duchess Kate, was christened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The post Royals fans swoon for Princess Charlotte’s christening appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope comes ‘home’ to South America to defend planet and the poor

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    QUITO (Reuters) Tens of thousands lined the streets as Francis' motorcade drove into the city, some pushing through a police line. Well-wishers threw gifts at the popemobile, including two live white doves. The post Pope comes ‘home’ to South America to defend planet and the poor appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment

    Rosie Scammell
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican is planning meetings with the world’s major bishops’ conferences, likely after October, to ensure they are successfully acting on the pope’s wishes. The post Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Mauna Kea TMT update: 12 arrested as construction vehicles are blocked by protestors

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:34 pm
    by Salman HameedPicture of protestors from Hawaii Tribune-HeraldPicture of protest from Hawaii Tribune-HeraldThe Hawaii Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on top of Mauna Kea in late August. So it was surprising this Monday to hear about the resumption of construction of the telescope accompanied by this statement (you can read it as "we will say anything to have our telescope built on the mountain") by the Chairman of the TMT board, Henry Yang: Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Yang said. "We are…
  • A new episode of Hamari Kainaat on stars and spectroscopy [in Urdu]

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    by Salman HameedI have been away for the past two weeks and I'm catching up on a number of things. But first, for Urdu speakers, here is our latest episode of Hamari Kainaat (Our Universe). This deals with properties of stars and how spectroscopy revolutionized astronomy in the late 19th century. Enjoy! Hamari Kainaat (Urdu) - Episode 7 from Umair Asim on Vimeo.
  • The Mauna Kea TMT case is headed to the Hawaii Supreme Court

    10 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    by Salman HameedThe issue of TMT has now moved on to the state supreme court (for previous posts on the issue, see here). I don't know what the time frame is, but this could drag on for a while especially if you include the appeals process as well. In any case, here is the current status (you can watch a video of the local newscast here):The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday granted the Mauna Kea Hui's application to transfer their case from the Intermediate Court of Appeals.The Hui, made up of individuals and groups on Hawaii island, applauded the decision."Obviously the court feels that…
  • If you have a chance, check out "The Salt of the Earth"

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    by Salman HameedSummer is a time for blockbusters. But take a break and see The Salt of the Earth. It is a stunningly beautiful documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado. But it is also a haunting film about the humans and what they are capable of doing. Salgado is a social photographer from Brazil who has documented, among other things, famine in Africa, massacres in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, and conditions of workers across the globe. The beauty of his black and white photographs makes the plight of humans stand out even more. He wants you to see these harsh human conditions. In…
  • Urdu and secular nationalism in early 20th century

    6 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    by Salman HameedHere is a fascinating book by Kavita Datla that looks at the interaction of Urdu with Indian nationalism and secularism: The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India. In particular, the book focuses on Osmania University in the state of Hyderabad and the discussions over how to translate various subjects into Urdu and on the relative emphasis on Persian, Arabic, or Hindi. These decisions were intertwined with the way the role of Urdu was being imagined in Hyderabad and beyond. Modern science, of course, features in these discussions of translations as…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Staying Strong

    Cami Checketts
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    By Cami Checketts – I love mornings! I start my day with a great workout and a positive attitude. I plan how I’m going to be healthy and happy all day. By mid-afternoon I start running out of steam, ready to scream at my boys and eat a pound of chocolate just to help me keep moving. I usually resist both temptations, but by the time the boys are in bed I’m sick of being in control of myself. I tell myself that I did pretty good today and I deserve that bowl of ice cream. It’s so easy to lose sight of our goals when we’re exhausted and discouraged. I find this is…
  • Princess Run

    Sherri Holbert
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    By Sherri Holbert – “Dear God, please make sure someone is behind me that can read this. If found on the side of the road, drag me across the finish line.” This was one of my favorite t-shirt sayings for my first half marathon, the Disney Princess Run. It was indeed a magical experience! Tiaras, pink tutus, crystal bling and magic wands adorned the 16,000 princess runners. My tiara made me feel like Cinderella even though my running shoes had no resemblance to pretty, glass slippers! I found humor in the t-shirt phrase at the beginning of the race. As I began to sweat and…
  • Persona Non Au Gratin

    Rhonda Rhea
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:13 am
    By Rhonda Rhea – Do you know how glorious it is to speak at an event that’s directed by a thoughtful and gracious event coordinator? Those are the trips that are somewhere near heaven. Ah, to be chauffeured about, fed the best meals from the finest restaurants, then transported to a posh hotel, only to find a gorgeous gift basket already delivered to the room. Bubble bath waiting. Bed turned down. Mint on the pillow. It’s good to be queen. Okay, no one knows as well as I do that I don’t deserve to be treated like a queen. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it, does it? You know…
  • The Benefits of Personal Worship

    Art Fulks
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    By Art Fulks – The Book of Psalms is filled with the passionate, personal worship of David and others. Its variety gives us confidence that God desires us to sing to Him in both the good and bad times, with transparency of feelings and genuineness of faith. God desires and deserves to be worshipped by surrendered followers for both what He does and for Who He is. But could there be supplemental benefits to our acts of worship, such as the praise we offer in song? I believe there is. There are two similar passages of Scripture found in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. Both refer to…
  • Hole in My Heart

    Jane Thornton
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    By Jane Thornton – Excited pleasure bubbled and frothed over the brim of my thirteen-year-old heart as I clasped the yearbook to my flat chest. Coach Ripley, beautiful Coach Ripley, had signed the annual, commanding me to stay sweet and pretty. I was in alt. Although I barely knew the man, I could live on this one, off-hand compliment for ages. Of course, the following year, after a few stops on boys my own age, my affections were transfixed on Mr. Mac, the drama teacher. With his horseshoe mustache and aviator shades, he was the epitome of cool. When he brought his guitar to class and…
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  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • The Latest: Special bathroom awaits pope in Ecuadorean city

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:
  • Pope plans one-on-one visit with self-proclaimed 'Mr Nobody'

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — A Spaniard by birth, the Rev. Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars.
  • Thousands camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    By Yury Garcia GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Camped on streets with sleeping bags and stocked with food supplies, thousands of excited Ecuadoreans congregated in the coastal city of Guayaquil on Monday for Pope Francis' first mass of his "homecoming" tour of South America. On the first full day of his three-nation trip, the Argentine-born pontiff was heading south from Quito to Ecuador's second city, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's "banana capital," given its bustling fruit trade. "It's going to be a very special day which I'll…
  • Pope Francis brings message of compassion to South America

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Hundreds of thousands are gathering in the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador Monday for a mass to be held by Pope Francis, who has returned to Latin America for a nine-day pilgrimage that will include trips to Bolivia and Paraguay. The Argentine pope, visiting his home continent for the second time since becoming pontiff in 2013, landed in Ecuador Sunday on a mission to reach out to the region’s poorest and most marginalized with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for the environment, reports say. Recommended: How much do you know about the Catholic Church?
  • Pope expected to draw more than a million at Ecuador mass

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Pope Francis, in South America on a three-nation tour, will perform mass in Ecuador Monday, with more than a million faithful -- many of whom camped out overnight -- expected to attend. Keeping vigil in tents, sleeping bags and on cardboard, tens of thousands hoping to catch a glimpse of the pontiff were hunkered down for the night ahead of the service in the southwestern city of Guayaquil. Francis will address an expected crowd of 1.5 million as he officiates an open-air mass from a park late-morning on the second day of his trip, which will also see him go to Bolivia and Paraguay.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Andy Murray v Ivo Karlovic: Wimbledon 2015 – live! | Simon Burnton

    Simon Burnton
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Live updates from the fourth-round match on Centre CourtEmail | Tweet @Simon_BurntonKevin Mitchell: Murray smart enough to handle Karlovic bombs 4.12pm BST Second set: Murray 7-6 (9-7), 5-3 Karlovic* (*denotes server of next game)At 15-0 Karlovic hits an excellent approach, but Murray just chases it down and sends back a winner down the line. He’s in a special place right now, Karlovic hanging in there thanks to his ludicrous height and miracle serve. He wasn’t serving that game, though, so lost it to love. 4.08pm BST Second set: Murray* 7-6 (9-7), 4-3…
  • Tour de France: day three – live! | Paul Doyle

    Paul Doyle and Niall McVeigh
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Latest updates as the Tour goes from Antwerp to HuyTour de France: stage-by-stage guideEmail Contador and the history of the Giro-Tour double 4.11pm BST Cancellara is now languishing with a group of stragglers (which also includes Greipel) nearly two minutes behind the peloton, where all the big names are jostling for position at the front. Richie Porte is doing sterling work for Froome. 4.09pm BST Froome, Nibali and Contador all loitering with intent near the front of the peloton - but loitering is of no interest to Angelo Tulik, who launches a breakaway for a…
  • BBC forced to take on £600m cost of free TV licences – Politics live

    Andrew Sparrow
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summarySimon Danczuk says child abuse campaigning made him depressed 4.10pm BST Here is some Twitter comment on the statement.From the Guardian’s Dan SabbaghEvery time the BBC licence fee is renegotiated it ends up as a shabby back room deal between the Treasury and the corporation...BBC takes on £500m+ pa cost of taking on free licence fees for the over 75s in return for inflation linking (last seen at 0.1% in May)Game plan seems to be to make BBC responsible for…
  • Wimbledon 2015: day seven – live!

    Jacob Steinberg at Wimbledon
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Updates from a packed day of fourth-round singles matches at SW19Wimbledon 2015: Order of play for Monday 6 JulyEmail Tweet @JacobSteinberg 4.09pm BST An extract from a press conference today with Coco Vandeweghe, granddaughter of 1952 Miss America Colleen Kay Hutchins and former New York Knick Ernie Vandeweghe, the niece of basketball player Kiki Vandeweghe and the daughter of former olympic swimmer Tauna Vandeweghe. The 23-year-old hasn’t spoken to her father for seven years.Q. For the British public, they may not know too much about you. Is there a story…
  • Greek debt crisis: Opposition leaders back Alexis Tsipras in negotiations - live updates

    Graeme Wearden (now), Nick Fletcher, Paul Farrell and Helen Davidson (all earlier)
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Latest: Opposition leaders to sign joint statementGreece heading to national unity government?IMF stands ready to help GreeceBanks to stay closedSummary: Yanis out, leaders ponder next moveEuclid Tsakalotos likely to become new finance minister Eurogroup to meet on Tuesday, expects new Greek proposals 1.07am AEST 12.56am AEST What does yesterday’s No vote mean for Europe? How can Angela Merkel respond? Will the departure of Yanis Varoufakis help?Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and economics editor Larry Elliott explain all, in barely 180 seconds..... 12.49am AEST German media are…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Rabbinical Council of America conversion panel issues recommendations

    Marcy Oster
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    (JTA) — A committee established by the Rabbinical Council of America to review its conversion processes has submitted its report featuring recommendations in nine areas of the process. The review was put in place nine months ago after one of the RCA’s leading conversion rabbis, Barry Freundel, was arrested on voyeurism charges. Freundel was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for videotaping dozens of nude women at his former congregation’s ritual bath in Washington, D.C. The recommendations focused on support for conversion candidates during and after their conversions,…
  • Waze launching pilot carpooling program in Israel

    Marcy Oster
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The popular Israeli navigation app Waze is launching a pilot carpooling program in Israel. Waze, which Google purchased for $1 billion in 2013, is testing the new application, RideWith, in the greater Tel Aviv area, Reuters reported. RideWith will use the Waze navigation system to learn the routes drivers take to work and pair them with people looking for a ride to the same areas. The commuter would pay the driver a small fee for gas. Eventually the pilot program will be broadened to include all of Israel, Haaretz reported. The program reportedly will be limited to two…
  • Greek FM thanks Israel for concern over economic crisis

    Marcy Oster
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, greeting Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias at a joint news conference in Jerusalem, July 6, 2015. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool/Flash 90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias offered his gratitude to Israel for its concern over his country’s economic crisis while visiting Jerusalem. “I thank Israel for following what is happening in Greece, and for caring for us,” Kotzias said Monday before meetings with Israeli officials. “Greece is a small country with a long history and more than a few…
  • Israeli president calls on P.A. to act against terrorism surge

    Marcy Oster
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin at a Ramadan break-fast meal with Arab leaders called on the Palestinian Authority to act against a recent surge in terrorism. Addressing the uptick in attacks by Palestinians against Jewish targets since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Rivlin said at his Jerusalem residence on Sunday night, “We are working extensively to ensure a festive atmosphere in the Palestinian areas, but the Palestinian Authority has a responsibility to act decisively against terrorists seeking to sabotage our daily lives here.” Rivlin…
  • Israel coordinates transfer of lion cubs from Gaza

    Marcy Oster
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel coordinated the transfer of a pair of lion cubs from Gaza to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan. The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza on Sunday through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman, where they arrived on Sunday evening. They first arrived at Erez on Friday after the Israeli side of the crossing had closed, and without any prior coordination. Hours later they were allowed back into Gaza and stayed until Sunday morning in a Gaza hotel. The cubs had been purchased when they were a month old last summer from a zoo…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Spaaaace Tuuuunes!

    Fred Sanders
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Here’s some fun music by friends at my church: Lost in Space, by The Pop Rockets. Click through to the Noisetrade page to sample all five tracks and download them if you like what you hear. As for me and my house, we like what we hear. Anybody with Vacation Bible School in their background will recognize the genre of these recordings pretty quickly: Bible memory songs using verses that hit the main points of the message of salvation. To be led through these peppy tunes every night for a week is to be led through the gospel. But not every song designed for VBS use can be listened to by…
  • The Theologian’s Stone: Atonement In Harry Potter, Book I

    Adam Johnson
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    This post originally appeared on Dr. Johnson’s website. “It is a monstrous thing, to slay a unicorn…. Only one who has nothing to lose, and everything to gain, would commit such a crime. The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips” (258). Atonement themes resound through this passage—death, crime, blood, life, price, purity, salvation and curse to name but a few.
  • The Bible and Divine Speaking

    Fred Sanders
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    The doctrine of Scripture (bibliology, the doctrine that states what the Bible is and how it functions in the church) ought to be a doctrine about God’s speech. When the doctrine is handled with proper amplitude and attentiveness, it is a doctrine about God communicating verbally in a way that results in these prophetic and apostolic texts. An adequate Christian account of Scripture has to reach all the way up to the doctrine of revelation itself, and all the way down to the particulars of the varied writings that make up the two-testament, many-voiced Bible. Unless it reaches that…
  • Spiegelman’s “Maus,” Rights, & the Atonement

    Adam Johnson
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    World War II and the Holocaust of the Jews have been a significant part of my life. I have toured Washington DC’s Holocaust museum several times, spent a day at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, and read several books on the subject. My grandfather was an Army Corps engineer, building bridges across Europe to provide supply lines to the Allies as they closed in on Germany toward the end of the war. Nonetheless, reading Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Maus II was a powerful experience. It was a painful reminder of an immensely important part of 20th century history. What I found unique,…
  • When Torrey Went to Cambridge

    Fred Sanders
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    For the last six years, students from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola have taken a summer trip to Cambridge, England. The trip is a three-week academic course in the humanities that specializes in reading local authors and making the most of being in the rich cultural site that is Cambridge. “Great Books in a Great Place” is our official motto for the class (easily edging out “Where Torrey Tutors Meet Tory Tudors”). Torrey Honors is a little less than 20 years old, and Biola University is about 107, which is pretty old by southern California standards but young…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Big Numbers and Little Girls

    Gordon Atkinson
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I’m in my office reading “Billions and Billions” by Carl Sagan and glancing occasionally at the picture of my youngest daughter that is on the screen of my computer. In this very moment, right now, I am being pulled in opposite directions by two distinct and powerful forces in my life. The one is my desire for truth and my commitment to be fearless and unashamed in my search for it. The other is my joyful adoration of the smallest and most precious things in the world. I delight in a chipped marble I once found on a remote part of our church property, a marble that must have lain there…
  • Forgiveness

    Gordon Atkinson
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning your shoulders sideways to walk quickly on a crowded sidewalk. It’s your move. It really doesn’t matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on with your life. You can’t forget, of course. That’s not even possible. But forgiving has nothing to do with forgetting. You should remember everything and learn from it.
  • A Love Letter for Redeemed Pagans and Lost Christians

    Gordon Atkinson
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    There is only one righteous way for you to be saved if you’ve spent too much time in the Church. You must lay your religion down. Lay it down hard. Drop it. Leave it on the trail and walk away from it. And you have to mean it. You can’t fake this. You have to renounce religion and leave it for good. As far as you know, you’ll never pick it up again. After that you can walk freely in the wild places where faith can still be found. As you walk, stretch out your arms and touch the foliage on either side of the trail, because these trees are the borders of your faith and this earth your…
  • Mark Twain

    Gordon Atkinson
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    A man once told me that he believes every word in the bible. I was struck dumb with amazement. He Believes Every word in the bible There is no part of that statement that makes sense to me. He might as well have described the secret contents of every woman’s heart or the sharp edge of every child’s pain. He could have been explaining a unified theory of everything or summarizing the federal budget on his thumbnail for all I knew. He? Him? One person? One man makes this claim? One man has seen these words, felt them, breathed them, fought with them, cried over them, been broken by them?
  • The Man in Black

    Gordon Atkinson
    25 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Originally posted at in October of 2007 I saw him hitchhiking on the shoulder of I-35 the other day. He was walking with his back to the traffic and with his left thumb stuck out. This was just north of San Antonio, right near the town of Selma where the old city hall is now a Hooters restaurant, and the only remaining residential street was cut in half rudely by the interstate in the late 60s, leaving a string of tattered houses on either side. He was wearing black, of course. So melodramatic. I had to laugh. I pulled onto the shoulder, driving slowly alongside him. He…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Book On HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj Released

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    HPIDELHI, INDIA, July 5, 2015 (By Rajiv Malik, India/South Asia Correspondent, Hinduism Today magazine): A grand celebration and book release event of Dr. Kalam's book "Transcendence" was held at Pramukh Sabhagruh, Akshardham Swaminarayan Mandir , New Delhi on Friday, July 3rd , 2015, in the presence of over 500 dignitaries, well wishers and devotees. The event was graced by the Pujya Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji of Vijaywada, Hon. Shri L.K. Advani, Former Deputy Prime Minister Of India, Dr. S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, Shri A.S. Kiran…
  • Daily Inspiration

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Source"Sweet are the sounds of the flute and the lute," say those who have not heard the prattle of their own children.-- Tirukkural
  • Aryan Invasion of India: The Biggest Lie Propagated by Leftist Historians

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    SourceUNITED STATES, March 20, 2015 (Linkis, by David Frawley): One of the main ideas used to interpret--and generally devalue--the ancient history of India is the theory of the Aryan invasion. According to this account, India was invaded and conquered by nomadic light-skinned Indo-European tribes from Central Asia around 1500-1000 BC, who overthrew an earlier and more advanced dark-skinned Dravidian civilization from which they took most of what later became Hindu culture. This so-called pre-Aryan civilization is said to be evidenced by the large urban ruins of what has been called the Indus…
  • Amarnath Yatra Begins Amid Tight Security

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    SourceSRINAGAR, July 3, 2015 (Daily Pioneer): The annual Amarnath pilgrimage began in Kashmir Valley on Thursday morning amid tight security as 6,300 pilgrims began trekking to the holy cave ensconced in mountains of South Kashmir at a height of 12,800 feet above sea level. The yatra began from both the treacherous but shorter Baltal route and the longest traditional Pahalgam route. It takes around seven hours to reach the cave through Baltal while the traditional route through Pahalgam Valley takes two days for a pilgrim to reach the cave for a glimpse of the ice stalagmite, believed to be…
  • Indian Food Wisdom And the Art of Eating Right

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    SourceINDIA, June 24, 2015 (YouTube by Rujuta Diwekar): Popular Celebrity Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar elaborates on the importance of various Indian Herbs and Spices in meals. Indian Food Wisdom & The Art Of Eating Right by Rujuta Diwekar brings forth our ancient wisdom on what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, how to stay healthy and its relevance in our times. Its an attempt to help you overcome the ever conflicting information on food and weight loss fads. The biggest celebrities of Indian cinema like Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor etc. share their opinion on eating…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Seven more gifts from "Getting It... Together" (Velveteen Rabbi)
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    Leading Sunday morning prayer with a dear friend. (Gift #5.) 1. One of the blessings of my Shabbat morning was davening with Hazzan George Mordecai. He has a beautiful voice, of course. Also a beautiful presence. And he frequently brings melodies I've never heard before. Sometimes this is because his knowledge is so wide and deep; his heritage is Iraqi, Turkish, and Indian, and he taps deep into Jewish melodic traditions which I don't know well. And other times it's because he's written the melodies himself -- as with the setting of "Hallelu avdei Adonai," which I was blessed to hear him lead…
  • See me: poems for Elul (Velveteen Rabbi)
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    In fall of 2014 I participated again in #blogElul, posting each day on themes relating to teshuvah (repentance / return) and inner growth during the month leading up to the Days of Awe. Last year, for the first time, I wrote poems in response to each of the 29 prompts. As a working rabbi, I tend to find Elul pretty busy. But these poems poured out of me. Writing them gave me a touchstone, a sustaining thread of spiritual practice, which helped me connect with my own inner work even as I was preparing for the High Holidays in a practical way. After the month was over I took some time to let…
  • The first five gifts from Getting It... Together (Velveteen Rabbi)
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The first gift of the "Getting It... Together" weekend came when I arrived in time to sit in on the last hour of a morning class. The week leading up to this celebratory weekend was "smicha students' week." The ALEPH ordination programs students, faculty, and some musmachim (alumni), have been here all week learning, praying, being together. I got to sit in on the last hour of Reb David and Reb Shohama's morning class, which meant that not only did I get to see some dear friends teach, but I also got to hear the new melody for the angel song which Shir Yaakov had written during the class.
  • Off to West Chester! (Velveteen Rabbi)
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
    The front seat of my car, piled with prayer gear, my guitar, and some printouts for Tuesday's stop (at Ruach ha'Aretz) on the ALEPH Listening Tour. To those who will be joining us at Getting It... Together, I wish safe travels and look forward to seeing y'all in time for Shabbat! And in broader terms, I wish a Shabbat shalom to all who celebrate.
  • Feels like coming home (Velveteen Rabbi)
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two years ago yesterday I wrote, "Anytime I enter a place where my Jewish Renewal community has gathered, it feels like coming home." Have you ever heard anyone say "Welcome home to a place where you've never been?" That was how it felt for me, the first time I gathered with my Jewish Renewal hevre. Here were people who cared about Judaism, who cared about God, who blended the passionate God-focus of Hasidism with the kind of feminism and social justice underpinnings I hold dear. I struggle to describe it; ultimately it's a feeling, an experience. I have always been quirky, spiritual,…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Where Colour Photography Began

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Mount Shasta – 1916 Words escape me…! These images, in colour and black and white, were taken by National Geographic Society photographers in the early 20th century, curated by Retronaut and showcased by Mashable ,are something to behold. Enjoy, but don’t follow the links unless you have lots of time to spare! That’s if you enjoy photographs, as I do. These Autochromes – the first commercially available color photographic process – were taken by National Geographic Society photographers. The Society eventually moved on to other slightly more advanced…
  • Keen To Lern!

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    When I wrote my first letter applying for a job I was unschooled and innocent (ignorant). Not only was I applying for a job I wasn’t qualified for (no, I didn’t have a driving licence, no, not (yet) 21 years old and no (save for amateur tinkering about) experience as a photographer). However, I wrote, I am keen to lern. Apparently my spelling learn wrongly got me an interview because the employer liked the spirit behind my writing – and I also shared my first name with his daughter! Anyway I got the job. I did learn a great deal and became almost a member of the family.
  • Jedi Order (Star Wars) vs. Buddhist Quiz

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:07 am
    Bit of fun for you. Yoda vs. Buddha. Enlightenment means stepping away from the dark side, something on which both masters of Buddhism and the Jedi Order agree. But can you tell the difference between the insight of Yoda and the insight of the Buddha? Enlightenment means stepping away from the dark side, something on which both masters of Buddhism and the Jedi Order agree. But can you tell the difference between the insight of Yoda and the insight of the Buddha? From the BBC Radio 4 website The illustrations on-line for the BBC Radio 4 series, Incarnation: India in 50 Lives are worth taking a…
  • Benign Attention

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    This is a veranda in Finland. Somewhere. The picture taken very recently. By a reader (thank you for sending it). The image is especially attractive to me combining as it does peeling paint, soft colours and plants striving to lengthen out of their pots. My ‘bean stalk’ Ivy, now down to a managable size, had to be wrestled out of it’s pot so entangled the root system. Left to their own devices and with fairly benign attention plants grow. As do we. And here is a Finnish Proverb: Niin metsä vastaa kuin sinne huudetaan. Translation: The forest answers in the same way one…
  • Expanding and Contracting Self – Who ‘s Measuring!

    14 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Young creatures grow and expand at an alarming rate. Before you know it they have outgrown their shoes and clothing tugs tight. Hair gets longer – and longer and the first cut is an event to remember. Sometimes with tears and screams. Depending. Some save a lock so precious is that sign of development. So fast this expanding, each day, week, month brings a gasp of amazement. Soon speech and exploration, nothing is sacred for a toddler. Yes, an expanding and exploring self, developing before our very eyes. In no time that toddle is walking arm on arm to music and applause. Another cycle…
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  • How to Know When To Walk Away From A Relationship

    Ryan and Amanda Leak
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Have you ever noticed that when you break up with someone, your friends and family automatically become super honest about how they felt about your (now former) significant other? They suddenly feel free to take open shots at how she walked, talked, dressed, and lived. When I was younger, I was dating a girl I really liked, but my friends knew she wasn’t the right one for me. We were going in different directions socially and spiritually, but because my friends knew I really liked her, they felt paralyzed by the unwritten laws of friendship, which prohibited them from voicing their…
  • The Dilemma of the Fourth of July

    Mark Charles
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup, New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation. Gallup was recently named “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” in a nationwide contest. Soon after sitting down I noticed that we were seated at a table directly facing a framed poster of the Declaration of Independence. The irony almost made me laugh. Gallup, New Mexico is a border town to the Navajo reservation. When our server, who was also Native, came to the table, I asked if I could show him something. I stood up and pointed out that 30…
  • The Only Question Christians Should Ask About Gay Marriage

    Jeremy Bouma | OnFaith Voices
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    In my discussions on the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage as a pastor and theologian with Christians on both ends of the theological spectrum, I keep circling back to a single, clarifying question that’s woefully overlooked: If the fall hadnt happened, would there be gay love, sex, and marriage? In other words, had our ancient ancestors not rebelled against God in Genesis 3, plunging all of creation into chaos and death, would homosexuality exist? It’s not often I hear this question addressed in discussions about love and sexuality. Yet it’s crucial for breaking through the…
  • How Churches Can Better Support LGBT+ Christians

    Matt Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    It always feels a bit strange how the primary reason anyone reads anything I put on the Internet is that I’m a Christian who also happens to be gay who also happens to be celibate — a decently rare trifecta that somehow makes my rambling slightly more intriguing. You can imagine my frustration that it doesn’t translate so well into ‘real life,’ since “Hm, yes, but have you considered the fact that I’m a celibate gay Christian?” hasn’t managed to get me even one discount at any local cafés. (Yet. Philippians 4:13, y’all.) Anyway, since this is the Internet, let me tell…
  • Can You Be a Gay Southern Baptist?

    Brandon Wallace
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Three years ago, I left the Southern Baptist Church behind. Why? Well, the answer is simple: I’m gay. I worked as an SBC minister in the Bible Belt (Arkansas) for about five years, and honestly, I had a blast. I was helping people, doing work that I felt was important, and building some solid relationships that continue today. I spent those years working as the student pastor of a large youth group in a prominent SBC church in the community. It was my goal from the time I was a teenager to work in ministry, and I had finally achieved my goal. During that time, we accomplished a lot:…
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  • The continuing benefits (and costs) of the Giving Pledge

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The recent news about charitable contributions in the United States has been encouraging. The Giving Pledge, sponsored by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Jr., recently announced that another group of billionaires committed to leave a majority of their wealth to charity. Among these new Giving Pledgers are Judith Faulkner, founder of Epic Systems; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani Yogurt; and Brad Keywell, a co-founder of Groupon. Moreover, Giving USA reported that charitable donations in 2014 reached an all-time high of $358 billion. There is a connection between these two events. The…
  • Capturing the essence of Madame Bovary

    Connie Ngo
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    A new film adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s French classic Madame Bovary, starring Mia Wasikowska and Ezra Miller, has just been released. Considered to be one of the great masterpieces of 19th century literature, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma Rouault, whose unhappy provincial marriage leads her into two adulterous affairs — first with the young and intelligent Léon and then with the dashing and seductive Rodolphe. The tragic story has been told and retold in a number of adaptations since the text’s original publication in 1856 in serial form. But what differences…
  • Echoes of caste slavery in Dalit Christian practices

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the mid-twentieth century Dalit migration from the villages of southern princely State of Travancore to the villages in the Western Ghats hills in the north was reminiscent of Exodus, although we are yet to have substantial narratives of the difficult journeys they undertook. In the new villages in the British Malabar where they settled down, they could own small pieces of land and become marginal farmers. One of the surprising things is that majority of the Dalit migrants from Kerala were Dalit Christians. It is worth speculating if the story of Exodus had anything to do with their…
  • Lies, truth, and meaning

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Words have meaning. We use them to communicate to one another, and what we communicate depends, in part, on which words we use. What words mean varies from language to language. In many cases, we can communicate the same thing in different languages, but require different words to do so. And conversely, sometimes the very same words communicate different things in different languages. In Estonian, I am told, a zealous germophobe would enjoin us to join her in cleaning the rooms by saying ‘Koristame ruumit!’ But she should take care in expressing this enthusiasm in Finland, for in Finnish…
  • DIY democracy: Festivals, parks, and fun

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Wimbledon has started, the barbeques have been dusted off, the sun is shining, and all our newly elected MPs will soon be leaving Westminster for the summer recess. Domestic politics, to some extent, winds down for July and August but the nation never seems to collapse. Indeed, the summer months offer a quite different focus on, for example, a frenzy of festivals and picnics in the park. But could this more relaxed approach to life teach us something about how we ‘do’ politics? Is politics really taking place at festivals and in the parks? Can politics really be fun? The recent suggestion…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Amar Ja Ache Ami Shokol Ditey Pari Ni Nath - O Lord I Am Yet to Give My All to You

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    আমার যা আছেআমি সকল দিতে পারি নি তোমারে নাথআমার লাজ ভয়, আমার মান অপমান,সুখ দুখ ভাবনামাঝে রয়েছে আবরন কত শত, কতমতোতাই কেঁদে ফিরি,তাই তোমার না পাই,মনে থেকে যায় তাই হেমনের বেদনাআমার যা আছেআমি সকল দিতে পারি নি তোমারে নাথযাহা রেখেছি…
  • Timeless Spiritual Advice - From Prophet Muhammad to Imam Ali

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Feeding Time by Ryan McGuireAli bin Abi Talib said, The Messenger of God advised me thus:Ali! I am giving you advice. If you accept it, you will live happily and with good fortune. And your death will be a death of a martyr. On the Day of Judgment God will raise you as a scholar and true possessor of true knowledge.Ali, there are three signs of the faithful (mu'min): regular prayer, night vigil and alms.The hypocrite (munafiq) has three signs: he flatters when someone is present, backbites when the person is absent, and curses affliction. In another narration these signs are: he prolong his…
  • The Fast belongs to Allah…You are merely the place of its manifestation

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    “The fast belongs to Allah…You are merely the place of its manifestation.”-Ibn ArabiFasting in Islam removes everything from you, leaves you in a state of annihilliation, and then when all you have left is your fasting, Allah takes that too because it belongs to Him. So what are you left with?Stillness. Peace. Allah’s Infinite Presence. You become an empty vessel, and Allah fills you with light.Of all of the actions of worship we can take, fasting is the only one that is a non-action. It is formless, there is no visible aspect of it, and it can only be known by its effects.These same…
  • Theophany of Perfection - Ibn Arabi

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Hear, O My beloved!You are the reason for the being of the worldYou are the center-point of the sphere and its encompassingYou are its complexity and simplicityYou are the order brought down between heaven and earthI did not create for you realizationsexcept that you realize Me in themAnd when you realize Me, you realize yourselfDo not strive to realize Me in the realization of yourselfBy My Eye you will see Me and yourselfYou will not see Me by the eye of yourselfBeloved,How often have I called youand you do not hearHow often have I stood before youand you do not witness MeHow often have I…
  • Some Soul Searching Questions on God

    27 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Some one asked some soul searching questions on God and awareness. I am quoting the question here:So how much of me is God and how much of God is me? When all the universe is God (creation I would say is nearly the same) am I not part of this universe? when I think about it all I can really put the finger on (as to who or what I am) is awareness, this makes me think well what is this awareness? Science now explains that physical reality is in some way subservient to what we think is occurring (does anything actually occur?) then reality is connected to consciousness which is connected to…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Art installation in vacant church

    David Streever
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel, an early 20th century church in Philadelphia, is the site of an installation using strings to create geometric art. The Chapel was originally used to educate Episcopal priests from Philadelphia Divinity School, but became vacant after it was sold as part of a larger parcel to the University of Pennsylvania. Artist Aaron Asis titled the project “Ci-Lines”, and spoke to Hidden City Philadelphia about collaborating with fifth grade students and his hopes that the project would spark conservation efforts for the neighborhood landmark.   You…
  • Speaking to the Soul: Spoils of War

    Lora Walsh
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Proper 9, 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 1, 2, 3 (morning) // 4, 7 (evening) 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-23 Acts 9:19b-31 Luke 23:22-56a Our first reading this morning includes some of the most brutal words ever attributed to God, filtered through a prophet, and delivered to a king. These words call for the utter, purely vengeful destruction of a community called the Amalekites: “do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and…
  • Ruth, Bp Curry, hope and the path ahead

    Jon White
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    THE MAGAZINE by George Clifford   Depending upon one’s age, The Episcopal Church (TEC) today is clearly not your father or grandfather’s Church (and in those days, TEC was unmistakably male dominated). Mid-twentieth century caricatures of TEC as the Republican Party at prayer now lack credibility and power, except perhaps among a nostalgic few who yearn to return to what they believe to have been TEC’s glory days. TEC, after all, was the Church to which many of the nation’s founding fathers belonged and its members in subsequent generations frequently dominated politics and…
  • First phase of National Cathedral repairs drawing to close, challenges ahead though

    Jon White
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    The New York Times has a piece looking at the ongoing repairs to the Cathedral Church of Ss Peter and Paul (National Cathedral) in Washington, D.C. and the challenges to fund future repairs and operation of the cathedral. Almost four years after a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the site — cracking finials and half a dozen flying buttresses and sending pieces of pinnacles tumbling hundreds of feet — the National Cathedral is struggling to piece itself back together, physically and financially, even as contractors put the finishing touches on the $10 million first phase of repairs to the…
  • The six terrible texts

    Jon White
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    THE MAGAZINE By John M. Gillespie   Once again, the state of Texas is shaking its fist at the federal government. After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout all fifty states, Texas governor Greg Abbott fired back, directing employees of the Lone Star State to thumb their noses at the “lawless ruling” of the Court and continue to deny same sex couples equal protection under the law. Citing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, both Abbot and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asserted that permitting the Court’s ruling to be carried out would…
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    Emergent Village

  • 6 Must Haves for an Efficient DIY Greenhouse

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    If you love gardening, you have probably dreamed of tending your fruits, herbs, and vegetables year-round, or at least getting an early start. Starting seedlings can be difficult when temperatures swing in the summer and the weather is anything but predictable. Making your own greenhouse is an easy solution and surprisingly affordable. You can use salvaged materials and create a DIY greenhouse that is the right size for you and your gardening needs. Add solar energy and you can make an efficient greenhouse you can use year round. Solar power costs less than electricity, and with traditional…
  • Build The Perfect Backyard Ice Rink Without Any Tools

    27 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Turn your backyard into your own winter wonderland with a backyard ice rink. Having your own ice rink means the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on your own terms. It is a great way to get in shape, practice your figure 8’s, and play hockey or just a fun and exciting way to bond with your family. And best of all, you can build it yourself without any tools! A skating rink kit enables you to build your own backyard rink without the use of tools or additional materials. Instead, the rink kit provides an easy-to-assemble framework for containing the water for your rink, using…
  • Reasons Why Women Continue to Want to Receive Flowers Revealed by Michael Dark Research

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Michael Dark, an online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into why women continue to want to receive flowers. Very often, people feel flowers are not an appropriate gift because they are a bit cheesy and because they die anyway. However, the research clearly showed that women continue to seek that romance and that flowers seem to tick all the boxes. Michael Dark, UK based online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into whether or not women wanted to receive flowers from their other half. An overwhelming majority indeed appreciated – or would appreciate –…
  • Low maintenance garden landscaping

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Having a beautiful garden is something that most of us would like, but not all of us are prepared to put in the effort. If you’d rather spend your time enjoying your garden than maintaining it, these garden landscaping ideas are perfect for you. Get rid of your lawn One of the most time-consuming features in a garden is a lawn. It requires watering, de-weeding, mowing and planting seeds. By digging up your existing grass and replacing it, you cut back a lot of time and effort needed to maintain your garden. Replace your grass with paving slabs, stones, or bark. Choose interesting stones…
  • The Benefit of Having a Professional Install Your Siding

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:54 pm
    For most homeowners, finding a way to keep their home in great shape is a top priority. There are a number of ways you can increase and enhance the look and functionality of your home. Among the best additions you can make to a home is siding. The only way you will be able to get the siding you need is by finding the right professionals in your area to help. By taking the time to get the information you need regarding the professionals in your area, you will be able to find the right one. Here are some of the benefits you can gain when choosing to use a professional to install your vinyl…
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    Jewish Treats

  • Five Wise Sisters

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    Few women are mentioned by name in the Torah, and those who are, are generally the major players (i.e. Sarah, Rachel, Miriam). Yet twice in the Torah, Mach’lah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah--the five daughters of Zelophchad--are listed. In Numbers 27, they approach Moses and ask to inherit their father’s property in the Promised Land, since he died without sons. Because of their request, the law was established that “If a man dies with no sons, then his inheritance goes to his daughter(s)” (Numbers 27:8)As the Israelites prepared to enter Canaan, the heads of the tribe of…
  • Planning

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Make a legal will to be certain of the future.
  • The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    Everyone knows about Yom Kippur. There are, however, several other fast days in the Jewish calendar that are not nearly as well known. The fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which was on Shabbat, is observed today:As mentioned in the Talmud, five events are commemorated on this solemn day:1. Moses smashed the Ten Commandments when he found the Jews worshiping the Golden Calf.2. The daily sacrifices ceased during the First Temple due to a shortage of sacrificial animals.3. The walls of Jerusalem were breached leading to the destruction of the First (actually occurred on the 9th of…
  • The Three Weeks

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    “When Av enters, we must lessen our rejoicing,” declare the Talmudic sages in Ta’anit 26b. In truth, however, this period of "sadness" begins on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (observed today) and lasts exactly three weeks - until Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av), the day on which we mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. While all Jewish communities mark the 17th of Tammuz by mourning and fasting, in Ashkenazic communities, this mourning continues during the rest of the month of Tammuz by refraining from haircuts and shaving, listening to music, reciting a…
  • Reflection

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Take some time today for some solemn reflection on the travails of the Jewish people.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Hannah Ronning, Missionary to China

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    I recently discussed a book that continues to inspire me, China Mission: A Personal History from the Last Imperial Dynasty to the People's Republic (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2013) that deals with the life and work of Reverend Halvor Ronning (1862-1950) and his family. I discussed some aspects of his life recently, and now wish to discuss his wife, Hannah Ronning, who is a great example of Christian love and of a Westerner falling in love with China.She was born in 1871 as Hannah Rorem to Anna and Torgrim Rorem, immigrants from Norway who settled in the prairielands of Iowa. Hannah grew up…
  • A Beautiful Ukrainian Perspective: How Can I Be Useful to the Lord?

    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    Sunday I attended church in Hangzhou where we had a wonderful sacrament meeting that included a young couple from Ukraine who were the concluding speakers.The talk by the young Ukrainian woman was uplifting and beautiful. My favorite part was her story of an LDS man in her congregation in Ukraine who was born with some severe physical problems that made it difficult for him to walk. In fact, she told me after the talk, the doctors had said that he would never walk, but as his faith grew while still a young child be believed that he could and needed to, and taught himself to walk around age…
  • Halvor and Hannah Ronning: Inspiring Missionaries to China

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    One of my favorite books on China portrays Chinese history in the past 120 years through the experiences of a remarkable family. The book, China Mission: A Personal History from the Last Imperial Dynasty to the People's Republic (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2013) begins and primarily focuses on the life and work of Reverend Halvor Ronning, a Norwegian immigrant to the United States who was inspired to become a missionary in the interior of China. In 1891, the tall minister, his sister Thea, and fellow missionary Hannah Rorem boldly enter a land of sorrow and tragedy coupled with charm and…
  • Where Thieves Break Through and Steal: Your Bank Account (in China or Elsewhere)

    Jeff Lindsay
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    An increasing number of friends are reporting troubling cases of theft from their China bank accounts. One friend, after years of working in China and saving every penny, was preparing to return to the US, but suddenly every penny in her ICBC bank account was stolen. ICBC may be the world's largest bank. I think it is the most popular one here in China, where most of the world's money seems to be coming these days. In spite of all the great technology that ICBC must have, someone was able to take out every penny with no warning.The ICBC bank officials told her that someone had a copy of her…
  • Jaredite Barges: Clearing the Air (with the Help of a Confusing Electric Piano)

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
    I was sure the simple instructions were wrong as I assembled the frame for the Casio electric piano I purchased for my wife for Mother's Day. When it came time to add the pedal assembly, the instructions called for removing two screws holding a metal bracket in place on each of the side panels, and instead of the two screws one big screw would be put in place that was supposed to hold a bracket that could connect to the beam holding the pedals. But it made no sense, because the bracket would only just sit on top of the big metal screw and let the whole pedal beam wobble. It seemed like…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • When I don’t know where I’m going with something…

    Aaron Armstrong
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    “I have no idea where I’m going with this,” I said.I’d been working on an article—one of the many sitting in my “to-write” pile—and it wasn’t coming together. I had my thesis down (I think), but the rest of it wasn’t coming together. Emily, with her usual wisdom, simply responded, “Well, maybe you should stop working on it then.”So I did.I currently have somewhere around 25 different writing projects in various stages of development. Most of these are articles (though a couple are book proposals that I’m particularly…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersBoth of Joe Thorn’s excellent books are on sale this week for $3.99:Note to Self (reviewed here)Experiencing the Trinity (review coming soon)Also on sale:The Promise by Robert J. Morgan—$2.99Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas—$1.99An Introduction to Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament by Donald K. Berry—99¢The Great Commission Resurgence by Adam Greenway and Chuck Lawless—$2.99Missiology: An Introduction by John Mark Terry, Ebbie Smith and Justice Anderson—$2.99When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—$2.99Theology and Practice of…
  • We talk about hell so we can marvel at grace

    Aaron Armstrong
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’ll be honest, in the last while, I can’t remember the least time I read a book or blog post or heard a sermon that spent much time dealing with hell. Now, there are some good reasons for this, obviously. If you’re preaching and it’s not really relevant to the text you’re focused on, you probably don’t need to bring it up. If you’re writing on marriage, you may not need to deal with it (unless it’s to counter the “marriage and/or singleness is…” attitude).But I suspect one reason we shy away from talking about hell…
  • June’s top ten articles at Blogging Theologically

    Aaron Armstrong
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Let’s take a trip back in time and check out the top ten posts in June: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)5 books every new Christian should read (May 2014)Six books every Christian should read on prayer (August 2014)How do we keep these things from happening? (June 2015)What should the church expect as same-sex marriage moves forward? (April 2015)Five phrases Christians should never use again (May 2015)Seven books to read on Christianity and homosexuality (August 2014)Long preaching isn’t always good…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Happy Independence Day, American friends! Hope you enjoy a great day of celebrating, fireworks, delicious food—and get to avoid any weird patriotic services at church this weekend. Speaking of which…I struggle with patriotic worship servicesMarty Duren:My discomfort with patriotic worship services culminated when visiting a church during vacation. The front of the auditorium was covered by an enormous American flag. Beneath the flag was the opening for the baptistry where the pastor baptized a new believer.Under the American flag. With no cross in sight, I suppose it was covered by…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Is Tom Leaving Scientology For Suri?

    Mary Valle
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    She completes him Could be? Who knows? I don’t want to set myself up for heartbreak again. I love too much and I hope too much and I never ever give up on some people. Tom Cruise is one of them. I need to maintain an even keel here. This article is gossip; it has nothing to do with me; I shall now direct my attention to more pressing things like copyediting CEU courses and writing grant proposals. But I wonder: Is something coming? What if Tom Cruise is leaving Scientology? (Writer puts down case of Coke in glass bottles, sings passionately in alley under beautifully arranged…
  • Battle Flag

    Caralyn Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    I’ve lived my entire life in the South, first Georgia and now North Carolina, but I’ve never paid much attention to the Confederate battle flag, the so-called stars and bars. Despite some ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and several childhood family vacations spent navigating cannons, split-rail fences, and museums filled with the tattered remnants of soldiering at Civil War battlefields, I didn’t associate the Confederate flag with my Southern heritage. However, I didn’t particularly associate it with present-day racism, which seemed more insidious and less blatant. If I’m…
  • Baptisms for the Dead

    Hillary White
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead”- 1 Corinthians 15:29 Note: Baptisms for the dead, or as the LDS church refers to them, “proxy baptisms,” are a controversial practice in which members attend a temple ceremony and are baptized multiple times,  on behalf of deceased people who are not members of the church. The objective is to offer a deceased soul the opportunity to convert to the LDS faith, and the practice was indoctrinated into the church by Joseph Smith in 1840. Not surprisingly, the…
  • Fine Homebuilding

    Briallen Hopper
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    One of the blessings and curses of being the oldest child of young parents is that you get to watch them grow up.  I am old enough to remember my dad’s youthful joie de vivre. I remember visiting my dad on the jobsite when he was in his twenties, a bright bandanna tied around his forehead as a sweatband.  He taught me about tools and gave me scraps of wood to practice building with.  The hammers were so heavy, the bubbles in levels were almost alive, retractable tape measures were fast and yellow, and ballpeen was a hilarious word. Plywood was made of sheets of wood, with the grain going…
  • Faith Enough

    Erin White
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    When my daughter Grace was eight years old, she began to complain of pain in her hip, although I couldn’t have told you which hip or when exactly she had started complaining, because I wasn’t really paying attention. It was March, and the winter of sick days and snow days simply would not end. I just wanted my children to go to school so I could work, so I could be away from them. One Monday morning when Grace said she didn’t want to go to gym because it hurt when she ran, I said, then we’re going to the doctor, as though going to the doctor was some sort of punishment. I rushed Grace…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • The Cracker Lady’s House Roots

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)...You know which side of a dead cottonwood tree the edible mushrooms grow (MB)… When you are hunting, hiking or mushroom picking to close all the head gates and to pack out what you packed in. (MB),,,You love the aroma of new mowed alfalfa. (MB)...You remember the dog catcher patrolling on his 1930’s bike, but still question where the basted dogs sat. (MB)      ...You are a Giants fan who despises, no absolutely hated, the LA Dodgers.  Dodger blue makes you nauseated. (MB)...You remember when…
  • You’ve Stood the Test of Time

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    You’ve Stood the Test of Time      Today, my Aunt Connie is going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with the vets to see the WWII veterans memorial and other sites.  This is a program put on by the University of Nevada.  It is completely paid for by volunteers.  Someone from Aunt Connie's church will be her chaperone.  My aunt, Carol Conrad McGee, was a WWII navy nurse.  She is now 94 years old.  This will be a challenging trip for her, but has a sweet determination to go.  On her trip, they’re going to have a “mail call” on…
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    On Being Both

  • Immersion: Interfaith Families and Unitarian Universalism

    Susan Katz Miller
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    Dramatic arrival in Portland for the UUA General Assembly Technically, I am not a Unitarian-Universalist (UU), but I spend a lot of time interacting with and thinking about UUs. I sometimes claim the labels of UU wannabe, fauxnitarian, or UU ally. In part, this feels like fate, because I was born on Beacon Hill, the birthplace of American UUism. And my book, Being Both, was published by Beacon Press, the venerable yet feisty publishing house founded by Unitarians in 1854. Theologically, I am both a unitarian (I see the mystery some call God as one, not as a trinity), and a universalist (I…
  • Rabbi Celebrates Second Bar Mitzvah with Interfaith Community

    Susan Katz Miller
    14 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Rabbi Harold White @stephaniewilliamsimages Two rabbis, two cantors, a minister, a Catholic priest, a gospel choir, a klezmer band, and an interfaith families community walk into a synagogue to celebrate a bar mitzvah. I’m not joking here. Last Saturday afternoon, my beloved rabbi, Rabbi Harold Saul White, a civil rights and interfaith family rights pioneer, in his eighties and on the verge of retirement, became a man. Again! Rabbi White lives life to the fullest. He is always seeking to experience what his teacher Abraham Joshua Heschel called radical amazement. Or to put it another way,…
  • New Pew Data on Interfaith Marriage. And Coming Soon, on Interfaith Identities

    Susan Katz Miller
    13 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    For as long as I have been writing about interfaith families, for decades now, it has been hard to get good data on the overall increase in interfaith marriage in America. This week, Pew Research released the most comprehensive report on religion in America since their 2007 report. The new report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, and much of the subsequent news reporting, focused on two angles: the rise of the “religious nones,” and the interlinking shift away from traditional forms of Christianity. But of course, my first response was to comb through the report,…
  • Being Both vs. Jews For Jesus

    Susan Katz Miller
    6 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Let me be very clear. Raising interfaith children with interfaith education is not the same as being part of the Christian movement known as Jews for Jesus. Sometimes, I describe interfaith family communities as the opposite of Jews for Jesus, since many of both the Jewish and Christian parents see Jesus as a teacher or rabbi, rather than as a messiah. This is in marked contrast to Jews for Jesus or Messianic Judaism, both forms of Christianity that accept Jesus as the Messiah. This week, a Reform Jewish rabbi wrote a post that conflates Jews for Jesus with interfaith families celebrating…
  • Growing Interfaith Family Communities: Atlanta and Beyond

    Susan Katz Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Not a melting pot, but a mosaic… Last week, we launched the Network of Interfaith Families Groups (NIFG), a facebook group to connect families celebrating both religions. The object was to help these families to find each other, and to chat with leadership from the established groups. For the cover of the group page, I used my photo of a mosaic sun. As interfaith families, we are not melting pots or smoothies, whisked or whirled together, but intricate and careful juxtapositions of many vibrant elements of practice and belief and text and history, creating something whole and beautiful.
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  • Ordinary ways

    Lee Potts
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Focus on people rather than causes and projects. Although God does urge you to support causes and projects, his main concern is how well you love and serve people in the process of working on those efforts. Don’t let yourself get stuck daydreaming about ambitious causes and projects in the abstract, without actually following up on your ideas. Instead, get to work serving the real and specific people whom you encounter on a daily basis. As you keep dying to yourself and inviting God to work through you, you’ll do extraordinary work in ordinary ways. ~ Fr. Francis A. Sariego, O.F.M. Cap.,…
  • A spiritual bourgeois

    Lee Potts
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    The spirit of the Gospel is eminently that of the “open” type which gives, asking nothing in return, and spends itself for others. It is essentially hostile to the spirit of calculation, the spirit of worldly prudence and above all to the spirit of religious self-seeking and self-satisfaction. For what is the Pharisee but a spiritual bourgeois, a typically “closed” nature, a man who applies the principle of calculation and gain not to economics but to religion itself, a hoarder of merits, who reckons his accounts with heaven as though God was his banker? It is against this…
  • In whatever way it comes

    Lee Potts
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    A great means to preserve continual peace and tranquility of soul is to receive everything from the hands of God, both great and small, and in whatever way it comes. ~ St. Dorotheus, via OH……….. FRANCESCO Tags: hands of god, OH……….. FRANCESCO, Peace, St Dorotheus, tranquility of soul
  • Not by the evil or the lie

    Lee Potts
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    One of the hardest things to swallow is that God even teaches us goodness and truth by confronting us with evil and falsity. But the way He teaches us is not by the evil or the lie, but by the grace He gives us at the same time to react against it and to turn to His hidden Truth: Noli vinci a malo sed vince in bono malum. [Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good (Romans 12:21).] ~ Thomas Merton, Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer (The Journals of Thomas Merton Book 2) Tags: evil, Good, grace, Thomas Merton, truth
  • Laudato Si: Change of heart

    Lee Potts
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    In calling to mind the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change. The Australian bishops spoke of the importance of such conversion for achieving reconciliation with creation: “To achieve such reconciliation, we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God’s creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience…
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    Amish America

  • The Atypical Amish Community at Unity, Maine

    Erik/Amish America
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    Did you know that a number of Amish call Maine home? Among the handful of settlements in the Pine Tree State are the Amish at Unity, Maine (Waldo County), an atypical group for several reasons. Everything I’ve heard about this community suggests it’s a nice little place with a few businesses and which seems to be quite friendly to outsiders […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • 5 Tips When Visiting an Amish Community

    Erik/Amish America
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Are you planning to visit an Amish community? What are some things to keep in mind when you go? In today’s post we look at five tips that you might find helpful. I realize people are in different situations–some of us have visited Amish communities many times, while others have not but may be planning 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
  • 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions

    Erik/Amish America
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    Surprising things found in Amish homes. Common women’s and men’s names. The best Amish foods. Unusual places Amish once lived. These are a few of the topics we explored in the last few months of 5 points posts. We have new readers joining the site all the time (if you’re not an email subscriber yet, […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • 5 Child-Raising Tips From A Book On Amish Parenting

    Erik/Amish America
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:58 am
    More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting (by Serena Miller and Paul Stutzman) has actually been out a few months already. We took a brief look at this book in a previous post (“Are Amish Children Happier?“). I should say I’m not surprised to see a “how-to” book on Amish parenting. I’ve always thought this […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish

    Erik/Amish America
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:57 am
    Last week I wrote about the hardest things about living with the Amish. This week, as promised, let’s have a look at the five best things. The Five Best Things About Staying in an Amish Home 1. The Eats – Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. I find it hard to write […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • What the world needs now ... (Do you know the rest?)

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

    Julia Rocchi
    28 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    The fog shifts to light ... Photo by Justin Kern, FlickrHOW TO BE A POET(to remind myself)Make a place to sit down.Sit down. Be quiet.You must depend uponaffection, reading, knowledge,skill — more of eachthan you have — inspiration,work, growing older, patience,for patience joins timeto eternity. Any readerswho like your poems,doubt their judgment.Breathe with unconditional breaththe unconditioned air.Shun electric wire.Communicate slowly. Livea three-dimensioned life;stay away from screens.Stay away from anythingthat obscures the place it is in.There are no unsacred places;there are only…
  • The genesis of art

    Julia Rocchi
    22 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    Out of chaos ... Illustration by Patrick Hoesly, Flickr.Step 1 of today's post: Read this passage (emphasis mine).In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning followed -- the first day.Then God said, "Let there be a dome in the middle of…
  • The procession of grief

    Julia Rocchi
    13 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Go. Photo by Brian Talbot, FlickrIn a day of GPS, Google maps, and smartphones, why do we still have funeral processions?I asked myself this on a frigid Friday this past February, as I impatiently tapped the gas pedal of my rental car, stuck in the middle of a long row of vehicle-bound mourners for a dear family friend. My four-ways were flashing; the procession tag was stuck in my dash; my youngest cousin was seated beside me, ready for the ride. Our slated route was set to go through neighborhoods in and around the area where I grew up, places I hadn't considered in decades, much less seen.
  • What (not) to do when the world is falling apart

    Julia Rocchi
    1 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Unraveling. Photo by Populux !!!, FlickrThis week, man.First came the Nepal earthquake. Then the Baltimore riots. Then the Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage. Then a cold. Then my period. And to tie it all up with a neat red bow, today's unbelievable-but-true event: a structural collapse at my office building.Are all these events on equal footing? Of course not. Do they all contribute to my deepening sensation of helplessness, confusion, tension, anger, and disbelief? You bet.What's worse is my growing acknowledgement of a hard truth: I have not been brave. At all. Through any of it.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – Postlude: “Autoimmune Church?”

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

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

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    By Ken Howard Resolution D010: Clarify Officers of The Episcopal Church, proposes to clarify the roles of the officers of the Episcopal Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and General Convention, providing clear lines of authority and accountability. By-and-large, it is a clean up, but necessary. Last Post: D013 Budget Process – “Budgeting Is No Joke” Next Post: D011: Eliminate Provinces – “Provinces? What Provinces?” Related articles Episcopal Resurrection – a series of posts on a new movement Filed under: Paradoxical Thoughts…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #GC78 – D013: Budget Process – “Budgeting Is No Joke”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    By Ken Howard Budgeting is serious business. It process of budgeting needs to be clear, consistant, fair, and just. Our current canons contain a number of unclear, conflicting, and outdated budget procedures. Resolution D013: Budget Process for the Episcopal Church proposes to amend our budget process to conform with current practice regarding budget development and budget oversight. It also promoses to amend the process by which dioceses are assessed, in order to clarify that the full assessment is expected and to provide reasonable consequences for not praying the full assessment. I…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – Rez D004: Episcopal Elections – “Bishops Move Diagonally”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    By Ken Howard Back before the earth cooled, I served as a seminarian at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill.  Verna Dozier was a member of my lay advisory committee and became my mentor. When it was almost time for my ordination to the diaconate, Verna said to me, “Someday someone is going to ask you if they can submit your name for a bishop search. I want you to promise me that when that happens, you will not say ‘No.'” I was a bit taken aback, and I said to her, “But Verna, you know I don’t want to be a bishop. I have no desire to wear the funny…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Godly Sucess

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:28 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday June 21, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. pete DaVia.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • An Endless Life

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday June 14, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. Todd, Pastor.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • The Testimony of Scars, The Scars of Rejection

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:34 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday June 14, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Lee Barnes.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • Surviving in Perilous Times

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:34 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at our 11:00 am Children and Youth Annual Worship Service by Min. Jarvis Redd.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • Living Righteous in a Ratchet World

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at our 8:00 am Children and Youth Annual Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblett.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • What did he just say? Pope Francis off-the-cuff in Latin America

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Quito, Ecuador, Jul 5, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The world is about to see a new side to Pope Francis and, interestingly, it could be the most intimate look yet at who he really is. Already in his first speech at Quito’s Mariscal-Sucre airport for the welcoming ceremony, he was adding color to his speech. Powerful lines like saying that the most vulnerable minorities “are the debt that Latin America still has.” He also appeared to have a laugh about Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa’s extensive and highly political opening speech, in which he cited the Pope…
  • A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Washington D.C., Jul 5, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end. They may be the proverbial “girl’s best friend,” but diamonds are far from friendly for many of those involved in the mining process. With abuses ranging from forced labor to the funding of child soldiers, many diamonds still carry the shadow of blood and conflict, even…
  • Pope lands in Ecuador, calls nation to continue in Catholic identity

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Quito, Ecuador, Jul 5, 2015 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Landing in Ecuador on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis began his tri-nation visit to Latin America by stressing the Gospel’s role in fostering respect, dialogue, and care for the vulnerable, while praising the nation’s centuries-old Catholic heritage. “We can find in the Gospel a key to meeting contemporary challenges, respecting differences, fostering dialogue and full participation, so that the growth in progress and development already registered will ensure a better future for everyone, with particular concern for…
  • Want to put the Pope's encyclical into practice? Protect religious freedom, archbishop says

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2015 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is absolutely necessary to implement the teachings of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si, said the U.S. bishops’ domestic justice spokesman on Independence Day. The Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, demands that Catholics “engage the world and witness to our teachings,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said in a homily for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom on July 4. However, he added, this public action can only be accomplished with true…
  • Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Vatican City, Jul 4, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music, retired pontiff Benedict XVI credited the saintly example of his predecessor for his spiritual and theological achievements. Benedict said he received a “special joy” in receiving the doctorates, because “in this way my bond with Poland, with Krakow, with the home of our great St. John Paul II, has become even deeper.” “Without him my spiritual and theological journey would not be…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • The Making of Faithelement: Behind the Scenes

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Interested in how the team at Faithelement work? Here’s a look at our processes and the equipment/software services we use.Scope & SequenceScope & Sequence is curriculum-speak for “what is studied on what dates”. Faithelement and Nurturing Faith share a common scope and sequence, drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary text options. We don’t promise to always stick rigidly to their texts, and sometimes choose to broaden or use fewer verses, depending on what we think works best for a given session.Scope and sequence for the next year is usually set by the…
  • The New Faithelement

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Faithlab's online Bible study curriculum — Faithelement, is taking a leap forward this summer. The session content for June Faithelement sessions looks different, and it’s the beginning of the next phase of Faithelement. We’ve been working toward this for some time, and are excited to start rolling it out for you.Starting with June 7 content, you’ll notice a new layout and new content. Across June and July, we will roll out additional content and features as new sessions arrive.What’s New?There’s a lot that’s new or enhanced about Faithelement. Here’s a quick…
  • Bible as State Book

    Adam McDuffie
    6 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    On April 15th, the Tennessee House of Representatives decided in a 55-38 vote to designate the Holy Bible as the official book of the State of Tennessee. Tennessee is my home state, and I’m proud of it. I love everything about Tennessee, from the mountains in the East, to the hills in the Cumberland Basin, to the rivers and bluffs near my home in the West. But, I have to say, this decision by members of the state legislature leaves me scratching my head. I wonder just what they hoped to achieve through this decision. It would seem that all they’ve managed to do is make the state look…
  • Showing Up to Our Doubt

    Nikki Hardeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    John 20:19-31Oh Thomas…good ol’ Doubting Thomas. How awful it must be to have one action earn you a nickname that stays with you for the rest of history — as if it is the only the only way to describe him. It is such a poor way to remember a disciple of Jesus’ for one simple request he made. Tradition and history would have us maintain this negative view of Thomas – in part because we live in a time in which it makes us feel safe to silence those who would question what we believe. However, I’m not sure that that is how scripture would have us remember Thomas. Let’s look back at…
  • Passover Poem-2015

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    Buy buy buyMore more moreThe windBuffetsStuffThingsThis is the way toHappinessContentmentMeaning(But Kohelet knew)BillboardsRadio adsTelevision breaksProduct placementThe empty windSometimesIs all we can hearBut G!D was not in the wind.Me me meLook at me I want toShake the worldBe famousRules do not applyTo meThe world shouldShiftTo accommodateMeMy storyIs the only realStoryPeople should shift To serve myNeedsWantsDesiresWhimsThis is the wayIThinkToHappinessMeaningBlocking our mortalityThatI will dieBut G!D was not in the earthquakeTo be rightTo burn with indignationTo pour scorn onThe…
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    Divided Under God

  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

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

  • A July Prayer Request…

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

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Test: When was the last time you had fun with your spouse? If your immediate response is asking what exactly is meant by having ‘fun’ then you are not off to a good start. You know what it means to have fun. When you are spending time with your spouse laughing and enjoying each other’s company then you are having fun together. You do not have to spend a lot of money or do any elaborate planning. It is great to plan a fun adventure together but must not be the only time you have fun together. Do whatever it takes to pursue fun with your spouse! Many of us have children in our home. As…
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  • Rest

    Jann Cobb
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    A friend of mine has a dairy farm and along with the hundreds of cows that they have, their lives are filled with four adorable children.  Their youngest daughter is a sweet redheaded little girl. This amazing child enjoys getting up early to milk the cows with her daddy. When I say early I’m talking about 3:45 AM!Recently she went out to milk the cows with her dad and found herself tired, needing some rest. She put on her dads flannel shirt, crawled into a large round bin of towels in the barn, curled up and fell asleep.This is such a perfect picture to…
  • The Wrong Shoes

    Jann Cobb
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This morning I was in a hurry. I wanted to get to some pesky weeds that had been leering at me. Throwing on shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, hat and bug spray, I was going to tackle those bothersome weeds once and for all! Fortunately, I was in the flower bed just in the nick of time! There were weeds on top of weeds! Some were hiding inside of plants and others had no shame at all, they were right there for all the world to see!An hour later the weeds had been sufficiently plucked from the soil and then I got out the big gun!  Weed spray! Hopefully in my…
  • Turn your heart to praise Him

    Jann Cobb
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    How in the world did I end up here? I am the happy person. The one people want to know where my joy comes from. The one that doesn’t seem to have any problems. Yet, I find myself in this place.This is the ebb and flow of life.  Living in the joy of knowing that I am loved and redeemed and in the despair that I can never measure up to who He has designed me to be.Perhaps it has to do with heart issues that affect the way we feel? We’ve been talking about loving God with all her heart and turning our hearts back to him, but the question remains how do we…
  • Turn your heart towards Jesus

    Jann Cobb
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Remember when you were so in love with Jesus that nothing else mattered? When your heart burned with love and devotion for your savior? When you first became a Christ follower and your heart was completely His?Somewhere along the way of our lives with Him have begun to slightly turn from our first love to other things."Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger,…
  • Love Him with all of your Heart

    Jann Cobb
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The command is clear, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart".  Sometimes I am a little confused as to what it means. How do I love God with my heart? Lets look a little closer the heart and the significance it hasThe heart is seen everywhere, necklaces, emoji's, stationary, T-shirts,  cards and just about everywhere you look a heart can be found. Around the world the heart represents one thing, love.In the bible the Hebrew word used in Deuteronomy 6:5 for heart is "lebab" and in the new testament the Greek word for heart is "kardia". Luke 10:27Lebab and kardia…
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    The Daily Register

  • Pope Francis Off-the-Cuff in Latin America

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    By ALAN HOLDREN/CNA/EWTN NEWS | QUITO, Ecuador — The world is about to see a new side to Pope Francis and, interestingly, it could be the most intimate look yet at who he really is. For the first time since he was elected as the Successor of Peter,...
  • Pope Francis Calls Ecuador to Persevere in Its Catholic Identity

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    By ANN SCHNEIBLE/CNA/EWTN NEWS | QUITO, Ecuador — Landing in Ecuador on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis began his three-nation visit to Latin America by stressing the Gospel’s role in fostering respect, dialogue, and care for the vulnerable, while...
  • A Heart to Heart Talk With a Pro-Gay Christian; God, Beauty, and Symmetry in Science and Much More!

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    By TITO EDWARDS | A Heart to Heart Talk with a ‘Pro-Gay’ Christian by John Zmirak - Big Pulpit God, Beauty, and Symmetry in Science - Bob Kurland, Catholic Lane Naked City: Appreciating Human Stories - HL Duncan, Catholic Stand ‘NanoFarms’...
  • Saints: Our Unseen Prayer Partners

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    By Mark Shea | Some of my non-Catholic friends find prayer to the saints ooky. They ask me, "Since when is talking to a bunch of dead guys Christian?" Since biblical times. Consider Moses. He had been a dead guy for several centuries when Christ...
  • Receiving Awards, Benedict XVI Credits Witness of John Paul II

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    By ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS | VATICAN CITY — After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music, retired pontiff Benedict XVI credited the saintly example of his...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Remembering Religious Liberty Champion, Former BJC Director James Dunn

    Don Byrd
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Yesterday, we lost a powerful and iconic voice for religious liberty. James Dunn (1932-2015), former Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee, passed away at the age of 83 years young. Current Director Brent Walker responded in the Baptist News Global obituary: “James was my mentor, colleague and friend. I stand in his shoes and on his shoulders every day. We are all impoverished by his death, but heaven is enriched. How fitting that he died — like fellow freedom advocates Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — on the Fourth of July.” The BJC has posted a…
  • James M. Dunn: 1932-2015

    Cherilyn Crowe
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Photo courtesy of WFU/Ken Bennett Update: A memorial service for James M. Dunn will be held Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. James M. Dunn, the firebrand Baptist who led the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty for nearly two decades, died on July 4 at the age of 83. Known for his stalwart defense of religious liberty, colorful turns of phrase and ubiquitous bow tie, Dunn will be remembered for his contributions throughout Baptist life, including his leadership of the Baptist Joint Committee through the 1980s and 90s. He consistently…
  • ACLU Files Class Action Suit in Kentucky Over Clerk’s Religious Refusal to Issue Marriage Licenses

    Don Byrd
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Written by Don Byrd Well that didn’t take long. A week after the U.S. Supreme Court declared bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the ACLU of Kentucky has filed a class-action lawsuit challenging a Rowan County clerk’s refusal on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses. Both sides of this dispute touches on religious liberty concerns. The defendant, County Clerk Kim Davis, argues that religious freedom rights protect her from having to issue licenses. The plaintiffs, meanwhile, claim not only that their right to marry is being unlawfully being denied, but that the…
  • Ten Commandments Monument on Oklahoma Capitol Grounds Violates State’s Constitution

    Don Byrd
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled the religious liberty provisions of the state’s constitution do not allow a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol.  The Oklahoma Constitution, the Court emphasized, explicitly bans the use of public property even indirectly for the benefit of any religious purpose.* In addition, the fact that some Ten Commandment monuments are allowed by the federal constitution, the Court explained, is irrelevant. Here is an excerpt from the opinion: In authorizing its placement, the Legislature apparently believed that…
  • Podcast: Holly Hollman on religious liberty and the same-sex marriage decision

    Cherilyn Crowe
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    In this podcast, Baptist Joint Committee General Counsel Holly Hollman discusses the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and what it means for religious liberty. In her conversation with BJC Communications Director Cherilyn Crowe, Hollman discusses what the decision says, its legal basis, what it means for churches and which questions remain unresolved. Hollman also discusses remarks by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli during the case’s oral arguments about potential issues. Click here for additional resources on religious liberty and same-sex…
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    Christian Stress Management

  • Give another 10% for God's presence, protection and provision

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Jacob made a vow saying, "If God will be with me and keep me in this way that I am going and give me food to eat and clothing to wear so that I come back to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God ... And of all that You give me I will give You a tenth" (Genesis 28:20) Jacob promised to give God a tenth of all he made if God was with him (God's presence) and kept him (God's protection) and gave him food and clothing (God's provision).I believe that Jacob gave this 10% as a tithe the way we understand the non-negotiable 10% of our income that we should…
  • Loving God with your heart, soul, strength and mind

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind." (Luke 10:27)So what does it mean to love God with your heart, soul, strength and mind? To mean it means the following:Love God with your HeartLoving God with your heart means just that - loving Him.Loving God with your soulLoving God with your soul means doing the spiritual things that please Him.Loving God with your strengthLoving God with your strength means using your physical strength to do the things that God likes. Loving God with  your…
  • Endorse yourself

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    If you ever find yourself facing a once in a lifetime opportunity that will help you fulfill your destiny here are a few lessons that you can learn from David when he faced his once in a lifetime opportunity of fighting Goliath:Endorse yourself.King Saul said to David, "You are not able to fight against this Philistine because you are a youth and he is a man of war from his youth." (1 Samuel 17:33)However, David endorsed himself and replied, "I used to take care of my father's sheep and when a lion or a bear stole a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it and…
  • Do not make fear based decisions

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The Bible tell us that the servant who was given 1 talent buried it because of fear for he told his master, "I knew that you were a hard man ... and so I was afraid and hid your talent in the ground. " (Matthew 25:24-25) This man let fear of his master decide and dictate what he would do with his talent. The result of his fear-based decision was that his master called him "Wicked and lazy servant" (Matthew 25:26) and commanded, "Take the talent from him and give it to the person who has 10 talents" (Matthew 25:28) and "Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer…
  • Your faith will make you well

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This woman with the issue of blood had suffered with her disease for 12 years and spent all her money moving from doctor to doctor seeking a cure for her condition. But, she did not get well.However, when she met Jesus, she was healed. So what made the difference?Her faith made the difference for Jesus said to her, "Your faith has made you well." (Mark 5:34)Therefore regardless of whether your problem is physical, mental, financial or social there are several things that we can learn from this woman about how to solve it:1. Take actionThis woman could have wallowed in self-pity…
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  • 8 Great Social Media Apps to Boost Productivity

    Jonathan Pearson
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Buffer  Most people that have used social media a while know this one. You basically dump all of your tweets, retweets, and links into it and it schedules them out in predefined times that you’ve set. That way, your followers never get bombarded by 3 tweets in a row. Buffer works with a host of services. Twitter, Facebook, Facebook pages, Google Plus, and more. They have a great blog too! Pablo by Buffer A free service by the people of Buffer. This allows you to upload an image and put text on top of it. It even lets you send a tweet or Facebook post from the page. It’s quick and with a…
  • 3 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Coming to Your Church

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:06 am
    You do more “show” than service For the last decade or so, the church has sought to produce a show each and every week. The truth is that this worked for a previous generation that was fed up with tradition steeped in inauthentic rituals. They were eager for something that more resembled what they’d get at a concert or on the radio. Things have shifted. For millennials today, it’s not hard to find a good show or good music. Go to youtube, open up the music app on your smartphone and great sounding music isn’t far away. The “show” is no longer the winner. What millennials want is…
  • God Is At Work On The Other Side

    Jonathan Pearson
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    Gen 41:9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. This is the part of the Joseph story after he’s left in prison and the cupbearer has forgotten about him… remember, he was supposed to put in a good word for Joseph when he got out of prison? Anyway, what happens after this is really the beginning of Joseph’s life and God’s work and grace in his life. The Bible says Joseph was about 30 when this happened. 2 takeaways from this part of the Joseph story… Wherever you are, whether it’s where you wanted to be or…
  • 2 Ways Creatives Can Finally Master Productivity

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Since I’ve released The Productive Pastor Handbook, one of the common questions I hear is, “As a creative person, how can I become more productive.” First off, everyone can get organized enough to do what they need to do. While we’re all certainly wired differently for a purpose, we can all organize enough to be productive. That being said, though, I do know that for certain types of people (hello, musicians), it can be much more difficult to get through a to-do list. Here’s some help… Create work windows. Borrowing a little from the Pomodoro method of productivity,…
  • My Reading Workflow & How To Get Twitter Names In Feedly Retweets

    Jonathan Pearson
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    I love reading short writings. From ebooks to blogs, they are perfect for my attention span and don’t require a large investment from me on the front in (shameless plug: pick up my ebook The Productive Pastor!). For the last 6 years or so, I’ve tweaked the way I’ve consumed online content. I’ve kind of shifted and transitioned my reading flow using different tools (still mourning Google Reader!!) and apps. Over the years, I’ve come to a pretty decent and fluid setup that works across all of my devices. I can do this on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad (my preferred device to read with).
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • If You Could, Would You Want to Know God's Thoughts About You?

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I was once questioned about the viability of hearing God's voice. Obviously a little skeptical of the biblical moorings of this practice, a zealous young man wanted me to share what I understood about this outworking from the Scriptures.I explained to him that I had no desire to convince him of something that he wasn't open to receive. It is nearly impossible to persuade someone to embrace a reality that they believe is outside the scope of human experience.Nevertheless, this passionate young man persisted in his inquiry. As I carefully listened to him, I could tell he wasn't trying to be…
  • Why It Is Incredibly Wrong To 'Carve Up' Humanity

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    As humanity was conceived in the Garden of Eden, God formed them as body, soul, and spirit. It needs to be acknowledged that these aren't "warring components" as the Greek philosophers envisioned,[1] but actually interdependent parts of the whole. No matter how you look at it, man was simply not designed to be "carved up" and compartmentalized. Theologians Walter Ewell and Phillip Comfort acknowledge, "Man is a unity of body and soul—terms that describe not so much two separate entities in a person as much as one person from different standpoints."[2] In a similar manner, N.T.
  • What So Many Seem To Miss About The Fatherhood Of God

    21 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    One could use a number of metaphors to describe God. Yet, the most deeply moving depiction I’ve found is that of a “father.” While one could easily use a metaphor of "royalty," I find the image of "father" preferable because it reflects one of the deepest relationships and identity markers within humanity. There’s something deeply primal about the notion of a father. It reverberates in the very depths of our being. It's also clear that the “Fatherhood of God” is one of the most vital concepts in the Bible. The terms “Abba,” or “Father” are expressed some…
  • An Aspect Of God's Unfolding Story You Might Not Have Considered

    17 Jun 2015 | 11:31 pm
    A gifted leader recently told me that he rejected the notion of “progressive revelation.” This is the idea that God discloses who He is and what He’s doing over time. Within this understanding, more of the nature and character of God will be unveiled over subsequent generations.  He shared with me that “progressive revelation” causes the Old Testament to be devalued and enables heresy to subtly gain traction. He argued, “This not only causes Christians to look down on Moses and the Prophets, it is also an idea that enabled Joseph Smith to found Mormonism (and practice…
  • Why The World Won't End In Fire

    9 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In March of 2015 I wrote a controversial post that discussed the fact that the world is never going to end. It elicited a lot of interest and stirred dialogue on social media. Most were receptive to my insights, but some sought to correct my theology.More than one person sought to counteract my thesis with the following apocalyptic passage of the Bible:"the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10a, NKJV). As this reference keeps being expressed in the various rebuttals, I thought that I'd take the time to address it. Keep reading if you would like to gain a…
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    The Dude Abides

  • More Than This? Looking for Your Feedback

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hello everyone, I’m crowdsourcing something very special that I hope to be able to tell you all about soon. To wit: Would you please email me ( and tell me what your reaction to this song is? “More Than This” by Peter Gabriel How does it make you feel? How do you relate? What’s it […]
  • Why Tony Campolo’s LGBTQ Reversal is Evangelicalism’s Tipping Point

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    That crashing sound you heard Monday morning was waves of change breaching the levees of the evangelical Christian world when one of its most venerable icons, the Rev. Tony Campolo, came out in favor of full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church. While his name may not be as familiar outside the evangelical bubble […]
  • To Let It God and So To Find A Way: U2, (A)Live with Grief and Grace

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Not just any band could take their fans by the hands and say, essentially, please walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We’re one, but we’re not the same; we get to carry each other … But since its inception in 1976, the band formed by four teenage boys from Dublin’s hardscrabble north side has opened a vein, sharing their most vulnerable moments and struggles with anyone who would listen.
  • Photo Essay from Nepal: Bahini (Little Sisters)

    23 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Click on the photo below to view the photo essay “Bahini” from my recent sojourn in Nepal after the first of two massive earthquakes struck the tiny Himalayan nation, on my photography site Flaneur.Guru.
  • Photo Essay from Nepal: Puja

    23 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Click on the photo below to view the first of several photo essays from Nepal on my photo website, Flaneur.Guru
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 2 July 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message, “Ye Shall Judge This Generation” Pt1(A), was spoken on 27 June 2015 10:00 AM EST. Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 93 times, 17 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 1 July 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:17 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 229 times, 21 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 1 July 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message, “What’s Going to Happen” Pt2(B), was spoken on 13 June 2015 11:30 AM EST. Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 42 times, 3 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 30 June 2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 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 228 times, 9 visits today)
  • ATLAH College Launch Initiative

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Dr. James David Manning launches the ATLAH College. (30 June 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the link below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 10 Critical Keys to Be a Blessing to Your Church!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    After serving as an Evangelist for 20 years in India, a year ago God commissioned me to pastor a church in Canada. To say what God has been doing is a blessing is an understatement. For a while, I wondered why God didn’t allow me to be a Pastor sooner. I have come to realise that I was not ready. This journey is not without challenges and mostly comes at the very cost of the death of me. Dying, almost daily is the cup of the shepherd. As I learn to love the sheep as Christ loves, I am baffled by how unconditional is God’s love for us. There are all kinds of sheep in the Body of Christ.
  • Lessons on Anointing from the Life of Elijah

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    I’d like to elaborate on a few practical things about the anointing that flows into our lives. Sometime ago I wrote about the anointing. Read the 3 Part series here. When God gives you an assignment He also gives you the anointing to carry it out. [tweet this] And it’s important for us to stay at His feet until we are empowered on high. In 1 Kings we read about Elijah, a bold man, who simply walked on the scene and without any self introduction. And He carried an unction and authority over the nation of Israel. Because He came from the presence of the Lord; His heart was synchronized…
  • Join Revive UAE With Pastor Shyju Mathew

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    When churches come together in humility and tears to seek the face of our Master, heavens must open above. We believe that God is sending Revive Nations for a time of renewal in the Middle East, starting with UAE. From 8th to 13th of July 2015, we will be in UAE hosting Tent Of Meeting leadership training and Revive Conferences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. I want to take this moment to encourage all our believer friends to share this good news to your family and friends in UAE. Tent Of Meeting is exclusive training for leaders in the ministry and we are excited to announce that candidates…
  • Worship Session Before Execution; The Born Again Boxing Champion & More

    Blessen Varghese
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Editorial: As persecutions continue to be on the rise in various parts of the world, let’s remember our brethren in prayer. Many imprisoned children of God face death sentences. Let’s also remember our brothers and sisters from Nepal, many of whom have lost their loved ones and properties. The exact number of Christians who have lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal is not yet known, there were quite a few churches who were affected by the calamity. Sudanese Pastors Jailed, May Face Death Penalty Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under…
  • Handling Groupism in the Church – RN08

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast! I hope you have been enjoying our podcast till now. Today’s podcast is based on a question from one of the pastors about: How to handle groupism in the church. How can a pastor deal with it Resources: What Hinders the Power of Forgiveness and Breakthrough No to Revolution in the Church! Below are some quotes that you can click and share! We survive when we are together, because together we are stronger. [tweet this] Your passive nature is a louder action of silent support. [tweet this] Instead of adding fuel to issues, provide solutions to painful…
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • Postgenderism - H. P. Blavatsky on “Jesus clad in woman's clothes”

    Ken Ammi
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This is a portion of an ongoing series which seeks to chronicle the occult, magickal and mystical alchemy roots of the transgender and postgender movements from secret societies and mystery religion sources. I have chronicled these in the Postgender Androgyny, Hermaphroditism & Beyond section. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891 AD) wrote the following in her book The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, Stanza III: Kwan-Shai-Yin is identical with, and an equivalent of the Sanskrit Avalokiteshwara, and as such he is an androgynous deity, like the Tetragrammaton and all the Logoi[1] of antiquity. It…
  • Postgenderism symbolism by H. P. Blavatsky

    Ken Ammi
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This is a portion of an ongoing series which seeks to chronicle the occult, magickal and mystical alchemy roots of the transgender and postgender movements from secret societies and mystery religion sources. I have chronicled these in the Postgender Androgyny, Hermaphroditism & Beyond section. Also, you can view my postgendersism related images here. H. P. Blavatsky also noted the following in her book The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, Stanza I, Beginnings of Sentient Life: …every Race in its evolution is said to be born under the direct influence of one of the Planets: Race the first…
  • Postgenderism H. P. Blavatsky and Darwinian evolution

    Ken Ammi
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This is a portion of an ongoing series which seeks to chronicle the occult, magickal and mystical alchemy roots of the transgender and postgender movements from secret societies and mystery religion sources. I have chronicled these in the Postgender Androgyny, Hermaphroditism & Beyond section. Also, you can view my postgendersism related images here. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891 AD) amongst other accomplishments, founded the magickal-mystical-occult group Theosophy. Seeking as she did to elucidate The Secret Doctrine she pieced information together from any and every source she…
  • Did Jesus say anything about same sex marriage?

    Ken Ammi
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    It is interesting that people who could really care less about what Jesus had to say suddenly take Him to be an authority on the issue of same sex marriage; at least when they think that He either sides with same sex marriage or had nothing to say about it. Well, there are many issue to consider. For example, people who could really care less about what Jesus had to say do not really care what He had to or did not have to say about same sex marriage. Rather, they assume that Jesus had nothing to say on the issue and, in a Christophobic manner, are using this supposed fact to besmirch…
  • Do 97% of climate scientist agree on global warming?

    Ken Ammi
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    Barak Obama, the Climatologist-In-Chief, one tweeted (in keeping with today’s virtually nonexistent attention………what was I writing?): Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. This referred to the specific claim within a paper by John Cook, et al., that which concluded that 97.1% of all climate scientists agree that “global warming is happening and we are the cause.” Scientists such as Professor of Climatology at the University of Delaware, Dr. David Legates, et al., undertook to research the research, the data behind Cook’s paper…
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    Set Apart People

  • Your life has an impact

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
      Each of us has a purpose and a role to play in YHVH’s plan. I saw a short video last week of dominoes, gradually increasing in size, that illustrated this beautifully. You may have seen it too. The biggest domino was standing almost half a meter tall and the smallest was so small it had to be put in place with  tweezers. That smallest domino was set in motion with the slightest movement of the tweezer, though it started the action of throwing over all the dominoes, even the greatest one. Even the slightest action has an effect of great significance. I want to encourage you with…
  • What do we do with disease

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In our previous article we started to look at what YHVH’s real intent is for our health. It is clear from the Scriptures that disease is not His ideal plan for us. His ideal plan for us is that we will be healthy and prosper. However, because of sin and disobedience we have the curses that He warned us about in our lives. Disease is but one of the curses in our lives. We also saw in the previous article that disease can originate from one of three different sources: Spiritual e.g. fear Psychological e.g. depression Biological e.g. bacterial infection We also saw that the medical…
  • Choose whom you will serve

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
        Life is about choices! When we were little children, one of the first things we learned was that we can choose. We could choose the toys we wanted to play with, or sometimes given the choice of a sugary treat. We also started learning about the consequences of wrong choices. As we grew up, we were given more choices. Choices that affected more than just the moment. Choices that could affect the outcome of our lives and how we spend eternity. We started to see the ripple effect of the choices in our lives. We started to learn one of the basics of our world: every action has a…
  • Those ten times

    11 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    YHVH is a good Father to us. He not only gave us instructions on how to live, but also practical examples through the lives of other people who went before us. It started with Adam and Eve in the garden. Through their lives, and those who followed after them, we learn what YHVH likes and what is not acceptable to Him. Through narrative, He teaches us. The Exodus from Egypt and the Israelite’s journey through the wilderness is an especially good example of this. 1 Corinthians 10:6–11 6 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also…
  • Shavuot 2015 – An appointed time of great significance

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
      Shavuot, the feast of oaths, an appointed time with our Heavenly Father. On this day we seven ourselves, we re-dedicate ourselves to YHVH. We were in Jerusalem, the place YHVH chose to put His name forever. It was once again a privilege and an unforgettable experience. We also had wonderful weather and fellowship. A stark contrast to Pesach. Pesach taught me that going up to Jerusalem is first and foremost an appointment with our Father. Fellowship is important, but secondary. The same goes for the weather. I was disappointed at Pesach because our friends were unable to come to Israel…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • All problems can be overcome when you make a determined promise to yourself.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Message for the day 06-07-2015Checking: When a problem comes up and you are working on it, check what kind of thoughts you are having. Check if your thought to overcome the problem is filled with determination? Practice: Each day reinforce the thought in your mind to overcome the problem that you are facing. Stamp the thought with determination and you will become victorious in overcoming your problem. Soul Sustenance 06-07-2015What Is The Soul World?The Soul World, which is the sixth element, is filled with golden-red, divine light (experienced during meditation). Over…
  • When your heart is open and clean you will be humble.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Message for the day 05-07-2015Contemplation: Humility needs a good home to dwell in. When the mind is filled with negative feelings or biased ideas towards anyone, you cannot use your humility. So fill your mind with positive thoughts towards everyone. Application: If you have negative thoughts towards anyone, make an attempt to remove them. Tell yourself that you don't like one particular aspect in that person and not the person himself. In this way you will help the other person also to bring about change. Soul Sustenance 05-07-2015Overcoming The Subtle Desire For…
  • To fill the ones who are hopeless with hope is the greatest service.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Message for the day 04-07-2015Expression: To have faith by seeing the positive qualities even in the most negative person is to fill them with hope. Also to fill hope means to encourage others to move forward in the most negative situation. When this is done they are able to use their potentials for a positive purpose and slowly bring about a change for the better. Experience: When I am able to see positivity under all circumstances, I am able to have the courage and enthusiasm to make the best out of every situation. This also naturally makes me an inspiration for those around…
  • Fulfill your promise instead of just keeping it in a file and you'll find progress.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Message for the day 03-07-2015Checking: In all that you do throughout the day, check to what extent you are able to fulfill the promises that you make to yourself. Also check the reason for not being able to fulfill some promise that you have made recently. Practice: Think of that promise that you had made to yourself recently that you had not been able to fulfill and think of the reason why you had made that promise and how important it is for you to fulfill that promise. When you practice in this way you'll find yourself getting enthusiastic to fulfill that promise. Soul…
  • When there is love for others, they automatically become cooperative.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Message for the day 02-07-2015Checking: When you are involved in any task with others, ask yourself if you are able to give and get the cooperation from them. If you are not able to, check the reason for not getting their cooperation. Practice: In any task that involve others, see that you begin the task with good feelings for each and everyone involved in the task. Have the faith that the task is for common benefit and everyone is going to learn something from it and is going to contribute to it. Then you'll find others cooperating with you. Soul Sustenance…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • The Me I’m Meant to Be!

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    “Don’t you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this?” ― Søren Kierkegaard We all wear masks; sometimes to cover our insecurities, sometimes to be … Read More →
  • An Engaging Faith with Elizabeth Reardon 7/1/15

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    An Engaging Faith, with Elizabeth Reardon Wednesday I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Real Life Radio by Elizabeth Reardon on her program, An Engaging Faith.  You can hear the interview here!  
  • FGG-080 Too Busy To Pray

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    We all wish we had more time to pray. Ask 100 Christians if they would like more prayer time and most would answer yes. But, most would say that a robust prayer life is difficult.  In this podcast, Tony talks about being too busy to pray and how we can find the time for a … Read More →
  • Same-Sex Marriage, has Anything Changed?

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    “The truth is not always the same as the majority decision” –Saint Pope John Paul II No subject has come under more scrutiny and been more polarizing that same-sex marriage. Both sides speak with a black and white, clear cut, angry indignation, one side alleging that the definition of marriage is too narrow and the … Read More →
  • FGG-079 We Never Forget Kindness

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    There is something wonderful about kindness. We remember for years kindnesses that we received, many unexpectedly, some a needed blessing, others true miracles. Kindness is not easily forgotten.  In this podcast, Tony discusses random acts of kindness. Scripture: “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • How to Read Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    OK, Catholics (and ALL people for that matter), you already know this, but I’m here to remind you that you NEED to read Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter On Care for Our Common Home. Why? Sure, you can read everyone else’s summaries, but you need to read Pope Francis’ words for yourself, rather […] The post How to Read Pope Francis’ Laudato Si appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • The Perfect Book for July 4th: The American Catholic Almanac

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    When learning about Church history and the saints, sometimes we forget that our own country has its own lofty Catholic history. While it may not date back hundreds or thousands of years, there are some amazing people and events that have taken place right here in the United States. This July 4th is a great […] The post The Perfect Book for July 4th: The American Catholic Almanac appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Don’t Panic! Follow the Lead of Saints Athanasius, Augustine & Catherine

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    “God does not require that we be successful, only that we be faithful.” — Mother Teresa Many people are so very upset — and rightfully so — by the recent Supreme Court rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act and making it legal for individuals of the same sex to marry around the country. No doubt about […] The post Don’t Panic! Follow the Lead of Saints Athanasius, Augustine & Catherine appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Two Amazing Insights on the Visitation

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    I’ve been blown away recently by two key items I’d overlooked with reading or meditating on the Visitation, the moment when Mary and Elizabeth meet and John the Baptist jumps in his mother’s womb. 1) Mary, as the Mother of God — Catholics are often criticized for giving Mary the title Mother of God. It […] The post Two Amazing Insights on the Visitation appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • What to do When you Disagree with a Catholic Teaching

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    As a newbie to Catholicism or as someone exploring the faith, you will likely find one or more teachings that you just can’t get your head around — or flat out disagree with. Oftentimes, these are teachings like the saints, Mary, purgatory or contraception. Don’t worry about this; you are not alone! Most of us […] The post What to do When you Disagree with a Catholic Teaching appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Three Great Prophetic Truths that Transformed the World Part 4: True Worship Springs from the Heart Not From Ritual

    Andrew Sargent
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
      There was once a man with a great prayer life and a bothersome cat. Wishing to be left alone while he prayed, he leashed the cat to the bed post of his bed where it couldn’t reach him. That man had a daughter who wanted a great prayer life too. So she went out and bought a bed with big posts, and picked up a cat from the shelter so she could leash it to the bed post while she prayed. That woman had a son, and he always respected his mother’s faith so he went out bought a bed like hers, a cat like hers, leashed it to the bed post every day for an hour or two and went out with his…
  • Why So Many Christians Are Upset About Same-Sex “Marriage” and Why You Aren’t

    Andrew Sargent
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    For those who don’t understand why most Christians care so deeply about the same sex “marriage” issue, let me explain. My discussion is long, multiple times longer than my normal blogs, but please be patient… and I’d read the footnotes too. Be warned, I am, like you, snarky… mostly because I don’t believe people who promote the media driven agenda care about understanding anyone else, and doubt you will actually bother reading this all the way through. I also doubt they even bother to try to understand themselves most of the time. Even so, here I go.[1] We are NOT opposed to…
  • “Look What the World is Coming to”: A Christian Perception of Life as We Know it

    Andrew Sargent
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
      There are a lot memes that fly around social media; some are insightful, others only appear insightful. This one, which was constructed by others using an out of context quote from Carl F. Henry, for whom I have nothing but regard, is a case in point. It appears to say something wise using the circumstances and reactions of the early church to those circumstances as if it is an eternal guide for the churches behavior no matter where it is active in the world. Much of the NT writer’s talk, particularly in the Epistles is what some have labeled occasional theology, or theology…
  • Three Great Prophetic Truths that Transformed the World Part 2: Idolatry is an Abomination

    Andrew Sargent
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    One can hardly keep from noticing that the writing prophets (Isaiah through Malachi) seem a tad preoccupied with combating the societal inclination in Israel (and the nations) to Idolatry. We can speculate as to the exact process by which men became idol worshippers—many speculate based on Scriptural passages or pre-conceived notions about the nature of “primitive man,”—but the process is outside the scope of real scientific inquiry. What we do know is that out of the darkness of a world steeped in truly vile forms of worship—ranging from human sacrifice, child sacrifice, cult…
  • Three Great Prophetic Truths that Transformed the World, Part 1: Did Judaism & Christianity Improve the World?

    Andrew Sargent
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    An atheist close to me was raised as a conservative Christian. The gospel never penetrated his heart, but he was, on the whole, a well behaved kid who absorbed a strong sense of morality, obedience to authority, concern for his neighbor’s well-being, work ethic, sobriety and self-restraint. He imagines, if you talk with him, that his “superior” behavior and morality, his basic human decency is the product of his atheism, and NOT a holdover from his upbringing. He imagines a world where he and people like him can tear down Christianity and all religion, so as to free society from the…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The War Against the Flesh

    Fr. Peter
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no […] The post The War Against the Flesh appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • 3 Characteristics of the Church

    Fr. Peter
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the […] The post 3 Characteristics of the Church appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What Motivates Your Life?

    Fr. Peter
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In a previous essay I spent some time with the subject of the purpose of our being.  I turned to the book by Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, to pull out some ideas on that subject.  But once we determine what our purpose is we also have to determine what it is that motivates […] The post What Motivates Your Life? appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Healing Power of the Church

    Fr. Peter
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
      The Gospel passage for this past Sunday came from the 8th chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel and is the story of Jesus healing the servant of the centurion.  The servant was paralyzed and the centurion approached Jesus to ask him to heal his servant.  Jesus agrees and wants to go to his home to […] The post The Healing Power of the Church appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Some Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Issue

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am a living historian and portray a Federal Chaplain assigned to the 28th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the famed Irish Brigade.  I do not glorify war but study the past to help influence the future.  We must understand the past, not the past we want to believe, but the past as it happened.  The […] The post Some Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Issue appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • Importance of Human Life!

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

    8 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    In today’s world with our fast paced lives amidst stress and anxiety, if there is one thing we all long for, it is peace of mind. For most of us peace of mind has become a cherished ideal that seems far-fetched. We dissipate a large part of our time and energy in seeking favorable circumstances that will lead to peace and tranquility of the mind. But our own experience tells us that circumstances conducive to our mental peace rarely become a reality. So what is the way to peace? Firstly understand that internal peace is never a product of external circumstances. It is a product of…
  • Many a times in our Life we come across so many mishappenings with us, during those conditions we actually do not realize the grace of God but after somewhere we realize that it was for the betterment of us. Then how can we realize the grace of God during those unfavourable conditions because momentarily obviously we get panic….?

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

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

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

  • Encourage & Build One Another (Verneda Lights)
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    cherylholt / Pixabay I’m so grateful for technology, because it makes it easy to say kind words or donate money that helps someone who’s down, in dire straits, or championing a worthy cause. Lies and deceit are also made easier on the ‘Net, but the potential for good is something we can use to build one another up instead of tearing each other down. The word for today is ‪#‎encourage‬. Do it for the next person you meet. It’s a powerful way to keep love alive. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians…
  • The Word for Today Is: (Humble Yourself and) #Pray (Verneda Lights)
    11 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    View image | Prayer is a powerful weapon. and a citadel of hope. Because prayer changes things, two of the most important things you can do in life are to thank God for His goodness and plead for His help. But prayers from proud, selfish, lips go no where. Next time you think Heaven’s ear is made of brass, consider the state of your own soul. Humble yourself, repent, pray, and seek God’s face. Then watch how things change. The word for today is #pray. May you do it often and in humility. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,…
  • Choose the Road to Somewhere (Verneda Lights)
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Caution infernal traffic (Photo credit: Duncan) Everyday is a crossroad where we chose which way to go. Every day you wake up, there are two ways to decide which path(s) to take: You can rely on your ability to reason, or you can ask the Lord and choose to walk by faith. The problem with relying on reason, is that making right decisions depends on having perfect knowledge and understanding of all facts past, present, future. This is impossible for humans. Asking the Lord to help you choose the right road, is the perfect but least comfortable way to make a decision. It’s perfect, because…
  • Everybody Has a Gift From God (What’s Yours?) (Verneda Lights)
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    …But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 geralt / Pixabay While straightening out kitchen cabinets, I came across a jar of home-made Kosher dill pickles nestled among a jar of preserves. The preserves and the pickles were made by a neighbor, who regularly gifts us with her dazzlingly packaged, mouth-watering goodies. I didn’t waste any time opening the jar of Kosher dills, closed my eyes, and blissfully crunched away, careful to catch the juice with a paper towel. Some gifts are obvious, and still others are like…
  • He’s an On-Time God (Yes He Is!) (Verneda Lights)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    He’s an On-Time God (If video does not immediately appear, please refresh your page.) Some people get frustrated with God’s timing. They think that He takes too long to take care of business. But that is not the case. 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV) says: 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. The Lord is patient, even with those who do wrong. Even when we do wrong. In His patient, perfect, timing, correction and punishment are just.
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  • The Anti-Christ is Here

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

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

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

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    For months, I drove the same route to work without a second thought. I passed the same gas stations, crossed the same bridge over the same river, and calculated the remaining distance against the time displayed on my radio’s clock. My autopilot performed the actual driving while my conscious mind mulled over the day ahead, what stresses I would encounter, and how many days were left until Friday, sweet Friday. The commute was familiar, monotonous, and so robotic, I wonder how I ever saw it…The sign read “Acworth Lodge 176,” followed by a phone number and blurb advertising their…
  • The Discernment of Spirits

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    When The Exorcist was released in 1973, audiences were both riveted and repulsed. Prior to the premier, the most shocking scene moviegoers experienced was during Old Yellerwhen the dog contracted rabies and little Travis had to shoot him. Little boys becoming men was one thing, but little girls becoming possessed and spewing obscenities (as well as pea soup) while their heads rotated 360 degrees? What has become of the world?!Nowadays…well, let’s just say viewpoints have changed.Horns; Deliver Us from Evil; At the Devil’s House; As Above, So Below; The Devil’s Due…and these are just…
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    Happy Eid Mubarak SMS, Messages, Greeting Cards

  • Happy EID Mubarak SMS Messages 2015 Collection

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    EID is celebrated after the completion of the holy month of Ramadan. This year EID probably will be celebrated on 18th July 2015. On this day, Muslims all over the world offer special EID prayers and greet EID Mubarak to everyone.Social media geeks or the persons who use texting as a medium to greet EID Mubarak uses either EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi or EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu for sending greetings to their family and friends.Well, this post covers a few more Happy EID Mubarak SMS messages for you. Do share it with your friends and family this EID 2015.EID Mubarak SMS Messages 2015The Earth can…
  • Happy EID Mubarak Quotes Sayings in English

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    EID ul Fitr 2015 will be celebrated after the completion of the holy month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims all over the world get up early and go to masjids to offer EID prayers. Upon completion, they greet each other Happy EID MubarakWell, social media geeks can utilize the EID mubarak quotes shared here to greet their friends on facebook and whatsapp. You can also checkout EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi, EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu, EID Mubarak Wallpapers and Download EID Mubarak Images.So here we bring you the best collection of Happy EID Mubarak Quotes sayings in english which you can use to greet…
  • Download EID Mubarak Images 2015 Collection Free

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Download EID Mubarak Images 2015. EID 2015 will probably be celebrated on July 18, ie, after completion of 29 days of Ramadan Mubarak month. On the EID day, Muslims world wide greet each other 'EID Mubarak' after offering morning prayers.Often people on social media would like to greet their friends using EID Mubarak images. So here we bring you the latest and best collection of EID Mubarak images 2015 which you can download for free from here.To download EID mubarak images, all you need to do is choose your favorite EID images, right click mouse button and select 'Save Image as...'So,…
  • EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu 2015: Best 10

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu 2015. EID ul Fitr is a day that is celebrated after the end of the holy month of Ramadan Mubarak. Muslims offer prayers early in the morning on this day and greet each other 'EID Mubarak'.Well after the shares on EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi and EID Mubarak Messages in English, we are here with the collection of EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu 2015. These SMS messages can be used on the EID day to greet your family and friends world wide.So, let's checkout our EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu collection.EID Mubarak SMS in Urdu 2015 CollectionAaj Khuda ki hum par ho Meherbaani,Karde maaf…
  • Funny EID Mubarak Pictures Free Download

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    EID ul Fitr is celebrated after the completion of Ramadan Mubarak month. It is usually celebrated after 29 or 30 days depends on the sighting of the moon. On this auspicious occasion, we bring you the funny EID Mubarak Pictures collection.These funny EID Mubarak pictures can be downloaded free. All you need to do is to select your favorite funny EID mubarak picture, right click your mouse button and select 'Save image as...'So, here we go with the collection of funny EID Mubarak pictures free download. You can also checkout EID Mubarak Images free download, EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi, Ramzan…
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  • JW Alumni is now called TAZE

    Misha Anouk
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! My project JW Alumni will continue to exist as – check it out now. And find out in this blog post why I chose to change the name and what will change following the relaunch (spoiler: nothing!) Continue reading JW Alumni is now called TAZE by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on - Jehovah's Witnesses News
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses are liable for Abuse because Organization failed to take “safeguarding steps”, says London Court

    Misha Anouk
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! London’s High Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to take “safeguarding steps” to protect a young woman from abuse by a Ministerial Servant. The victim has won a six-figure payout, according to a BBC report. The woman, now in her 20s, had lodged a £500,000 claim for compensation, which could have Jehovah’s […] Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses are liable for Abuse because Organization failed to take “safeguarding steps”, says London Court by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post…
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘destroy or seriously disrupt’ Families due to their Shunning Policy, Survey finds

    Misha Anouk
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! A majority of former Jehovah’s Witnesses believes the organization’s policy of shunning ex-members has had adverse effects on family relationships: two-thirds feel that Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine “destroyed or seriously disrupted” their family. This is the result of a recent survey we conducted in May 2015. Shunning is an extreme form of excommunication (“disfellowshipping”) whereby […] Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘destroy or seriously disrupt’ Families due to their…
  • Are Bethelites at Jehovah’s Witnesses Headquarters using VPN technology to visit Apostate Websites?

    Misha Anouk
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:12 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! I got an interesting mail today: A person contacted me anonymously claiming to be a “Bethelite in Brooklyn”. Bethelites is how individuals working at the different Jehovah’s Witnesses Headquarters are called. According to him, more and more Bethelites in Brooklyn, New York, are using VPN technology to secretly visit “apostate” […] Continue reading Are Bethelites at Jehovah’s Witnesses Headquarters using VPN technology to visit Apostate Websites? by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on…
  • UN Report: Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eritrea ongoing

    Misha Anouk
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Jehovah’s Witnesses are still facing massive persecution in Eritrea, reports the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and “describes a totalitarian state bent on controlling Eritreans through a vast security apparatus that has penetrated all levels of society.” Three Jehovah’s Witnesses have been incarcerated for twenty years – two […] Continue reading UN Report: Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eritrea ongoing by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on -…
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  • Wait, Isn’t The Prodigal’s Older Brother An Ideal Christian?

    Jacob McMillen
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Originally published by Gateway News.   “But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’   And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost…
  • 10 No-Excuse Ways To Become A Better Man Today

    Jacob McMillen
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:19 am
    I tend to be an all-or-nothing type of guy. Either I’m all-in or I can’t be bothered. Sometimes, this is great. I tend to be knowledgeable about a lot of things, because the moment something catches my interest, I’m 5 hours deep into researching the subject. I tend to be relatively successful at anything I try, because I prepare, plan, and work hard to make it happen the right way. But sometimes, this all-or-nothing approach leaves me neglecting important things when the circumstances aren’t right. For example… I once had a very successful season bodybuilding. I…
  • 3 Ways This Woman’s Dress Looks Exactly Like Your Theology

    Jacob McMillen
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I would be remiss in my editorial duties if I failed to incorporate internet trends into our weekly topics. You’ve probably already seen the middle image above floating around your Facebook feed, no doubt accompanied by intense debate. It seems that when many people look at the middle dress above, they see it as the gold and white dress to the left, while many others see it as the black and blue dress to the right. If you never received the full memo, the reason for this disparity is the lighting. Your brain is picking up on the fact that there is a lighting issue at play and then…
  • The Top 10 Crazy Beards You Wish You’d Seen In Person

    Jacob McMillen
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    You don’t have to wear a beard to be manly, but whether we’re talking biology or pop culture, the beard is a permanent symbol of manliness. Beards never go out of fashion and they serve as a source of pride for men in every tribe, tongue, and culture the world over. Some of us can grow crazy beards. Some of us can only manage an elementary showing. Regardless, we can all appreciate a good beard, and that’s what this post is about – a collection of mantastic beards you probably wouldn’t want but you wish you could have seen in person. Beard photos and commentary…
  • 7 Reasons Christian Denominations Are A Stupid Idea

    Jacob McMillen
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    So let me just come right out and say it. Christian denominations are a really, really bad idea. In fact, they’re the worst! I’m not talking about any specific denomination. I’m talking about the very existence of denominations within the Church. Denominations are part of a system that is rendering the Western Church ineffective, both to its own members and society at large. Here’s why. 1. Denominations directly promote division Are we the Body of Christ? The theoretical answer is “yes”, but for all practical purposes, we aren’t Christians. We are…
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  • It’s all about the basics

    Alan Hughes
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 pm
    I ended up in a meeting with our lead pastor the first Monday after the Charleston church shooting. At one point, of course, the events in Charleston came up. Part of the conversation made me think back to something I learned in high school football. One time we played a team from out of state. Each time their offense came to the line, their guys would line up and, as they went into their three-point stance, they’d slap their thigh pads in unison. It was noisy, cool and, to be honest, kind of intimidating. Of course we tried to adopt that move. After all, it looked/sounded cool. Problem…
  • Charleston church shooting stuns city and nation

    Alan Hughes
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    Source: Wikipedia Commons The church security world got another jolt today. By now, you’ve likely heard of the tragic events in Charleston, SC. A man entered the 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat with parishioners in a prayer service for little while (up to an hour according to some sources) and then opened fire on the church. In the end nine people, six women and three men, laid dead. One woman was reportedly let go after being told that she was to tell people what happened. The suspect is described as clean-shaven and approximately 21 years old with sandy…
  • What if we listened?

    Alan Hughes
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    I heard a story recently that made me stop and think about how we may deal with others. A long time employee of a company was undergoing a truckload of stress. His spouse was terminally ill and he was trying to care for her. His car broke down and he was riding a bicycle to work while his car was being fixed. He tried hard, but was a few minutes late a few times. His past attendance record had been spotless. He was a loyal employee that had excellent job performance through the years. The man was called into a meeting with his employer and his union representative. Neither one gave the man…
  • Practice to succeed

    Alan Hughes
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Several years back, I had the opportunity to hear LTC (ret.) Dave Grossman speak at the Florida Gang Investigators Association annual meeting. Grossman is not just a retired soldier, but a student of violent behavior and an author of several books on the psychology of killing and violence. LTC Grossman is also one of the originators of the sheepdog analogy that has become popular in recent years. One of the things I took away from that talk was the quote:  “You won’t rise to the occasion, you’ll sink to your training.” There is a lot of truth in that single sentence. I remember a…
  • What is the Ministry of Presence?

    Alan Hughes
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Over the past couple of months, several people in my circle of family and friends have experienced deaths in their families. A few days ago, my ex-wife let me know that her teen-age nephew had been killed yesterday in a small plane crash. One of the things that has been in the back of my mind is addressing this topic, so today seemed like a good day. Dealing with situations like this isn’t easy for me. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ISTJ. I’m an introvert by nature, so that makes it a little bit of a struggle. On top of that, my personality type is very strongly thinker over…
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  • Pope’s Encyclical: Eschew Air Conditioning?

    Elise Hilton
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    I know why Victorian women fainted so much. They were too hot – literally. Wearing layers and layers of clothes, corseted to the point of not being able to breath, attempting to make merry in rooms draped and swathed and festooned with velvet furniture and bric-a-brac. If you think about London in the summer … you’d faint too. I will happily keep my modern clothing and my air conditioning, thank you. Read more on Pope’s Encyclical: Eschew Air Conditioning?… The post Pope’s Encyclical: Eschew Air Conditioning? appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog.
  • PowerLinks 07.06.15

    Joe Carter
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    School Vouchers May Head Again To Supreme Court Joy Pullman, The Federalist A court decision in Colorado could erase sectarian discrimination from 37 state constitutions. Or end vouchers nationwide. High Court Will Take on Forced Unionism Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon Read more on PowerLinks 07.06.15… The post PowerLinks 07.06.15 appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: PowerLinks 01.07.15 PowerLinks 06.30.15 PowerLinks 01.30.14
  • EcoLinks 07.03.15

    Bruce Edward Walker
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Enviros That Supported The Pope’s Encyclical Tout Abortion To Solve Global Warming Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller Here’s some irony for you. The same environmentalists that fervently supported the Pope’s call for global governance over the climate and oceans are also pushing explicitly anti-Catholic policies to fight global warming: more access to contraceptives and abortion.The Sierra Club was just one of many environmental groups that supported the Pope’s call to address man-made global warming. When Pope Francis published his encyclical in June, they issued a strong statement of…
  • What About Naomi?

    Bruce Edward Walker
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Naomi Klein In my lifetime I’ve witnessed some odd pairings – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga being among the most recent – but none so bizarre as Pope Francis and Naomi Klein. The Pope needs no explanation, but Ms. Klein may leave some readers scratching their heads. The telegenic Canadian activist actually was invited to participate in a stacked-deck of climate-change true-believers at the Vatican. Read more on What About Naomi?… The post What About Naomi? appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: EcoLinks 06.17.15 Who Is Advising Pope Francis on Global Warming?
  • 5 Facts About Independence Day

    Joe Carter
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    July 4, 2015 will be America’s 239th Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here are five facts you should know about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration. Read more on 5 Facts About Independence Day… The post 5 Facts About Independence Day appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: The Declaration of Independence Reminds us to Put Tyrants on Notice The Foundations of American Independence vs. Despotism
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