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  • Pope Francis ponders Cuba stopoff during US visit

    Religion | The Guardian
    Associated Press in Vatican City
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Francis has been credited helping the rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegationsPope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his US trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said on Friday.Francis has been credited with having helped the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegations for the final negotiations. Continue reading...
  • Converting the Stubborn

    Catholic Exchange
    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    April 19, 2015 Third Sunday of Easter First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Most of us are pretty stubborn. Once we form an opinion about someone or something, we usually stick to it. It can be hard to shake us loose from our views. In fact, it is usually more convenient to hang onto a wrong view than to do the hard work of learning more, understanding more, and changing our mind. Inertia is a powerful force. In this Sunday’s first reading, St. Peter teams up with the Holy Spirit to shake up some people who have stubbornly stuck to a wrong…
  • Scripture Speaks: Peace Be With You

    Catholic Exchange
    Gayle Somers
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus appears to the apostles and says, “Peace be with you.” Why does this produce the exact opposite of peace? Gospel (Read Lk 24:35-48) We would do well today to keep the context of our Gospel reading in mind if we want to understand its full force. In the preceding verses, Jesus meets two disciples on Resurrection Day walking away from Jerusalem toward a town called Emmaus. They were bitterly disappointed in Jesus’ death. Seeing Him would certainly have cured that; however, they were “kept” from recognizing Him. That made it possible for Jesus to give them an…
  • Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

    Religion News Blog
    Religion News Blog
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Aracely Meza, a 'prophet' who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say. Full story: Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days
  • Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible

    A Catholic Newbie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    As a Catholic newbie, getting to know the Bible was high on my priority list, and I do feel like I’m light years ahead of where I started two to three years ago. Simply going to mass weekly (if not daily) and reading the daily readings, as well as subscribing to FlockNote’s free daily Gospel […] The post Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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  • Nigeria: Welfare Board to Screen Intending Ogun Pilgrims

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    [Guardian] IN its bid to ensure sustenance of the standard it has built over the years, the Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (OGMPWB), has promised to subject all eligible pilgrims for the 2015 Holy Pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah to further screening.
  • Nigeria: When Crescent, Cross United to Salvage Nigeria

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    [Guardian] EVENTS of March 28 as well as April 11, 2015 marked another milestone in our country's march towards good governance. Nigerians trooped out in their multitude to elect those the "law" refers to as President, Governors, Senators and Members of House of Representatives and Members of House of Assembly.
  • Nigeria: Mai-Hajj Advocates Transparency in Allocation of Hajj Seats

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    [Guardian] Abuja -A non-governmental organization, Media Awareness Initiative for Hajj (MAIHAJJ), has cautioned all the 36 states of the Federation, FCT, Armed Forces and other beneficiaries of 2015 Hajj seats allocation against racketeering which has become a common complaint in recent years.
  • Nigeria: Agbotomokekere... Ibadan New Chief Imam Unveiled

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    [Guardian] Ibadan Muslim Community on Wednesday announced Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri (a.k.a Agbotomokekere) as the 18th Chief Imam of Ibadan land. This followed the demise of the former Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Sheikh Baosari Suara Haruna on April 9, 2015 at the age of 93, after leading for 20 years.
  • Kenya: Khwisero Leaders Want Church to Surrender Mwihila Hopsital

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    [The Star] Leaders in Khwisero subcounty, Kakamega county, have demanded that the Church of God East Africa surrenders Mwihila Mission Hospital to the county government.
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  • L'Ordre de la Montagne, a blogging society's ascension

    Harry J. Bentham
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Nous sommes tous montagnards, vive la montagne!We are all Montagnards, vive La Montagne!Slogan used in an address to the Jacobin Club, 1793I have been privileged to help publicize a growing club of bloggers known as the Mont Order or La Montagne.Screen capture of the new trial appearance for the website, proposed as a communal blog for Mont Order membersBy helping to cultivate this club, my desire has been to help other authors wield the same kind of influence that I have found myself to possess through online media. However, I feel that this particular blog hosted by…
  • Ebertfest 2015, Part 2

    Nell Minow
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    It was a great honor to be included on today's panel of movie critics, along with superstars Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas, Matt Zoller Seitz, Rebecca Theodore Vachon, Richard Roeper, Susan Wloszczyna, Michael Phillips, Brian Tallarico, and Sam Fragoso.
  • 6 Signs Your Relationship is Out of Balance

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    I am on the baseball field. I stand on the pitchers mound and throw the ball. I run to bat and then to first base. I catch the ball in the outfield and run and tag myself at second base.Do you get where I am going with this?If you are in a relationship and playing all the players positions then perhaps maybe you have never really been in a relationship at all.How I wish I had known this.I couldn't possibly be pitcher, batter, outfielder and more.You get the point - or at least I hope you are following me.I had to spend a lot of time overcompensating because I was the only one showing up to…
  • "Headscarves and Hymens"

    Suzy Shuraym
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it'll take longer to enlighten the men).Snippet: "I think if you whittle them down to their essence, [the Abrahamic religions are} about controlling women and their sexuality. I lived in Jerusalem for a while, when I was a reporter for Reuters, and I would see ultra-Orthodox Jewish families that reminded me of families in Saudi Arabia."Read more of an interview with the author here: "Mona Eltahawy Doesn’t Need to…
  • How to Create Solitude in the Context of Relationship

    Dr. Arnie Kozak
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Photo Credit: John FowlerSolitude is necessary for my existence just as water is. Without it, I wither and become listless in my desiccated state. I am not, however, a hermit. I am in a committed relationship, married in fact, and must negotiate my needs for solitude within this relationship.Unlike Fenton Johnson in his recent Harper's article, I feel that we can attain hydrating solitude within the confines of a committed relationship. This feat requires cooperation. If your partner also needs solitude to water themselves, that is a helpful start. But we are not all married to other…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • St. Apollonius the Apologist

    Saints Editor
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    St. Apollonius is also known as Apollonius of Ephesus. He was a Roman senator who lived in the second century. He is thought to come from Ephesus because he was so well acquainted with the Christian history of that area. One early author stated that Apollonius was the bishop of Ephesus; however, since there are no other written accounts of this, it is doubtful that this is true. He certainly was known as a great defender of the faith, which earned him the name Apollonius the Apologist. In the second century there was an apocalyptic and charismatic movement within the Church which was a threat…
  • Feeding Us, Still

    Michael Lichens
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    After they had eaten, the people were so happy and wanted Jesus to be made their king. It made sense. Imagine a person who could multiply bread and fish. This was the end of poverty, of starvation, of hunger. There would be no need for planting crops or fishing for food anymore. Here was a person who could miraculously provide food! But Christ shunned away from this type of glory and politics. Christ’s mission was neither to eradicate poverty completely nor merely solve human problems. He was here for a greater mission, and the danger was that people did not understand this greater and…
  • The Great Harvest of Pentecost

    Mike Aquilina
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Pentecost was the annual harvest festival of the Jews, and it was one of three feasts that all Jewish males were bound by law to observe in the holy city (Exod. 23:14-17). In Hebrew the day was Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, because it took place on the day following a “week of weeks” — seven times seven days — counting from Passover (Lev. 23:15-16). Originally a harvest festival, the feast was a ritual reminder that God was the source of Israel’s blessings — that they owed their first and best of everything to Him. Over the centuries, Pentecost had grown in importance, and it had…
  • Converting the Stubborn

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    April 19, 2015 Third Sunday of Easter First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Most of us are pretty stubborn. Once we form an opinion about someone or something, we usually stick to it. It can be hard to shake us loose from our views. In fact, it is usually more convenient to hang onto a wrong view than to do the hard work of learning more, understanding more, and changing our mind. Inertia is a powerful force. In this Sunday’s first reading, St. Peter teams up with the Holy Spirit to shake up some people who have stubbornly stuck to a wrong…
  • Scripture Speaks: Peace Be With You

    Gayle Somers
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus appears to the apostles and says, “Peace be with you.” Why does this produce the exact opposite of peace? Gospel (Read Lk 24:35-48) We would do well today to keep the context of our Gospel reading in mind if we want to understand its full force. In the preceding verses, Jesus meets two disciples on Resurrection Day walking away from Jerusalem toward a town called Emmaus. They were bitterly disappointed in Jesus’ death. Seeing Him would certainly have cured that; however, they were “kept” from recognizing Him. That made it possible for Jesus to give them an…
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    Phil Cooke

  • What’s Keeping You From Accomplishing Your Dream Project?

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    We all have a dream project. It might be writing a book, launching a nonprofit, starting a business, producing a film, birthing a ministry, or more. The problem is WE’RE NOT DOING IT. So we have a choice. We can: 1. Keep lying about our dream – telling people “you’re eventually going to do it” […]
  • The Difference Between a Failure and a Screw-Up

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    I wrote recently on what I call the “failure fad” sweeping leadership circles. While we can all learn from failures, there seem to be some who almost obsess on it, and actually encourage people to fail. But after giving it even more thought, perhaps we need to understand the difference between a “failure” and a […]
  • The Secrets to Producing Successful Media Projects Overseas

    12 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Shooting internationally can be an incredible experience. Over the years, our team at Cooke Pictures has produced programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and we’ve only experienced a handful of bad incidents. That’s not to say things haven’t been difficult – like when we did an interview with a Brazilian drug dealer […]
  • What President Bill Clinton Thought About Religious Freedom

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    With all the uproar from the Hobby Lobby decision to the religious freedom legislation in Indiana, it seems the Left has become very clear that they want restrictions on religious freedom.  That’s why it may be instructive to read President Bill Clinton’s remarks at the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the White […]
  • Why The Internet Makes Us Think We’re Smarter

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Wall Street Journal describes a series of experiments by researchers at Yale University to find out whether or not searching for answers on the Internet makes us smarter or just makes us feel that way: “The nine experiments, mostly variations on a theme, involved more than 1,000 volunteers. The researchers divided the volunteers into […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • IBM Attacks Religious Liberty

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, NEW YORK, April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue replies to IBM's assault on religious liberty: Corporate behemoth IBM wants to join the culture war. Welcome, though it may regret doing so. No one knew how anti-Christian IBM had become until it unleashed its fury against a religious-liberty bill in Louisiana. Its governor, Bobby Jindal, is a practicing Catholic, and he plans to Source: Catholic League
  • Coverage and Enthusiasm for Unite Concert Increases Heading into April 19th Date

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Performances to Feature Amy Grant, Matt Maher, Sanctus Real, Ike Ndolo, Jon Guerra Contact: Monica Fitzgibbons, De Montfort Music, 602-999-2697, YPSILANTI, Mich., April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharis, first major concert is garnering strong support in the community and nationwide.  Heading into concert weekend, Unite Concert has already sold over 3,000 tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase h Source: De Montfort Music
  • Let's All Celebrate 'Earth is for People Day'

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Earth Day slogan that "people are pollution" is so wrong Contact: Anne Morse, Media Coordinator, Population Research Institute, 540-660-2733, FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Population Research Institute is hosting an "Earth is for People Day" event to celebrate people and humanity's relationship to the environment. The president of PRI, Steven Mosher, will be answering questions on-line and spreading the message that protecting the envir Source: Population Research Insitute
  • Global Support for USA Repentance

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Contact: Pastor Jeff Daly, 707-987-9082, HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif., April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- With key support from prayer teams in Australia and other nations many Christians in America will take time Thursday, April 30, 2015 to be with the Lord in their prayer closets and churches to observe a vitally important National Day of Repentance. This will be a national and international grassroots event with two goals. Honoring George Washington's Godly in Source: national day of repentance
  • Iowa High School Discriminates Against Pro-Life Students

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Thomas More Society Defends First Amendment Rights of Students for Life Club Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, HAMPTON, Iowa, April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Hampton-DuMont High School has received a demand letter from the Thomas More Society on behalf of Students for Life of America and student Isabell Akers. The letter charges that school principal Steve Madson has unconstitutionally discriminated against Isabell, and other pro-life students, by denying her the ri Source: TC Public Relations
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • For encouragement as we promote ourselves, and our dreams, we pray

    Company of Prayer
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    Those who are in sales are always aware that the next sale is behind the next door. They are where the rubber of production meets the road of consumption, whether in a showroom or a studio or on the phone or calling you at home. When the recovery starts, they will be the ones making purchases happen.- Ben SteinThe Sales Profession: Attention Must Still be Paid
  • May the management of our time begin with a commitment to contemplative prayer

    Company of Prayer
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    There are exactly twenty-four hours in each day. Managing your time isn’t the real issue. Your time is fixed. What you need is to manage the activities that are consuming your time.- Norman V. Peale & Ken BlanchardThe Power of Ethical Management
  • Thank you, Lord, for your reminder that during difficulties I most effectively bear witness

    Company of Prayer
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    Take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children, and your children’s children. - Deuteronomy 4:9
  • Lord, reveal yourself in the most unlikely situations today

    Company of Prayer
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    It’s said that God is present everywhere. For me this is nowhere more true than a baseball field. In fact, I expect that baseball may just be the secular version of God’s grace to us all. So step up to the plate and make the sign of the cross. There’s a lot we can learn from angels, both guardians and those from Anaheim.- Gary GrafAnd God Said, “Play Ball!”
  • Let us continue to support each other through prayer

    Company of Prayer
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    When speaking to clergy gatherings around the country I often ask, ‘Who here prays for teenagers as they go off on mission trips; or Sunday school teachers each September?’ Invariably all hands go up. Finally I ask, ‘Who here prays for all the accountants in your congregation around April 15, and who here prays for all the salespeople and those working on commission at the end of the month or year when quotas are due? Silence. Eyes drop to the ground. Usually, not a single hand is raised.- David W. MillerGod at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • The Snow Queen

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Frederica reads parts one and two of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
  • Why Oppose Gay Marriage?

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Frederica discusses a controversy that erupted online over her comment on gay marriage, and concludes that it is time for Christians to stand together on this issue.
  • Talking with a Spiritual Seeker

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    Frederica reads an email she wrote to an Orthodox priest who has had a couple of encounters with a man who enjoys challenging Christianity.
  • Coping with Thoughts of Doubt

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Frederica shares a reply on the subject of doubt to a visitor to her website.
  • Orthodox with Aspergers

    6 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    A parishioner at Frederica's parish who has Aspergers writes a letter to a listener who likewise has the syndrome.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • The Guardian view on religious liberty: Christians in the west have nothing to fear | Editorial

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Gay people do not threaten Christian freedoms. The law must command obedience but it should not compel opinionsIs there a real threat to the religious liberty of Christians in the west? If a Belfast bakery refuses to ice a customer’s cake with a gay marriage message it believes is contrary to the Bible, and then is taken to court, is this a threat to religious liberty? In the US, the claim of “religious liberty” is fast becoming a standard Republican talking point, and we can expect to hear much more of it as the primary season advances.Democracies can certainly persecute unpopular…
  • We must break free from the iron cage of this growing, dehumanising bureaucracy | Giles Fraser

    Giles Fraser
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Because bureaucracy is ubiquitous these days, we mostly don’t even notice it. The rich can buy their way out of it, so the left must lead the fightbackThe American novelist David Foster Wallace told this story about two fish meeting each other. “How’s the water?” the older fish asks. “What the hell is water?” the younger fish replies. Because water is everywhere, most fish don’t notice it.My phone rings. “Can I confirm this is Reverend Giles A Fraser?” the voice asks. I am immediately irritated. I’m old-fashioned enough to think an unsolicited call ought to begin with…
  • Pope Francis ponders Cuba stopoff during US visit

    Associated Press in Vatican City
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Francis has been credited helping the rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegationsPope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his US trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said on Friday.Francis has been credited with having helped the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegations for the final negotiations. Continue reading...
  • Toowoomba mosque damaged by second suspected arson attack

    Joshua Robertson in Brisbane
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Community leaders have strongly condemned the perpetrators of the attack, which a mosque spokesman says is uncharacteristic of the cityA Queensland mosque has suffered its second suspected arson attack this year, prompting a spokesman to appeal to Australians to condemn anti-Islamic sentiments that are “polluting” public discussion.The fire, which tore through the Toowoomba mosque on Friday morning, has prompted an urgent trip to the Darling Downs city by the police minister, Jo-Ann Miller, to meet with the congregation after the “outrageous and shocking attack”. Continue reading...
  • Italian police arrest migrants alleged to have thrown Christians overboard

    Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome and agencies
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Police have 48 hours to validate arrests of 15 people over alleged Muslim attack on Nigerian and Ghanaian Christians on board boat that left Libya on TuesdayPolice in Sicily have arrested 15 people for allegedly throwing 12 migrants overboard during what appeared to be a Muslim assault against Christians on the high seas amid Italy’s migration crisis.Palermo police said in a statement on Thursday that they learned of the incident while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who arrived in Palermo on Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea. Related: Dead migrants from…
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Trauma counseling expands as extremist violence grows

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit Open Doors) International (MNN) -- The Islamic State continues its aggression in the Middle East. IS has its sights set on Syria, Iraq, and has a presence in Pakistan and other countries, too. Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance to IS and continues its attacks on soft targets in Nigeria. These are just two groups leaving traumatized victims in its wake. Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA says they've started trauma counseling to help a felt need. "Our trauma counseling programs are in areas where it's happening a lot, such as Nigeria or Iraq and Syria. We're working with local…
  • Understanding the cost of missionary support

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo Courtesy of ReachGlobal) Int'l (ReachGlobal) -- [EDITORS NOTE: This is a community post from ReachGlobal blog.] It often surprises people when mission candidates share the amount that they need to raise per month. One candidate in the process of raising support told me that they will often hear, “Wow, I don’t make that much,” when they explain that they need to raise $6,000 per month. Let’s talk about that. Missionaries are those who, in response to God’s particular call on their life, often must give up traditional employment opportunities for the purpose of following…
  • Finding hope beyond Ebola

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo Courtesy of GAIN) Liberia (GAiN) -- [EDITORS NOTE: Now that the Ebola crisis is subsiding, a new one is taking its place. Global Aid Network (GAIN) shares the latest updates in this frontline brief.] From the deathbed of Ebola, joy has risen. It’s not a trite joy that ignores or minimizes extreme suffering, but a serene joy, anchored in divine grace. It’s a joy that endures with longsuffering the storm of death. It’s a joy that comes from walking with the Lord, matching His strides, and carrying a message of spiritual life while working to alleviate physical suffering. As Liberia…
  • United Nations to get an earful on persecution issues

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Wikipedia) International (MNN) -- Today, faith leaders will join business and military leaders at the United Nations to talk about the "greatest crisis in the Modern Age" -- namely, the persecution of Christians. The UN is hosting a summit called "Not Peace but a Sword: The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East as a Threat to International Peace and Security." Speakers will be calling the UN and its member states to recognize and take action against the horrors being inflicted on Christians throughout the Middle East by the Islamic State and other radical Islamic…
  • Family Christian shares another way to do missions

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Graphic courtesy of LuMaxArt via Flickr) cc2.0 Guatemala (MNN) -- For the past few days, we've been telling you what God is doing in Chichicastenago, Guatemala through Family Christian Stores and Pray America. (Story 1, Story 2) Today, it's time to find out where YOU fit in. If you've always wanted to get involved in missions, but could never go on a mission trip, here's your chance. Family Christian is helping Pray America fill a new warehouse in Guatemala with food supplies. Those supplies will be used in Pray America's feeding programs, where at-risk widows and orphans get to hear the…
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  • What Do Theologically Conservative Christians Really Think About People with Same-Sex Attraction?

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Online Comment: Christian conversion of gay people should be banned, especially to your type of Christianity. People cannot become un-gay. You do not realize the amount of teasing and bullying gay people receive.Response: I can understand how being bullied and teased growing up might be very tough in this world. I have experienced my share. It is sad when bigoted people wish harm upon others. I believe those persons with same-sex attraction ought to be treated with the same respect as other human beings created in the image of God ... the same as I would want to be treated. But from this an…
  • Does Salvation by Grace Alone Promote Antinomianism?

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    I have found that on more than one occasion when I have posted that salvation is by Christ alone that those unfamiliar with our ministry and of the whole counsel of Scripture have mistaken my intent to mean that we believe and promote in some kind of easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy type of Christianity. Well this could not be further from the truth. The Apostle Paul was also criticized for teaching a gospel of grace alone but he answered his critics thus: "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?...We were…
  • The Heart of Reformed Theology

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The heart of Reformed Theology or Calvinism is the cross of Jesus Christ ... that all redemptive blessings flow from Him alone (Eph 1:3). That His Person and work is sufficient. That salvation is all of grace because it is all of Christ. It is a sign of a corrupted doctrine which teaches anything in addition to Christ ...i.e. that man must (at least partly) either attain or maintain his own just standing before God. Now you either believe one or the other.. If you believe that Jesus is not sufficient to save you to the uttermost, then you embrace a theology to a greater or lesser degree like…
  • Man's Will: Free, Bound, Self-determined, or Coerced?

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    In his very helpful book, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, John Calvin stated that there are four expressions regarding the will which differ from one another:“namely that the will is free, bound, self-determined, or coerced. People generally understand a free will to be one which has in its power to choose good or evil …[But] There can be no such thing as a coerced will, since the two ideas are contradictory. But our responsibility as teachers is to say what it means, so that it may be understood what coercion is.  Therefore we describe [as coerced] the will which does not…
  • Resources Highlighting the Current Cultural Clashes

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Note: We do not necessarily agree with all of the content in these various resources, but thought these were all notable enough to post hereGay Marriage Debate's Sore Winners by Kirsten PowersLiberals should be celebrating in good cheer, not by muzzling opponents for wrongthink.I Support Gay Marriage And Religious Freedom LawsBy Ramon Lopez - Pushing for gay rights will be easier if religious objectors can trust that the state will not be used to compel them to violate their deepest beliefs.
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  • Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

    Scott Neuman
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.» E-Mail This
  • Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

    Sylvia Poggioli
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."» E-Mail This
  • They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

    Gregory Warner
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Two years ago, Israel ended with great fanfare a program that brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. But many are in limbo, separated from family, the result of stricter religious law.» E-Mail This
  • Vatican Ends Scrutiny Of U.S. Nuns

    Krishnadev Calamur
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    It's an abrupt conclusion to a five-year doctrinal overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for nuns in the U.S., that began in 2012.» E-Mail This
  • New Survey Shows The World's Most And Least Religious Places

    Krishnadev Calamur
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Sixty-three percent of people who took part in a global survey of religious attitudes say they are religious, according to WIN/Gallup International, the organization that carried out the polling.» E-Mail This
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Creating Artificial Intelligence; Church Mass Mobs

    Fred Yi
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    What happens if computers become capable of human intelligence and moral decision-making? A growing grassroots movement uses social media to organize “flash mobs” that fill empty pews and collection plates at struggling urban churches The post Creating Artificial Intelligence; Church Mass Mobs appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Rising Christian Persecution; Deaf Church; A Holocaust Survivor Returns to Poland

    Fred Yi
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Increasing violence against Christians around the world is renewing calls for better religious freedom protection in places like the Middle East and Africa; a congregation of deaf Roman Catholics is fighting the Archdiocese of New York’s plan to close their parish to save money; and the opening of a new museum dedicated to the history of Jews in Poland prompts Holocaust survivor Dasha Rittenberg to revisit the country she grew up in. The post Rising Christian Persecution; Deaf Church; A Holocaust Survivor Returns to Poland appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Finding God in Silicon Valley; Margaret Feinberg on “Defiant Joy”; Black-Jewish Unity Seder

    Fred Yi
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Some high-tech entrepreneurs and investors want to merge faith with technology; a popular evangelical author describes finding joy in the midst of cancer and Holy Week; and a rabbi and a pastor lead their Jewish and Christian faith communities in celebrating the Passover values of justice and freedom found in the Exodus story. The post Finding God in Silicon Valley; Margaret Feinberg on “Defiant Joy”; Black-Jewish Unity Seder appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Jim and Jill Kelly; Who Is My Neighbor?; Atul Gawande on Being Mortal

    Fred Yi
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Faith gives the retired NFL star and his wife the strength to cope with cancer and death; Minnesota volunteers make tools to improve the lives of small farmers and poor villagers around the world; and a surgeon and writer ponders medicine and “what matters in the end.” The post Jim and Jill Kelly; Who Is My Neighbor?; Atul Gawande on Being Mortal appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Selma March 50th Anniversary; Average Mohamed; Baha’i Nineteen-Day Fast

    Fred Yi
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Fifty years ago, the voting rights struggle in Alabama culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery; a Minneapolis man challenges the violent message of Islamic extremists with an animated cartoon series; and Baha’is observe nineteen days of fasting leading up to their New Year. The post Selma March 50th Anniversary; Average Mohamed; Baha’i Nineteen-Day Fast appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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    Religion News Blog

  • Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

    Religion News Blog
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Aracely Meza, a 'prophet' who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say. Full story: Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days
  • Why to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status

    Religion News Blog
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    Most people already know enough about the 'Church' of Scientology to know that it is not a religion. But the more we learn about this destructive cult, the clearer it becomes that this commercial hate group should not enjoy tax exempt status. Full story: Why to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status
  • Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

    Religion News Blog
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    Watch what happened when a former FLDS cult member tried to pick up her children from the community. Is Islam compatible with UK values? Sky News commissioned a survey to find out what Muslims and non-Muslims think about that and other issues. And former Scientology top executive Marty Rathbun talks about Scientology, 'auditing,' and the cult's harassment techniques. Full story: Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun
  • Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    Religion News Blog
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam. Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suicidal, depressed and in need of counselling after leaving the “cult-like” church and being shunned by their friends and family. Full story: Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult
  • Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Religion News Blog
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona. Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism. More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day. Full story: Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?
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    Religion News Service

  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at 78, an icon of a conservatism suddenly out of favor

    David Gibson
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    (RNS) Chicago's Cardinal Francis George thrived under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Under the more progressive Francis, though, "I don’t yet really have an understanding of ‘What are we doing here?’ ” The post Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at 78, an icon of a conservatism suddenly out of favor appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil?

    David Gibson
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    NEW YORK (RNS) Everyone wants religions to get along and play nice. But is that even possible, and would it do any good? The post Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Inside a dying German church, a new synagogue rises

    Sumi Somaskanda
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    COTTBUS, Germany (RNS) With the city’s backing and unanimous support among evangelical leaders, state officials offered to buy the church for the Jewish community and turn it into a synagogue -- the first in the State of Brandenburg since 1938. The post Inside a dying German church, a new synagogue rises appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Parents of murdered boy want life for Boston bomber

    G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    BOSTON – In a statement published on the front page of Friday's Boston Globe, William and Denise Richard said a death sentence for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives." The post Parents of murdered boy want life for Boston bomber appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Half of U.S. states consider right-to-die legislation

    Malak Monir
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    "Brittany Maynard's death ... made it a political issue for younger people, not just older people," said medical ethicist Arthur Caplan. The post Half of U.S. states consider right-to-die legislation appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Mauna Kea TMT Update: More protests, walkouts and a counter-campaign by the TMT

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    by Salman HameedIt seems that the movement against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is growing (see this post from last Thursday). The governor of Hawaii has now postponed the construction until April 20th. On Sunday, there were more protests against the construction on both the Big Island and Oahu. Even Drogo from the Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa,  is part of the protests:On Monday, a few hundred students and faculty staged a walkout at University of Hawaii against the telescope.The walkout happened at noon with students and…
  • An asteroid named Malala

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    by Salman HameedIf you discover an asteroid, you get a chance to name it. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) gives it the official recognition. It is fantastic that Dr. Amy Mainzer decided to name Asteroid 316201 after Malala. Now we can say that Malala also lives in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter (far far away from the Taliban) and orbits the Sun every 5 and a half years (and will probably keep on orbiting the Sun for a few billion years).From Malala Fund Blog:It is a great honor to be able to name an asteroid after Malala. My postdoctoral fellow Dr. Carrie Nugent brought…
  • Some details on the protests that have halted the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    by Salman HameedOver the past few years, I have posted about the controversy over telescopes on top of Mauna Kea. For example, see the following posts:Groundbreaking ceremony for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) disrupted by protestorsThirty Meter Telescope Inching Towards Final ApprovalThirty Meter Telescope Approved on top of Mauna KeaUpdate on Mauna Kea: Telescope project given green lightUniversity of Hawaii Regents Approve Plans for TMT on Mauna KeaManagement Plan Approved for Telescopes on Sacred Mauna KeaHawaii-Tribune Herald on the recent Mauna Kea lawsuit decisionMauna Kea…
  • Fifth episode of SkA: The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    by Salman Hameed[in Urdu] Here is the continuation of our Urdu series, Science ka Adda (Cafe Scientifique).Why is there a crater named Sinbad on Saturn's moon Enceladus? Is there an underwater ocean on Enceladus and what are the chances of life existing on such a moon? In this episode of Science ka Adda (SkA), we talk about the connection between The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights and one of the most mysterious, interesting, and puzzling objects in our solar system. Here is the episode: SkA: The Arabian Nights and Water Geysers on Saturn's Moon Enceladus (Urdu) from…
  • Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    by Salman Hameed27-year old blogger Washiqur RahmanThings are turning darker still in Bangladesh. Just this past month, an American-Bangladeshi atheist blogger, Avijit Roy, was killed in Dhaka (see The killing in Bangladesh for unbelief and in the US for a particular belief). Now we have Washiqur Rahman who was killed couple of days ago after an attack with knives and meat-cleavers. I don't know if the similar manner of the two killings (machete and meat cleavers/knife) is meant to send an extra message about the brutality of the killers or may be it is just a matter of convenience. But…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • A Place For Us

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    I am the proud mom of three.  I have friends who delight in their two children or five kids or nine.  Some have adopted their blessings from all over the world.  Each family delights (most days!) in the gifts of their children. Our children, when born or adopted into our homes, take a special place.  They wear our name; have a space in our homes, a place at the kitchen table, their own bed and pillow, shoes, socks and clothes of their own.  They have sippy cups and toothbrushes that belong to them.  When other kids come to play, it is obvious to whom the toys…
  • Waiting

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    By Khristy Hullett  Waiting stinks.  For all that we counsel our kids to be patient and reel it off as one of the fruits of the spirit, do you actually know any patient people?  People who truly don't mind waiting in traffic, waiting at the DPS, waiting in the school line, waiting to check out at Wal-Mart … ?  My patience-ometer is kind of schizophrenic.  It veers way up and way down with little warning, depending on how tired I am, how hot it is outside, and how much the kids are fighting. Not to mention we live in a world that virtually condemns…
  • You Changed the Rules!

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    My little buddy, Ethan, taught me another profound truth yesterday. He thought he was "babysitting" the pastor's ten-week old Jack Russell puppy. He decided to entertain Buster by allowing the short-legged pup to chase him in and out of the kitchen and around the other direction to form a circular race track. At one point, Ethan seemed to be tiring, and Buster caught up and actually surpassed Ethan. I said, "Ethan, I think Buster won the race."  To which he replied, "Nu-huh. Buster broke the rules. You were supposed to stop right here." And he pointed to…
  • He Parted the Clouds

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    By Janet Perez Eckles  I stuffed my swimsuit in a corner of my suitcase, which already bulged with sportswear, evening gowns, shoes, and toiletries. Then, I search through every drawer and compartment under our bathroom sink, "Honey, do you remember where we put our suntan lotion?"  My husband zipped his suitcase closed, and called out, "Suntan lotion…you’re a little optimistic, aren’t you?"  He’s right. I thought. Sun protection would be a logical item to pack for a cruise in the Caribbean. But not under this particular situation.
  • Fool Proof Weight Loss Methods

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    By Laurette Willis  “Fool-Proof Weight Loss”? Is that even possible? Yes. From a purely physical standpoint, there are a few things you can do that have been proven to absolutely work. Add to that several scriptural elements, which include the Lord’s help and you have “Fool-Proof” methods that can mean the difference between success and “same-old, same-old.” First, let’s look at the physical. Researches from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research followed more than 2,000 people who wanted to lose weight. They encouraged them to…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Monetize Your Mailings: Introducing the Marquee Ad Unit

    Phil Hollows
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    FeedBlitz is enabling a new, higher earning ad-unit, called a “Marquee” for publishers opted in to our ad network. The marquee unit in testing has significantly boosted earnings, in some cases nearly doubled them. As such, we’re really excited about this new ad format, and have enabled marquees for all publishers currently earning with our email ad network. Marquees go live for everyone using our ad network tomorrow, March 31st, 2015. Marquees don’t always show, but when they do, they appear exactly once per mailing, just under your logo and above the post content. If…
  • Faster Ad Revenue Reporting

    Phil Hollows
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Publishers making the most of their content by monetizing with FeedBlitz’s unique RSS and email ad service can find out how they’re doing more quickly. Ad earnings are now being calculated hourly, with about an hour’s delay, instead of overnight. In other words, checking your ad earnings at 2pm will give you an idea of your earnings through about 1pm today, and the numbers are updated hourly. Ad earnings are reported at My Account | Ad Revenue Share | Opt-In Ad Reports in the left sidebar navigation. If you’re not using our ads and would like to try them out, you can…
  • We’ve Added @Animoto to our Video in Email Support

    Phil Hollows
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    FeedBlitz today enabled support for @Animoto video embedding in emails we send for our publishers; an example using yesterday’s SmartForms announcement video is included here. What this means is that if you embed an Animoto video in a post, FeedBlitz will automatically convert that to a video thumbnail and mail that out instead (videos typically don’t work well in emails, here’s why). You don’t have to do anything special to include the thumbnail — it just works. Like our other supported video platforms (including YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia and more) the thumbnail…
  • SmartForms: The Email Subscription Form Wises Up

    Phil Hollows
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Today I’m delighted to announce the introduction of FeedBlitz “SmartForms” – responsive, adaptive, flexible subscription forms available now, for free, with every active FeedBlitz publisher account. To view the video online, go to What’s Wrong with Email Subscription Forms Today There are several problems with almost every subscription form out there right now, no matter what product, plugin, widget or service you’re using. Very often they’re not responsive — in other words, ill suited for mobile…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
  • US Catholic Church shells out $150 mln over pedophilia

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The Catholic Church in the US forked out $120 million to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and $30 million on pedophile prevention programs over 12 months, according to an annual report. The bulk of the $150 million between June of 2013 and 2014 was spent on compensation, therapy and legal fees for victims, the report said, and the rest went to preventing the abuse from occurring, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said. The US bishops conduct an annual study of sexual abuse allegations following a church scandal over pedophile priests came under the spotlight in 2002. In the…
  • Pope considering Cuba visit in September: Vatican

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Pope Francis, who played a role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, is considering a visit to Cuba as part of his US trip in September, the Vatican said Friday. The Vatican stressed that, while contact has been made with Cuban officials, it was too early to confirm whether the trip would take place. "The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea of carrying out a leg to Cuba on the occasion of his upcoming visit to the United States" between September 22 and 27, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.
  • Chicago's former archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, dies at 78

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago from 1997 until 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, Archbishop Blase Cupich said. Known for his intellectualism and strong defense of church dogma - including sometimes controversial statements against gay marriage - George halted his treatment for bladder cancer early in 2015. Pope Francis accepted his resignation in September 2014 and appointed then-Bishop Cupich of Spokane, Washington, to succeed him as head of the nation's third-largest archdiocese, which includes…
  • In Israel’s army, more officers now religious. What that means.

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    Lt. Hadar Goldin had been kidnapped – dragged into a nearby Hamas tunnel – and his commander killed. Lt. Eitan Fund, the deputy commander, quickly resolved to pursue the captors. He and his small team found the missing officer’s equipment, but not Lieutenant Goldin. Thus began a massive effort led by Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter to stop Goldin’s captors.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Secret Teacher: why do some parents expect us to toilet train their children?

    The Secret Teacher
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We can’t teach children properly unless parents send them to school with the basic life skills. We are teachers, not supernannies• More from the Secret TeacherSitting in a family’s living room last September, I watched my school’s reception teacher force a smile. We were on a home visit for a soon-to-be student and the mother asked, “Is there anything I need to do before he starts?” A sensible question with an obvious answer as the child on her lap was wearing a nappy and drinking from a training cup.This wasn’t the first home visit that had left us mentally replanning our early…
  • Chris Christie and Jeb Bush take mantle of campaign trail from Clinton – as it happened

    Tom McCarthy and Alan Yuhas in New York
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Jeb Bush ‘excited about the possibility’ of a presidential runCandidates describe 2016 ‘journey’ 6.45pm ET Here are Nicky Woolf and Dan Roberts with a report on today’s events. It seems Christie could be declared the winner, if you’re judging by the crowd’s applause anyway. 5.55pm ET We’re going to pause our coverage of the Republican summit in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton’s path on the campaign trail with a summary of events. 5.52pm ET New York mayor Bill de Blasio may be subtweeting Hillary Clinton, my colleague Ben Jacobs reports as he reads the tweet leaves. The New…
  • West Indies v England: first Test, day five – as it happened

    John Ashdown (now) and Simon Burnton (earlier)
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Anderson breaks Botham’s record of 383 Test wicketsJimmy Anderson: six of his greatest Test bowling moments 10.24pm BST Right, that’s it from me. Stick around on site for all the reports and reaction, and obviously plenty of well-deserved Anderson-love, but from me, cheerio! 10.21pm BST Here’s Jimmy: “My immediate emotion was that we were back in the game. We had opened up an end. The immediate reaction was the game itself … I’m hugely proud … I know my game now, when I started I didn’t have a clue.” 10.17pm BST Holder's basically a kid thrust into an Allan Border-1984…
  • Election 2015 – live: Ed Miliband adviser warns of Tory “fog of fear”

    Andrew Sparrow, Jamie Grierson and Mark Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Axelrod: Tories ‘increasingly panic-stricken’Fresh Ashcroft polling shows top Labour brass losing seatsCameron warns of Labour ‘damage’ in Welsh Conservative manifesto launchMiliband launches Labour’s manifesto for young peopleIMF chief praises coalition’s management of the economyLunchtime summary 10.03pm BST Scotland’s role as a key battleground couldn’t have been in sharper focus today as the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Scottish National Party and Ukip all scrapped over the celtic nation’s role in determining the next government. Ed Miliband repeatedly refused to…
  • Eduardo Galeano: Uruguayan whose writing got right to the heart of football | Richard Williams

    Richard Williams
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A certified intellectual, Galeano loved football for its ability to survive corruption, its stubborn capacity for surprise, and readers were never in doubt of the warmth of the blood running through his veins• Eduardo Galeano obituaryIn the aftermath of Brazil’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte last July, the man I wanted to hear from was Eduardo Galeano. No one had more interesting things to say about the South American passion for football. But if he wrote about the trauma induced by that thrashing, nobody translated it into English. Either way, it was a loss.Galeano…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Security consultants warn Jewish institutions on cyberattacks

    Ron Kampeas
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The security arm of the American Jewish community urged Jewish organizations to review cyber security measures after a number of attacks. “Earlier today, SCN was contacted by the leadership of several Jewish institutions from around North America with information concerning their websites being taken down in cyberattacks,” Secure Community Network said in a communiqué to Jewish organizations. “At this time, these attacks appear to be isolated to a few institutions, however out of an abundance of caution, SCN suggests all organizations review” U.S. government…
  • Obama taps Adam Szubin for top sanctions enforcement post

    Ron Kampeas
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama nominated Adam Szubin to be the top Treasury official monitoring sanctions compliance. Szubin, nominated Thursday to be undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, would if confirmed by the U.S. Senate be the third Jewish undersecretary in the role. He would follow David Cohen, who early this year became deputy director of the CIA, and Stuart Levey, who shaped the office’s role in enforcing Iran sanctions as an undersecretary who straddled the Bush and Obama administrations, from 2004-2011. Szubin has served as acting undersecretary…
  • Vandals rip Holocaust sign in Upper Nyack

    Ron Kampeas
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    (JTA) — Vandals ripped down a Holocaust commemoration sign in Upper Nyack, N.Y. The sign, set up Tuesday by Hebrew school students at Congregations Sons of Israel in the town in Rockland County, north of New York City, was used Wednesday evening in a ceremony marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began that evening. It listed the number of Jews, citizens of the former Soviet Union, Poles, Roma, disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The sign was destroyed sometime after the ceremony. Staff discovered the vandalism…
  • Palestinian protesters clash with IDF in West Bank on ‘Prisoners Day’

    Gabe Friedman
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    (JTA) — The IDF clashed with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank during the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day demonstrations. More than 100 Palestinians were dispersed with tear gas in the northern village of Bilin after some of the protesters threw stones at IDF soldiers. One protestor was reportedly wounded by a gas canister or rubber bullet, according to the Times of Israel. Prisoners Day is marked every year by demonstrators to show solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinians who are held in Israeli jails. According to Haaretz, 14 Palestinian parliament members and 20…
  • WJC Latin America opens website to combat Holocaust denial

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Latin American chapter of the World Jewish Congress launched a Spanish-language website to combat Holocaust denial. The website targets Holocaust denial of the genocide on Spanish-language websites, something that is increasing according to the initiators of the WJC website. The new site,, whose domain name means “six million never again,” went online on April 16, Israel’s national day of commemoration for Holocaust victims. “We launched a website to show how the hate is spreading on the Web,” said Ariel…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Fullness That is in Christ, and Our Fullness in Him

    R.A. Torrey
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We begin today the study of another of Paul’s wonderful letters to the churches. It was written at about the same time as the letter to the Ephesians and send by the same messenger, Tychicus (ch. 4:7, cf. Eph 6:21). It contains many of the same truths that are contained in the letter to the Ephesians, but those truths are looked at from another point of view. Its agreements with and differences from the Epistle tot he Ephesians are alike interesting and significant. These agreements and differences are well set forth by Bishop Moule in a scholarly yet popular way in the Introduction to…
  • “Behold, This Dreamer Cometh:” Joseph Typology

    Fred Sanders
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    “It sure seems that the story of Joseph is a typological foreshadowing of the life of Jesus,” mused Peter Leithart recently, and I have to agree.  It sure seems so! Leithart went on, in his post, to describe the kind of mental abstraction required to read the Joseph story that way; a “Proppian structural move that captures a common morphology” [had to look up “Proppian!“] There’s a reason Leithart needed to spend some time theorizing about how to make the case. The peculiar and stubborn fact is that the New Testament never invokes the Joseph story as…
  • Davenant Latin Institute

    Fred Sanders
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    The Davenant Trust, the organization that sponsors creative resourcement projects “to revitalize contemporary Reformed and evangelical discourse,” has launched a major new undertaking: the Davenant Latin Institute. Readers of the Scriptorium may remember Davenant for its sponsorship of The Future of Protestantism event at Biola. They are also behind a number of other initiatives, including digitization and translation of key theological texts, conferences of various kinds, and all manner of fundraising, fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, and such. But the Davenant Latin…
  • ISIS As Religion

    Adam Johnson
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Graeme Wood’s article, “What ISIS Really Wants”, published in the March edition of The Atlantic is an immensely helpful article, taking us into the world and mindset of the Islamic State. Graeme’s basic thesis states that Westerners have consistently misunderstood the true basis and aims of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and as a result have consistently made bad decisions about how to act. Whether or not Graeme is correct—and I am not the one to say, for I have little understanding of the immensely rich and varied history of Islam and the role of ISIS therein—I…
  • “Though He Was the Ocean of Blessing, He Endured the Malediction” (Ps. 22)

    Fred Sanders
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Psalm 22, with good reason, has long been read by Christians as prophetic commentary on the death of Christ. Jesus cried out the first line of the Psalm, “My  God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” during the crucifixion itself. But the entire Psalm, not just the opening line, runs in mysterious parallel to the events and meaning of passion week. The first 21 verses are uniquely centered on the cross. Here are a few observations from the early and medieval church, drawn from J.M. Neale’s anthology of Psalms commentaries. If they are sometimes extravagant in their…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Elegy from Elton

    Gordon Atkinson
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    I was driving the other day. The August sun was pounding on the car. Everything felt heavy. Things were moving slow and the traffic noise was incredibly intrusive, like it was from some other world. How dare this awful noise break into my world, into my inner world, into the place where I think I know who I am. The noise reminded me that I had so much to do. So many obligations – family stuff, money stuff, work stuff, life stuff. And then Elton John came on the radio. It was Rocket Man, but it could have been Philadelphia Freedom or Someone Saved My Life Tonight. They all work the same for…
  • The Ministers’ Morgue

    Gordon Atkinson
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Originally posted in 20087 at This story may only be online for a limited time, since it will be in the new edition of Turtles All the Way Down. I got the news that a minister friend had died in Waco. He dropped dead right on the sidewalk. There was no warning. A witness said he looked surprised for a moment, and then fell in a heap. I hadn’t heard from Doug in years, so I was surprised to find that my name was in his wallet, listed as the person to contact in an emergency. He had a wife, but she left him years ago. I heard he was working at a church in Waco. I…
  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

    Gordon Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Originally published in August of 2006 at Real Live Preacher. The big day is finally here; you’ve made it to college. You’ve worked hard to get into Cornell, and I assume you are giddy with excitement. Almost drunk with it. This is the beginning of a modern adventure that is almost mythic for our culture, and I hope you see it that way. I went off to college in the fall of 1980. Sure, the world was a different place then, but I felt much the way you do now. If I recall, my main concern was not looking stupid. I knew I was a freshman, but I didn’t want to look like one, you know? The…
  • The Smallest Person In All The World

    Gordon Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A Dramatized Version of a Bible Story The Rabbi (20 years before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in the world? The smallest, Rabbi? Yes, the person who matters the least. The person with absolutely no power. The smallest person in all the world. How would I know this person, dear Rabbi? Indeed, how WOULD you know this person? For when we speak of the smallest person in the world we are speaking of the very mathematics of God. It is only with the reckoning of The Almighty that we are able to make sense of a newborn infant, a fallen sparrow, and a single…
  • Everett Joseph Smith was a real boy

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This essay was never published online. It was written for the book ( and published in 2004. There were 9 essays only that only appeared in the book. The phone call came at night. Doesn’t it seem like they always do? I felt sick. I hung up the phone and turned to my wife. “John and Denise’s baby came.” There was nothing to say, really. We sat there feeling horror and dread. “How far along?” she asked. “Twenty-two weeks. A little boy, and he was alive.” Her face fell. My wife is a chaplain. She spent years working labor and delivery, so she knows what…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Correction: Harappan Stepwell Article Inaccurate

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    SourceINDIA, April 15, 2015 (HPI): Scholar Michel Danino informs Hinduism Today that the Times of India article ("source" above) summarized recently in HPI is incorrect. Dr. V.N. Prabhakar, who was interviewed for the Times of India articles states:*The "stepwell" is not 5,000 years old and is not bigger than the Great Bath of Mohenjo-daro. The stepwell is located inside the Eastern Reservoir at Dholavira. The Eastern Reservoir measures 73 X 29 X 10 m (L X B X H), which is bigger than Great Bath and NOT the "stepwell" which is a circular well cut into the bedrock with a flight of steps.*The…
  • View Live Feed of Worship at Kashi Viswanath Temple, Varanasi

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    SourceVARANASI, INDIA, April 15, 2015 (HPI): Devotees can view a live feed of the worship of the famed Siva Lingam of Kashi Viswanath Temple here at "source" above. The camera is fixed looking down at the Siva Lingam, which is barely discernable in the silver enclosure as devotees move through at the rate of several a minute. They are allowed to touch the Lingam and offer their own worship most of the day. There are also periods of formal worship by priests which are noted under "Programmes" on the home page.
  • At Hindu Temple in Hockessin, a Tour of India

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    SourceDELAWARE, U.S., April 12, 2015 (Delaware Online): From the brightly colored costumes to the traditional music to the jangling ankle bracelets worn by many dancers, a small portion of Delaware was taken on a tour of Indian culture Saturday. Nearly 500 people attended the event, called Maha Shakthi, at the Hindu Temple of Delaware. "It's such a feast for the eyes and the ears and everything," said Chitra Vaidyanathan, who was attending the event. "It's so mesmerizing and uplifting just to see it."By honoring different Hindu Goddesses, the event recognized many different sects of Hinduism.
  • Daily Inspiration

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    SourceI was an atheist until I found out I was God.-- Spotted on a T-shirt in Auroville
  • Brain Scans Show the Influence of Yoga and Meditation on Pain Perception and Aging

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Source For the pain study, research subjects received light pain stimuli in the form of mild electrical shocks to one of their forearms. The meditation group experienced the pain in both an everyday state of mind and in a state of meditation. They turned out to experience the pain not as less strong, but as less unpleasant. In their brains, the reduced pain perception went hand in hand with increased activation in the posterior insula (the area involved in the sensation of pain) and decreased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex (the area that regulates experiences). This pattern is the…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Day 13 of the Omer (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 13: GENERATIONOf all the outbuildingsthe loneliest is the workshop.The round stone barn remainssweet with hay, the meetinghousepatiently awaits the next meetingbut the woodworking tools miss the touch of weathered hands.They're still bound in concert,leather straps and belts, butno one lifts the floodgateto send meltwater churning through.Sometimes I envy a lifeof constant trembling before God.That's not a non sequitur:hands to work and hearts to Godwas the intention with which they shaped oval basketsfrom gently bent wood,gathered eggs, milked the cowspainted their buildings bright.They…
  • Day 12 of the Omer (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 12: MEDITATE ON THEMRun your fingers along red leather spinesembossed in gold. Read their titles like Braille.Cradle the mantled scroll in your arms like a sleeping child, more preciousthan gold. Weigh the silver breastplatein your hands, engraved pomegranates rattling.The cherry-wood reading pointer fitsin your palm like a custom-made wand.Even the words are beautiful, curveand slash of calligraphy adorned with crowns.Now remember all of this treasure palesbeside the real Torah: not the scroll, noteven the rounded runcibles of Rashi scriptbut the broadcast which flows from the…
  • Day 11 of the Omer (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 11: TREE POSEThe way to hold tree pose:focus on a still pointand let your eyes go soft.Slow your breathing.Grow roots from heel and toe.The redwoods endure.Imagine the cross-section:here's the fall of the Temple,the writing of the mishna,the 20th century's wars.What's in your rings?Years of spiritual thirst,years of plenty...And how did your roots reachthe living well?Draw water up from your depths.Torah percolatingin the xylem and the phloemjust beneath the skin.What flowers will you bloom? Today is the 11th day of the Omer, which makes one week and four days of the Omer.  This is the…
  • Day 9 of the Omer (Velveteen Rabbi)
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    DAY 9: SONG AT THE SEA a psalm of transformation. Can you still hear the song at the sea?Remember the melody, soaring.We all walked together, my hand on your shoulder.You gained a new name in the journey.Remember the melody, soaring?You carried your ancestors' bonesand gained a new name in the journey.Sing now the song of your wholeness. You carried your ancestors' bones.Sing peace for the cousins who bicker,sing them the song of your wholeness.Reveal your yearning without fear.Sing peace for the cousins who bicker.This is the gift: a channel with walls.Reveal your yearning without fear.Pour…
  • Day 8 of the Omer (Velveteen Rabbi)
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 8: WHAT IT MEANS TO PRAY The judge sees through you like an X-ray.Let your heart give up its secrets.This is what it means to pray:to discern the subtle workings of—let's call it soul, although the wordis imprecise, and may evokeincense and crystals. I gravitatetoward this old-fashioned leather straptwined ten times around my armbut use the toolsthat help you pry your ribs apartand offer up what beats inside.Listen: everyone's recitingthrough time and spaceYour glory shines, Majestic One. Today is the eighth day of the Omer, making one week and one day of the Omer. This is the 8th day…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Damascene Moments

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Look towards Keswick, Lakeland. A moment of insight, a flash of understanding, the clouds part and one sees which way to go. Be that a move in a career, a decision to study a particular subject. Or seeing into the way things are in a most fundamental way, sometimes in a very personal and intimate way.  These are Damascene moment, life changing moments. They do not come in ones either since all through life, my experience anyway, there are many such moments. Sadly however Damascene moments quite often remain hidden, buried inside. Even flashes of insight one could label…
  • Comportment vs. Deportment

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    A Buddha conveys stillness. While sitting, walking  and laying down. Some years ago I attended a ceremony at a Christian church. My very dear second cousin was being ‘installed’ as the new incumbent of a parish near Liverpool. It was her first ‘posting’ and I was excited for her. As with the ceremonies during this week in the monastery, when people formally commitment to their chosen path, so too with other religions. There are processions! This week I’ve been directly involved in a couple of the processions,  walking with dignity is the order of the day.
  • Few Bells, No Whistles!

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    Jiso watches over those who are traveling. Women, children and animals too. The following story of a Catholic nun, who has a huge on-line presence, is interesting in that her motivation for engaging in social media and website development was inspired by her religious vow. An early adopter too with a website developed in the 1990s then going on to produce podcasts and videos in 2004 for her monastery with no walls.  Physically located in Herefordshire. Sister Catherine’s writing is imbued with humour and wisdom. And she is clearly engaged with issues of the day setting them in the…
  • The Four Noble Truths – Animation

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    This animation video, narrated by Stephen Fry, on the Four Noble Truths is from a BBC Radio 4 site called A History of Ideas. Other animations answer such questions as, What is Justice? and How Can I Know Right from Wrong? In charming fashion.  Learning for all ages.
  • The Eternal Gem

    4 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    The following was first published March 9, 2012. I’m republishing it now for all those who are arriving at the monastery today to participate in the week-long retreat called Jukai. During the week a number of people will formally make their wish to practice. Simply coming here and joining in everything wholeheartedly is a remarkable and potentially life changing event. Good fortune everybody. The wonderful thing about Zen practice is that you get to do it whether you like it or not. I was talking to a woman the other day who is preparing to receive the Precepts during Jukai at Throssel…
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  • 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hinduism

    Sheetal Shah
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Sheetal Shah serves as Senior Director of the Hindu American Foundation, where she focuses on developing its public policy strategy. She practices Ashtanga yoga at Ashtanga Yoga New York and serves on the Board of the Broome Street Ganesha Temple. We asked her to list 10 things she wishes people knew about Hinduism. Ms. Suhag Shukla contributed to the article. 1. Hinduism’s core principle is pluralism. Hindus acknowledge the potential existence of multiple, legitimate religious and spiritual paths, and the idea that the path best suited for one person may not be the same for another.
  • 10 Ways the Church Is Like Downton Abbey

    Ken Howard | OnFaith Voices
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    The following post was co-written by Ken Howard & Wendy Dackson. It all started a few days ago, when Ken came across an Episcopal Church meme on Facebook and shared it on his own Facebook page with a comment about how it reminded him of Downton Abbey (and not exactly in a good way). The meme in question, displayed below, showed the Presiding Bishop, along with several other resplendently attired clergy and lay people, lined in the National Cathedral nave, with the slogan “Ancient Tradition. Modern Outlook. That’s the Episcopal Church.” Here is Ken’s snarky — yet…
  • The Whole Story of the New Testament in 5 Verses

    Chris Bruno
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In our last post, we saw the big story of the Old Testament through the lens of 11 key verses. As we turn to the New Testament, we find that Jesus is the One through whom all these promises find fulfillment. In this post, we are going to look at five key passages in the NT that help us finish our tour through the story of the Bible. 1. Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Imagine for a moment that you were a faithful Jew…
  • The Whole Story of the Old Testament in 11 Verses

    Chris Bruno
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    While it is made up of 66 books written over the course of millennia by many authors, we cannot forget that the Bible also has a single divine author who shaped those 66 books, inspiring its authors, who were “carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). That single divine author was telling a story about God’s sovereign grace and his glorious redemptive plan. Too often, however, we think of the Bible as a series of disconnected stories or principles. So it can be helpful for us to stop and think about how all of the pieces fit together. If you’ve ever done one of those…
  • If God Is Sovereign, Why Do We Still Pray?

    William Philip
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:54 am
    The question of how our prayers play a meaningful part in things with a sovereign God is really a subset of the question of our responsibility for faith if God is wholly sovereign. That bigger issue can often seem problematic. It’s an apparent contradiction, because the Bible is very clear that both things are true. First, the Bible is absolutely clear that we are responsible for our sins. We must repent, and we have a responsibility to do so in response to the command of the gospel. That was Jesus’s repeated message right from the start of his earthly ministry: “From that time Jesus…
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  • Narrating nostalgia

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    The most recent issue of the Oral History Review will be zipping across the world soon. To hold you over until it arrives, we interviewed one of the authors featured in this edition, Jennifer Helgren, about her article, “A ‘Very Innocent Time’: Oral History Narratives, Nostalgia and Girls’ Safety in the 1950s and 1960s.” Can you talk a bit about how this project began? Did you set out to write about safety and nostalgia, or did it arise on its own? The article arose from an entirely different project. I was actually at the Roganunda Council of Camp Fire Girls in Yakima, Washington…
  • Publishing the Oxford Medical Handbooks: an interview with Elizabeth Reeve

    Joe Hitchcock
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Many medical students and trainee doctors are familiar with the “cheese and onion,” but not the person responsible for the series. We caught up with Oxford Medical Handbooks’ Senior Commissioning Editor, Elizabeth Reeve, to find out about her role in publishing Oxford’s market leading series. How are you involved with Oxford Medical Handbooks? I am the Senior Commissioning Editor for the Oxford Medical Handbooks series, so I’m ultimately responsible for the strategy, future direction, and success of the programme, in both print and digital formats. I determine…
  • Living with multiple sclerosis

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is widely thought to be a disease of immune dysfunction, whereby the immune system becomes activated to attack components of the nerves in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. New information about environmental factors and lifestyle are giving persons with MS and their health care providers new tools with which to manage the disease and live healthier and more productive lives. It has been known for decades that there is a higher incidence of MS the farther away one is from the equator. One explanation for this may be that in colder climates there is less sunlight…
  • From Carter to Clinton: Selecting presidential nominees in the modern era

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Franklin D. Roosevelt broke the two-term precedent set by George Washington by running for and winning a third and fourth term. Pressure for limiting terms followed FDR’s remarkable record. In 1951 the Twenty-Second constitutional amendment was ratified stating: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice…” Accordinglyreelected Presidents must then govern knowing they cannot run again. The amendment transformed what was speculative into a definitive statement. No more than two. The result? Washington and the media soon turn to consider who will be…
  • Five lessons from ancient Athens

    Aaron Oppenheim
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    There’s a lot we can learn from ancient Athens. The Greek city-state, best recognized as the first democracy in the world, is thought to have laid the foundation for modern political and philosophical theory, providing a model of government that has endured, albeit in revised form. Needless to say, the uniqueness of its political institutions shaped many of its economic principles and practices, many of which are still recognizable in current systems of government. Today, in a global environment of economic turmoil, ancient Athens may be even more relevant that ever before, imparting…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Uncovering More Mysteries About Our Physical Heart

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    We often talk about “following the heart”, but it is only recently that scientists have begun to show that there is literal truth in the cliche The physical heart remains still, even after so much medical advancements as one of the most enigmatic organ in the body. Human heart thus still baffles scientist, specially with newly uncovered truth about heart and intuition, heart and its mysterious intelligence.In Islamic Tradition, the Venerable and Blessed Prophet Muhammad himself when spoke of heart, pointed to the physical heart itself when informed about divine consciousness, about purity…
  • Thus is how Resurrection will be

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    In the Name of the Intensely Loving, Ever Loving OneQAAAFAnd by the honored Qur'anBut they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves, and the disbelievers say, "This is an amazing thing. When we have died and have become dust, [we will return to life]? That must be a far removed possibility."We the Divine Authority know what the earth diminishes of them, and with Us is a retaining record. But they denied the truth when it came to them, so they are in a confused condition.Have they not looked at the heaven above them - how We structured it and adorned it and [how] it…
  • Alas No one Remembers You Here O Beloved! (Tomar Kotha Hetha Kehoto Bolena) ~ A Translation of Tagore Song

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    তোমার কথা হেথা কেহ তো বলে না,করে শুধু মিছে কোলাহল।সুধাসাগরের তীরেতে বসিয়াপান করে শুধু হলাহল ॥আপনি কেটেছে আপনার মূল--না জানে সাঁতার, নাহি পায় কূল,স্রোতে যায় ভেসে, ডোবে বুঝি শেষে,করে দিবানিশি টলোমল ॥আমি কোথা যাব, কাহারে শুধাব,নিয়ে…
  • Aiming Happiness & Bliss: The Intersection of Science & Spirituality

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Physical or material science try to explain the physical reality using physical or tangible evidences. Thats how the whole paradigm of science is based upon, on observable phenomena and verifiable logic and facts. On the other hand spirituality is often about things that can not be touched, observed with naked eyes or can't even be proven with material evidences. Spirituality has a very big component which deals with the unseen.Never the less there is something common between the most materialistic person and the most spiritually oriented person and that commonness is to aim for happiness.
  • A Miracle is a Release from Bondage

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    1.God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. "The present is the only time there is." A miracle is a shift in thinking from what we might have done in the past or should be doing in the future, to what we feel free to do right here, right now.A miracle is a release from internal bondage. Our capacity for brilliance is equal to our capacity to forget the past and forget the future. That's why little children are brilliant. they don't remember the past, and they don't relate to the future.One of the exercises in the Course Workbook reads, "The past is…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • On Language: A Primer for Careful, Thoughtful Introspection

    J.F. Arnold
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If words matter–and you’ll find that I am very quick to contend that they do–then we ought to be careful with the language we speak. For some, this point might seem like something akin to an argument against profanity. I’m not (necessarily) out to destroy those with foul mouths–it isn’t my habit, and it is one that I prefer as strong emphasis rather than filler words, but if done with thought and a certain sort of intention behind it, a chosen “swear word” can pack the necessary punch to communicate precisely what was intended. (See here…
  • Codependency and Egoism: Two Ways To Obscure Easter

    Alishia Lawman
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is that time of year when, once again, Churches of all denominations ramp up their hospitality.  One need not look far to find flier invitations for Easter egg hunts, local ads for sunrise services, or Church billboards declaring that all are invited to join them for Easter service.  According to Christian tradition, this is exactly as it should be.  Easter is the most important day in the Church calendar – the Feast of all Feasts – and is the greatest declaration of our salvation. However, when we take this opportunity to tell people about the Christianity, our…
  • Why My Husband Is Not My “Other Half”

    Alishia Lawman
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I got married, I had a new experience of association which I had never had as a single person.  My husband and I were together for three and a half years before we got married, and yet, in all of that time, people rarely expected him to be with me everywhere I went.  But once we were married, if I came to any social gathering alone, people started asking “Where is your husband?” or “Where is your other half?” Thinking about this closeness of association makes me smile.  I have the utmost respect for my husband and to be seen as “belonging together”…
  • Have You Kept Christ in Christmas?

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each year, the holiday season brings with it many historic traditions, like the red cups at Starbucks, the bad pop Christmas songs playing in every retail store in the country, and the revived rhetoric among certain Christians about “keeping Christ in Christmas.” Perhaps you have heard talk of this on the news or seen posts about it in your Facebook feed. I assume the underlying concern is that the removal of any religious references from the holiday might indicate a resistance against or stifling of Christianity in our country. I can appreciate that. But, first, I think it’s safe to…
  • What Can We Learn From the Mars Hill Shutdown?

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

  • Book Review: Brief Peeks Beyond

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    While we have numerous resources today at our fingertips that can amplify our understanding and expand our conscious awareness about the nature of reality, there are a select few that offer a broad level of value with respect to what they present and how they present it. One such resource, and the focus of this review, is the book Brief Peeks Beyond—a compilation of critical essays on metaphysics, neuroscience, free will, skepticism, and culture by Bernardo Kastrup. How we perceive our reality determines how we live. Our understanding about the nature of life shapes these perceptions, as…
  • Live in Alignment by Learning to Balance Patience, Grace, and Desire

    10 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    What do patience, grace, and desire have in common? Together, they weave the fabric that will envelop you with joy and inner peace or suffering and turmoil. How you play out these three vital virtues each day will determine the quality of your life and how in or out of alignment with life you are. This essay will offer guidance and inspiration to help you tap into the power of these three virtues and work with them in the most effective of ways for your personal wellbeing. Life is composed of moments that string together our desires, choices, and outcomes. Each day, we wake up, we envision…
  • What Does it Mean to Meditate & How to Do It

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

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

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

  • Speaking to the Soul: Temptations

    Ann Fontaine
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Luke 4:1-13 Jesus had just been baptized, complete with the Spirit appearing as a dove and a direct attestation from Go. That same Spirit told him to go out into the desert where he would be for a fairly significant period of time. Jesus  was in the desert for 40 days  (40 consecutive days, unlike our Lent which is 40 days but excludes Sundays). While he was there he was subjected to some temptations which, had he given in, would have eased his situation and given him power over the earth or so he was promised. Jesus had feelings, emotions,  thoughts, and fears; he would have had to or…
  • A new wrinkle to “A Wrinkle in Time.”

    Andrew Gerns
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is one of the most beloved and best-selling young-adult books in American literature. Published in 1962,  sold 14 million copies and inspired a TV-movie adaptation, a graphic novel, and an opera. A deleted passage found in an early manuscript, discovered by L’Engle’s granddaughter, sheds light on the meaning of  Camazotz and on the struggle inherent in the story. The Wall Street Journal: Scholars invited by the Journal to review the new passage say it offers a window into L’Engle’s thinking. The excerpt is the most…
  • Two of Philadelphia 11 say it’s still a struggle for women in the church

    Andrew Gerns
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    ENS: They were compared to witches and called names by male priests that you would least expect to hear coming from the mouths of men of the cloth. Nearly 41 years after becoming two of the first women priests in The Episcopal Church, they don’t regret their decision and recognize that despite much progress, there is still a need to fight for women’s proper role in the church. The Rev. Alison Cheek, the first woman to publicly preside over an Episcopal Church Eucharist in the United States, and the Rev. Carter Heyward, a prolific author on feminist theology and retired professor at…
  • More married couples in parish ministry

    Andrew Gerns
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The New York Times looks at the growing numbers of married couples in pastoral ministry in several traditions. More female pastors has led to more heterosexual pastor couples, and growing acceptance of homosexuality has meant more same-sex pastor couples as well. “It’s becoming more common, but it’s still a new thing,” said Phil Blackburn, who serves as pastor with his wife, Tasha, at First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Smith, Ark. “People kept wanting to know who’d be in charge. It was a process trying to find churches who could see beyond the potential complications and see the…
  • Dogs in pastoral ministry

    Andrew Gerns
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has a new pastoral care ministry called “Paws With Christ” through which certified dog and owner teams visit local nursing homes and work with other community members. Church rector Fr. Chip Brodfoot blessed the dogs at the church’s service last Sunday The Daily Advance: In a special ceremony at the church last Sunday, the dogs were blessed ahead of being sent out into the community to perform what is community service, but also a church ministry. “I think more than anything it’s a form of pastoral care,”…
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    Emergent Village

  • How to garden organically

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    One of the main reasons many of us turn to growing our own produce is to control the amount of harmful chemicals and pesticides we expose ourselves to via food. Organic fruit and vegetables used to be something that only hippies and tree huggers would go for, but it’s increasingly becoming a dirty word in the general public. They have been linked to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and washing your fruit and vegetables does little to rid them of pesticides. Worse still, commercially grown fruit and vegetables are loaded with pesticides, with an apple containing as much as 30…
  • Renovating Your Home? Questions to Ask Your Flooring Store

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Home renovations are becoming increasingly popular as the housing market still hasn’t recovered since it took a hit in the last decade. Instead of moving into bigger homes, more homeowners are simply renovating their current homes, sometimes adding rooms and other times just giving it a whole new appeal. If you are currently renovating your home from the ground up, you will almost certainly be installing new flooring. Photo from Before beginning your project, there are some things you should know about the different types of flooring available and how they should be…
  • Home Ideas: Polka Dot Decorating With a Tasteful Twist

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Many people start to squirm at the mention of polka dots. They simply don’t like them or they associate them with little girls and dresses and never think that they could be used in a serious decorating scheme. In recent years, polka dots have made something of a resurgence and are now gracing a variety of walls in homes and businesses around the world. Polka dots can be trendy, sophisticated, and even edgy when done right. Here are some tips for making polka dots work for you. Curtains Polka dot curtains can be a great way to add color and interest to any room. This works especially…
  • Choosing a door that’s right for your home

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Interior doors can make or break a room. Choose the right door and it will compliment your décor; the wrong door can outdate a room or create a feeling of inconsistency. There are several things to consider when choosing a door: the existing décor, your personal style, how much space you have… All of these will impact which door will maximise the aesthetics of your room. Choosing a door when you have a small space Glazed Doors are a great way of letting in light into a room and creating a feeling of space so are perfect for small rooms or rooms without a lot of natural light. Choose…
  • The Rise of Faux Wood

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Once upon a time, any material that had just been designed to mimic another was immediately cast aside. They were seen as a “poor man’s version” to the alternative and generally didn’t take to the market at all. In the case of faux wood, at least in the window blinds market, this has proved to be an exception. While it is unlikely to ever dwarf the standard wood market, the popularity of faux wood blinds has risen to an extent that nobody could have ever predicted. They have become one of the most popular types in the industry and on the face of it, it’s no…
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    Jewish Treats

  • A Twentieth Century Jewish Poet

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    In honor of National Poetry Month, Jewish Treats presents a brief biography of Muriel Rukeyser (December 1913-February 1980).Born and raised in New York City, Rukeyser attended Vasser College and Columbia University. In 1935, her first collection of poems, Theory of Flight, was chosen for publication in the Yale Younger Poets series.Like many poets, Rukeyser was a social activist, and her poetry was known for its staunch political voice. Her writing was inspired by events she witnessed, such as the Scottsboro Trial*, the hearings on the Hawk’s Nest industrial disaster in which hundreds of…
  • There's a Key in my Challah

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    It's a fact that many people spend much time thinking and even worrying about par'nassah (livelihood).Jewish tradition teaches that different seasons have different spiritual strengths. Certain times are regarded as propitious to pray for rain, while other times are considered appropriate to petition for forgiveness. (Of course, these things may also be prayed for at other times of the year!) So too, our spiritual leaders have noted that there are certain times on the Jewish calendar when it is propitious to focus on praying for par'nassah. One such time is the Shabbat…
  • Your Words

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you enjoy poetry, find or write a poem that will enhance your Shabbat experience.
  • What They Saw First

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    Ohrdurf Concentration Camp, located near Gotha, Germany, was a subcamp of Buchenwald. Its history was short and brutal, having only begun operation in November 1944. Indeed, other than appearing on the far-too-long list of brutal Nazi camps, Ohrdurf may have been lost to history’s particular notice but for the fact that it was the first concentration camp liberated by the American Army.Approximatly 11,500 prisoners were held at Ohrdurf. The prisoners were forced to dig underground caverns for Nazi headquarters and build various transportation facilities.On April 4, 1945, the 4th Armored…
  • Real History

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Record the history of the Holocaust survivors for future generations.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • "Why Marriage, Why Family"--A Highlight from the 2015 LDS Conference

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    For those struggling with questions about the Church's emphasis on marriage, and the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman, a thoughtful talk from the recent General Conference might be of help. "Why Marriage, Why Family" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles begins with a spiritual insight from a great man of another Christian faith:Above the Great West Door of the renowned Westminster Abbey in London, England, stand the statues of 10 Christian martyrs of the 20th century. Included among them is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant German theologian…
  • Satan's Got Your Metadata

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Here in China, privacy is something that is a little different than what Americans might be used to. One notices this when shopping for tailor-made clothes at the most popular fabric markets, where the fitting room is a piece of cloth an employee will hold up for you as you change in a corner of the shop or in the hallway. One notices this in the men's room at the beautiful place where we meet for church in Shanghai, where there is a floor-to-ceiling window just right next to the urinals. Privacy is also an issue in phone calls, emails, and other communications, where we recognize that active…
  • Two Starting Points for Exploring the Unexplained Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    For critics, the Book of Mormon is ridiculously easy to explain, as I've learned from my years of interaction with them. Many seem to gravitate toward theories of Joseph as a lazy plagiarist. Too lazy to come up with his own words, he just found scattered phrases in the Bible and some other sources and used them over and over in a clumsy imitation of Biblical language to deal with some popular issues of the day like the origins of the American Indians and the intrigues of Masonry. Then grab a few friends and cajole them into thinking they had magically imagined seeing some gold plates, and…
  • Easter Musings

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
    It's Easter Morning here in China. I'd like to share a few recent scattered thoughts as I begin listening to LDS General Conference. I'm listening to the Priesthood Session live as I begin this post. President Henry B. Eyring's talk reminds us of how much we need to rely on personal revelation to meet the challenges of our callings and our lives. There are great risks, great opportunities for good that can be missed, and abundant opportunities for our own failure and destruction. Daily guidance from the Holy Ghost is needed, and this requires "more than casual listening and reading." Serious…
  • Shanghai International District and Our Tradition for Young Single Adult Events at District Conference

    Jeff Lindsay
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    For those who work with Young Single Adults (YSAs), I thought I'd share some of the experiences we've had in the Shanghai International District. Some things that worked for us might be helpful to others in the future, especially in places with scattered single adults over a large geographical area.Shortly after my wife and I moved to China, my wife and I were asked to serve as co-chairs of the District's Single Adult Committee, one my duties in the District Council. (Best calling ever! Love these enthusiastic young people, and a calling where husband and wife get to work and travel together…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • 3 favorite teaching moments from #TGC15

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    From April 13-15, 2015, around six thousand Christian men and women came together in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, to consider the new heavens and the new earth. Yesterday, I shared three personal reflections on the conference, and today, I wanted to share a few of the standout moments from the plenary sessions:1. John Piper on Christians as radical truth-tellers. As Piper applied his texts, Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 65 (the whole message was terrific), he declared that Jesus is “calling us to be people of radical truthfulness. To not make…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersBrothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99Augustine as Mentor by Edward L. Smither—$2.99Ministry Is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Pastoral Leadership is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Disciple Making Is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Those Who Must Give an Account by John Hammett—$2.99Transformational Church by Thom Rainer—99¢Everyday Worship by Trisha Wilkerson—$3.99Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert—$2.99If I Should Die Before I Wake by Sinclair Ferguson—$3.99When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—$2.99Today is also $5 Friday at…
  • 3 personal reflections on #TGC15

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    This week, around six thousand Christian men and women came together in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, the theme of which was the new heavens and the new earth. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few reflections on the teaching we all received, but I first want share a few of personal reflections from the event. As you may know, for many of us, these conferences are as much about relationships as about the material (if not more so). Here are three highlights:Connecting with friends, old and new. When most people think a conference full of…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Three Cheers for CelibacyChad Hall:Why should the church reverse polarity on the marriage-celibacy issue? In addition to the unchanging witness of Scripture, I see three good reasons we in the church need to treat celibacy as more normal than marriage.Why?R.C. Sproul:When we raise the question of purpose, we are concerned with ends, aims, and goals. All these terms suggest intent. They assume meaning rather than meaninglessness. Despite the best attempts of nihilist philosophers to deny that anything has ultimate meaning and significance, the perennial question “Why?” shows that…
  • What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

    Aaron Armstrong
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Fewer issues cause more handwringing among Christians in our day than that of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. For some, it’s not a lack of clarity on what they believe, but about how to express it without being accused of being the sort of folks who picket funerals and angrily shout, “God hates fags.” And so, many in this group, because they are uncertain of how to speak winsomely, say nothing.Others, the issue itself is extremely cloudy. They don’t really know or aren’t really sure what, if anything, the Bible says about the issue, and how to interpret…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Demolishing the Cycle of Hate

    Caralyn Davis
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The city of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, recently razed the home of the infamous 20-year-old gunman who in 2012 murdered 20 first-graders, one for each year of his life, as if he were doing nothing more grievous than blowing out candles on a birthday cake, plus six teachers and his own mother. At first glance, the demolition doesn’t seem like that big a deal. An extreme horror spawned an extreme response, case closed. However, the act of erasing this killer’s home points to the larger issue of how reactionary our society has become. We are quick to hate anyone and everyone: mass murderers,…
  • The Perfect Victim

    Eric C. Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Though news outlets differ in their coverage of the case, they tend to agree on a few particulars: Barronelle Stutzman is a 70-year-old resident of Washington state. She has been proprietor of Arlene’s Flowers for nearly forty years. For about nine of those years, she has done business with a man named Robert Ingersoll, a gay man who she considers a friend. Sometime early in 2013, when Ingersoll asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his wedding, she refused, citing her religious convictions by way of explanation. When word of this refusal spread on social media, Washington Attorney General…
  • Bloom Is A Jewish Name

    Joanna Brichetto
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Flowers don’t give a shit about Jesus. They don’t care about holidays or Jewish life-cycle events or hairline fractures or any human construct or concern, even though we name them as if they do. We layer plants with meaning based on how we ask them to function, and we tag accordingly. Look at pilewort, an old hemorrhoid remedy; or bindweed, a twining garden pest; or teasel, a natural comb to tease or card wool; or morning glory, a bright trumpet that blooms with the sun. Oh, and boneset, for fractures. Common names are everyday taxonomy, informal conventions that identify and…
  • Easter, A Bright Sadness

    Ashley Makar
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Read more from Ashley Makar in her new e-book, or make a donation of $5/mo. and get a free copy. “You really mourn for Christ,” a hospital priest said to me forty days ago. No, I’m grieving my dad, I thought, too stunned to respond. He said it after mass when I approached to ask him to pray for my Sudanese friend who needed a job. But before I could make my request, he looked at me and said, as if reading streaks of lightning on my face, you mourn for Christ. What did he mean? What did he see? The wake of tears and ashes on my face? The shapes of loss? My dad, my cancer, Sudan? But I…
  • A Beautiful Belief

    Ashley Makar
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    “You Were Strangers” by Ashley Makar Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a conversation between Ashley Makar, author of You Were Strangers: Dispatches from Exile, and Buddha-killing Boston University religion scholar Stephen Prothero, for his class on Death and Immortality, on May 1, 2014. You can read the essay being discussed, Communion on Chemo, and much more of Ashley’s work here. And from now until April 11th, receive a free copy of You Were Strangers when you make a recurring monthly donation to Killing the Buddha. Stephen Prothero: One of the things that comes…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • You’ve Stood the Test of Time

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    You’ve Stood the Test of Time      Today, my Aunt Connie is going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with the vets to see the WWII veterans memorial and other sites.  This is a program put on by the University of Nevada.  It is completely paid for by volunteers.  Someone from Aunt Connie's church will be her chaperone.  My aunt, Carol Conrad McGee, was a WWII navy nurse.  She is now 94 years old.  This will be a challenging trip for her, but has a sweet determination to go.  On her trip, they’re going to have a “mail call” on…
  • Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck A Memoir by Mary Burns(Published in the Mason Valley News in 1987)Burns Kids 1950'sMary BurnsThe year is 1959(ish) in a South Yerington neighborhood after dinner on hot July evening. Twenty or so juvenile type renegades come streaming out of our houses and start gathering on the big lawn.  Our tummies now full - we are ready for some action.  Could this be the night? It hasn’t happened in awhile. Maybe it will show tonight.  Twenty little kids, nauseous with anticipation, are impatiently shifting around the big lawn.
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part One)

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part One) (Compiled by Mary Burns and Chere Brown)...You wait to plant your “toms” ‘till after the snow melts off Pevine. (I’m loving all the southern Californian gardeners out today - we’ll have another freeze - guaranteed) (MB)  ...You know what a Lion’s Club Manure Haul is (was?)  (Lions club manure clean up for the fair. They haul the previous days straw and manure away to keep the fair clean.) (MB)       ...You remember school sports and activities were the town’s rallying hub.
  • Terror On Alt 95

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Terror On Alt 95At the crossroads of Silver Spring, I pulled into a gas station to get my daughter, Shannon, a soda.  She had been demanding a coke for over fifteen minutes.  She was only three years old, but knew what she wanted. The afternoon was warm and we had no air conditioning in our car back in the early 70’s.  I was thirsty too.  We were going to visit my mother in Yerington about thirty-three miles away. Silver Springs was a true crossroad. East was Fallon, West led to Carson City, North was Fernley from which we had just passed through from Reno where we…
  • Rumble At Anaconda Lockout

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rumble At Anaconda Lockout The 1965 Saturday night dances in Yerington,  Nevada became my responsibility quite by accident.  My best friend, Sue, was a dynamic personality and had a powerful voice. She and four other high school classmates formed a band called the Sabras , but they had no place to practice. Our living room just happened to be very large, and so it became the band practice spot and hangout. My mother worked late, so at first I neglected to even tell her of my afternoon activities, but when she did find out, to my surprise she was supportive.  As the band…
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Adventists Cancel ‘Holy Sexuality’ Confab; Egyptian Court OKs Deportation of Gays; Mongolian Trans Activist Gives TV Interview; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    A Russian nonprofit group, the St. Petersburg-based Coming Out, celebrated April 17 International Day of Silence by releasing a video “Break the silence,” which ends with “silence can break us / but we can break the silence.” A small Day of Silence protest last Sunday was reportedly broken up by police as “unauthorized.” Shortly after a public celebration of the half a dozen gay U.S. Ambassadors now serving, BuzzFeed’s Lester Feder reports that “multiple” LGBT foreign service officers said they need more support:  “But, for many career staff, the department has not leaned…
  • Six Overlooked Gems from the Future of World Religions Report

    Tim King
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    The global religious landscape is changing, fast, and The Future of World Religions report from the Pew Research Center has boldly gone where no exceptionally long research group report has gone before by extrapolating current trends to draw a spiritual picture of the world in 2050.* The report is careful to acknowledge that a lot could change between now and 2050. War, famine, pandemics, and general political instability, for example, could knock these trends off track given that the greatest driving factors for change are determined by age of the population, life expectancy, and fertility…
  • Ask a Muslim: No, Dear Reader, Sex-Obsession Isn’t Confined to Muslim Nations

    Haroon Moghul
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
      RD recently received the following email from reader HK, in reference to my recent post, “Dear Reader, I’m Assuming You Don’t Know Any Muslims”: I am writing to offer a suggestion for an RD piece (or series?) that would be extremely useful to me, and I suspect to many other RD readers: Please discuss some of the problematic aspects of the Koran, and of Islam. For example: why are there no majority-Muslim countries that are democracies, or that recognize civil liberties? why are majority-Muslim countries so concerned with matters like sex (and particularly…
  • “Pro-Family” Ad Helps Explain Fear of Marriage Equality

    William E. Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    In late March The Washington Post published a peculiar ad from the American Family Association (AFA) addressing the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon issue a ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in a handful of states. The ad, in brief, demands that the Supreme Court uphold these marriage bans or else. Click image to read the text of the ad. Think of the threatening tone as the AFA’s Hail Mary effort to salvage a victory, a victory seemingly harder to achieve for the AFA and its allies with each passing year. Paying attention to the ad’s threat, rather than…
  • Why Body Cameras Won’t Solve Police Brutality

    Stephanie Gaskill
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Three days after police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month a video surfaced that led to the officer’s arrest for murder. Passerby Feiden Santana had recorded Scott fleeing as Slager repeatedly shot him in the back, belying the officer’s claims that Scott posed an imminent threat at the time. During the Scott family’s press conference to address the widely-circulated video, attorney Chris Stewart stressed the rarity and importance of the footage, while Scott’s mother, evoking the call and response…
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    On Being Both

  • Launch! The Network of Interfaith Family Groups (NIFG)

    Susan Katz Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of the Network of Interfaith Family Groups (NIFG, prounounced “niff-gee”). This network will help interfaith families who want interfaith education for their children to find each other, across the country, and the globe. For now, you can find NIFG in the form of a facebook group created by and for interfaith families celebrating more than one family religion. It’s all very well to live in one of the big American cities with a vibrant community of interfaith families providing interfaith education for interfaith children. But what if you are…
  • Interfaith Families, The Today Show, The Back Story

    Susan Katz Miller
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    A week before Easter and Passover, out of the blue, I got an email from a Today Show producer. She was interested in putting together a segment on interfaith families celebrating both family religions, as part of a week-long series on faith. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb would host the segment. I agreed to go on the show, of course. Over the next few days, we spent hours discussing my interfaith family and the research I did for my book. And at her request, I scanned and sent in old family photos for possible use during the segment. As the day approached, the producer suggested I put aside…
  • Easter as Metaphor: The Rabbi Explains

    Susan Katz Miller
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Every year, I find myself trying to explain how a nice Jewish girl can relate to Easter. Today, the spring sunshine is illuminating the daffodils, as you can see in this photo from my garden. I had an entirely crazy week, including an appearance on the Today Show, gathering in Boston with my Jewish and Catholic and Protestant family at the start of Passover, and then arriving back home just in time for our interfaith families community Easter service. But I had such a lovely Easter, I feel I need to describe once again how being in a room filled with hundreds of interfaith families, in a…
  • Passover, Good Friday, and Easter: When Interfaith Holidays Converge

    Susan Katz Miller
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    This year, I am fielding calls from reporters wanting to know how we handle the dilemma of Passover starting on Good Friday. I know that, especially for young couples just starting their interfaith journey, this convergence of important holidays may create stress. Say, for instance, your in-laws are expecting you for a raucous Passover seder featuring four glasses of wine and glazed brisket: this could be an alienating experience if you are also commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and avoiding meat on the solemn Friday of Holy Week. As interfaith families become the norm in our culture,…
  • The Identity of Interfaith Children: Downton Abbey Edition

    Susan Katz Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I don’t always blog about fictional interfaith families, but when I do, it’s because they’re discussing the identity of interfaith children. Season 5 of Downton Abbey, which concluded this week in the US, featured the courtship and interfaith marriage of Rose (niece of Lord and Lady Grantham) and Atticus (son of Lord and Lady Sinderby). But for me, the most interesting episode aired last week, when we witnessed the following conversation between Lord Sinderby and Atticus: Lord Sinderby: “The second Lord Sinderby may be Jewish, but the third will not…” Atticus:…
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    Amish America

  • Pennsylvania German Fraktur Art

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    In today’s post, Janneken Smucker discusses Fraktur, an art form once popular among the Pennsylvania German people. — Fraktur and Family Records Among the decorative items in some Amish homes—both today and in the past—have been ornamental family records, some stitched, some inked, some produced on painted glass (a unique genre that clearly deserves its […]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
  • 10 Common Amish Women’s Names (And 10 Rare Ones)

    Erik/Amish America
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Following up last week’s look at 10 popular Amish male names, we have the female version as promised. As with the male names list, I’ve included five Biblical-origin names, and five non-Biblical ones, since Amish tap both sources. At the end, I’ve also included 10 uncommon female names. While last week I mainly relied on Raber’s […]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
  • Lancaster County: From Snow to Thaw (44 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    For whatever reason, I barely pulled out my camera while in Lancaster County last month. But reader Ed C. also happened to be there, about a week before me, and has a beautiful set of photos to share with you today. As you’ll see below, his trip started off snowy, but that gave way to warmer weather. […]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
  • Hutterite Education

    Erik/Amish America
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:29 am
    Do Hutterites go to high school? Who teaches in Hutterite classrooms? Is Hutterite schooling similar to Amish education? You asked Linda Maendel a number of questions on education on our Hutterite questions post. Linda, who happens to be a teacher in her Manitoba colony, addresses that topic today. — On Hutterite Learning Each colony has its own school and for […]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
  • 10 Common Amish Men’s Names (And 10 Rare Ones)

    Erik/Amish America
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    What would you say are the most common Amish men’s names? As we saw in the Amish Name Game post, names repeat themselves among the Amish–not just surnames, but first names as well. Unsurprisingly, Biblical names are popular among the Amish, both from the Old and New Testament. Some given names, however, have little or no connection with the Bible. […]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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    Patheos Articles - Evangelical

  • Dante and Christian Unity

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am convinced that Dante's poem, one of the greatest artistic achievements of Christian civilization, can help contemporary Christians escape their own personal dark wood, no matter what their tradition.
  • All I Really Want: Read a Book Excerpt

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    I'm not here to simplify anything for you. Neither is God. If you have too many cookie exchanges or whatever, you're just going to have to find a way to deal with that yourself. This book is actually designed to complicate the season.
  • About the Book and Author

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Readings for the harried, hurried and spiritually hungry in the season of Christmas.
  • Praise for All I Really Want

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    "A wonderful combination of profound and whimsical." Read what Martin B. Copenhaver and other authors are saying about Quinn G. Caldwell's new book.
  • "Ending Poverty": A Q&A with Third Day

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Patheos scores an exclusive interview with the band Third Day about their commitment to the ONE Campaign and their continuing message of hope.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Downton Church – Season 2: Eight Lessons the Church Could Learn from Downton Abbey

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Ken Howard and Wendy Dackson Alrighty then! Our recent blog post “10 Ways the Church is Like Downton Abbey” got quite a lot of views. So, like our friends in Public Television, we decided to renew Downton Church for a second “season.” And the theme for season two is “Eight Lessons the Church Could Learn from Downton Abbey.” Indeed, there much agreement in the comments we received that Downton Abbey – both the story and the production – was an excellent metaphor for the organized Church. Both are centuries-old institutions, both have a tendency toward aristocratic…
  • Ten Ways the Church is Like Downton Abbey

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    By Ken Howard & Wendy Dackson [Simulblogged on Paradoxical Thoughts and Past Christian] It all started a few days ago, when Ken came across an Episcopal Church Meme on Facebook and reposted on his own Facebook page with a comment about how it reminded him of Downton Abbey (and not exactly in a good way). The meme in question, displayed below, showed the Presiding Bishop, along with several other resplendently attired clergy and lay people lined in the National Cathedral nave, with the slogan “Ancient Tradition. Modern Outlook. That’s the Episcopal Church.” Much to Ken’s…
  • Ten Things Churches Could Learn from Starbucks (Hint: It’s not about making coffee)

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Editor’s Note: This article was written at the Kingsview Village Starbucks. By Ken Howard Churches could learn a few things from Starbucks… Starbucks is one of those places that, even if you don’t go there, you know it’s the place to go. It’s the number one coffee shop in the United States, maybe even in the world. It’s almost like Starbucks was selling something addictive… They are, of course. Starbucks sells coffee, which contains the drug caffeine. But as far as we know, Starbucks coffee contains no more of the drug than the coffee sold at it’s two biggest coffee…
  • Reflecting on Lent: Mortality and Martyrdom

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    by Ken Howard I still cannot speak of this without a misting of my eyes and a twisting of sorrow in my heart… I woke up yesterday to the news of 21 Coptic Christians executed for the “crime” of being “people of the cross” – brutally murdered in the name of “God” by men who pretend to be brave and heroic while covering their faces in a way that can only be described as cowardly. And as I looked at the picture of those 21 men, forced to kneel at the feet of their soon-to-be executioners, I realized that if ever I am tempted to think that we as Christians face persecution in this…
  • When a moment’s significance does not compute

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr I was tremendously unprepared to visit the Holy Land. Logistically, my plans were resolute—the two-week course on “The Palestine of Jesus” was absolutely all-inclusive, and I even had purchased travel insurance for my airfare. The latter ended up being an expensive mistake, but that is beside the point. I was prepared, and yet I wasn’t. Despite being surrounded by thousands of years of history—all of which is particularly relevant to my vocation—I felt as if I was unable to register the significance of walking on that ground, and it made me angry. I…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Hide Me From Me

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jason Todd, Mobile, AL.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 Got To Learn How To Fight

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblet.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
  • Only the Lord God Can Save You

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Raymond Monk.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
  • But God

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Tyrone Love, Jr.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • The Condition of Conversion

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Joe H. Todd.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

  • National outpouring of love, prayers for Cardinal George

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The death of Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the Chicago archdiocese, remembered his “beloved” predecessor in a press conference shortly after the news was announced. Around the United States, other bishops and Catholic organizations also offered their reflections and prayers, remembering the cardinal for his courage, intellectual contributions and…
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the archdiocese, remembered Cardinal George as “a man of peace, tenacity and courage.” At an April 17 press conference, Archbishop Cupich lauded the cardinal for his bravery in overcoming challenges, which included a battle with polio as a teenager that left his legs permanently weak. “Cardinal George was a respected leader among the bishops of the United…
  • Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco archdiocese said April 15. “The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers…
  • Pope Francis to Cuba? It's not official, but possible, Vatican says

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as his trip to United States, which is scheduled to take place in September.   “The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea to stop in Cuba as part of his coming voyage to the United States,” an April 17 press release from the Vatican revealed. However, the release clarified that “contact with the authorities of the country is still at a very initial stage, so it is not possible to speak of this stop…
  • How much time does it take to reform the Vatican? A lot

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Already two years into the reform process of the Roman Curia, progress might seem slow. But cardinals on the Pope's advisory council say efforts – which may soon include new “super” congregations – are moving forward at a normal pace. “Reform will take time,” stressed Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga April 15. Cardinal Maradiaga is part of the nine-member Council of Cardinal Advisors instituted by Pope Francis shortly after his election, to aid him in governing the Church and to…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Showing Up to Our Doubt

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

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

    Darian Duckworth
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The editing room is a rough place.If you’re a writer, it’s where you mark through your favorite paragraph of witty language with a red pen—even when you don’t want to do so.For the visual artist, it’s the pause between strokes as you discern which color and space to choose next for the canvas. “Sometimes improvement means cutting. Sometimes cutting involves saying goodbye to things, people, ideas, and attachments we love. When we’re working for a better whole, sometimes a part, even a good part, has to go.” — Darian Duckworth Anyone in the film industry knows that…
  • Helping those on the Margin

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

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

  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website,, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Summer Planning… for Transformation!

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Summer is coming.  Around here the change of season is obvious due to the pleasant weather slowly being overtaken by the heaviness of heat and humidity.  Spring Break is in the rearview mirror and the school year closing activities are upon us. If your home is in a similar life stage as ours then you already have a few things on the calendar for the coming summer.  There may be a sports camp or some other activity for the kids which required registration months in advance.  Possibly in your home there is a week during the summer when you always travel to see family or go to a family…
  • It Is That Week

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is that week again… that week when you find cute dresses for the girls and something nice for the boys. It is that week when Sunday comes and everyone is going to church together. It is that week when everyone will wake up on Sunday morning to discover all sorts of chaos and frustration as hair is being made presentable and new outfits are being put together. EVERYTHING is meaningless outside of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   It is that week again… that week when the family pictures need to happen. There are always colossal meltdowns when all of the children…
  • Consumed by Distraction

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The emptiness of the church calendar at Crossings Community often brings some culture shock to those who have become accustomed to the hustle of the suburban church. Unfortunately the modern church culture trained us to believe that the hours in attendance each week are equivalent to our level of spiritual maturity. At Crossings Community we believe God’s vision for His church is one of people who live life together in real and authentic relationships. I remember having conversations with pastoral staff in previous churches asking about the maturity of a family and the response being…
  • An Indicator of Belief: Prayer

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Children love trampolines. Okay, let’s be honest and say that most adults love trampolines too. It can be good fun to spend some time on a large trampoline jumping around with your kids. Maybe even better is the fun had while going to a local trampoline gym so you can really stretch out and leverage the space. Every single time we take a big explosive jump on a trampoline our action is giving evidence to our belief in that trampoline. Most of our actions are actually an indicator of HUGE confidence in that trampoline. If we believed we could possibly find ourselves ripping through the…
  • Still in The Storm

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  (Psalm 46:10 ESV) I love this truth. We live amidst the swirling storms of many different circumstances. We exist every day within many different relationship dynamics. Those we work with can bring stress and anxiety… parenting will often bring stress and anxiety… all this amidst the pace of life that we live can find us pretty beat up at times. Do you know how to be still? The promise is that God will be exalted amidst any and all circumstances. There are no storms outside of His…
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  • Lessons I am Learning Lesson #4

    Jann Cobb
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lesson #4When our memories fail us. God will remind us of the truth! This is good news!But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26Reading this passage gave me restored hope for my mom.  After telling her the same things several times, I can get so down. When I read these words of Jesus my hope is restored.I have been praying this truth over her. The Holy Spirit will remind you of everything that Jesus has said.  It may not make her memory of everyday…
  • The Lessons that i am Learning Lesson #3

    Jann Cobb
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s the place that makes sense to me, there I can put things in order.Do you have a place like that? The spot where you feel safe and things make sense.  Where everything has a place?Yesterday sitting with my mom at the rehab hospital, we talked about the place that she feels safest -her apartment. She went in and out of confusion about where she currently is staying.  The rehab hospital is not familiar to her. The room is not familiar, the people are not familiar ,the hallways are not familiar, it’s not home. Watching her try to make sense out of…
  • Oh what I am Learning Lesson #2

    Jann Cobb
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Cleaning, sorting, organizing, trashing and hauling away have been the mode of operation this week. In the hope that my mother who has dementia may be returning to her apartment, my husband and I began to clean her apartment. We have known for a while that she had hoarding tendencies, but until we examined her belongings more closely we had little knowledge of how much she collected.Outwardly the small one bedroom apartment appears tidy and put together, but under the surface, in drawers, closets, and refrigerator the evidence revealed her addiction to stuff.  It seems as though…
  • The lessons I am Learning- Lesson #1

    Jann Cobb
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    At this time in my life I am shocked by how much I am learning.It seems as though there are lessons to be learned around every corner,In every joyful situation,In the midst of conversation,Within difficulties and painful events,In beautiful sunsets and starry skiesListening to the rainfall and taking in the sunshine.I am not sure if my eyes have been opened and therefore I am more teachable or if God is shouting in the midst of the painful period that involves caring for my mom with dementia.Because I have nothing else to rely on with this disease of dementia I cling to…
  • Phone Calls

    Jann Cobb
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    The phone calls from my mom in the middle of the night range from humorous to heart wrenching. Currently she is in a Rehab hospital following a week-long hospital stay. Unfortunately the hospital stay ramped up her dementia to a whole new level. Previous to this stay she forgot things, would get confused and sometimes look at you with a blank stare. Now however, the stares are more often, the confusion is throughout the day and evenings have become a terrifying time for her.Almost everyday at 5pm she will turn to us and ask, “am I going home with you?” We reassure her that she will be…
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    The Daily Register

  • When in Rome #4: Serendipitous Masses

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    By SDG | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 My week in Rome is almost up, and for a variety of reasons my plans to blog the trip didn’t work out quite as expected, though I do expect to write at least one more post about our trip. One of my posts,...
  • Cardinal Francis George: ‘A Man of Peace, Tenacity and Courage’

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    By JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND | CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop emeritus of Chicago and among the most influential Church leaders of his generation, died today at age 78, after a long battle with cancer. “A man of peace, tenacity and...
  • Cardinal George: The Myth and Reality of 'I'll Die in My Bed'

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By Tim Drake | (Editor's note: This blog entry originally appeaed on Oct. 24, 2012): At long last, the Archdiocese of Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has definitively affirmed what exactly he said in relation to the much-quoted statement about...
  • Cardinal Burke Responds to Recent Criticisms

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    By RICCARDO CASCIOLI | Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is troubled by the negative campaign that has been waged against him. Sixty-six years old, ordained bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1995, the respected expert in canon law was called to Rome by Pope...
  • Highschooler Scores Victory in New Jersey Pledge of Allegiance Case

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    By REGISTER STAFF | BLACKWOOD, N.J. — When an atheist association challenged the Pledge of Allegiance’s place in public school over the words “under God,” New Jersey high school student Samantha Jones decided with her family to step forward and...
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    Shawna R. B. Atteberry

  • The Last Shall Be First: The Women at the Cross and Tomb

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    The past few years I have been on a mission to write, preach, and teach the women of Holy Week back into our Holy Week liturgies, practices, and Scriptures. In this post we’ll learn about the women at the cross and tomb in Mark. Women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. They had followed him and ministered to him when he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. That evening, because it was the Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph…
  • Maundy Thursday Sermon Podcast: Anointing the King

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    I preached this sermon Maundy Thursday, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church. (Click  the link “Anointing the King” to hear or download the MP3.)   Anointing The King Mark 14:1-11 (This sermon is told from the view of the woman who anointed Jesus’ head in Mark. Props: head covering, white jar or container.) (Place container on the altar or pulpit) By that night I had been following him for a long time. I started following him in Galilee. I saw all of his miracles, heard his teaching. I knew who Jesus was. And God had been telling me to do something. Something I knew women…
  • The Last Shall Be First: The Women of Holy Week

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    The past few years I have been on a mission to write, preach, and teach the women of Holy Week back into our Holy Week liturgies, practices, and Scriptures. In this post we’ll learn about the first two women we meet during Holy Week in Matthew and Mark. When I decided I wanted to write a blog post on the women of Holy Week, I started flipping through the Gospel accounts, and I was surprised to find the first woman mentioned in Holy Week was the widow who gave her last two pennies as an offering in the Temple. For some reason I never connected her story with Holy Week. And for good…
  • Bishop-Abbess and Homemaker: St. Brigid of Kildare

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    St. Brigid icon by Katherin Burleson February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid of Kildare. Brigid is one of my favorite saints. The primary reason she is one of my favorites is because we can’t separate history from legend when it comes to her story. She’s part woman, part saint, and part goddess. Throw in a few miracles and Brigid time traveling to be Mary’s midwife and the foster-mother of Christ, himself, and you just have one good story (and I love a good story). Here is what we do know about Brigid: she created the first monastic community that grew into the most…
  • The Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament reviewed by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton has given this gracious review for the Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament: Congregations who are striving toward more inclusive worship will welcome this new version. Their worship leaders may use inclusive, gender-balanced language in sermons, litanies, and hymns. But they have few options for inclusive scripture readings. The predominantly masculine divine language in these readings then strikes a discord with the rest of the service. There are two gender-neutral versions of the Bible on the market: The Inclusive Bible, a translation by the Priests for…
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Tennessee’s Attorney General Explains Unconstitutionality of Bible Bill

    Don Byrd
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Written by Don Byrd [UPDATE 4/16: The Tennessee Senate voted 22-9 to send the bill to committee, effectively killing the measure, according to the Tennessean.] Earlier this week I posted about the Tennessee bill making its way through the legislature that would name the Holy Bible the official state book. The state House of Representatives passed the measure 55-38 despite the Governor’s objections and the Attorney General’s opinion that the proposed law would violate both the federal and state constitutions. As I wrote at the time, the bill is both bad law and bad religion. It is…
  • BJC’s Walker Offers Ten Commandments for Campaigns

    Don Byrd
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Written by Don Byrd In the newest issue of Report From the Capital, BJC Director Brent Walker lays down some helpful rules for political campaigns when it comes to religion. Read the whole thing – Ten Commandments for Campaigns. Here is a snippet from his introduction to the column: [D]anger always lurks when we meld religion and politics. And, now is a propitious time to start thinking again about how we combine the two with subtlety and integrity while keeping an eye to the constitutional ban on religious tests for public office (Article VI, U.S. Constitution). Yes, that provision…
  • Tennessee’s Governor, Attorney General, Question Bible as State Book Proposal

    Don Byrd
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Written by Don Byrd [UPDATE 4/15: The Senate voted to send the measure to committee, effectively killing the bill, according to the Tennessean.][UPDATE: 4/15: Over the wise opinions of the Governor and Attorney General, the Tennessee House voted 55-38 in favor of the bill, sending the measure to the State Senate.] The Tennessee legislature is poised to vote on a misguided proposal to name the Holy Bible as the official state book. Fortunately the state’s Attorney General and Governor recognize that the move is a mistake. AP reports: A bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of…
  • Hollman discusses Georgia religious freedom bill

    Jordan Edwards
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
      By Aaron Weaver, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with BJC Staff Reports GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A group of Cooperative Baptist pastors gathered March 17 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, for a luncheon and conversation on religious freedom with Baptist Joint Committee General Counsel Holly Hollman. The event, sponsored by Faith in Public Life, a faith-based public policy group based in Washington, D.C., came amid a contentious debate across the state over pending religious freedom legislation. On March 5, the Georgia Senate unexpectedly passed the “Georgia Religious Freedom…
  • New poll: Faith is not first in personal identity

    Jordan Edwards
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
      By Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service with BJC Staff Reports When you talk about yourself, what markers of personal identity come first? For most Americans, family is in the top spot (62 percent) followed by “being an American” (52 percent). “Religious faith” falls steeply to third place (38 percent) – if it’s mentioned at all, according to a survey released March 19 by The Barna Group. The California-based Christian research company found another 18 percent of those surveyed said faith had a little to do with idea of who they are and nearly 20 percent scored it at…
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  • How Do You Help Others Cultivate a Heart for a Cause?

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am part of a team. As someone who worked in full-time ministry for the past 8 years (children’s pastor, “missionary” in Allendale, SC, and now a non-profit focused on youth in Greenville), I have seen the importance of partnering with others. In order to sustain any ministry, you have to have a team of folks who are bought in to an extent that they willingly give up their resources (time, energy, money, etc). But how do you do that? How do you help others cultivate a desire to serve a cause? Well, there is no magic formula (unfortunately!), but I’m learning that before people serve,…
  • Young Leader: Use Your Gifts Freely

    Jonathan Pearson
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    Exodus 35:29 (NLT) So the people of Israel—every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord. There’s a temptation around for leaders… especially young leaders…. the temptation is to wait until “then” to use your gifts and abilities. Wait until you have the platform Wait until you have the credibility Wait until you have the authority Wait until you have the vision I love Exodus 35:29 and the picture that it paints for leaders and followers young and old. We have to be willing to…
  • 6 Reminders From God

    Jonathan Pearson
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    Remember… Always Be Thankful. Don’t compare yourself to other Believers. You were created for my special “God Purpose” and no one else can do what I designed you to do. You are unique to me. I will give you the abilities you need to fulfill my purpose for you. 2 Corinthians 10:12 Focus on my Son Jesus not circumstances. Remember when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the circumstances around him, he began to sink. Keep your focus on Jesus so you don’t get overwhelmed by circumstances. Matthew 14:30 Don’t worry when people talk about you. They talked about my Son…
  • 12 Ways Your iPhone Can Help You Grow

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    Bible Study Apps There are several Bible study apps that work well on an iPhone (or any other phone). Of course, the Bible from is great, but I like the suite of apps from Olive Tree. You can add commentaries to it on a purchase by purchase basis and sync across all your devices. Unread reader My favorite reader for iPhone and iPad. It helps you stay up to date on blogs and news. Smart News My favorite aggregator of news sites from around the web. It helps me grow my knowledge of current events and keeps me up to date on things I’m interested in that I don’t subscribe to and…
  • 4 Questions About Our Faith

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Thomas. I don’t know if it’s because it makes me feel better about my own faith or because I can see myself being a lot like him. Either way, I read this story again a few days ago. I think there are 4 questions that we must all ask ourselves from this passage… 1. Do I really believe what I’ve always said I believe? Thomas had been with Jesus. Thomas knew what was going to happen, but still doubted that God would actually do it. Thomas thought that he believed Christ was who He said, but he still doubted when it got down to it. Do we really…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • The Astonishing Reason Jesus Exorcized Demons

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry we find Him boldly affirming that, “The time has come at last—the Kingdom of God has arrived” (Mark 1:15, J.B. Phillips Translation). He knew that this proclamation couldn’t be uttered without an accompanying demonstration. So the Messiah backed up this utterance with a bold display of power. He publicly dispelled a demon. "There was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, ‘Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of…
  • How To Be Outsmarted By The Devil

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The Apostle Paul once wrote on the importance of having a heart of forgiveness. He says the reason this must be done is “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11)In this passage, Paul readily acknowledges that the Corinthians were acquainted with evil. It's interesting, but throughout this ancient society, darkness was continually on display. With all of its fierce immorality and licentious practices, you would think that the presence of wickedness would be obvious. Yet, most couldn't see it. Many unrighteous practices had become…
  • Could God Be Speaking To You In An Unexpected Way?

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I remember one of my childhood Sunday school teachers saying, "The mind is the devil's playground. You must be careful with what you see and hear. If you're not diligent in all of this, it could send you to hell."Later in the youth group, I was warned about the dangers of bright colors, popular music, and summer blockbusters. More than once someone said, "Satan loves to use Hollywood and the arts to hijack the senses and turn the hearts of young people to the ways of darkness."The way that leaders in my church counteracted this "threat" was to encourage the "dulling of the senses." One of the…
  • The Shocking Reason Why The World's Never Going To End

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Sometimes Jesus talks about realities that His beloved children don't seem to comprehend. It's quite common for Him to talk about a realm grander than the imagination. Though difficult to conceive, we're being invited to somehow re-frame everything in light of His transforming Kingdom.Moreover, when Jesus is talking about all these wonderful things He isn't whispering about a sphere beyond the horizon. Instead He is talking about something that invades the broken world where we presently reside. In one pivotal New Testament passage, He declares the following,"Truly I tell you, at the…
  • The Only Way You'll Ever Find Meaning

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Contrary to what religion proclaims, the formation of faith usually takes place relationally. It's life upon life, heart upon heart. While information and spiritual encounters make up part of this process, they are not the sole arbiters. This astounding growth typically takes place as individuals come to acknowledge the wonderful reality of their Heavenly Father.If you were to go back to the Garden of Eden, you’d find that the first man and woman learned the ways of faith through intimate relationship - not by extended precepts and rules. The only requirement that God made was that they…
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    The Dude Abides

  • God Girl’s Got News: Religion Dispatches and ‘Remapping’ Christianity

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hiya folks, Loooooong time no write (in this space at least.) Well, I’m back. For realsies and when I’m not noodling in this longtime space (11 years!) you can find me over at my new gig on Religion Dispatches. To wit: announcement time (via RD and our host family, the University of Southern California — […]
  • Before Oprah There Was The Hour of Power: RIP Robert H. Schuller

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    "A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral,” the French poet Antoine de Saint-Exupery, wrote. When the Rev. Robert H. Schuller saw the concession stand of a southern California drive-in movie theater in 1955, his imagination bore the blueprints for a crystalline cathedral and thoroughly-modern ideas about spreading the Christian Gospel via television.
  • ‘I Don’t Buy It': The Gospel According to Frank Underwood

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Originally appeared via Religion Dispatches There are many things that Netflix’s House of Cards can do — and do well — because it is not a network television series, not the least of which is handle faith, spirituality, and religion with nuance, courage, and a certain alacrity that is virtually absent from traditional, commercial programming. […]
  • Becoming King: How David Oyelowo Prepared Spiritually for “Selma”

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    I know God’s voice. It’s the same voice that told me to marry my wife, it’s the same voice that gave me the names of all of my children. I know that voice and it has never failed me in my literal life and in my spiritual life. ~ David Oyelowo
  • LISTEN: God Girl on the Steve Brown Show!

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    I’m just not as sure as my students. And I’m not as sure about God’s ways as I once was, either. Saint Paul asked a rhetorical question in Romans 11: 34: “Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (ESV). The obvious answer is that I certainly don’t, and nobody else here does , either. ~ Steve Brown
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  • Casulty of Nerf Wars

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This morning. At 7:34am Even though there was no school (To honor Cesar Chavez) I awoke to a gentle tapping on my left shoulder.The form of my darling daughter Asking me If she could have Strawberry Frosted Mini-wheats.Which is a dumb question. Because why would I care At 7:34am On Cesar Chavez day.But then, behind her, Her brother, Also wide-awake on the one day he could sleep in Revealed another question“And after that,” he asked, his voice not nearly hushed enough considering the fact that his mother was still asleep about 3 feet away “Can we have a Nerf war?”So I…
  • There is no other stream…

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    An excerpt from The Silver Chair by C.S. LewisThe birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small, persistent sound, which seemed to come from a good distance away. She listened carefully, and felt almost sure it was the sound of running water. Jill got up and looked round her very carefully. There was no sign of the lion; but there were so many trees about that it might easily be quite close without her seeing it. . . . But her thirst was very bad now, and she plucked up her courage to go and look for that running water.The wood was so still that it was not…
  • The First Time I Met Martin Luther King, Jr…

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Dr. King It was one January.I was 24. It was cold outside. Winter.My empty life rattled, like a dryer with a brick in it.Hours before, I had used my key-card to go into my cushy job. That cushy, corporate job which stole my nine-to-fives by the week-full. And the only thing it gave me in return was mounds of cash. I knew I’d become one with the things that I never believed in. I knew I was lost.I laid on the carpet, thick, and old and blood orange.“It’s my birthday, next week,” you said, sitting at the edge of the room in an old chair that once belonged to my…
  • An Open Letter to Whoever Messed With the Star Wars Action Figures in my Office

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Six40 Disciple Core MaterialClick here for the downloadable PDF of WestGate’s new Six40 Disciples Core Material.
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 17 April 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message titled ” The Canaanites” (B) was spoken on 11 April 2015 . Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 23 times, 22 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 16 April 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 136 times, 48 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 16 April 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message titled ” The Canaanites” (A) was spoken on 11 April 2015 . Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 19 times, 4 visits today)
  • I Support Minimum Wage Of $30

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Dr. James David Manning supports the minimum wage increase. (15 Apr. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will…
  • The Manning Report – 15 April 2015

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 156 times, 8 visits today)
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  • Worshiping God Like the Seraphim – Unashamed Worshipper Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Unashamed Worshipper SeriesI am excited to write to you today, the Lord blessed us with baby Moses Mathew on 6th April 2015. Please see some pics here and here. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and wishes. Both the mother and baby are fine. Today we continue the series on Worship. If you missed the first part, read here “5 Reasons Why We Worship”. God is more interested in us learning why we worship than how we worship. How is the easy part. But more than what happens on the outside, we need to understand what happens on the inside.
  • Persecutions in North Korea, China; Mark Hall Recovers From Cancer; ISIS Releases 19 Christians; Update on Saeed Abedini

    Blessen Varghese
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Editorial: At the outset, let me start by apologizing for a couple of things. Firstly, for publishing a news item last month, which was actually a hoax. The news, which had been published in some news portals, was about supposed conversion of an ISIS terrorist. As exciting as the news was, turns out that it wasn’t true and had initially appeared on a portal dedicated for sarcasms, which was then picked up by other portals and reported as ‘news’. We thank our readers for pointing this out to us, and after checking again, found that many portals had this news item removed thereafter. We…
  • Church Politics & Understanding Your Pastor [Podcast]

    Shyju Mathew
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Welcome to episode 6 of Revive Nations Podcast. In this podcast you will find: Personal updates New podcast direction Q&A Answer to handling church politics. Understanding your Pastor. Managing internal conflict And more. Have a question? Email it to us at or facebook/tweet/Instagram us @revivenations Click here to listen to the podcast on SoundCloud. Here are some quotes from the podcast that you can share: Everybody disappoints, but Jesus never fails! [tweet this] Be a peace maker in your church and don’t give your pastor a pacemaker. [tweet this]…
  • 5 Reasons Why We Worship – Unashamed Worshipper Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Unashamed Worshipper SeriesI am excited to start a new series on GTH. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog so that you can receive these posts directly in your inbox. You don’t want to miss this series! What is Worship? Worship is an overflow of your heart rising from honor and extreme submission. In simpler terms, it is the overflow of emotions welling up inside your heart from a place of honor and submission through extreme reverence. Your love for God overflows to a point where it is not just a feeling…
  • 3 Things That Slow Down Intimacy With God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The point of breakthrough in our walk with God comes when we learn intimacy. Many of us have a relationship with God but we don’t have intimacy. We read our bibles and go to church, but it ends there. God is saying, “I desire more than that.” As believers, we should acknowledge that it’s only by God’s grace that we can walk close to Him. There are three different levels of walking with God: 1. Relationship 2. Fellowship 3. Intimacy Relationship is the first level when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts. We begin our walks with God with consistent times of…
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  • Nigerian Elections, Goodluck Jonathan, and the legendary TB Joshua

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    TB Joshua’s critics seemed to be having a swell time with the “prediction” that TB Joshua was preparing a post-election prophecy video that would attest to the fact that he predicted the winner of the Nigerian 2015 elections. They hinted this, and supported it with obnoxious twitter messages of like-minded individuals to them. Surprisingly things took […]
  • T.B. Joshua Euro Prophecy: Fact or Fiction?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    We apologize to our readers for not posting for quite a while now, with a lot going on in the Joshua sphere. Amidst all the argument, complaints, and doubts pervading the blogosphere on TB Joshua, one thing remains unequivocally clear, TB Joshua’s deeds need no articles, blogs, jingles or arguments to validate. The very nature […]

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Referring to the new Morning water as an upgrade to the former anointed water, TB Joshua proceeded to demonstrate the higher level of anointing present in the morning water, which according to him surpasses its predecessor, the anointed water. This he not only boldly asserted, but also went ahead to prove by administering it to […]

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    TB Joshua has treated the lame, the blind, the deaf, the HIV Positive, and has cured them but when he treated the fool, he failed to cure him. And if you think TBJ is one to blame,remember it is written thus: Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, […]
  • SCOAN building Structural Failure: THE WHOLE TRUTH

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    GOOD Morning Readers, Here today we have fresh facts on the Synagogue building collapse in a playlist of 23 videos released via’s youtube channel. Contained in these videos are facts never considered by the mainstream media and journalists, or perhaps they have been carefully covered up to silence the truth whose voice is ever […]
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • VIDEO: Transhuman beds?!?!?!?! "Sleep Number" tracks your private life

    Ken Ammi
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    You can view the images I used for this video here.
  • VIDEO: How James Cameron ripped off “The Terminator”

    Ken Ammi
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    James Cameron admitted to ripping off Harlan Jay Ellison’s Outer Limits episodes, “Soldier” and “Demon with a glass hand.” Additionally, he ripped off Sophia Stewart’s book “The Third Eye.” He also seems to have ripped off the Stargate SG-1 episode “Spirits” in making “Avatar.” The video is from taken from the YouTube channel “eye witness” video “1 Minute and 45 Seconds - Hidden in Plain Sight” with some editing and additions from a BBC documentary titled, “Real History of Science Fiction.” See my review of Sophia Stewart’s book/script “Matrix 4 The…
  • VIDEO: EPIC EPOCH update – 4-12-2015 AD

    Ken Ammi
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Here are the referenced articles: E.W. Bullinger’s “The Serpent of Genesis 3” Did Jesus teach the serpent seed of Satan theory in John 8? Arnold Murray and the serpent seed of Satan theory Clifton A. Emahiser’s serpent seed of Satan theory
  • The history of Mary’s assumption in to heaven

    Ken Ammi
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The history of Mary’s assumption in to heaven - A Catholic acquaintance is rather taken with employing one liner catch phrases into his claims about the Catholic church. For example, it is the almost 2,000 year old apostolic church that has always believed the same things.Well, he... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • VIDEO: Is Bill O'Reilly's book & movie "Killing Jesus" kosher? - John Ankerberg show

    Ken Ammi
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    See my article “Historical Jesus - Two Centuries Worth of Citations.” Here are links to the referenced books: Gary Habbermas, “Jesus Under Fire” Darrell Bock, “Studying the Historical Jesus”
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  • Dan Gayman - Jews as serpent seed of Satan

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Dan Gayman pertains to that which was chronicled in the article Serpent seed of Satan in British-Israelism, Anglo-Israelism and Christian Identity. Dan Gayman was a high school principal who now heads the Church of Israel. He had...
  • “Myth Taken: The Cultural Challenge to the Church” conference 2015 AD

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    The Evangelical Ministries to New Religions is featuring a conference titled, “Myth Taken: The Cultural Challenge to the Church.” As the conference’s site notes:Myth Taken: The Cultural Challenge to the Church will address a...
  • Wesley A. Swift - Jews as serpent seed of Satan, the KKK and pre-Adamic race

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Wesley A. Swift pertains to that which was chronicled in the article Serpent seed of Satan in British-Israelism, Anglo-Israelism and Christian Identity. Wesley A. Swift (1913-1970 AD) was a preacher, Ku Klux Klan recruiter who became...
  • Serpent seed of Satan in British-Israelism, Anglo-Israelism & Christian Identity

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    So called “Christian Identity” misidentifies the white “race” as being offspring of the “lost tribes” of Israel. This claim is coupled with the claim that there is a difference between Jews and Israelites. Some...
  • Clifton A. Emahiser’s serpent seed of Satan theory

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Clifton A. Emahiser established Non-Universal Teaching Ministries and the website emahiser.christogenea is “the official site for Clifton Emahiser's Watchman's Teaching Ministries.”In the website’s about page somewhat...
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • What’s wrong with Andrew Pyper’s novel “The Demonologist.”

    Derek Murphy
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    On a train from Toulouse to Barcelona this week I found myself without internet and searching my iPhone for something to read. I discovered Andrew Pyper‘s “The Demonologist” which I’d bought months before and quickly became enthralled. Like me, the main character (David) is an academic studying Paradise Lost, and reading Satan as the obvious hero of the story: a story about freedom, revolution, the right to self govern, and the tyrannical, irrational ruler he cannot escape. This reading of Paradise Lost is not a minority viewpoint – it’s hard to read…
  • The Daily Show talks about Islam Heretics

    Derek Murphy
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Criticism of Islam can result in very nasty and very personal backlashes, as Sam Harris continues to notice, but I was a little surprised to watch John Stewart grill Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Daily show on the March 23, 2015 episode. John often meets with authors promoting their books, and mostly laughs, pitches them softball questions and tells people to go buy the book. With Ayaan, who was there to promote her book “Heretic,” he immediately focuses in on this question, “What is it, do you think, that is inherently different about Islam?” For John, Islam is just a…
  • “Dig” pilot… a new version of the biblical apocalypse?

    Derek Murphy
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    As a theology major with his own plans to write bible-based apocalyptic fiction, I was excited to see a new TV show out with some great actors. On the one hand, the same topics are recycled so blatantly from other sources it’s cliche on cliche… -A handsome FBI agent called to Israel to chase down a murderer who stole an antiquity… -An attractive red haired archaeologist (also American of course) on a dig under the Temple Mount looking for the Ark of the Covenant. He’s a non-believer, she’s spiritual and alternative. She reminds him of the daughter he just lost…
  • Santa, Satan, St. Nick and Krampus (the moral fluctuation of holiday heroes and villains)

    Derek Murphy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 am
    The holidays are always a strange time. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years – it can be argued that astrological events led to the creation of religious practice – but different cultures celebrate in unique fashions. But modern Western culture embraces such a confusing hodgepodge it’s bound to cause discord. One baptist minister for example is drawing heat for a church sign that reads “Santa is Satan.” He’s not the first Christian to complain that “Jesus is the reason for the season” and Santa is just a commercial…
  • I.Origins – Does faith pervert science?

    Derek Murphy
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    It’s a classic love story. Boy meets girl. Girl is wistful and spiritual, boy is scientific and needs facts and data. (Spoiler Alert!) Girl gets cut in half when elevator fails. Besides having the most gruesomely tragic death scene I’ve ever witnessed – something out of a  Final Destination movie – I.Origins starring Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Michael Pitt is an interesting, in-depth look at God, faith, spirituality and the space between. In the metaphor that frames the storyline, worms have no eyes: they can’t imagine that light exists. But…
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    Set Apart People

  • Pesach – come experience Jerusalem

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    This week we celebrated the feasts of Pesach, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits.  This meant that we did not prepare a study.  However, as we did previously, we will try to share the Jerusalem experience.  During the first part of the feasts we have taken a number of pictures for you to see what happens in Jerusalem during Pesach. Pesach, like Sukkot, is always an extremely busy time in the city.  Police implement crowd control measures that mean that some streets get closed off and some passages are converted to one-way traffic.  Of course, this means that traffic backs up in all…
  • Why does evil seem to prevail?

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    We live in a wonderful world, the beauty of creation declares YHVH’s existence. You can’t study the detail of any created being or plant without realizing that there is a Designer of it all. It can’t just happen by chance. YHVH created every intricate detail of existence. He designed it meticulously and we have yet to discover many facets of it. Modern science has touched the tip of it, but cannot claim they know or have discovered all there is to know. YHVH is in control of all this, and He has a plan, He knows the end from the beginning. Nothing is random or chaos.
  • National and Personal redemption, both are required

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
      “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”(Eze 18:20) The Apostle Paul also teaches that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12) Each of us is responsible for him or herself in the sense that we are to repent of our own sins when we become aware of it. However, there is something to be said about national…
  • The Sabbath, a delight?

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    To observe the Sabbath is to experience a little bit of eternity. When we spend the Sabbath in the way YHVH intended for us to spend it, we experience blessing, joy, love and insurmountable peace. It becomes the center of the week, a day to look forward to, a delight indeed. My favorite day of the week. In this article we will look at the practical observance of the Sabbath. Many people are new to this, but even for those who have been keeping the Sabbath for years, let this be a refresher for you. We all need it sometimes just to refocus or to realize how good we have it to be able to…
  • Having an attitude of gratitude

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I believe that one of the reasons YHVH gives us children is to teach us about ourselves :) Consider what happens when we give our children everything they desire at the very moment they want it? They get spoiled. When children are spoiled and told that they can’t have something, they pout and sulk. Some will even storm off or throw a tantrum. It is usually an ugly display of discontentment. This display is not only a result of their emotional state, but often to manipulate parents into giving in. This conduct is not unique to children. When things don’t go our way, we sometimes…
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  • Easter: The Resurrection of Purple Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Last Supper - Pieter Pourbus 1548 - oil on oak panelSpring is here. The tulips are in bloom, unwrapping their petals to greet the morning sun and closing them tightly at dusk. Leaves are sprouting on deciduous trees, turning the neighborhood green. The days are longer and warm. Children shout and play in the sunshine, delighted there is no school. It’s Easter week, and everyone knows what that most venerated Christian holiday means: purple eggs and chocolate bunnies. Well, it also happens to be the remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection of the Christian Messiah, Jesus.No one…
  • The Bible: The Most Edited Book in History

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Gutenberg Bible - Lenox Copy - New York Public Library Sunday, November 23rd, is the first day of National Bible Week in America, the country with the largest Christian population in, well...the entire world. Seventy-eight percent of America’s 318 million citizens identify themselves as Christians. So, it comes as no surprise that the book on which Christians base not just their faith but their eternity is celebrated with its very own week. The 1940 brainchild of the National Bible Association, the event was designed to promote the Bible’s values and—as posted on their Facebook page--to…
  • Let's Party Like it's 1864! - Honest Abe's Imagination Celebration

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno hosted a steampunk-themed party Saturday, November 1, to celebrate the State’s sesquicentennial anniversary. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, just days before Abraham Lincoln’s November 8 presidential re-election. The four story museum was transformed into party central, with bars and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres on three of its four levels. El Radio Fantastique rocked the ground level with a Halloween- and Steampunk-themed show, featuring genre-defying music that seemed to be a dreamlike, 19th century, modern rock fusion.While a…
  • CHRISTMAS: The Multiple Personality Disorder Holiday

    14 Dec 2013 | 1:29 pm
    Christmas Display - Saugus, MA Thanksgiving is over. Whew! Dishes are done; aspirin and antacid swallowed; lost football bets paid; and millions of post-feast diet resolutions promised. If you finagled Friday as a bonus day off, then you enjoyed a long weekend recovery from a tryptophan induced coma or clan overdose. Unless, of course, you weathered Black Friday swarms to get a head start on the Christmas shopping list. Now it’s time to dust off Christmas decorations, check bulbs on strings of lights, and shop for a tree. How did it come to this—the frenetic holiday season with stressed…
  • A Traditional Thanksgiving, au Naturel?

    23 Nov 2013 | 3:56 pm
    William Tyndale Thanksgiving is nearly here. Families are making travel arrangements; supermarkets are stocking 45 million turkeys for the celebration; Autumn partiers are making booze runs; and sports fans are checking the football lineup. Tales of the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving celebrated with the local Indian tribe are being polished for retelling. But, the origins of the family holiday began well before the 1620 Atlantic crossing. Thanksgiving in America was the result of events caused by the Tyndale Bible: the first, mass-produced English…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-069 But She Did

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    There is an old saying that roads are paved with good intentions, and in today’s fast-paced, me-oriented society, it was never more evident. People are so consumed with their own lives, problems, and time famine that they barely have time to think of others. In this podcast, Tony talks about those people that put service … Read More →
  • Statement or Legacy

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    This week we learned of the death of Lauren Hill, the 19 year old basketball player from Cincinnati. Lauren died from DIPG, a form of brain cancer, diagnosed 18 months ago. Last August I paralleled the lives of two terminally ill cancer patients, in a blog post titled, Rejoice in Suffering. Brittany Maynard had brain … Read More →
  • FGG-068 That Was Yesterday

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    My friend was an atheists and a struggling alcoholic.  In one of several attempts to overcome his alcohol addiction, he placed a 3X5 card on our shared bulletin board with the words, “That was Yesterday.”  In this podcast, Tony talks about experiencing a metanoia, and turning away from yesterday and looking forward to tomorrow. Scripture: … Read More →
  • The Prodigal You Love (Book Review)

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the biggest issues that face Catholic faithful today is that fact that their children have left the faith. Many feel like they have failed to raise their children correctly. Others just choose not to talk about it. In her book, The Prodigal You Love, Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church, Sister Theresa … Read More →
  • Leave It at the Altar

    5 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Today, as many of us get ready to go off to Easter mass we are … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    As a Catholic newbie, getting to know the Bible was high on my priority list, and I do feel like I’m light years ahead of where I started two to three years ago. Simply going to mass weekly (if not daily) and reading the daily readings, as well as subscribing to FlockNote’s free daily Gospel […] The post Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • How to Easily Start a Conversation about Catholicism — Anywhere

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    As Catholics, we tend to dismiss our abilities to evangelize and to “witness” our Christian faith to others. We say we’re not good at it, at least not as good as Protestants, and we certainly don’t want to bash people over the head with our faith. No, we don’t! But, as Catholics, I’ve discovered several […] The post How to Easily Start a Conversation about Catholicism — Anywhere appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 11 Ways to Work the Rosary into your Busy Day

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    As we get into the heart of Lent, I highly encourage you to make praying the rosary daily a priority in your life. If you just don’t think you’ve got 20 minutes to sit down and ask for Mary’s prayers as you reflect on the life of her Son, let me find 20 minutes for […] The post 11 Ways to Work the Rosary into your Busy Day appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Catholic Approach to Dealing With Difficult People

    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    This is a wonderful post on dealing with difficult people, especially those who have wronged us and may not have apologized. This is from Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. from The Charity We are Called To Emulate Especially With Difficult People If we feel a natural aversion toward someone, or if a certain […] The post A Catholic Approach to Dealing With Difficult People appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Road Map to Christian Maturity in the New Year

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
      All of my life I’ve sought to grow and become the best person I can be (though I have failed miserably on that attempt over and over). After so much seeking, I eventually realized Catholicism is the best, most proven path to self-improvement. Father Ron Rolheiser, whose book “The Holy Longing” I reviewed previously, has […] The post A Road Map to Christian Maturity in the New Year appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Can They Make Glasses for This? Myoptic Visions and Human Limitation

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Myopic visions of reality are a basic human trait. The mind is incapable of tracking enough information for a person to see everything, to know everything, to anticipate the effects of everything on other things. Thus, people tend to fixate on a few things and track those, to use those few things as a lens for discerning the nature of everything else. They can’t help it. When my grandmother was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, she struggled to keep track of the goings on in the house, the dusting, the vacuuming, the laundry, and a hundred other tasks that made for comfortable…
  • Without a Vision… People Misinterpret Proverbs 29:18; Radio Spot. Take a Listen

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am In this edited sermon, I address the common misinterpretation of the line in Isaiah 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish. First people fail to quote the whole proverb. It goes, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The second half is sort of important… it explains the first part. This is not about organization goals… it’s about prophetic revelation at work in society through Torah. The Christian tends to…
  • What Does “Son of God” Really Mean in the Gospel of Mark

    Andrew Sargent
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am pleased to welcome Othello Mugugu back as a guest blogger today. He originally hails from Zimbabwe, has a Bachelors from Northpoint Bible College, Serves in the American Army, is just completing his Masters in Religious Studies from Providence College in Providence Rhode Island. Today he has allowed me to post a copy of his recent paper on the meaning of calling Jesus the Son of God in the Gospel of Mark. I hope you enjoy it.  What Does “Son of God” Really Mean in the Gospel of Mark By tracking the literary development of Jesus’ identity within Mark in light of the labels…
  • The Great Miracle Worker… the Radio Spot. Take a Listen.

    Andrew Sargent
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am This is the heavily edited 6th narrative sermon in the Gospel of Mark. Here Mark uses a repeating story structure to portray Jesus as a deified man who overcomes the impossible in bigger than life miracles after the experts of the day have done all that the could and failed. He works the theme of faith and its role in bringing the desperate to Jesus for help that only He can give. Jesus calms the wind and sea, casts out a legion of demons with a word, accidentally heals a women by the shear…
  • True and False Religion… the Radio Spot. Take a Listen

    Andrew Sargent
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am This is the 8th narrative sermon in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus’ confrontation of the Pharisaic regulations called “The Traditions of the Elders,” which are a body of 18 new oral laws passed by the religious leaders in order to drive a wedge of hatred between the Jew and the Gentile. Jesus makes bold declarations about the nature of true and false defilement, and then turns to conduct yet another excursion into Gentile territory replicating his greatest miracles among…
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  • What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?

    Fr. Peter
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fr. Peter discusses the sacrifice of Abraham in light of what we are asked to do as Christians. The post What Are You Willing to Sacrifice? appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Pastoral Vision

    Fr. Peter
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      I was asked recently to share what my vision was for pastoral ministry in the 21st century world we live in.  Pastors have many responsibilities and casting a vision is one of those responsibilities.  We can cast the vision, we can even sell it, but there has to be a community of believers willing […] The post Pastoral Vision appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Humanity of Jesus

    Fr. Peter
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
      I am not a big fan of biblical movies.  Now I will admit I do like the 10 Commandments, but the recent, so-called, biblical movies have been more movie than the bible.  However, I recently had the opportunity to watch Jesus Christ Superstar, and I find it somewhat interesting.  The movie was made in […] The post The Humanity of Jesus appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Sacrifice of Abraham

    Fr. Peter
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    In previous essays, I asked you, dear readers, to meditate on the cost of the cross.  The cross of Jesus had a cost, and each of us must think about what that cost is if we are going to truly be followers of Jesus in our lives.  If there is no cost, there can be […] The post The Sacrifice of Abraham appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • New England Churches: The Methodist Episcopal Church of Prescott Massachusetts

    Fr. Peter
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    Located on the grounds of the Swift River Valley Historical Society is the former Methodist Episcopal Church of North Prescott Massachusetts.  Built in 1837 this building was slated for demolition during the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir.  The people of the former town of Prescott Massachusetts did not wish to see their church demolished and […] The post New England Churches: The Methodist Episcopal Church of Prescott Massachusetts appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • John Travolta: “The Church has been so Beautiful for Me”

    Alex Rodriguez
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Church of Scientology has been receiving a lot of attention by the media recently. John Travolta was was asked about his latest thoughts about Scientology during a phone call regarding the premiere of his new film The Forger. Travolta said “I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?” Travolta said in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times. “It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom (Cruise), I imagine.” He went on to say the church helped him through personal…
  • How does being a Scientology Clear help the individual?

    Alex Rodriguez
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    The Scientology Parent blog published another superb article. This time it’s an interview with two parents who have both received Scientology auditing and achieved the State of Clear. The details about how Scientology auditing can help settle down a home and bring some well-deserved relief for parents can be found here: There has been and always will be talk about Scientology in the media. But really the media will never show you an inside look into a family and how they practice their religion.
  • How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News

    Alex Rodriguez
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News. The post How Scientology Saved Andrew Gason from a Life of Crime – World Religion News appeared first on Real Scientology Beliefs.
  • The Scientology Superbowl Ad 2015

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you’re in a city that played the Scientology Commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl, then you probably saw the Scientology Commercial this year during the Super Bowl XLIX too. The 2015 Ad showed in these cities (and probably more that I don’t know about): Washington D.C. Nashville, Tennesse Sacramento, California Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Seattle, Washington Cincinnati, Ohio Denver, Colorado Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas New York City, New York I already explained the meaning of the 2014 commercial in my post:…
  • Happy New Year Wishes – Map Your Future

    Alex Rodriguez
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Happy New Years! I hope that you make this year the best year ever. There are so many opportunities in the future and so much to do. Seize the day and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. “One predicts the future as much as one is cause. The future isn’t a pattern laid out to abuse or bully you. “The future is a beautiful playground that nobody happens to be combining. You talk about virgin territory—the most virgin territory there is, is the future.” L. Ron Hubbard, From the 2nd American Advanced Clinical Course Download: Wide Screen | Normal…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Choose the Road to Somewhere (Verneda Lights)
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Caution infernal traffic (Photo credit: Duncan) Everyday is a crossroad where we chose which way to go. Every day you wake up, there two ways to decide which path(s) to take: You can rely on your ability to reason, or you can ask the Lord and choose to walk by faith. The problem with relying on reason, is that making right decisions depends on having perfect knowledge and understanding of all facts past, present, future. This is impossible for humans. Asking the Lord to help you choose the right road, is the perfect but least comfortable way to make a decision. It’s perfect, because…
  • Everybody Has a Gift From God (What’s Yours?) (Verneda Lights)
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    …But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 geralt / Pixabay While straightening out kitchen cabinets, I came across a jar of home-made Kosher dill pickles nestled among a jar of preserves. The preserves and the pickles were made by a neighbor, who regularly gifts us with her dazzlingly packaged, mouth-watering goodies. I didn’t waste any time opening the jar of Kosher dills, closed my eyes, and blissfully crunched away, careful to catch the juice with a paper towel. Some gifts are obvious, and still others are like…
  • He’s an On-Time God (Yes He Is!) (Verneda Lights)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    He’s an On-Time God (If video does not immediately appear, please refresh your page.) Some people get frustrated with God’s timing. They think that He takes too long to take care of business. But that is not the case. 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV) says: 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. The Lord is patient, even with those who do wrong. Even when we do wrong. In His patient, perfect, timing, correction and punishment are just.
  • The Love of Money (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Avarice, (extreme greed or all a consuming desire for material gain), is one of the seven deadly sins, and rightly so: When your desire for riches consumes you, you will do everything within your power to get it. You will lie, cheat, steal, develop evil schemes, murder, rape, plunder, etc., regardless of consequences to others or even yourself. To value money above all is against the will of God. As today’s verses state: People who love money, “have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The word for today is #money. Beware! 1 Timothy 6: 9-11 says:…
  • A Time for Peace (Not Vengeance) (Verneda Lights)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
        The United States of America has long lingered at the cross roads of racial aggression. For centuries, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, governors, mayors, judges, teachers, administrators, parents, pastors, and captains of industry have conspired to oppress and exploit black and working class citizens. This is not just my opinion. This is an established truth that we all must deal with. Yet, the shadow of the cross falls even at the cross roads of racial aggression. Racial hatred is a sin, and Christ died to wash all sin from the human heart. The deaths of unarmed black…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • Eyes Wide Open

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

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

    4 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Praying the Rosary can be a challenge.The 15 minutes required to complete the meditation (for some reason) appear as 15 hours, longer than a session of heavy cleaning…or working out. Should you manage to overcome the “time constraint” and actually pick up some beads, you are faced with new obstacles. You must sit idle and focus – kind of like when you binge watch Netflix, only not. What’s more? You are expected to meditate, not only upon the words of the various prayers, but upon the Mysteries of the Rosary depicting key events in Christ’s life. Needless to say, the Rosary is not…
  • A Letter to My God Daughter

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    I saw my God Daughter last night. As soon as I walked through the door, she ran and clung to me in greeting, and my heart instantly melted. I remember when she was a baby, seated atop her high chair while throwing her lunch at the wall. Six years later, she has grown into a vivacious character who enjoys dancing and singing and cheering and discovering the world around her. She is also (if I do say so myself) quite the comedian.But I will be honest, I worry for her. I suppose any adult who loves a child looks at the world in light of that child. What will this world do to her? How will it…
  • Jesus, take the wheel.

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

  • Evidence is for Silly Nannies

    John Holland
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    I would like to post an expanded version of a short article that I originally shared in November 2013. It fits well with the Easter season. The original title is My Very Own Historical Jesus and can also be found in … Continue reading →
  • Introducing Hinduism

    John Holland
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    It was especially difficult to introduce Hinduism to the students of the World Religion class. The many religious traditions of India are intertwined throughout a long and complex history; and maybe we are wrong in our attempt to discern a single … Continue reading →
  • Mundus, caro, et diabolus

    John Holland
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Anyone studying the religions of the world will encounter from time to time the notion that all religion is somehow fundamentally anti-human; all religion seems to denounce and find fault with life-on-planet-Earth. Are there any religions that do not reject our … Continue reading →
  • Religion’s Roots in Indigenous Religion

    John Holland
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    The student who is truly attracted to the study of religion will benefit from the enormous number of sacred stories of indigenous religions collected by anthropologists. The roots of religion pass backward from ancient religion through indigenous religion into prehistoric … Continue reading →
  • Exegesis and other big words

    John Holland
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The rediscovery in the late nineteenth century of the Assyrian Empire in the north of present-day Iraq and, soon after, the rediscovery of the Sumerian civilization in the south, all began with an archaeology intending to find the civilizations mentioned in … Continue reading →
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    JW Alumni

  • Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult? Find out for yourself with these 7 Signs!

    Misha Anouk
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! No matter whether you are an active Jehovah’s Witness, a former member of or simply an individual interested in finding out more about the worldwide group of disciples of the so-called “Faithful and Discreet Slave”, you most certainly will have asked this question: Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult? Jehovah’s Witnesses and their organization (formerly known as […] Continue reading Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult? Find out for yourself with these 7 Signs! by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post…
  • Why I support the Indiegogo campaign for a Billboard raising awareness of the dangers of the Jehovah’s Witness cult

    Misha Anouk
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! An Indiegogo campaign born on reddit wants to raise money for a Billboard that warns about It will be placed along I-35 in Belton, TX, the main route those from Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas will use to get to the convention. This is why the campaign has my moral and financial support. I stand […] Continue reading Why I support the Indiegogo campaign for a Billboard raising awareness of the dangers of the Jehovah’s Witness cult by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - International…
  • The Tragic Bottom Line Of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “Principled Love”: What “Respecting The Disfellowshipping Decision” Really Means

    Misha Anouk
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Today I realized what the “principled love” of Jehovah’s Witnesses, i.e. “respecting the disfellowshipping decision” really means: Our families and former friends would rather spend eternity without us than spend the rest of their lives with us (and thereby risking their paradise hope). I rest my case Recommended Reading regarding the ‘shunning policy': Watchtower: Families Can Show […] Continue reading The Tragic Bottom Line Of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “Principled Love”: What…
  • Dear Excommunication does not have to mean ‘no communication’. Regards, Catholic Church

    Misha Anouk
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Let us not mince words: The shunning policy is no holds barred emotional blackmail through social isolation (read our in-depth analysis of the FAQ von shunning). Watchtower apologists often reference the Catholic Church’s excommunication practice to emphasize that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not that much different from other christian denominations. While that is quite a turd of an argument in […] Continue reading Dear Excommunication does not have to mean ‘no communication’. Regards, Catholic…
  • Yes, it is a big deal that the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is now a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Here’s why.

    Misha Anouk
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! The “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe who killed 13 women has become a Jehovah’s Witness. This is a little rant about why I feel it is wrong [warning: explicit content]. Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe’s baptism as a Jehovah’s Witness has yet to be verified. But for now we do know for sure he has been associating with Jehovah’s […] Continue reading Yes, it is a big deal that the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is now a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Here’s why. by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post…
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    Uncompromised Men

  • 10 No-Excuse Ways To Become A Better Man Today

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

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

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

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

    Jacob McMillen
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Throughout my life, I’ve heard countless people attempt to philosophize about God. And I’ve noticed a very similar thread through most of the arguments. People say, “If there is a God, I’d walk right up to Him and say, ‘How dare you!? Children suffering? Natural disasters? Constant death all over the world?’ Either this God is evil or He is just awful at His job. Why would I want any part of that?” The consistent sentiment is that God is either: Evil Uncaring or Incompetent The core of this perspective is emotion. People tend to equate what they feel…
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