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  • Lord, help me to understand that my temperament, as well as those I will come in contact with today, is a gift from you

    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Sometimes we miss the obvious–and never is this truer than when it comes to dealing with ourselves. Mood swings, emotional reactions, ups and downs, knee-jerk responses, and apparently incorrigible behavioral ruts are the cause of countless heartaches and frustrations with ourselves and others. – Father Thomas Berg, L.C., M.A., Ph.D. fromThe Temperament God Gave You
  • COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition

    Religion News Service
    A. James Rudin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    (RNS) Rabbi Regina Jonas' grim task was to meet the incoming trains and provide counseling to the frightened and bewildered Jews arriving at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The post COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • There are as many atheisms as there are gods | Andrew Brown

    Religion | The Guardian
    Andrew Brown
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Atheism has stalked religion for as long as the latter has existed and todays variant only really got started in the 18th centuryThere are as many atheisms as there are gods. We spend most of our lives disbelieving in things without wasting time asking why, and quite right too. So what is it that makes some particular forms of disbelief intellectually fertile or socially significant? Nick Spencers short history of atheism goes a long way towards answering this question, and anyone seriously interested in religion and irreligion today should read it.The first shock of the book is just how old…
  • Nigeria: BPE Boss Urges Workers to Pray for Nigeria

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    [Independent]The Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Dikki, has urged the Christian and Muslim communities in the bureau not to relent in their prayers for the nation and the bureau.
  • Prayers for a Bright Future

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Feeling anxious about the road ahead? Ask God to light the way!
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    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features

  • Prayers for a Bright Future

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Feeling anxious about the road ahead? Ask God to light the way!
  • Thank You! This Site is 19 Years Old This Week!

    Nell Minow
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    It seems like yesterday, but it was 19 years ago this week that I first began writing reviews online as The Movie Mom®.  Anyone remember Prodigy?  The first appearance of my website was via the Sears-owned online service, so long ago it does not even turn up in Wayback searches.  At the time, web sites were in the thousands, not the millions, and there were hardly any from corporations or publications.  Blogging had not yet been invented, much less Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Vine.I did all of my own code for the first four years.  I could never have imagined that less than two…
  • Learn Astrology, Save Money, Change Your Life!

    Matthew Currie
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about how astrology really works, but got bogged down in all those books and words? Would you like to learn astrology under the guidance of someone who actually does it for a living... in a fun and easy format that works with your schedule?Let me introduce you to "Conquer The Universe With Astrology: A Course For Beginners," beginning soon!Starting in early August, I will be teaching an online course through e-mail and Facebook that includes both an entertaining 220 page textbook (written by me... all material you haven't seen here before!) that…
  • Eat This: Lose Weight - Zucchini, Chickpea Salad

    Janice Taylor, Editor
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Eat Healthy!I've gone mad with power, "spiralizing" my way through the kitchen.   Cucumber noodles, zucchini noodles, beet noodles, alike!  I don't generally endorse products, but I'm having so much fun with the Spiralizer,  the best gadget/kitchen aide that I've purchased in eons, that I just had to share the excitement and the vegetable recipes.Because, Our Lady of Weight Loss devotees, and Tushkateers (members of the Kick in the Tush Club), if you want to increase your healthy food intake and/or lose weight, then eat more vegetables!   Sometimes it's that simple!This…
  • Interview: Dan Cohen of "Alive Inside"

    Nell Minow
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dan Cohen is the gifted and passionately committed man who transforms the lives of people with dementia and other severely debilitating diseases.  He is featured in the documentary "Alive Inside." He is the founder of Music and Memory, which provides resources to help bring these programs to people with dementia. How did you get started playing personal music for nursing home residents?I’m a social worker by training. In 2006 I heard a journalist on the radio talking about how Ipods are everywhere. I Googled "Ipod in nursing homes" and even though there were 16,000…
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  • What Do We Mean By Full of Grace?

    Stephen Beale
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    No greeting has ever been more troubling—or controversial. Hail Mary, full of grace. The words are beautiful, angelic, and rich in meaning. They are also a centuries-long fault line between Protestants and Catholics. Everything, it seems, hangs upon what is meant by full of grace, or whether full of grace is even the correct translation […]
  • Feeling Guilty

    Br. John Dominic Bouck, O.P.
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Ashlyn Blocker is in many respects a normal American teenage girl. She lives with her family, has fun with her friends, watches TV and sings pop music. But there is something different about her, something very different. After she was born she hardly ever cried. For instance, once she nearly chewed off her tongue while […]
  • Don’t Neglect the Word

    R. Thomas Richard
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    If the evil one were looking for a way to quietly render infertile the Catholic Church, by effecting a decline of faith from within, I’d guess he would work for reduction at the source of faith: namely, the hearing of the Word of God.  Paul left the clue in Scripture: “Faith comes from what is […]
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    Michael Lichens
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From little things come great things. With the parable of the mustard seed, Jesus shows us that the Kingdom of God begins or starts in little steps, but it must be seen, it must be visible and noticed in the world. It must spread, be fruitful like a tree giving shade to the birds and […]
  • St. Samson (Bishop of Dol)

    Celine McCoy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    St. Samson was born in Wales around the year 485 and is considered one of the greatest missionaries to come from the British Isles. At the age of seven, his parents dedicated him to the service of God in gratitude for his birth after a long period of childlessness. He was enrolled under St. Illtud […]
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    Phil Cooke

  • Don’t Just Write Pastor Books, Write Serious Books

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    When most pastors write books, you can bet they’re compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories – whatever. I don’t discourage that, but don’t think for a minute that’s a serious book. Writing […]
  • How To Get Noticed in a Cluttered World

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    If you want to have influence at any level, you need to learn how to get your ideas and expertise noticed. Too many people today have brilliant insight, but they don’t know the keys to getting anyone to listen. It’s a cluttered world out there, so if you’re going to get heard, here’s 5 key […]
  • The Robert Tilton Farting Video and Christian Cultural Influence

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    You probably remember the (what else can I call it?) legendary farting video edited from clips from Robert Tilton’s former TV program. It was made a long time ago (who created it I have no idea), and while there are a multitude of variations now, at least one has racked up more than two million […]
  • Why Hamas Is Winning the PR Battle in the Middle East

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I watched the network news last night and the featured stories on multiple channels weren’t the 1,500 rockets that have been fired into Israel by Hamas, but the Palestinian casualties caused by the Israeli army. The reporters never asked why Hamas has refused to agree to three cease fire offers by Israel, or that Israel […]
  • The “Influence Lab” is Live and Moving Forward

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Influence Lab nonprofit organization is officially launched, and if you’re a Christian involved in media, you should be excited.  It’s involved in 3 key areas: 1) Working as an media advocacy organization to help change the perception of today’s culture about Christianity. - He who controls the narrative controls the culture, and we want […]
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  • Success: Kansas Abortion Facility, Subject of Operation Rescue Complaint for Failure to Report Abuse, Shuts Down

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue,      KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A troubled Kansas City abortion facility, Central Family Medical, also known as Aid For Women, announced on its website that it has ceased operations effective July 26, 2014, stating that its abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, and clinic admin Source: Operation Rescue
  • Film Depicts Fall of American Churches

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Contact: Becky Hodges, 970-292-4245, LOVELAND, Penn., July 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new documentary film that reveals the decline of the American church focuses on the spiritual climate in the United States. The film, titled "When God Left the Building," will be screened August 5 at the Woodbridge Cineplex Theater in Irvine, California. The film's director, Thom Schultz, will accompany the film and lead a live talk-back session following the screening. Source: Group Publishing
  • Introducing Jennifer Haselberger

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, NEW YORK, July 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on Jennifer Haselberger, the prime source of accusations against St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt: The most viciously anti-Catholic group in the nation is the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). On August 1, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference. Jennifer Haselberger wi Source: Catholic League
  • University Professor Admits to Assault on Pro-Life Students

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Life Legal Defense Foundation Says UCSB Faculty Member's Plea is "One Step Closer" to Justice Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges resulting from her assault on a group of pro-life students in early March. The incident too Source: TC Public Relations
  • Christian Clergy Gather to Condemn Hamas Violence

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058, NEW YORK, July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian clergy from across the Tri-State area will cross denominational, racial and theological divides to unite in a show of support for Israel in its current conflict with Hamas. WHEN: Friday, July 25th, 2014 11:00AM WHERE: Faith Exchange - located at 95 Leonard St. on the corner of Broadway (just south of Canal Street WHO: Dr. Paul de Vries, P Source: Eagles' Wings
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • For the quiet ones, we pray

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A species in which everyone was General Patton would not succeed, any more than would a race in which everyone was Vincent Van Gogh. I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warmhearted, the coldhearted and the weakhearted. It needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote twenty-five pages to the dissection…
  • Lord, help me to understand that my temperament, as well as those I will come in contact with today, is a gift from you

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Sometimes we miss the obvious–and never is this truer than when it comes to dealing with ourselves. Mood swings, emotional reactions, ups and downs, knee-jerk responses, and apparently incorrigible behavioral ruts are the cause of countless heartaches and frustrations with ourselves and others. – Father Thomas Berg, L.C., M.A., Ph.D. fromThe Temperament God Gave You
  • Let us give thanks for the one constant in life: a God who knows us

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    There’s global competition, technology changes, more regulations than ever before. It’s just complicated. Things are harder today. – Patrick LencioniThe Five Temptations of a CEO
  • May our timing and the Lord’s coincide

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Maintaining a sense of urgency throughout a company is one of the most difficult challenges in business. – Yvon ChouinardLet My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
  • Lord, protect those who feel they are in the fight of their lives, from that which they don’t’ see coming

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I reflected back over the past several months. It was hard to believe that the broken leg, kidney stones, lost work, financial stress, three surgeries and the cancer scare had all happened in half a year’s time. I realized I had been feeling like I’d been in a fight. For months I’d had my guard up waiting for the next punch life could throw. Now, though, I felt completely relaxed. If I’d let my mind roll with that boxing metaphor a little longer, I might’ve followed it to its logical conclusion: In a boxing match, the fighters absorb some vicious blows because…
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Islamic State destroys ancient Mosul mosque, the third in a week

    Associated Press in Baghdad
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine, dating to the 14th century, join list of mosques blown up by militants in IraqMilitants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty of a week in which half a dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places have been destroyed.Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine was bombed and destroyed by the radical jihadist group. They spoke anonymously to the Associated Press for fear of reprisal. Continue reading...
  • Meccas changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims | Nesrine Malik

    Nesrine Malik
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Every Ramadan the holy city we see on our TV screens looks bigger and shinier than it did the year beforeRamadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is drawing to a close. The last 10 days are considered the holiest, and the focal point is the holiest of the cities, Mecca from where Ramadan evening and dawn prayers are broadcast on a live feed around the Muslim world.Every Ramadan Mecca and the Grand Mosque, which lies is at its centre, look different: bigger, brighter, shinier. The Kaaba, the small shrouded building at the centre of the mosque, which could once be seen from any of the hills around…
  • Pope Francis in emotional peace plea

    Reuters in Rome
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Pope spoke of first world war centenary and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particularPope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to his weekly Angelus address in St Peter's Square.Wrapping up his regular address to the faithful, the Argentinian-born pontiff spoke of the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. Continue reading...
  • There are as many atheisms as there are gods | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Atheism has stalked religion for as long as the latter has existed and todays variant only really got started in the 18th centuryThere are as many atheisms as there are gods. We spend most of our lives disbelieving in things without wasting time asking why, and quite right too. So what is it that makes some particular forms of disbelief intellectually fertile or socially significant? Nick Spencers short history of atheism goes a long way towards answering this question, and anyone seriously interested in religion and irreligion today should read it.The first shock of the book is just how old…
  • Sinéad O'Connor interview: 'I deserve to be a priest. Music is a priesthood'

    Tim Jonze
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Soon to release her 10th album, the famously iconoclastic singer hasn't mellowed much. Here she talks about feminism, the sexualisation of youth and why she's still proud of Nothing Compares 2 UOver the course of a career getting on for three decades, Sinéad O'Connor, 47, has been called many things: a maverick, an attention-seeker, a crazy person even a terrorist (her words, admittedly). Today, though, as she begins an interview to promote her 10th album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, there's one thing she's adamant she doesn't want to be labelled as. "I don't think of myself as…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Israel's criminal campaign in Gaza

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Well, that killing spree of Palestinians has not ceased an iota ever since. As of last Monday, this Ramadhan, at least 175 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been killed in Gaza as a result of weeklong Israeli airstrikes ...
  • Biennial Tourney at the Gaza Shooting Gallery

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    But, alas! The Palestinians are lowly human beings. They deserve not an ounce of quarter. It would spoil the strategic game that is really slated for them, especially the Gazans since Ariel Sharon "vacated" his people's presence there.
  • Reflections on Ramadan

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Ramadan is here to ensure that we have this essential provision with which we can stay safe on our journey of life and attain that cherished destination of eternal rest, peace and joy, and most of all, the ridwan of our Creator and Lord.
  • Status of Women During the Time of Caliphate

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Aside from being the alcove of encouragement for men, women during the Caliphate were also known for their contributions in various realms such as education, administration, and science.
  • Ramadan Challenges in History

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity wherein the believer, now lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Social media buzz over FGM rumors

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Image courtesy Maryland GovPics via Flickr) Iraq (MNN) -- IS (formerly ISIS) terrorists are ordering all women and girls near the city of Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Or are they? There's plenty of social media buzz surrounding Muslim culture, extremists, and FGM lately. To bring you up to speed, a top UN official sounded the alarm yesterday and claimed IS was ordering all women and girls near Mosul to undergo FGM, an order that would potentially affect 4 million people. Skeptics quickly took to social media outlets like Twitter to refute the claim. Television…
  • Meriam Ibrahim freed, meets Pope

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Italy (MNN) -- A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy has finally been released and allowed to leave the country. The 27-year-old mother of two, Meriam Ibrahim, and her American husband traveled to Italy yesterday, meeting with Pope Francis after landing. Advocacy Director for Open Doors USA Kristin Wright says, "Today is certainly a day of celebration for this courageous woman." Ibrahim's release was an answer to many prayers and a lot of hard work. Wright says, "The Italian government was very instrumental in bringing Meriam's ordeal to an end and bringing…
  • 3 reasons why child sponsorship matters

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Katey Hearth, GFA) India (MNN) -- Some people wonder why child sponsorship is such a big deal. There are certainly many questions surrounding the topic: What's the money used for? Am I the only person helping this child? How do you know your support is being used to help children and not for other purposes? "Why do we need to do this? Does it make a difference? Well, absolutely," responds Gary Bishop, CEO of Far Corners Missions. Here are 3 reasons why child sponsorship matters: 1) Child sponsorship rewrites the future for children living in poverty. According to UNICEF…
  • Have you forgotten the refugees?

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why are these children pulling a longerwork day than most adults?(Photo courtesy of IMB students) Syria (MNN) -- The situation in Syria isn't improving. It's only been overshadowed by other events in the Middle East, and largely forgotten by the public. According to the Washington Post, 700 people were killed in a clash between ISIS and Syrian troops. Syria is trying to regain a gas field seized by the Islamic State. Meanwhile, millions of Syrian refugees are taking up residence in Lebanon and other countries. IMB Students, an offshoot of the International Mission Board, is one group that…
  • A silversmith and teacher shedding light in Paraguay

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Donald and Carol Paige family(Photo courtesy of The Mission Society) Paraguay (MNN) -- If you've ever had a time in your life where you can clearly see where God is guiding you, you know what a blessing that can be. And if you've ever been guided to minister to a not-very-responsive people, you can probably relate to this story. Carol Paige and her husband Donald are missionaries with The Mission Society in Paraguay. They have two children, a daughter in 4th grade and a son who is three years old. Why Paraguay? Because the country is very spiritually blind to the life that Jesus has called…
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  • The Servant of Justice - Isaiah 42:1, 5-9

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights;I have put my Spirit upon him;he will bring forth justice to the nations.5 Thus says God, the Lordwho created the heavens and stretched them out,who spread out the earth and what comes from it,who gives breath to the people on itand spirit to those who walk in it:6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;I will take you by the hand and keep you;I will give you as a covenant for the people,a light for the nations,7 to open the eyes that are blind,to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,from the prison…
  • Reason to Rejoice - Psalm 118

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,    that I may enter through them    and give thanks to the Lord.20 This is the gate of the Lord;    the righteous shall enter through it.21 I thank you that you have answered me    and have become my salvation.22 The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone.23 This is the Lord's doing;    it is marvelous in our eyes.24 This is the day that the Lord has made;    let us rejoice and be glad in it.“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Without notice of the…
  • A Priest Forever - Psalm 119:4-7

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    4 The Lord has sworn    and will not change his mind,“You are a priest forever    after the order of Melchizedek.”5 The Lord is at your right hand;    he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.6 He will execute judgment among the nations,    filling them with corpses;he will shatter chiefs    over the wide earth.7 He will drink from the brook by the way;    therefore he will lift up his head.The biggest question for readers of this second half of Psalm 110 today may well be, “Who is Melchizedek?” As we saw in the earlier verses, this is a Messianic…
  • David’s Lord - Psalm 110

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    1The Lord says to my Lord:“Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.”2 The Lord sends forth from Zionyour mighty scepter.Rule in the midst of your enemies!3 Your people will offer themselves freelyon the day of your power,in holy garments;from the womb of the morning,the dew of your youth will be yours.Psalm 110 is another messianic psalm, a psalm that teaches us about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus used this psalm Himself to teach about the identity of the Christ. The Pharisees knew that the coming Christ would be the son or descendant of David. And…
  • Who Brought You Out of the Land of Egypt, Out of the House of Bondage

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    by John Calvin"I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other god before my face." [Ex20:2-3. cf. Vg.]
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  • A Growing Movement To Spread Faith, Love — And Clean Laundry

    Lisa Napoli
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Doing the wash can be a chore, but for the poor, the cost of laundry often means forgoing other essentials. Laundry Love aims to relieve the burden with fellowship, free soap and lots of quarters.» E-Mail This
  • Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

    Scott Neuman
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.» E-Mail This
  • As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

    Shankar Vedantam
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?» E-Mail This
  • The Fasting 5K: No Food, No Water, No Problem For Muslim Runners

    Rund Abdelfatah
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    It might sound crazy to run while fasting, but runners in five U.S. cities joined the Fasting 5K, held during Ramadan, to share their commitment to their faith.» E-Mail This
  • Americans Really Like Jews. Muslims And Atheists? Not So Much

    Gene Demby
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    A new Pew poll asked how warmly respondents felt toward people of varying religious groups. The answers varied with race, age and political leanings — and not all the feelings were mutual.» E-Mail This
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    Religion News Blog

  • @religionnews Twitter Feed

    Religion News Blog
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews By the way: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets … [Read more...] Full story: @religionnews Twitter Feed
  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Religion News Blog
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. Full story: Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Religion News Blog
    28 May 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. Full story: Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Religion News Blog
    21 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm. Full story: Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Religion News Blog
    16 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with ITV for showing a an ad during prime-time in which the Scientology cult spouts its usual nonsense. Find out why Russian Orthodox Church priests are getting ridiculed on Twitter. Full story: Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing
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    Religion News Service

  • COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition

    A. James Rudin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    (RNS) Rabbi Regina Jonas' grim task was to meet the incoming trains and provide counseling to the frightened and bewildered Jews arriving at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The post COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Arabic Twitter avatar illustrates #WeAreN solidarity with Iraqi Christians

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    (RNS) It's the symbol for "Nazarene," or Christian, used by Islamists in Iraq to brand Christian properties as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community.The post Arabic Twitter avatar illustrates #WeAreN solidarity with Iraqi Christians appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit?

    David Gibson
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    (RNS) “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.The post Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire

    Josephine McKenna
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    ROME (RNS) "Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family," Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim said.The post Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church

    Nate Carlisle
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In her argument, Kelly contends her lay leaders never asked her about women holding the priesthood -- a point the leaders disputed in the letter excommunicating her.The post Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • A history without Darwin...

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    by Salman HameedPeter Bowler is a leading historian of Biology. I enjoyed his talk at Darwin's bicentennial conference in Alexandria, Egypt back in 2009. After the talk I had a brief chat with him and he mentioned that he was working on a book that imagines history without Darwin and the Origin of Species. The book is now out and it is called Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin. It looks fascinating and makes some interesting claims about the relation between science and religion. Here is a review from Science:Since the 1920s, the idea of evolution has generally been equated with…
  • UFO sightings explained in the Economist

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    by Salman HameedI didn't know the Economist had a sense of humor. There was a random box in one of its recent issues and has this figure (thanks to Jim Miller for the tip):And here is the description:On July 2nd avid watchers of the skies celebrate World UFO day—the anniversary of the supposed crash of a flying saucer near Roswell in 1947. Helpfully, the National UFO Reporting Centre, a non-profit, has catalogued almost 90,000 reported sightings of UFOs, mostly in America, since 1974. It turns out that aliens are considerate. They seldom disturb earthlings during working or sleeping…
  • Following the sails of Sinbad

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    by Salman Hameed Figure from ScienceA few weeks ago, one of the feature stories in the journal Science focused on the impact of the maritime trade in the Indian Ocean. In particular, how that trade connected various parts of world. In fact, it looks like that this trade had a larger impact than the famous trade route via the Silk Road. That is all well and good and the discussion is part of debates within archaeology and history. However, I liked the fact that the article started with quotations from the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor in the Thousand and One Nights. When I was growing…
  • Avoiding Miracles and Emphasizing Naturalism in Science Teaching

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    by Salman HameedMuslim Science website has started to call for thematic articles. Last month it was on environment and sustainability (check out this editorial by Saleem H. Ali on Environmentalism as an Interface for Science Education in Muslim Societies and on a slightly different topic, Space Travel: Marred by the lack of a Consensus by Parandis Tajbaksh).This month's focus is on science education and you can check this article by Rana Dajani, Is Science Education the Real Issue? I also contributed an article titled Avoiding Miracles and Emphasizing Naturalism in…
  • Sacred Engine and the preservation of order in "Snowpiercer"

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Salman HameedThe movie is much better than its trailer. If you can stomach graphic violence, then check out Snowpiercer, directed by Korean director, Bong Joon-ho. The premise is outlandish. After a failed experiment to fix global warming, all of humanity is extinct except for those who boarded a global train, the Snowpiercer. It has been running for 18 years now, but there are tremendous inequalities in amenities available on the train. The front of the train has parties, greenhouses, good food (including sushi), music, and even a school with fascinatingly creepy education. The back of…
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  • She's My Sister Bike Tour 2014 Promo

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    She's My Sister Bike Tour 2014 Promo Can biking change the lives of trauma victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? See how you can get involved with American BIble Society's She's My Si... From: American Bible Society Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 01:26 More in Sports
  • Kari Jobe : Breathe on Us

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Kari Jobe : Breathe on Us Grammy nominated worship leader Kari Jobe performs her song Breathe on Us for the live audiences at American Bible Society's Atrium. From: American Bible Society Views: 502 10 ratings Time: 03:57 More in Sports
  • Kari Jobe : Forever

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Kari Jobe : Forever Grammy nominated worship leader Kari Jobe performs her song Forever for the live audience at American Bible Society's Atrium. From: American Bible Society Views: 2295 25 ratings Time: 05:43 More in Sports
  • Father's Day

    10 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Father's Day "As a father is kind to his children, so the Lord is kind to those who honor him." -Psalm 103.13. From: American Bible Society Views: 40 1 ratings Time: 00:16 More in Sports
  • Bread Today: Appalachia Dream Center

    9 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    Bread Today: Appalachia Dream Center Listen to Pastor Hartwell as he explains how American Bible Society is directly affecting the people of Logan County, West Virginia with the Bible. From: American Bible Society Views: 33 0 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Sports
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  • Smiling at the Future—with or without the Cavities

    Rhonda Rhea
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Rhonda Rhea - I hear if you put a Whitman’s Sampler under your pillow, the cavity fairy will bring you…a $200 invoice from your dentist. If you try it, you should know that while the midnight snacking is awesome, there most likely will be some time in the chair in your future. On the other hand, you’ll probably be smiling all the way to the dentist. Personally, I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to fight tooth decay while also utilizing my time more efficiently. Like this morning I’m putting toothpaste in my breakfast cereal. Gotta love a hearty bowl of dental hygiene in…
  • Stop and Smell the Roses

    Cheri Cowell
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   Some of us are always on the go. We take two things off our to-do list and add six more. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. More than once we’ve said if we could clone ourselves for just an hour we might catch up. But the truth is, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if we got to the end of the list. We watch other people who seem to relax while the laundry is piled high and the weeds are overtaking the garden, and we wonder how they do it. How can they relax when there is still so much to do? Perhaps these people have learned the…
  • Package Deal

    Rhonda Rhea
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Rhonda Rhea - Big things come in small packages. I think the person who said that sat beside me in my high school geometry class. Even though I was really bad at geometry, I would never copy off that guy’s paper. Because that would be very wrong, yes. But also because the answer would also likely be very wrong. Let’s be real. As much as I tried, I could never make myself care what “Y” equaled. Congruently (see what I did there?), I don’t care what size the package is. Just as long as the package is for me. I love it when the delivery truck pulls into my driveway. A friend…
  • Sparkling Clean

    Cheri Cowell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   There is something special about a clean house. When the floors are mopped and vacuumed, when the cobwebs are swept away, when the dust layer is removed and everything shines, it feels good. If there were a magic wand that would create this wonderful scene, the stores wouldn’t be able to keep those wands in stock. Unfortunately, someone has to do the work. Sanctification is the big word used to describe the cleaning God does in our hearts as we submit our lives to Him. The scriptures say God desires to present us blameless before Him. Said another way, He wants…
  • Peace Like a River

    Cheri Cowell
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   The word ‘obey’ is not considered a positive word today. Ask children to tell you what the word ‘obey’ means and many would have no idea. We don’t stress obedience. Perhaps this is because we struggle with our own obedience. It feels like we are surrendering, giving up, even losing. That’s because at the heart of obedience is the requirement of humility. Humility asks us to bend and finally surrender our wills. Yet, the amazing thing about obeying God is the peace that flows through you and your life when you finally surrender to…
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  • Muslim Sikh Clash in Uttar Pardesh

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    UP, India: Two Dead, 19 injured in violent clashes in Saharanpur – Several vehicles and properties set on fire Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh: Two people have died and 19 others have been injured in violent clashes between Sikh and Muslim groups in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh today. The clashes broke out allegedly over construction on a disputed property. Authorities imposed curfew in the region to bring the situation under control after two persons were killed and at least 12 others injured in the clashes between the two communities over a land dispute. The early morning violent…
  • SGPC row: Sikh leaders call off congregations as Akal Takht steps in

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Amritsar: Stepping into the row over creation of a separate Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the Akal Takht – the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion – on Saturday asked the warring factions to call off the planned Sikh congregations in Amritsar and Karnal tomorrow. As per reports, Sikh leaders both in Punjab and Haryana have agreed to follow the Akal Takht directions. The tensions started after the Haryana government decided to create a separate gurdwara management committee in the state. Akal Takht jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh today issued a directive to Sikhs…
  • Gurdwara commission postpones hearing of plea on SGPC auditor

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: MRITSAR: The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission deferred the hearing of the petition seeking the dismissal of the highprofile Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) auditor SS Kohli to August 7. The petition, filed by Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) leader Baldev Singh Sirsa on July 22, was slated to come up for hearing before the three-member commission on Thursday. However, without citing any reasons, the petitioner was told the case would now be heard on August 7. Besides seeking the dismissal of Kohli, the petition also calls for recovering the entire sum of money paid…
  • Persuade Badal to shun protest: Centre to Shanta

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    New Delhi: The Centre has opened a channel with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal through in charge of BJP affairs in the state, Shanta Kumar to prevail over him not to precipitate matters but have faith in its ongoing efforts to resolve the row over the creation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC). Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh deputed Shanta Kumar to speak to Badal when the former Himachal CM met him yesterday and discussed political situation in Punjab in the wake of the formation of the HSGMC. During the meeting, it was felt that swift action was needed to…
  • Phoolka takes a dig at BJP Govt

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Ludhiana, Punjab: Aam Aadmi Party leader and senior advocate HS Phoolka said the threat issued by the BJP Government to invoke Article 356 was in violation of the principles laid down by the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court has held that every case where the directions of the Central Government are not followed by the state does not make out a case for dismissal of the state government and warrant action against the state government. It is only in a case of very serious nature where Article 356 needs to be invoked,” said Phoolka. He said it was surprising that the Akali Dal had all of a…
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  • Possibilities

    Ryan Dueck
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have many conversations with people who find it difficult to believe or people who barely believe or people who want to believe but can’t or people who are embarrassed to believe or people who look down in condescension at those who believe or people who are just bewildered that anyone could believe in something like God or resurrection or hope or any kind of future that is radically dissimilar to the present. This is the shape of our life and imagination in the post-Christian West. read more
  • Do I have to take Isaiah 58:7 literally?

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A particular verse of scripture has been haunting me lately. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life.First, it was a lectionary text in Epiphany. Then I found it in the unifying passage of a devotional book I read.“Bring the homeless poor into your house,” we read in Isaiah 58:7, part of a passage on genuine fasting. read more
  • New today: The peacemaking challenge in Israel/Palestine, taking Isaiah 58:7 literally, faith in possibility

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    24 Jul 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
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "GOP shoves massive tax hike down middle-class voters' throats." read more
  • When doing church differently means doing it the same

    Christian Coon
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I, along with a friend and colleague, started planting a new church in Chicago about five years ago, we had lots of ideas about how to do church, but one thing was certain: we wanted to do church differently. Lots of church planters have the same mission.We told other existing churches that we weren’t in competition with them—we wanted to attract people who, for whatever reason, would never set foot in a narthex. In other words, we didn’t want our church to be too. . . . churchy. read more
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  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
  • Need a FeedBlitz API Key? Permission Granted

    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
  • The Real Truth About SEO Success

    Simon Ashton
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let’s be honest, on the ladder of trustworthiness, search engine consultants fall somewhere between lawyers and members of Congress. But nobody seeks us out at parties for our stories or makes Netflix shows set in the world of SEO. No, instead you have two choices when it comes to SEO. You’re either the nerdy Poindexter, sitting alone at his computer, muttering about meta descriptions and H1 tags, or worse, a snake oil salesman, promising the world that if you’ll just spend thousands of dollars on some magic formula that never quite seems to be finished, you’ll win the Internet.
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  • Police in China remove church's cross

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
  • Five dead in bombing of church in north Nigeria's Kano

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of the city, the largest in Nigeria's north, police said. "We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that was thrown from across the road" at the church in Kano's Sabon Gari district, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram, he added.
  • 'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.
  • Pope urges peace in Middle East, Ukraine for children's sake

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis called Sunday on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children.
  • Bomb attack on church in Nigeria's Kano kills five

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    KANO (Reuters) - A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The bomber threw the bomb at worshippers on their way out of the church, police commissioner Adenrele Shinaba told Reuters. Police cordoned off the scene. In a separate attack, a female suicide bomber tried to attack police officers on the streets. She killed herself but only wounded to of them, Shinaba said. (Reporting by Nneluke Ikemfuna; Writing by Tim Cocks)
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  • Japanese stock market hits six-month high on earnings hopes - business live

    Graeme Wearden
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Nikkei index hits highest level since late January, driven by earnings optimism after a jump in Chinese industrial profits 8.34am BST Shares in Ryanair have jumped 5% in early trading, as traders welcome its raised profit forecasts. 8.24am BST Budget airline Ryanair has added to the optimism in the markets this morning, by hiking its profit forecasts.After hitting investors with some nasty profit warnings in 2013, CEO Michael O'Leary was on more comfortable ground this morning."We are overrun with growth offers from primary European airports whose incumbent flag and regional carriers…
  • Local TV is 'vanity over sanity' and must go, says former radio chief

    Roy Greenslade
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Further to my posting on the flaws in the local TV initiative, I note that the former chief executive of the Guardian Media Group's radio division has a similar view to mine.Following London Live's request to Ofcom to reduce the amount of local programming it is required to broadcast, John Myers took to his own blog to write a piece headlined, "This is what failure looks like folks". He writes: "Local TV is the idea of a political madman and funded by people with too much money. It is vanity over sanity.""The public didn't care because they weren't demanding more…
  • How UK housing can step up its green energy efforts

    Ian Thomson
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A housing trust director explains how improving insulation and ventilation can contribute to energy efficiency in homesIn the UK, housing accounts for 27% of CO2 emissions. With a target of 1% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, the sector will have to play its part. Although the government is yet to lay out how it wants to achieve these savings, it is likely that housing will have to achieve higher levels to make up for the shortfalls of other sectors.Measures such as the green deal and decent homes standard have been a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go…
  • Zimbabwe journalists hail victory for free speech

    Roy Greenslade
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    In what is being hailed as a victory for free speech, the Zimbabwean constitutional court last week declared that the legal prohibition on publishing "false statements" was unconstitutional.A provision of the country's criminal law codification reform act made the reporting of false news likely to undermine public confidence in the uniformed forces a crime punishable with a high fine as well as a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Continue reading...
  • Boot up: Bose v Beats, SpaceX v US Military, and Criminals v Facebook

    Alex Hern and Samuel Gibbs
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Also featuring a self-driving car, an Apple acquisition, and new Motorola/Google deviceA quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamBose accuses Beats of using patented noise-cancelling tech >>> Ars Technica Beats products that allegedly use the technology can also be used for noise cancellation when no music is played, a feature that Beats also advertises, the suit states. Thus, Beats specifically encourages users to use the infringing functionality. Beats advertises no method to turn off features that cause end users to directly infringe.A large…
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  • Letter threatens Mumbai synagogues over Gaza conflict

    Marcy Oster
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    (JTA) — Mumbai city police received a letter threatening to bomb Jewish sites in the city in retaliation for Israel’s operation in Gaza. The letter, reported by Indian news outlets on Sunday, reportedly had threatened to launch the attacks on Friday, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The letter was signed by the Indian Mujahideen. Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria ordered an investigation into who sent the letter and its threats, the Times of India reported. “Maria you were lucky in 1993 to have escaped the wrath but this time you will not. Now we…
  • Writer Bel Kaufman dies at 103

    Marcy Oster
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    (JTA) — Writer Bel Kaufman,  granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, has died. Kaufman, author of the 1960s hit novel “Up the Down Staircase,” died Friday in Manhattan at the age of 103. The novel was based on her experienced teaching in public school in New York City. She used real memos from the administration and other documents to tell the story of a fictional teacher working to inspire her students despite the bureaucracy and chaos. The book was made into a movie in 1967. Kaufman was born in Berlin and grew up  in Odessa and Kiev. She came to the United…
  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    Ron Kampeas
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes. The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call between the two leaders referred to cease-fire talks led in recent days by Secretary of State John Kerry which culminated in a proposal rejected unanimously on Friday by Israel’s security Cabinet. “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the president made clear the strategic imperative…
  • Kerry’s rejected cease-fire proposal leaked

    Marcy Oster
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Details of the week-long cease-fire proposal U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered and Israel rejected emerged in leaks to various media outlets. The proposal made Friday, according to the leaked documents, calls for Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza to halt hostilities and then convene within 48 hours to discuss other terms, “including arrangements to secure the opening of border and non-border crossings, allow the entry of goods and people and ensure the social and economic livelihood of the Palestinian people living in Gaza, including fishing…
  • Israeli inquiry finds U.S. school courtyard was empty when mortar hit

    Marcy Oster
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mortar fired by Israeli troops in the direction of a United Nations school in Gaza, did not cause casualties as was widely reported, Israel’s military said. The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday issued a report on an inquiry into the incident on Thursday, in which a school in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was hit by mortar fire. Reports following the incident said at least 15 people were killed and 200 injured. The IDF inquiry found that Hamas operatives fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers, who then…
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  • The Suffering of the Christ in the Psalms

    Joe Henderson
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    As soon as Jesus had confirmed to his disciples that he was “the Christ, the son of the living God,” he went on to tell them that it was necessary that he would suffer and die at the hands of the leaders of his people (Mat 16:16, 21). Peter was taken aback, and his disciples could not understand what he was talking about. Even after his death, his followers were slow to believe that if he were really the Christ, the one they had hoped would “redeem all Israel,” he would have to suffer and die, condemned by Israel’s leaders (Luke 24:19-21, 25). Even after his resurrection, Jesus had…
  • The Abundant Style of Erasmus

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say “thanks for your letter,” so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance’s prime movers was thinking when he did that. The book in question –originally published as De duplici copia verborum ac rerum Commentarii duo, and available in English in volume 24 of  his Collected Works as Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style (translated and annotated by Betty I. Knott)– is much more than a stunt. It’s a really helpful exercise in developing a…
  • Remembering Chris Mitchell

    Matt Jenson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to be the cause.) Chris and his wife Julie had moved to LA only a year ago to work at Biola and, after a blissful first year, they had just arrived in Colorado for a long stay with kids and grandkids. In his early 60s, Chris had just begun the last leg of his career, returning to the classroom after years overseeing The Wade Center at Wheaton College,…
  • In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

    Greg Peters
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has committed himself to me in faith,shall not die for ever.As for me, I know that my Redeemer livesand that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up;and in my body I shall see God.I myself shall see, and my eyes behold himwho is my friend and not a stranger.For none of us has life in himself,and none becomes his…
  • Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

    Chris Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In response, he sent Leaf By Niggle, a short story he had written a year or two earlier. “[Th]at story,” Tolkien said, “was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one morning with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It…
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  • Priests Decide to Clean Ganga Ghats on Sundays

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    SourceALLAHABAD, INDIA, July 14, 2014 (Times of India): In a unique initiative of making the holy river clean and pollution-free, the priests of the city have decided to clean the banks of Ganga every Sunday. Many priests assembled at Sangam today and started cleaning the banks. They also created awareness among the people for keeping the ghats clean and making the river pollution-free.General secretary of Prayagwal Sabha Rajendra Paliwal said: "Ganga is holy and sacred for us from time immemorial. It is our prime duty to keep the river pure and make it pollution-free. The responsibility of…
  • Women Kanwariyas Flock Sangam

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    SourceALLAHABAD, INDIA, July 16, 2014 (Times of India): Driven by devotion and desire to offer prayers to Lord Shiva at Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, a large number of women Kanwariyas (pilgrims) are joining hands with their male counterparts in walking the extra mile.Dressed in saffron attire, the number of women carrying the decorated pot has increased manifold at Dashashwamedh Ghat and Sangam. Here the Kanwariyas collect water from Ganga before heading to Varanasi. Most of these women kanwariyas hail from rural area and are in the age group of 25-40 years. After collecting water…
  • Guyana Dharmic Sabha Opens Multi-Million Dollar Home for the Vulnerable

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    SourceGUYANA, May 8, 2014 (Kaieteur News): The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) on Monday commissioned a multi-million-dollar home for abused women and children at Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne. Doing the honors of cutting the ribbon to the majestic multi-wing edifice, Bal Nivas, was Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, President Donald Ramotar, Indian playback singer Sonu Nigam and President of the GHDS, Dr. Vindhya Persaud.Dr. Persaud spoke about the project and thanked President Ramotar for giving them the land a few years ago. She thanked the donors who worked selflessly and voluntarily…
  • The Story of Jack Cole, jazz and the "Hindu Swing" of the 1950s

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    SourceUSA, December 18, 2011 ( HPI Note: We came across by chance today this long article on a noted dancer of the 1930-50s, Jack Cole, who had learned--from whom is uncertain--a fair amount of Bharatanatyam dance style. He then developed a form of jazz dancing using some of this style, including for movie dance choreography. This blog, whose author identifies herself only as "Cassidy, a white chick" wrote up a long article on Cole in 2011, along with clips from the old movies, some of which are absolutely fascinating. Her article begins:Ever heard of…
  • Daily Inspiration

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    SourceToday is in your hands. Tomorrow the chance may never come.-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society
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  • Hariyali Teej

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Hariyali Teej is an important Hindu festival observed in North India in the Shravan... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Kalki Jayanti

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Kalki Jayanti celebrates the expected arrival of Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Lord... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Book – Saktapramodah – 19th century Book on Tantric Goddesses Republished

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Saktapramodah was published in 1860 by Raja Deva Nandan Singh and contains the correct... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Ukhimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Swaroop of Shiva from Kedarnath Temple is Worshipped Here During Winter

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    When the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand is closed after Diwali for winter, the swaroop... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Shiva Teachings on Devotion

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Supreme devotion is the same as supreme knowledge and is easier to practice. Devotion... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Taking a break (Velveteen Rabbi)
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm taking a break from the internet for a week or so. May the Shabbat which begins tonight bring peace to our hearts and to our troubled earth. May the week which follows be one in which kindness and compassion can flourish. Be well, everyone. Image: Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield MA. (Photo source.)
  • How news and social media can hurt us (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Lately I've been talking with rabbinic colleagues about how best to minister to our congregants who are struggling with the news out of Israel/Palestine. We're hearing from people who are unable to fall asleep because they can't stop thinking about the images of destruction and grief, or who wake up and immediately start agonizing about the conflict or worrying about loved ones. For some, the realities of what's happening there provoke a crisis of faith. For others, those realities provoke profound anxiety. How can we best care for people who are struggling in these ways? The question feels…
  • Fasting today with Jews and Muslims for peace (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I don't usually fast on the 17th of Tamuz. For that matter, I didn't even take on the practice of fasting for Tisha b'Av until a few years ago. (See This year's wrestle with Tisha b'Av, 2011.) I didn't grow up observing the minor fasts, and I've never taken them on as a practice. Instead I've tended toward finding other ways of understanding 17th Tammuz. Instead of focusing on the breach of Jerusalem's walls 2,600 years ago, I ponder breaches in the emotional walls which keep us safe, or the internal and interpersonal walls which need to come down in order for genuine connections to form. But…
  • A prayer in remembrance (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb May the memories of our boys killed in senseless hatredbe for a blessing.May their spirits be lifted upand comforted in the close embraceof God's motherly presence. May our precious children be safe from harm. May all the children be our children. May we protect all parents from mourning. May our hearts and the hearts of our people be healed quickly in our dayfrom the wounds of the past and present. May every grieving parent find comfort.May we live to see the daywhen no parent has to grieve. We'll read this prayer at my congregation on…
  • A prayer in remembrance - now in Hebrew (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Not long ago I posted a prayer co-written with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb in remembrance of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Sha'ar, Eyal Yifrah, and Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. (It's here: A prayer in remembrance.) Rabbi Lila Veissid, who serves Kibbutz Ha-Ma'apil in central Israel,  has translated that prayer into Hebrew. With her gracious permission, her translation is reprinted here. מאת הרבה רחל ברנבלטוהרבה לין גוטליב יהי רצון שזכרם של בנינו שנהרגו בשל שנאה חסרת פשר יהיה לברכה. יהי רצון שרוחם תעלה…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Last evening I watched a DVD, Searching for Sugar Man. I maybe the only person on earth who hasn’t seen this documentary film. It comes recommended, it touches the heart – the story and Rodriguez himself. It is the story of a singer/singer songwriter from the early 1970′s in Detroit who had incredible talent but didn’t make it in America. However unbeknownst to him his music had become a huge hit in South Africa and quite by accident. An American young woman had brought with her his LP and soon it was being bootlegged. And one thing led to another… His songs were…
  • Sit Like a Frog

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    When I think of Shunryu Suzuki I think of frogs! In his talk To Polish a Tile he talks about how the frog sits; becoming one with its surroundings. When you become you, Zen becomes Zen. When you are you, you see things as they are, and you become one with your surroundings. To Polish a Tile Suzuki Roshi, Transcript of this talk given in 1967 and also found published in Zen Mind Beginners Mind, page 80. In 2010 I had the honour of visiting the Founders Shine at San Francisco Zen Center where Suzuki Roshi is remembered. My companion and I made bows and offered incense and we couldn’t help…
  • Still Moments

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Along with all the preparation to travel, so many details to attend to, I took the opportunity to spend a moment or two doing nothing. That was yesterday. Today its Heathrow and I’m taking another opportunity to do not very much. Well writing this of course – and also gorping out of the window at the hustle and bustle. Worlds apart one might think. But in a certain way of thinking – there is no gap. Come sit and travel with me. Oddly there is more time/space to write here when ‘on the road’. Sit and be at ease, where ever your sitting place is.
  • Lacking In Ambition

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    My father went to the kind of school where they developed character, encouraged creativity and generally turned out half way decent people. Passing exams and going onto higher education was not a high priority. As a consequence I had a pleasingly unambitious father who could turn his hand to most things but would not be said to have had a ‘career’ in the usual sense. I could say the same about myself. Here is some of his creative work which I recently sent to my American relative to be passed down the generations as a link with their roots in England. Lino Cut by Tony White By…
  • Walking By Water

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The Lancaster Canal has been my walking companion this week. Still. Glass like. Cooling and soothing during this rash of hot summer days. The North West has been roasting. This evening. Rain. Tow path travelers bring colour and texture to the grey ribbon. Some interact most don’t. Cyclists ring their bells in warning and we walkers make way for runners. There is courtesy here which brings a sense of community. There is something so utterly compelling about canals. I’ve been drawn to them since early days ‘up North’ in the 60′s. Thank goodness people of vision…
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  • The month that changed the world: Monday, 27 July 1914

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    July 1914 was the month that changed the world. On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, and just five weeks later the Great Powers of Europe were at war. But how did it all happen? Historian Gordon Martel, author of The Month That Changed The World: July 1914, is blogging regularly for us over the next few weeks, giving us a week-by-week and day-by-day account of the events that led up to the First World War. By Gordon Martel By the time the diplomats, politicians, and officials arrived at their offices in the morning more than 36 hours had elapsed since the Austrian…
  • A revolution in trauma patient care

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Simon Howell Major trauma impacts on the lives of young and old alike. Most of us know or are aware of somebody who has suffered serious injury. In the United Kingdom over five-thousand people die from trauma each year. It is the most common cause of death in people under forty. Many of the fifteen-thousand people who survive major trauma suffer life-changing injuries and some will never fully recover and require life-long care. Globally it is estimated that injuries are responsible for sixteen-thousand deaths per day together with a large burden of people left with permanent disability.
  • Are schools teaching British values?

    Sara Pinotti
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    By Stephanie Olsen In June, (now former) Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that all primary and secondary schools should promote “British values”. David Cameron said that the plans for values education are likely to have the “overwhelming support” of citizens throughout the UK. Cameron defined these values as “freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions”. ‪At root, such a policy gets at the emotional conditioning of children. To adhere to a certain ideological…
  • Confidence and courage in mentoring

    Julia Callaway
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Mary Pender Greene Mentorship is one of the most compelling assets for professional success. The mentor-mentee relationship offers one of the most priceless of all human qualities — transparency. The mentor offers the mentee hope for the future by sharing both wisdom and past challenges. Mentors help mentees be their best selves by helping them overcome their fears of failure and apprehension of taking risks. Everyone struggles and gets scared. It takes courage to ask for help. Many of us are afraid to take the risk of being vulnerable. So we pretend to know. In fact, we are often…
  • How I created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones

    Julia Callaway
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    By David J. Peterson My name is David Peterson, and I’m a conlanger. “What’s a conlanger,” you may ask? Thanks to the recent addition of the word “conlang” to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), I can now say, “Look it up!” But to save you the trouble, a conlanger is a constructed language (or conlang) maker — i.e. one who creates languages. Language creation has been around since at least the 12th century, when the German abbess Hildegard von Bingen created her Lingua Ignota — Latin for “hidden language” — an invented vocabulary she used for writing…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Ramadan & Eid Fund Raising Appeal for Porshee Foundation

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Two of our Porshee School Student + Volunteer1.Inform those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending. ~ Message of the Qur'an 14:31Those who spend (in noble cause) privately or publicly, by night and day, have their reward with their Lord. And (on the Day of Resurrection) they shall neither fear nor grieve. ~2:274And spend [in the way of Allah ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you…
  • The Spiritual Context of Fasting ─ a Synoptic View

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
      Fasting among the Pillars of Islam: The five pillars of Islam are: Declaration of Faith, Salat, Zakat, Saum and Hajj. In the declaration of Faith, viz. La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah (i.e. nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad (s) is the Messenger of Allah), we become conscious of the individual positions of Allah, the Holy Messenger Muhammad (s) and the rest of the Creation. It signifies that every soul has come from Allah, and every soul goes back to Allah. A successful return back to Allah is only possible through the Message and Guidance given by Allah…
  • Did you think that We Created you as a joke? Meditative Quranic Verses

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    'AFAHASIBTUM 'ANNAMA KHALAQNAKUM 'ABATHANW -WA 'ANNAKUM 'ILAYNA LA TURJA'UN?Did you think that We created you as a joke,and that you would not be returned to Us?~ The Qur'an, Chapter of the Faithful 23:115computer simulation of development of human face within the womb And truly We, the Divine Authority, has created the human from essence of clay,Then we placed him as a drop of sperm in (the womb's) secure lodgingThen We made the drop of sperm into a clinging clot,And We made the clot into a shapeless lump,Then We made (from) the lump bonesAnd We covered the bones with fleshAnd then We…
  • The Dimensions and Reality of Death and beyond

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    People AreAsleep. TheyWake Up When They Die.~ Thus transmitted Rasul Allah It is unfortunate that the reality of “DEATH” is not known in a true sense in our time, and DEATH is commonly assumed to be someone’s “ending”. Actually, without being an end, DEATH is nothing more than a transition from the physical world to a world beyond the physical! It is just a transformation!Right after a person’s separation from his physical body through DEATH, his life goes on within a “spirit” — hologramlike body of frequencies— either in the grave or outside.
  • A Letter from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    This letter is from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, a contemporary Sufi Teacher who is now based in South Africa and this letter address to all who love humanity and who seek peace. May its message reach our heart, reach your heart and beyond.Reality and the way of Allah have its rules, regulations and governance which affect the transient world of shadows and dualities in our dunya (this world). In order to be fully established in the new realm you need to be constantly aware of the light in your heart and be serious with the seven points that I will append below.The path of liberation is like a…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • The Future of Protestantism: Further Reflections

    Nick Dalbey
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A note from the editor: We’ve been running a little low here at EO, but don’t fear. We’ll be back up to speed at some point in the relatively near future. Apologies to Nick Dalbey, who sent in the below article long enough ago that I had to adjust the first sentence to make it time appropriate. -J.F. Arnold It’s been well over a month since the Future of Protestantism discussion, and Protestantism is alive and well. I’ve been encouraged by the discussion and the articles that have followed in the wake of the event not because everyone is agreed and divisions healed, but…
  • Why We Should Care (and Talk) About Mary

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’” Luke 1:28 Author and podcaster Michael Hyatt, a former Protestant and current deacon in the Orthodox Church, states in one of his podcasts* that in Protestantism, Mary is “eerily absent.” “I don’t think I ever heard, as a Protestant, a single sermon about Mary,” he says. Outside of the Christmas narrative, Mary is not talked about much. Having been raised in the Evangelical church, this was certainly true of my experience. If Mary was ever discussed…
  • “There Must Be More to Life Than Having Everything”

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.” — Ecclesiastes 5:10 I think Americans are generally uncomfortable with limits. Ours is a consumeristic culture: we want unlimited options; we want what we want, when we want it, and for the cheapest price possible. We apply this consumeristic mindset to other aspects of life, too. We want to have accomplished careers and idyllic family lives. We want the promotion with the corner office and the healthy marriage, comfortable home, and well-adjusted children (of which…
  • The Comedy of Christ

    Sarah Boerner
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Comedy is usually thought of as beneficial but not necessarily significant or essential. However, there is actually a structure and significance to humor as seen in comedic pieces. For instance, during comedic movies, many times the events are going decently well but in time they begin to devolve and become somewhat tragic, that is until the arrival of the comedic turn. The comedic turn is what serves as the axis which turns tragedy on its head and the once sorrowful story suddenly becomes joyful and hopeful. In light of the structure behind comedy, it may play a larger role than initially…
  • You should be especially nice at church: an examination of Galatians 6.10

    Ashley Evaro
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6.10) This verse strikes me as being counter-intuitive. First of all, shouldn’t we do good to everyone equally? Secondly, if we are to do good “especially” to some, shouldn’t they be nonbelievers? The church is a place where people already recognize the goodness of God. I often think that since a person is saved, they are secure in their knowledge of the goodness of God, and there is no pressing need for my actions to serve as a reflection or…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Letting the bread rise

    Ann Fontaine
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    “He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” (Matthew 13:33) Yesterday’s gospel reading from Matthew, chapter 13, included the parable of the yeast, or leaven, to use a more antiquated term. This little nugget of scripture sang out to me in light of several events going on at this time. First, we are approaching the 40th anniversary tomorrow of the ordination of eleven women to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, which happened on July 29, 1974 at Church of the…
  • Edit wars on Wikipedia's religion pages

    Weston Mathews
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    On Wikipedia, as in others parts of daily life, religion is a contentious topic. For some administrators of the sight who are also people of faith, taking part in Wikipedia presents many difficulties: The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context. For “Wikipedians” like Willey, trying to put a lid on the online hate speech that can be endemic to Wikipedia entries is a key part of their job. Religion is among several of the top 100 altered topics on…
  • Part 2: The Pearl

    Ann Fontaine
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Donald Schell Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 is
  • Just Terrorism?

    Weston Mathews
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    For centuries, Christians have supported "Just War" theory. But what about "Just Terrorism?" Giles Fraser explores this question in his weekly column from the London Guardian: I am eating aubergines and flatbread with Dr Samah Jabr in a cool Palestinian cafe in Stoke Newington. A psychiatrist and psychotherapist who works out of East Jerusalem, Dr Jabr is quietly spoken, modest, and perhaps just a little bit shocked by my lapses into overly colourful language. She is an educated, middle-class Palestinian (in no way a rabble-rouser) but she insists that the word terrorist has become a powerful…
  • The Death of Christian Mosul

    Weston Mathews
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    As violence in the Middle East flares up, the story of Iraqi Christians suffering from brutal attacks at the hands of ISIS remains less visible in the media. However, as ISIS threatens to wipe out the Christian minority in Iraq, Christian leaders like the Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. are calling for the Christian community to speak out and put pressure on lawmakers to intervene: Despite a modest Internet uptick due to social media, no one in the mainstream media is adequately covering this story. The stakes are high, dire, and apply to all of humanity. This is a news story which far supersedes…
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  • Preparing for a hike

    John Mercer
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    SPIRIT: Imagine your way through the good route / and also the other route.
  • Meet our readers

    Christopher L. Walton
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: UU World's readership survey also offers an updated profile of the UUA's membership.
  • Book group brings Muslim and UU women together

    Donald E. Skinner
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: Women from Unitarian Universalist and Muslim congregations in Silver Spring, Md., meet each month.
  • Remembering Pete

    Dan Schatz
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    SPIRIT: To be honest, I still want to grow up to be like Pete Seeger.
  • Helping to tip the scales

    Donald E. Skinner
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues
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    Jewish Treats

  • It's Electric

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    In the early 1900s, rabbinic authorities had to determine exactly what electricity was from a halachic (Jewish legal) perspective. The first uses of electricity were, of course, for light and heat. And just as one is permitted to have a fire lit before Shabbat remain lit throughout Shabbat, it was determined that one may leave electric lights on throughout Shabbat. As scientists and inventors began to find other ways of using electricity, such as fans and radios which produce neither light nor heat, the question of electricity’s permissibility on Shabbat…
  • The Music of the Soul

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Born in Geneva on July 24, 1880, Ernest Bloch was a world famous Jewish composer. Seven of his works are known, collectively, as the “Jewish Cycle.” Bloch was raised in a home awash with tradition, but his actual Jewish education, and general involvement with Jewish life, ended after his Bar Mitzvah. His family, however, had a musical history rooted in Jewish life. His grandfather had been a ba’al tefillah (prayer leader), and his father sang in the choir of the Lengnau Synagogue.Bloch’s training in musical composition took place throughout Europe, in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.
  • Music of Your Heart

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If the mood strikes you, don't hesitate to sing your personal prayers if that helps you to be inspired.
  • Tales of The Phoenix

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Mythological creatures are generally shrugged off today as figments of overactive imaginations. Nevertheless, a fair number of these fantasy creatures are noted by the sages of the Talmud.Take the phoenix, which describes as: “A mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness [and said] to burn itself on a funeral pyre and rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years.”The Midrash describes this very creature and gives two separate, though not exclusionary, sources for the phoenix’s…
  • One Extra Moment

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When working on a project, spend an extra moment to make certain all safety measures have been taken care of.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders of the United States, there is an obvious need for compassion for these children. But compassion comes in many forms and some of them can be destructive. Take, for example, the compassionate US law that motivates families and governments from afar to send children here without their parents and loving relatives to care for them. As the Bush Administration came to a close, there was a compassionate bipartisan effort to sign the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008…
  • Offers "Gospel Topics" Section on the Historicity and Translation of the Book of Abraham

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Among the growing body of helpful and carefully researched topics discussed in the "Gospel Topics" section of the website, the Church has recently provided a statement that addresses some common concerns regarding the Book of Abraham and its translation. "Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham" shares information drawn from some leading LDS scholars about how we obtained the Book of Abraham and how it relates to the small set of fragments from the larger collection of original scrolls that Joseph had (most of which were apparently destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871).
  • Kate Kelly, Ordain Women, and Foxconn: The Importance of Asking Questions

    Jeff Lindsay
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Kate Kelly's story as presented in the media is a compelling one, stirring and resonating with the emotions of many. A lone woman stands up to a big male-dominated organization, daring to prod and just ask questions, for which she is cruelly punished by being excommunicated from the Church she loves. Indeed, this brave woman is apparently treated so poorly as she is tossed out that the only words she can use to describe the actions of her bishop and others is "abuse" and "cruelty." How dare they excommunicate her for "apostasy" when she has not been teaching any doctrine, just asking…
  • No, the Strangite Witnesses Are Not Strong Parallels to the Book of Mormon Witnesses

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    In my last post, Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith, some folks suggested that the import of the Book of Mormon witnesses is lessened by the imitative adventure of James Strang and his witnesses who observed the non-miraculous existence of some much less valuable non-precious metal plates. Ironically, it's a fitting comparison to make since Strang himself was a lawyer and his exploits illustrate some of the things that skilled lawyers or other highly educated people can do when they seek to affect (as in misdirect) the faith of others.Strang claimed that Joseph Smith had appointed him to be his…
  • Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith

    Jeff Lindsay
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    My sophomore English class at Brighton High School was a disaster. The school was using a failed but trendy new system where hundreds of kids were in a big open space and split up into rotating groups, moving every few weeks from one teacher to another for different pathetic units that supposedly taught us English while we watched lame movies or engaged in other dull "labs" or whatever. Felt like chaos. Like block scheduling and other ill-informed experiments that sometimes advance administrators more than students, whatever we were doing there couldn't possibly make us better at reading,…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • God’s Word is our ultimatum

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Certain errant spirits are never at home till they are abroad: they crave for a something which I think they will never find, either in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth, so long as they are in their present mind. They never rest, for they will have nothing to do with an infallible revelation; and hence they are doomed to wander throughout time and eternity, and find no abiding city. For the moment they glory as if they were satisfied with their last new toy; but in a few months it is sport to them to break in pieces all the notions which they formerly…
  • Neglecting the Holy Spirit is as sinful as misrepresenting Him

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Because of certain exaggerations, excesses and freak manifestations, and the crossing of the border line from the spiritual to the scientific, the political and the merely emotional, there are many people who are afraid of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, afraid of being too subjective. So they neglect it altogether. I would also suggest that others have neglected the doctrine because they have false ideas with regard to the actual teaching concerning the person of the Holy Spirit.… Let me put it very plainly like this: you would all agree that to neglect or to ignore the doctrine about the…
  • New and noteworthy books

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my favorite times of the day, after coming home and greeting my family is seeing what mail has arrived. This is not because I super-love receiving bills in the mail, but because I’m in the position where a number of Christian publishers regularly send me copies of many of the latest Christian books. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most interesting in the latest batch (along with a few that aren’t so new, but I’m glad to have in the library): The Wonder-Working God by Jared C. Wilson. The thematic sequel to his also recently released (and excellent) book, The…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Jesus, Eunuchs, and the (Almost) 30-Year-Old Virgin Chelsea Kingston: In a world where hedonism and gross individualism hold sway, the prominence of what a friend and pastor calls “the sexual fulfillment myth” is no big surprise, really. And so, in a way that our culture finds almost impossible to comprehend, celibacy in singleness demonstrates a most visible sign of authentic Christian witness. Perhaps this is why Jesus spoke so strongly on the subject. 7 Signs We May Be Worshipping Our Family Jason Helopoulos: I am thankful for the growing emphasis upon the Christian family in…
  • Fleshing out the gospel

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A terribly puzzled look swept across the faces of those who had just heard me spill the title of our upcoming teaching series. “Fleshing—not flushing—out the gospel,” I emphasized in case they missed it. I thought it would help. But, they were confused nonetheless. “Fleshing out” was meant in a figurative sense. Just as we might flesh out a deep doctrine of Scripture, like the mysterious nature of God’s unity or the marginless end of God’s sovereignty, we must also flesh out the wondrous realities of the gospel. It’s not an option for believers. It’s necessary. My father…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • An Unbeliever’s Morality

    Elle Goff
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    One of the things that atheists, as well as many pagans get from “believers” is the admonition that, if you don’t have faith, then you can’t have morality. In general I look these simpleminded people in the eye and respond, “If you need a religion in order to have morals then you’re not a very nice person to begin with.” The point is of course lost on most people. Or they take it as an opportunity to point out that all of us are sinners and only God’s grace can save us. Most of the time when that happens I just smile, nod my head, and back away slowly. It’s like arguing with…
  • The Gospel of Intuition

    Ryan Harper
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    In a 2011 article for Relevant Magazine, David Buckmaster recounts a pilgrimage made by Apple executives to the Southern hemisphere, iPads in tow. Four-thousand miles outside of Cupertino, in an impoverished South American village, an illiterate child intuitively takes his index finger to swipe open an iPad. He has never seen a computer or cell phone, and yet with just a few moments of experimentation and the most basic guidance from an Apple executive, the child is able to instinctively navigate the tablet’s features. This, as the man responsible for the creation of the device would say,…
  • Jesus’s Pinch Hitter: The Leftovers Episode 4

    S. Brent Plate
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The opening sequence of this week’s The Leftovers (episode 4) was the best scene yet in a series that still seems unsure of what it wants. Opening shots show mysterious bubbly goop and mechanical processes that are soon revealed to be the machinations for making latex baby-doll heads. The heads are matched with eyes and a body, packaged, sold, then swaddled in clothes by a woman, and eventually placed in a crèche in Mapleton’s town square. The beat of The Black Keys “I’m Not the One” rises as quick shots of the crèche through night and day follow each other,…
  • You’re Having Our Baby

    Mary Valle
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Do you ever listen to “love songs” shows on your local Lite FM station? They’re always called something like “Love Songs on the Cliff” or “Love Songs on the Peninsula” or “Love Songs From Unincorporated County Territory.” A purrsome female DJ reads the sentiments of people who want to dedicate songs to other people. Like, “Terry, Chris wants you to know that even though he’s really busy with his band, you always come first where it counts. His heart. Here’s ‘Leather and Lace’ by Don Henley and Stevie…
  • Non-Dairy Godly Families Rejoice!

    Mary Valle
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Why is this mom jumping for joy? At last she’ll have enough soy milk to serve with dinner! Eden Soy: Let’s Grow Your Family. Together.™
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    On Being Both

  • Interfaith Children Speak Out: #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

    Susan Katz Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    In order to write Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, I interviewed Jewish and Christian, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Christian, and Buddhist/Jewish/Christian families. This week, I was thrilled to see Jewish and Muslim adult interfaith children emerging on twitter–coming out, as it were, and speaking out about how love can prevail, even in a context fraught with geopolitical tension and violence. In response to the current crisis in Israel and Palestine, two students in New York, Abraham Gutman (Jewish, Israeli) and Dania Darwish (Muslim) created the…
  • A Response to the Pew Poll on “Favorite Religions”

    Susan Katz Miller
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This week, Pew Research released a poll in which they asked people to rate how “warm” or “cold” they feel about various religions. I wrote a response, from the perspective of someone in an interfaith family, over on HuffPost today. If you have a chance, post a comment over there: I’m an interfaith child, raising interfaith children. As part of a three-generation interfaith family, I am the product of American pluralism. Celebrating more than one religion does not make me feel alienated or apathetic. Instead, it inspires me, and many of the interfaith children I…
  • Interfaith Ramadan: Jewish and Christian Meets Muslim

    Susan Katz Miller
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Beads collected in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Benin. Photo: Susan Katz Miller One of the great joys of writing Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family has been the opportunity to develop relationships with interfaith activists who are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, and more. While acknowledging our differences, we tend to share a belief that love can prevail over hate, and that life is richer and fuller with all of us in conversation, and working together. My personal response to the continuing religious violence in the world is to transcend boundaries with love. As…
  • A Rabbi for Interfaith Families, for UUs, for All of Us

    Susan Katz Miller
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    A few months ago, I had the honor of interviewing Rabbi Chava Bahle about her historic selection as a rabbi to lead a Unitarian-Universalist (UU) community. We talked about her background as one of the handful of rabbis working directly with an interfaith families community raising children in both family religions. For almost ten years, she has been the rabbi at Chicago’s Interfaith Family School. Now you can watch Rabbi Chava tell her story at a recent TEDx talk in Traverse City, Michigan. She describes this moment in history as a spiritual paradigm shift, when we begin to look around…
  • Women, Religion, and Interfaith Families

    Susan Katz Miller
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Why have most founders of interfaith family communities been women? Historically, how has the male domination of religious institutions affected interfaith couples? And does the idea that an interfaith child must be defined by the religion of the mother (in Judaism) or the father (in Islam) make any sense given the reality of families with one parent, with two fathers, with two mothers, or with non-binary gendered parents? These are a few of the questions I explore in a new essay written for Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, as part of their…
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    Scientology Newsroom - Latest News Stories

  • Gourmet Chefs Cook up Benefit for Children’s Charities

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nine professional chefs and a score of assistants helped make the Second Annual Chefs’ Showcase at the Church of Scientology Fort Harrison Hotel a tour do force. A team of nine of Tampa Bay’s most accomplished chefs delighted guests at Clearwater’s...
  • Awards Banquet Honors Youth Helping Make a Safer South LA

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Church of Scientology Community Center in South Los Angeles closed out the school year with the Stepping Stone Awards Banquet to honor 27 young men and women for their outstanding leadership and character.
  • Flood-Damaged Bosnian Farm, Salvaged

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In June 2014, Scientology Volunteer Ministers Balkans Disaster Response Team in the Bosnia and Herzegovina village of Kopanica help a man salvage his farm after May’s devastating floods.The damage caused by the May 2014 floods has been estimated at...
  • Relief for Weary Runners at the Vancouver International Marathon

    12 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Vancouver man water stations at the 2014 BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver International MarathonDespite the downpour that marked this year’s Vancouver International Marathon, the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of...
  • Meet a Scientologist: Making a Difference in the San Fernando Valley

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Meet Carol and Mark Loweree—Scientologists committed to helping youth avoid the tragedy of drug-abuse. Through their drug education and prevention work, Scientologists Mark and Carol Loweree of Sun Valley, California, are making a positive impact...
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 62 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 5

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

    Craig Owen
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
        We look at some of the specific symbolism of Revelation and try to figure out the message of the author.  The cycles repeat- seven seals,seven angels and all kinds of bad and scary plagues and disasters.  Part of what the author is doing is trying to is scare us into making a choice.  We explore what that choice is and what it means for us today.       In the next episode we will look at all of the terrible events that these cycles portray a nd hat they might mean.      To learn more about this series go to my…
  • Eps 60 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 3

    Craig Owen
    7 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Many people believe that the book of Revelation is a roadmap of the End Times, explaining what will happen and when. For this to be true, it is assumed that Revelation reads like a modern story, with a straight line plot containing a clear beginning, middle and end. But is this really the case?  This is the issue we will look at in this episode.      I will be drawing upon the insights of Rev. Dr. Craig Koester, a scholar and Professor of New Testament who specializes in the Book of Revelation.  His very readable book can be linked by clicking on the title:…
  • Eps 59 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 2

    Craig Owen
    22 May 2014 | 10:20 am
       In this episode we look at when, where and why the Book of Revelation was written.  This will give us a clue about what the message of the book may be.  The author of Revelation copies a lot of his style from the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible.  The circumstances in which both of these books were written are very similar and will reveal a lot about the authors' intentions.      In the next episode we will look at the structure of the book of Revelation whcch will tell us something about how it should be read.  …
  • Eps 58 The Book of Revelation: End of the World or Something Else? pt 1

    Craig Owen
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
         The Book of Revelation is at the end of the Christian New Testament.  Many people believe that this book is a road map or story of how the world will end.  Revelation has exerted a strong influence way beyond Christianity.  In this first episode, I want to begin a study of some of the themes and imagery in the Book of Revelation.  Is it really about the end of the world?  Or is it about something else? How should this little book affect our spirituality?  If it is really about the end of the world, are we powerless about it? if it is not…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • If he has called us to be Franciscans

    Lee Potts
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    The Lord gives us the grace to fulfill any task he puts before us. If he has called us to be Franciscans for the Church and the world by observing the gospel, we are certain that he provides the means to accomplish this vocation. One of the primary ways that his grace is manifested to us is through his own presence which is always present in various forms for us to encounter and respond to. Through such interaction with the living and active person of Christ, our relationship with him becomes more intense, our commitment to the gospel is deepened, and our three-fold task of change of heart,…
  • Francis on Facebook?: “Do not extinguish the Spirit of prayer and devotion”

    Lee Potts
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    But, I cannot help but wonder whether we might find Francis on Facebook had he been born in our lifetime and not nearly a millennium ago. If he did not personally join Facebook or use Twitter or build a profile on LinkedIn, then I imagine that those friars who might find themselves compelled to reach out to others and preach the Gospel online might ask for his blessing. In return, Francis might give his approval as he did to St. Anthony of Padua when the friar asked if he could teach the other friars theology – something that seemed contrary to Francis’s original “game plan” of Gospel…
  • We cannot escape

    Lee Potts
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Franciscans face the task of linking scripture and the life and Words of Jesus to their own lives. Moreover, we rely on the Holy Spirit to continue to teach us what we need to know. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…  (John 16:13). We cannot escape the message of scripture nor the model that Jesus gives. Francis understood the primacy of Jesus and sought to imitate what he saw in and heard from Jesus. ~ Lester Bach, OFM Cap, The Franciscan Journey: Embracing the Franciscan Vision Tags: franciscans, holy spirit, Imitate, lester bach, primacy of Jesus,…
  • Who does not hold onto anything

    Lee Potts
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    The only Son becomes human as a poor child, and lives in obscurity, without wealth or position. Francis recognized in this event of the incarnation the generosity of God, who does not hold onto anything, even divine status. In coming as a human being, the Son gives away exalted position and embraces with love human limitations, suffering, labour and even death. The life of Jesus is a moving picture (in both senses of the word) of God’s life. ~ William J. Short, OFM, Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition Tags: divine status, human limitations, moving picture, obscurity, poor child,…
  • Spiritual walking skeletons

    Lee Potts
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    We live in a world that is basically a spiritual concentration camp. Unless we put a lot of effort into fighting it, we are pretty much cut off from the things of God and the essential spiritual food we need to survive. We are like the victims of concentration camps who have been surviving on bits and pieces of food and are spiritual walking skeletons. ~ Catholic in Brooklyn Tags: Catholic in Brooklyn, concentration camp, fighting, food, need, spiritual, walking skeletons
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    Amish America

  • 5 More Points on the Amish Population in 2014

    Erik/Amish America
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    We started the week talking Amish population–so why don’t we close doing more of the same! First, there were a number of interesting points from the recent Young Center Amish population data that I wanted to share, but couldn’t really fit on the Amish population infographic: There are 480 Amish settlements, but most are small. Fifty-two percent […]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-made Maple Syrup

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    It’s not exactly the season for making maple syrup, but it’s always the season for eating it, right? David Arment shares photos of syrup being made, along with the finished product, a remarkably dark syrup which I’m sorry I can’t sample over the internet somehow. David explains: We lived on 15 acres of wooded ground. […]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
  • Less asthma, thanks to an Amish lifestyle?

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    I’m not an asthma sufferer, but I found this pretty fascinating. A recent study by researchers at Franklin and Marshall College suggests that something about the Amish or their lifestyle may be connected to lower rates of asthma. From the Lancaster Online article: Living on farms and coming from large families are considered protective factors […]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
  • 2014 Amish Population Numbers (Infographic)

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    The 2014 Amish population estimates have been released by the Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies. Rather than simply recite data to you, I was inspired to create an Amish population infographic to share the info in a fun visual way. It was my first crack at building an infographic. I think it turned out not too shabby Click 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
  • 7 Questions for Lancaster County Builder John Smucker

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    John Smucker is a friend of mine living in Lancaster County. We met in 2007 while I was selling books in that community. John is one of a number of Amish contractors operating in the Lancaster area. His company, Forest Ridge Builders, does new residential construction, additions, remodel work, decks, garages, and barns. I spent a day […]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

  • The insignificant other

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

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

    Julia Rocchi
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Roll with it. Photo by kattebelletjePatience knows she’ll trip if she moves faster than the confines of her shrinking, rickety body allow, so she grips handrails, deliberates her steps, and accepts elbows when they are extended. You never knew her young and assume she was at some point, but you wouldn’t be surprised to learn she’d been born old. She has that eternal way about her, the same as an ancient tortoise that floats effortlessly through its existence and seems to get a quiet thrill out of confounding expectations. You once asked Patience her age; she laughed the question away…
  • The peach pit of desire: An anxious meditation on wanting to want

    Julia Rocchi
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This is the pit. Photo by quinn.anya, FlickrYou wonder how you swallowed the pit in the first place.Did it drop into your salad the day you ate your lunch out in the park and were people-watching with such intense focus that it snuck into your power greens undetected and waited for the free elevator ride down your esophagus? Did it crawl up the stairs from the kitchen the night you were restless with fitful dreams of romantic escapades and worst-case scenarios, and did it take advantage of your suctioning snores to slide down the hatch? Maybe, barring reasonable explanations such as these,…
  • Dispatch from Camp Lonelyhearts

    Julia Rocchi
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Camp Lonelyhearts. Photo by khowaga1, FlickrCaptain’s Log, Feb. 14, 20-- CEElevation: 2,000 ft. above sea levelLocation: YurtThe natives grow more restless by the day. All they’ve had to sustain them recently in terms of interpersonal communications are a few vague trail markers and some generic clapping at the last tribal dance that could have applied to anyone in attendance. These brief encounters have not satisfied their need for emotional connection or moved them anywhere closer to their stated goals of finding a proper mate. (Note: We must assume they stated these goals. In truth, we…
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • Be of Good Cheer

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The theme of the need for courage and the courage or cheer that the gospel brings continues in scriptures revealed through Joseph Smith.
  • Mormon Women: Some Global Perspectives

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Taking stock of Mormon communities outside the U.S. yields a more complete picture of the range and the dynamism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' engagement with women's issues.
  • Joseph Smith on Mormon Women and the Priesthood

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    History suggests that Mormon women were originally established in an organization that Joseph Smith envisioned as parallel to and collaborative with the male priesthood.
  • Are Mormon Women Allowed to Ask Questions?

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are a few reasons that persuade me that LDS leaders, local or general, were not intending to repress or punish questions.
  • Purity, Power, and Principled Pragmatism

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Perhaps we gain some wisdom by placing the recent debates over feminism, gender roles and equality, and women's ordination in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a broader historical context.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Ken’s on Vacation (but there’ll be other’s posting)

    Ken Howard
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
        I will be away until mid-August for vacation. But I will not leave you postless. Curtis Farr will continue his weekly midrash, and you may see others as well. See you in a couple weeks! Ken+Filed under: Paradoxical Thoughts Tagged: August, Curtis Farr, Episcopal Church, God, Jesus, Midrash, Paradoxical Thoughts, West Hartford Connecticut
  • Why I Think the Word “Heretic” Should Take an Extended Vacation

    Ken Howard
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Ken Howard   Lord Sandwich:  “I have heard frequent use of the words Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: but I confess myself at a loss know precisely what they mean.” Lord Warburton:  “It’s very simple old chap. Orthodoxy is my doxy. Heterodoxy is anyone else’s doxy.”   An exchange between John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, and William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester, in the House of Lords in the mid-18th century debates on the “Test Laws.”   I am writing today’s post to explain my thoughts to a long time friend and associate. Brad and I go way back. We share…
  • Nothing Separates Us

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pictured: That which separates us from the love of God. By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rules, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 Sometimes Paul gets it so right that there is absolutely nothing more one can say. Click here to see a full list of the things that separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Take Our Poll Amen? The Rev’d Curtis Farr is the assistant…
  • Trying to explain the kingdom

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “Illustration Lolium temulentum” is public domain and licensed by CC BY 2.0 Proper 11 I feel really bad for Jesus sometimes. He spent so much energy delivering clever, practical, wonderful illustrations in order to describe the kingdom of heaven. Somehow, somewhere along the way, a huge amount of the population decided to settle on a “pie in the sky” approach in which you die and your soul floats up into the clouds to a gated community guarded by Saint Peter… …and that’s about it. Put that interpretation safely on a…
  • Tricksters

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Rensig, Everhard (maker, Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBy The Rev’d Curtis Farr Proper 10 What do you do if you don’t hold the power in a given situation. If you’re on the receiving end of oppression, bullying, or anything in between, how do you respond in a way that is neither passive nor brutally forceful? Trickery is at least one option, and it is trickery that seems to ultimately be valued in many stories in the Bible, including the one about brothers Jacob and Esau that we read this week. Abraham’s grandchildren…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • If You Don’t Praise Him I Will!

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This message was delivered by Min. Treyvon Sinclair on Children & Youth Day. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • God Can Use Even You

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 13, 2014 at our 11:00am Worship Service by Pastor Joe ToddSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
  • Is There Not a Cause

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 13, 2014 at our 8:00am Worship Service by Min. Peter DaVia. The text was taken from 1 Samuel 17:29. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
  • A World Gone Wrong

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This message was delivered on Friday July 11, 2014 at our 7:00pm Praise Service by Miss. Blanche Wade. The text was taken from Gen. 6:1-8. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
  • Show Me the Glory

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 6, 2014 at our 11:00am Worship Service by Pastor Presley from Murfreesboro, TNSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
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    CNA Daily News

  • US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2014 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America. “The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions, and other critical economic policies that contribute to violence are addressed and rectified,” wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines in a July 24 letter to Secretary Kerry. Bishop…
  • Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Vatican City, Jul 27, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday stressed the priceless value of encountering Jesus, noting that Jesus’ parables speak of those who are willing to trade everything for the Kingdom of God. “He who knows Jesus, who encounters him personally, remains fascinated and attracted by so much kindness, so much truth, so much beauty, and everything in great humility and simplicity,” the Pope said July 27. “Look for Jesus, meet Jesus: this is the great treasure!” the Pope exhorted. Speaking before the noontime Angelus prayers, he…
  • UN committee criticized for efforts to push abortion on Ireland

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assertions by members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Irish abortion law violates international human rights agreements is erroneous and exceeds its authority, one observer has said. “No U.N. (agreement) or any other kind of treaty or understanding supports the notion that there is a human right to abortion,” Austin Ruse, president of the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, told CNA July 24. “Only one treaty even mentions ‘reproductive health’ but even that treaty does…
  • Give primacy to God, Pope says

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Rome, Italy, Jul 26, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday visited the Italian city of Caserta, encouraging the people of the region to place God at the center of their lives. “Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say no to evil, violence, oppression; to live a life of service to others and in favor of lawfulness and the common good,” Pope Francis said July 26. The Pope spoke during his homily at evening Mass in front of the Royal Palace of Caserta, a former residence of the King of Naples, Vatican Radio reports. The city is in the southern…
  • Pope Francis to meet with evangelical pastor

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Vatican City, Jul 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ upcoming encounter with the evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino continues the path of dialogue he has walked with evangelical denominations since his time in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis met Traettino in 2006, while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, at the third fraternal meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. On that occasion, Cardinal Bergoglio gave a speech on themes such as God’s embrace and the wounds of Christ. Kneeling down, he received the blessing of…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Strangers and Sojourners With Our God

    Adam McDuffie
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The debate over illegal immigration has intensified recently, and children are playing a prominent role in the discussion. Young children are leaving their homes and their families and traveling the dangerous road to the United States. Consequently, Border Patrol agents have found themselves with large numbers of children under their protection and no clear idea of what to do next.There have been repeated calls to send in the National Guard, to increase the security presence on the border; or to close the border completely. We have to find some way to stem the flow of immigrant men, women,…
  • Listen

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Shhhhhh.Listen.Listen. The storm is raging around you,Wind uprooting trees,Crushing houses,Flooding the world,Taking lives.For all its power,The storm is not G-D. “For all its power,The fire is not G-D. — Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer” Listen, If you can listen,If you can pick out the silent murmuring,You can withstand the wind,The storm,The sorrow The anguish. “Listen.If you can listen,If you can strive to hear with your blistered heart” — Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer” Listen.The ground shivers.The firm certainty on which we have built our…
  • Freedom for whom?

    Adam McDuffie
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    “This is not a ruling in favor of religious freedom; this is a ruling in favor of freedom for a few Christians to project their beliefs onto other people.” — Adam McDuffie I'll start with the overall good news: it could have been much worse.This ruling only applies to 4 of the contraceptives listed under the HHS mandate, which the Green and Hahn families have labeled as abortifacients and don't want to be associated with. They have no objection to the other 16 contraceptive methods. Employees can still gain access to these 4 drugs either through use of their own money…
  • On the side of the road

    Erin Hall
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    The side of the road is one of my least favorite places in the world. Roads, I love. Lately I have traveled many of them visiting people I love, moving to a new house, running errands. Rarely do I bother to glance at the people with me on the road, unless they’re going too slow.Tonight, though, I spent several hours with a few hundred new friends on the side of the road. “Tonight, though, I spent several hours with a few hundred new friends on the side of the road.” — Erin Hall I was supposed to be meeting my sister for a long awaited night out in Atlanta seeing Glennon…
  • Insight From Isaac: And His Tale of Two Walks

    Darian Duckworth
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    When Charles Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," I wonder if he had an energetic dog who loved to go for walks. The majority of blog posts I write about Isaac the Insightful revolve around walks with my Labrador-Eskimo-Collie. Perhaps God speaks most clearly when I'm (a) enjoying His outdoor creation, (b) engaging in physical exercise, and (c) letting a little dog "lead" me. Or is that I can hear him more clearly in these circumstances of self-care?This time, it's a tale of two walks that gave me pause.On the first walk, Isaac and I were running later than…
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    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Intoxicated by Connectivity

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on vacation the week of July 7th. In a recent post I described some goals for the month of July. Lori and I had a GREAT time going to Chicago and taking in the beauty of the city as well as catching two (yes, two) wonderful baseball games at Wrigley Field. Lori enjoys baseball almost as much as I do so it was a blast for us to experience such a historic ballpark. Since arriving back I have been deep in planning, working out the sermon and church calendar for the next 12 months. Are you intoxicated by connectivity? I have to admit that disconnecting has been an extremely difficult thing…
  • Listening: A Neglected Gift

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are all so different, thank goodness! I know that the world would be a very scary place if everyone was just like me. If that was the case everything would stay broken, there would be a lot more road signage (as I’m always lost), AND professional baseball would be a year-around sport! I could go on… but that probably sounds horrible enough to you. I would also venture to say that the world be a little quieter. One of the most profound displays of Christ-like love is to truly listen. The diversity with which our God created us is wonderful. I am so thankful that my wife is strong where…
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was a senior in high school when my family purchased our first home computer. At that time in history the Ctrl+Alt+Del command was bitter sweet. It was bitter because it meant you had reached a road block and things were locked up. Sometimes, you were even staring at that horrible blue screen which strobed in front of you in a tantalizing way. It was sweet because it allowed you to pull out of the immediate symptoms and be rescued to a fresh start. I’ve created a rhythm which allows me to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del both personally and in ministry each July. Personally, I usually take about 3 days…
  • Procrastination is Deadly

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember as a student beginning a new term with lofty goals of studying a little bit every day to reap greater benefits and to avoid the last minute cram. Every time, without fail, those lofty goals would meet the reality of sitting the night before a test or paper due date needing to accomplish everything in the few remaining hours. To be honest, I did learn how to function pretty well in that routine and ended up depending on that ability. We can not procrastinate a relationship with Jesus. When I became a music student in college my dependable ability began to leave me unprepared. Our…
  • Predigested Truth

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my home we have an ongoing debate of the quality, or lack there of, that is found at Luby’s Cafeteria. I understand that Luby’s can be a pretty polarizing topic… and I may lose a few friends and readers over this one. If you are not familiar with Luby’s it is usually the only eating establishment in which the parking lot is full at 4pm. I have a theory, it is not trademarked yet so feel free to use it as your own, that the food served at Luby’s is based on a predigested menu. What once began as normal food is pre-chewed and then pre-digested so that it is in the most comforting…
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    The Daily Register

  • ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter; NFP Saved My Life and Marriage and More!

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter via Creative Minority Report - Intelligence Failure: Nostra Aetate on Islam – William Kirkpatrick, Crisis Magazine NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage –...
  • A reader has a question about friends using IVF

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    By Mark Shea | She writes: I have a question for you. I have a couple of non-Catholic neighbors, friends trying to conceive. They've already frozen eggs. Is it improper if me, a Catholic, to pray for success with the implantation of the embryos?...
  • Shouldering the Weight of the World

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    By Donald DeMarco | Commentary on the witness of families | On Nov. 11, 1993, a date worth remembering, Pope John Paul II slipped on a newly installed piece of carpeting in the Hall of Benedictions atop the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica. He fell...
  • Hope: ‘All Manner of Things Shall Be Well’

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    By Tom and April Hoopes | User's Guide to Sunday, July 27 | Sunday, July 27, is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A).   Mass Readings 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46   Our...
  • Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis: It would be a mistake to describe him as a "liberal"

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    By Joan Frawley Desmond | is  Pope Francis a socialist, or even a Marxist? No, says, Archbishop  Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who tackled the pope's views on economic justice during an address at the 2014 Napa Institute this weekend.  I...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Meriam Ibrahim Leaves Sudan, Headed to America

    Don Byrd
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Written by Don Byrd I don’t know about you, but I could use some good news this week. We finally got some: Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman condemned to death in Sudan for allegedly abandoning Islam, was finally, finally, allowed to leave. If you don’t know Ibrahim’s story, see my earlier post here. What you really need to know is this: recently imprisoned and facing death for refusing to renounce her Christianity – the near fatal victim of a barbaric and and inhuman law – Ibrahim and her 2 young children are now headed to America. Along the way she stopped by…
  • Indiana School District Agrees to End Teacher-led Prayer at School Events

    Don Byrd
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Written by Don Byrd A letter sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the Terre Haute school district in Indiana accomplished its intended effect. Principals in the area have been notified by the superintendent that teacher-led prayer at official school functions should stop. Associated Press has more: District Superintendent Dan Tanoos said he has previously allowed the teacher-led prayers but has to live within the law. A letter from the school district’s attorney to the Madison, Wis.-based organization that promotes the separation of church and state said each of its school…
  • Congressional Primary Winner in Georgia Espouses Troubling Church-State Views

    Don Byrd
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Written by Don Byrd The winner of last night’s Republican congressional primary in Georgia’s 10th district, and expected winner of the general election, Jody Hice, is a Baptist minister and talk-show host. As Think Progress details, his platform rests on a number of troubling views with regard to church-state separation, including his lament over the Supreme Court’s 1962 decision barring state-directed prayer in schools. Other Hice gems include his belief that Islam is not a religion, his view that the U.S. Constitution created a “distinctly Christian society,”…
  • Remaining Iraqi Christians Forced to Flee Mosul

    Don Byrd
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Written by Don Byrd Horrifying news out of Iraq as the militant extremist group ISIS has forced the last Christians out of Mosul, formerly the city with the largest Christian population in the country. Christianity Today’s Gleanings helpfully rounds up news reports: Mosul was intended by Iraq’s government to anchor a future province in the Nineveh plains where Christians could govern themselves. This past weekend, ISIS gave Christians until noon Saturday to choose between the three options. “After this date,” read the ISIS declaration, “the only thing between us…
  • IRS Agrees to Install Church Examination Procedures, Personnel, Ending Lawsuit

    Don Byrd
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Written by Don Byrd Settling a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS has apparently agreed to institute procedures to initiate the examination of alleged improper political activity by churches, and a manager to initiate such oversight. According to an FRFF press release, via Religion Clause, the government agency will still retain discretion over individual cases, but has ended its apparent policy not to enforce restrictions against churches. FFRF filed suit against the IRS shortly after the presidential election in 2012, based on the agency’s reported…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • What Does It Mean To Take Up Our Cross?

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The post What Does It Mean To Take Up Our Cross? appeared first on Jonathan Pearson.
  • 4 Tools Every Young Leader Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    1. Calendar -It may seem obvious, but regardless of how busy of a schedule you have now, you need to begin keeping a calendar. For young leaders, our schedules will only get busier as we gain more experience, responsibility, and influence. It’s important that we begin managing our time well now so we’ll have the foundation and habit in place later. For some of us, we need this now. We need to organize our time effectively now in order to be productive and lead well. -I use Google Calendar and sync it with iCal on my Mac, phone and iPad. There are other options, but I’ve…
  • The Best Art Is Personal Art

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” (Ezekiel 3:10, 11 NLT) Anyone who creates content… A blogger, A writer, A musician, A speaker, A preacher. It’s tempting to try and prepare a talk or a composition for the audience only. It’s tempting to force all of our creative juices and energy on developing an idea that others can grasp and chew on. It’s tempting to do it…
  • Use What You’ve Got

    Jonathan Pearson
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Growing up, my Dad had an old truck he used to take me to school in. The air conditioner didn’t work, the heater didn’t work, and the defroster didn’t work. The only part of the truck besides the engine that actually worked was the cigarette lighter. Because I loved spending time with my Dad, I used to love for him to take me to school in that old truck. I still remember having to load into the truck 30 minutes before school started when the school was just 5 minutes away so that we could thaw out the frost on the windshield. My Dad would get into the truck, plug a little…
  • 3 Things That Kill Communication

    Jonathan Pearson
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all have something important to say. I really do believe that. For those of us in church work, our message is not only important, but life changing. It’s the message that we want everyone to know and no one to miss. Working with people and being around people, we can often find ourselves in discussions and in situations where we have to be pointed in our discussion. We want to be people that are clear in what we say. Maybe it’s from a stage when we’re addressing a particular issue, preaching, giving announcements, or maybe it’s just in everyday conversation. No matter what you’re…
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  • Why Christ is Not Man But God

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    No debate would be feasible tackling an issue that Christ is man. “Christ is man” does not even qualify as proposition since Christ had pre-existence. He was not man such that his “manhood” was only a manifestation from a greater form. A proposition is something offered that can be accepted or denied and therefore must be complete in itself. Granting that Christ was man, it was only true in His earthly body in his more or less 33 years on earth and after having served a purpose, was subject to a resurrection that enabled him to return to his true form. Such 33 years therefore…
  • New Truths Belie Evolution Even More

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    To belie is to fail to fulfill or justify a claim or expectation; to betray. What’s wrong with a purposeful start for man with a creator? Upon what principle is evolution based, that one should believe this senseless development of man from animal or non-life? Yet, many hold on to this false belief as obstinate proud intellectuals who cannot see reason. Fortunately, God has made sure his words would be preserved to guide man in his thinking. After the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Codex Sinaiticus, I will mention about new research on Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal as created in Animal Creation Time…
  • “Let There Be Night” Eschews Guidance and Growth

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    27 May 2014 | 11:07 am
    A pastor wrote a book entitled “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” the context of which is that God can be found and is much closer in darkness than in light. I’m hesitant to call Barbara Taylor a pastor, but that is how people call her. Featured in Time Magazine (04/28/2014), her audacity is such that it had triggered my appetite to write off those contentions. This book is apparently written in darkness, inspired by darkness, and is against Christ and God. Taylor alleged that great things happened in the dark. Among these are that Paul was called when he was blind, therefore in darkness;…
  • Producing Some Children of Hell: Religious Fallacies Entrenched throughout the Centuries

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    16 Aug 2012 | 7:52 pm
    Misinterpretation and misconception of the Scriptures by supposed scholars have been running throughout the years, which legacy now has drastically produced some children of disobedience bound to hell. GALATIANS 5:4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” This is the verse most misinterpreted by Baptists and (allegedly) Born Again preachers! They teach that obedience to the commandments is not necessary for salvation, followed by a blatant misconception that if you are of Christ whatever happens and whatever you may…
  • The Greatest Liar of Our Time

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    2 Jun 2012 | 6:18 pm
    1. There is no sin! 2. Satan does not exist! 3. Prayers are a waste of time! 4. All religious leaders are liars! 5. He is the Apostle Paul! 6. Christ is in him! 7. He is the Second Coming! These are just a speck of a pack of lies taught by the greatest liar of our time: Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda! First, he said there is no sin. How did this happen? Where? When? Here’s a screenshot of their official website: And here are snippets of the outrageous claims of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, mostly posted on YouTube : -I am Jesus Christ Man -Sin no longer exist Spiritual Leader thinks he’s…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • When Bible Reading And Prophecy Come Into Alignment

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    When it comes to Bible reading and prophecy, Many Christians envision terrible conflict.While some believe that embracing the active voice of God devalues Scripture, others are concerned that a rationalistic focus on the text can marginalize prophecy. I believe thinking can be greatly mistaken on both fronts.There is an important relationship between prophecy and scripture that needs to be explored much further. This is something I would like to do, in part, through the following post.In Romans 10:17 Paul boldly affirms that, "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God."First of…
  • One Shocking Secret About The Kingdom Of God That You've Overlooked

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A question that often comes up in private conversations is, "What is the Kingdom of God?" It seems there are a lot of different ideas about what this term actually means. Depending on who you ask, you may get a number of different perspectives.Recently one young man told me that the Kingdom of God was simply an euphemism for heaven.Another rebuffed this observation and noted it was a way of conveying the experience of personal salvation.One of my missionary friends assured me that talk about the Kingdom of God was often a way of articulating larger missional concerns that rest outside of the…
  • How Much Power Does Satan Have?

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Although Satan doesn't have legitimate authority in the earth, that doesn’t mean that he hasn't found a twisted way to operate. The deceiver employs a duplicitous method that actually empowers him in places where he has no authority. We see Satan’s methodology first evidenced in his dealings with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). From there Satan has applied this same approach to the rest of humanity. The Devil has learned that if he can deceive people and persuade them to obey him, he gains a foothold in their life. He subtly tricks people into listening to someone who should not have…
  • 3 Things You Never Want To See Made: Laws, Sausages, And Theology

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have a very special guest blogger writing for us this week - Jon Mark Ruthven, Ph.D. After serving with David Wilkerson in 1960s, he went on to pastor and then function as a missionary in Africa. Then for close to twenty years Ruthven taught theology at Regent University in Virgina Beach, Virgina. Jon has written numerous papers and books including "On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles" (1993) and "What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis" (2013). He…
  • How God Makes His Purposes Come Alive To You

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:39 am
    One of the discussions that comes up from time to time is whether an individual can truly encounter the voice of God. Can someone really gain a personal sense of what God is saying? For some, this is a rather challenging question.I've discovered that most are comfortable with the fact that God actively speaks through the Bible. They're convinced the Old and New Testament is an all-sufficient guide to the wisdom and ways of God. They rightly acknowledge that nothing adds or takes away from the centrality of Scripture.I certainly agree with this line of thinking. The truth of the Bible is…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Reb Zalman Has Gone Home

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

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

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

    4 Feb 2014 | 12:47 pm
    For the first time in its 46-year-plus history, Rolling Stone Magazine has chosen to put a pope on its cover — Papa Frank — with the headline, "The Times They Are A-Changin.'" (This also means Papa has scored the Holy Trifecta of Magazine Covers: Time, The New Yorker, and now this.)
  • @PONTIFEXCELLENT: “Nuns Are Grrreat!

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
    "Think what would happen if there weren't any sisters, if there weren't any sisters in the hospitals, no sisters in the missions, no sisters in the schools. Think what the church would be like without sisters -- no, that's unthinkable." — Pope Francis
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  • Belgium: The World Cup and The World’s Worst Genocide

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, at approximately 1pm PST, Belgium will play the US in the World Cup. The US is an underdog. We’ll likely lose. We already can’t hang with Belgium in the areas of beer, chocolate and waffles. But whatever. I wanted to use that match-up as a way of talking about something more important.Belgium’s Dark History In 1884, when Leopold II of Belgium came to the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to exploit it for its natural rubber. Rubber was fast becoming a world-wide commodity. Leopold he sent a private army of Belgian nationals and mercenaries armed to the…
  • Ping-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft, Global Poverty + Me

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation? - BonoPing-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft and World-Class Philosophers When I was in college, I studied philosophy and during a unit on justice, we read the works of a philosopher named John Rawls who developed an important idea he called “the veil of ignorance.” But I, being a simple man, took his concept and renamed it The NBA Draft Ping Pong Ball Theory of Justice.Let me explain: back in the 80s and 90s, the order that the teams in NBA…
  • June 19: Happy Juneteenth

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Happy Juneteenth There’s a holiday that’s celebrated in Texas that’s quite unusual. It’s called Juneteenth and it’s celebrated on June 19th. It marks the day when, in 1865, word reached the African Americans in Texas that the United States had abolished slavery. A Union general, Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX and announced that in the United States, slavery had been ended. Reaction among the newly freed slaves ranged from everything from shock to jubilant celebration. Imagine being a slave and learning for the first time, that you are free.Here’s the text of the…
  • Advance

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Advance My wife recently went to a Beth Moore conference. My wife loves that woman with a fierceness usually only reserved for her children and coffee drinks. At any rate, the theme of the conference was Advance, and as she was recounting the whole event, that simple word arrested both her and I.Haha. Get it? The word “advance” arrested us? Arrest means to grab or stop…ahem.Regardless, that word “advance” has been central in both of our thinking lately. How can I advance the Gospel and Jesus more into my own life, and how can I advance the Gospel more into the…
  • Best Father’s Day Ever

    13 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    This year, on Father’s Day, I thought I’d reflect back on the most important Father’s Day I ever had. It happened in 2008. I still carry the lessons from that Father’s Day with me. And to all the Dads out there – including mine – who modeled really good self-sacrificing parenthood, I want to say “Thanks.”Father’s Day 2008Every Father’s Day for the past couple of years, Nicole’s side of the family has this patriarchal gathering at her Uncle Kurt’s house in Redlands. Her 80-year-old grandparents fly in from Florida, her…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Yesterday – Tomorrow

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    During the Mother Keturah Breakfast Wednesday morning we had about 50 children under the age of twelve eating breakfast in our open air church courtyard. In that courtyard, our announcement board condemns churches that support homosexual practices. While the children were laughing, eating, and enjoying the early morning pleasant atmosphere, a sodomite woman walked up to the courtyard fence. After reading the sign condemning sodomy she began to scream in the hearing of the children. “What’s wrong with being Gay, I lick women’s —– everyday.” When the illegal…
  • 3 Minutes Is All We Ask CALL TO ACTION By Neil B. Turner

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Citizens for the Constitution; 20 July, 2014   This is a call to action! 3 minutes of your time is all we ask – for 3 phone calls … with the words to speak provided.   On June 24, 2014, a judge in Tennessee held a ‘Kangaroo Court Show Trial’ wherein the grand jurors were intimidated and compromised; the prosecutor misrepresented the facts; the judge (Jon Kerry Blackwood) was predisposed and biased against the defendant, LCDR Walter Fitzpatrick USN (Ret); and there was no accuser!  Unbelievably, it concluded with a verdict of Guilty of…
  • The Highway To Trust

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    The Highway to Trust. Recorded 21 July 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 73 times, 14 visits today)
  • A Voice Of Truth Crying Out On 100 Radio Stations

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    A Voice Of Truth Crying Out On 100 Radio Stations Across America. Recorded 23 July 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 68 times, 9 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 24 July 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 235 times, 23 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • The Morning Buzz | What Do We Owe Iraq’s Christian Minority?

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, a botched execution in Arizona, a new book on fanaticism within big-time sports, Iraq's Christian minority is in trouble, Republican governors stand to benefit from climate change regulations, and prices rise on Israeli carriers flying into Tel Aviv.
  • The Morning Buzz | Your Cat Pictures Could be Compromising Your Privacy

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, your cat pictures could be compromising your privacy, why Pope Francis is obsessed with the Mafia, a book designer creates a controversial new version of the Bible, appellate courts offer conflicting rulings about the Affordable Care Act, and LGBT groups begin to change Christian colleges.
  • PRRI in The Economist | Same-sex Marriage Poses Existential Problem for American Religions

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    PRRI is back in the news, this time appearing in a story in The Economist, which questions whether the shift in support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. poses an existential problem for religious denominations that currently oppose it.
  • The Morning Buzz | Rand Paul Wants to “Disrupt” Washington

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Buzz, evangelicals proselytize by the pool in Portland, Oregon, Rand Paul tells techies he wants to "disrupt" Washington, school principals think their children are socioeconomically disadvantaged, the concept of social mobility might be a myth, and evangelical Christians speak out about immigration reform.
  • The Morning Buzz | Megachurches Send Candidates to Congress

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Morning Buzz, megachurch candidates are winning primaries, some worry that the backlash to Hobby Lobby will make Democrats seem anti-religion, evangelicals question religion's place in the public square, and researchers reevaluate the student debt crisis.
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Heart To Heart With Lee Grady #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, previous post from Christa Black and our Instagram contest here. It is my joy to welcome my dear brother, J. Lee Grady to Guarding the Heart Blog again. He is the director of The Mordecai Project, an international missions organization that focuses on confronting gender-based violence and oppression in developing nations. He was the editor of Charisma for many years, and he still continues to write his “Fire in My Bones” column for that magazine every week. He is also the author of several popular books. He and his…
  • Heart to Heart With Christa Black #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, and the other guest post in this #GTH500 series and our Instagram contest here. We are honoured to have our first guest post from Christa Black who is a Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, powerful speaker, entertainer, and popular blog-author. Christa has traveled the world to speak in international events inspiring thousands to find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, shame, and self-hatred. My wife had her song on repeat for the longest of time. You could hear it and immediately know that it came from a deep place.
  • GTH’s 500th Post and a Mega Celebration!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It’s party time on Guarding the Heart (GTH) blog !!! I am extremely excited to announce that you are currently reading our 500th post! Plus, till date we have seen over 1,500,000 views to our blog from across the globe. Download GTH advert banner   Now that calls for a celebration! We celebrate the fact that God has brought us so far. We celebrate the fact that He connected us with you through GTH. In fact, we celebrate you! Thank you for being an integral part of this community. Your comments, likes and shares have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. The Best is…
  • 6 Secrets to Overcome Sin

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The issue of sin is something that a Jesus lover cannot afford to ignore. That’s because our Master said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments.” Becoming sin conscious certainly does not help anyone overcome sin. But what does help is becoming aware of how our flesh reacts and responds. Knowledge in itself does not set us free, but it shows us clear paths to eliminate distractions. So obviously not from perfection per se, but as someone learning to love Jesus one day at a time, I want to share with you 6 secrets to overcome sin: 1. Don’t Blame Someone Else for…
  • Persecutions in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria; Former Strip Club to Become Church; Bible Translation Amidst Threats

    Blessen Varghese
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    10,000 Flee Christian Communities in Northern Iraq as Militants Take Control About 10,000 people fled from predominantly Christian communities in Qaraqosh, Iraq, a neighboring city to Mosul where members of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly overrun and are now viciously attacking Christians who fail to pay a poll tax. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, “Community leaders say the residents of Qaraqosh fled by bus, car and taxi into northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday night. Many are women and…
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    Watch TB Joshua


    2 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One would not blame those who criticize the deliverances that happen at SCOAN, after all, there is no way a man can explain the taste of ice-cream to another who has never tasted one, for him to understand. Even if he claims he understands after the explanation, he lies and does not until he comes […]

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It is often said that the doings of a disciple are the hallmarks of his master’s teachings; as the saying goes; like father; like son; like mother like daughter; like disciple like master. On basis of this some critics have insinuated that the character some of TB Joshua’s disciples display is a product of the […]
  • Who is Afraid of Boko Haram when we have TB Joshua?

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:59 am
    Despite the picture painted by international media, it appears the pull of a Nigerian Pastor has surpassed the fear of Boko Haram when it comes to tourism in Nigeria. The scene at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Thursday 12th June 2014 was lively. The steady stream of foreign arrivals, smiling happily and waving […]

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:59 am
    One might ask why a nation like Nigeria that has a world class Prophet like T.B Joshua and other great Men of God known worldwide continue to experience bombings and killings of all sort, perpetrated by some extremist group in their country?, Why can’t God use T.B Joshua to end the crisis in his own […]
  • ALERT! Do TB Joshua critics speak any truth?

    13 May 2014 | 8:31 pm
    who can give lamp to another when himself sits in darkness? Who can clothe another in winter when he is naked and freezing to death or still, who can shelter another with a dwelling whereas himself is homeless and destitute?
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    Ken Ammi's feed

  • Why do half of Britons not believe in evolution?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    The info which follows dates to 2009 AD and may be the most recent stats.Indeed, as reported by the UK’s Guardian; Half of Britons do not believe in evolution, survey finds (Riazat Butt, February 1, 2009 AD...
  • What does “Atheism” mean?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    One of the great oddities with regards to issues pertaining to Atheism is the ongoing debates about the definition of the term “Atheism” (and thus, “Atheist” as well).Often, individual Atheists will concoct their own...
  • Abortion’s arguments

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    The man who regards his own life and thatof his fellow creatures as meaningless is notmerely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life—Albert Einstein [1]This article serves as an introduction of a series that will explore some of...
  • Aleister Crowley’s influence on The Coven and Morbid Angel

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Having written much about Aleister Crowley and his influence upon pop-occulture, we will, herein, continue considering personage who have looked to the to mega therion / the great beast for inspiration. Find our previous articles on Crowley here...
  • “Mormonism and Masonry” by Samuel H. Goodwin, chap 12

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Within this series, we will reproduce the text of Mormonism and Masonry by Samuel H. Goodwin (1862-1951 AD) which was published in 1920 AD and is public domain. It was written to and for Masons/Freemasons.Portions read like...
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    Set Apart People

  • The Sabbatical year, a “reset” every seven years

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
      The next Sabbatical year is in 2016, from the first day of Aviv. We plan to keep this commandment. This commandment, to keep the Sabbatical year, is seen by some as quite controversial and one of those commandments which is said not to pertain to us who don’t live in the land. As a result of this mindset, it is pushed aside and not really studied. However, when you start studying this commandment and its significance, you would be amazed at how carefully YHVH has planned this. YHVH did not miss a single detail when he gave us instructions for living, for that is what His…
  • Are fruit trees excluded from the Sabbatical year command?

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    After our previous article about preparing for the Sabbatical year, a very thought and study provoking question was asked by a friend. The question prompted us to want to investigate if fruit trees were included in the Sabbatical year commandment, specifically regarding pruning and harvesting. The answer to this would also affect if we could buy fruit during this time. We understand, after this study that fruit trees are included in the sense that we are not to prune our fruit trees or harvest fruit during the Sabbatical year. Let us present you our findings. The commandment The first…
  • The Sabbatical year, why the poor remains poor

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
      In the previous article, The Sabbatical year, why the land must lie fallow ,we have shared with you why the land must be left to lie fallow. YHVH is the owner of the land; we are the stewards and are to do what He commands. Apart from that, we have learned how the land benefits from keeping this commandment by rejuvenating and regenerating itself. We then benefit from the crops that are produced. Without letting the land rest; the soil eventually dies and becomes barren. YHVH has another reason for us to keep this commandment, a very important reason, it is about debt and poverty. In…
  • The Sabbatical year, why the land must lie fallow

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
      We have just published an article about preparing for the Sabbatical year. In this article, we stated as it is written in Scripture, that the Sabbatical year is for the land. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why did YHVH give us an instruction to let the land rest? A good friend of ours, Joseph Dumond, recently published an excellent article answering this question. We have also put some of these principles in place, in view of the coming Sabbatical year, and although it has only been a couple of months, we are seeing results. It is exciting to see how YHVH’s principles work…
  • Preparing for the Sabbatical year

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Israel went into captivity because they did not keep the Sabbatical years. The time they were in exile was calculated based on the amount of years they did not keep it. Did you know that? You can read about it in 2 Chron 36:20-21 and Lev 26:32-34. Did you also know that this is the reason we are in the nations? You can read about that in Ezekiel 4:4-6. We are in exile, but the time of exile is over and YHVH is awakening more and more people to His truth. Many believers are returning to His ways. He is restoring many to His truth. Returning to YHVH’s truth means that we are to be…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • The First King of Israel

    Mike Bradley
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The First King of Israel Almost every nation in the world has, at one time or another, had a King ruling over it. The titles varied, with some called King, others Emperor, Tzar or Sultan. And other nations would even sometimes have a reigning Queen, but effectively the titles referred to the same kind of person: the sovereign head of the nation, with powers, rights and responsibilities above all others in the land. In many nations, the King ruled by Divine Right, meaning that they believed that God Himself granted that person the authority to rule. While mostly a medieval concept, this idea…
  • Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

    Mike Bradley
    21 May 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit Table of Contents 1 - Love     2 - Joy       3 - Peace 4 - Longsuffering  5 - Kindness  6 - Goodness 7 - Faithfulness  8 - Gentleness  9 - Self-control As you will see in the Scripture verse I will give you in this article – there is one very special incredible verse that will tell you that God the Father wants to transmit and impart 9 specific fruits of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities. God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin the process of molding, shaping, and…
  • Condition Of The Heart

    Bible Knowledge
    19 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Condition Of The Heart The Bible was written as a mirror to us, to show us who we truly are and who we are when no one in watching. It’s the same place that God speaks to us from and shows us what he will do. A couple of day ago I bumped into this scripture and it brought me to a place of reflection and started gauging where I’m and who I was. Matthew 13:15 (KJV) “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed” And while that was in my mind I started thinking of of this 1 Timothy 4:2 (KJV) which says…
  • Worship Without Words or Music

    Bible Knowledge
    14 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Worship Without Words or Music And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: Joel 2:13 KJV This is a scripture was spoken to Israel in a time when they had grown complacent, they had became familiar with God and they had allowed sin to fill their hearts. At a season where people where willing to show religion and not have a personal relationship with him, at a time when people would rather be seen religious (living the part) than be righteous. Israel would sin so that they would offer sacrifices everyday morning and evening with the focus of eating meet. People…
  • The Holiness & Beauty in Worship

    Bible Knowledge
    9 May 2014 | 5:15 am
    The Holiness & Beauty in Worship Psalm 96:9 (KJV) O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth When something is beautiful you know and you don’t need to be told. A holy and sacred thing you can see from afar and you can feel it that this is holy thing or place. Holy means sacred, sanctified and it means set apart, God is holy, sanctified and God is set apart. Think of it that the bible is Holy, God is Holy, even a witch doctors place is holy but God’s holiness is pure, clean and it beautiful. His holiness comes from being true and not being…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • That’s Not Who You Are

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. Proverbs 4:23 Over 8 years ago, when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I remember being in an outpatient waiting room with several other people waiting for a test to be performed. As I sat there, a male technician came out … Read More →
  • FGG-030 Debbie, the Good Samaritan

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    In this podcast, Tony tells a story of people that crossed the street to avoid a homeless man, yet stopped to help a lost dog.  Everyone, except Debbie.  Where are our priorities Tony asks in this story. Scripture: But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus … Read More →
  • Lost Sheep and the New Evangelization

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    “I want to tell you something. In the Gospel there’s that beautiful passage that tells us of the shepherd who, on returning to the sheepfold and realizing that a sheep is missing, leaves the 99 and goes to look for it, to look for the one. But, brothers and sisters, we have one. It’s the … Read More →
  • FGG-029 Is Chivalry Dead?

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses the golden rule and how good manners have almost disappeared in this self-centered world we live in.  What can we do?  Tony offers some suggestions. Scripture:  Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.  Leviticus 19:18 … Read More →
  • The Devil on my Shoulder

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    An Old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.” One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility kindness, empathy and truth. The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which … Read More →
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • 12 Quick Reasons Why Christian Leaders Should Learn Biblical Languages

    Andrew Sargent
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you consider yourself a leader in the church, whether pastor or lay leader, you should seriously consider taking the plunge to learn biblical languages. It is easier than you think, and more rewarding than you can imagine. Here are 12 quick reasons why you should: Learning Biblical Languages will increase your understanding of Scripture. This should be a given… the question is will they improve your understanding enough to justify the labor of learning them? Yes… Good Lord, have mercy, YES!!! Learning biblical languages will allow you to see the real Bible. All doctrines of…
  • Can Men and Women be Friends?: The Friend Zone as Danger Zone

    Andrew Sargent
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can men and women be friends? Of course men and women can be friends… so long as one defines the term friend properly. The real question is, can men and women be friends the way two men or two women are friends? Can men and women have a purely platonic friendship? Recently a “friend” of mine, (I use the quotes because I am attempting to be coy and mysterious about my ultimate answer on the question of mixed gender friendships, not because of any shallowness in my sentiments toward her) a women I have known since my youth asked this question on Facebook. She went to dinner…
  • Parts is Parts: Compartmentalization & Holistic Christianity

    Andrew Sargent
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You are attempting the impossible,” the Dean said to me in 1992. “You can’t get a PhD, be a husband, father, and employee. If you manage to get the degree, you will not be human when it’s over.” That was the best advice I ever ignored. I got the PhD, alright and, during that hell ride, I raised four children whom I took primary responsibility to home-school. I bought a house that fell apart like its sole purpose was to devour me… I was forced to remodeled the whole thing with my own hands to protect my investment… top to bottom, inside and out,…
  • God Hates Divorce, But Should We?

    Andrew Sargent
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Living, as Americans, in a culture of divorce makes any dialogue on divorce and the Christian difficult. Indeed, any teaching set forward on divorce and remarriage will no longer be a marginal issue affecting only a small fraction of the Church, but will be tested in every conceivable way in every possible combination of circumstances by new converts and long-standing Christians alike. It is essential, therefore, that one’s position on this issue be as closely aligned with Scripture as possible, lest he either cheapen the institution of marriage, or unnecessarily bind earnest believers in a…
  • Who Put the Us in Genesis?

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In Genesis 1:26, we find, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 3:22 reads, “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” These are two of the most profound, yet debated, theological statements in the whole of Scripture—The nature of humanity’s image bearer status in creation, and the nature of humanity’s corruption as a species of sinners. These passages raise another question however. Who is the “us”? Who constitutes “our”? There are…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Yvonne

    Fr. Peter
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I was ordained to the priesthood 10 years and in that time many people have moved in and out of my life.  Some stayed around for a while and others came in and moved out.  Yvonne was one of the ones who came in and stayed. For the last few years, here at St. Michael, we have been running a meal for people in the community.  All sorts of people come to the meal and we have really established a great community spirit.  Yvonne used to come to the meal and she would sit opposite the kitchen, she always had a kind word to say and her simile would light up a room even under the darkest of…
  • The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    By Andrew Estocin “Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch) Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in American Orthodoxy. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all claim to improve Orthodox Christian leadership. Despite these efforts and countless dollars spent, Orthodoxy in America is…
  • Summer Challenge: Springfield Armory

    Fr. Peter
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    From the Brochure: From its position at the crest of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River, Springfield Armory exerted a profound influence over the City of Springfield and the nation. It carried out the manufacturing, storage, repair, testing and development functions assigned by the United States Army. In doing so it stimulated technological innovation, encouraged improved manufacturing processes, and fostered increased use of laborsaving machines. All of this had an impact on American industry. So the Local Summer Challenge continues with a visit to the Springfield Armory in Springfield…
  • Healing of the Spirit

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    “If anyone among you is sick?  Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him.” James 5:14 There seems to be a fear amongst Orthodox for the Anointing of the sick.  Perhaps this is a throwback to the days when this Sacrament was, mistakenly, called “last rites.”  Because of this fear many of us will not call the priest when we are sick but rather I get the call to let me know that so and so was in hospital but is now home.  I think do for some they think I am the grim reaper coming to them rather than the one that brings the healing power of the Church. …
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here are the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls The Mendi Bible Enduring Hostility for Jesus’ Sake Sermon ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Colonial Terms Still in Use Summer Challenge ~ Adams National Historic Park Orthodoxy and Contraception Sermon ~ Not One Dot or Iota Will be Changed Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Wedding Sermon   The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • How to teach and train mind that there is no happiness in the material world?

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    -There are innumerable things in the world, and each thing has endless varieties. If you try to experiencing everything first before deciding that there is no happiness in it, your whole life pass in this endeavor.-There are people who run after money all their lives, and yet do not decide that it does not have the happiness they are seeking. Again, if you finally do come to the conclusion that the world is not a place of happiness, but the mind doubts whether or not there is happiness in God, then what will you do?-As human beings, God has bestowed us with subtle intellects that can make…
  • Importance of Human Life...

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    We, the Sadhaks (devotees) should always keep in mind that whatever good we are doing is all due to the grace of the Guru and God. Otherwise, we have been bound by maya, awfully attached to the wordly possessions, absolutely worthless, having hideous ideas, full of dirt and filth from time immemorial.If we are able to do something good, if a tear trickles from our eyes for God, if we have some good word and noble feeling for the Guru, we must conclude that it is all due to the Guru's grace.If he had not given us the spiritual knowledge, if he had not bestowed his love upon us, how could we be…
  • O My Mind!! This Golden chance of Human Life is passing away……

    19 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    Even Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar are under the influence of Time, then where do you stand? Having received this priceless human body which is desired even by the celestial gods, why are you wasting it in worldly pleasures? Like a deaf and blind person, you neither listen to saints nor see the reality of material world. You simply remain infatuated by the pleasures of senses. Now I will do, now I will start doing devotion, saying like this, you keep on procrastinating, for which you will have to repent. Jagadguru Shri Kriplauji Maharaj says that “Annihilation takes place within a…
  • O mind! Life is a matter of a few days only.

    4 May 2014 | 7:19 am
    अरे मन! चार दिना की बात......This human form is like a full moon night which will soon be over, and again the dark night will come. You are sleeping in ignorance, unaware of the fact that the passage of time is continuously shortening your life…You are not willing to leave your sleep, even though you are perpetually being beaten by the objects of your desires…..Once the opportunity to redeem yourself in this human form is missed, you will have to rotate in the cycle of life and death in 8.4 million forms of life. Then you will rub your hands helplessly…
  • Let us remember what our Guru has taught us!!!!

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    He himself had taught us to practice the presence of God and Guru with us at all times. In concurrence with his teachings, let us remain steadfast in the conviction that, although we cannot see him with our material eyes, he continues to stay in our midst, noting our every thought and action, and showering his grace as we strive to walk the path he revealed to us. We should strongly reaffirm our resolve to implement his every Instruction for purifying our hearts and for pushing forward his mission. This is the most befitting way of showing our respect to himWhat they have given to humankind…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • The Word for Today Is #Faith (Verneda Lights)
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Faith and Hope (Photo credit: A Perfect Heart)Faith is knowing something even though all your senses and reason tell you that what you know is impossible. We can have faith because with God all things are possible. The word for today is ‪#‎faith‬: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV) Having faith means that you should act on what you know by faith. You may not have faith like Abraham, Peter, or Paul, but the Bible says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20)! So if you…
  • What Will You Do for Fame? (Verneda Lights)
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    King Solomon, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the 1990s, a very large, prestigious medical school and hospital system offered me the opportunity to partner with them. I was a solo internist/ entrepreneur who had labored for over a decade to run a financially solvent medical center. The opportunity to share some of the costs and have a guaranteed income was attractive. I really didn’t know if I should accept the offer, so I asked my Dad for his opinion. His response was swift: “What are you willing to give up?” Amazed, I realized…
  • How to Get Ready to Live Your Real Life (the One God Planned) (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay You Have an Assignment God has a purpose for every life on Earth, but not every life on Earth cares about God’s purpose for their lives. Like Jonah, who ran away from his assignment, and was swallowed by a whale that delivered him to his destination anyway, Christians often run away from their earthly assignments. Perhaps people don’t want to hear the voice of God because it is frightening. He knows and sees everything and is everywhere equally at all times, so with Him, ain’t no such thing as privacy. Like Hebrews 4:13 says: “All…
  • The Word for Today Is #Exasperate (Verneda Lights)
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    Frustrated (Photo credit: cellar_door_films) Fathers are uniquely able to influence the lives of their children because they are close-by. According to what’s in his heart, a father wields good or evil influence over his children. Whether physically absent or emotionally distant, fathers maintain proximity to their children because children think about their fathers and have expectations of them. Children rightfully expect to have a nurturing relationship with their fathers. They expect food, protection, and affection. These desires are deeply embedded in the hearts of children. The…
  • The Word for Today Is #Fatherless (Verneda Lights)
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    HAPPY FATHERS DAY (Photo credit: Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography) Fathers protect their families and communities. When fathers are absent, children are more likely to drop out of school, experiment with drugs, and spend time in jail. Biological fathers help to procreate, but good fathers actively guide and teach their children lessons that will make them builders of families and society rather than destroyers of both. Good fathers also correct and discipline their children in ways that will help them increase in wisdom and strength. Unfortunately, millions of fathers are absent from…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • The Evolution of the Selfie

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    I was waiting at Gate C23 of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, excited about visiting family in Syracuse, and somewhat impatient to get the flight going, when I witnessed the most peculiar of human conditions…The Selfie.Passengers were filing out of a plane which just landed, hauling heavy carry-ons which (let’s be honest) should’ve been checked, but who the heck wants to pay $25 per bag? I could tell each was tired from the flight and eager to get somewhere, when out of nowhere, the exodus from the plane came to a screeching halt. A tall teen wearing basketball shorts exited…
  • Tapping Into My Spiritual Michonne

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    For a month or so, I turned my back on God.My interior grew dark, so much so, I found prayer impossible. Not only did I neglect my daily conversation with Him, I abandoned all efforts towards charity – indulged in selfishness at the expense of my neighbor’s happiness. I could not feel His presence, so I turned to earthly pleasures to make me feel whole. I knew I was displeasing Him through my behavior, but such knowledge failed to faze me.I was committing spiritual suicide, and I barely cared.Looking back, I realize I was under spiritual attack. Who would’ve thought demons would take…
  • 8 Way to Kick Domestic Violence's Ass

    24 May 2014 | 5:22 am
    I have nothing to write about this week. I prayed for inspiration, and God didn't deliver. Maybe next Saturday, but in the meanwhile, I wanted to share this essay written by a good friend - words I believe are too important to be ignored. Her blog, My Inner Chick, is a beautiful collection of writings, many of which are dedicated to the memory of her sister, Kay, who was murdered by her husband. Ladies (and gentlemen): if you're being abused, don't wait until it's too late to seek help. Get out.8 Way to Kick Domestic Violence Ass (Before it's Too Late)By Kim Sisto Robinson1. Observe the…
  • God's Horse

    17 May 2014 | 9:36 am
    Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting?He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray.He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing. He does not shy away from the sword.The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance.In frenzied excitement, he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.-         Job 39:19-24 One thing I noticed about God over the years…He tends to be…
  • The Lonely (Catholic Girl) Hearts Club

    10 May 2014 | 5:19 am
    I named my blog Catholic Girl Problems with one specific problem in mind…love.Or finding love, rather.I remember the good old days when I would meet a guy, think he was cute, have a few things in common with him, flirt to show my interest, he’d ask me out and…well, you know the rest. Even the worst days were good, all because of love. Time spent without him was filled with the anticipation of seeing him again, topped only by the bliss of finally being in his presence. Seeing him, hearing him, smelling him – all of these pleasures and more made life sweeter.Oh, how I miss those…
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  • Funny Friendship Day Jokes ON FRIENDS FOR FRIENDS

    shobhit pandey
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Friendship Day Jokes: It is a time express your feelings for your friends and tell how much special they are to you and how they made your life so wonderful. Friendship Day is a time that add happiness to our life with many memorable moments. Funny Friendship Day Jokes We know you all are searching […] The post Funny Friendship Day Jokes ON FRIENDS FOR FRIENDS appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Friendship Day Ideas n Plans To Make It a Special Day

    shobhit pandey
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    As all of us are eagerly waiting for the first Sunday of August. Do you have any plan to celebrate the occasion? or you are searching “how to celebrate friendship day?”. I bet you want to do something unique. Let us help you with some marvelous friendship day plans and ideas to make friendship day more memorable for your friends […] The post Friendship Day Ideas n Plans To Make It a Special Day appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Friendship Day Poems n Shayari in English, Hindi n Urdu

    shobhit pandey
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Here we are sharing short friendship day poems and friendship day shayari. Try to bring a smile on your best buddy’s face through these poems. You can also share these Friendship Day Poems with your friends via Facebook and text them on their cell phones. Friendship Day Poems In English Smile Cost Nothing A smile […] The post Friendship Day Poems n Shayari in English, Hindi n Urdu appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Eid Clothes and Eid Dresses for Kids [Toddlers and Grown ups]

    Ashutosh Kumar
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Eid Clothes and Eid dresses for Kids : Eid-al-fitr will be celebrated on 28th and 29th July. There is a tradition to wear new clothes on Eid. We have already shared two articles for clothing. Here are the links: Traditional Eid Dresses, Clothes and Outfits For Women [Abaya and Salwar Suit] Best Collection of Hijab for […] The post Eid Clothes and Eid Dresses for Kids [Toddlers and Grown ups] appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Happy Friendship Day Facebook Cover Images and Pictures

    shobhit pandey
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Like to change your Facebook Cover Pic on this Friendship Day ? Wanna try something different this friendship day? Then go for it. After all friendship day is here and friends our the most important wonderful part of our life . In every stage of life friends stand up with us whether it belongs to happiness or sorrow. Friendship […] The post Happy Friendship Day Facebook Cover Images and Pictures appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
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  • EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi 2014: Best 10

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

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    On the auspicious occasion of EID ul Fitr, many people would like to set EID Mubarak Wallpaper on their computers and mobiles. So here we present you the best EID mubarak wallpapers that you can download and use it for free.Downloading a EID mubarak wallpaper is similar to downloading EID greeting cards. Simply select the EID mubarak wallpaper you desire, right click the mouse and select 'save image as...' That's it!! You have the best EID mubarak wallpaper on your machine.If you want to send EID wishes to your loved ones, we have EID mubarak SMS in Hindi and EID mubarak text messages. Make…
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