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  • Nigeria: Church obstructed rescue, lives lost

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Church officials prevented rescuers from freeing victims at the site of a six-story building collapse, causing a loss of lives, Nigeria's emergency agency said Friday.
  • The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY)

    Religion News Service
    Autumn Miles
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    (RNS) The culture of silence that kept me in an abusive marriage continues to haunt churches in America and across the world.The post The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • South Africa: SA, Nigeria Cooperate in Building Collapse Tragedy

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    []Minister in The Presidency and chair of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on the Nigeria tragedy, Jeff Radebe, says authorities in Nigeria and South Africa remain committed to identifying the deceased and assisting the survivors of last Friday's building collapse.
  • Is God Calling You?

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    Carolyn Henderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn't hearing.After all, the church had all sorts of ministry opportunities. Although many of them I was unqualified for because I hadn't gone through the newly implemented Leadership Training Classes, there were many mundane options, like coordinating the Interlocking Chair Set Up and Take Down committee (which, for some reason, NOBODY wanted to be involved in). God called the disciples…
  • Did Saul actually fall off his horse on the road to Damascus?

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    Catholic Answers
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    He more than likely did not. It is commonly assumed that Rabbi Saul was thrown from his horse on the road to Damascus. This assumption has been reinforced by several artistic depictions, most famously in Caravaggio’s “Conversion on the Way to Damascus”.  However, nowhere does the New Testament make mention of Saul being thrown from […]
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  • Is God Calling You?

    Carolyn Henderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn't hearing.After all, the church had all sorts of ministry opportunities. Although many of them I was unqualified for because I hadn't gone through the newly implemented Leadership Training Classes, there were many mundane options, like coordinating the Interlocking Chair Set Up and Take Down committee (which, for some reason, NOBODY wanted to be involved in). God called the disciples…
  • more wonderings about (today's) Puritans, and a broken education system

    Britton Gildersleeve
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Window, Old Ship Church, Puritan meetinghouse, Hingham, Massachusettsvia WikipediaToday I was thinking -- again -- about the similarities between contemporary conservative Christianity (at least in everyday life) and historical Puritanism.Several of us were discussing the sad state of Oklahoma's schools. One mentioned that she has 30 (yes, THIRTY) kids in her kindergarten class. I added that a friend of mine has 220+ students in her English classes, which  means that even if she did a 50-hour week, she would only be able to put in 13.5 minutes per student, weekly. Including class time, lunch…
  • Does New ‘Fight Church’ Documentary Hit Below the Belt?

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    "Fight Church" Poster (Film Harvest)“The first time I ever watched Mixed Martial Arts was on television at a church-sponsored fight night party that my brother-in-law had invited me to while I was visiting family in Michigan,” says Bryan Storkel in a Daily Beast article he wrote earlier this week. “I sat through the first two or three fights, but I couldn’t stick with it. There was too much blood for my liking and in spite of the organized structure and rules; it still seemed a bit too barbaric for me.”Storkel is co-director of Fight Church, a new documentary released this…
  • Why We Need God To Be Jealous

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Here are five reasons why our lives depend on it.
  • "Holy Ghost" movie premiere a success + "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" Christmas movie + "Daniel Boone" on INSP

    John W. Kennedy
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.The Holy Ghost World Premiere Experience was a huge success. The one-time September 6th digital event—which featured a special musical appearance with Brian “Head” Welch of Korn—made it possible for anyone in the world to watch the event free of charge for 48 hours.Data reported by Wanderlust Films, producer of the movie, indicates that the innovative marketing campaign yielded more than one million estimated viewers. The company is now hoping that that larger-than-expected audience (of which 41% were outside…
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  • Did Saul actually fall off his horse on the road to Damascus?

    Catholic Answers
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    He more than likely did not. It is commonly assumed that Rabbi Saul was thrown from his horse on the road to Damascus. This assumption has been reinforced by several artistic depictions, most famously in Caravaggio’s “Conversion on the Way to Damascus”.  However, nowhere does the New Testament make mention of Saul being thrown from […]
  • Winning the Heart of a Child

    Jenny Uebbing
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I watched my three-year-old’s face light up in the glow of his new toy, a faux-computer for toddlers designed to teach letter and number recognition. Immediately captivated, he danced back and forth hopping from foot to foot, impatient as I tore away the packaging. “Give it to me, Mommy! I love it!” He hadn’t even […]
  • Forsaking Me, Seeking Him

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    September 21, 2014 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 One of my favorite quotes says, “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity” (Leonard Ravenhill). Since we are finite, limited beings, our opportunities are always constrained by time. In fact, it usually seems like there […]
  • Scripture Speaks: All Things Are Possible

    Gayle Somers
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Jesus tells a parable that poses an interesting question: Would we ever grumble about God’s generosity? Gospel (Read Mt 20:1-16a) In the verses preceding today’s Gospel, Jesus told the disciples “it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:23). A “rich young man” had just gone away “sorrowful” […]
  • St. Januarius (Bishop and Martyr)

    Saints Editor
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Januarius was bishop of the Italian town of Benevento. Legend has it that his martyrdom was horrific. Along with six companions — imprisoned deacons and laymen he was visiting during the persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 305 — Januarius was thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of the town of Pozzuoli. He […]
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    Phil Cooke

  • The Secret to Stopping Unwanted Speculation and Rumor

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Whenever a crisis happens at an organization, rumors begin. We shouldn’t be surprised because human beings are wired for curiosity. We want to know what happened, what’s going on, and what’s next. Channeled in the right direction, curiosity creates inventions, cures disease, and births great art.  But channeled in the wrong direction, curiosity can destroy […]
  • Is It Time To Say No To The Cult of Productivity?

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I was drafted into the productivity cult a long time ago. I have 3 different To-Do List apps on my computer, iPhone and iPad. I have about 6 different calendar apps. I’ve experimented with roughly 20 different online productivity suites for our Cooke Pictures team. I’ve read David Allen’s books (the holy scriptures of the productivity […]
  • The Sweet Spot of Sharing the Christian Message

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    We’re seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making it too easy – they lead with the “grace” message, and are hesitant to talk about tough issues like sin, hell, or punishment. […]
  • New Research Confirms Broadcast TV Still Matters

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    New research in June by GfK Media indicates the number of Americans now relying on over-the-air broadcast television reception has actually increased to almost 54 million, up from 46 million just a year ago. This is a pretty significant piece of data. In one year, the number of homes getting their TV signals solely over-the-air […]
  • The End Of Brands? Abercrombie & Fitch To Drop Logo From Clothing

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Preppie clothing store chain Abercrombie & Fitch, with 843 stores in the United States and 163 stores in the rest of the world, is making a dramatic change based on customer response. In a move that took me by surprise, they’ve announced they will eliminate identifying branding logo marks on their Spring 2015 clothing collection. […]
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  • SIM Saddened by Recent Attack on Ebola Aid Workers in Guinea

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Mission Group to Review Crisis Response Policies and Safety ProceduresContact: Palmer Holt, 704-662-2569, CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- SIM USA ( said today it is saddened by the recent attacks on Ebola aid workers and journalists in Guinea and plans to review its crisis response strategies in light of the attacks.According to published media reports, at least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were killed i Source: InChrist Communications
  • 'New York Catholics-Faith, Attitude & the Works!' -- An Historical and Spiritual Legacy of New York City's Largest Religious Community

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Published by Orbis Books - Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Contact: Mike Virgintino, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 914-941-7636 ext 2219 MARYKNOLL, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- New York City is known as one of the toughest places to live and work in the world. Yet, New York's heritage also classifies it as one of the most compassionate metropolitan areas. The numerous Catholics raised here and those who have migrated to New York over its 400 years are the epitome Source: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
  • Alpha Omega Academy ACT Scores Surpass State and National Averages

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Contact: Teri Elgersma, Alpha Omega Academy, 800-682-7391 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- According to the school's annual College Readiness Report from ACT, Alpha Omega Academy (AOA) students surpassed both state and national averages on the ACT during the 2013-2014 school year. Headquartered in Rock Rapids, Iowa, the online distance learning school for grades K-12 reported an average composite ACT score of 23.0, which exceeds the state of Iowa's average compos Source: Alpha Omega Academy
  • Alliance Church Leader Among Ebola Team Members Killed in Guinea

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Contact: Mike Sohm, President, Compassion and Mercy Associates, 719-265-2038, COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rev. Moise Mamy and seven others in an Ebola education delegation were killed by villagers in southern Guinea on September 16 or 17, 2014. Government officials and news reporters were among those who died. Mamy was a member of the Eau de Vie (Water of Life) Ebola awareness team, a ministry of Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA Source: The Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • 3.3 Million People Agree: It's Time to Get Back to Church

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    National Back to Church Sunday is this Sunday, September 21 Contact: Joni Sullivan Baker, Buoyancy PR, 513-319-3231 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- What can entice 3.3 million Americans to leave their homes on a Sunday in the fall? No, it's not football. It's church. This Sunday, September 21, approximately 27,000 churches across the globe are participating in Back to Church Sunday®, an ever-growing movement to reach out to communities with the clear Source: Buoyancy PR
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • That we appreciate the journey, while keeping an eye to our ultimate destination, let’s pray

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    We all have our respective paths to travel. Some of us will make it to our desired destination, whether the Promised Land, World Series, chairman of the board or parent. Some of us will come up short. But all of us have a part to play in God’s mysterious master plan and should, as Ernie Banks has taught us, make the most of our journey along the way. – Gary GrafAnd God Said, ‘Play Ball!’
  • That we look around, and find God, we pray

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The other day I had this thought. If you look around, there’s an order to things. The way the planets revolve around the sun is remarkably similar to the way electrons revolve around a nucleus. If science proves anything, it’s that nothing comes from nothing. Something caused those things to act. It’s not too hard to believe in the creator of that order. If you want to call that God, then maybe I do believe in God. – from Richard Paul Evans’Walking on Water
  • For those who live–and work–in anticipation, we pray

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Morale quickly turns ugly after a company warns of layoffs–even if the job cuts won’t happen for a while. – Joe LightThe Wall Street Journal, Even Hints of Layoffs Decay Morale
  • For all of us who will walk in faith today

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Walking in faith means putting one foot in front of the other with both eyes on God. – a footnote below the signature block in an email from a subscriber
  • Lord, thank you for the reminder that I am not the only one to have felt what I sometimes feel

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    We may sometimes feel disappointed when others don’t see the world as we do. Jesus did not surrender his vision to the ‘logical’ promptings of the disciples; he simply turned and went on his way. – Regarding Luke 9:51-56from Sacred Space
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Anti-Islam ad campaign to run on New York City buses and subways

    Nicky Woolf in New York
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Blogger paid $100,000 to place ads, one of which was rejected by MTA on grounds it could incite or provoke violenceControversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller has paid $100,000 to place advertisements on New York City buses and in subway stations that feature anti-Islamic messages and images including one of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Isis in August.The campaign, which is being funded by Gellers advocacy group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AMDI), features six posters including the one that features Foley. All the posters carry messages critical of Islam.
  • We must remember antisemitism is far from the whole UK Jewish experience | Giles Fraser

    Giles Fraser
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    We must continue to remind ourselves of our antisemitic past. But the story we dont remind ourselves about often enough is our history of philosemitismAs the UKs Jewish community settles down to its Rosh Hashanah celebrations next week, many will be dipping their apples in honey in anticipation of a sweet new year. And lets hope it is. Because, for many, this has been a time of increased anxiety with much talk of the sleeping giant of antisemitism rearing its ugly head once again. Recently, two schoolboys were refused entry to a well-known sports chain by the security guard with the words: No…
  • British Muslims shouldnt feel obliged to speak out against Isis atrocities | Remona Aly

    Remona Aly
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    In Europe, Britain leads the way in religious tolerance. But that could easily change and prejudice seems to grow by the dayAll Muslims out of the UK! This was the welcome note that greeted my brother, sticky-taped to the front door of his new home in south-east London. It is just one among many incidents that take place across the country daily, some of which are reported to the Tell Mama (Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks) project. In June it received notice of 56 instances of anti-Muslim prejudice, both online and offline a noticeable spike that was caused, they believe, by the Rotherham abuse…
  • If Justin Welby has doubts about God its no bad thing | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It may seem an off-message admission for the Archbishop of Canterbury, but in fact its demonstrative of his humanityJustin Welby confessed on a recent visit to Bristol that sometimes he doubts that God exists, or at least that he acts in the world. This may have been off-message for an Archbishop of Canterbury, but it was also a reassuring sign of humanity. Anyone who could look at the world around us and think Oh, yes, this is obviously the work of an omnipotent and benevolent God who has a special care for babies is insane, unobservant, or has led a very fortunate life.Welby is none of…
  • The root cause of extremism among British Muslims is alienation | Afua Hirsch

    Afua Hirsch
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The issues faced by second- and third-generation Muslims are those that make others join criminal gangs, as my film showsBritain has a problem with terrorism. Nothing focuses the mind more than the image of an apparently British man addressing the world in high definition as he brutally beheads a fellow Brit. But while the numbers of violent extremists are, by all accounts, relatively small, the issues underlying their reasons for turning towards terrorism are widespread.Ive been talking to young Muslims for a documentary on the root causes of extremism, and its clear there are a series of…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Essence of Hajj

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Once Junaid Baghdadi met a man who had returned from Hajj (Hajji). After observing him for a while he asked him, "Have you been to Hajj?" ..
  • "Russian revolution" on IUMS session

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    As we have mentioned earlier, the fact is that, after two wars in Chechnya, Russian media, policy analysts and propagandists have formed very a hostile image for Arab and Turkish Muslim scholars, religious leaders and preachers. 
  • Pilgrimage of Spiritual Awakening

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    During the Hajj, all pilgrims stand united in a single act of worship, equal before God and with equal access to Him. An open mind can grasp the true magnitude of this occurrence and use it to break down even the most deep-seated prejudices and fears. Consider Malcolm X's reflection upon seeing the diversity of the Hajj
  • The legacy of Abraham

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The legacy of Prophet Abraham is an example of great sacrifices and complete submission to God ..
  • Hajj - Not a two-week vacation

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    For thirteen hundred years, the vast majority of Muslims made the journey to Mecca on foot, or perhaps mounted on a horse or a camel ..
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Training leaders to change the world

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Group photo after getting-to-know-you games conclude.(Photo, caption courtesy Haggai) International (MNN) -- What would our world look like if leaders used their sphere of influence to further God's Kingdom? That's the driving force behind the Haggai Institute, which trains Christian leaders to share their faith at the workplace. Haggai's VP of International Training, Arthur Dhanaraj, says they're currently training leaders from 20 countries at one of their international centers. "You name any profession, we have it. These people come with a great commitment of making a difference in their…
  • Ebola threatens food security

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Global Aid Network) Liberia (MNN) -- The Ebola epidemic is raising serious concerns about food security in Liberia. Mark Gaither with Global Aid Network (GAiN) explains, "It has caused a panic. People are avoiding contact with aid workers and with people who are running the clinics. The U.N. is reporting that the disruption is going to cause the economy to go through a real struggle over the next several months because of the Ebola outbreak." International aid workers warned that more help was needed as the country battles not only the virulent disease, but also hunger as…
  • Prayer vigils observe anniversary of Abedini imprisonment

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Iran (ACLJ/MNN) -- The following is an update by the American Center for Law and Justice about Pastor Saeed Abedini.  As the two-year anniversary of his arrest approaches, please be in prayer for his release, his strength of faith, and for the perseverance of his family.   American Pastor Saeed Abedini, a Muslim convert to Christianity, faces an 8-year prison sentence after his September 2012 arrest and indictment in Iran because of his religious beliefs. The Iranian government refuses to recognize his U.S. citizenship or make his charges public. Abedini's U.S.-based family is being…
  • World Mission planting churches in Nepal

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    New listeners in Nepal.(Photo courtesy of World Mission) Nepal (MNN) -- What chance does an audio recording of the Bible have against the darkness of false religions? What chance does it have to dispute the practices of sex slavery and remove the weight of poverty? BBC calls Nepal one of the poorest countries. The main religions are Hinduism and Buddhism. With many neighbors holding anti-conversion laws, Nepal is considering the same (read more about that here). A believer and prayer warrior in Nepal.(Photo courtesy of World Mission) The Nepali-Indian border is an area of…
  • International students see living Gospel

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Graphic credit InterVarsity) USA (ICF/MNN) -- A quarter-million international students are stepping onto U.S. college campuses for the first time this fall. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship says whether they know it or not, these freshmen are looking for two things: friendship and abundant life. The campus ministry explains why's and how's in the blog below, taken verbatim from InterVarsity's Web site: This fall, a quarter-million international students have stepped onto U.S. college campuses for the first time. They arrived on planes from Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, Iran, and…
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  • What Happens When the Supernatualism of the Bible is Removed? Moralism

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    “…What remains in Christianity when the supernaturalism of the Bible is given up is not Christianity at all.  Liberal Christianity and liberal Judaism, for example, turn out to be exactly alike.  They have the same…fundamental skepticism about God, the same complacency about man, and the same mild admiration for the prophet of Nazareth.  Tolerance has had its perfect work.  The equilibrium has been restored.  The consuming fire of Christianity has burned out, and we have merely the same feeble moralism that was in the world before Christianity took its rise.”It is a drab, dreary…
  • New Atheist Ideologues and How Christians Ought to Respond

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Anyone paying any attention has recently witnessed a new boldness from many of the most verbal online atheists. A large number who declare that they think the "virus" of religion should be "eradicated" and "outlawed". Many are using the same phrases and language as if they were all reading off of the same sheet. Look closely. This is the language of totalitarianism and control; the language of those who abhor freedom of conscience; the language we usually behold in the most virulent forms of fundamentalism ... but do not be troubled: this really should not come as a surprise to anyone who is…
  • 7 Free eBooks by B. B. Warfield

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    The following free eBooks by Benjamin Warfield are available in ePub and .mobi formats, accessible for your eReading device. These are classic works which are all highly recommended.  We believe no one should be held back from having a significant library of these important works because of cost so please spread the word to your friends so as many people as possible can make good use of this edifying literature.Faith and Life (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldStudies in Theology (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldBiblical Doctrines (eBook) by B. B. WarfieldCalvin and Calvinism (eBook) by B. B.
  • Purity of Heart - Matthew 5:8

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. - Matthew 5:8Each of the Beatitudes has two components: the condition called blessed (or “happy”), describing the heart state of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven; and the resulting condition of life in the Kingdom. As we have seen in our study of the other Beatitudes, either one of these phrases might not mean what we assume on first reading. For one thing, we are sinful by nature and not in tune with God’s way of thinking or viewing the world. For example, the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” might refer to…
  • Mercy - Matthew 5:7

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.- Matthew 5:7                We live in a world of imbalance.  Material wealth is distributed unevenly, but people have non-material qualities in differing degrees, too.  Some are more intelligent or have more or less artistic skill or scientific aptitude or business acumen.  Yet some skills or abilities can be increased or developed beyond natural aptitude.  This is true, too, for our emotions, our capacity to feel, especially to feel for others.But what makes people merciful?  What makes us care about others in…
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  • Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

    Scott Neuman
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Seven young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.» E-Mail This
  • How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?

    NPR/TED Staff
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.» E-Mail This
  • How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

    Julie Rovner
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.» E-Mail This
  • Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.» E-Mail This
  • Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism

    Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    At an event in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany and called it a "monstrous scandal" that anyone in the country would be hassled for being Jewish.» E-Mail This
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    Religion News Blog

  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

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

    Religion News Blog
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids. The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult's property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute. Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry. Full story: Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news
  • @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
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    Religion News Service

  • BREAKING: Pope Francis names Spokane bishop to Chicago, dashing conservative hopes

    David Gibson
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    (RNS) The appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich, a prelate closely identified with the Catholic Church’s progressive wing, to succeed Cardinal Francis George could upend decades of conservative dominance of the American hierarchy.The post BREAKING: Pope Francis names Spokane bishop to Chicago, dashing conservative hopes appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis to Jews: We’re all under attack now

    Josephine McKenna
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) "He said first it was your turn and now it is our turn. In other words, first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world's silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent."The post Pope Francis to Jews: We’re all under attack now appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY)

    Autumn Miles
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    (RNS) The culture of silence that kept me in an abusive marriage continues to haunt churches in America and across the world.The post The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Will the Catholic Church change its stand on marriage and divorce?

    Josephine McKenna
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a new book to be released days before the world’s Catholic bishops gather at the Vatican, hard-liners are challenging moves to moderate church doctrine on marriage and offer Communion to divorced Catholics who remarry.The post Will the Catholic Church change its stand on marriage and divorce? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Book on pastoral succession: ‘All pastors are interim pastors’

    Adelle M. Banks
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    (RNS) For congregations that haven’t thought about who will succeed their current pastor, the authors of the new book “Next: Pastoral Succession That Works” have words of warning: Be prepared.The post Book on pastoral succession: ‘All pastors are interim pastors’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • A new book series on "International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society"

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    by Salman HameedIf you are following this blog then I'm assuming that you have at least some interest in matters related to science and religion. Well, if you are looking to publish in this area (or have a much broader focus on culture and society), then the following may be of interest to you. I'm a co-editor (along with Fern Elsdon-Baker and Ignacio Silva) of a new book series by Pickering and Chatto Publishers called International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society and we are looking for both established scholars and first-time authors to publish as part of this series. Here is…
  • Some Twilight Zone for your Sunday evening

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    by Salman HameedIn preparation for co-teaching a science fiction short film class next semester, I've been watching some Twilight Zone episodes. I will be co-teaching the class with Hampshire College microbiologist, Jason Tor (we also co-taught Astrobiology for three years) and we expect the final student group products to be 5-6 minute short science-fiction films that have roots in real science (students can take as much creative leeway as possible in the service of a good film, but the back-story has to be grounded in what we know from astronomy and biology). From the storytelling…
  • New book on Egyptian revolution and social media

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    by Salman HameedThe role of social media was debated extensively at the time of the Egyptian Arab Spring. There is a new book out, Revolution in the Age of Media by Linda Herrera, that looks at it more explicitly (also see a pre-Arab Spring book, Connected in Cairo by Marc Allen Peterson, and his excellent blog that updates on the themes and ideas discussed in his book). Here is an excerpt of Linda Herrera's interview on Jadaliyya:J: What particular topics, issues, and literatures does the book address? LH: This book puts a spotlight on the politics of social media during a time of…
  • "Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story" on PBS tonight

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This looks interesting and definitely has an unfamiliar storyline. I will be in class at the time and will catch it later in the week. There is a South Asian connection here as well, as Noor Inayat Khan had an American mother and an Indian Muslim father. Here is a brief blurb about the documentary and a trailer below it (see more details about the film here):Throughout the 1930’s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up…
  • In defense of a one-way trip to Mars and a comment on the 'Mars fatwa'

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    by Salman Hameed Martian landscape from NASA’s Curiosity Rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSYes, humans will be going to Mars. But in all likelihood, the probability of happening it in the next decade or so rests on a one-way trip. Here is a short article that I wrote for the Magazine section of Express Tribune. Unfortunately, they also took out a bit that mentioned a recent fatwa on the issue. You can read the Tribune article here: A One-way Ticket to Mars. Or you can read the full version (Director's Cut) below:Making sense of a one-way trip to Mars If given the…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Priority Mail

    Cheri Cowell
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   Priority mail is a great invention. Whatever you can squeeze into that envelope or box, regardless of the weight, is one flat fee.   Did you know God was the originator of Priority Mail? That’s right, he charges the same flat rate no matter what we send His way. No matter how much we stuff in the envelope, no matter how weighty the issues we want Him to deal with, and no matter how important (or unimportant) it is to us, He charges one flat fee.   God then went a step further and paid the fee! So now we can send Him our mail—our prayers, desires, dreams,…
  • Mowing Grass and God’s Direction

    Hally Franz
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Hally Franz –   I spent quality time with our Craftsman a few weeks ago. Though noisy and a bit rough, he has a powerful presence and can get the job done. And, he provides an opportunity for some solace and reflection in the process. No, I’m not referring to an extra-long devotion time with the Father of us all. Nor did I hang-out with a handyman my husband and I happen to have on retainer. We don’t, by the way.   No, I just rode our riding lawn mower for a few hours. Between my husband and sixteen-year-old son, it’s rare that I find a reason to do that. And, while I…
  • Not The End

    Elaine James
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Elaine James –   A song came to mind, “The ants go marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants going marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants go marching ten by ten the little one stops to say ‘The End’, and they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain. Boom, boom, boom!”   All I could do is sing as I cleaned and sprayed my kitchen counter when I was confronted with a whole lot of ants. I wasn’t happy. In fact I was tired. I had been resting from surgery. I was just getting back in the swing of cleaning and this mess was wearing…
  • Ready With An Answer

    Carin LeRoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Carin LeRoy -   Last week while watching my grandchildren play and ride their bikes outside, a man in the complex where they lived started a conversation with me. When he learned my husband and I had been missionaries, he began to talk about God. Sharing a little of his life history, he told me he had been homeless several times and struggled with addictions. He wanted to talk about spiritual things and hear my thoughts.  He felt he was bound by His lifestyle and choices, and it was clear he desired life to be different. As we talked about God, the Bible, and life, I struggled to…
  • Mosquito People

    Mary Sefzik
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Mary Sefzik -   Mosquitos—one of the most annoying summertime pests. They can make a meal off of you before you have time to devour your slice of juicy watermelon. By the end of the evening your legs are covered with those tell-tale itchy welts—summertime souvenirs. The constant urge to scratch becomes all-consuming. The more you scratch the hotter and redder those bites become. You question whether an evening outside was worth the itchy aftermath. Some people are like mosquitos. They lite, they bite, and they leave you to deal with the after effects. They barge into your life…
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  • Sikhs disappointed at basketball body’s headgear move

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Washington, USA: Two US lawmakers and Sikh community bodies have expressed disappointment over the international basketball federation’s (Fiba) decision to allow athletes to wear religious headgear, such as patkas, only as part of a “trial period”. “We are deeply disappointed with Fiba. It shouldn’t take two years to make what should be a simple decision to eliminate a discriminatory practice,” lone Indian American Congressman Ami Bera and fellow Democrat Joe Crowley said in a statement. “There is no evidence that turbans or religious headgear pose a threat to players, and…
  • Extortion call to SGPC: Hotels around Golden Temple searched

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Taking no risk over an extortion call received by the SGPC from an unidentified person a couple of days ago, the Amritsar police on Wednesday searched hotels around the Golden Temple. Though the police remained mum over the details, and played down the issue terming it a routine check, Amritsar commissioner Jatinder Aulakh admitted that the place was searched and the call was being investigated. “Surrounding hotels were searched as a precautionary measure. We are looking at things closely,” added the commissioner. A police official told that the exercise was done to…
  • Golden Temple inspires US students to organise langar

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Washington, USA: Inspired by the “langar” of the Golden Temple, where they visited early this year, a group of US students are organising their free meal day at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Students of the University of Michigan who are back in Ann Arbor after their summer trip to the Golden Temple, where they spent part of their summer learning how to pull off a logistical miracle, feeding 60,000 people every day with a staff of volunteers, will be cooking chickpeas, chutney and salad in shifts with help from the community at Gurdwara Sahib. “The food will be…
  • US lawmakers disappointed over FIBA decision on Sikh players

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Washington, USA: Two leading US lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the decision of FIBA to continue with its policy to ban players from wearing headgears in international matches, even though it allowed them to sport religious headgear as part of a “trial period” for two years. “We are deeply disappointed with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It shouldn’t take two years to make what should be a simple decision to eliminate a discriminatory practice,” Congressman Joe Crowley and Ami Bera said in a joint statement. The two Democratic…
  • Security around Golden Temple up

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: To strengthen security at the Golden Temple in view of the recent threat call, the SGPC has made it mandatory for the pilgrims to produce their identity proof for getting accommodation in its “sarais” (inns). There are five major SGPC “sarais” in the vicinity of the Golden Temple. Though the norm regarding the identity proof was already there, it was not strictly implemented in the past. The SGPC has already banned handbags on the Golden Temple complex. The guards deployed at the gates ask pilgrims to deposit such bags in the baggage room. The guards also keep a…
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  • Talking Horses: the best bets and racing news from Ayr and Newbury | Chris Cook

    Chris Cook
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Louis The Pious came second in last years Ayr Cup and this time around represents good value at 25-1Following Fridays action it appears there is a significant bias towards those drawn high on the straight course at Ayr and some analysts are even using the phrase golden highway and suggesting one wants to be hard against the stands rail. This would be very helpful information if Saturdays Ayr Gold Cup were to be run in lanes.Alas, all 27 runners may steer where they please and there is likely to be quite a crush on the stands side after the field has raced about 50 yards. Racy, drawn 27, has…
  • Alibaba IPO: Market values e-commerce giant at $231bn in enthusiastic opening day  live

    Tom McCarthy in New York
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Stock closes up 38% at $93.89Biggest US stock market floatation everInstantly among biggest US companiesGraphic: How much is Jack Ma worth?Alibaba and the 40 factsRead the latest blog summary 4.38pm ET Were going to wrap up our live blog coverage of the Alibaba IPO. Heres a summary of where things stand: 4.07pm ET Heres a chart of the first-day action for Alibaba stock on the NYSE, via Google Finance. Volume was 271,193,821. Market cap is $231.44bn. 4.03pm ET Dominic Rushe has been speaking to Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert. Gellert has been impressed by the IPO which, despite the delay, has…
  • Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence live

    Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no vote in independence referendumAlex Salmonds resignation statement in fullRead the lunchtime summaryNew readers start hereHow referendum night unfolded Voting day as seen by you 6.46pm BST And thats it for our referendum results day live blog. I merely helped out at the end, but congratulation on an epic effort to Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen. And thank you all for reading. 6.29pm BST BBC witness: Yes and no campaigners are chanting slogans in George Square in Glasgow. A few…
  • Why nipples were much more than just a trend at London Fashion Week

    Nathalie Olah
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    From Christopher Kane to Tom Ford to Erdem, nipples were the leftfield trend of London fashion week. But there was more to the exposure than just grabbing headlinesFrom pasties at Tom Ford, to stripped bare and beautiful at Burberry, nipples were everywhere this fashion week and, perhaps most surprisingly, audiences seemed largely nonplussed. Continue reading...
  • Can Silver's NBA take steps needed to avoid the NFL's domestic abuse crisis? | Hunter Felt

    Hunter Felt
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    New chief, praised for dealing with Donald Sterling, has not faced cases like those plaguing Roger Goodell and the NFL. Sadly inevitably he willDespite the bad press still leaking out from Atlanta, now is not such a bad time to be NBA commissioner Adam Silver. In the wake of NFL commissioner Roger Goodells disastrous mishandling of his leagues domestic violence crisis, which compares poorly to Silvers swift and decisive action to oust the former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, its clear which man has had a better PR year.Granted, the NBA actually has a spotty record when it comes…
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  • South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    (JTA) — Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. Zuma of the African National Congress party made the pledge during a meeting Thursday with the leadership of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, or SAJBD, the board said in a statement Friday. “In the course of the meeting, President Zuma rejected unequivocally all forms of antisemitism and intolerance, and stressed that his government remained committed to combating such prejudice,” read the statement. During the meeting, the Jewish representatives…
  • House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

    Ron Kampeas
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. The non-binding resolution passed Thursday condemns anti-Semitism particularly when it is used “as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” It also “decries and condemns the comparison of Israel to Nazis perpetrating a Holocaust or genocide as an insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.” Reps. Jerrold Nadler…
  • Senate approves enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation bill

    Ron Kampeas
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would further enhance U.S.-Israel ties. The bill approved Thursday, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), enhances Israel’s status as entitled to license-free defense technology, adds items to the weapons stockpile the United States maintains in Israel and which is available for Israeli use, requires increased congressional oversight to ensure that Israel maintains its qualitative military edge, encourages U.S.-Israel cooperation on developing energy technologies and encourages Israel’s…
  • U.S. officials ‘not optimistic’ going into Iran talks

    Ron Kampeas
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. negotiators are not entering the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran with optimism, a top U.S. official said, citing Iran’s insistence on maintaining its uranium enrichment capability. “Coming into New York, I think many of us were not very optimistic,” said the senior administration official speaking to reporters Thursday in New York, where the talks are underway on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The transcript distributed by the State Department did not identify the official. Nonetheless, the official described two days of…
  • Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    (JTA) — A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the Ebola virus and other epidemics. Larissa Kachanova, who heads the local branch of the Ukrainian government’s Sanitary and Epidemiological Management Center, issued the warning Thursday ahead of the arrival of approximately 30,000 Jews expected to spend Rosh Hashana in the central city, near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the 18th-century founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, Pilgrims will come from “the United States, New Mexico and Bolivia, where they have Lassa…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Boethius and Divine Simplicity

    Adam Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Perhaps you have heard of the term “divine simplicity.” The basic meaning is that God is one – he has no distinct or separate parts that can in any way be in conflict with each other. Often this doctrine is employed in the context of discussions concerning the divine character. One might say that God’s justice and mercy were at odds with each other, for instance, and then qualify or correct that by means of divine simplicity, arguing that because God is one, his mercy is a just mercy, and his justice is a merciful justice. The implications of divine simplicity for how we think about…
  • The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel

    Scriptorium Admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Theologians Dr. Joe Henderson and Dr. Adam Johnson discuss the books of 1 and 2 Samuel.  Moderated by Dr. Matt Jenson. The post The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-2014), Theological Outflanker

    Fred Sanders
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Wolfhart Pannenberg, retired from a long theology career at Munich, has died at age 85. Pannenberg was a major twentieth-century theologian by any count, with a series of brilliant articles, important books on the topics of revelation, christology, ethics, science, anthropology, and metaphysics, and a hefty 3-volume Systematic Theology to cap off his career. Pannenberg was a theologian of history in three senses: first, the concept of history was central for his constructive thought (more on this below),  and second, he always always situated his doctrinal deliberations within the history…
  • Amateurs Needed for the School of Translators

    Fred Sanders
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Last year, four professors from Torrey gave brief talks on some of our favorite 20th-century Christian thinkers (Chesterton, Sayers, Tolkien, Lewis). Videos of the talks are here; the whole thing was pretty obviously an excuse to collaborate with Chris Mitchell on a project where he could share his expertise with the whole Biola faculty. But “expertise” is an interesting word for this series on non-experts. Although we tend to categorize them as “Christian thinkers,” all four were conspicuously not professional theologians, pastors, or spokespersons for official…
  • One of Those Critters

    Fred Sanders
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Here is a link to some footage of Bob Warren, who died last week, doing his thing: teaching. This is vintage Bob –although in one sense this footage is not characteristic of him, in that he doesn’t have his Bible open and he’s not digging away at a text. In every other way, though, this session displays so much of what I remember about Bob from the years I spent studying with him in Kentucky (1986-1990): the homespun affability, the intensity, the immersion in Biblical patterns of thought, the excitement of learning directly from Scripture, the deep concern to connect with…
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  • Dharma Civilization Foundation to Establish Chair in Hindu/Vedic Stauces at University of California Irvine

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    SourceIRVINE, CALIFORNIA, September 9, 2014 (Dharma Civilization Foundation press release): The University of California offers a religious studies program through its School of Humanities. However, these programs currently do not offer a graduate degree in religious studies, and are confined to a Bachelor's Degree. The University of California Irvine (UCI), has expressed a commitment to establish a graduate degree program in religious studies, and is working towards developing the faculty necessary to teach at the Masters and Ph.D. levels.This initiative was born primarily through the…
  • Dam to Submerge Hindu Temples and Historical Structures

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    SourceNALGONDA, TELAGANA, INDIA, September 2, 2014 (The Hindu): Villages under the Pulichintala project have many monuments that are likely to go under water. Even with 11 tmcft (one thousand million cubic feet) storage, four of 13 villages where a majority of temples are located would submerge.Efforts for rehabilitating 6,775 displaced families from 13 villages in Nalgonda district (near Hyderabad), which are set to submerge under Pulichintala multipurpose project are on, but the translocation of over 100 temples including 21 historical monuments has been delayed by the State government.The…
  • Police Close Case of Ganesha Found in Newington Pond

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    SourceNEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT, September 11, 2014 (Courant): A town employee made an unusual discovery at Mill Pond Park Thursday morning: In the pond was an ornate figure with an elephant's head, a man's body and four arms.The employee fished the large, colorful statue from the water and brought it to the police department, Sgt. Christopher Perry said. Officers quickly ascertained that the half-man, half-pachyderm was a likeness of the Hindu God Ganesha. Thinking the statue might have been lost or stolen, police posted a picture of it on their Facebook page and asked anyone with information…
  • Daily Inspiration

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    SourceThe sages, being filled with universal love for all beings, did not want to keep their enlightenment to themselves. They declared to all: "O mortals, striving and struggling upon this Earth plane, weeping, wailing, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life: we have come upon a great discovery. There is something beyond these appearances, these vanishing names and forms that go to make up this universe. There is something beyond, which is the very source and support of all these objects of the phenomenal world. Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? Come, come, happiness resides…
  • Festival Parade of Palermo's Hindus

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    SourcePALERMO, ITALY, August 31, 2014 (Repubblica Palermo): The Vinayakar Chathurthy holy day was celebrated yesterday by hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in the shipyard district of Palermo. The festival commemorates the birthday of Ganesha; one of the most beloved Deities of the Tamil community. The event began with a function at the Muthu Vinaayakar Aalayam on Via Venancio Marvuglia and continued with a procession of the Deity through the neighboring streets. The chariot carrying the Deity was accompanied by men carrying kavadi (small wooden altars) on their shoulders. Tradition has…
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  • Through the equinox door (Velveteen Rabbi)
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    We're approaching the doorway between the old year and the new. Just as Jewish tradition teaches us to put a mezuzah on our doorposts, to make us mindful as we transition from one place to the next, the holidays act as mezuzot on the doorposts of our year. We're moving from one place to the next. What memories do we want to bring with us? What baggage do we want to leave behind, outside the door? This weekend we're approaching another doorway, too: the equinox, the hinge between summer and fall. Every door offers a chance to pause and look back. In the season now ending, where did I live up…
  • A poem for #BlogElul 24: End (Velveteen Rabbi)
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    END (ELUL 24)And every ending is a beginning.Rolling back light before darknessand darkness before light. Makingone year pass away and bringing onthe next. And when my life endsyou'll go on to a chapter without meand I'll go on to -- I'll knowwhen I get there, but I'm not sureyou'll be able to read the postcardsI send from that other side.The cardinal alighting at the topof the pine,  the rough weaveof a rainbow tallit beneath your thumb-- will you remember the languageof flowers, the meanings hiddenin the shofar's calls? Or will you imagine that the world truly endsat the thundering…
  • A poem for #blogElul 23: Love (Velveteen Rabbi)
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    LOVE (ELUL 23)Four tiny books in a printed cardboard box.A handprint, undated—maybe he was two?An autograph-keeper with faded pagesinscribed in spidery curlicues of Czech.The onesie and pants and booties we chosefor the cautious drive home from the hospital.Silver posy of dried wedding liliestucked into the cup I carried by handfrom Karlovy Vary. I save these talismansbehind sliding glass as though they were portalsto voices I'll never hear again, handssmall and hot or soft and wrinkled in mine.How does God bear the accumulation of memory?Lives superimposed in time-lapse photographs.Our…
  • Why I love Selichot (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Those who subscribe to Velveteen Rabbi via email or RSS may have received an early / partial draft of this post; sorry about that, that wasn't supposed to happen! Here's the post in full. I love Selichot. The word "selichot" means "pardons," and can refer to the series of teshuvah-related (repentance / return - related) prayers which we recite during the Days of Awe. It can also refer -- as it does in this instance -- to the service which begins the High Holiday season, on the Saturday evening before Rosh Hashanah, during which we begin singing some of those prayers once again for the first…
  • A poem for #blogElul 22: Dare (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    DARE (ELUL 22)To cross the thresholdbetween familiar and unknown.To stop hiding. To danceeven if you feellike an ungainly giraffe.To let the tears come.To throw your arms outand pour light on the world.To start over, relearningeverything. To noticewhat you habitually rely on.To push on the dooryou know shouldn't be openand laugh when it swings free.To make a different choicethe second time around.To admit that you're scared.To find places you've never been.To name something afterthose you've lost.To change the desktop, redothe walls. To line the insidesof your pockets with silk.To say goodbye…
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  • Encounters on the cloister

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Pause awhile to take it in. The cloister, a third of a mile long covered walk way holds many a charmed moment. Cats disport themselves in the heat of the day and hunt by night. Sometimes there are clashes however for the most part peace reigns. It has not always been so. Max and Tom were both un-neutered toms and thus could not share the cloister. Max was caged by day and Tom by night. I wish it had been the other way around! Max who I cared for every summer in the 1980’s would appear in the morning in the garden beside ‘his house’ battle worn from a night out in the…
  • Mountain High Valley Deep Challenge

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The other day I was talking to a sangha member in England. Turns out her younger sister Anne Bates is, maybe as I write, swimming across Ullswater (a deep and cold lake in the English Lake District) then climbing a mountain (she doesn’t say which one but they are all quite lofty in those parts.) She is raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. Anne writes: Last year, my very good friend – Lisa Wilson died from pancreatic cancer. I need to play my part in raising awareness and vital funds for research into this vile disease. On September the 13th/14th I will be climbing a peak…
  • Fire! Fire!

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    There was a lot of smoke in the air yesterday wafting from the Happy Camp Complex fire which is not so far away from Mt. Shasta, as the smoke blows! Mt. Shasta was hidden from view, the tree tops where holding a bit of smoke and you could smell it in the air. As the day progressed I noticed various physical symptoms such as dry eyes and nose, sneezing, headache, skin feeling creepy and my breathing becoming laboured. But what I didn’t connect with being a consequence of the smoke was a growing sense of anxiety and worry. Anxiety can attached itself to anything handy and yesterday it…
  • Lost and Found

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hand Phone Where ever I am there my hand phone is also. It is there in my pocket when I go for a walk, when I go on a trip. Just about any time of the day or night my phone is beside me, it is there even as I sleep. However when I’m in the monastery it is switched off since there is a pager system so one is always reachable. While I was ‘on call’ for Rev. Master Jiyu during the last three years of her life I had taped my pager switch to ON. Twenty four hours a day. Sometimes she would think about paging me but not actually press the necessary button to call me and sometimes…
  • Contemplating Certainty

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is absurd. Voltaire Sometimes the way ahead is clear cut more often it isn’t. Walking into mist not knowing if there is a way is more the way it is. Sometimes certainty trumps faith when certainty has an object and faith does not. Sometimes faith wins out when the objects of certainty evaporate. I’d go for faith every time, the sort that only knows there IS a next step. That takes faith!
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  • So Long, Farewell

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Dearest readers, I am sorry to say that the time has come for me to say goodbye. I have had a wonderful time meeting you all, not to mention learning more than I ever thought I would know about the fantastic field of oral history. However, grant applications and comprehensive examinations are calling my name, so I must take a step back from tweeting, Facebooking, tumbling and Google plusing (sure, why not). Fear not, we have found another to take my place: the esteemable and often bow-tie-wearing Andrew Shaffer. I chatted with him earlier this week and I already think he’ll make a wonderful…
  • Eight myths about Fair Rosamund

    Sara Pinotti
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Most of what we hear and read about twelfth-century hottie Rosamund Clifford, aka “Fair Rosamund,” just wasn’t so. True, she was Henry II’s mistress. But that’s about it. Like so many other medieval myths, Rosamund’s legendary life and death are a later invention. Herewith, the best of (untrue) Rosamund: Myth 1:   She went to school at, lived at, had assignations with the king at, retired to, died at, or in any way hung out at Godstow Abbey. Sadly, Rosamund never entered Godstow until she was a fair corpse. She died around the year 1176, in the midst of her affair with the…
  • Life’s uncertain voyage

    Meredith Sneddon
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Uncertainty is everywhere. There can hardly be a person alive who has not experienced it at some time. Indeed, as Shakespeare indicates in his play The Tempest (Act I) we are all submitted to “life’s uncertain voyage.” We may well find ourselves asking “What shall I do?” or “How should I react?”, familiar questions as we continue our voyage. This common factor in human experience is heightened when the circumstances involve serious illness, whether for the patient or for those who care for them. Living with uncertainty affects all at the bedside. The patient longs for…
  • What commuters know about knowing

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    If your morning commute involves crowded public transportation, you definitely want to find yourself standing next to someone who is saying something like, “I know he’s stabbed people, but has he ever killed one?” . It’s of course best to enjoy moments like this in the wild, but I am not above patrolling Overheard in London for its little gems (“Shall I give you a ring when my penguins are available?”), or, on an especially desperate day, going all the way back to the London-Lund Corpus of Spoken English, a treasury of oddly informative conversations (many secretly recorded) from…
  • Understanding Immigration Detention

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    As the British government holds its first public inquiry into the conditions and nature of immigration detention, it is a good time to take stock of what we know about these controversial institutions. Unlike prisons, about which there is a lengthy and robust tradition of critical academic scholarship, academics have written surprisingly little about everyday life in immigra­tion removal centres (IRCs). Details can be gleaned from parliamentary debates, governmental and non-governmental organiza­tions, and the occasional media report. Researchers also interview former detainees in the…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Who is Sheikh Imran Hosein? Top 10 Reasons Why We Should Listen to Sheikh Imran

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    .. We might teach him the interpretation (ta'weel) of events.~ The Qur'an, 12:21The writing is on the wall,if you can read the writing.~ Sheikh Imran HoseinSheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942) is a contemporary Islamic scholar, thinker, philosopher and expert in Islamic Eschatology and International Monetary System. His knowledge in a number of subjects related to Islamic Eschatology is phenomenal and unparalleled in any time in Islamic history. He has for more than fifteen years been the lone voice crying in the wilderness now on the subject of Islamic…
  • Dr Fazlur Rahman Ansari - Portrait of an Outstanding Muslim Scholar

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.The people of spiritual wisdom (hukama’)are the inheritors of the Prophets.~ Sacred Tradition“As matters stand in the Muslim world today, it is the decline of religious leadership from the Islamic standard in a serious measure that constitutes a major cause of its inability with regard to its emergence from the abyss into which it has been descending since some time. The remedy for the situation is obvious.” - Fazlur Rahman Ansari, ‘The Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society’.Dr Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari (1914-1974)…
  • Invitation of the Straight Way

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Often the self becomes stuck in a state of self-blame (al-nafs al-lawwama) imagining that the key to returning to the Unity is depriving oneself of things that gives it pleasure or relief.While on the one hand it is certainly true that things that give us pleasure or relief can become addictive and harmful when we habitually use them to avoid receiving certain of our experiences by taking a sip of unconditional gratitude to God; on the other hand, simply depriving ourselves of whatever gives us pleasure or relief is not going to heal us and return us to the Unity.Such deprivations, instead of…

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Know O beloved,that the highest blasphemy is our seeing two, three or many instead of the OneAnd yet when pointing to His Majestic Self Allah uses the pronoun 'We'Forget for a moment what they teach in kindergarten madrassas and seminariesthat this "We" is just a royal pronounCome and graduate yourselffrom that class for childrenthose who cant digest foodso they are given the ready-made formula for infantsInstead,The subject of tonight's lesson isfor the advancedThat "We" by whichAllah calls HimSelf is Precisely becauseHe desires to include youYes - youAs HisIn baqa * You are His,so He can…
  • Bismillah ~ In the Name of Allah ~ On Behalf of Allah

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Bismillah - Arabic calligraphy - mixed media - Sadiq M. Alam1.And know that all of Allāh’s secrets are in the heavenly books, and all of the secrets of the heavenly books are in the Qur’ān. And all of which is in the Qur’ān is in al-Fātiḥah, and all of which is in al-Fātiḥah is in bismillah.. and if you probe further you may come to know that all of that is further contained within the tiny dot below the ba (the first letter of bismillah)~ Traditional Sufi SayingThe above statement is an allusion to the holographic nature of the universe and reality as well where the part…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • Children, God, and Human Nature: How Being a Nanny is Teaching Me About the Universe

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

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

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

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

    Alishia Lawman
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Growing up, I was a strong advocate for the “purity movement” of the late 90’s.  This was a movement primarily in the Christian evangelical church which encouraged teenage boys and girls (predominantly girls) to avoid having sex before marriage.  Some churches had purity ceremonies where teenage girls walked down the aisle and were symbolically given to Jesus by their fathers.  They would wear a white dress and receive a ring and make a promise to “stay pure” until marriage.  Some churches had purity bible studies where, without ever talking about healthy sexuality, young girls…
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    Evolving Beings

  • 62 Beneficial Effects of Nature for Healing and Evolution of Mind, Body & Spirit

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

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

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

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

    16 Jan 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I’m Black Feather (otherwise known as David J. Nagy). I’m a Lifedream Illuminator, a psychic artist and healer. You can learn more about me and my work with Lifedream Illuminations on my site Black Feather Medicine. My journey of awakening and personal expansion While I’m sure anyone who knows me now wouldn’t believe it, I grew up thinking I hated people. If someone would have told me that I’d be helping people as a healer and psychic and Loving it as a Privilege, I’d have thought they were crazy. I began my present life in a small, remote forestry town in Northern Canada. Besides…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Anglicans beat Vatican

    Andrew Gerns
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The Church of England has beaten the representatives from the Vatican in the first cricket match between the two Christian denominations. Canterbury Times: The St Peter's XI scored 106 from their 20 overs against the formidable Anglican XI, who romped home with 5 balls to spare, winning by 6 wickets. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby congratulated both sides, and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray. Speaking before the game, Father Tony Currer, the captain of the Vatican XI, called the match "the biggest game of my life": "If one of the boys gets…
  • A step towards reconciliation

    Andrew Gerns
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg of South Carolina has welcomed a returning member of the clergy back into good standing as a priest, hailing the reinstatement of the Rev. H. Dagnall Free, Jr. as an important day for The Episcopal Church and an encouraging step toward reconciliation in South Carolina. ENS: On Tuesday, in a brief liturgy led by vonRosenberg, Free reaffirmed the vows he took at his ordination in 2010 and signed a formal declaration promising to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. Free was a priest serving at St. John’s Episcopal Church on…
  • Pastoral message on climate change

    Andrew Gerns
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have issued a joint pastoral message on climate change. We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbors and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution- created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic…
  • The open secret of the Gospel in U2's music

    Andrew Gerns
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    This just in. U2 is a "
  • Put Out

    Lora Walsh
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Friday, September 19, 2014 -- Week of Proper 19, Year Two [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today's scripture readings.] Today's Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 (morning) // 73 (evening) Esther 1:1-4, 10-19 Acts 17:1-15 John 12:36b-43 Today's gospel passage reminds us of the invisible but heavy burden that many people carry: Words we are too afraid to say. Just last week, I heard a politician being interviewed on the radio, and he used all manner of wordsmithing to avoid articulating any clear stance on an issue. He seemed…
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  • En route to the People's Climate March

    Elaine McArdle
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: Updates throughout the week from the People’s Climate Train en route to New York City.
  • Susan Frederick-Gray v. Joe Arpaio

    Elaine McArdle
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray joins federal class-action lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
  • All are welcome, to a point

    Darcy Baxter
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    IDEAS: Anti-abortion activists interrupted a Unitarian Universalist worship service, then complained when they were ushered out.
  • Ready for change

    Elaine McArdle
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    LIFE: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado, needed transformation. What a difference five years has made!
  • Fired up

    Elaine McArdle
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: General Assembly energized Unitarian Universalists with new models of ministry and outreach.
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    Emergent Village

  • Heating the Pond

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the darker nights draw in, it’s important to make sure that you have the right heating system in your garden pond. After a summer spent cultivating and tending to your fish and plants, a cold winter can spoil the healthiest pond, costing you time and money. In the summer months, plants provide essential oxygen for fish, but as the weather changes and plants die off, the rotting waste releases toxic gasses. Add to this fish waste and other decaying matter and a lethal blend is created. If allowed to freeze over, the fumes can’t escape and can suffocate and poison fish. The purpose of a…
  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Fr. Tom Reflects On Kevin Allen’s Retirement

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    As many know, Kevin Allen recently announced his retirement from his interview program, Ancient Faith Today. After listening to an interview Ancient Faith Radio did with Kevin announcing his departure, Fr. Tom shares his own thoughts on the state of American Orthodoxy.
  • Met. Anthony Bloom’s Homily on the Cross

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    During this week as we venerate the cross of Christ, Fr. Tom Hopko shares a sermon by Met. Anthony Bloom on the cross and our sin.
  • Awesome or Fearful?

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    A commonly used word today is "awesome." But, given its meaning today, Fr. Tom asks if it is the appropriate word to use in our Divine Liturgy.
  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    This is part 2 of Fr. Tom's paper on what Orthodoxy would expect from Rome before communion would be restored.
  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 1

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    As promised in his last episode, Fr. Thomas share with us the paper he wrote in 2005 outlining what the Roman Catholic Church would need to do to unite with the Orthodox. He broke it up into two parts and this is part one.
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    Jewish Treats

  • The Light of the First Day

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:1-4).When most people think of natural light, they think of the sun. Strangely enough, the sun (along with the moon and stars) was not created until the fourth day. So what was the “light” that God placed in the world on the first day?Rashi,…
  • Selichot

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    In addition to the unique prayer services of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays are known for one other service: selichot. A collection of religious poems and verses, selichot are penitential prayers that help one focus on the mood of the season.An integral part of the selichot service is the repetition of the "Thirteen Attributes of God's Mercy" (Exodus 34:5-7). After the incident with the Golden Calf, Moses returned to Mount Sinai and assuaged God’s anger at the Israelites. According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashana 17b), God, appearing as a…
  • Guided

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Use the Divine light within you to guide you in your actions.
  • The Three Ts

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we declare: "Repentance, prayer and charity remove the evil of the decree!" In Hebrew, these constitute the 3 Ts: Teshuva, Tefila and Tzedaka.Teshuva (repentance), a central theme of the High Holidays, means more than just saying "sorry." Teshuva means recognizing one’s errors and making an effort not to repeat them. In many ways, teshuva is a private act because one must be introspective in order to recognize one’s own mistakes.Tefila (prayer) is the acknowledgment of God as the King and Ruler of the…
  • Five Names of Rosh Hashana

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashana has several names that can help us understand the importance and power of this holiday.Rosh Hashana literally means "Head of the Year" because Rosh Hashana marks the point when we begin the new calendar year (e.g. from 5774 to 5775).Yom Harat Olam means "The Birthday of the World."Yom Hazikaron means "The Day of Remembering."Yom Hadin means "The Day of Judgment."Yom Teruah means "The Day of Sounding (the Shofar)." This is the actual name that the holiday is called in the Torah.Ok, so there are five different names for the holiday. What is…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Problem of Evil and Some LDS Perspectives, Or, We Are All Statistics Till the Conflict Is Over

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Shame and Anger: A Response to Small Miracles in a World of Big Pain and Evil Latter-day Saints and other Christians I know sometimes share faith-promoting stories of how a prayer was answered or how they experienced a miracle of some kind. These miracles are rarely the bigger and more dramatic ones we would like to see, such as finding a cure to cancer or a way to heal Ebola.Yet these small miracles can be real and may be received with gratitude from the recipient, for whom the miracle may play an important role in strengthening faith or solving real problems. The sharing of these miracles,…
  • David L. Paulsen on the Problem of Evil

    Jeff Lindsay
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Many thanks to Matt W. at New Cool Thang for mentioning the outstanding speech by David L. Paulsen, "Joseph Smith and the Problem of Evil." This is an excellent summary of the serious challenges to Christian faith presented by the abundant presence of evil and suffering in the world, and a sound demonstration of the power of the revelations given to Joseph Smith in helping us to better address these issues. Much more to say on this topic later, but for starters, let me know your thoughts about Paulsen's treatment of 3 major aspects of the problem of evil. Good stuff, IMHO.
  • Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Divine Irony?

    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence that the awkward grammar often displayed Semitic influence or, in some cases, came from Early Modern English, predating the English of the KJV. This theory is developed much more fully in a recent Mormon Interpreter article, "A Look at Some 'Nonstandard' Book of Mormon Grammar" by Stanford Carmack. Carmack argues that a close look at the initial language of the translated Book of Mormon reveals that much of the seemingly nonstandard grammar is actually acceptable Early Modern English that is frequently…
  • Daniel Peterson Quotes a Questionable LDS Apologist, But the Rest of His Presentation Was Good

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    At the recent FAIR Conference, among the very interesting presentations was Daniel Peterson's excellent reminder about the gaps and fallacies in the commonly mentioned CES Letter. His talk, "Some Reflections On That Letter To a CES Director," was generally thoughtful and intelligent, though it begins with a rather embarrassing gap in which he quotes from a highly questionable amateur LDS apologist, whose frequent gaffes and missteps have been regularly called out right here on this blog (so I am often told). Apart from that little blunder, his presentation was pretty solid and worthy of…
  • No Evidence at All?

    Jeff Lindsay
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    One critic posting on my comments pages recently explained why he didn't believe in Jesus. The argument he offered looked logically constructed and was presented with a "slam dunk" air. It was just one argument, though I'm sure he must have many more, but he presented it as if this was a sufficient reason to reject Christianity. The argument is based on the New Testament statement from Christ when He is discussing the events of the last days, and says, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:34, also see Mark 13:30 and Luke…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA Quest for More by Paul Tripp—FREE (ends today!)The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric Bargerhuff—$1.99From the Resurrection to His Return by D.A. Carson—$3.49Worship by the Book edited by D.A. Carson—$5.98 (US only) The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach by Bryan Chapell—$5.98 (US only)And although it’s not on sale, you’d do well to pre-order David Murray’s upcoming book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World.It’s Personal. Don’t You Ever Forget it.Erik Raymond:When you…
  • Help me by taking part in my first ever reader’s survey

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Could you spare two minutes and lend me a hand?I’ve been blogging for over five years, which is an eternity in Internet years. However, there is a lot I have to learn from others—especially from my readers. So today, I’d like to ask you a few questions so I can get to know you in order to serve you better. This survey shouldn’t take more than about two minutes, and is completely anonymous.(If you do not see a form or are reading via email, refresh the page or click here.)I will share the relevant findings in a future post, as well as discuss some of the changes that may…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersLoving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Ryken—99¢ (ends today)Love or Die by Alexander Strauch—$3.99Preparing Expository Sermons by Ramesh Richard—$1.99The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana—$2.99Faith and Learning by David Dockery—$2.99AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman—$4.39Finally, three by C.S. Lewis:Mere Christianity—$4.07 (US only)The Great Divorce—$4.07 (US only)A Grief Observed—$2.99 (US only)You may also be interested to know that Amazon just released an entire new line of Kindles. Here’s a look at the new…
  • The Company We Keep

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    “…What really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films—these things matter.” With this one sentence, Rob, the grumpy, and broke protagonist of the Nick Hornby novel (and, later, John Cusack film), High Fidelity, perfectly captures the shallowness of our world’s understanding of friendship, a problem exacerbated by Facebook and other forms of social media. We are “friends” with people we don’t know, telling them details about our lives they have no business knowing… simply because we like some of the same…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Get free shipping on Not Just a Soup Kitchen at Westminster BookstoreWestminster Bookstore is offering free US shipping when ordering one or more copies of David Apple’s new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All ($9 each). Enter coupon code MERCY at checkout (good for one use only). You can also save 50 percent off the cover price when ordering five or more copies.Also on sale at Westminster:ESV Reader’s Bible—$14.99 (regular $29.99)Preparing Your Teens for College by Alex Chediak—$2.00 (regular $15.99)Dispatches from the…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Am I a Cancer Survivor?

    Ashley Makar
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I was ambivalent about wearing the word survivor on my sleeve, until I put on my biking jersey for Smilow Cancer Hospital’s “Closer to Free” ride. I’m a stage-IV cancer patient, currently in treatment at Smilow—not the kind of survivor who’s cancer-free. I didn’t want to wear the label that tends to be on the winning side of the battle we make of cancer in this country. For me, battle is not a good metaphor for a fatal disease that lives and multiplies and recurs in the bodies of so many. And yet, I didn’t want to bike along in Smilow’s annual cycling fundraiser as if I…
  • White People Problems

    Briallen Hopper
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Three days before Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, an advice column in The Village Voice went viral. A man who called himself “Son of a Right Winger” had written in with a problem: “I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics.” The man explained that arguing didn’t get anywhere, but silence wasn’t a solution either: “When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any…
  • Burning in Hell is…Delicious

    Mary Valle
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    It appears that some members of the Conservative Alliance of Front Royal, VA, have gotten a little confused regarding young Tiana Ramos and her successful small business. Maybe it’s the pollen? Allergy meds can mess you up. Sacrelicious? Because what I see is a young patriot in action. Free enterprise? Check. Not taking handouts? Check. Putting those dang teenagers to work? Check. Faith? Check. Rickrack? Perhaps the most patriotic trim of all! Check. As far as “catering to men” goes? What on earth is wrong with that? That’s what God intended. By the way, everyone knows…
  • The Motherly Rituals of Back-to-School

    Edna M. Rodriguez-Plate
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    September 4, 2014. First day of school. There is silence in the house. Only the click of the old clock announcing time at every second. Time. Children make it seem so frugal. I am a mother. The relentless pursuit of paying attention, doing chores oriented toward my children’s livelihood, the pettiness of the routine day in and day out should make this space of silence precious. Yet, it is the contrary. It is in the chaos of everyone’s opinions and needs crashing together where the meaning of life resides. The meaning of my life. (Does life have meaning?) I am only this moment, alone,…
  • We Are Living Reminders

    Kelly J. Baker
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    An overwhelmed mother tries to handle laundry, phone calls, and an upset baby in a local laundromat. Her rumpled appearance shows her fatigue and stress. With her cell phone glued to her ear, she moves from washer to dryer. Her baby cries as he watches her complete the chore. Finally, mother and son make their way to a generic sedan. She secures him in a car seat, and his cries become more frantic as she climbs into the driver’s seat. The cries stop. There is sudden quiet. The mother realizes that the baby has vanished. She screams “Sam” over and over, as if a litany of his name could…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
  • History As Lived By The Cracker Lady: Auld Lang Syne (Millennium/Freedom Mix)-Kenny G

    1 Jan 2010 | 12:05 am
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    On Being Both

  • High Holy Days: Now With Great Poetry

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

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

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

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

    Susan Katz Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    My review of a new book by Dale McGowan, In Faith and In Doubt, the first book on secular/religious mixed marriages, just went up on my Huffington Post blog. No matter what you believe, or what you practice, I think you will find this book useful in negotiating family dynamics with respect and compassion.   Susan Katz Miller’s book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family is available now in hardcover and eBook from Beacon Press. You can also pre-order the paperback now.    
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    Scientology Newsroom - Latest News Stories

  • When in Rome… Don’t Use Illicit Drugs

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Volunteers from the Churches of Scientology across Italy reach out this summer to create a drug-free country.Millions of tourists from around the world vacation in Italy each summer. In Rome alone, a city of over 3 million, the population swells by more...
  • Voice for Humanity: Honoring Scientology Volunteer Ministers

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    On World Humanitarian Day August 19, the Church of Scientology International honors the many thousands of Scientology Volunteer Ministers and those with whom they partner to bring help in desperate times across 120 nations.The United Nations designates...
  • Voice for Humanity: Defending the Rights of Parents to Protect their Children

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the Church of Scientology honors civil rights attorney Allison Folmar, who is defending the rights of parents to protect their children from harmful psychiatric drugs. In honor of World Humanitarian Day,...
  • Voice for Humanity: Helping Baja Youth Escape the Grip of Drug Cartels

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the Church of Scientology is honoring men and women whose work makes a difference.The Church of Scientology International is releasing a series of videos on the Scientology Video Channel in commemoration of...
  • Vancouver Volunteers Reach Youth with the Truth about Drugs

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Vancouver are taking advantage of the summer months—when Vancouver shines—to promote drug-free living.At today’s Sun Festival in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and every chance they get, Vancouver Scientologists...
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 64 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 7

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

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

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

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

  • This is no small goal

    Lee Potts
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Where Francis begins to differ from other saints/founders, is in his approach to Jesus. Where most seek to emulate one or more aspects of Jesus’ life, Francis becomes totally immersed in the reality of “all” of Jesus. Ultimately, the spiritual goal of a Franciscan is to struggle to become a total imitator of Jesus, to become “alter Christus” (another Christ) touching all of God’s creation as Jesus did. This is no small goal or challenge, but a path that will ask you to look deeply into how you set your life’s priorities, and how you live them out day to day. ~ Bob…
  • The school of Christ

    Lee Potts
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Profession in the Secular Franciscan Order commits a person to study in the school of Christ, who is “the book of Wisdom, written from within the heart of the Father, since He is the art of almighty God; it was written externally, when it became flesh” (St. Bonaventure). ~Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap, Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment Tags: art of almighty God, Christ, Commitment, Felice Cangelosi, franciscan, heart of the Father, profession, Secular Franciscan, secular franciscan order
  • The only one

    Lee Potts
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hard as it is, we need to learn to forgive other people for making us suffer or disappointing us, and even to accept the problems they create for us as graces and blessings. The attitude is neither spontaneous nor natural, but it is the only one by which to achieve peace and interior freedom. ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom Tags: blessings, Forgive, Freedom, graces, Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe, Peace, problems
  • Totally conformed to Christ

    Lee Potts
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Francis had one dominant thought, one unquenchable desire, one constant intention: to become totally conformed to Christ. Discipleship in love has no other purpose except to “christify” the whole person. It is entirely geared towards transforming the lover into an image of the beloved (LM XIII, 2). Francis was “indeed always occupied with Jesus: Jesus he bore in his heart, Jesus in his mouth, Jesus in his ears, Jesus in his eyes, Jesus in his hands, Jesus in the rest of his members. How often, when he sat down to eat, hearing or speaking or thinking of Jesus, he forgot bodily food”…
  • Union with the Church

    Lee Potts
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    There is no authentic Secular Franciscan ministry without union with the Church in obedience and cooperation. To live the gospel means to know the Lord, seek out his presence, and share his life and mission. To fulfill this three-fold goal, the Church is essential, for she reveals the person of Christ, his presence, and his plan of redemption. ~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ Tags: Called to Proclaim Christ, Church, Gospel, mission, obedience, redemption, Secular Franciscan
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    Amish America

  • Serving the Amish: Interviews

    Erik/Amish America
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Though the Amish are known to prefer to stay within their own circles, there are times when they must interact with professionals in a non-Amish context – law enforcement, medical workers, counselors, and others. Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals, a new book by James A. Cates, is meant to help those professionals understand […]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
  • When a son joins the Amish: The only treasure you can take to Heaven

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Anne is back with a new piece on her recent visit to her Amish convert son Ed‘s community in Minnesota. When last we heard from Anne, she was describing why she felt like a wimp living Amish for a few days. One thing the Amish have in abundance is children. It’s no surprise when they say their […]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
  • Donald Kraybill on the Hate Crime Reversals (Plus Renegade Amish Winners)

    Erik/Amish America
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Three weeks ago the beard-cutting hate crimes convictions were overturned by a federal appeals court in Ohio. Following part 1 of his look at the case, today Donald Kraybill shares some analysis of the case reversals, including why they happened, why they matter for future cases and what might happen next. Maybe not surprisingly for a legal argument, […]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
  • Watch an Amish barn go up in 200 seconds

    Erik/Amish America
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Love this time-lapse video. You can see 10 hours of barn-raising condensed down to about 200 seconds. This took place in LaRue, Ohio, which is the Kenton Amish community. The photographer’s wife gives the back story: My husband, Scott Miller, shot this video with a Canon 60d Camera using a Pixel TW-282/E3 Wireless remote timer set […]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
  • Stan Wesner 1946-2014

    Erik/Amish America
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    My father passed away two weeks ago, having been diagnosed with mesothelioma back in March. Following surgery in July, we were hopeful, but shortly thereafter learned that the cancer had already spread, and there was little more to be done. We lost him a few weeks later, at home. When you read about mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive […]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

  • At the quarry (or, Thoughts on our mutual foregone conclusions)

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

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

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

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

  • The Sacred Year: About the Book and Author

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    One searcher's honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.
  • Praise for "Preventing Suicide"

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Unequivocally the best book on suicide prevention I've ever read." -- Alan T. "Blues" Baker, rear admiral and chaplain of the Marine Corps, retired
  • Praise for The Sacred Year

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Michael Yankoski refuses to limit faithful living to daredevil Christians, and he creates a commonwealth of sacred treasures for all to share." -- Read what Shane Claiborne and others are saying about "The Sacred Year."
  • Preventing Suicide: Read an Excerpt

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Even as you read this chapter, there will be one US suicide every sixteen minutes. Suicide is a serious threat and must be taken seriously..."
  • Preventing Suicide: About the Book and Author

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In this practical handbook, psychologist Karen Mason equips ministry professionals to work with suicidal individuals.
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • To Be Possessed by God

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We must think about the body in terms of grace: to be embodied is unavoidably to receive grace, both the grace of God and the grace of others.
  • Eternal Womanhood and the Limits of Public Recognition

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The challenge is to enrich LDS language about and for women without equating it to secular ideas.
  • Sexuality: The Path of Unity with God

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    We not only believe but ritualize the importance of sexual difference to Christian life -- life before and, with God's grace, with God. Perhaps nothing is more central to Mormonism.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Sep 15 – James Chisholm – Priest

    Ken Howard
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    James Chisholm Priest 15 September 1855 click here for books on James Chisholm From the Satucket Lectionary  James Chisholm was the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, in the early 1850’s, when a terrible plague of yellow fever struck the city, and which struck and killed him. From The Grest Pestilence in Virginia, by William S Forrest (1856): WHO, that knew the Rev. James Chisholm by sight, would have dreamed that that frail body of his held such a lofty spirit! Weak and delicate, with a degree of modesty that almost amounted to bashfulness, as…
  • Sep 15 – Cyprian of Carthage

    Ken Howard
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cyprian of Carthage Bishop + Martyr 15 September 258 click here for books on or by Cyprian of Carthage From the Satucket Lectionary Cyprian was born around 200 AD in North Africa, of pagan parents. He was a prominent trial lawyer and teacher of rhetoric. Around 246 he became a Christian, and in 248 was chosen Bishop of Carthage. A year later the persecution under the Emperor Decius began, and Cyprian went into hiding. He was severely censured for this (unjustly on my view — see Mt 2:13; 10:23; 24:16). After the persecution had died down, it remained to consider how to deal with the…
  • Sep 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Ken Howard
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day 14 September click here for books and music on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross From the Satucket Lectionary During the reign of Constantine, first Roman Emperor to profess the Christian faith, his mother Helena went to Israel and there undertook to find the places especially significant to Christians. (She was helped in this by the fact that in their destructions around 135, the Romans had built pagan shrines over many of these sites.) Having located, close together, what she believed to be the sites of the Crucifixion and of the Burial (at locations…
  • Sep 13 – John Chrysostom – Bishop + Preacher + Theologian + Liturgist

    Ken Howard
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Chrysostom Bishop + Preacher + Theologian + Liturgist 13 September 407 click here for books on or about John Chrysostom From the Satucket Lectionary John was called “Chrysostom” (“Golden Mouth”) because of his eloquence. He was a priest of Antioch, and an outstanding preacher. (Audiences were warned not to carry large sums of money when they went to hear him speak, since pickpockets found it very easy to rob his hearers — they were too intent on his words to notice what was happening.) His sermons are mostly straightforward expositions of Holy Scripture (he…
  • Sep 12 – John Henry Hobart – Bishop of New York

    Ken Howard
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Henry Hobart Bishop of New York 12 September 1830 click here for books on John Henry Hobart From the Satucket Lectionary After the American Revolution and the Independence of the United States, the Episcopal Church, under public suspicion in many quarters because of its previous association with the British government, did very little for about twenty years. John Hobart was one of the men who changed this. John Henry Hobart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 September 1775, the son of a ship’s captain. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • When a Man in Pain Meets Jesus

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 7, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Lee Barnes. The text was taken from Mar 5:1-5. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • Mind Your Own business

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 7, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Joe H. Todd. The text was taken from John 21:18-22. 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
  • Get It While You Can

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 31, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblett. The text was taken from Luke 18:35-43. 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
  • Forgiveness

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 17, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Miss. LaToya Gaines. The text was taken from Luke 23:24. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • You Will Not Get Away

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday August 17, 2014 at our 8:00am Worship Service by Pastor Joe Todd. the text was taken from Luke 12:47-48. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Rome, Italy, Sep 19, 2014 / 08:18 pm (CNA).- The newly published memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer, who was intimately involved in the reform of the Roman liturgy following Vatican II, reveal some of the relevant committee's doings, a prominent vaticanista has noted. “Being called to serve on one of the preparatory commissions for Vatican II, Bouyer immediately realized from his own experience its greatness and its wretchedness, and soon pulled back from it,” wrote Sandro Magister Sept. 16 at his Settimo Cielo blog for the Italian publication l'Espresso. The text of…
  • Martyrs' memory to be a focus of Pope's visit to Albania

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Tirana, Albania, Sep 19, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Focused on the memory of the martyrs, Pope Francis’ one-day journey to Albania is aimed at restoring the link between the country and its Catholic roots, which had been disturbed as secularization has advanced there. Pope Francis will visit Albania Sept. 21, with the theme of “Together with God, toward the hope that does not disappoint.” The trip's logo represents a Christian people rising from the blood of martyrs; Tirana, the capital, is preparing to welcome Pope Francis with a series of images of the Albanian…
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Vatican City, Sep 19, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that “a senior source close to the Argentine Pope” claimed that Pope Francis would be “annoyed by the publication of this collective work.” However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from…
  • Bodily resurrection is key to Christian identity, Pope reminds

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Vatican City, Sep 19, 2014 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bodily resurrection is a reality which is the seal of our identity as Christians, Pope Francis said in his Friday morning homily at Santa Marta. Pointing to the people of Corinth, whom St. Paul spoke to in the readings during Mass, the Pope noted the Corinthians have similar problems as Christians today have when it comes to grasping the resurrection of human bodies. “[They] had other ideas: ‘sure, the dead are justified, they shall not got to hell – good thing, too! – but they’ll go into the cosmos, into…
  • Scottish bishops encourage cooperation, involvement in wake of vote

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Glasgow, Scotland, Sep 19, 2014 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision and applauded the country’s strong participation in public debate. “The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland recognises and respects the result of the Scottish referendum, that Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom, and commends all those who participated in what was a passionate and sometimes partisan debate,” the bishops said in a statement. A whopping…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • The Next Right Thing.

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

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

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

    Adam McDuffie
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Christians are traditionally characterized by a desire to live a Christlike life. While that can take a variety of forms, we often see this expressed in a desire to be as close to Jesus as possible. We sing of wanting Jesus to walk with us. We look to the teachings of Jesus as a model for our own lives and morals. Even (or especially) when it comes to matters of politics and policy, we so often turn to Jesus.What Would Jesus Do?WWJD? Jesus becomes the model for our stances on policy, and it seems he can be used to justify any number of positions. It becomes less a question of what Jesus would…
  • Let It Go -- And Grow

    Darian Duckworth
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    One year ago, the man I was dating planted a vegetable garden in my backyard. Four raised beds of tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and carrots surrounded a square bed filled with herbs. Resting on evenly layered mulch, little Eden caught eyes and tickled noses around the neighborhood.  “Sometimes the soil with which we struggle simply needs different hands to dig through it.” — Darian Duckworth I gathered recipes and prepared to cook the fruits of “our” labors. But what really thrilled me was learning about gardening from him. He was going to teach me what to…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Meanderings on Growth at Crossings Community

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve had a lot of local community members that I’ve know from living in the Katy area for many years, coming up to me and congratulating me on the ‘growth’ of Crossings Community Church. Invariably it comes out something like, “Aren’t you so excited…” or “Aren’t you so encouraged…?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes, I am so excited and encouraged about what God is doing at Crossings Community Church.” The disconnect between the question and my answer, though, is pretty significant. The question is often coming out of the cultural idea that a church celebrates…
  • Teaching Children Doctrine – Yikes!

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    At Crossings Community we spent the weekend talking about the family and what it means to own the responsibility of discipling our children. We also spent some time talking about how the church is desiring to equip, support, and resource the parents as the primary faith-trainers in their home. The foundation of what we are to pass on to our children is doctrine. We see in Deuteronomy 6:4 that the foundation of what we are to pass on to our children is doctrine. This scares so many people. I’ve talked with people who objected to this because they did not want to brainwash their children but…
  • Fair Parenting

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Resentment is a tricky thing in the parent/child relationship. The word communicates an idea of not being treated fairly. I will be the first to admit that I am constantly preaching to my children the fact that nothing in life is fair. Every time one gets more nuggets than the other it is inevitable that a fairness case will be presented from the court of children in the dining room. I LOVE telling them about life and that life is not fair and that they will always face situations that feel unfair. Life’s lack of fairness should never characterize the way we practically love our…
  • Fortune Cookie Christianity

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My bride and the kids had left town for a couple days to see some family and I was faced with a considerable challenge. I’m blessed with a wife who makes coffee for me almost every day. After I had recovered from the morning emotional distress of missing the presence of my family, I was faced with the reality that my coffee was not going to magically appear. I’m ashamed to say that my chosen path was to get in the car and drive a few miles and find the drive-thru window for my morning cup of black gold. Do you approach the Bible with “fortune-cookie” mentality? I know what you…
  • “Home is where the heart is…”

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Aside from walking up to a pregnant women and telling her how big her baby must be… teaching on marriage and parenting can be one of the most dangerous mine fields. It is so touchy because none of us carry the title Master of The Universe when it comes to marriage and parenting. To even further complicate things, it is one of the most personal topics that we could possibly discuss. In order to see real transformation happen we need to own the areas of weakness and struggle. At Crossings Community we are entering the mine field this week. We are not a church that fills our calendar with…
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  • Register Radio: Secular Media & Breakaway Nuns / The Myth of Centering Prayer

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    By Sarah Reinhard | This week on Register Radio, why is the secular media so fascinated with nuns who break away from the Vatican?  Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Ann Carey.  She’ll set the record straight—no non-sense. And...
  • Congress Approves Part of Obama’s Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND | WASHINGTON — He came into office with a pledge to keep American troops out of foreign wars, but President Obama spent this week pleading with U.S. lawmakers to back his plan to “destroy” the Islamic State (IS), the...
  • Cardinals Take Sides, Stoking Synod Run-Up

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    By EDWARD PENTIN | VATICAN CITY — As cardinals publicly line up on opposing sides of the debate of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics ahead of next month’s Synod and the Family, “wishful” speculation is mounting in Rome that the issue...
  • LCWR’s Leadership Role Questioned

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    By JUDY ROBERTS | VATICAN CITY — Despite renewed resistance from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican is sending a signal that it is standing firm in its quest to reform the group. In an interview published in L’Osservatore...
  • Pray Like a Cheerleader

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    By Matthew Archbold | The story begins in fairly typical fashion. But it ends differently that most. A high school in Tennessee was told they were no longer allowed to have a prayer said over the loudspeaker at football games. You know that part...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Challenge to Ten Commandments Monument

    Don Byrd
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Written by Don Byrd A controversial Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol will stay in place for now, after a judge dismissed a lawsuit that argued the display violates the separation of church and state. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Rev. Bruce Prescott, is a Baptist minister. Associated Press reports: The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of the Rev. Bruce Prescott of Norman, a Baptist minister, and others who allege the monument’s location violated the state constitution’s ban against using public property to support “any sect,…
  • In Policy Change, Air Force Makes Oath to God Optional

    Don Byrd
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Written by Don Byrd Last week, I posted about an airman who was denied reenlistment because he refused to swear an oath to God as the Air Force’s policy required. In other contexts, courts have ruled a secular alternative must be available. All of the other military services make optional such reference to God in the oath. Now, the Air Force has reportedly followed suit,  updating their policy to allow omission of the words “so help me God.” ABCNews reports: The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be…
  • Happy Constitution Day!

    Don Byrd
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Written by Don Byrd Today marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The Constitution prohibits any religious test for public office.  After the First Amendment was adopted 4 years later, it also included these 16 words, essential to our democracy and our freedom: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Check out the Baptist Joint Committee’s Constitution Day resources here!
  • Cheerleaders Fill Moment of Silence with Lord’s Prayer at High School Football Games

    Don Byrd
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Written by Don Byrd In Tennessee’s Oneida County, like many places across the country, high school football games for many years opened with a prayer over the loudspeaker. After questions were raised by religious liberty advocates regarding this practice, Oneida decided to end the prayers and open instead with a moment of silence. The cheerleaders, however, had other ideas. “During the moment of silence all the cheerleaders came together and recited the Lord’s Prayer,” [junior Kayla] King explained. On Friday night’s game against Watertown, the cheerleaders from both…
  • Satanists Seek to Hand Out Literature to Students in Protest

    Don Byrd
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Orange County Schools in Florida have allowed groups to distribute religious pamphlets and Bibles in public schools in recent years. Now, a group calling themselves Satanists in New York is insisting on the right to distribute their own literature in Orange County as a form of protest. The Orlando Sentinel reports the group wants to distribute literature including “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.” “If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • 3 People We All Need In Our Lives

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    We need others. That statement is one we often hear. It’s a true statement, but we often don’t think about what it means. It means we need people to do life with, people to help us, people for us to help, and people that can be honest and open with us. We all need people in our lives that can help us be the best version of us that we can imagine and that we can serve and help along the way. Here are 3 people we all need in our lives… The encourager Encouragement is one of those things I really hope people can count on me to give. The truth is, we all need encouragement in life. Life…
  • Next Up Podcast: How to Keep From Burning Out Way Too Soon (Episode 9)

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Burnout is too often a reality for leaders. Many of us that are young tend to think that it can’t happen to us and fail to realize when we’re in danger. The truth is, none of us are exempt from potential burnout. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates remind us that if we’re facing burnout to find what fills us, remember why we’re doing what we’re doing, know when to say no, and to just enjoy the ride. Links for items mentioned in the show: Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make Subscribe | Listen The post Next Up Podcast: How to Keep From Burning Out…
  • 3 Reasons We Like Authenticity in Others

    Jonathan Pearson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    One of my generation’s (the millennials) most sought after traits is authenticity. We live in a time and in a culture where there are more ways than ever to not be authentic. As a result, we’ve begun to value authenticity more than ever. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes this “authenticity” is a fabricated attempt to fit in. Some people desire to appear authentic that they fall right back into the trap of being fake. However, I really do believe we desire authentic people and relationship. Here are 3 reasons we want authenticity in others… We can trust them If you…
  • A Fool Proof Method For Dealing With All People

    Jonathan Pearson
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    Always err on the side of love. When you have a tough decision to make. When you’re wondering how to respond to something someone said. When you’re trying to make a relationship last. When you’re in conversation. When you’re leading your family. When someone at the checkout line may have said something rude. When others are down on their luck. When you don’t know if you can serve someone anymore. When you’re trying to win someone to Christ. The situation isn’t too far gone. They’re not too far out of grace. You can still repair the relationship. Now, don’t get erring on the…
  • 3 Things Great Young Leaders Forget

    Jonathan Pearson
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a young leader, there are so many things that I need to learn. I don’t have the life experience or the leadership experience that many have. I’m always seeking to grow in who I am and in my leadership. However, there are some things that I believe myself and all young leaders need to forget. Some things that we need to put out of our minds so that we can lead and impact people the way we’re called to. Here are 3 things great young leaders forget… Their age is supposed to determine their position I really do believe that young leaders often approach their jobs and their leadership…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • The Untold Reason Why The Church In The United States Is Not Growing

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian Church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the Church find a way to advance in such an antagonistic environment? In an earlier post I recounted that, though the Church was conceived in the wicked constraints of the Roman Empire, it still found a way to grow exponentially. Reflecting on this, Mark Galli, the editor of Christian History Magazine noted that by AD 350 "about 56 percent of the population claimed to be Christians."[1]Within a short period…
  • One Thing Moses Knew About God That Others Didn't

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    It recently occurred to me that few in the Old Testament truly knew the Lord. Judging by language and actions, they had difficulty comprehending God’s true essence. Yes, most of the protagonists had great faith, but they didn’t always know the Lord in a deeply personal way. God even acknowledged this fact more than once, saying:"Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—but Israel doesn’t know its master. My people don’t recognize my care for them" (Isaiah 1:3).“There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land... My people…
  • When Death Dies

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    When Jesus came to the earth, He waged war against the principalities and powers. He exposed the systemic evil that gripped the hearts and minds of humanity.  Everything Jesus said and did was about breaking the deplorable hold of darkness. In healing the sick, driving out demons, and releasing forgiveness, He was actively tearing down the demonic constructs that hindered humanity for centuries. In the fullness of time, the Son of God became man; willingly identifying himself with humanity’s devastation. Becoming our substitute, He allowed himself to be overcome by the full…
  • One Thing That Might Be Causing Static Between You And God

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Over the last few years I've been attempting to grow in the deeper things of the Spirit. Yet, I've found that the old religious patterns are holding me back more than I had realized. One of the things that I’ve tried to do is push back all of the "noise," listen for the Lord's voice, and then respond to what I think He’s saying. I suppose that I first got drawn into this strategy after reading one of Jesus' sermons in John 14.In this inspiring passage, Jesus was preparing His followers for His departure. Since He was going to Heaven, Jesus needed those who remained equipped to carry…
  • 4 Unexpected Reasons Why Demons Have Greater Faith Than Many Churchgoers

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    I was recently reflecting on a conversation that took place a few years ago. A young man approached me to receive some badly-needed words of counsel. As I listened to some of his underlying struggles, it was clear that he really didn't have an intimate relationship with Jesus.After dialoging for a while, I was compelled to ask where he stood in terms of his faith. He anxiously shifted in his seat and mumbled something along the lines of the following: "I know about Jesus and what He did on the cross. I believe the Bible has a lot of truth in it. What more is there to say?"Although I didn't…
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  • Tim Keller’s Sept. 11 Remembrance

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    This is me in grade 9 baby… Last week, I had
  • The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios + Paralyzing Doubt

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The other day, my wife went shopping and brought home Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. I have not eaten these in literally a decade. Perhaps this makes me old, but I clearly remember when these hit the market. I can practically hear myself now:Children, gather around. When I was young, we only had regular Cheerios and Honey-nut Cheerios. But then, one blessed day in 1989, we listened to the sound of a whole new O. Apple. Cinnamon. Cheerios.A Bridge Too Far But then, I went into Target and saw this. Have you seen the Cheerio aisle recently? Have you? Fellow American citizens, have you seen this? Have…
  • 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…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • The Air Force Kicked God Out Of The Cockpit

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Members of the U.S. Air Force will no longer be required to say “so help me God” during their enlistment oath. Recorded 18 September 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 2 times, 2 visits today)
  • Our Boys Turning To ISIS

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Our Boys Turning To ISIS. Recorded 17 September 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 12 times, 12 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 18 September 2014

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:34 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 126 times, 53 visits today)
  • An Eminent Threat From Jesus To All Pastors And Fathers

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    An Eminent Threat From Jesus To All Pastors And Fathers Recorded 17 September 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 90 times, 34 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 18 September 2014

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “Deuteronomy Reading 22 – 28″ preached on 6 September 2014 10:00AM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 27 times, 7 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • Morning Buzz | The Case of Religious Insurance Companies

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, we launch a beta version of the American Values Atlas, ASU reverses its decision on allowing religious symbols on the football field, and religious insurance companies look to outsource for contraceptive coverage.
  • Introducing the American Values Atlas (AVA)

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    PRRI and SSRS are excited to announce the launch of the American Values Atlas (AVA), a powerful new online tool for understanding the complex demographic, political, and religious changes occurring in the United States today.
  • Morning Buzz | If It Smells Like a Liberal . . .

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, Democrats take to the airwaves, a Southern Baptist pastor shows support for homosexual relationships, and the topic of economic inequality now speaks more about wealth than about poverty.
  • Morning Buzz | The Tone of Climate Change

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, climate change gets an upbeat twist, Brazil considers a Pentecostal presidential candidate, and we rev up to release our 2014 American Values Survey.
  • Morning Buzz | Pope Francis Weds Dozens in Mass Wedding

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's buzz, Hillary Clinton upsets immigration reform advocates, Mormonism becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, and Pope Francis marries dozens—among them, an (unwed) mother.
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Are You Ready for a Leap of Faith?

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

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

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceI’m blessed to hear all your feedback on this series and I hope I can do justice to the subject with my concluding post. As an additional resource I’d like to share this video footage of me preaching on the same subject at our church here in Montreal, Canada. (There are a couple more videos of the same topic in our editing queue. So make sure that you have subscribed to our YouTube channel so that you can receive our new video upload notifications in your email inbox). Building the Walls of Offence There’s a scary…
  • ISIS Beheading Children, Boko Haram Resumes Attacks, Ebola Victim Recovers and more.

    Blessen Varghese
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, The news coming out from Iraq should really break our hearts. According to an eye-witness, ISIS has resorted to beheading of young innocent children there. Elsewhere in Africa, Boko Haram’s attacks are killing hundreds of innocent civilians, most of them Christians. Meanwhile, we do have some positive developments in Gaza with Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas agreeing to an indefinite ceasefire. As children of God, we do have many reasons to pray though. Continue praying for the situation in Iraq and Africa, not just in terms of persecutions, but also as the threat…
  • 5 Facts To Rise Above Every Hate (Overcoming Offence Series)

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceImagine someone saying I’m going to punch you but you are not allowed to be offended. That’s exactly what Jesus taught. Everything in our flesh seems to go against that principle of unconditional love. Who really does not want to fight back a guy who is trying to steal your jacket? And who really is willing to let go of his/her scarf as well, along with the jacket? Matt 5:39 says, do not resist an evil person. Be intentional about letting him get the best of you. When you do that you don’t become the fool. Instead you…
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    Watch TB Joshua


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

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    T.B. Joshua, a name quickly becoming known on an international scale due to his predictions has just released another one. On Sunday 31st August, 2014, during his church service which was broadcast live on his television station, Emmanuel TV, Joshua spoke of an imminent crash of a commercial plane in a region neighbouring or close […]
  • Reactions at TB Joshua’s alliance with Sierra Leone Government to curb Ebola

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    The critic watch blog assert that it took them by surprise that a country actually took TB Joshua up on his offer of a donation of anointed water to fight the Ebola virus. But we at Watch TB Joshua say they have not seen anything yet, indeed, they have not seen anything yet. What can […]
  • Ebola cure: T.B. Joshua to the rescue with the new Anointing water

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Wisdom is proved right by her actions; not words. While they may be unwise who hide their faces behind a watch blog and do nothing but slander the true prophet; even more foolish are those who would reject the undaunted power and openness of TB Joshua’s deeds to believe accusations from anonymous and unidentified bloggers. Of these […]
  • Will a man Rob TB Joshua? Yet they have robbed him.

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    There are those who take upon themselves to malign their fellows, there are those who take upon themselves to badmouth their peers, there are those who take upon themselves to criticize their colleagues; and for all these, there shall not one escape the wrath to come. If there is great punishment in view if such […]
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  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 1

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD“Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow”&mdash...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: Newsweek’s Anna Quindlen, part 2 of 2

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    We now conclude, from part 1, considering Newsweek magazine’s columnist Anna Quindlen article which serves as a perfect example of half-thought, which means that a person does not include both cause and effect but merely one or...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: Newsweek’s Anna Quindlen, part 1 of 2

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Newsweek magazine’s columnist Anna Quindlen serves as a perfect example of half-thought, which means that a person does not include both cause and effect but merely one or the other.Anna Quindlen points out that “Roe...
  • Mayor accuses Zimbabwe National Water Authority satanism

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    It’s like water for…well, satan.Zinwa, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority has been accused on satanism by Martin Kizack Moyo who is the Mayor Councillor of Bulawayo; which is the second largest city in Zimbabwe after...
  • Literalist Atheists claims God lied; on the “thou shalt surely die” of Genesis

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Well, it happened again as it has so very many times and will continue happening. During the Q&A time of the Sye Ten Bruggencate versus Matt Dillahunty debate (titled Refining Reason), a member of the audience stated that...
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  • Success: iOS8

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
  • iOS8: Almost there

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
  • Keeping the Feast (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Milton Brasher-Cunningham is a writer, chef, teacher, minister, small urban farmer, musician, husband and keeper of Schnauzers who lives with his wife, Ginger, in Durham, North Carolina. At least, that’s the information included in the author bio of his recent book, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal, from Morehouse Publishing. The book combines Milton’s poetry, recipes, and stories in a powerful, compelling manner. Like a good meal, Keeping the Feast, is to be consumed slowly, savoring every bite. Each story, each metaphor, building upon the last. Together, the stories and…
  • Still more fun with our nabi Square HD

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This time, we stationed the camera on the ground and Quinton drove the remote controlled car around (and eventually into) the camera.
  • More fun with our nabi Square HD

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    This time we mounted it to my son’s remote controlled car.
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    Set Apart People

  • Should we do the commandments, if we can’t do it all properly?

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
      After our previous article on Y’shua and the laws of clean and unclean, we received a comment from a friend. With this comment, was a link to an article she wanted us to read, prayerfully consider and give feedback on. This is our response to this article. We will not go into every little detail of the article, but will show you how fundamentally wrong and unscriptural the author’s statements are. We will not be posting a link to this article as we don’t believe in perpetuating false doctrine. We do, however, want to respond to this, because it is very important to us…
  • Tefillin – To use or not to use?

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    After our previous article on prayer, we have done some more study on the traditions and customs that surround prayer. One of the topics that have come up in our discussion about prayer, is the use of tefillin.  A lot of people wonder if the Jewish interpretation is valid.  Is it valid to interpret the verse literally as they do? We will do a more detailed study on this practice to see if it is Scriptural and how we should apply this aspect of prayer to our lives. The Scriptures The practice of using of tefillin is based on four Scriptures. Exodus 13:8–9 8 “You shall tell your son on…
  • Y’shua and the laws of clean and unclean

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
      We have previously written two articles on our understanding of the commandments regarding clean and unclean. We have since received some questions which we were very interested to find answers for. One of these questions is: How do we make sure we do not come into contact with anything or anyone who is unclean in order to make sure we don’t become unclean? We might, unknowingly, touch a person who is unclean or use public transport and sit on a chair where an unclean person sat. We might, for this reason, always be in an unclean state. The question is, does this really matter?
  • Always wanting more…Covetousness is idolatry

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We all need material things; we need furniture, a roof over our heads, clothes to wear and many other things. However, when does this need to have things turn into just wanting things for the sake of having it? When is wanting stuff covetousness? In the epistle to the Colossians, Paul said that covetousness amounted to idolatry. When I read this, I felt convicted, because I like nice things. I do really want a beautiful garden and a cozy, nicely decorated home. I want good home school resources to teach our children and many other things. Does this mean that I practice idolatry? Does this…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Humility brings excellence

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Humility means there is no expectation of being perfect always. So whatever is done comes naturally. There is no feeling of threat about others' opinion, but the one who is humble is able to express inner talent without any fear and expectations. So humility takes one forward towards excellence: Solution: When I am humble, I am able to stabilise myself in my state of self-respect always. This naturally is felt even when I am not able to bring perfection in my actions or even when others are not satisfied with me. Internally there is a…
  • To be a well wisher means to think of changing first.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Being a well wisher just doesn't mean wishing others well. It also means having good wishes for the self and having the pure desire to bring about a change for the better in the self. So whatever the kind of situations, instead of just judging others and what they need to change, the one who is a well-wisher constantly brings about transformation in the self. Solution: For having worked on myself under all circumstances and having used every situation as a chance for self-progress, I constantly enjoy every thing that comes my way. I have no…
  • The ones who are constantly happy are truly fortunate

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Message for the day 18-09-2014Projection: Whatever the kind of situations needed to be faced, whoever the people and the different kind of personalities they come into contact with, the ones who are fortunate constantly enjoy. They also continue to take benefit and bring benefit to others too. Their fortune lies in their ability to perceive the positive aspect in everything and take benefit accordingly. Solution: When I am able to be happy under all circumstances, I am able to make the best use of whatever I have with me. I then find myself full of all resources. I don't think…
  • Faith in one's progress brings contentment

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Message for the day 17-09-2014Projection: Even when the situation is not according to what is expected, there is contentment for the one who has faith in his own progress. Such a person will not just sit back waiting for things to change nor will he just curse his fate. Instead he'll do his best and use all his resources in bettering the situation. Solution: The understanding that all life's situations are a training for me, automatically keeps me content in all situations. There is naturally an experience of constant progress and a feeling of having gained something from all…
  • To accept advice is to ensure self-progress.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Message for the day 16-09-2014Projection: The natural state of the self is to ensure progress. Everything that is done by the self is for its progress. But the one who rejects advice rejects the progress of the self. To accept advice means to take the chance for whatever benefit that comes my way. Solution: When someone corrects me or gives me an advice or suggestion, if I accept it in the right spirit, I'll constantly learn from it. This will enable me to experience constant progress. I am also naturally able to give regard to everyone I come into contact with and remain in…
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    Pathologically Intellectual

  • Analysis of Watchtower Real Estate Holdings

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    When I joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1973 they presented themselves as an Organization that concerned itself with determining scriptural truth and spreading it to the world at large.  Money was not a concern (or so they said). They did not pass a collection plate at meetings, they sold their literature at low cost.  Since leaving the religion, I have been interested in their financial arrangements, but information is scarce.  Personal background: before retiring, I worked as an accountant in several real estate investment and development firms.  I’m basing the…
  • Sometimes the real world gets in the way.

    9 Jan 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As a few of you may have noticed, production of my fiction and articles stopped a couple of months ago.  Since early November, caring for my 91-year-old Mother has consumed most of my available time, energy and emotion.  I keep hoping that this will change, it does not show any sign of doing so.  In the meantime, I keep noodling around with “Armageddon’s Prisoners,” and a couple of articles on business and religious subjects.  The next chapter of “With Our Backs to the Wall” remains about ninety percent done.  It may not help that I’m trying to write for…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 5

    27 Oct 2013 | 8:26 pm
    After spending three days thinking about it, Jack stopped by the public library on his way home.  Summer was the busy time for his roofing business, Sally would not notice if he was a few minutes late.  He pulled into the new parking structure and found a place quickly.  After pulling the key out of the ignition, a sudden thought struck him.  He had entered a library since leaving high school.  He didn’t even know how to get a library card.He walked into the large building.  The Bellevue branch was the largest in the King County system.  He walked down a…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 4

    13 Oct 2013 | 12:19 pm
    Wednesday evening following the fight in the Gathering House, the Servant Committee met for its usual biweekly meeting.  Only four of the Bellevue Gathering’s six Servants Jack, Matt Kesselring, Todd Davis, and Larry McKinnon attended.  Dan Gunther, the Area Servant sat in, an unusual event. Gunther had temporarily removed Isaac Taylor and Arnold Senge from the committee pending instructions from New Jerusalem.  When he announced he would attend the meeting, no one dared object.The little space at the back of the building, next to the door, functioned as the Gathering…
  • Armageddon's Prisoners 3

    29 Sep 2013 | 3:28 pm
    Unlike the austere Gathering Houses Disciples used around the world, the Apostle’s conference room contained only the best appointments.  Where Houses had cheap plastic chairs and inexpensive carpet, this room boasted deep Italian leather chairs surrounding a polished granite table.  The building, built as a luxury hotel, never saw its intended use.  The First Apostle bought the property to use as the Foundation’s headquarters. The Apostles still preserved the hardwood floors, delicate filigree head rails, and window casings.Laban Packard looked out the windows for a…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-039 Loveless Truth, Truthless Love/ Lord, Help Me to Endure

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Tony shares two separate short stories in this podcast.  In the first, Loveless Truth, Truthless Love, Tony discusses how truth and love seem to go together.  We can’t  have truth without love or love without truth. Scripture: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, … Read More →
  • Thank God for Crying Babies

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:13-14 I’ve learned to love it whenever I hear babies … Read More →
  • FGG-038 Be Kind

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses kindness and relates a story of teen boys berating and hurling derogatory comments at an elderly woman.  He offers 5 ways we can be kinder people. Scripture: “[And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”   Ephesians 4:32 Quote: “To belittle, … Read More →
  • Friendship Deficiency

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I … Read More →
  • FGG-037 The Sin of Partiality

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this podcast, Tony shares how we often are quick to judge people and show partiality to some and reject others.  Often, we have our priorities backwards or out of order.  The books of James guides us in our study of the sin of partiality. Scripture: “My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Entrust Everything to Me, says Jesus

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    A wonderful meditation for today from the Diary of St. Faustina. This is Jesus speaking to the saint: “Entrust everything to Me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances or events will ever be able to upset you. Set little store on what people say. […] The post Entrust Everything to Me, says Jesus appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Are Catholic Bishops Living too Lavishly? CNN says so…

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Over the weekend, I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. The CNN Belief blog lists the residences of many of America’s prominent Catholic bishops, noting their size and value, which they define as “lavish.” It made me think about the morality of how a bishop should live. Recently, Pope Francis, […] The post Are Catholic Bishops Living too Lavishly? CNN says so… appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Advice on Repentance from St. Jane Frances de Chantal

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    On the feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, a saint whose story speaks to me, here is a wonderful quote from her courtesy of Catholic Online: “Should you fall even fifty times a day, never on any account should that surprise or worry you. Instead, ever so gently set your heart back in the right direction […] The post Advice on Repentance from St. Jane Frances de Chantal appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass?

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    In reviewing my website analytics, I discovered that someone came across my blog after typing this question into Google. I just wanted to provide a big old YES! You can most definitely attend any type of mass as an RCIA candidate or even as a non-Catholic. The only thing you cannot participate in is receiving […] The post Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass? appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul exhorts us to “Pray without ceasing.” Upon first read, that is a TALL ORDER! How in the world can we pray ALL the time? Don’t you feel as though you struggle to work in any prayer at all sometimes? You’re not alone! After a year of being a full member […] The post 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Torah Food Laws & Gentile Lobsters

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the challenges of being a Biblical theologian rather than a systematic theologian (no disrespect to Systematic theology or Systematic Theologians intended) is to speak about theological issues rooted in particular texts without being drawn unwilling into the systematic entanglements of most informed Christian’s existing mental categories. The Christian’s approach to Scripture is often based on mental categories that have developed over millennia through philosophical discussions rooted in the churches ongoing confrontation of Scripture & their own curiosity in the face of an…
  • 40 Days With the Savior: Chapter 26 Rewrite—Crucify Him!

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jonathan Cashman and I have been testing the chapters of our book 40 Days with the Savior on small groups in Florida. We listened to criticisms and have rewritten some of the chapters to address concerns. Here is the re-write of chapter 1. I’ll be posting the re-writes of a few chapters over the next while. I hope you enjoy them. You might want to take a look at Matthew 27:22, John 19:1 and Matthew 27:27-30 SURROUNDED BY THE ENEMY When I was about 16, I took the biggest beating of my life. I was playing guitar in a band with no name, hanging in a rough part of town, partying hard, being…
  • 40 Days With the Savior: Chapter 9 Rewrite—They Call Him Teacher

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jonathan Cashman and I have been testing the chapters of our book 40 Days with the Savior on small groups in Florida. We listened to criticisms and have rewritten some of the chapters to address concerns. Here is the re-write of chapter 9, you’ll like it a lot better. I’ll be posting the re-writes of a few chapters over the next while. I hope you enjoy them. Take a read of John 11:47-48; 53 and Matthew 21: 45-46. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Let’s talk about change. Let’s talk about the things that we will hold on to, the things that we will do in order to keep from having to…
  • He’s No Idiot: Peter’s Interpretation of the Vision of the Sheet in Acts 10

    Andrew Sargent
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In an earlier post, we discussed how common interpretations of the words spoken from heaven to Peter in Acts 10:13, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat” and in Acts 10:15, “What God has made clean, do not call common,” are often misinterpreted as abolishing Torah food laws.[1] My purpose in these posts is not to condemn people for their pork chops or my personal favorite, chili-cheese dogs loaded with onions and slathered with mustard. I do not believe gentile Christians are required by Scripture to maintain these regulations… but not because of Mark 7 or Acts 10. My purpose is to…
  • 40 Days With the Savior: Chapter 8—The Prodigal Son

    Andrew Sargent
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jonathan Cashman and I have been testing the chapters of our book 40 Days with the Savior on small groups in Florida. We listened to criticisms and have rewritten some of the chapters to address concerns. Here is the re-write of chapter 8. I’ll be posting the re-writes of a few chapters over the next while. I hope you enjoy them. You might want to check out Luke 15:11-32 PRODIGAL LIVING I can’t remember a time that I didn’t want to play the guitar. At the age of thirteen, my endless pestering finally convinced my dad to get me a black electric Fender Stratocaster, a small…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Face Of Evil

    Fr. Peter
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Over the last few weeks the world has come face to face with an absolute evil known as the group ISIS or whatever it is we are calling it now.  As I write this, word has come that another person has been beheaded by this so-called group of religious fighters.  I have not watched, nor do I recommend that you watch, the videos of these three murders, as they are very gruesome.  It is very difficult to not hate the people who are doing this but, as Christians, that is exactly what we are called to do, not hate. In a recent speech, Vice-President Biden spoke of these “evil people” and that…
  • Fr. Mychal Judge, Saint of 9/11

    Fr. Peter
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    On September 11, 2001 Fr. Mychal Judge was going about his daily routine when he heard that a plane had struck one of the buildings of the World Trade Center.  Fr. Mychal had the honor of being the Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and when the call went out, he grabbed his gear and went right to the scene. The Chaplain usually stands at the Command Post to be available to the scene commander and also to be available if he is needed by one of the guys working the fire ground.  Fr. Mychal was in the lobby of the North Tower of the World Trade Center giving last rites to many of…
  • Preparedness Month 2014

    Fr. Peter
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    by Fr. John A. Peck ~ Guest Blogger National Preparedness Month is almost upon us, and in light of that, I thought a quick look at why being prepared makes sense, and can, in fact, be a fun activity for yourself and your family. Why should you do it at all? Let’s quickly review a few things we’ve seen in the past few months. Extreme Drought is crushing not only California, but a great deal of the west and south, resulting is smaller herds of livestock; The Ebola Outbreak threatens to appear almost anywhere; flu Season is almost upon us and Ebola symptoms are identical to flu symptoms…
  • Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction. What we are witnessing before our eyes…
  • Orthodoxy and Suicide

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person’s life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I learned a long time ago that I have limitations in my ability to help someone when they come to…
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    Like a Seed

  • Faith and Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
     "And he saw them toiling in rowingfor the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them" Mark 6:48This is one of those scriptures that will change your life.To more fully understand this passage lets give a little bit of background, and give it a setting. King Herod had just ordered the death or John the baptist. John was the forerunner for Jesus Christ. In my mind, Christ and John knew each other well, and John understood our saviour and his role better than possibly any man on earth at the time. When Christ heard about…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and its economic benefits. But racism and…
  • The Word for Today is #One (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
  • The Word for Today Is #Handiwork (Verneda Lights)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Photo courtesy of oom_endro / Pixabay Your fingerprints are not the only part of you that’s unique and beautiful. The Lord took special care to craft every cell in your body, then poured special gifts to shine like diamonds, into your mind and soul. The Bible tells us that we are God’s handiwork. The original Greek word was not handiwork, but “poema” (poem). That means we are extensions of the mind, aesthetic, and vocabulary of God. That’s AWESOME! The word for today is #handiwork. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God…
  • God Cares for You (Verneda Lights)
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Florida Mass Choir performs “Battle-Axe.” (If video does not immediately appear, refresh your browser.) When I was a child, I had a plaque given to me as a reward for excellence in memorizing Bible verses. The plaque said “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV) I would look up at the shiny wood plaque and run my fingers across the flowers painted on it, wondering what “cares” meant. Things we care about, like the welfare and life-events of family members, jobs, education, finances, natural disasters, and wars at home and abroad, can take…
  • The Word for Today Is #Authority (Verneda Lights)
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Illustration of “The Trusting Child”, a poem by Lydia Sigourney which appeared in Poems for the Sea, Hartford: H.S. Parsons & Co., 1850. Page 41. See (Photo credit: Wikipedia) God creates every human being, but being created by God doesn’t automatically make everyone His child. God’s children have a trusting relationship with their Father. They believe in HIm. They receive and welcome His love and forgiveness, and they rely upon Him for their daily needs. This gives true believers the authority or right/…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • Subterranean Homesick Alien

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

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

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

    2 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Mother.The word brings comfort to some, disdain to others. As with most mother-daughter relationships, my mom and I have had our ups and downs. Power struggles through my adolescence convinced me she was a cruel, controlling woman, and the sooner I could break free, the better. Now an adult, the novelty of “breaking free” has worn off, and I see much more clearly. I realize every lesson she tried to teach me was not only true, but out of love…and she knows everything. Much wiser now, I seldom make a decision without consulting Mom first.Quite a drastic change from the “terrible…
  • 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…
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  • Best Labor Day Deals 2014 – TV, Laptop, Head Phones, Camera, Home Theater, Web Hosting

    Ashutosh Kumar
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Best Labor Day Deals 2014 :Finally here comes the labor day weekend 2014. For which we were waiting for 2 months. The only long weekend after memorial day and 4th of July to give us relief and time to spend with our family while summer ends. But do not forget that labor day weekend brings […] The post Best Labor Day Deals 2014 – TV, Laptop, Head Phones, Camera, Home Theater, Web Hosting appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • What is Labor Day All About? Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

    shobhit pandey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    What is Labor Day All About? and Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? : In this article we are sharing some FAQ’s of Labor Day. Few question provided below that help you to understand the Labor Day meaning, when is Labor Day this year, History of Labor Day, Labor Day weekend gateway, what is labor day […] The post What is Labor Day All About? Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes, Messages, SMS & Images Collection

    shobhit pandey
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    On the occasion of special Ganesh chaturthi, here we are sharing Happy Ganesh chaturthi wishes , messages, sms in English, Hindi & Marathi font. Select on this wishes from the below provided collection and send to all your friends. You can also share these Ganesh chaturthi wishes , messages, sms with everyone via Facebook, Google+, Twitter and […] The post Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes, Messages, SMS & Images Collection appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Images, Pictures, Wallpapers Collections

    shobhit pandey
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Ganesha Chaturthi Images: Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival also popular with another name as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi. The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. This […] The post Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Images, Pictures, Wallpapers Collections appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Funny Labor Day Jokes One Liner & Labor Day Jokes Images

    shobhit pandey
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Funny Labor Day Jokes One Liner & Labor Day Jokes Images : Here we are providing you the funny Labor Day jokes, get through these labor day funny jokes with your friends, family and colleagues in this Labor Day 2014. These Labor Day Jokes might be enough funny to make every one laugh and cheers […] The post Funny Labor Day Jokes One Liner & Labor Day Jokes Images appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
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  • From a Travelogue to a Mission

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

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Dwarka Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Krishna and is located in the town of Dwarka in Gujarat State, India. Dwarka was the capital city of Lord Krishna’s Kingdom. Dwarka Temple is also known as Jagat Mandir (Temple of the Universe). This temple is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Pilgrimage. The temple is more than 2000 years old and is considered very powerful by the devotees Significance: Dwarka Temple is one of the 4 temples that are a part of Char Dham Yatra. Hindus plan to visit these 4 shrines at least once in their lifetimes. Traditionally the journey starts…
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