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  • 'Violent' Muslims? 'Amoral' atheists? It's time to stop shouting and start talking to each other | Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman

    Religion | The Guardian
    Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The logic of blanket statements falls apart when youre confronted with the diversity of the religious and nonreligious experienceLost in the venomous arguments that have recently been flying back and forth between Muslims and atheists on HBO and on op-ed pages, in the United States and beyond is just how much these two marginalized, underrepresented groups have in common.According to a Pew poll conducted this year, Muslims and atheists are the two least favorably viewed religious or ethical groups in the US. Both communities are severely underrepresented in the general population roughly 2%…
  • Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Vatican City (AFP) - Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos."
  • Humiliation replaces fear for the women kidnapped by Isis

    Religion | The Guardian
    Annabell Van den Berghe in Duhok
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Widow with child sold for marriage after raiding Isis militants shot her husband and took them into captivityThey sold Amsha for $12. Other girls and women went for more, much more. But Amsha had a small son and was pregnant with her second child. She had already seen Islamic State (Isis) militants execute her husband in front of her. Now the terror of that crime and the fear of captivity was to be replaced by the indignity and humiliation of being traded like cattle.A 50-year-old man with a dark beard came to buy me, she recalls. From that day on, I didnt want to live any more. Continue…
  • Visiting the Amish at Union Grove, NC (32 Photos)

    Amish America
    Erik/Amish America
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    My first Amish trip of 2014 happened last week. I made a short visit to the only Amish community in North Carolina, the Union Grove settlement. The Union Grove community includes both Union Grove and Hamptonville addresses (Iredell and Yadkin counties). This is the western part of the state, about 45 minutes west of Winston-Salem in […]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
  • Sachal Studios Orchestra plays Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    [Daily Trust]Osogbo -The Chief Imam of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Oladosu, has charged Muslims and Christians to work together for the unity of the country.
  • Nigeria: Oritsejafor and His Controversies

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    [Daily Independent]Before he assumed the position of head of the apex body of Christians in Nigeria, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has always been in the news for different reasons.
  • Nigeria: I Am a Born-Again Christian but Not Stereotypical One - Uti Nwachukwu

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    [Vanguard]Many people have said it is really an arduous task to fix former Big Brother Africa winner, Uti Nwachukwu, in any particular setting. Just when you think you have got the guy all figured out, there is always a part of him sticking out for you to put a tag on.
  • Nigeria: Don't Demolish the Only Mosques in Wuye District, Muslim Community Begs FCT Minister

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    [Premium Times]The Muslim Community in the Wuye District of Abuja has appealed to the Federal Government to rethink the planned demolition of the only two existing mosques serving the area.
  • Zimbabwe: President Attends Pope Paul Vi Beatification

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    [The Herald]Mabasa Sasa -President Mugabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe yesterday joined political and religious leaders and 70 000 other Roman Catholics at a double mass here that marked the end of the Third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops and the beatification of Paul VI by Pope Francis. Although the crowd was significantly smaller than the 800 000 people who witnessed Pope Francis' canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II in April, the celebration of the man known as "the forgotten Pope" was certainly not muted.
 
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  • The Selfish Catepillar and The College Butterfly

    jperry
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Oh...yes, I'm the selfish caterpillar.Teens and their parents fight. Yes, of course, but as much as that happens, I can't imagine ever wanting them out of the house. They are teenagers who are acting like teenagers, but they are still our babies deep down there inside. I think I suck at parenting sometimes. I am emotional. I get angry. I don't respect boundaries...yet...cause I'm trying to figure out when to let go. At what age?  You think the stages of ages prepare, but in my experience lately, it hasn't.  So I'll tell you a story only to make sense of it in my head.  I think…
  • Interview: Ted Melfi of "St. Vincent"

    Nell Minow
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Writer/director Ted Melfi got Bill Murray to appear in his first film by calling him. Murray does not have an agent or a manager. He has an 800 number. And Melfi left message after message until Murray finally called back and asked Melfi to pick him up at the airport. Apparently his pitch skills (and driving skills) impressed Murray because he stars as the title character in Melfi's "St. Vincent," as a bitter Vietnam vet who drinks and gambles too much and has sex with a pregnant stripper (Naomi Watts), and, desperate for money, agrees to babysit the son of his new neighbor, a…
  • DAY 28 MEL’S LOVE LAND #NEXT100 | CREATE A NEW STORY

    Melanie Lutz
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    All acts in the world begin in the imagination.It's Time. Let any story that no longer serves the deeper peaceful-ness of your being fall away. Step into the next possibility of the greatest expression of your wholeness. Turn all the absolute shining brilliance of possibility into full on probability. Let go of your anxiousness, let go of your judgment, let go of your tired, heavy, boring, story. Stop the "yeah, but" and just say YES to that beautiful story of the fullest expression of joy.Bring light to the darkness when choosing to make a change by creating a new story…
  • 10 Guidelines from God

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    God can grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life, but you have to meet Him halfway. Follow these ten guidelines to get closer to God.
  • What Do Critics Think About Watching Film That Is Not What the Makers Intended?

    Nell Minow
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thanks to Indiewire for including me in their survey of critics about how important it is to watch a movie as it was filmed. If it was made on film stock, is it unfair to the artists' vision to watch a digital version?Here was my answer: Copyright Walt Disney StudiosI remember hearing a Lionsgate executive explaining ruefully that they put so much effort and imagination into every inch of the screen for the "Lord of the Rings" movies only to find that people wanted to be able to watch them on their phones. "We'll sell it to them, if that's what they want," he said,…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • 19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm

    Michael Lichens
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    One time, I went to the airport to meet a friend who was coming for a visit. He came out with just two small bags, one of which he handed me immediately. This was a gift that was given to him and which he was passing on to me. I asked if he had other […]
  • Wounded by God

    Stephen Beale
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Jacob came away limping. Paul was blinded. St. Francis bled in his hands and feet. St. Philip Neri suffered broken ribs. The encounter with God, Scripture and tradition suggest, is a profoundly wounding experience. In his Spiritual Canticle, St. John of the Cross puts it this way: Where have you hidden, Beloved, and left me […]
  • The Rosary: The Best Prayer for Men

    Br. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P.
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Devotion to Our Lady may not seem an intuitive thing for some Catholic men.  Growing up, I’d occasionally catch my father as he finished praying the Rosary early on Saturday mornings (begun in peace when the rest of us were asleep), or notice he’d left his handsome set of beads lying out on a coffee […]
  • Flicking Bubbles and Wrangling Babies

    Richard Becker
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Jesus asks for childlike abandonment to the providence of our heavenly Father who takes care of his children’s smallest needs (CCC). One of the hardest things to teach beginning nursing students is how to get rid of syringe bubbles. It’s an important part of learning to give shots – but not for the reasons you’d […]
  • St. Paul of the Cross

    Saints Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Passionate Preacher St. Paul of the Cross (Priest and Founder) was born in 1694 to a large middle-class family which was very devout. He was the second of their sixteen children and worked for a time to help support his younger brothers and sisters. He joined the army of Venice at age twenty. In 1720, […]
 
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  • The Houston Sermon Subpoenas and How Christians Should Respond

    philcooke
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    It started when Fox News broke the explosive story: “The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, or gender identity. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.” The Houston Chronicle reported it began with Houston’s new non-discrimination […]
  • When Hiring Your Family Is the Smart Thing To Do

    philcooke
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    When I wrote a recent post about nepotism, I received a lot of feedback – particularly on my Facebook page – from people defending hiring family members. It’s true that family-run businesses have a great track record. In my defense I did mention that I’m not 100% against hiring your children, plus I wrote that “In […]
  • Be Cautious When Hiring Your Family

    philcooke
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although nearly every church, ministry, or non-profit client I’ve ever known hires their family, I always urge caution when doing it.  Sure – there’s nothing we’d all like better than to hire our spouse, children, or other relatives.  The idea of a “family company” sounds great.  But in truth, it doesn’t work as well as […]
  • Research on TV Viewing That May Shock You

    philcooke
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    It’s widely believed that in the digital age, television is dead. But as with many rumors, nothing could be further from the truth. That lesson is supported by recent research from Nielsen Ratings. Plus, you’ll be surprised at who’s watching TV versus spending time online. Here’s some of the findings: Number of TV channels in […]
  • How People Discover New TV Shows

    philcooke
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In the digital age, there’s plenty of controversy about traditional advertising versus digital advertising and social media (not to mention guerrilla advertising.) But a recent survey from HUB Entertainment Research reveals the truth about how people find new TV programs. The results may be surprising: 58% – Traditional Advertising 41% – Word of Mouth 34% […]
 
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • Northern CA Author Pens New Book

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Contact: Rebecca Duvall, 707-695-8548, duvall827@comcast.net VACAVILLE, Calif., Oct. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bay Area resident and author Rebecca Duvall tells her personal story of struggles with religion, betrayal, illness and sacrifices in her new book In His Way. Duvall, an independent mother of two, divorcee, and anti-religious person, found love with a police officer. Duvall shares her journey going from bread winner to being dependent, immersed in the world of law enforcem Source: Rebecca Duvall
  • A Word for the Journey Women's Retreat

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Contact: Dr. Ulanda Davis, 610-657-9862 LEHIGH VALLEY, Penn., Oct., 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Davis Consulting & Counseling announces A Word for the Journey's Annual Christian Women's Retreat: "Equipping God's Women for Victory," a retreat for women ages of 16 and up. A Word for The Journey gives women an atmosphere where we can be refreshed as we hear from God, to be reconnected, as we fellowship with one another in a genuine way, and be revived as we receive love from our sister Source: Davis Consulting & Counseling
  • Maine Author, Sheri Ann Stanley, Releases Book About Personal Near Death Experience

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    In her new release, "Soulful Journey: Walking With Faith After My Near Death Experience," Author Sheri Ann Stanley shares how her near death experience (NDE) led to a life transformation. If you've read or seen the movies Heaven is For Real, Gods Not Dead and Left Behind you will want to read Soulful Journey. Contact: Sheri Ann Stanley, Author, 207-831-3456, s.a.stanley2013@gmail.com PORTLAND, Maine, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Are you or someone you love reeling from the eff Source: SOULFUL JOURNEY
  • Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal that Fast and Furious Rifle Was Used in 2013 Phoenix Gang-Style Assault

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Grassley/Issa letter to Justice Department cites its failure to notify Congress, credits Judicial Watch with overcoming DOJ attempt to "limit its exposure to public scrutiny"Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188 WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch has announced that, based on information uncovered through a Judicial Watch public records lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Congress has confirmed that an AK 47 rifle used Source: Judicial Watch
  • Synod Bishops Coming Together

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Contact: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org  NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on the unofficial summary of the reports issued by the ten working groups that comprise the Synod of Bishops: The working groups expressed their dismay at the false impression that was given by the interim report. This was understandable given that almost none of them were consulted about it; the document was Source: Catholic League
 
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Virgin of Valme pilgrimage near Seville in pictures

    Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    This pilgrimage has taken place since 1894 in the town of Dos Hermanas near the Andalucían capital of Seville in southern Spain. Pilgrims wearing traditional Andalucían dresses accompany the Virgin on horseback, on foot or in carts in an atmosphere of religious fervour Continue reading...
  • A burqa across Australia  in pictures

    Fabian Muir
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Before Australias parliament backed down from a controversial decision to segregate women wearing facial coverings in its public galleries, photographer Fabian Muir set out on a 10,000km journey to photograph the burqa in landscapes across Australia. The resulting work appears in his series Blue Burqa in a Sunburnt Country Continue reading...
  • Pope Franciss healing, loving revolution is unstoppable | Austen Ivereigh

    Austen Ivereigh
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    A minority of bishops clings to conservative ways but the Catholic church is slowly changing and will be holier for itThe remarkable gathering of global Catholic leaders in Rome that ended on Saturday has mostly been filtered through a political lens, as a debate between factions. Thus the hopes of gay people and the divorced were raised by a swing to the liberals but dashed by the conservatives reasserting themselves. But that doesnt capture what happened. The actual dynamic was more complex, and very different.For the bishops who attended, assent to doctrinal orthodoxy was the starting…
  • Humiliation replaces fear for the women kidnapped by Isis

    Annabell Van den Berghe in Duhok
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Widow with child sold for marriage after raiding Isis militants shot her husband and took them into captivityThey sold Amsha for $12. Other girls and women went for more, much more. But Amsha had a small son and was pregnant with her second child. She had already seen Islamic State (Isis) militants execute her husband in front of her. Now the terror of that crime and the fear of captivity was to be replaced by the indignity and humiliation of being traded like cattle.A 50-year-old man with a dark beard came to buy me, she recalls. From that day on, I didnt want to live any more. Continue…
  • 'Violent' Muslims? 'Amoral' atheists? It's time to stop shouting and start talking to each other | Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman

    Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The logic of blanket statements falls apart when youre confronted with the diversity of the religious and nonreligious experienceLost in the venomous arguments that have recently been flying back and forth between Muslims and atheists on HBO and on op-ed pages, in the United States and beyond is just how much these two marginalized, underrepresented groups have in common.According to a Pew poll conducted this year, Muslims and atheists are the two least favorably viewed religious or ethical groups in the US. Both communities are severely underrepresented in the general population roughly 2%…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Abraham inspires Muslims, Christians and Jews

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    In the current climate, I hesitate to tell people that the biggest holiday of the Muslim year celebrates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son ..
  • The Hajj ending in Eid-ul-Adha

    5 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to God.
  • Eid-ul-Ad'ha and the Merit of Hajj

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    The rituals of the hajj are tied up with the events in Ibrahim's (AS) life. He was childless with his first wife Sarah. Then he took Hagar (Hajera) as his second wife. Through her, he became father of Isma'il (AS) at a very advanced age.
  • Eid al Adha -Striving for Second Chances

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    As I walked in the footsteps of Abraham and his family, completing the rites of Hajj, I came to understand a truth....
  • Hajj - The Spiritual Climax

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Hajj offers Muslims, as one nation, the opportunity to exercise the high principles, values and objectives upon which Islam bases the shaping of the individual and the nation ..
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Specific giving counters Hallowgivingsmas

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Soul Motor) International (MNN) -- If you walk into a store right now in the United States, you see evidence of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all mishmashed together. The retail creep on the buying seasons for gift-giving opportunities is so prevalent that people are starting to look for more meaningful alternatives. One of those alternatives is charity gift catalogs. The items shown in these catalogs give shoppers the chance to buy a sheep for a family or to educate a girl instead of buying a Cuisinart or an iPhone. Gift catalogs are attractive because…
  • Update on Asia Bibi

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs USA) Pakistan (MNN) -- Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, lost her appeal with the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. It means her death sentence on a blasphemy conviction stands. The Voice of the Martyrs USA says her lawyers now have 30 days to file an appeal with Pakistan's Supreme Court in Islamabad, the highest court in the land. It starts into motion a long appeal process that is expected to take years of more waiting. During the hearing, nearly 2,000 mullahs gathered outside the court to put pressure on the judges. When…
  • Short-term mission trips to India

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    India (MNN) -- Short-term missions are a great tool and opportunity to get involved in spreading the Gospel globally. However, it is important to begin this venture with the right attitude and the right expectations. Otherwise, the entire point of the trip could be missed. India Partners is an organization that ministers to widows and vulnerable people in India. They assist in church planting, establish long-term and self-sustaining micro loan projects, and share the truth of Jesus Christ even in prisons. (Photo Courtesy of India Partners) Remo Paul is a national partner of India Partners who…
  • Anti-Balaka violence a problem for Christians

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Central African Republic (MNN) -- Six more people were killed late last week, relief groups are stymied, and transportation is at a standstill in the Central African Republic (CAR). While the country has a transitional government, Anti-Balaka rebels continues to seek revenge in the wake of the March 2013 coup by Muslim Seleka rebels. Internally displaced in Central African Republic(UNHCR photo) Abuses marred their rule, prompting a backlash from the non-Muslim Anti-Balaka militia and their supporters. That backlash forced Seleka leader Michel Djotodia into exile in January. Catherine Samba…
  • Heartbreak: Ebola, orphans, family

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Reach Global) Liberia (MNN) -- The cost of Liberia's Ebola crisis goes beyond the health emergency. Peggy Maynard, Global Fingerprints Liberia Coordinator, says, "Because the borders are closed, the markets are closed. Food is becoming scarce and very expensive, so it's hard for people to even get enough food to eat. Also, many of the health clinics are closed because people are afraid of Ebola patients coming in. "We are really focusing on providing our children and our staff with food and healthcare--that's our first priority," Maynard explains. They've made a commitment to…
 
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  • The Four Stages of Man

    john_hendryx
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Adrian ReynoldsIt is always helpful for the preacher to be thinking through to whom he is preaching in terms of their spiritual state. Thomas Boston is helpful here with his fourfold state, picking up on Augustine:Primitive integrity, i.e. pre-fall – in Augustinian terms, able to sinEntire depravity, i.e. post-fall, pre-conversion, not able not to sinBegun recovery, i.e. regenerate, able not to sinConsummate happiness (or misery), i.e. glorification, unable to sinIt will not have escaped your notice that we are not preaching to either (1) or (4). However, chances are we are preaching to…
  • The Top 10 Books for Elders - Professor David Murray

    john_hendryx
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Today I’m listing my Top 10 Books for Elders, with the recommendation that elders read at least one of these books on eldership every year. Why not do it together with fellow-elders? Obviously there are various church polity models represented here, but I hope you’ll find much to learn about eldership from each of the various traditions.1. The Shepherd Leader by Timothy WitmerI agree with Pastor Al Martin that this book should be required reading for all elders/pastors. Crystalizes the elder’s work around four verbs: Knowing, leading, protecting, providing.Also see Witmer’s The…
  • "Your Website is Biased and Prejudicial"

    john_hendryx
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Visitor: "Your website is an exercise in biased and prejudicial thinking.  Your stated mission and posted writings show a consistent pattern:  label something, then throw it into either the "good theology" bin or the "bad theology" bin.  I suppose this method and habit of thought provides you and many of your readers with a sense of security, but to me it is not the way of love.  It is the way of division, judgment, and prejudicial rejection---the very things Jesus spoke out and acted against.  Your view of the Bible is somewhat ironically not supported by the text itself, and to me…
  • Union with Christ (Books)

    john_hendryx
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This is a list of books (for sale) on the doctrine of the believer’s union with Christ. For free online resources click here, the largest collection of free resources on union with Christ online."In Christ" is a phrase found nearly 90 times in Paul's letters. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). To be "in Christ" means to be in union with Him, one with him and incorporated in him, so that God sees us "in Christ" qualifying us for our inheritance. This concept is to be identified with Christ as the Second Adam.
  • Free eBook (Sampler) Theologians on the Christian Life

    john_hendryx
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
     in ePub (http://cway.to/1vaXYfu) and Kindle .mobi (http://cway.to/Y6q7se) formats/ This sample includes one chapter each on Calvin, Wesley, Bonhoeffer, Schaeffer & WarfieldTo learn more about each title in this series, click on the links below:
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    Religion

  • Surprising Draft To Watered-Down Report: This Year's Vatican Synod

    Sylvia Poggioli
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Roman Catholic bishops have wrapped up their two-week meeting at the Vatican about family issues. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention. Among the more controversial issues were how to deal with gays and with divorced and remarried Catholics.» E-Mail This
  • Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

    NPR Staff
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.» E-Mail This
  • Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

    Micah Schweizer
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    In 1856, Mormons walking to Salt Lake City, dragging wooden carts, got stuck in a blizzard. Each year, thousands of Mormon teenagers return to that site to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.» E-Mail This
  • Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Catholic bishops finished a two-week gathering at the Vatican on Saturday. Their discussions focused on the family and controversial issues, including gays and divorcees. But many were disappointed.» E-Mail This
  • Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

    Scott Neuman
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.» E-Mail This
 
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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
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To date, courts, legislatures and voters have legalized gay marriage in 31 states and the District of Columbia, while 18 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. This interactive shows the change in each state’s policy over time.
  • Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

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

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

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

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

    proverbs31
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I had the privilege of speaking at the Women of Grace Conference this past weekend. What a lovely group of ladies. I went there to bless them but came away very much blessed myself.  Truly an honour and a wonderful experience. I shared on three verses: Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:20 and Proverbs 31:25.  The first about considering the field that their ministry is in, the second about helping those who are in need in their communities and the third about confidence and assurance and also knowing where and how their families fit into God’s plan for them. Thank you ladies, and in…
  • Meeting the needs of others

    proverbs31
    21 Apr 2013 | 4:53 am
    Debbie and I hadn’t seen each other in many years.  We’ve both had our trials and challenges during that time of not seeing one another. But we reconnected about a year or so ago when I saw her post on the Facebook page of the Christian radio station I love to listen to.  Turned out she’d remembered the station from when she used to work for me many years prior, and when looking for something more uplifting on the air, she turned the dials till she found what she was looking for. Yesterday, she and her son, Joel, came here to visit. She’d sent me a message via…
  • Interview on 20Twenty

    proverbs31
    10 Dec 2012 | 10:16 pm
    If you heard me on Vision Radio or the show 20Twenty and came looking for the book and more information, you’ve come to the right place. I was delighted when Neil rang me and asked for an interview… two in fact!  One about each book I’ve written and published: “Worth More Than Rubies: The Value of a Work at Home Mum” and “It Happened By Design” which is about a series of real life God-incidences by 30 different authors. I invite your comments and questions and am more than happy to engage in conversation. Perhaps you have been wanting to work from…
  • Sad day, reflection on society?

    proverbs31
    27 Sep 2012 | 4:46 pm
    Today is a sad day in the city of Melbourne.  A 29 year old woman, who was an employee of one of our media services disappeared early last Saturday morning, while walking on her way home from a night out with her colleagues. She only had 800 metres to walk. She’d twice refused a lift home from one her colleagues.  Who knows the reason why.  Her husband was waiting for her at home. In the past couple of days it’s come to light that she was seen on the pavement by video cameras inside of shops with a man who was talking to her.  This morning it was announced that a man had been…
  • Mother’s Day not far away

    proverbs31
    13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 am
    Mother’s Day is coming round once again.  Is this something you look forward to, or something you dread?  Do you have a mother you look up to or resent? Do you have children who look up to you or, for some reason, dislike you? For my own part, Mother’s Day is tinged with both sadness and happiness. I have 4 lovely daughters that I get to spend time with and usually get spoilt over lunch or dinner and with lovely gifts.  But I lost a son 33 years ago whom has never gotten to know me as his mother, at least not here on earth.  A step-daughter we lost over 3 years ago.  And a…
 
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  • Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

    Religion News Blog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    London's Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise. Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is possessed often resort to physical abuse in order to try and get the spirits to leave. Full story: Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK
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  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

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

    Religion News Blog
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids. The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult's property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute. Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry. Full story: Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news
  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Religion News Blog
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. Full story: Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab
 
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  • Nobel Peace Prize to Malala! Here are three videos including a song by Laal

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    by Salman HameedIn the off chance you haven't heard, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi - an Indian child rights campaigner - have been awarded this year's  Nobel peace prize. This cannot be any more perfect - a Pakistani and an Indian, and a Muslim and a Hindu sharing the peace prize (heck the Nobel committee still has a long way to make up for the Obama prize.Just in case you think that Malala is simply overrated and has gotten all the attention for being shot, check these two videos from NYT. She is an incredibly smart with an amazing sense of charm and natural humor. First, watch…
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) disrupted by protesters

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    by Salman HameedAfter years of court cases, it looks like the construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is about to start (see this earlier post: Thirty Meter Telescope Inching Towards Final Approval). Yes, I'm an astronomer, but I do feel a bit sad about native Hawai'ians who have been fighting to keep this large telescope off of Mauna Kea. It is a complicated issue at the intersection of economic development, science, colonial history, power imbalance between the interested parties, and questions of the sacred. Perhaps, appropriately, the groundbreaking ceremony for the telescope…
  • Moon Sighting or Moon Fighting?

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    by Salman HameedLast last year, I had conversation with Akif Khan of Rationalist Society of Pakistan on the topic of lunar calendar controversies amongst Muslims in some countries (not in all places, as some do use calculations. I think Turkey is one of those countries). In any case here is the conversation (yes, it goes for half-an-hour). This is timely as we have Eid here tomorrow. So along with this video, Eid Mubarak!And much thanks to Akif Khan and Pakistani rationalists.
  • Video Contest for Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Public Education

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    by Salman HameedThe Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Pubic Education is soliciting 8-minute videos for on the topic of Pakistan: How to Make a Better Society. And yes, you can get a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and your work feature in the Karachi Literature Festival in February 2015.Here are the details from the EACPE website:------------------The competition seeks to raise awareness and encourage activism on important social issues, and encourage the use of new media in Pakistan.Submissions for 2014 may deal with any of the following:Citizenship: What are the rights and responsibilities of…
  • Sachal Studios Orchestra plays Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    by Salman HameedFor your Sunday evening, here is a fascinating interpretation of Beatles' Eleanor Rigby by Sachal Studios Orchestra: Eleanor Rigby - Sachal Studios Orchestra (Lennon - McCartney) from Sachal Music on Vimeo.Sachal Orchestra shot to fame through their phenomenal rendition of Dave Brubecks' Take Five (you can see the video here). And if you want more, you an see their recent (June) performance with Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Here is Blues Walk:
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  • Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu David Damrosch and Lydia Liu host a Q&A at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 34:33 More in Sports
  • Panel 2 Robert Alter & Adriane Leveen

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Panel 2 Robert Alter & Adriane Leveen Robert Alter and Adriane Leveen host a Q&A at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 31:12 More in Sports
  • Lydia Liu at the Nida Symposium 2014

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Lydia Liu at the Nida Symposium 2014 Lydia Liu responds to David Damrosch's lecture at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 34:40 More in Sports
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    3 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    David Damrosch David Damrosch lectures on World Literature, National Markets at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 28 0 ratings Time: 41:35 More in Sports
  • Robert Alter at the Nida Symposium 2014

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Robert Alter at the Nida Symposium 2014 Robert Alter lectures on Translating Biblical Poetry: Ancient Hebrew Verse and the Constraints of English at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on ... From: American Bible Society Views: 30 0 ratings Time: 51:41 More in Sports
 
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  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s palace in Dinanagar losing glory

    JSingh
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Dinanagar, India: Dinanagar, a tiny town in Gurdaspur District, can boast of being the erstwhile summer capital of the great Sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh, but it has failed to maintain the glory of the monuments related with him. The structures once owned by the emperor are turning into ruins as nobody is bothered about their continuous collapse. Even the historic gates of the town built by him, through which hundreds of local residents pass daily are also on the verge of collapse. The Maharaja’s ‘Kothi’ (palace), does not even have a roof and is inhabited with wild bushes, while…
  • Discrimination against Sikh taken up with US

    JSingh
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    New York, USA: US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office took up the issue of alleged religious discrimination against an elderly Sikh man with the New York City Department of Correction. Gurbhej Singh Sandhu was asked to remove his turban when he visited a correctional facility here to meet his son who was serving a sentence. According to a statement by rights groups United Sikhs, Sandhu visited the Rikers Island Correctional Facility on numerous occasions since February and was made to remove his turban every time though he explained to security officers that the turban was an essential part of…
  • 84 genocide is issue in California race

    JSingh
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sacramento, California: Anger stemming from the 1984 Sikh genocide in India has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country. Some Sikh political activists and the California Republican Party are campaigning against Democratic Rep Ami Bera, saying he refuses to acknowledge the alleged involvement of the Indian government in the riots. Bera, a physician representing a suburban Sacramento district, is the only Indian-American in Congress. Other Sikh leaders are planning a fundraiser for Bera this weekend, dismissing the opposition as a fringe group that…
  • Rush for trains about to begin

    JSingh
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Illuminated Golden Temple beckons, pilgrims arrive by trains, private vehicles. Though the ticket-booking counter at Amritsar railway station is witnessing a rush of passengers ahead of Diwali, the movement of passengers is expected to pick up in a couple of days. A sea of devotees descend on the city of the Golden Temple to celebrate Diwali. A beautifully illuminated Golden Temple is a delight to watch and devotees express their devotion by paying obeisance. A majority of these devotees arrive by trains while a sizeable number of them come in their private vehicles and…
  • SGPC meet to decide on aid to J&K Sikhs

    JSingh
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: The SGPC is expected to extend a financial aid ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh to the Sikh families that are reeling under the aftermath of devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir. A decision in this regard will be taken during its executive meeting at Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. The SGPC had constituted a sub-committee to take stock of the loss of life and property caused due to floods in Jammu and Kashmir. The committee had extensively toured the Kashmir valley for around a week before submitting its report to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. According to the panel…
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  • Sense of agency

    Carol Howard Merritt
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The last time my family visited New York City, we stopped by a board game coffeehouse. We played Pandemic, which allowed the three of us to work together to stop widespread disease from taking over the planet. It took a bit of skill and a bit of luck, but we did it. read more
  • “If you don’t go to church you can’t complain.”

    MaryAnn McKibben Dana
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As I drove home from breakfast with a church member recently, I caught the last 15 minutes of The Diane Rehm show on NPR. She and her panel were discussing the upcoming midterm elections. One of them shared a recent poll, in which only 15 percent of respondents said they were “closely following” the midterm elections. Among voters ages 18-29, that number is 5 percent.The topic turned to voter turnout, especially among young people. How can we get young people to register and vote?  read more
  • New today: Mainline sex, digital reality, setting biology students straight

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Christians' long support for vaccines

    Ray Martin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This past summer, a judge in New York City ruled against three families who filed suit against the public school system, claiming their right to free exercise of religion was violated when their unvaccinated children were barred from school. In another case last year, a measles outbreak sickened unvaccinated members of a large church in Texas, drawing claims the church had discouraged vaccinations. The church later hosted vaccination clinics, and a spokesman denied the church had ever advised against vaccines.These public episodes seemingly pit immunization against faith.
  • New today: TV show Foyle's War, everyday hate crime, what are dreams for?

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
 
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  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.
  • Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Vatican City (AFP) - Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos."
  • Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. ...
  • How Catholic synod on gays made history, even with 'disappointing' end

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Gay advocacy groups in the United States have responded with disappointment after Pope Francis' attempt to extend a more welcoming hand to gays and divorced Catholics was turned aside by a synod of bishops in Rome Saturday.
  • Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Webchat with Status Quo follow it live

    Guardian Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    From Rockin All Over The World to Down Down, Status Quo guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are behind some of the biggest hits of the 70s and 80s, and are still enjoying the thrill of performing in their fifth decade together. Theyre here to answer your questions now 11.36am BST AndyOC asks:You guys are legendary for rocking all over the world. Have you been to most of the worlds countries? In which place did the people most rock along with you?We've played pretty much everywhere in the world over the years. Once place we haven't been is India. Or China. Of all the places we have done,…
  • Kickstarter: Morph biggest hit at festival celebrating cinema in flux

    Mike McCahill
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    Despite Kickstarters year of controversy and criticism, its first London event offers hope that the crowdfunding site doesnt just greenlight safe betsAs its supporters have it, Kickstarter is an initiative made for our austere moment. At last, they cry, a brand that makes spreadsheets sexy, makes panhandling productive. As anyone whos ever thrown in a fiver for a pals ill-fated Bobby Davro biopic knows, the companys model has been shrewdly formulated. Cash-strapped creatives pitch projects with an eye to raising public backing; we chip in and get the feature, short or video game anticipated,…
  • Bank of England's real time payment system is down -- business live

    Graeme Wearden
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Rolling business and financial news, as the system used to move large funds between banks in the UK suffers a technical problem. 11.33am BST BREAKING NEWS: The computer system which the Bank of England uses to transfer large funds between commercial banks in the UK has suffered a technical outage.The Bank of England has identified a technical issue related to some routine maintenance of the RTGS payment system and has paused settlement while we resolve it. We are working to address this issue as quickly as possible, and restart the RTGS payment system in a controlled manner. The most…
  • Why women are under-represented in science and engineering

    Julia King
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Confidence, stereotyped language and visiblity: Julia King explains five factors that hold women back1. Confidence From early school days to a career, confidence matters a great deal. When we start gender conditioning in childhood, by labelling dolls for girls and Lego for boys, for example, the seed is planted that hands-on, practical activities are not for girls. We are also sending them the message that, when it comes to these activities, society has no confidence in them. Continue reading...
  • Homeland recap: season four, episode two Trylon and Perisphere

    Gwilym Mumford
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Homelands return to form was too good to be true, as this ill-judged episode proved has it all become a bit of a drag?SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for people watching Homeland series four. Dont read on if you havent seen season four, episode two.Read the episode one blog here.The problem for me with this show is the rise of IS in the real world. Current events in the Middle East and in the so called "war on terror" are moving more quickly and spectacularly in the real world than in this show. Season one was right on the edge of current affairs, this one feels a bit like it could have…
 
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  • Yaalon heads to D.C. as Israeli gov’t ministers rip Kerry remarks

    Marcy Oster
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon left for a five-day U.S. trip amid criticism by Israeli ministers of remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry. Yaalon headed to the United States on Saturday night, two days after Kerry linked the rise of ISIS terrorism to the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a State Department event marking the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. “There wasn’t a leader I met … who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians because it was a cause of recruitment…
  • Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

    Marcy Oster
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address. “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Sunday at a conference titled “From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other.” “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We…
  • Daughter of Hamas’ Haniyeh treated at Israeli hospital

    Marcy Oster
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A daughter of Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was treated this month at a Tel Aviv hospital, according to reports. Haniyeh’s daughter received emergency treatment at Ichilov Hospital, the hospital confirmed, according to Haaretz. She remained hospitalized in Israel for about a week. The hospital did not name the daughter — Haniyeh has 13 children — and did not disclose her ailment. Palestinian officials would not confirm the hospital stay to Israeli media. Ichilov Hospital said it treats more than 1,000 patients each year from the Gaza Strip and…
  • Anti-Semitic graffiti in Spain due to media coverage of Gaza, watchdog group says

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    (JTA) — A Spanish pro-Israel group said the recent spraying of anti-Semitic graffiti in Toledo was the result of media coverage of the latest Gaza war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Madrid-based Action and Communication on the Middle East lobby group, or ACOM, made the assertion over the weekend in connection with the Oct. 4 spray-painting of dozens of epithets on Jewish heritage sites in the Old City of Toledo. Two days later, police arrested a 32-year-old in connection with the graffiti, lavanguardia.com reported. “Spanish media coverage of the last Gaza war and the…
  • Palestinian girl dies after being hit by settler driver

    Marcy Oster
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian girl died after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish West Bank settler who fled the scene. Einas Khalil, 5, died hours after being struck near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, located northeast of Ramallah. Another 5-year-old Palestinian girl also was injured. Residents of the Palestinian town accused the driver, 29, of the Yitzhar settlement, of deliberately hitting the girls, who were walking home from kindergarten. The driver told police he did not stop after striking the girls because he feared for his life due to the crowd that had gathered…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print.  I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project. The book begins with five chapters on the nature and the works of God, which is a revolutionary way to begin an account of the Christian life. The reader’s attention is immediately directed not to the ups…
  • Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    The doctrine of the Christian life –that is, a theological account of what it is to exist as a Christian– is a wonderful part of theology, but also one that is open to distortions in two directions. In one direction, the doctrine can become overly practical, and get reduced to a kind of applied spirituality. In modern culture, that usually means the gravitational pull of psychology and self-help will begin pulling it downward toward a naturalistic understanding, toward a set of techniques, tips, and best practices for the management of immanent possibilities. When the doctrine of…
  • Theology and California: The Book

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

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    www.thehindu.com/news/national/.../article6420563.eceINDIA, September 18, 2014 (The Hindu): Seventy-five-year-old N. Govindarajan of Sripuranthan was almost in tears seeing the panchaloha statue of Lord Nataraja after more than a decade. It was stolen from Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple at Sripuranthan in the district before 2006. A group of villagers from Sripuranthan also waited patiently for hours to get a glimpse of the statue when it was brought to the Jayamkondam Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday.The 1,000-year-old statue, which was recently handed over to India by Australia, was…
  • Dharma Festival in the Royal Garden on August 30

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    SourceSWEDEN, September 18, 2014 (source): I was just passing by the Kings Garden on August 30 and saw a wonderfully ornate scene surrounding the garden pool. It was my longtime friends "young Swedish Dharmis and Ashavaner ([Zoroastrians]" in Stockholm, who had organized a festival to demonstrate how Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Zoroastrian religions operate in the world. "Dharma" is a concept in several Indian thought systems, with varying significance. It is about the religious, ritual, secular and economic duties under the Vedas, which is famous age-old Indian scriptures. The Royal Garden was…
  • Daily Inspiration

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    SourceWhatever defect I have in my sight, in my heart or mind, may God amend! May he, the Protector of the world, bless us!-- Yajur Veda 36.2
  • Former Army Chaplain Now Heads Hindu Ministry at Georgetown

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON, U.S., October 7, 2014 (Military.com): Georgetown has hired its first Hindu chaplain, Pratima Dharm, who recently retired as the first Hindu chaplain in the U.S. Army. Dharm, who began her role at Georgetown Oct. 1 in the university's Office of Campus Ministry, has served on Army bases and hospitals around the world, including a year-long deployment in Iraq. While serving as a captain in the Army, she was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for organizing and leading numerous humanitarian aid missions for Kurdish Iraqis. "War can dehumanize you and I was watching the dehumanization…
  • Immigrant Keeps Suicide Watch Over Fellow Refugees From Bhutan

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    SourcePORTLAND, OREGON, October 8, 2014 (LA Times): Since Som Subedi joined Lutheran Community Services in 2010, the 33-year-old has attended to Portland's Bhutanese immigrants. He meets them at the airport, giving them a $100 bill, telling them: "Here, this is to get you started. But remember, money doesn't grow on trees." He helps them find shelter and introduces them to other Bhutanese to alleviate the shock of a new homeland.Subedi and other members of the Hindu minority in Bhutan were banished by the king of their Himalayan mountain kingdom in an ethnic cleansing that began a…
 
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  • Dhantrayodashi

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Dhantrayodashi is the first day of the traditional five-day Diwali festival. The ritual... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Story of Goddess Parvati Becoming Fisherwoman and Shiva a Fisherman

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    There are numerous stories in the Puranas in which Shiva and Goddess Parvati appear among... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Meet these proud Women Priests

    Abhilash Rajendran
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Sandhyavandanam Lakshmi Devi, V Seethalakshmi, Lingambotla Vimala Kumari, Gyan Kumari... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Govatsa Dwadashi 2014 - Nandini Vrata Legend

    Abhilash Rajendran
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Govatsa Dwadashi, also known as Nandini Vrata, is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Ekadashi November 2014 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Vishnu in November 2014

    Abhilash Rajendran
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Ekadasi Fasting is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. Ekadashi November 2014 dates are November... [Visit original source www.hindu-blog.com to read the entire content and more such articles.]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Tools for new beginnings

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    "This Shabbat is Shabbat Bereshit," I say, "the Shabbat when we begin the cycle of Torah readings again with 'In the beginning...' -- or 'With beginnings...' -- or perhaps 'As God was beginning...'" I'm speaking aloud to those who've come for Friday morning meditation at my synagogue. My eyes are closed but I know who else is in the room. "It's a time of new beginnings for us too. What will we need as we enter into this new year?" I let the question float for a moment. "Imagine that you're standing at the bottom of a flight of stairs," I say, "and at the top there is a door. Walk up the…
  • The silence after the chant

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today is Shemini Atzeret, 'The Pause of the Eighth Day.' Sukkot is a seven-day holiday. Today is day eight. Shemini Atzeret has various customs, including reciting the memorial prayers of Yizkor. And the tradition offers beautiful supplicatory prayers to recite on this day which ask God for rain. (I wrote a contemporary one several years ago, in the form of a ghazal.) But my favorite teaching about today is that today is a day for sitting still. The Hasidic rabbi known as the Slonimer Rebbe teaches that there are two days called atzeret, "pausing," during the year. On each of these days, God…
  • Good grief

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Grief is a funny thing. A peculiar thing, I mean, not an entertaining one. It creeps in unexpectedly when everything seems fine, silent as Carl Sandburg's fog which "comes / on little cat feet." It does not listen to reason. It pays no attention to any list of gratitudes. When it wells up, cue the waterworks. Grief brings fragility. As though the delicate eggshell of the heart could crack open at any moment, revealing an endless salt wellspring. Even writing about it from a distance, I want to keep it at arm's-length. I use stock phrases: "a funny thing," "cue the waterworks." I'm deflecting…
  • Apples and honey; falling leaves

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    All the world feels redolent with apples and honey at this time of year. I've taken our son apple-picking twice since Rosh Hashanah. We go to a local orchard, only a few minutes away from our house. I love the palpable abundance of apple trees laden with fruits. And there's nothing else quite like the spicy-sweet crunch of a honeycrisp apple, especially one we've just plucked from the tree. And when I look out the window in the morning, or step outside into the sukkah, or walk around the playground, the trees are brilliant orange and yellow. When the sunlight filters through their leaves, the…
  • How to Build a Time Machine

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Start with two-by-fours and bolts. Fashion a rectangle. Add crossbeams. Then attach four posts sticking up like the frame of an old-fashioned bed. You'll need another pair of hands to invert it, a wobbly table higher than you are tall. Lattices brace, giving the illusion of wall. Hurl cornstalk javelins onto the sketch of a roof. Thread strands of light around the rafters, golden garlands between the corn. Hang variegated gourds beside whatever shiny art or gadgetry appeals to the five-year-old eye. When the last paperclip is hooked you're ready to step inside. Wave palm fronds until they…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • There’s more to silence

    Mugo
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    With memories of a rule of silence (self-imposed). Sealed lips. Exposed rowdy mind! Few mention advanced silence. Silence while talking singing, writing. Laughing, sculpting.
  • On silent retreat – day one

    Mugo
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Lovely to receive comments on last post. Thank you, thank you. I’ll hold off responding while I join in the retreat for the next couple of days. When I’m not sitting I’m working in the kitchen – peeling spuds, chopping apples, drying pots and pans and other such kitchen work. This change of pace and the recent rain is most welcome. Temperatures are dropping and the snow on Mt. Shasta is doing the same. Down to tree line if I remember when I last glanced at it.
  • Reflections of a reformed reader

    Mugo
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    I read books once pre monastic years ago. A time when physically holding something still, a book, for extended lengths of time wasn’t tiring or stressful. Or at least didn’t notice! The other day I bought two books on a whim at a charity shop and I’m nearly through the second one. No serious consequences physically or in other way that I can tell. The difference from then to now is this. I’m not devouring the books, I’m savouring them, taking small bites and chewing well! Taking in just a few pages at a sitting and not rushing on skimming lengthy descriptions to…
  • Age Does Not Define

    Mugo
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In 1975 four sisters stood together poised and elegant, youthful. Each year they came back together to poise in front of a large format camera (nothing digital about these black and whites). Now forty years later this remarkable set of documentary photographs have been gathered together into a book. These images talk of that which is ageless while at the same time tell of human life and of our mortality. Spell binding to view. When exhibited in Spain viewers openly wept apparently. Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us…
  • Being on an introductory retreat

    Mugo
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    This is a .jpg (photograph). To render it readable/larger press CTRL + (Mac users do something different…) This article is from a British in-house (Sainsburys) magazine. A hat tip to the monk who passed this article onto a layman, who posted it on Facebook. Isn’t it wonderful that interesting articles such as this one can be passed around the world for others to read and appreciate. And so very quickly too. Yes, hat tips all round. And OF COURSE a hat tip to Fiona Gibson who wrote about her experience of being on retreat at Thossel Hole Buddhist Abbey. Added after publication: Oh…
 
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    OUPblog

  • Preparing for the International Law Weekend 2014

    Alice
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The 2014 International Law Weekend Annual Meeting is taking place this month at Fordham Law School, in New York City (24-25 October 2014). The theme of this year’s meeting is “International Law in a Time of Chaos”, exploring the role of international law in conflict mitigation. Panel discussions will examine various aspects of both public international law and private international law, including trade, investment, arbitration, intellectual property, combatting corruption, labor standards in the global supply chain, and human rights, as well as issues of international organizations and…
  • Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon

    DanP
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    How rapidly does medical knowledge advance? Very quickly if you read modern newspapers, but rather slowly if you study history. Nowhere is this more true than in the fields of neurology and psychiatry. It was believed that studies of common disorders of the nervous system began with Greco-Roman Medicine, for example, epilepsy, “The sacred disease” (Hippocrates) or “melancholia”, now called depression. Our studies have now revealed remarkable Babylonian descriptions of common neuropsychiatric disorders a millennium earlier. There were several Babylonian Dynasties with their capital at…
  • Five key moments in the Open Access movement in the last ten years

    Alice
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In 2014 Oxford University Press celebrates ten years of open access (OA) publishing. In that time open access has grown massively as a movement and an industry. Here we look back at five key moments which have marked that growth. 2004/05 – Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) converts to OA At first glance it might seem parochial to include this here, but as Rich Roberts noted on this blog in 2012, Nucleic Acids Research’s move to open access was truly ‘momentous’. To put it in context, in 2004 NAR was OUP’s biggest owned journal and it was not at all clear that many of the elements…
  • 2014 AES Convention: shrinking opportunities in music audio

    Raquel Fernandes
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Checking the website for the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in Los Angeles, I took note of the swipes promoting the event. Each heading was framed as follows: If it’s about ____________, it’s at AES. The slide show contained nine headings that are to be a part of the upcoming convention (in no particular order because you start at whatever point in the slide show you happened to log-in to the site). Archiving & Restoration Networked Audio Broadcast & Streaming Product Design Recording Project Studios Sound for Picture Live Sound Game Sound The list was interesting…
  • Political Analysis Letters: a new way to publish innovative research

    MAlvarez
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There’s a lot of interesting social science research these days. Conference programs are packed, journals are flooded with submissions, and authors are looking for innovative new ways to publish their work. This is why we have started up a new type of research publication at Political Analysis, Letters. Research journals have a limited number of pages, and many authors struggle to fit their research into the “usual formula” for a social science submission — 25 to 30 double-spaced pages, a small handful of tables and figures, and a page or two of references. Many, and…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • the attributes of the lovers

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Allah the Most Glorious, at one stage during The Ascension (Me’raj) informed the Prophet (s) the following:"As for the happy way of living, it is that in which the person is not tired of remembering Me, does not forget My bounties, and does not ignore My rights (on him). He seeks My pleasure day and night. The ever-lasting life is realized when the person works for his spiritual benefit until the world loses its significance for him, and looks small in his eyes. The hereafter becomes great for him.He gives preference to My pleasure over his own desire; seeks My pleasures; thinks the right…
  • Healing with the 99 Divine Names - Self Healing Tips for Any Day

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Healing comeswhen we choose to walk away from darknessand move towards a brighter light.~ Dieter F UchtdorfIn the Name of the Real Owner of All Sublime Names in the Heavens and the EarthIn a very enigmatic Sign of the Quran, Allah the Most Sublime Majesty is transmitting to us, "All that are in the heavens and on the earth entreat Him (in their needs). Every (moment of every) day, He is in a new manifestation (with all His Attributes and Names as the Divine Being). ~ The Quran 55:29"Drawing on that hint that the Real is manifesting ever renewed in every moment and in understanding of the…
  • Tomae Notun Korey Pabo Boley - Only to Find You Again and Again

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    And I, the Divine Creator, did not create the beings of other dimensions and mankind except to worship Me. ~ The Quran 51:56To serve or to worship any being, one first need to know or recognize that being. Gnosis (marifa) is a prerequisite to serve God. Thus a positive interpretation of the above verse is that God created man to first recognize God and then to serve / worship God. Otherwise that service is incomplete or has not reached ihsan or station of excellence.Every action of man has its highest fulfillment when that action is for the Lord (fi sabilillah), the Most Sublime, the Most…
  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

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

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

  • “The Heights and the Depths:” Considering the Seasons of Life

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Like a cool morning mist, fall is gradually settling on New England. Having been raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s a different and enjoyable experience for me to now live in a place that has proper seasons. In New Mexico, summer lingers until about mid-October. The fall leaves are lovely—mostly golden cottonwoods—and the fall temperatures last until almost Christmas. Winter lasts all of two months, if that, and it starts to feel like spring again in February. Not so for New England. The seasons up here are more evenly matched in length, and they differ distinctly from one another.
  • Children, God, and Human Nature: How Being a Nanny is Teaching Me About the Universe

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

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

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

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

  • What Does it Mean to Meditate & How to Do It

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Meditation is an age-old practice that has been a part of our human journey and evolution for millennia; most likely from the very beginning of our journey on this planet. In fact, when we examine the entire multitude of living beings on this planet, it can even be reasoned that many, if not all, of them meditate. How we will understand this, of course, will all depend on how we understand the practice of meditation itself. In this essay, we will explore the many sides of meditation and how to do it for optimal mind, body, and spirit benefits. In modern times, we may hear about the various…
  • 62 Beneficial Effects of Nature for Healing and Evolution of Mind, Body & Spirit

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

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

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

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

  • "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord"

    Weston Mathews
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Scott Carter, a former standup comedian who once suffered from a near-death bout with asthma, has written a play called, "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord". Carter's play is about spiritual questions from the perspective of the three men and, for Carter, is a means of understanding the spiritual questions of three individuals who wrestled with significant existential questions: The so-called Jefferson Bible, the original of which is now owned by the Smithsonian Institution, has long been studied as an example of one founding father's…
  • Bp Dietsche of NY issues statement on GTS, calls for reinstatement of faculty

    Jon M. White
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    This statement was sent as an email to the Diocese this morning Sunday, October 19, 2014 My brothers and sisters, I write to you following the resolutions of the Board of Trustees of General Seminary on Friday regarding the continuing conflict involving the seminary dean and the majority of the faculty. I believe that you have a right to know my thoughts and convictions on this matter. Throughout this process, I have been single-minded in my conviction that there was no imaginable way to reconcile or resolve this matter without first giving unconditional reinstatement to the eight striking…
  • Catholic Bishops fail to welcome gays, divorced Christians

    Weston Mathews
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    On Saturday at the Vatican Extraordinary Synod on the Family, efforts to welcome LGBT and divorced Catholics failed: Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week. Rather than considering gays as individuals who had gifts to offer the…
  • Who or what is the Rock?

    Ann Fontaine
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Psalm 148, 149, 150 (Morning) Psalm 114, 115 (Evening) Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 4:1-10 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Matthew 16:13-20 "And I tell you, you are Peter, (Petros) and on this rock (petra) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it." Biblical scholars go round and round about that whole "Petros/petra" thing in Greek. Even today, if you want to sidetrack your Adult Formation or Bible study group, toss this question out there and watch the fun. What does Jesus mean by, "this rock?" Is Peter himself the rock? Is Jesus the rock? Is Peter's confession that Jesus…
  • Bp Breidenthal dismayed by GTS Board action

    Ann Fontaine
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    UPDATE: see below re: Diocese of California resolution. The Rt Rev. Tom Breidenthal, Diocese of Southern Ohio, has posted a public statement about the General Theological Seminary Board of Trustees actions on Friday. From his
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

    Thomas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Information on the R22 phase out If your office or home uses an air conditioning system that is still running on R22 then there is some information you need to know about the upcoming R22 ban. You have probably received notification that R22 is being phased out but what do you need to do next? The air conditioning installation company Breeze Installations inform us about the R22 phase out. All About The R22 Phase Out R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is widely used in air conditioning systems. However the substance contains chlorine which is an ozone depleting substance. The law…
  • Your Buying Guide for the Perfect Dining Table

    Thomas
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    As you begin to shop for your next dining table there are some things that you should be considering to make it suitable for your personal needs and preferences. Keep in mind that the table is not just a place to serve food; it’s where many memories for your family and friends will begin. You’ll be able to find tables that have different shapes, colors, and styles all within your budget if you do plenty of good research ahead of your purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the points that you should consider in your quest for the perfect dining table. Shapes to Think About You’ll want…
  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

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

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

  • Religious Recycling

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Organized recycling is a development of the modern world, and from the current understanding of the concept, is not discussed in the Talmud. After all, in the era when the sages were compiling the Oral Law, most people lived in an agrarian society that naturally reused many of its own bi-products.Upon further exploration, however, the Talmud reveals a religious version of recycling. When Rabbi Ammi and Rabbi Assi happened to get hold of a loaf of bread that had been used for an eiruv (perimeter creating a private area in which one would be allowed to carry on Shabbat), they…
  • Items of Holiness

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Take proper care of the items you use for religious purposes.
  • Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Tonight starts the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, literally the Gathering of the Eighth, a connected, yet independent holiday, that immediately follows Sukkot.During the seven days of Sukkot, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, 70 bulls were sacrificed representing the original 70 nations of the world. The priests brought sin offerings for the nations, invoking a desire for universal atonement, peace and harmony.Because of Sukkot’s focus on all nations, God ordained Shemini Atzeret to demonstrate God’s special love for the Jewish people--comparable to a host asking his/her best friend to…
  • Rain, Rain...

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    “Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day...”This cute ditty must have been written in a northern country–someplace like England–where they have the luxury of wishing rain away. In Israel, however, for the last few years, environmentalists have gathered to observe the shrinking of the Sea of Galilee (a.k.a. Kineret) as a result of a lengthy drought.The Talmud records that water, more specifically rain, was foremost on the sages' minds. In Ta'anit 7b-8a, numerous sages weigh in on the importance of rain:“A day when rain falls is as great as the day when the Torah was…
  • Enjoy the Holiday

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Enjoy the holiday and rejoice in the beauty of the Torah
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • LDS Family Takes on a Giant Risk and Rescues a Troubled Young Lady

    Jeff Lindsay
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A young lady in a broken family who just turned 18 had been in our prayers for a long time. We were pained by the stories we heard and the tragic downward spiral in her life. We knew she was smart and had vast potential, but it was being wiped out by drugs,  horrific friends, and a lengthy list of tragic problems.She was leaving home and about to trapped forever, it seemed, in a hopeless situation, when an LDS family with their own children and challenges did something amazing. In spite of the risk,…
  • A New International Accent in General Conference

    Jeff Lindsay
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his talk in Cantonese (see the news story at the Salt Lake Tribune). Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong made history as he gave the first General Conference sermon in a language other than English. We had the pleasure of meeting him a while ago in Shanghai--very kind and interesting man. Later Elder Eduardo Gavarret gave his talk in Spanish. Awesome!I look forward to hearing some talks in Mandarin in the future. English will continue to dominate the leadership of the Church, but it may become a minority language among…
  • A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan

    Jeff Lindsay
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of others tourists visited the popular site of Kiyomizu-Dera, where an beautiful ancient temple sits on a lofty hill overlooking Kyoto. As we departed the crowded site, we noticed a quiet little detour from the exit path leading to some iron gates. Curious, we continued and entered into what I felt was the most spectacular view of all in this area: the Kiyomizu-Dera Graveyard, where thousands upon thousands of cremation remains are marked with tombstones that stand like little skyscrapers over a vast city of…
  • Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help!

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

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

  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA few by Gary Thomas ($2.99 each):Sacred MarriageSacred ParentingPure PleasureHoly AvailableAlso on sale is Your Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers: For Students of Religion and Theology for $2.99 and John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken for 99¢.Adventures of a church introvertYep.Theological Revolutionaries and their Potty TalkErik Raymond:The only thing more difficult than understanding this moral confusion is keeping up with it; a new story seems to come out daily.When you think through what is being said there is a…
  • Unbelief commits nothing to God

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Unbelief leaves our dearest interests and concerns in our own hands. It commits nothing to God. Consequently, it fills the heart with distracting fears when imminent danger threatens us. If this is your case, you will be surrounded with terror whenever you are surrounded with danger and trouble. Believers have this advantage: they have committed by faith all that is precious and valuable to them in God’s hands. They have committed the keeping of their souls (1 Peter 4:19) and all their eternal concerns (2 Tim. 1:14) to Him. Because these things are in safe hands, they are not distracted…
  • The weird and the witty: A choose your own autobiography

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I walked into my local Chapters, making my usual bee-line for the Starbucks, when it caught my eye.No, not Joel Osteen’s beautiful (and likely very expensive) smile…(Although…)No, something much more amazing. This:Autobiographies are weird animals. Most of us don’t have a life stories interesting enough to fill a book (or at least, one people would want to read). The same goes for celebrities, who also don’t really have lives that could fill a book you’d want to read, either.And yet, here we are.And here this is.Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersForever by Paul Tripp—$2.99Showing the Spirit by D.A. Carson—$3.99God and the Gay Christian edited by Al Mohler—99¢Who Made God? by Ravi Zacharias & Norman Geisler—$3.99Moments with You by Dennis & Barbara Rainey—$2.99Brittany Maynard, Rachel Held Evans, and Not Giving UpSamuel James:What Evans is too tired to do is the hard work of theology. Putting together the doctrine of God’s love and mercy with the doctrine of God’s sovereignty and righteous condemnation of sinners is too difficult. The paradox has created an irreparable…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThe Ministry Medical by Jonathan Griffiths—$2.99Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell—$3.99Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne—$3.99Diamonds in the Dust by Joni Eareckson Tada—$2.99Herein Is Love: Leviticus by Nancy Ganz—$3.99Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a ton of great resources for $5 each, including:The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard Phillips (hardcover)God’s Technology teaching series by David Murray (DVD)Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson (ePub)Why repentance must be central to your…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Synod ’14: Schism in the Air

    Mary Valle
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Controversy broke out after the recent Roman Catholic synod when Pope Francis declared that members of the flock should be more welcoming to homosexuals, divorcees and cohabiters. Some conservative Catholics  have been upset by these statements. The word “schism” is in the air. What if there were a schism? As in all divorces, the main question is “Who owns what and who gets it?” Since individual parishes are owned by dioceses, schismatics could end up holding Tridentine Masses in former Methodist churches that now house public charter schools, in rented multipurpose rooms stuffily…
  • Boyfight

    Darcey Steinke
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    The first time I saw my boyfriend Wayne fight, I was at an outdoor party with my girlfriends. He drove into the parking lot in his Jeep. This was 1977. I was 15. He was 19. I’d heard rumors about Wayne’s brawls—that he’d punched out three private school boys at once and that, after losing a football game, he’d beaten up the other team’s star quarterback. I was enamored, though, by his good looks, his country boy charm. I assumed he fought only in self-defense and that, once we became a couple, he’d stop being so violent. I was about to be proven wrong. On this early spring…
  • Evil Brands, 7th Heaven and Kirk: News Roundup

    Mary Valle
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
      Do brands make people less religious? — I’ll fax you my reply   Bad TV pastor: I furrow my brow — secretly liked the show   Movie Review: Left Behind Kirk Cameron, I take it all back
  • Some Thoughts /About/ The Rapture

    Mary Valle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Why would God chaff all these people? — I don’t understand   This young man will/explain it all   Is this stuff even in the Bible? — I can’t get an answer Get out of here, Jesus! I’m not even dressed!     Dogs don’t go to Heaven? I think I’m going to cry I shouldn’t/stay up so late: it always ends in tears    
  • September Buddha-killing Update

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

  • Being Both: Paperback Release Events!

    Susan Katz Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Dear readers (interfaith families, interfaith activists, therapists, visionary clergy, theologians, sociologists, historians of religion), I am so very thankful to you for joining the conversation around Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, over the past year. With your help, I have been able to bring the stories of interfaith families engaged in interfaith education to churches and synagogues, libraries and bookstores, colleges and universities. And because of our success, Beacon Press is honoring the one-year anniversary of Being Both by releasing a paperback…
  • High Holy Days: Now With Great Poetry

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

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

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

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

  • Eps 65 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 8

    Craig Owen
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Finally, we are at the point of finding the answers to our question 'what is the spirituality of the Book of Revelation?'  As I have commented in previous episodes, what the Book of Revelation is about is answering questions about the problem of evil.  If God is all powerful, how can God let the community of faithful believers be persecuted, killed and tortured?  [Once again I am drawing upon Dr. Craig Koester's book Revelation and the End of All Things for much of these insights]. We find several answers to this question in the Book of Revelation.  What Revelation…
  • Eps 64 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 7

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

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

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

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

  • I can always love

    Lee Potts
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love. ~ Bl. Chiara Luce Tags: Chiara Luce, heart, love, nothing
  • The total inability of violence

    Lee Potts
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better. ~ Daniel Berrigan via Radical Discipleship Tags: change, impossible, live nonviolently, total inability, violence
  • Save the World from suicide

    Lee Potts
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide. ~ T. S. Eliot, “Thoughts after Lambeth” Tags: Lambeth, society, suicide, T S Eliot, time, world
  • To pray always and to have a pure heart

    Lee Potts
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    This intimacy of prayer—breathing with the Spirit of God—was at the heart of the life of Francis of Assisi. He advised his followers to have, above all things (supra omnia) the Spirit of the Lord and his holy manner of working, to pray always and to have a pure heart. ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer Tags: francis of assisi, Franciscan Prayer, Ilia Delio, pray always, pure heart, spirit of god, supra omnia
  • Struggle to endure it

    Lee Potts
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    I think that the Church is the only thing that is going to make the terrible world we are coming to endurable; the only thing that makes the Church endurable is that it is somehow the body of Christ and that on this we are fed. It seems to be a fact that you have to suffer as much from the Church as for it but if you believe in the divinity of Christ, you have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it. ~ Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor Tags: body of christ, Church, endure, Flannery O'Connor, Light, suffer, The…
 
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    Amish America

  • Amish Scout Land on Prince Edward Island

    Erik/Amish America
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Not a lot of information to this article, but I think it’s worth passing along anyway. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, two Amish families from Ontario recently spent time searching for a new home on Canada’s Prince Edward Island: Anthony Wallbank is a friend of several members of Ontario’s Amish community, and drove some […]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
  • Serving the Amish: Your Questions

    Erik/Amish America
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    We’ll soon be having a Q-and-A with Jim Cates, author of Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals, a new book first mentioned here last month. Jim is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with the Amish in northern and northeastern Indiana. Today is your chance to ask questions of Jim, about the book […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish Firemen in New York

    Erik/Amish America
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    We’ve looked at Amish participation in Pennsylvania fire companies before. And each year mud sales are held throughout Lancaster County to support those companies, which are known for their heavy Amish makeup. But did you know that some Amish in New York also serve as volunteer firemen? According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Amish are members […]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
  • Top 10 Amish Population States

    Erik/Amish America
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Which states have the most Amish? Here are the top ten Amish states, according to 2014 figures from the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. States with the Largest Amish Populations 1. Ohio – Two of the four largest Amish settlements (Holmes County and Geauga County) are in the Buckeye State. Ohio also has the […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Visiting the Amish at Union Grove, NC (32 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    My first Amish trip of 2014 happened last week. I made a short visit to the only Amish community in North Carolina, the Union Grove settlement. The Union Grove community includes both Union Grove and Hamptonville addresses (Iredell and Yadkin counties). This is the western part of the state, about 45 minutes west of Winston-Salem in […]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

  • Love is for the weak

    Julia Rocchi
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Imperfect. Photo by Dan Iggers“Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else.”-- St. Therese LisieuxLove is for the weak, who cry from bed for water though the nightstand holds a glass.Love is for the hunted, who chew their cuds in open glades, forgetting they are prey.Love is for the brittle, who snap at slightest pressure, crack, and clatter to the floor.Love is for the wounded, who slump against the barricades and weep to lift the flag.Love is for the dim, who do their homework every night and always get it wrong.Love is for the lost, who dropped their map 10 miles back and…
  • At the quarry (or, Thoughts on our mutual foregone conclusions)

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

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

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

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

  • Sealing the Living and the Dead: The Eternal Family

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Why do we seal spouses to each other, children to parents, and living persons to their ancestors? Why do we baptize our ancestors who have passed on by proxy?
  • Asking the Humility Question: Is It I?

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's always easier to point the finger and be satisfied with our own righteousness, but the stories I read in scripture are not about someone else. They are about me.
  • Living Into Eternal Progression

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

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

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

  • Oct 19 – Henry Martyn, Translator + Missionary to India & Persia

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Henry Martyn Translator + Missionary to India & Persia 19 October 1812 click here for books by or about Henry Martyn From the Satucket Lectionary Henry Martyn was born in 1781, studied at Cambridge, and became Senior Wrangler. (That is, he won the Cambridge University annual mathematics problem-solving competition, and was accordingly recognized as the University’s best undergraduate mathematician. “Wrangling” is a British University expression for solving mathematical problems.) He had, moreover, a considerable facility in languages. Under the encouragement of Charles…
  • Oct 19 – William Carey, Translator + Missionary to India

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    William Carey Translator + Missionary to India 19 October 1834 click here for books by or about William Carey From the SCLM Lectionary William Carey DD, Professor of Sanskrit, Marathi and Bengali in Calcutta (Photo credit: Wikipedia) William Carey was an English Baptist missionary and was a major figure in developing the Protestant missionary movement of the nineteenth century. Born a son of the Church of England in 1761, Carey took an early interest in his studies and excelled at languages, a gift that would serve him in his ministry. After his village schooling, Carey apprenticed…
  • Trees and Taxes

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jim Bahn (Sherman Tree Uploaded by hike395) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia CommonsThose who organized the Revised Common Lectionary think they’re so clever. As so many churches make a push for members to begin or increase their giving, they throw in readings like this one from Matthew about paying taxes: “The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show…
  • Oct 18 – Saint Luke, Physician + Evangelist

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saint Luke Physician + Evangelist 18 October NT click here for books by or about Saint Luke From the Satucket Lectionary Almost all that we know about Luke comes from the New Testament. He was a physician (Col 4:14), a companion of Paul on some of his missionary journeys (Acts 16:10ff; 20:5ff; 27-28). Material found in his Gospel and not elsewhere includes much of the account of Our Lord’s birth and infancy and boyhood, some of the most moving parables, such as that of the Good Samaritan and that of the Prodigal Son, and three of the sayings of Christ on the Cross: “Father,…
  • Oct 17 – Ignatius of Antioch – Bishop + Martyr

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ignatius of Antioch Bishop + Martyr 17 October 107 click here for books about or by Ignatius of Antioch From the Satucket Lectionary After the Apostles, Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch in Syria. His predecessor, of whom little is known, was named Euodius. Whether he knew any of the Apostles directly is uncertain. Little is known of his life except for the very end of it. Early in the second century (perhaps around 107 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Trajan), he was arrested by the Imperial authorities, condemned to death, and transported to Rome to die in the arena. By thus…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • The Call of Ministry

    embcministry
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 28, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Tyrone Love, Jr.. The text was taken from I Samuel 3:1-12, 21. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • Will You Believe and Stay or Doubt and Leave

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

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

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

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

  • Blessed Paul VI, the Pope who led the Church's barque in troubled waters

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 07:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Paul VI was the first 'modern man' to be elected Bishop of Rome, and he put the Church in conversation with the world in order to build a dialogue of salvation, a cardinal who was one of Montini's collaborators said. Cardinal Paul Poupard, 84, had served for 12 years in the Secretariat of State during Bl. Paul VI’s pontificate. He later served, from 1979, as pro-president of the Secretariat for Non-Believers, renamed in 1988 the Pontifical Council for Culture. “Paul VI was the first modern man to be elected…
  • Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia. “We have got this whole thing of mixed marriages, there are many marriages in India which are between (a) Catholic and somebody who is not baptized, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, and that is what specifically came out of India,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay told CNA Oct. 10. While marriage between a Catholic and an…
  • Pope beatifies Paul VI, 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing those gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.” In his Oct. 19 homily, the Pope said God is “continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.”   In so doing, “he renews us: he constantly makes us ‘new’.    “A Christian who lives the Gospel…
  • Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy, priest says

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Vatican City, Oct 19, 2014 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family pertains to the certainty that truth and mercy cannot be separated.   This is according to Fr. Stephen Fawcett of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who is one of 27 volunteers serving at the Synod on the Family.   Fr. Fawcett, whose role throughout the Synod has been in part to act as one of two secretaries to one of the small groups over this past week, told CNA that “one big strand…
  • Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Erbil, Iraq, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats. “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them; so far the Iraqi government has not done anything for them. The tents of the refugees are set up on parish properties,” said Karin Maria Fenbert, an official with the international pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. Fenbert assessed the situation in Erbil.
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • The Gospel According to Phoebe: Telling the Truth

    Darian Duckworth
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    This is the second of a four-part series inspired by the TV show, Friends. While every character has their perks, the one who has taught me the most is Phoebe. Here is just one gospel lesson from her.In the world of Friends, all you need are a guitar and an idea to become a musician. You don't really need to know how to play that guitar. And the songs you write don't have to make sense. If Phoebe Buffay can land a regular gig at a New York coffeehouse, you believe that all of us can, too. “In the Church, I think we’re often guilty of watering down truth to the point of flooding.”…
  • Plus-one, Minus Love

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
 
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  • A Look Back…Part 2

    Matt
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 5, 2012. Alex Kennedy is a man who has spoken into my life since I was about 16 years old. He was the man who officiated my wedding, and someone I have been blessed by throughout the years no matter where God had moved each of us or what stage of life we were walking through. God had brought him back to Katy and he was the pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church. Alex was the man I took on that drive to share the vision of what God had been speaking. During that drive, I told Alex that I wanted him to journey with me through this and I wasn’t…
  • A Look Back…Part 1

    Matt
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 3, 2012. Lori and I thought God was calling us to plant a church for a long time before there was any action taken. It began with conversations here and there all surrounded by much prayer. We had come to a pretty definite conclusion about three years before the first home meetings began. We knew God was equipping us through great relationships and ministry experiences in that season, and we were waiting on him to give us the green light. My way of coping with this passion while being engaged in other areas of ministry was frequent prayer…
  • Legacy Sunday 2014

    Matt
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In October of 2006 Crossings Community Church changed from conversations and ideas to actions. Years of prayer came to a crossroads of action. Those days were pregnant with excitement and vision as well as fear and trembling. This Sunday is Legacy Sunday at Crossings Community. This is the Sunday each year which we set aside to celebrate God’s work over the history of His church called Crossings Community. We also look ahead with the vision that He has given to the need and direction that He has prepared for us. It is an amazing day of worship because, although we are talking about the…
  • Do Not Lose Heart!

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

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

    NCRegister
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh Different Strokes: A Matter of Style – Foxfier, Catholic Stand The...
  • It Didn't Go Out With Vatican II

    NCRegister
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    By Mark Shea | My pal Dave is a convert like me. When he first began looking at the Church he often had conversations with confident, relaxed, and well-meaning lay Catholics who would assure him that this and that "went out with Vatican II". "How...
  • What Must We Render to Caesar?

    NCRegister
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    By Tom and April Hoopes | User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 19 | Sunday, Oct. 19, is the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A).   Mass Readings Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21   Our Take In today’s...
  • Faith: The Secret to a Sacramental Marriage

    NCRegister
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    By Eddie O'Neill | As Church leaders meet at the Vatican through Oct. 19 for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss how the Church can strengthen marriage and family, couples share their own experiences of forming faithful families. | It has...
  • The Courage of Pope Paul VI

    NCRegister
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    By JENNIFER FULWILER | When I was first exploring Catholicism after a life of atheism, it never occurred to me that I would accept the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception. Like most other people of my generation, I understood...
 
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  • Houston Mayor Amends Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

    Don Byrd
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Last week, I posted about controversial subpoenas requesting the sermons of some Houston area ministers. Religious liberty advocates including the Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker expressed concern about the subpoenas in a letter to the Mayor. The letter’s signatories included Russell Moore of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Russell Moore as well as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Suzii Paynter. Friday afternoon, the Mayor announced changes in the subpoenas, which still seek information from the ministers, but…
  • Broad Baptist coalition asks Houston mayor to withdraw subpoenas for sermons

    Jordan Edwards
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By Bob Allen / Baptist News Global This is an abbreviated version of the story. For the full story, click here. Moderate and conservative Baptists set aside differences in an Oct. 15 letter opposing subpoenas ordering five Houston pastors to turn over sermons as evidence in a lawsuit seeking repeal of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Top leaders of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention signed a letter to city officials terming the issuing of subpoenas of sermons as…
  • BJC’s Walker Joins Diverse Baptist Coalition in Denouncing Controversial Subpoena for Sermons

    Don Byrd
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Earlier today, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Executive Director Brent Walker joined leaders from a diverse group of Baptist organizations in a letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The City of Houston, you may have heard, subpoenaed the sermons of several area pastors, in search of evidence in a lawsuit over the effort to repeal an anti-discrimination measure. Walker and other Baptist leaders, including SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page, and Cooperative Baptist…
  • Baptist Joint Committee stands up for church autonomy and free pulpits in Texas

    Cherilyn Crowe
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    BJC executive director joins diverse group of Baptists in letter to Houston mayor October 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          Contact: Cherilyn Crowe / ccrowe@BJConline.org / 202-544-4226 / cell: 202-603-1663 WASHINGTON – Baptists from across the theological spectrum are working together to stand against subpoenas seeking sermons from five clergy members in Houston. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, joined a diverse group of Baptists in sending a letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker,…
  • Man Jailed for Refusing Religious Treatment Wins Settlement

    Don Byrd
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Written by Don Byrd A California man reached a $1.95 million settlement with the state and with WestCare, the drug rehabilitation program he was ordered to attend, after his parole was revoked and he spent another 100 days in jail for refusing religious-based treatment. Barry Hazle requested a secular program but was sent to a program requiring acknowledgement of a higher power; he was offered no secular alternative. Seven years later, after multiple court rulings and a determination that his First Amendment rights were violated entitling him to compensation for his loss of liberty, his case…
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  • The Best 2 Minutes Of Your Day: Fan Fun

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    This guy gets it and spreads a little love and joy while he’s at it!        Related StoriesNext Up Podcast: How to Keep From Burning Out Way Too Soon (Episode 9)Next Up Podcast: 3 Ways to Live & Lead in The Moment (Episode 6)What Does It Mean To Take Up Our Cross? 
  • 2 Revelations About Authenticity: Why We Have A Hard Time Being Us

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    I’ve written recently about authenticity. The Next Up Podcast covered why authenticity is important at to a leader in its latest episode, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic. Here are 2 revelations… We all have inauthenticity inside us Many won’t admit it, but I’ll be the one to step out. Sometimes, I try to be someone I’m not. The truth is, I enjoy making people happy, I want to fit in, and I like to have people looking up to me and thinking I’m smart. We all have that inside of us. It’s why advertising works, it’s often why…
  • Effort Is In Limitless Supply

    Jonathan Pearson
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many things in life have a short supply. I can’t go shopping on a random spring day and slide my debit card over and over without realizing that, at some point, the thing is going to get declined. I can’t run and run without eventually falling down from being so tired I could no longer stand up. I can’t eat and eat without filling my stomach to the point of wanting to throw up everything I’ve eaten. Most things are limited. Resources aren’t everlasting and limitless. Time is of the essence and can run out before we can blink. Effort is always available. No matter how long you’ve…
  • One Thing Every Good Story Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. (‭Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭18-20‬ NLT) We all love a good story. We love hearing them, we love telling them. In story telling, though, we often fail to tell the stories that are most personal to us.
  • A Quick Way To Spoil It All

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

  • When God Dwells With Men

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Ever since the fall, one of the greatest longings was that God would dwell with us here on earth. Broken humanity desperately wanted to re-encounter God’s glorious presence. On some level this transpired during the time of the Exodus. At the Feast of Tabernacles tents were hastily constructed with the intention of encountering God Israel truly yearned for God to dwell with them in an intimate way. They wanted more than just signs, wonders, and miracles, they ached to truly see His face.With the emergence of Jesus centuries later, this promise was finally realized. The "Tabernacling…
  • You Won't Believe It, But Heaven Isn't The Final Destination For Believers

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I spent much of my childhood being assured that the "heavenly realms" were my ultimate destination. In addition to comforting declarations at funerals and homilies on “the pearly gates,” my Pentecostal church sang songs like “I'm Gettin' Ready To Leave This World.” “I'm gettin' ready to leave this worldI'm gettin' ready for the gates of pearlKeeping my record bright and watching both day and nightI'm gettin' ready...to leave this world” As our humble congregation was confronted with abject poverty, substance abuse, and broken marriages, the promise of a heavenly abode…
  • I Want To Be Left Behind

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    For five years I've seriously contemplated writing this. Yet, the reason I never did is because of my innate aversion to controversy. It's shocking, but each time I write about things like this, angry comments and unsubscribes start showing up in my inbox. I enjoy weighing in on relevant biblical topics but hate to get into arguments with beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.This may turn out to be a mistake, but I felt it was time to disentangle some associations people have with the "rapture." I typically stay out of these things, but this is getting quite difficult to ignore. Every time…
  • An Overlooked Reason Why People Aren't Listening To You

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Many are convinced they've heard God's voice and are pressing into the future. They're filled with great hope and anticipation. Nevertheless, what they often encounter is rejection. What's being perceived on the horizon may be at odds with where things presently stand.I think everyone desires to reconcile "who they are" with "who they're becoming," but this is seldom easy. Moving from current expectations to future glory is rarely a direct route. It's difficult becoming something that others aren't willing to receive. Our given roles can sometimes empower, but they can also…
  • Five Pictures That Show You Might Have A Distorted View Of The World

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The cosmos, as it truly exists is often quite different from the way that people perceive it. Though the Bible claims that spiritual realities permeate the whole of God’s creation, most Americans fiercely discount that assertion. The pervading reality of the supernatural is not typically questioned by individuals in other nations. They believe in spirits and in unseen realms of evil. They are convinced of many things that Westerners vehemently question. Sadly, most of us believe that people from the third-world are ignorant about the makeup of the cosmos. We assume they are…
 
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  • An Open Letter to Whoever Messed With the Star Wars Action Figures in my Office

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

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

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

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Dr. James David Manning teaches the book of Joshua and Revelation and about the homosexuals presently attacking the ATLAH World Missionary Church. Recorded on 4 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. No visits yet
  • Words That Lead to 100-Fold Wisdom And Understanding

    atlahbennett
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Chapter 3 This morning 19 October 2014 during The Oblation Hour, the Lord spoke these words of power unto me. 1. When we review our destructive and foolish behavior, often we find behavior too painful to acknowledge and too difficult to correct. A). Often our destructive behavior is the product of our relationship with our mother and grandmother or father and grandfather. B). If we were favored by our parent or grandparent we trend toward being self-assured and less likely to fail or develop a general pessimistic or revengeful world view. (God loved Jacob, but Esau He hated.) Malachi 1:2-3…
  • Daily Bible Writing – 19 October 2014

    atlahbennett
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Daily Bible writing resumes on 19 October, with I Samuel Chapter 19. (Visited 31 times, 10 visits today)
  • Avi Lipkin Saudi Arabia: Finances ISIS

    agentDave001
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Dr. Manning Interviews Avi Lipkin in the matter of Saudi Arabia Financing ISIS. Recorded 6 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 153 times, 20 visits today)
  • My Treasure Is My Trust

    agentDave001
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Dr. Manning Teaches That The True Treasure Is His Trust In almighty God. Recorded 6 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 69 times, 3 visits today)
 
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    How desperate are you to have an encounter with God? Share your thoughts with us here on Facebook and Twitter. For email viewers click here to see the video from email.   The post A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe appeared first on RN - Guarding The Heart Blog.
  • Saying Yes to the Call of God as a Pastor in Montreal

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

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

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

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

  • TEN Evidence materials’ on the Synagogue Collapse site

    watchtbjoshua
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    In this open letter addressed to the coroner of Inquest on the synagogue building collapse, by a Nigerian journalist, the facts of the building collapse are thoroughly explained. The writer with solid evidence meticulously states ten undeniable proofs for the collapse being a preplanned demolition, for Coroner O.A KOMOLAFE's attention.
  • NIGERIA’S ‘9/12’: BURIED FACTS ON THE SYNAGOGUE BUILDING COLLAPSE

    watchtbjoshua
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Having read through most propaganda of TB Joshua haters online – the allegations of the people coming out of their woodwork with nooses and stakes crying prosecute Him, prosecute Him, at the top of their voices. Here are some thoughts on this new video for anyone who cares to be objective enough. Watching the new […]
  • EX-DISCIPLE SOE REFLECTS ON THE SCOAN TRAGEDY

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

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

    Watching TB Joshua
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    T.B. Joshua, a name quickly becoming known on an international scale due to his predictions has just released another one. On Sunday 31st August, 2014, during his church service which was broadcast live on his television station, Emmanuel TV, Joshua spoke of an imminent crash of a commercial plane in a region neighbouring or close […]
 
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  • PBS misrepresents Islam’s Qur'an / Koran on beheading report

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Lesson from the media and pop-occulture:1) The 200 million or so murders by Atheists within the 20th century—the most secular and bloodiest century in human history—were not really due to Atheism, were not really...
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Freemason Magic Flute

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Trollflöjten (in Swedish, Die Zauberflöte in German and The Magic Flute in English) shows signs of holding deeper meanings are the, literally, uninitiated, will find therein. Getting right to the point...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 4

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD “Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow&rdquo...
  • What no one is asking about the NYC “anti-Islam” billboards

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    When Atheists post anti-Christian billboard and bus adds; they are said be to wonderful expressions of freedom of speech and the media and pop-occulture applauds them for doing so (see Atheist Bus Ads and Billboards).When billboard and...
  • Atheist Stephen Hawking claims to know that God does not exist

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    In a fascinating article, we learn what happens when a scientist wastes his God given talent turning his scientific pursuits into seeking to do away with God. Dominique Mosbergen wrote Stephen Hawking Says 'There Is No God,&#39...
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    JoshuaRhone.com

  • 12 minutes to Yosemite

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The post 12 minutes to Yosemite appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • We’ve reached the ‘restart’ portion of the install

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    We’ve hit the home stretch with the Yosemite install. Both the 2007 iMac and the 2014 MacBook Air have downloaded the updated. However, the MacBook Air is clearly in the lead regarding the installation. MUCH quicker. (Which causes me to hope that I won’t regret installing Yosemite on my iMac.) The post We’ve reached the ‘restart’ portion of the install appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Updating to Yosemite

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    27 and 22 minutes of download time remaining. The post Updating to Yosemite appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Playing with our nabi Square HD in the rain

    Joshua Rhone
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The post Playing with our nabi Square HD in the rain appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • John Mark McMillan: ‘Love At The End’ [Video]

    Joshua Rhone
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    My taste in music is diverse, to say the least. My iTunes library spans the decades (and not just because I have every U2 album). As Amazon’s (Prime) Music Player streams the eleftic (sic) nature of my musical taste and collection becomes apparent––Wyclef,1 Dylan, Hendrix, The Gaslight Anthem, Social Distortion and The Black Keys stream alongside Gustav […] The post John Mark McMillan: ‘Love At The End’ [Video] appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
 
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    Set Apart People

  • Sukkot in Jerusalem

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      This year we have the privilege of being the place that YHVH chose to put His Name for the Feast of Sukkot. We thought that it would be a good idea to give you an idea of what it would be like to join us for such a special appointment. This year the city is really packed!  We have never seen Jerusalem this busy.  The hotels and hostels are turning people away because they are fully booked.  The streets are crowded like you have never seen before. Everywhere in the streets you can see Sukkahs of all different shapes and sizes.  You can even purchase some Sukkah kits to build…
  • Sukkot – The Basics

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Sukkot, the festival of joy! Every year we find ourselves in need of review of the Scriptures regarding the feast in order to make sure we don’t miss out on anything. For, this reason, we decided to write a short article with just the basics and links to the other articles we have written on the topic. It makes it easier to find the information. If you are not really sure weather or not you should celebrate this, you can read about the transformation power of YHVH’s appointed times in the article ” Are you willing to be transformed? YHVH uses these appointed…
  • The six woes, and Yom Kippurim

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Yom Kippurim, the most solemn day of the year. A day of atonements, a day of introspection and repentance. I am sure we have all been searching ourselves, to find the areas where we fall short. I always ask YHVH to reveal these areas to me, and He is faithful. It is never pleasant, but good for growth and profitable in becoming who He wants us to be. So, how does this relate to the six woes and rotten fruit, you may wonder. I was reading in the book of Isaiah and came across this passage about the six woes and felt really convicted. It starts off with a parable about a vineyard…
  • Mind control and fear

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

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

  • The method to bring about a permanent change is to bring about newness in thinking.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 20-10-2014Projection: To bring about a permanent change for the better means getting the mind trained to new ways of looking at the same situation. Only with this new understanding will there be a new response. Trying to bring about change in a superficial way will not bring about a long-lasting change. Solution: When I train my mind to think creatively I'm able to keep my mind busy. In this way I'm able to free it from thinking negative and waste. Also I find myself enjoying every scene that comes in front of me and I also find myself constantly…
  • The method to finish waste thoughts is to deal with the mind with love.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 19-10-2014Projection: When there are waste thoughts in the mind which one tries to stop, it becomes difficult to do that. There is discomfort and difficulty experienced. On the other hand, when the mind is taught to take the right direction with love, there is a quick and dramatic change. Solution: When I learn the art of speaking to my mind with love, I am able to free myself from waste thoughts without any feelings of suppression. Concentration too becomes easy and all thoughts are directed towards the right direction. Soul Sustenance 19-10-2014Where…
  • Self-respect brings constant learning and an experience of success.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 18-10-2014Projection: Where there is self-respect, there is naturally a positive and elevated state of mind. There is openness and enthusiasm to bring about progress in one's life. Everything that is done is towards this end. So, the one with self-respect naturally reveals one's speciality in all thoughts, words and actions. Solution: When I am able to maintain my own state of self-respect, I am able to enjoy the beauty that life brings. I'm able to understand, accept and make use of all situations in the right way. So, whatever the situation may be, for me…
  • The power of determination brings all thoughts into practice.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 17-10-2014Projection: There are a lot of thoughts that come into the mind that should come into practice immediately. These thoughts come according to the demands of time or according to the kind of people that one comes into contact with. But the only way to bring all these thoughts into practice is to use the power of determination. Where there is determination there is the commitment to use all the resources for the realization of that thought. Solution: When I am able to use the power of determination, I am able to realise my inner potential…
  • Love creates the right environment for others' positive growth.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 16-10-2014Projection: Where there is love, a natural environment for others' growth is created. Love gives the ability to perceive the positivity in others and gives the encouragement to others to bring about that positivity and use it for the benefit of the self and others. Solution: When I have love for others, along with perceiving their specialities, I am also able to recognize and use my specialities and inner powers more and more. Knowing and using these specialities is naturally for the benefit of those around me. This gives me an inner…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Life Lessons on the Journey

    tonyagnesi
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Last week, I received a note from a reader who asked, “What are some life lessons you would share with your new grandson?” I replied that I began writing my stories with that thought in mind. Is there anything I can share that might help the next generation avoid some of the pitfalls that I’ve … Read More →
  • FGG-043 In the Blink of an Eye

    tonyagnesi
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Time flies is an expression we hear all the time.  And it’s true. In this podcast, Tony discusses how time flies and how we need to understand that in the blink of an eye things can change.  He offers several suggestions. too. Scripture: To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, … Read More →
  • What Defines Character?

    tonyagnesi
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a … Read More →
  • FGG-042 The Value of a Good Hug

    tonyagnesi
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I admit it, I’m a hugger.  Maybe it’s because I’m Italian or because I came from a family of huggers, or perhaps it’s because hugging just make you feel good. In this podcast Tony examines the value of a good hug. Scripture: “And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but … Read More →
  • Rush to Judgment

    tonyagnesi
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their past, but you would be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often than not it’s … Read More →
 
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Free Catholic Resources

    Lyn
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Calling all Catholic newbies! Here are two fantastic free Catholic resources for you to help get to know your new Church :). CatholicCity.com I recently discovered this website after picking up a free CD at my parish. It offers free booklets and audio CDs that are super helpful. I grabbed the audio CD of the Rosary […] The post Free Catholic Resources appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore

    Lyn
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our bodies are a gift from God and they are an essential part of our being. Someday, we will reunite with our bodies in heaven. So we should honor our bodies here on earth as the divine gifts they are in everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat to keeping it […] The post Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine

    Lyn
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Doesn’t this Bible verse from the Gospel of John perfectly explain the notion that we will have to suffer and by doing so we will be “fruitful?” “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear […] The post Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux

    Lyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    St. Therese of Lisieux, the “little flower,” is my confirmation saint and I am much devoted to her! Through PrayMoreNovenas.com, I’ve been praying a novena to her leading up to her feast day Wednesday, October 1. It’s said that when praying a novena to St. Therese, you should look for roses as signs. Those were […] The post Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Don’t Worry, Just Work

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

  • By Faith We Understand: Hebrews 11:3 & The Word Faith Heresy

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a previous post, “What Makes a Pagan Pagan?: The Word Faith Heresy” I began discussing the two foundational errors of heart and mind that feed the many errors of Word Faith teachers. At the root of their corrupted fruit tree is a pagan vision of God that suggests that, through a proper application of spiritual disciplines, the worshiper is able to turn the power of God to fulfill the worshiper’s own desires in life. This is presented, of course, as God’s highest end; His perfect will is our perfect “suffering-free-every-desire-of-our-heart-granted” existence in the here and…
  • What Makes a Pagan Pagan?: The Word Faith Heresy

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am a patient scholar. I regard the entire process of biblical interpretation as a complex interdependence of people over millennia trying to plumb the depths of Scripture through an ongoing dialogue. Many souls bring things to the corporate table. Most Bible interpreters have done their best, even if they have been hindered by a myriad of disadvantages, some known, others unknown. I am ready to entertain a number of possibilities resident in Scriptural texts, knowing that neither I nor anyone else is likely to have the ultimate word on the meaning or implications of any given passage. There…
  • Bible Study as Conversation: The Interdependence of Ages

    Andrew Sargent
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been sharing my thoughts of late on the subject of reading Scripture in translation and the common discomfort that Evangelicals usually feel when scholars suggest that there is some vital element of Bible study that those who are dependent on translation are missing. I am unapologetic over the fact that Scripture was written in Greek, Hebrew & Aramaic, millennia ago, in a land foreign to most, and a culture long since dead, morphed as it may have been over the ages into the similar cultures in those regions now. What this basically means on a practical level is that I earned a…
  • Don’t Know Greek & Hebrew? Read Several Different Translations

    Andrew Sargent
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Growing up it was not uncommon for the leaders in my church to claim that Scripture, being inspired, was easy to understand. Why would God speak to his people in ways hard to understand? Ignoring the fact the Peter directly contradicts this statement in regard to Paul’s writings which he deems Scripture—2 Peter 3:15-16—this claim makes no sense. God inspired the Scriptures in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, thousands of years ago, in a culture quite foreign to our own. If I gave 99.99% of the world a copy of the original texts as they came from the quill of Isaiah or Matthew, they would be…
  • Bible Translations are Both a Blessing and a Curse

    Andrew Sargent
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I hardly need to recount the blessings of translating the Bible. It is the most basic sense of preaching… translations seek to present the word of God, the Gospel of God, the Gospel of Christ in a language that people from every part of the world can understand. Translations, when done well, bring the Word of God near. One can hardly praise the efforts of Bible translation groups like Wycliffe enough. It is a sacrificial, difficult and noble task. I’ve titled this post, “Bible Translations are Both a Blessing and a Curse,” and perhaps, curse is far too strong a word… (I was hoping…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • What Kind of Soil Are You?

    Fr. Peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others…
  • The Gettysburg Story

    Fr. Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I listen to a number of podcasts as I travel on my rounds and one of my favorites is Civil War Talk Radio hosted by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz of East Carolina University.  Each week Gerry, as I like to think of him, brings authors and other Civil War scholars to his show for an interview about their book or specific topic.  If you are a serious student of the Civil War or just someone who likes history, this show is for you. The show takes a break for the summer so I have been using the time to catch up on the ten years of archived episodes, I have been binge listening, and I have heard…
  • But Love Your Enemies and do Good

    Fr. Peter
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    The Gospel of Luke 6:31-36 The Lord said, “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High;…
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Here is a list of the top posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls. Orthodox Unity in America The Parable of the Vineyard The Challenge of our Time Wedding Sermon Sermon ~ Take Up Your Cross Launching into the Deep Blessed are your Poor Orthodoxy and Contraception Transsexuals & Orthodoxy Sermon ~ Do Not Weep The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Comments Turned Off

    Fr. Peter
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    You may have noticed that the ability to comment has been disabled.  That is due to a high rate of spam comment, more than 100 in one day, so I have been forced to turn of the ability to comment on posts for the time being. Fear not, commenting will return soon. Thanks for your understanding. The post Comments Turned Off appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • Atheist Interview of a Scientologist

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Somehow there is a confusion about Atheism and Scientology. This comes from the fake “Atheist Commercial” on the Superbowl which actually is a commercial about Scientology. Look at them one after the other and see that the Atheism commercial is just an editing of the Scientology commercial. The atheist version never aired, but some people were led to believe it was. An atheist approached me online to request an interview. His questions and my answers including references to Scientology scripture highlight exactly why some atheists can relate to the commercial and wanted to brand…
  • Nothing Can Stop Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

    Alex Rodriguez
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:47 am
    The LA Weekly did a great dig-deep journalism piece on Tom Cruise. I found out a few amazing facts. On the infamous Oprah episode, nothing was out of the ordinary until the video hit the web, in it’s carefully and cunningly crafted 15 second soundbite version. The live audience loved his appearance and were as rambunctious as Tom, if not more. The “Couch Jumping” was actually prompted by Oprah, and it was standing for three seconds—not jumping. She told Cruise that she loved his enthusiasm at her Legends Ball where he stood on his chair honoring Rosa Parks! The couch thing…
  • Scientologist Damian Kevitt created a grassroots movement out of the worst adversity

    Alex Rodriguez
    27 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Many of you have already heard about the LA Cyclist who lost his leg when he was dragged onto the freeway during a hit and run. His name: Damian Kevitt. He turned his terrible adversity into one of the most inspiring movements in all of cycling. Finish The Ride took place today April 27th and represented overcoming adversity because Damian got back on his bicycle after 11 surgeries and took the same route on which he was injured. Except this time he rode with over 500 supporters and contributed big bucks to the Challenged Athletes Foundation through contributions of those sharing the ride…
  • Skrillex Labeled as Scientologist—But He Isn’t

    Alex Rodriguez
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    After Skrillex’s Rolling Stone Cover Story on Issue 1205, rumors surfaced that he is a Scientologist. This is because his adoptive parents, Scott Moore and Francis Moore, are Scientologists and Skrillex took beginning Scientology courses in his early youth. He said that “there’s some fundamentals that were really positive that will always stick with me.” [Source: Issue 1205] His parents gave him the right to choose whatever life and religious path he wanted. As Skrillex describes his parents “[They] let me do my own journey” and that they are…
  • How to Get Rid of Sadness, Sorrow and Depression

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Depression is a serious problem in the world today. But it was not always a problem, back in the day not “everyone” was depressed. There is a trick that people used naturally that always seemed to work, it was around before TV and before prescription medication. This simple trick has worked for centuries: “Sorrow itself can be eased by simply getting busy at something.” —L. Ron Hubbard from The Way to Happiness If you’re feeling sad or depressed just get busy! The worst thing to do is sulk in your room and do nothing. Instead, go for a run in a park or sing…
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    Like a Seed

  • Doubt

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Doubt is to consider something unlikely. It is a lack of trust and confidence in ourselves, our relationships with good people, and God. Doubt is a poison that flows from fear. It is immobilizing, crippling, and can lead to despair. It is rightly said that Doubt and faith cannot exist in the same mind at the same time. William Shakespeare wrote  'Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.'.Doubt is the absolute inverse of faith.A proper understanding of doubt, where it comes from and how it affects us, helps us to be able to recognise it…
  • Faith and Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

  • Who Do You Welcome?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jesus, take the wheel.

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I am praying for my husband…the operative word being “my.”Just to clarify, I am not married. Nevertheless, he is in my prayers. For years, I simply prayed for a husband…operative word being “a,” as though he were a winning Lotto ticket or a raise at work. When he failed to appear, I let frustration take over and quit petitioning God. The desire to marry, however, remains with me. God put the desire in my heart for a reason, and the reason is marriage is my vocation. I know He has called me to love another and his family, just as I know He would never tease me with such a desire…
  • A Spiritual Look at "The Walking Dead"

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I don’t like gore. I prefer psychological thrillers – stories which get inside my head and make me ponder the unimaginable – but gore? No thank you. Blood and guts and suffering make my stomach churn and heart break, so much so, I would binge watch Nicholas Sparks’ cheesy romantic dramas as an alternative. Although I’d probably just read a book…not Nicholas Sparks.Despite my aversion to gore, I make a conscious (and enthusiastic) decision to expose my eyes to heads bashed and stabbed and shot and exploding like water balloons filled with blood every Sunday night. I am referring,…
  • Subterranean Homesick Alien

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

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

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

  • Best Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 Gifts- Deepavali Gifts

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Diwali is one of the most important festival celebrated all over the India.. Diwali is the day of meeting relatives and Greeting them with Gifts, Sweets and Cards. We have Gift ideas to make your Diwali shopping easy. These are most suitable and beautiful gifts you can give to your love ones and make their Diwali special.Diwali, the festival of lights is nearing. It has different forms and different story behind it but the joy and importance of festival is same all over the country as well as globally where Hindu communities celebrate Diwali. The calendar has already rolled to October and…
  • Top 10 Happy Diwali 2014 SMS- Best [*Diwali*] {*Messages*} and [*Wishes*]

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Diwali is about to come and as the getting close, many of planning to wish our love ones in some different styles and with memorable way. So wishing Happy Diwali someone special with some special messages and SMS is one of the very good idea. Are you worrying where to get Best Happy Diwali SMS and Messages? We have collected some special messages and SMS to wish Diwali someone special and make this Diwali some more special. Have a look at our collection.SMS or we can say Text Messaging has become very common today not just among the youth, but also among the older generations. Most of us send…
  • Top Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 [*Quotes*], {*Wishes*}, [*Messages*] and Sayings

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Are in an idea to gift your loved ones with extraordinary gifts and greetings for this Diwali 2014? If yes, then it is a must for you to have a look at some of our Diwali Quotes and Wishes. Here are some of the best Wishes and Quotes you can ever find anywhere else in English, Hindi.Words are the only ways to express your feelings to your beloved ones when they are far away from you. They are the only means to touch your loved one’s heart to a great extent. Hence, you can make use of these beautiful words to wish your beloved ones a very happy festival to express your feelings towards them…
  • Happy Diwali 2014 {*Images*} and [*Wallpapers*]

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Are you looking for some beautiful wallpapers and images for Happy Diwali 2014? Then you are at right place. Our collection of Diwali wallpaper and Happy Diwali 2014 Images consist some of best and most beautiful images and wallpaper you can find. Diwali is a festival of light, colors and fun. Every one of us would wish to celebrate this wonderful festival in a unique way. All of us will certainly decorate our houses with beautiful flower garlands, colorful Rangolis and glittering lamps. As we all know, Diwali2014 falls on October 23rd and there are just few more days to go. It is time for…
  • Top 10 [*Facebook*] [*Cover Pic*] And [*Status*] for Happy Diwali 2014

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Facebook is the thing where almost every one share every special moments of their life thorough Status, Pictures and Cover Pics. This Diwali, Are You Looking For Some Beautiful Diwali FB Cover Pics, Photos and Status to Wish Your Fb Friends? Have Look At Our Collection Of handpicked FB cover Pics For This Auspicious Day of Diwali.Enjoying life on Social Networking Websites these days has become a part and parcel of the lives of not just the youth but also the middle aged people. It is quite sure that everyone Wishes to share our happiness, sorrows or any updates in our life as a status on the…
 
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