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  • Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls

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    Timothy C. Morgan
    22 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup. Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, apologized for acting “inexcusably” after InTouch, a gossip website, revealed that he had “forcibly fondled” 5 girls, all minors, when he was about 15 years old. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took…
  • Review: Tomorrowland

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    Jackson Cuidon
    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Hollywood is fighting its own Loudness War, and this movie definitely isn’t helping. mpaa rating:PG (For sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.)Genre:Adventure, Family, Science FictionTheatre Release:May 22, 2015 by Disney I should start out by disclaiming that I am kind of a Brad Bird mega-fan, coming just short of having a framed picture of the director on my mantelpiece. When I review sub-par kids’ movies for this site, I frequently have to re-write my conclusions to be something other than just “Watch The Iron Giant/The Incredibles…
  • Some Soul Searching Questions on God

    Technology of the Heart
    23 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Some one asked some soul searching questions on God and awareness. I am quoting the question here:So how much of me is God and how much of God is me? When all the universe is God (creation I would say is nearly the same) am I not part of this universe? when I think about it all I can really put the finger on (as to who or what I am) is awareness, this makes me think well what is this awareness? Science now explains that physical reality is in some way subservient to what we think is occurring (does anything actually occur?) then reality is connected to consciousness which is connected to…
  • Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’

    Religion News Service
    David Gibson
    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) “Am I grateful for this?” says renowned spirituality author Phyllis Tickle, facing Stage IV lung cancer. “Not exactly. But I’m not unhappy about it. And that’s very difficult for people to understand.” The post Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • The Book of Ruth

    Jewish Treats
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Ruth was the Moabite wife of Machlon, one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi, a wealthy couple who had fled Bethlehem during a bitter famine. Elimelech's family had settled in Moab, a neighboring country with which Israel had a history of conflict.When Elimelech and his two sons died, Naomi chose to return to her homeland. Her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, decided to go with her. When they reached Israel, however, Naomi urged them to go back to their fathers’ homes. Orpah did leave. Ruth refused, declaring: "Where you [Naomi]  go, I shall go, your people will be my people, your…
 
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  • Summer Shows – Let the Games Begin

    jtotey
    25 May 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Now that we got most of the series and season finales done, summer time game shows hit the small screen in a big way. This week, eight new and/or returning reality/game shows debut with a total of 13 or so debuting in the coming months. NBC is the leader of pack with the largest selection of shows which makes sense since they have had good luck with ratings for American Ninja Warrior, America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing – all three returning. But, all of the four major networks have something new to share. One notable absence is Wipeout, the silly slapstick competition show that's…
  • hunting for home

    Britton Gildersleeve
    25 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    from fiddler's green, blacksburgLooking for a house is hard. Looking while recognising that this will be your long-term home -- not a rental, not a summer vacation -- is even harder.You find yourself confronting unspoken pre-reqs. And sometimes, unfortunately, even the happiest of couples have different pre-reqs. Which makes for...interesting conversations. :)My beloved & I are finally on task to move to be w/ our son, DIL, & grandson. So obviously we need someplace to live (believe it or not, the 'kids' don't want parents living forever in their basement!).I want small -- little to clean up,…
  • Behind the Scenes: Jurassic World

    Nell Minow
    25 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Here's a great sneak peek inside "Jurassic World," coming to theaters on June 12, 2015.
  • Wars Not Make One Great

    Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW
    25 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. which commemorates those whose lives have been taken on the battlefield. It has become a harbinger of summer, although the season doesn't officially begin until the solstice on June 21st at 12:38pm. Cookouts, parties and parades are part and parcel of the extension of the weekend. People sometimes use the greeting of Happy Memorial Day, which pushes buttons, since there really is nothing happy about war and the toll it extracts on many generations of families. My father was a veteran of the Korean War and WWII and loved watching military shows like Combat,…
  • Tribute: Anne Meara

    Nell Minow
    25 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Today we mourn the loss of actress/comedian Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of actor/director Ben Stiller.Stiller and Meara were a comedy team who appeared frequently on the Ed Sullivan show. Their humor often focused on their differences as a couple -- she was Irish Catholic and he was Jewish. This bit from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was inspired by an early precursor to eHarmony and Match.com.In the 1970's they created a charming series of radio commercials for Blue Nun wine.Here they are on What's My Line?Jerry Stiller paid tribute to her in his memoir, Married to…
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  • Mary, the Empire Builder

    Stephen Beale
    25 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Julius Caesar was a general, an empire-builder, and the consort of Cleopatra, a woman who died a bloody death at the hands of political enemies. Mary was a teenager and a virgin, who spoke with the angel and gave birth to God Incarnate. To say the two had little in common seems a gross understatement. But here they are casually compared side-by-side in these lines of Dante’s Purgatorio: Blessed Mary sought with haste The hilly region. Caesar to subdue Ilerda, darted in Marseilles his sting, And flew to Spain (Book 18). Those lines are shouted out by penitents whose sin of sloth is being…
  • Mary, Mother of the Persecuted

    Constance T. Hull
    25 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    There is little doubt that the situation for Christians in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Kenya, and other countries is dire. The number of martyrs for this year alone has reached well into the thousands. In the West attacks on Christian conscience have left multiple business owners with no livelihood or exorbitant fines. To the person who is paying attention to the times, there can be little doubt that the persecution promised by Our Lord is very real in our present age. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher,…
  • The Dignity and Vocation of Priests

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    25 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Jesus said:  “The Harvest is rich but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers.”  Essential to the extension of the Kingdom and the salvation of souls is the Sacrament of Holy Orders, that we call the priesthood. One of the greatest priests in the history of the Church, who spent close to forty years in the Parish of Ars, spending from thirteen to eighteen hours on a daily basis in the confessional, reconciling souls to God, commented on the indispensable presence of the priesthood. This was the Saint John M. Vianney, known as the Cure of Ars…
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    Michael Lichens
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In this Gospel, Jesus assures us that if we follow him and the Gospel, we shall “receive a hundred times as much in this present age… and in the age to come: eternal life.” But sometimes when we feel like we are at our lowest point, following the Gospel by doing what is good and avoiding what is evil leads us to question God. We ask, “What have we done to deserve these sufferings?” We forget why we followed God and the Gospel. Also, we tend to do things only because it is the right thing to do. What used to be service to God becomes routine work without seeing the end goal of…
  • St. Philip Neri

    Saints Editor
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Italian priest St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) greatly contributed to the spiritual reformation of the Church in the sixteenth century. He was born in Florence to a wealthy family, and after receiving a good education, was apprenticed to a relative with a flourishing business which Philip was intended to inherit. However, after having a mystical experience, Philip decided to devote himself entirely to religious matters. He went to Rome to study philosophy and theology, and supported himself by tutoring. Saddened by the immoral state of the city, Philip formed a group of young men who met…
 
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  • How “Clutter” Can Kill Your Creativity

    philcooke
    23 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  Now, The Wall […]
  • Why You Need an “Elevator Pitch” For Your Life

    philcooke
    20 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you work in the entertainment industry you know about “elevator pitches.” Essentially, the idea here in Hollywood is that if you meet a big producer or movie studio executive in an elevator, you should be able to deliver a summary of your movie idea in the time span of an elevator ride, or roughly […]
  • Leaders Should Never Control Employees By Keeping Secrets

    philcooke
    18 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    This post isn’t about leaders keeping secrets about sexual affairs, mismanaged money, or harassment. That’s bad enough.  But this is about leaders who use secrets to control people and expand their power. Early in my career I worked for a leader who used secrecy to consolidate his authority. By withholding information from certain staff members, […]
  • Turn Your Resume Into A Ticket To The Future

    philcooke
    17 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Most people look at a resume incorrectly. Too many think it’s a document that tracks your life and career. But the truth is, a good resume is the ultimate calling card – it’s the movie trailer for your life.  A resume’s task isn’t to get you the job, it’s to get you in the door […]
  • The One Thing You Should Never Do in a PR Crisis

    philcooke
    13 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Every organization – particularly nonprofits and religious organizations – should be ready for a public relations crisis, but sadly, very few actually are ready when it happens.  In today’s digital world, there are many more opportunities for mistakes, moral compromises, and financial wrongdoing.  This earlier post is a great conversation about what to do during a […]
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  • Statement of Support for Duggar Family from Evangelism Explosion International

    25 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Contact: Debbie Revitzer, 828-214-5686, drevitzer@eeworks.org ARDEN, NC, May 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Evangelism Explosion International President John B. Sorensen issued the following statement of support today for the family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: "Evangelism Explosion fully supports the family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with this wonderful family as they are forced to relive a dark and difficult episode from 12 years ago. Source: Evangelism Explosion International
  • Empowered21 Concludes with Service of Honor, Impartation

    25 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    Contact: Jeremy Burton, Senior Director for University Relations, 918-495-6649, Jburton@oru.edu; Carissa Bratschun, Public Relations Specialist, 918-495-7337, Cbratschun@oru.edu; both with Oral Roberts University JERUSALEM, May 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Empowered21 Global Congress concluded with a powerful service of worship, praise, impartation and honoring. The gathering of more than 4,500 delegates from more than 70 countries took place at the Jerusalem Pais Arena wh Source: Oral Roberts University
  • Statement on Irish Marriage Referendum

    23 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 202-457-8060, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org WASHINGTON, May 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following statement may be attributed to Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage in Washington, DC: "We want to thank David Quinn and The Iona Institute for fighting the good fight running the No campaign against tremendous odds in Ireland. "We are disappointed but not surprised with the apparent passag Source: National Organization for Marriage
  • New Search Engine to Promote Christian and Family Oriented Websites and Businesses

    23 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Contact: Chris Lind, 813-777-6145 BRANDON, Fla., May 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- TrueSearch.today is a new search engine that promotes Christian and family oriented websites and businesses. They are in the early stages of development and are asking all Christian churches, and Christian and family oriented websites and businesses, to please submit their website to TrueSearch for inclusion in search results. Small and startup businesses are especially encouraged to submit their website Source: TrueSearch
  • Christian Conference of Asia: Colourful Welcome with Urgent Issues on the Agenda

    22 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Contact: WCC Media Office, +41-79-507-6363 JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under the theme "Living Together in the Household of God," some 440 representatives of member churches and partner bodies from 28 countries gathered on Thursday 21 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the opening of the Christian Conference of Asia's (CCA) 14th General Assembly.Photo: WCC associate general secretary Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri addresses the CCA General Assembly.The six-da Source: World Council of Churches
 
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  • Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made

    Ed Stetzer
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Remember the lives people have given to maintain the freedom we have to worship in this country. Although I am in Brazil, I think that patriotic days like this are important—and as a dual citizen, of the United States and the Kingdom of God, I celebrate these days even when I am far away. So, today, my family and I will take a moment, thank God for the freedom we have in the nation we lived, and pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones in the service of our nation. In memory of this United States Memorial Day, I am posting a speech was given over fifteen years ago by…
  • Review: Tomorrowland

    Jackson Cuidon
    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Hollywood is fighting its own Loudness War, and this movie definitely isn’t helping. mpaa rating:PG (For sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.)Genre:Adventure, Family, Science FictionTheatre Release:May 22, 2015 by Disney I should start out by disclaiming that I am kind of a Brad Bird mega-fan, coming just short of having a framed picture of the director on my mantelpiece. When I review sub-par kids’ movies for this site, I frequently have to re-write my conclusions to be something other than just “Watch The Iron Giant/The Incredibles…
  • Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls

    Timothy C. Morgan
    22 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup. Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, apologized for acting “inexcusably” after InTouch, a gossip website, revealed that he had “forcibly fondled” 5 girls, all minors, when he was about 15 years old. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took…
  • The Key to Prosperity

    Bruce Wydick
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    It's not knowledge or work ethic, it turns out. What are the most important qualities of a society that allow economic prosperity to take root? A lust for learning and knowledge? A blistering work ethic? Increasingly, academic research has highlighted a characteristic that may surprise many: Social trust. Trust and its inseparable counterpart, trustworthiness, are themes that run strongly throughout Scripture. Trustworthy people are continually held in high esteem throughout the Bible (Exod. 18:20, Neh. 13:13, Dan. 6:4, Luke 19:17, 1 Cor. 4:2, 1 Tim. 3:11). Trust and trustworthiness are…
  • The Christians Who Annoy Us Are the Christians We Need Most

    Fred Sanders
    22 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Why learning from those outside your tribe is essential to the church’s witness. Confronted with the stubborn fact of church disunity, every new generation of Christians asks the same question: “Why can’t we all just get along?” And every old generation has the same set of answers at the ready. “We already tried to get along before you got here,” say some. “All the things that divide us are nonnegotiable,” say others. In any generation, the friction among Christian “tribes” is palpable. Collin Hansen, the editorial director for the…
 
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • The Snow Queen (Continued)

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Frederica reads part three of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
  • 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.
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  • Our government must talk to Muslim teens – and be honest about its mistakes | Deborah Orr

    Deborah Orr
    25 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    The burden to stop radicalisation is placed on Muslim parents. Instead, our politicians need to build an honest narrative and acknowledge catastrophic errorsDwell too much on the threat of Isis and you could go insane. The reports of what’s going on in Syria and Iraq are ghastly enough. But speculative reports, like the one saying that Isis is “infinitely” closer to building a nuclear weapon than it was a year ago, or the one warning that the UK should restrict sales of chlorine for fear of a chemical attack in Britain, have huge capacity to spread fear and paranoia, which you can’t…
  • Giles Fraser: my hopes for the Occupy St Paul's drama that puts me on the stage

    Giles Fraser
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    When anti-capitalist protesters set up camp on the steps of St Paul’s in London, its canon chancellor found himself at the heart of a crisis that shook the church even more than the City. As a new play, Temple, explores the affair, he questions the very existence of the cathedral itselfOn the afternoon of 26 October 2011, the cathedral chapter of St Paul’s came together for a hastily convened meeting. Some were absent, but there were enough of us to make a decision. And there was only one item on the agenda: the eviction of Occupy. Everyone was tired. Everyone was emotional. The previous…
  • Jihadi threat requires move into 'private space' of UK Muslims, says police chief

    Vikram Dodd Crime correspondent
    24 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Exclusive: Britain’s most senior Muslim officer says potency of Islamist propaganda means some five-year-olds believe Christmas is forbiddenIslamist propaganda is so potent it is influencing children as young as five and should be countered with intensified monitoring to detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment, Britain’s most senior Muslim police chief has warned. Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children aged five had voiced opposition to marking Christmas, branding it as “haram” – forbidden by Islam. He also warned that there was no end in sight to the parade…
  • Same-sex marriage: Catholic church needs reality check, says Dublin archbishop

    Staff and agencies
    24 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    Diarmuid Martin, who says he voted no in Ireland’s historic referendum, believes decision symbolises a social revolutionOne of Ireland’s most senior Catholics has said the church needs a “reality check” following the country’s overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.The first gay marriages are likely to take place in the early autumn, after a referendum found 62% were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Related: Ireland becomes first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote Related: Ireland says yes to same-sex marriage…
  • Murphy-O’Connor: I should have insisted schools adopt abuse measures

    Steven Morris
    22 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor at Hay festival voices regret for not enforcing 2001’s Nolan report measures, as abuse continued at some Catholic schools The former Archbishop of Westminster has admitted he was wrong not to insist Catholic schools run by abbots adopt the recommendations of a report on child abuse in the church.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said he did not ensure that Benedictine schools accepted the measures set out in the report because bishops do not have authority over abbots. Related: Pope Francis must do more to protect children from Catholic church abuse | David…
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    Islamic Insights » Islamic Insights | Access to Education and the Muslim World

  • Access to Education and the Muslim World

    Asad Raza
    25 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Education is one of the most indispensable issues for all social reformers and policy makers. No breakthrough is possible without educating man and making him capable of acquiring basic cognitive
  • Ornament of the Worshippers

    Masooma A.
    24 May 2015 | 5:47 pm
    While sitting amongst a group of companions, Imam Zain ul-Abideen (as) remarked that a believer possesses five characteristics. A companion named Tawus ibn al-Yaman asked the Imam to mention them,
  • Abbas – Champion of Chivalry

    Jerrmein Abu Shahba
    23 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    It is very rare in history that a human being is created for the sake of another person and for the purpose of serving the cause of another human being.
  • Is Freedom of Speech Absolute?

    Jerrmein Abu Shahba
    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    One of the rights which civilized communities and societies agree that every individual must be able to enjoy is the right for freedom of speech. What exactly is freedom of
  • Unwise Conduct in Islam

    Jerrmein Abu Shahba
    18 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Sectarian violence has been on the rise in the past few decades across the Muslim world. There has been an increased effort to create sectarian divisions and instigate mischief between
 
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • A Night to Remember

    6 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Rice began noting how our community had "to overcome barriers of exclusion and intolerance" in order "to make sure Arab Americans are full participants in our democracy". And spoke of the role we now play in "helping to lead...on a range of civil rights and political rights issues".
  • Message and Method of the Prophet

    6 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Some of the major aspects of the mission and method of Prophet Muhammad are eloquently presented in a speech which one of his companions, Jafar, made to the Christian ruler of Abyssinia ..
  • How the Prophet Taught Moral Lessons

    5 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    In Madinah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to set aside time every morning to teach his Companions. He was renowned for his eloquence and clarity of speech. He did not speak too quickly, and though his phrasing was precise, he did not speak slowly, or in fragments with lots of pauses.
  • Freedom of Speech: An Islamic Perspective

    5 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Numerous examples can be cited from the Islamic history where freedom to express one's opinion not only existed but was also encouraged.
  • Moment of Silence

    5 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    As we all know, the media delight in us-vs.-them theatrics, so the aftermath of Freddy Gray's death is mostly portrayed thus, with the police realigning in America's collective awareness as the keepers of order, decked out in riot gear, ...
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    Lausanne Movement » Lausanne Movement - Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission

  • Bob Doll Member, Board of Directors

    Attila Nyari
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    USA Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series, consisting of nine strategies. Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management in 2012, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as Chief Equity Strategist at Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. He has 34 years of portfolio management experience, received a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh…
  • LINK Norway 2015

    Sarah Chang
    18 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    The Norwegian Council for Mission and Evangelism (NORME) invites evangelical leaders from Norway and beyond to ‘LINK Norway 2015′ in Oslo, Norway, on 8-9 September 2015. NORME is the merger of the Lausanne Movement, Evangelical Alliance, and the Norwegian Mission Council which has gathered leaders within the Body of Christ for the past ten years. Michael Oh, Executive Director/CEO of the Lausanne Movement, will be the main speaker. The first evening will be around ‘fruits of reconciliation’. Michael Oh will speak on 2 Corinthians 5:20 of being reconciled with God…
  • May 2015 Issue Overview

    Sarah Chang
    14 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Welcome to the May issue of Lausanne Global Analysis. Whether you are planning to read the full articles or just the executive summaries, we hope that you find this issue stimulating and useful. Our aim is to deliver strategic and credible analysis, information, and insight so that as an influencer you will be better equipped for the task of global mission. It’s our desire that the analysis of current and future trends and developments will help you and your team make better decisions about the stewardship of all that God has entrusted to your care. In this issue there are two broad themes:…
  • Buddhism in Asia

    Sarah Chang
    14 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Christian mission among Buddhists in Asia has traditionally been ‘very hard’, not because of open conflict necessarily, but because of indifference to or misunderstanding of the gospel, or because of the way the gospel has been offered. One can easily imagine the saffron-clad monk respectfully listening to the gospel message, apparently agreeing with much that he has heard, and then not doing anything about it. Missionaries tell stories of long years and much prayer invested in Christian witness to Buddhists, with little fruit by way of explicit conversions. There are a handful of…
  • Building a National Church Database Useful to All

    Sarah Chang
    14 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Church statistics were born the same day the Christian church was born, when the apostles decided to count the new believers who were baptized. Protestant missionaries have always been among the most enthusiastic users of statistical information on church membership—or more accurately, on church non-membership. William Carey was the first missionary to do this when he wrote his famous clarion call for missions, An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of Heathens (1792). This has blossomed into a whole industry of information on the state of the church…
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  • Nepal earthquakes: a spiritual wake up call?

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of Reach Beyond) Nepal (MNN) -- The Nepal earthquakes shook the country--and not just on the ground. One relief worker believes the tremors could have been a spiritual wake up call. “I was actually just recently with our partner who was working directly with us in Harmi,” said Curt Cole, senior vice president of global ministries with Reach Beyond. “His heart is very heavy at this time just because of the spiritual condition of people in the country of Nepal. While God has been working in certain areas, there’s still the vast majority of people that have not heard…
  • ISIS victims treated like animals

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Open Doors USA) Middle East (MNN) -- Women and girls kidnapped by ISIS are living a nightmare. Girls as young as 9 have been brutally tortured and raped, and they suffer both physically and mentally. Open Doors USA is sharing God’s Word, encouraging these ISIS victims, and praying for the release of those who are still in captivity. According to RT News, the use of sexual violence is a way to punish and demoralize local populations, making it easier for ISIS to get information and displace towns and villages. In other words, these women are being treated like animals for…
  • InterVarsity president to retire early

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    USA (InterVarsity) -- [EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We are posting it as received. Visit the ministry's Web site by clicking here.] (Photo courtesy to ICF) We are deeply saddened to announce that InterVarsity President Alec Hill has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a cancer of the bone marrow, which requires rigorous treatment. As a result of this news, Alec will enter cancer treatment on June 10. The entire InterVarsity Christian Fellowship family laments and joins together in prayer for Alec’s complete healing. The InterVarsity Board of…
  • Loan program helps expand Gospel influence

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of FARMS International) Thailand (MNN) -- Can something as common as coffee be able to reach people for Christ? It did for one church in Thailand. FARMS International works to end the cycle of poverty by helping families develop an independent source of income. They offer interest-free loans with only one requirement: loan receivers must tithe on all profits to a local church. It was this requirement that helped Pastor Diyee’s ministry thrive. Pastor Diyee preaches to the Lahu people of mountainous northern Thailand. His family started a coffee plantation many years ago, but…
  • Not all of Eritrea marks an anniversary of freedom

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Wikipedia, Sawa military camp) Eritrea (MNN) -- On Sunday, Eritrea marks 24 years of independence. For Eritrean Christians, freedom isn't theirs to celebrate as much if they're a part of the underground church. While religious persecution in Eritrea is not limited to Christians, the underground Christian church has suffered most. According to the latest report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the religious freedom situation is particularly serious for Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Greg Musselman…
 
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  • God's Glory and the Church's Weakness

    john_hendryx
    25 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Historically speaking, God's glory has often shone the brightest when the church was at its weakest. In fact, Christians should see times of cultural/political weakness as a time of the greatest opportunity to exhibit Christ.  If God ordains that the Church should endure weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions or difficulties, for Christ’s sake, we should be well content, for when we are weak, Christ is strong. (2 Cor 12:10) Perhaps the greatest apologetic will be to respond to such hardships and difficulties with joy and love toward those who may bring them our way (1 Peter…
  • Born Captive to Sin, Rescued by Grace

    john_hendryx
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I was born into this world with certain sinful dispositions and inclinations, and neither therapy nor willpower could produce real change to my fallen human nature. God's holy laws could only expose to me, as a fallen creature, my utter moral impotence and accountability to God (Rom 3:19, 20) but gave me no ability to obey them. The gospel, on the other hand, is not a simple call to behavior modification, but instead, the granting of a renewed heart, a new nature, which loves God's commands (1 John 3:9, 5:1-4; Deut 30:6; Ps. 119:97; Ezek 36:26). And by grace I was declared righteous…
  • Deceitful Workmen

    john_hendryx
    21 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I have recently encountered not a small number of professing "Christians" online who are "offended" when certain lifestyles are referred to as sinful, even though the Bible is not unclear about it. But if something offends a person does that make it wrong? That is not an argument but a tactic. So it always makes me wonder: are these really people who believe themselves to be Christians or are they pretending to believe but have ulterior motives? (since it is easy to hide real identities online) It is true that the gospel can indeed be offensive to sinners and has been offensive to me on many…
  • What about the person without the Bible?

    john_hendryx
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    What about the person without the Bible? Will they be held accountable for breaking God's Law? Or Face God's judgment? According to Scripture, "the work of the Law is written on their hearts." And the Bible even gives multiple examples of God judging peoples and nations who have never heard God's Law. Consider some of them- even before God gave Moses the Law at Mount Sinai God held men accountable for their wickedness against the work of the Law written on their consciences. 1) God flooded the whole earth and saved Noah's family because "the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and every…
  • Light and Truth: Bible Thoughts and Themes (eBooks)

    john_hendryx
    18 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    by Horatius BonarThe volumes in Bonar’s Light and Truth series comprise of numerous short devotional meditations on different parts of the Bible. These free eBooks are available in ePub, .mobi and docx formats. For those who may want to learn how to convert the DOCX files into your Logos library  check this howto file  -- >> Personal Book Builder – Using PBB to add your own books to Logos.While many of his choice devotional works have been reprinted in popular editions, generally mass market paperbacks, his most ambitious work, Light & Truth has been, to now,…
 
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  • Ironically, NY rejects all 15 charter school applicants

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Despite the recent Parental Choice in Education Act proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) to give parents more choices to provide the best for their children’s education needs, the State Education Department (SED) of New York rejected all 15 charter school applicants statewide.
  • Has Obama handed China U.S.’s superpower status?

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    An expert on United States-China relations who is a former United States Defense official serving under the Reagan administration, says that China is well on its way to surpassing America as the world’s superpower, compliments of President Barack Obama and his allegedly unconcerned administration.
  • Sometimes change isn't progress

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A noted ethicist and theologian warns that as technology continues to advance, the march of science must not outpace the guidance of ethics.
  • States crack down on food stamp abusers, limit items

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In an attempt to cut down on America’s $74 billion food stamp program, a number of Republican-led states are limiting what families can and cannot put on their grocery lists, compliments of their state legislatures.
  • Medical strides for premature babies

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the advance of knowledge, more premature babies are living outside of the womb, but technology that could save them at even earlier stages of development is now in the works.
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Nepal Earthquake Relief; Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School; Homeless Female Veterans

    Fred Yi
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Nearly one month after Nepal was rocked by the first of two earthquakes, humanitarian and faith-based groups face major challenges; a boy’s prep school led by Benedictine monks emphasizes responsibility, community, and the Rule of St. Benedict; and the nonprofit organization Final Salute meets the needs of homeless women veterans and their children. The post Nepal Earthquake Relief; Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School; Homeless Female Veterans appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Wayne Meisel; Kairos Prison Ministry; Shavuot

    Fred Yi
    14 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    A Presbyterian minister encourages seminary students to pursue service and social justice work; volunteers for a nondenominational Christian ministry work to transform the lives of inmates in hundreds of prisons; and an ancient Jewish festival celebrates receiving the Torah with all-night study. The post Wayne Meisel; Kairos Prison Ministry; Shavuot appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Anti-Muslim Sentiments; Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Mark Burnett on the Cradle of Christianity Fund

    Fred Yi
    8 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Three North Carolina universities have experienced growing hostility and violence toward Muslims; students and instructors at Yale Institute of Sacred Music speak artistically and spiritually about the power of experiencing religious music; and reality TV producer Mark Burnett describes a project to help refugees fleeing persecution and violence in Syria. The post Anti-Muslim Sentiments; Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Mark Burnett on the Cradle of Christianity Fund appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Making Peace in Baltimore; Same-Sex Marriage Cases; Converting to Judaism

    Fred Yi
    1 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene Sutton discusses the moral voice of churches in response to Baltimore’s problems of race, poverty, and violence; the Supreme Court hears lawyers argue a case that could make same-sex marriage legal in every state; and Jewish converts talk about both the fulfillment and the challenges they have found in their new faith. The post Making Peace in Baltimore; Same-Sex Marriage Cases; Converting to Judaism appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Evangelicals and LGBT Acceptance; America’s Incarcerated

    Fred Yi
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Growing social acceptance of gay marriage and an upcoming Supreme Court case cause some evangelicals to reexamine their views on sexuality and marriage; criminal justice reformers question the social and economic costs of extreme punishments, lengthy sentences, and a history of racial inequality and injustice in the US prison system. The post Evangelicals and LGBT Acceptance; America’s Incarcerated appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
 
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  • Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules

    Religion News Blog
    23 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    The coroner also ruled that the fact that Jeremiah Duggan had revealed himself to be Jewish while attending a conference of the extreme Larouche organisation may have had a bearing on how he died. Scotland Yard describes LaRouche's group as a 'political cult with sinister and dangerous connections.' Full story: Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules
  • Scientology front group strikes out

    Religion News Blog
    10 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    A baseball club in Australia has cut ties with a 'human rights group' because its affiliation with the 'Church' of Scientology had not been disclosed. It pays to check whether a particular organization is a Scientology front group. Full story: Scientology front group strikes out
  • 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
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    Religion News Service

  • Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse

    Rosie Scammell
    22 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The powerful Vatican finance minister has denied wrongdoing and said he'll answer questions about his record in writing, not in person. The post Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    22 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    (RNS) ”Jewish values," Obama said, means caring as well about “a Palestinian child in Ramallah trapped without opportunity.” The post Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY)

    Heather Beaudoin
    22 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    (RNS) Evangelicals in Nebraska and elsewhere are joining Catholics in re-evaluating their support for capital punishment. The post Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’

    David Gibson
    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) “Am I grateful for this?” says renowned spirituality author Phyllis Tickle, facing Stage IV lung cancer. “Not exactly. But I’m not unhappy about it. And that’s very difficult for people to understand.” The post Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Forced sex camps prepare girls for child marriage in Zambia and Mozambique

    Reuters
    22 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    CASABLANCA (Reuters) Girls as young as eight are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life, activists said at an international conference on ending child marriage. The post Forced sex camps prepare girls for child marriage in Zambia and Mozambique appeared first on Religion News Service.
 
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  • Neal Stephenson novel on the future of humanity after losing the Moon...

    25 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    by Salman HameedIt is impossible to imagine what humans will be like in a few hundred years let alone in a few thousand years. I think Stephen Hawking is quite accurate when he says that the most unbelievable thing about Star Trek is that humans in the 24th century (the setting of The Next Generation) look like humans of today. It is not a value call of whether we should change or not but rather an assumption that given an opportunity, we will change.So here comes a novel that looks fantastic and covers 5000 years into the future. It is by Neal Stephenson who writes thought-provoking hard…
  • Saturday Video: Steven Wise on rights for chimps

    23 May 2015 | 8:17 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is a TED talk by Steven Wise on Chimps have feelings and thoughts  - they should also have rights.
  • UAE planning a mission to Mars by 2021

    21 May 2015 | 6:06 pm
    by Salman HameedThe end of the semester and conferences have kept me away from Irtiqa. I even missed this news about a UAE mission to Mars by 2021. The UAE Space Agency was launched last year and it did state a Mars mission as one of its first projects. Now they have announced "Hope" mission that will orbit the Red Planet and map the Martian atmosphere. Of course, a cynical (and a reasonable) first reaction would be: are they buying this mission to Mars? The space agency is claiming that the mission will be "100% Emirati". I don't know - but we can go with their claim. Such a mission can…
  • Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh!

    12 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    by Salman HameedThis is outrageous and a systematic effort to silence secular opposition in Bangladesh. First it was the killing of Avijit Roy in late February of this year. He was killed by two men armed with machetes. Then in late March, Washiqur Rahman was killed by two men using knives and meat cleavers. Yesterday, Ananta Bijoy Dash was attached by four men and hacked to death. Before we even talk about anything else, here are the pictures of the three slain bloggers:Ananta Bijoy DashWashiqur Rahman Avijit Roy (with his wife who was also injured in the attack)They are all young and…
  • A poem and a brief discussion about Hubble Space Telescope's 25 years

    8 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    by Salman HameedLast month marked the launching of Hubble Space Telescope (HST). It is hard to overstate the importance of the telescope. It transformed astronomy. I was fortunate to be in graduate school when some of its most significant images were captured (for example, Eagle's nebula's Pillars of Creation, and of course the Hubble Deep Field). The new images in some sense were remaking textbooks and there were many instances of us (graduate students and faculty) just gathering together to fawn-over new Hubble releases. Here is my brief discussion about Hubble's 25 years as part of a new…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Thank Goodness for Mercy

    Susan Dollyhigh
    25 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    by Susan Dollyhigh – It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV Moca’s sad, weak eyes looked up at me conveying her discomfort while her head, seemingly too heavy to lift, remained on the floor. My miniature dachshund’s brown tail that usually wagged upon seeing me lay limp. Moca, who had feasted on a delectable baby bird, was now paying the price with what I thought was just a bad tummy ache. After a couple of days with no improvement, I gathered Moca’s…
  • Christmas Comfort

    Robin Steinweg
    25 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    By Robin J. Steinweg – “Okay, Mom, when do we get to open our Christmas Eve pajamas?” “What do you mean, ‘Christmas Eve pajamas’? I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Our tall sons nudge each other and eyeball the presents under the tree. It’s tradition: Go to church, open one gift, sing carols together; drink cocoa, gobble cookies, pray together, then hit the sack. “You know. What we get every Christmas Eve. What color are they this year?” “I am clueless. Enlighten me.” Son number two rolls his eyes. “We’re on to you, Mom.” I am all innocence. “I…
  • Enjoy the Season

    Cami Checketts
    25 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    By Cami Checketts – Tis the season to enjoy time with loved ones, reflect on the marvelous gift of our Savior’s birth, reach out a helping hand to those in need, and cuddle in front of the tree with hot cocoa and cookies. Christmas is a wonderful time of year filled with joyful moments, but often I find myself overindulging on treats and being lazy; and instead of feeling gleeful, I feel sick. A few tips to keep us all happy and energized throughout the season: 1. Only eat something if it is truly a Christmas treat. Just because they make Oreos with red and green filling does not…
  • Book Review: Medical Error

    Nora StLaurent
    25 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Written by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. Reviewed by Nora St. Laurent – Back Cover: Dr. Anna McIntyre’s life was going along just fine until someone else started living it. Her patient died because of an identity mix-up, her medical career is in jeopardy because of forged prescriptions, and her credit is in ruins. She thought things couldn’t t get worse, but that was before she opened the envelope and saw a positive HIV test with her name on it. Her allies are two men who are also competing for her affection. Dr. Nick Valentine is a cynic who carries a load of guilt. Attorney Ross…
  • The Cattle Were Sneezing

    Cynthia Ruchti
    25 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    By Cynthia Ruchti – “But, those people…” The complaint took on a decidedly whiny tone. “What about them, Sharla?” “They’re…germy. Dirty. Smelly.” Karen sighed. “And they’re needy, which is why our small group is reaching out to the homeless. They need to know someone cares so they’ll understand that Jesus cares.” Sharla checked her BlackBerry. “Oh. I just realized I have an office Christmas party that night.” “Not a problem. We’re serving holiday lunch at the shelter, not supper. You’ll have plenty of time to get changed for your party.” “But,…
 
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  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

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

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

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

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Ireland's gay marriage vote was "a defeat": Vatican daily

    25 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The Irish vote in favour of gay marriage constitutes "a defeat" that highlights a gap between the Church and modern society, the Vatican newspaper said Monday. The result of the Irish vote was clear, with 62 percent of votes in favour and 38 percent against gay marriage in a country where being homosexual was a crime until 1993. It was the result of high voter turnout, notably among young people," the Vatican paper opined.
  • Knotty exhibit planned for pope symbolizes life's challenges

    25 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A knotty exhibit being created for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Philadelphia will honor the pontiff's teachings by letting visitors acknowledge the challenges in their daily lives.
  • Saudi religious police berate gloveless woman

    25 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    A video of a Saudi religious policeman shouting at a veiled woman and barring her from entering a shop for not wearing gloves has gone viral on the Internet. The religious police, known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, is notorious for imposing Saudi Arabia's strict version of Islam. Commission members enforce the segregation of the sexes and have traditionally forced women to cover from head to toe when in public.
  • Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continue

    25 May 2015 | 3:48 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican bank said Monday its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process away from its scandal-marred past.
  • Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continues

    25 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    The Vatican bank says its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process. The bank, officially called the Institute for Religious Works, ...
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Coalition to strip dual nationals involved in terrorism of their citizenship – politics live

    Gabrielle Chan
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The government discusses foreign fighters Scott Morrison opens the door to a softening of cuts to family benefits in budget measures. Follow it live … 4.00pm AEST Back to estimates and Stephen Brady, the ambassador to France mentioned earlier.Cormann to Wong:It does you no credit chosing to perpetuate a slur...which you know to be inaccurate. There is nothing here. 3.58pm AEST This man is not a dentist. He is a Labor frontbencher. 3.48pm AEST While we have a lull in estimates, you may not have caught up with Lenore Taylor’s story on Gillian Triggs.Gillian Triggs, the president of the…
  • Boardroom to classroom: why I swapped the FTSE 100 for teaching

    Katie Roberts
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Leaving a well-paid job in business to pursue a career in teaching isn't easy, but the difference you can make to children's lives is pricelessI can't pinpoint the exact moment I decided to leave a corporate career spanning more than 20 years to teach children. I was successful and happy, yet I couldn't ignore the "Is this it?" feeling that hit me each time I drove to work.I studied natural sciences at university and spent 14 years climbing the career ladder in a FTSE 100 business. But, eight years on, I couldn't shake the feeling that there must be something else to life. Continue…
  • Sydney siege inquest: gunman believed he was targeted because of Schapelle Corby – as it happened

    Bridie Jabour
    25 May 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The coronial inquest into the deaths of Sydney siege hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson and gunman Man Haron Monis continues. Follow the updates here• Man Haron Monis claimed vendetta by customs officialsFirst Guardian Australia podcast on Sydney siege inquestMan Haron Monis claimed to be Iranian spy when seeking asylumAs it happened: first day of latest inquest hearing 3.53pm AEST That concludes evidence today. This afternoon the coronial inquest has heard: 3.39pm AEST Monis was unable to enrol in courses at the college as he could not afford the test to prove his proficiency in…
  • Iran to put Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on trial

    Roy Greenslade
    25 May 2015 | 10:42 pm
    He faces ‘absurd’ charges of spying in a hearing that will be closed to the public The ordeal of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, takes another turn today with news agencies reporting that he will stand trial in secret. He has been in an Iranian jail for 10 months since he was arrested on 22 July 2014 along his wife and two other people who have not been named. Continue reading...
  • A tissue salesman on the Metropolitan Line

    Dave Hill
    25 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Beggars on the Tube are rarely welcome but some are more engaging than othersThe picture tells a story that most of us have heard many times. Does a day go by in London when you don’t get regaled with a tale like this, feel touched or troubled by it and wondered how much, if any, of it is true? But this was a winning variation on the familiar theme. The background pattern tells you that it took place on a Metropolitan Line train - that’s the smart moquette of those walk-through, air-conditioned carriages, introduced five years ago. My wife, who took the photo, encountered the tissue…
 
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben, dies

    Marcy Oster
    25 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    (JTA) — Anne Meara, the wife and comedy partner of Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor and director Ben Stiller, has died. Meara died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 85. Meara and Stiller were married for 61 years. Born and raised as Roman Catholic, Meara converted to Judaism in 1962, according to the New York Times. The couple’s relationship was the basis for their best-known comedy routine about Hershey Horowitz and Mary Elizabeth Doyle, a short Jewish man and a tall Catholic woman who had nothing in common but loved each other deeply.  The couple appeared on The Ed…
  • Chief Rabbinate balks at keeping Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi

    Marcy Oster
    25 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically extend the tenure of Shlomo Riskin as chief rabbi of Efrat. The Chief Rabbinate Council, led by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, on Monday decided to call Riskin to a meeting to discuss the extension of his tenure for another five years, Israeli media reported. Riskin has been the chief rabbi of Efrat since 1983, when he helped found the settlement located in the Gush Etzion bloc of the West Bank. Israeli media, citing sources present at the council meeting, reported Monday that Riskin’s positions on conversion and…
  • Holocaust drama ‘Son of Saul’ named runner up at Cannes

    Marcy Oster
    25 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    (JTA) — The Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” received the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which centers on the Jewish prisoners who were forced to help the Nazis run the concentration camps, took the second-place Grand Prix award behind French filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” a drama about a group of Sri Lankan refugees in Paris. The awards were presented on Sunday. Sony Pictures Classics purchased the U.S. distribution rights for “Son of Saul” during the festival. No official release date has been announced. It is the first…
  • Netanyahu confidant Dore Gold to direct Foreign Ministry

    Marcy Oster
    25 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Dore Gold to serve as director general of the Foreign Ministry. Gold, an American-born former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations who twice served as a foreign policy adviser to Netanyahu, is a close confidant of the prime minister. Gold formerly ran the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a conservative think tank from which he has taken a leave of absence. He replaces Nissim Ben-Shitrit, who was appointed by the previous foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman, to run the ministry.
  • Hundreds attend memorial for Brussels Jewish Museum attack

    Marcy Oster
    25 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    (JTA) — Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Brussels Jewish Museum a year after four people were killed in an attack allegedly carried out by a Muslim extremist. Sunday’s memorial, organized by the Coordination Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations, was attended by Belgian Prime minister Charles Michel, Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur and other national and local politicians, according to reports. “Brussels is Jewish because all Jews have their place in Brussels,” Mayeur said during the memorial. “A year later we must maintain a sense of indignation and anger…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Internal Actions of the Trinity

    Fred Sanders
    22 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Why have theologians in the classic tradition of trinitarian doctrine found it easy to confess that the external actions of the Trinity are undivided? One reason is that they started from a clear confession that the internal actions of the Trinity were not undivided. Or, to put it less double-negatively, the internal actions of the Trinity are distinct and distinguishable as real relations that stand in relative opposition to each other. Let me take that a little slower. If we’re going to use the concept of “action” to talk about what God does, we’re going to say that…
  • “Regard this Teaching with Complacency:” Webster on Creation

    Fred Sanders
    20 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    John Webster has been writing about the doctrine of creation recently, here an essay and there an essay. Much of this work will be gathered in God Without Measure, vol. 1, which should appear in hardcover early this summer and will be well worth the arm and leg it will cost. We count on Webster to do “theological theology” by relating every topic rather tenaciously to God, and this is what he’s been doing with the doctrine of creation. “The Christian doctrine of creation,” he says, treats three principal topics: the identity of the creator, the divine act of…
  • Call for Papers: LATC 2016, The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

    Fred Sanders
    15 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Starting today and running through July 17 there is an open call for papers for the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference. The conference this year (to be held in mid January at Fuller Seminary) has the title “The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture,” and our plenary speakers will be William Abraham, John Goldingay, Richard Hays, Amy Plantinga Pauw, and Daniel Treier. Those five speakers already guarantee a worthwhile conference, but as in previous years, Oliver Crisp and I are hoping to select nine more presentations to enrich the schedule even more. As the call says, we are…
  • The Whole Trinity Worked the Incarnation of the Son

    Fred Sanders
    14 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    “The external works of the Trinity are undivided,” says a classic principle of trinitarian theology. Whatever God does outside of the divine essence, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit do as the one divine causal agent. This is great news for monotheism, because if three distinct divine agents were bringing about created effects by distinguishable actions of efficient causality, that would be hard to tell from a polytheistic account of divine action. If three divine persons were doing distinct things, it would be possible for there to be one God behind it. We might be able to take…
  • Christ’s Death and the Fate of Western Lowland Gorillas

    Adam Johnson
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Paul Fryer’s striking art installation is a beautiful and realistic work… of a crucified gorilla. At first one might think his “Privilege of Dominion” is little more than a parody of the Christian faith, a repetition of ancient graffiti portraying Christ crucified with the head of a donkey. And in fact there has been some debate over whether Christians should take offense at this, with varying levels of insight into how non-Christians can and should interact with Christian beliefs and symbolism. I, for one, am not at all inclined to take offense. Rather, I am enthralled with this…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • The Man in Black

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

    Gordon Atkinson
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    I saw a TV preacher the other day. I was flipping through the channels, like men do, and there he was. A haircut with a floppy bible and a Plexiglas pulpit. He was pacing the stage like a rapper, arms moving and talking a hundred miles an hour. TV preachers fascinate me to no end. They have so much emotional energy. It’s tiring just watching them. I wonder if they pay high interest on their emotional debt, like I do. The body is a loan shark. You WILL pay premium rates to pull that kind of intensity at the time and place of your choosing. You will pay or lose a pound of flesh. This is…
  • All the Right Questions

    Gordon Atkinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A church man came to see me the other day. A churchy man, an important man in his church. A deacon I think, maybe. He came to see me and our little church. He came to see if there was anything of interest going on here. I was wearing jeans and a Snoopy t-shirt at church that day, which put him off a bit, but the real surprise came when he found that I couldn’t answer any of his questions. How many members do you have? I don’t know. My answer, or lack of an answer, stunned him. He squinted a moment, trying to understand a thing that seemed impossible. It just isn’t possible that a pastor…
  • 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 RealLivePreacher.com. 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…
 
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Indian-American Students Shine at UC Berkeley Graduation

    25 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    SourceBERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, May 16, 2015 (Facebook): Last Saturday's UC Berkeley University commencement featured moving, personal remarks by top graduating senior Radhika Kannan. Kannan, UC Berkeley's most distinguished graduating senior and winner of the University Medal, earned the highest distinction in Economics and Conservation studies. Having grown up both in India and Singapore, two areas plagued by drought and floods, she developed a passion for environmental justice. She's is now headed to the University of Oxford for a Masters Degree. Kannan began her speech with "Mikka Nandri,…
  • Kauai's Hindu Monastery Looking for Mobile App Developer

    25 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    KAUAI, HAWAII, May 24, 2015 (HPI): Kauai's Hindu Monastery, home of Hinduism Today, is looking for a team (or ace individual) to collaborate with for mobile app development. We have a modest budget (US$4-5,000) and ideas for a simple first app. We seek someone who can endure such limited budgets, perhaps an up-and-coming young designer/developer looking for clients? If we are a good fit, it could be a decades-long relationship.Please contact: Sadasivanathaswami, Editor-in-Chief, Hinduism Today, sadasivanatha@hindu.org
  • Daily Inspiration

    25 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    SourceThe sages, being filled with universal love for all beings, did not want to keep their enlightenment to themselves. They declared to all: "O mortals, striving and struggling upon this Earth plane, weeping, wailing, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life: we have come upon a great discovery. There is something beyond these appearances, these vanishing names and forms that go to make up this universe. There is something beyond, which is the very source and support of all these objects of the phenomenal world. Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? Come, come, happiness resides…
  • Jay Lakhani on BBC Bias Against India

    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    SourceLONDON, ENGLAND, May 23, 2015 (YouTube): Jay Lakhani, a prominent teacher of Hinduism in the UK, explains why the media--specifically the BBC--is bias against India. He points out that the media only reports on the negative and avoids reporting on the positive, thereby giving a wrong impression of India. The video is short and to the point.
  • Event to Launch Hindu Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California

    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    SourceBERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, May 22, 2015 (Press Release): In partnership with Dharma Civilization Foundation, the Graduate Theological Union, has just launched a Master's Degree Program in Hindu Studies. This program will enable the creation of scholars in Hindu Dharma who are also practitioners who will present and teach the perspectives of the insiders to the traditions. In the fullness of time, these scholars will teach courses in Hindu Dharma in many main stream universities. Many thousands of students of future generations will derive immense value from these teachers. So far, Hindu…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • A love poem to Torah - for Shavuot

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    MY TORAHis a tall drink of wateron a thirsty daythe longer I know himthe more beautiful he becomesI want to hold him closeand press my lips to his shoulderto unfasten his gartelwith unsteady handsto trace every letterI find on his skinHe is milk and honeyon my tongueanointing oilon my handsvoice like flowing waterinscribing my heart Many Jewish mystical texts hint that the relationship of the scholar with Torah is like romance. The Torah is the (feminine) Beloved, and the reader (presumed, of course, to be male) is the one who seeks Her beauty. Sometimes she is described as the beloved…
  • Day 49 of the Omer

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 49: BACK TO THE SUMMITThe first seder, he said, is likean airlift to the top of the mountain.The matzah, the singing, the eggdipped in salt water—all mnemonicsfor the journey you haven't yet taken.When you wake the next morningyou're miles away, cloud-shrouded peak barely visible in the distance.Remember the psalms of praise we sanglike angelic choirs? It's enoughto get you moving. First week's travelis fueled by the hardtack of slaverywhich doubles as waybread of freedom.As the feast recedes in memory—wasthat oasis a mirage?—the songthat we prayed at the sea spurs you forward.One…
  • i carry it in my heart

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    22 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    You've probably heard the aphorism that being a parent is like having a piece of one's heart walking around outside of one's chest. Being a parent means being vulnerable to everything that can go wrong in the world. It means (or should mean) being intimately attuned to someone else's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing; feeling their sorrows and their joys. This is not only true of being a parent. It is the complicated blessing of being a person who loves any other person deeply. When someone is beloved to me, and I to them, our hearts become permeable. I open myself to…
  • Day 48 of the Omer

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    DAY 48: THE WEDDINGThe wedding's in two daysand all the guests are arriving. Look,there's your best friendand your great-auntand the grandparent you haven't seenin half of your lifetime.If you squint you might catch a glimpseof your descendants.Everyone is here. Whatever work you meant to dobefore now, let it go.Do you know your Partnerone hundred percent? Probably not;but if you wait until you feel fully readyyou might never act at all.There's a time for waitingand a time for leapingand the salt sea is warmand the waters will part for you.There's no tellingwhere this honeymoon will take…
  • Day 47 of the Omer

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    On the third new moon after leaving Egypt    we entered the wilderness at Sinai and camped        by the mountain. God called us a holy nationand claimed us for Her own. Enraptured     we promised we'd do anything, as lovers do.        And God said: stay pure. Wash your clothes. Get ready: something big is coming.     And Moshe said: don't go near a woman—and zzzt!        skips the record with an awful scratch, the songmarred now for all generations. I beg    your pardon? Was Moshe so afraid of our bodies?        Is that why he shunned his own wife, to…
 
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • The Koan Arrives Naturally.

    Mugo
    23 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Be not afraid – slow or (seeming to) stand still. I took off the calendar nailed to the wall to choose a quote. I chose the one on the cover. All good ones however keeping moving is a good reminder. It is all too easy to stay in comfort over long. Even uncomfortable comfort! In other words it is natural enough to remain in the known and avoid stepping out into the unknown. Or unknowing. The quote for May which I am looking at right now is by Lao Tzu. We all know it. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Now I have to find the nail the calendar hangs on!
  • We’re Almost Home – Guest Post

    Mugo
    17 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    The following comes from the pen of Rev. Caitlin who is part of the community at Great Ocean Dharma Refuge in Pembrokeshire Wales. This article was written for the Portobello Buddhist Priory Newsletter and is published with kind permission. The We’re almost home—some thoughts on perseverance Seventeen years into the life of the Priory, and fifty newsletters down the road, what a gladness that we are still here together and practising the Buddha’s Way. In this light I thought it might be fitting to offer a few thoughts on commitment and perseverance. Of course this is something we…
  • Ever Still?

    Mugo
    13 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. Or pain free. Formal meditation is as this. Rising from the place of sitting still, are we still? Is there a place called ‘home’? Now! Here! In the middle of the busy street beneath our feet. Tender repose. So there is joy even now whispering softly with feathered touch. Sitting here in Ambleside in a coffee shop, the music is loud, the street is close, the cars pass by. I’m not looking for peace or repose or joy. It is as it is and that’s just fine. Any time of the day. This is for a good friend working…
  • Partings

    Mugo
    3 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The last car tail light disappears from view. Guests all gone. Waves and goodbyes all done and said. Walking with twin girls this afternoon. Four years a piece. With their dad we visited Iain. Why did he die? they ask. Where is he now? Will I die? Oh look a squirrel! This week-end has been buzzing with activity with many guests, the youngest just 6 months. We celebrated the Buddha’s Birthday this morning. Happy Birthday Buddhas! Thank you girls (and dad) for walking and talking about important things today.
  • Perseverance

    Mugo
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne Hat tip to Willow Tree Counselling for the above quote. There is a wealth of well written articles on this site the most recent one Counselling Ruptures: Crisis or Opportunity? could well be applied to any relationship which has been ‘ruptured’. Wonderful stuff. Yes, maintaining a relationship invariably involves perseverance especially when things slip sideways. However there’s two chaps in China who are getting a lot of attention who seem to have things worked out pretty well. One is blind and the other…
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    OnFaith

  • The Problem of the Color Line

    Vernon Jordan
    25 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    At the beginning of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Dubois looked at America and declared that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Fifteen years into the twenty-first century, I say that the problem of America in the twenty-first century is the problem of the color line. Yes, that color line faded when Barack Obama raised his right hand on the national mall. But the color line sharpens when — despite the fact that President Obama was twice elected by a majority of the American people — a former mayor of New York says on national television…
  • Christians Have to Stop Blaming Each Other

    Collin Hansen
    22 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    It can be embarrassing to identify as a Christian. Every time you turn on your smartphone, car radio, or cable TV, someone is mocking your antiquated, harsh, prudish religion. You’d better avert your eyes from the comments sections and message boards. You don’t want to scroll your mentions on Twitter. And that’s just the Christians talking about each other. Sure, we’ve lost some credibility with the culture. But how did we also lose trust in one another inside the church? You’re not sure whom to believe in this hazardous climate of perpetual outrage. Yet you feel pressured to pick…
  • Is Anyone Still Writing Love on Her Arms?

    Jamie Blaine
    21 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Pedro the Lion is loud in the speakers, and the city waits just outside our open windows. She sits and sings, legs crossed in the passenger seat, her pretty voice hiding in the volume . . . It started with a short story about a 19-year-old addict struggling to stay alive, written by a surfer who, along with his ragtag group of friends, wanted to find some way to help her. The story — Renee’s story — was just 1,372 words about cigarettes and Jesus, razor blades and stars and songs that mean so much. Its title? To Write Love on Her Arms. Renee Yohe and Jamie Tworkowski. The story…
  • Breaking Free From the Spell of Religion

    Galen Guengerich | OnFaith Voices
    21 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Despite having grown up in the Deep South, I never had a heart-to-heart encounter with blues music until I moved to Chicago for graduate school. Shortly after classes began, the student association sponsored a concert by blues singer Koko Taylor and blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks and his band. I found myself mesmerized by the poignancy and power of the music. It embraced the often-withering pain of human experience and transformed it into something bearable, even beautiful. So I began to make regular pilgrimages to Chicago’s North Side, the epicenter of Chicago blues. Often making the trek…
  • Debunking 3 Myths About Heaven

    Josh Ross and Jonathan Storment
    20 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    I’m a B.U.I.C.K. — a “Brought Up In Church Kid.” I grew up singing about flying away and how this world was not my home. I also grew up hearing from people who weren’t Christians that we seemed to talk about Heaven way too much. It’s been said that Christians are too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good. But what if the problem isn’t that we’ve thought too much about heaven, but that we’ve thought about Heaven in the wrong ways? After all, Heaven has motivated Christian social action for thousands of years. It was precisely because people believed in the…
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  • Is Christian feminism an oxymoron?

    Carolyn Napolitano
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Is Christian feminism an oxymoron? For the past century or so, it’s often seemed that way. But it wasn’t all that long ago that many women not only considered Christianity and feminism compatible, but in fact believed each was essential to the other. Perhaps no figure makes this case more powerfully than Katharine Bushnell. An internationally-known anti-trafficking activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Bushnell repeatedly encountered Christian men who had perpetrated acts of appalling cruelty against women, often without remorse or consequence. Ultimately, she concluded that…
  • Parsing schizophrenia

    Chloe Miller
    25 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    The effective treatment of schizophrenia has long presented a challenge to clinicians and scientists. Common misunderstandings around symptoms and behaviors, and inadequate approaches to diagnosis and physiology, have hindered significant progress for patients and professionals. However, with recent advances in both methodology and research, it might be possible to design specific treatment regimens to address the various forms of the illness. Personalized medicine for the individual with schizophrenia is on the horizon. The concept of schizophrenia began over a hundred years ago when Emil…
  • Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?

    Yasmin Coonjah
    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    In 1980, Walter Alvarez and his group at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered a thin layer of clay in the geologic record, which contained an anomalous amount of the rare element iridium. They proposed that the iridium-rich layer was evidence of a massive comet hitting the Earth 66 million years ago, at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Alvarez group suggested that the global iridium-rich layer formed as fallout from an intense dust cloud raised by the impact event. The cloud of dust covered the Earth, producing darkness and cold, and lead to the extinction of 75%…
  • In the service of peace

    Katherine Soroya
    25 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    May 29th marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, during which the world pays tribute to those who are serving, those who have served, and those who have lost their lives in the service of peace. Although peacekeeping was not envisaged in the UN Charter, it has become the flagship activity of the Organisation and perhaps the most innovative evolution within the UN collective security system. It is a truly collective effort of UN Member States. Mandated by the Security Council, peacekeeping operations comprise troops, police, and civilians who are under the command and…
  • Remembering Buddhas in Japan

    Alex Guyver
    25 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Commemoration of the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha forms an important but relatively small part of a remarkable emphasis on wide-ranging types of memorials that continue to be observed in modern Japan. However, celebrations in remembrance of death, including for all deceased ancestors who are regarded as Buddhas (hotoke) at the time of their passing marked by ritual burial, generally hold far greater significance than birth anniversaries. Buddha’s birthday is celebrated in Japan every year on 8 April. With the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1873 as part of Meiji-era modernization, the…
 
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Theophany of Perfection - Ibn Arabi

    25 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Hear, O My beloved!You are the reason for the being of the worldYou are the center-point of the sphere and its encompassingYou are its complexity and simplicityYou are the order brought down between heaven and earthI did not create for you realizationsexcept that you realize Me in themAnd when you realize Me, you realize yourselfDo not strive to realize Me in the realization of yourselfBy My Eye you will see Me and yourselfYou will not see Me by the eye of yourselfBeloved,How often have I called youand you do not hearHow often have I stood before youand you do not witness MeHow often have I…
  • Some Soul Searching Questions on God

    23 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Some one asked some soul searching questions on God and awareness. I am quoting the question here:So how much of me is God and how much of God is me? When all the universe is God (creation I would say is nearly the same) am I not part of this universe? when I think about it all I can really put the finger on (as to who or what I am) is awareness, this makes me think well what is this awareness? Science now explains that physical reality is in some way subservient to what we think is occurring (does anything actually occur?) then reality is connected to consciousness which is connected to…
  • Great Fortune to Perceive Eternity in the Now

    19 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    "Great fortune to perceive eternity in the now.Only Grace can reveal the seamlessness of perpetual Presence disguised as moving time.Much effort and toiling is needed only to reduce illusions of separation.Sacred connectedness encompasses the self's darkness and the soul's light. Patience, self sacrifice and all other good deeds necessary yet insufficient.Allah's ways are His ways and He removes the veil as and when readiness is there, not thru asking or prayers. The ultimate gift carries itself.  Allah's Nur penetrates as perfect destiny is.Salaams"~ Shaykh Fadhlalla HaeriA Brief…
  • What Happened on the Night Journey? The Prophet's Experience of Fana

    19 May 2015 | 3:48 am
    1."Then," Muhammad is quoted as saying: "a ladder was brought to me finer than any I have ever seen. It was that to which the dying man looks when death approaches." .. As in Jacob's dream in the book of Genesis, a ladder led up to heaven..Muhammad say it was "that to which a dying man looks," and climbed it.Did he feel as though he was dying, as he had during the first Quranic revelation on Mount Hira? Was this the death of the self that has been the goal of mystics of all faiths, the better to unite with the divine?- The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton  2. This is Karen Armstrong in her…
  • What Happened on Mi'raj? The Concretization of What Can Not be Made Concrete

    16 May 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Agey chino Muhammadi Nuro mon, agey chino Muhammadi Nurdhuriley bondhurey paibaasoin bondhu sereepurBehold the Light Muhammadan!O heart of mine, recognize first - the Light MuhammadanIf you seek, you shall find the friend abides he at the beauteous land ~ Kalam of Shitalang Shah I have been reading with great pleasure a new book out (Feb 2014) by Lesley Hazleton titled "The First Muslim." This is a greatly researched book and she did look at the life of the most important figure in human history from a very fresh out of the box perspective. I say out of the box because she wasn't biased…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Speaking to the Soul: Born Again

    Ann Fontaine
    25 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    John 3:1-17 TrinitySunday This is Trinity Sunday… a day to celebrate the greatest mystery of all… a day to ponder the dynamics of one God in three divine persons. This gospel’s exposition of The Trinity grows out of a conversation Jesus is having with Nicodemus, a righteous scholar, totally committed to a life governed by Mosaic Law. He respects Jesus, but he is puzzled by him. Seriously now, how can we be born again? The original King James Version of this gospel uses the term “born again.” Later editions use the term “born from above.” Both translations are consistent with the…
  • Lambeth Palace clarifies status of Bishop Zavala visit to South Carolina

    Ann Fontaine
    25 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Dr. Ronald Caldwell wrote to Lambeth Palace to clarify the meaning of the visit by Bishop Zavala to South Carolina. He asked about the Press Release from the South Carolina independent diocese: On May 20, 2015, Bishop Hector Zavala (Bishop of Chile and primate of the Anglican Church of South America) visited the independent diocese of South Carolina to assure the followers of Mark Lawrence they are “part” of the Anglican Communion. On May 22, the diocese issued a news release quoting Zavala: “I’m here with you with the consent of the Archbishop of…
  • Homelessness services agency with an annual focus on veterans shares their mission

    David Streever
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Next Step Homeless Services of Arkansas sees 120-150 clients per day, many military veterans, for short-term and long-term help in avoiding or ending homelessness. The agency leases space, for $1 per year, from St. John’s Episcopal Church. On Memorial Day, their president, Kim Wohlford, wrote an op-ed in the Fort Smith paper Time Record to let their local community know more about their services and to reach out to veterans who may be looking for support. From the op-ed: Memorial Day is a time to focus on those who have died while serving our country, but there is a local agency that…
  • Liberation theology on the NYTimes front page

    David Streever
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Getty Images A little late to the party, the New York Times has written a lengthy article about the resurgence of liberation theology, a movement within the Roman Catholic Church that fell out of favor during the Cold War because of theoretical links to Soviet Russia. It was a movement embraced by many Catholics, including the famous writer, Graham Greene. Catholic observers believe that the Pope’s meetings with Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, founder of liberation theology, the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the renewed focus…
  • How to Read the Bible; Harvey Cox’s new book

    David Streever
    25 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    Harvey Cox, professor of divinity at Harvard, has just published How to Read the Bible, a primer illustrating the questions and context Bible readers should consider. Cox focuses on literary, history, and activism as three lenses we can view the Bible through, providing examples of each in specific books. Cox explores some of these examples in detail on Religion for Life, in a 30 minute interview by John Shuck, who asks Cox to defend the relevance of the Bible in a contemporary context of people who don’t identify as religious. You can listen to the podcast (No transcript available…
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    Emergent Village

  • Five Things to Consider When House Hunting

    Thomas
    25 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Looking for a new house can bring up a range of emotions in potential homebuyers. It is exciting to check out new places and imagine yourself starting a life there, but it can also be stressful to make such an important decision that involves so much money. Fortunately, we have put together a list of a few things you should keep in mind during the house hunting process. 1. Work with someone you can trust. Buying a home is a big deal, so it is important to surround yourself with professionals that you trust. You will want honest opinions and accurate answers to all of your questions, so…
  • How to Set Up an Attractive Chicken Coop in Your Garden

    Thomas
    25 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    A chicken coop is a great addition to your garden if you want to get free, fresh eggs every day, you enjoy the company of chickens (they really do make great pets), or you want a little extra help with pest control. But a standard chicken coop may not be attractive enough for your needs. Thankfully, there are many ways to set up an attractive coop that will keep your chickens safe and comfortable and keep your garden looking beautiful too. Continue reading for a few tips. The Right Siding and Accessories First off, place your chicken coop in an area of your garden that receives enough shade,…
  • Three Options To Heating Your Home Efficiently

    Thomas
    24 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Depending on your location, heating can be a vital part of you and your family’s survival.  People die every year from insufficient heating in their homes.  Don’t fall victim to this fate.  There are many different methods to obtaining that perfect temperature.  Gas furnaces, electric HVAC systems, and wood-burning fireplaces are just a few options in home heating.     Gas Furnace   Using natural gas in your furnace is a cost efficient way to heat your home, but you must be knowledgeable of the risks involved to utilize this technology safely.  When using gas heat, you…
  • Do I Need a Heat Pump or an Air Conditioner?

    Thomas
    18 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    You are probably aware that some people choose to use heat pumps instead of furnaces to heat their homes. But, did you know that people can also use heat pumps to cool their homes instead of having an air conditioning system? There are pros and cons for both heat pumps and air conditioners, and the debate over which system to use rages on.   How Do Heat Pumps Work?   In climates that don’t have extreme temperatures shifts, heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative for homeowners to install instead of furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps work like your fridge. Using…
  • Tips for Designing Your Home to Avoid Baby-Proofing

    Thomas
    13 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    When bringing children into a home, making the environment safe for them is of the utmost importance. Because of this, many people spend hours and hundreds of dollars working to baby-proof their homes before they bring in any little ones. However, if you’ve worked hard to design and decorate your home to your liking before you had children, you may find that making changes to accommodate a child won’t keep the coherent look you’ve mastered. To avoid this problem, consider designing your home to be kid-safe in the first place. While this may seem like you’ll have to water-down your…
 
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    Jewish Treats

  • The Book of Ruth

    22 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Ruth was the Moabite wife of Machlon, one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi, a wealthy couple who had fled Bethlehem during a bitter famine. Elimelech's family had settled in Moab, a neighboring country with which Israel had a history of conflict.When Elimelech and his two sons died, Naomi chose to return to her homeland. Her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, decided to go with her. When they reached Israel, however, Naomi urged them to go back to their fathers’ homes. Orpah did leave. Ruth refused, declaring: "Where you [Naomi]  go, I shall go, your people will be my people, your…
  • Give Them A Choice

    22 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    There is an oft-cited Midrash (Sifrei, Dvarim 343) describing how God offered the Torah to the other nations of the world before He gave it to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. According to this Midrash, the first nation to whom He offered the Torah asked what was in it. When God told them about the law prohibiting stealing, they couldn’t fathom a life without theft. The next nation reacted incredulously to the prohibition of adultery; they were horrified at the idea that God would monitor people’s bedroom behavior! Another nation was unable to accept the prohibition of murder...and…
  • Happy Holiday

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    NJOP and Jewish Treats wish you and yours a beautiful Shavuot holiday.
  • Preparing for the Torah

    21 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Shortly after the Israelites encamped at the base of Mount Sinai, they agreed to accept the Torah and do all that God had commanded. And so, God declared that He would bring Himself, in the form of a thick cloud, close to the people, that they might hear Him speak. First, however, God instructed Moses that the people must prepare themselves. There is no way to describe the effects of being in the presence of God because there is no human being alive today who has experienced this level of holiness. In fact, Moses was the only prophet who had direct interaction with God, and God’s Presence…
  • The Littlest Mountain

    21 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    When the Israelites were gathered at Mount Sinai, God gave them the Torah.Scholars and academics have spent lifetimes debating the exact location of Mount Sinai. The Sinai peninsula is covered with mountains, some wide and flat, others tall and rugged. Trying to establish which mountain is actually Sinai based on the fact that the Jews converged on Mount Sinai just short of 7 weeks after leaving Egypt, is almost impossible given the many different factors such as speed, route taken and stops made.There is a mountain on the Sinai peninsula that is called Mount Sinai (in Arabic Jebel…
 
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • "I Have Said, 'Ye Are Gods'" -- The Latest Scholarship on the Controversial 82nd Psalm

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Latter-day Saints often need to discuss or defend LDS teachings about the potential of sons and daughters of God to become more like him (our version of theosis, which we feel is on solid ancient ground with strong ties to early Christianity). A commonly used passage in such discussions, a proof text, is Psalm 82:6, "I have said, 'Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.'" Christ quotes this in John 10:340-36, a passage we commonly use as well: 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God…
  • The Increasingly Strange Text of the Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    21 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Stanford Carmack's series of four articles at the Mormon Interpreter provide a large body of detailed data pointing to something strange, increasingly strange, in the Book of Mormon: the grammatical patterns of the original Book of Mormon firmly rooted in Early Modern English (EmodE), giving it a grammatical signature earlier than the KJV Bible. Explaining the Book of Mormon as a crude imitation of the KJV is now more problematic. But understanding the Book of Mormon is much more interesting now. It may still take much more analysis and study to come up with theories that stick for the…
  • Blame Mom: A Late Mother's Day Gift from CNN, Peggy Drexler, and UC San Diego

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Like most universities, the University of California, San Diego strives to assure parents that their university is a safe place for the children that parents will be sending there. These parents trust the University with the physical and mental well-being of their children. To assure parents, the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center at UCSD has a web page entitled "UCSD Parents and Families--Frequently Asked Questions" that has this wise statement:"Sometimes victims and survivors feel responsible, or are made to feel responsible, for what happened to them. Know that…
  • The Human Side of Trees

    Jeff Lindsay
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Diane Wirth has an interesting article at the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (BMAF.org), "Cutting Down a Tree: a Metaphor for Death in Scripture and Mesoamerica." It draws some connections between the symbolism of trees in Mesoamerica with those of the Old World, especially the Near East. This is a meaningful topic in the Book of Mormon also, where we have, for example, the profound imagery of the olive tree/vineyard in Jacob 5, the imagery of the tree of life in Lehi's vision and elsewhere, and other instances of tree-related symbolism.After reading Diane's article, I suggest reading…
  • Mother's Day and Grace, Mormon Style

    Jeff Lindsay
    10 May 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As I reflected upon Mothers Day and my relationship with my mother, I saw a potential opportunity to clarify a common misunderstanding about the LDS perspectives on grace and obedience. Some people have heard that Mormons try to earn their way into heaven and seek to keep God's commandments to score points for blessings, unlike them, the "real Christians," who obey God as an expression of love and gratitude for grace already given.Over the years, my mother has given me a lot of commandments. Some were very basic, like "brush your teeth," "do your homework,"  and "don't throw lemons at…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Five phrases Christians should never use again

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all have certain sayings that we regularly use. In my house, we often remind the kids, “You’ll get what you get and you won’t get upset,” particularly when it’s time for a snack. Another favorite: “We’re gonna have fun whether we like it or not.”These are well and good, at least to a point—that is, only in as much as we ascribe no more value to them than their due. Christians are no different; we have short hand phrases that are sometimes helpful, but often not. In fact, many we treat as downright biblical, when they’re more likely…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThis week, Crossway’s put seven eBooks from the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series on sale for $2.99 each:Ethics and Moral Reasoning by C. Ben MitchellChristian Worldview by Philip Graham RykenPolitical Thought by Hunter BakerArt and Music by Paul Munson and Joshua Farris DrakePhilosophy by David K. NaugleThe Liberal Arts by Gene C Fant Jr.The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking by David S. DockeryAlso on sale is Desiring God’s edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress ($2.99).The Hardest Sins to Talk AboutTim Challies:One…
  • Long preaching isn’t always good preaching

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Early on in my faith, I was enamored with preachers who would give these 45, 50, 60-plus minute sermons. I would compare what I’d hear in their podcasts to what I was hearing on Sunday mornings, and I always wondered, “Why doesn’t my pastor do what these guys are doing?”Which, of course, is stupid. But then again, I was kind of an idiot.(Moving on…)Over time, I grew less enamored with some of those preachers (or at least their preaching). As I listened, I increasingly realized that the guys that seemed to be able to get up and had little more than a post-it for…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersToday’s the last day to get the 9Marks “Building Healthy Churches” series $4.99 each:Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman (reviewed here)Church Membership by Jonathan LeemanChurch Elders by Jeramie RinneEvangelism by Mack Stiles (reviewed here)Expositional Preaching by David HelmThe Gospel by Ray Ortlund (reviewed here)Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson (reviewed here)Also on sale:Mom Enough by Desiring God—$2.99Buried Hope or Risen Savior? by Charles Quarles—99¢Christianity, Cults & Religions by Paul Carden—99¢Born Again by Charles W.
  • How much bandwidth can you give controversy?

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Whenever I read news of a church imploding, some sort of scandal arising involving sexual abuse, or any other scandal really, I can’t help but think, “I wonder what it would have been like to live during a time when the entire world wasn’t at my fingertips?”Now, obviously, I’ve never been one to entirely avoid controversial issues (or people). And when we see a celebrity pastor lose his mind, or when patterns of abuse are revealed that affect anyone, man, woman or child, it is hard to ignore. But at the same time, though we should grieve these things—and if…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Showering in Eden

    Emily R. Mace
    21 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Recently, my family visited relatives who live in the outskirts of a small city in Panama. They’ve built a lovely home out in the jungle. As usual, the weather felt hot and humid, a welcome relief after a few weeks of a dreary Chicago winter. Behind the house, there’s a shaded terrace that overlooks a yard abundant with tamarind and mango trees, a small lake where caimans regularly eat turtles and lizards, and troupes of monkeys scamper through the trees to get to the bananas they’ve left out for migrating birds. The front of the house, that’s where the master bathroom’s shower is.
  • Just Give Me That Old-Time, DIY Religion

    Kaya Oakes
    17 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    For the past two years, I’ve been deep in conversation and research about the phenomenon of “nones”–the rising number of religiously unaffiliated Americans. Although the word “none” appears in my forthcoming book’s title, it’s a term I and most of the people I interviewed for the book dislike. “None” implies negation and absence. And what’s been clear in the course of writing this book is that the rapid stream away from Christianity in particular is not indicative of a loss of interest in religion, or of a loss of faith in what people define for themselves as God.
  • Crocodile Prayers

    Elizabeth Harper
    14 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I visited the church of San Ginés on safari like a fool. No one safaris in Madrid, and it’s frowned upon to safari inside a Catholic church. I went there to hunt a crocodile. Specifically, a taxidermied one rumored to be on display. I milled around the church single-mindedly. The coffin of a saintly ten-year-old was not a crocodile. A life-sized weeping Madonna was not a crocodile. Pilgrims circled around a miracle-working statue of St. Jude. No matter; not a crocodile. When I exhausted every alcove, I decided to interact with the caretaker, armed with some Spanish I picked up from Sesame…
  • A Playlist for Seekers and Doubters

    Carolyn Browender
    6 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Music has consistently been a vehicle for my ponderings and prayers about and to the Divine, or lack thereof. These are a few songs that have stuck with me, organized by theme. Questioning “Doubting Thomas” – Nickel Creek The title is a dead giveaway. This plaintive tune ponders what plagues many when at the crossroads of questioning the religion one was raised in. “Silence” – Matisyahu I had the opportunity to see Matisyahu perform this live, and it felt like I was intruding on a deeply private moment. His voice has a tender, soft, almost boy-choir-esque…
  • Look For The Signs

    Kelly J. Baker
    1 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Messengers is another supernatural mystery from a network, the CW, known for vampires, zombies, demons, angels, and other monsters that go bump in the night. I watched the first two episodes with the hope that maybe this show would mimic Supernatural, my long-time favorite that emphasizes moral ambiguity, the peril of good intentions, and the ease in which we can all become monstrous. The Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, battle against evil in the form of vengeful ghosts, tricky demons, and strange creatures, so that the rest of us can carry on with our normal lives. Evil, however,…
 
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Irish Vote Reflects Diminished Moral Authority of Catholic Church

    Peter Montgomery
    25 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Irish voters turned out in huge numbers on Friday and cast their votes 62 to 38 percent in favor of amending the country’s constitution to allow same-sex couples to marry, making the overwhelmingly Catholic country the first in the world to legalize marriage for same-sex couples through a national referendum. Trevor Gundy, writing for the Religion News Service just before the vote, had examined the decline of the Church’s power in Ireland. “Many Catholics wonder what right the Catholic Church has to oppose gay marriage when those charged with proclaiming and upholding…
  • Catholic ‘Soul-Searching’ as Ireland Votes on Marriage; Churches, American Activists Join Kenyan Anti-Gay Group’s ‘Family’ Confab; Indian Mom Seeks Spouse For Gay Son; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    22 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    PlanetRomeo released a global “Gay Happiness index,” placing Iceland at the top and Uganda at the bottom of 127 rated countries. Last Friday, HBO’s Vice broadcast “A Prayer for Uganda,” a documentary on the harmful impact that American evangelical anti-gay activists like Scott Lively have had in that country. IDAHOT Commemorations for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia were held on and around May 17.  In Chile, more than 50,000 people joined the annual March for Equality last Saturday, and a group of anti-gay evangelicals invaded and disrupted a press conference…
  • Josh Duggar and the Purity Lie

    Sarah Posner
    21 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of “reality” TV and the real life conservative movement, has resigned his position as executive director of FRC Action, the political action arm of the Family Research Council, after In Touch magazine reported that he sexually abused young girls, including, apparently, his sisters, as a teenager. In a statement to People magazine, Duggar, now 27, said: Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. . .
  • Appeals Court Eviscerates Notre Dame’s Objections to Contraception Accommodation

    Patricia Miller
    20 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has again rejected Notre Dame’s complaint that the accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate is a “substantial burden” on its religious liberty and denied its request for an injuction. The Seventh Circuit had made the same ruling previously, but was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby decision. In his opinion, Judge Richard Posner rebuffed Notre Dame’s theological objections to the accommodation and said its legal maneuverings showed its real objective was to prevent…
  • U.S. Christianity is Dead, Long Live U.S. Christianity

    Richard Flory
    20 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    In the cluster of comment on the recently released report on the changing American religious landscape from the Pew Research Center, we have seen two basic story lines: the U.S. is “less Christian” now than it was seven years ago—by about 8 percent, and the population of  “nones” has increased, from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent this time around. As bad as those numbers may sound for religious groups, things are actually even worse. The report only shows how many people consider themselves Catholic, Jewish, Baptist or “nothing in particular.” What this leaves out…
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    On Being Both

  • Rabbi Celebrates Second Bar Mitzvah with Interfaith Community

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

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

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

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

  • Our evident lack of qualification

    Lee Potts
    25 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do God’s work, to bear God’s glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own. ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art via Spiritus Abbey—A Monastery Without Walls Tags: Faith, glory, god, Madeleine L'Engle, work
  • When it was required of him

    Lee Potts
    22 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    Jesus chose a person [Peter] who was sincere and generous, (who was) a believer and spontaneous, who knew how to welcome Him into his boat and with Him sail away from the shore, when it was required of him. Simon abandoned the assurances of having his boat secure on the shore, to acquire the safety of sailing with Jesus. (He) witnessed firsthand the love which by the lakeside encouraged those who had followed (Jesus) there, enflaming their hearts and hopes. Overwhelmed by the growing ties between the Lord and himself and by the awakening of his People, Peter believed Jesus’s word; he rowed…
  • Infinitely loved and totally free

    Lee Potts
    20 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    This is why humility, spiritual poverty, is so precious: it locates our identity securely in the one place where it will be safe from all harm. If our treasure is in God, no one can take it from us. Humility is truth. I am what I am in God’s eyes: a poor child who possesses absolutely nothing, who receives everything, infinitely loved and totally free. ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom Tags: Freedom, humility, Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe, Poverty, treasure
  • We must continue

    Lee Potts
    18 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    Together with Pope Francis, we [the Order of Friars Minor] are called to preach the Gospel by “going out” into the world. Like Jesus and Francis, we are called to minister to the widows, the orphans, the aliens and the lepers of our day. We must continue to open ourselves to the world of the 21st century, to hear the cries of the people, and to struggle with them to confront the social, economic and environmental crises that we are facing. ~Br. Joe Rozansky, OFM, JPIC Presentation at 2015 OFM General Chapter (May 14, 2015) Tags: 21st Century, JPIC, lepers, OFM, Order of Friars Minor, Pope…
  • Without limiting ourselves

    Lee Potts
    15 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Francis sends us to the gospel, which is, at the same time, both beginning and end. But, in a certain sense, the gospel also points to Francis, who shows us how to live the gospel with simplicity of heart and integrity of faith. And we Franciscans must, live the gospel; all that we are and do must be informed by the gospel, without limiting ourselves to a “careful reading” or intellectual contemplation. ~ Emanuela De Nunzio, OFS, “Twentieth Anniversary of the Rule,” The Cord 48.3 (1998) Tags: franciscans, Gospel, heart, intellect, Simplicity, The Cord
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    Amish America

  • 5 Amish Publications You Might Enjoy (And How To Get Them)

    Erik/Amish America
    22 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    The printed word–that is, actual ink-on-paper printed word–is still going strong among the Amish. As more and more of us consume media on electronic devices, Plain families across North America continue to get their news and other written information the old-fashioned way. It’s no surprise that there are scores of Amish-produced publications–in fact, one Amish publisher counted 50-plus subscription […]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…
  • Mary Lapp & Hannah Stoltzfoos: Amish Quilt Innovators

    Erik/Amish America
    21 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    Is Amish quilting static, or does it change? Amish women Mary Stoltzfus Lapp and Hannah Stoltzfoos were separated by a generation or two, but each contributed her own special innovation to Amish quilting. Quilt historian Janneken Smucker shares what those innovations were below–plus the unusual example of an Illinois Amish family who created their own “wild, individual” style. — […]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?
  • Pony Parade at New Bedford, Ohio (Panorama)

    Erik/Amish America
    19 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    I’ve zoomed in below on a few chunks of this superb panorama photo shared by reader Mike Atnip (you might recall his previous panorama of the Meadow Mill School Auction). Mike describes this photo as “Lining up for the pony parade at New Bedford, Ohio.” The 15-minute parade, which you can see includes many Amish children as […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Hutterites & Technology

    Erik/Amish America
    19 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    How does Hutterite technology use compare to the Amish? What tech-related challenges do they face? Which two issues concern them about their children’s use of technology? Linda Maendel, member of a Manitoba Hutterite colony, adresses those questions today (if you’re new to the Hutterites, an Anabaptist people related to the Amish, you can catch up at […]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
  • Which is the best Amish baked good?

    Erik/Amish America
    18 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    Yesterday, Don Burke left a comment on the “5 Favorite Amish Foods” post that comes close to capturing my own feelings: “you’re looking at a guy that thinks that Amish baked goods should be it’s own food-group — the foundational (and largest) group of the food pyramid.” Well-said, Don, well-said Which of course gets me thinking on Monday […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • The genesis of art

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

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

    Julia Rocchi
    1 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Unraveling. Photo by Populux !!!, FlickrThis week, man.First came the Nepal earthquake. Then the Baltimore riots. Then the Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage. Then a cold. Then my period. And to tie it all up with a neat red bow, today's unbelievable-but-true event: a structural collapse at my office building.Are all these events on equal footing? Of course not. Do they all contribute to my deepening sensation of helplessness, confusion, tension, anger, and disbelief? You bet.What's worse is my growing acknowledgement of a hard truth: I have not been brave. At all. Through any of it.
  • At the ready: How 2014 prepared me for 2015

    Julia Rocchi
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Just needs the key. Photo by Sean McGrath, FlickrI am always ready for guests to come over. The rooms, though never immaculate, are presentable. I have food and drink around to share. The kitchen shades are up, so anyone wandering by can peek inside and think, “That looks homey.” My house, in its imperfect and ordinary way, is in a constant state of readiness -- a state that transforms an address into a home.As I learned in 2014, the state of my heart can be closer to the state of my home than I knew possible. In the year's first half, I rode a wild pendulum of experiences and emotions,…
  • I, Catulla: What Latin subconsciously taught me

    Julia Rocchi
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A photo posted by Julia Rocchi (@jmrocchi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:55pm PDTMany high school students give their teachers cards or scented candles at the holidays. I wrote my teachers poems. And no one amassed a larger body of my work than my high school Latin teacher, Mrs. Bender.Over the course of three years, I wrote reams of translations, essays, and parodies inspired by my Latin classes. I couldn’t help myself, really; the material was so rich, the concentration so directed, that not a class went by where I wasn’t inspired by a character, phrase, or technique.It all came to a head…
 
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Pentecost: When Hurry Hung Suspended & Time Stood Still

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    18 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “God did not invent hurry” – an old Russian proverb I’ve always thought it ironic that the origin of the proverb “God did not event hurry” was Russian. Actually, the Finnish claim the proverb, too, so maybe the Russians stole it for the express purpose of pun-ishing the Finns. But whatever the provenance of the proverb, I believe it brings us great wisdom just in time for Pentecost. Pentecost is the Sunday on which we celebrate birth of the Church: when we remember the day on which the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples who had gathered in Jerusalem, as Jesus had promised she…
  • 3 False Dichotomies That Limit Faith

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    12 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    The Rev. Ken Howard:My friend from Zimbabwe has some interesting thoughts on the relationship between science and faith. Originally posted on Chronicles of a kid next door: Pitting faith against science, reason and reality tend to limit our knowledge of God. I am a scientist, currently a graduate student aspiring to be a professor of chemistry in my home country, Zimbabwe. But, I am a Christian, I believe Christ came from heaven and died for my sins. I am a Christian who is a scientist, and that is a problem. At church, I often endure sermons where preachers make it their ambition to reveal…
  • “Whitemail” – Using Social Media to Achieve Justice

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    5 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    By Ken Howard As the ordained leader of a relatively new and growing congregation on the outskirts of the nation’s capitol, I have seen Facebook used for many things: evangelism, congregational communication and networking, event publicity, even providing a stealthy, back-door reentry into church life for those who have been away long enough that they want to avoid those awkward “where have you been?” questions that would happen if they came back through the front door. But I had yet to see anyone use Facebook to achieve justice for a parishioner. That is, until something I tried just…
  • 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…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Trust God

    embcministry
    22 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Missionary Latoya Gaines.Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • Chosen to Bear Fruit

    embcministry
    22 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at our 11:00 am Annual Men’s Day Worship Service by Rev. Odell Johnson, Pastor of All Saints Fellowship Christian Church.Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • The Consequences of a Bad Decision

    embcministry
    22 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Lee Barnes.Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • A Concentrated Life

    embcministry
    22 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. Todd.Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • A Teaching Woman

    embcministry
    21 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. Todd.Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
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    CNA Daily News

  • What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants

    25 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Vatican City, May 25, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city. The interview was published May 24, and is the result of a 45 minute meeting between the pontiff and a journalist and photographer from “La voz del Pueblo.” They spoke in the Vatican's Saint Martha residence where the Pope lives and celebrates daily Mass. Pope Francis said that since being elected Pope, he…
  • A 'reality check' for Ireland's Church – gay marriage vote both challenge and invitation

    25 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Rome, Italy, May 25, 2015 / 10:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Christian message can't be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation's young people. “This vote has certainly changed the landscape in which the Church ministers in Ireland and the outcome offers it new and brave challenges,” said Dublin native Monsignor John Kennedy, speaking after Friday's referendum to allow same-sex couples in Ireland to marry. Msgr.
  • Thousands of people are trapped in the ocean right now – here is Pope Francis' response

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Vatican City, May 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. While around three thousand migrants have managed to make their way to Indonesia, Malaysia, or Thailand, thousands more are believed to be stranded in the middle of the ocean. “I continue to follow with great concern and suffering in my heart the stories of numerous refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea,” the Pope said during his…
  • Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem

    24 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Rome, Italy, May 24, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.    Maybe she was thinking of her neighbors who had ostracized her when she was diagnosed with hepatitis B. Or perhaps she was thinking of the hours spent scraping a living by collecting coal that had fallen on the road en route to nearby mines. Regardless, when Xihuan brought the bottle of Yang Hua Le Guo pesticide to her lips in May 2009, she was doing…
  • Respect creation – this is a must for every single Christian, Pope Francis says

    24 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Vatican City, May 24, 2015 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis used Sunday's feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth. “The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the Father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same,” the Pope said. “Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the 'garden' in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but rather to be cultivated and tended with respect.”…
 
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Bible as State Book

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

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

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

  • Intimate But Not Exclusive

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

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

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

    Matt
    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

    Matt
    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…
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    Reflect

  • Running from the Pain

    Jann Cobb
    24 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    After several lessons about a wonderful book, Pancakes for Supper, the first grade teachers and I decided to have a culminating event by making pancakes with the first grade classes. This required strategic planning of materials, staff and more importantly the group of children that each of us would be supervising. Let's just say that some of our first grade students do not have much impulse control!  After setting up the tables with pancake mix, water, measuring cups, wooden spoons, spatulas and electric griddles we were ready to discuss the activity with the students.With as…
  • Running from Forgiveness Part 2

    Jann Cobb
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
     Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.Do any of these resonate with you?If only I hadn't done....Why do I keep on sinning?I am not good enough to be in the presence of God.How could He ever choose me after what I've done?There's no going back now.I am so stupid!I have caused so much pain, how can I ever face them?What have I done?Extending God's grace to myself can be difficult because I know the depth of my sin.  Oh how I've let him down, let others down and gone back on my word.Gratefully we don't have to look very far in Scripture to find others who feel the same…
  • Running from Forgiveness

    Jann Cobb
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I can never forgive this person for what they have done! I remember vividly saying that about the man who had abused me when I was a child. For years I pushed people away because I was afraid of getting too close, too vulnerable, open to being hurt again. I held on to the forgiveness because then I had control! I wish that I had learned the truth about forgiveness earlier. Even after I had become a Christian this hidden area in my heart was difficult to let go of. I had been running for so long with the pain of what happened to me that I could not see, comprehend or experience…
  • Running from His Call

    Jann Cobb
    15 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    I became a Christian at the age of 14. I'll never forget the night Dan Webster our Youth Pastor spoke about God's love for us and that he wanted to be our ultimate Daddy. This spoke directly to my heart and pulled me into the arms of Jesus. As a young Christian I thought that my life would be filled with hugs and kisses, sitting on my father's lap. God would be a daddy that would protect and care for me. Giving me lots of love.  While He is all of that, there is so much more to following Him.Through the years I have learned much about and struggled with obedience, following His call,…
  • Running From Him

    Jann Cobb
    12 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    This is not a popular topic, running from God. However, if we are honest we are guilty of it from time to time. Interestingly the thing is that we don’t have to run an all out sprint, it may be that we run away in little ways. We turn from Him and turn towards other things.I can pour myself into things. When I am all in, then I see nothing else. Projects are my favorite way to run from God. When my body and mind are fully occupied with a project then there is little time to reflect on what God has asked me to do.Picture me in my cooking apron, in a mess of a kitchen…
 
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Texas House Passes “Pastor Protection Act” Bill

    Don Byrd
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Written by Don Byrd The Texas House yesterday overwhelmingly (141 to 2) approved a bill designed to protect a minister’s right to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony that violates his or her sincerely held religious beliefs. Critics note that the bill also protects religious institutions and warned that the language would too broadly allow such institutions – including, perhaps religious hospitals and educational facilities – to refuse to honor same-sex marriages as valid. The Dallas Morning-News reports: [Sen. Craig] Estes’ bill would confer legal immunity on…
  • 7th, DC Circuits Again Deny Challenges to Contraceptive Mandate Accommodations

    Don Byrd
    21 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Written by Don Byrd The DC Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for a full court (en banc) rehearing of a 3-judge panel’s ruling in the dispute over the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act as it relates to religious organizations. The panel previously upheld the Obama Administration’s accommodation compromise for religious organizations over objections that the process violates their religious exercise rights under RFRA. The court determined that filing the opt-out form does not substantially burden an organization’s religious exercise.
  • Don Byrd discusses the BJC blog, state RFRA tracker and more

    Cherilyn Crowe
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Don Byrd, the author of BJC’s Blog from the Capital, talks about his work informing readers about the latest church-state news. Byrd discusses the genesis of the blog, the creation of the popular state RFRA bill tracker and what drives him to cover religious liberty issues. Check out his work at BJConline.org/blog.
  • Louisiana House Committee Defeats Broad Religious Conscience Bill

    Don Byrd
    20 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Written by Don Byrd A Louisiana House committee has rejected a measure entitled “The Marriage and Conscience Act,” which would have provided broad protection from state sanction to any people, organizations or businesses for actions taken “in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage.” The bill was opposed by civil rights advocates and the business community for its apparent authorization of discrimination. Unlike RFRA laws, which provide a balancing framework for courts to resolve disputes between religious freedom interests and other…
  • Alan Brownstein: Liberty and Equality Values in the Hobby Lobby and Town of Greece Decisions

    Cherilyn Crowe
    20 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Alan Brownstein, professor emeritus at UC Davis School of Law, makes his third presentation for the 2015 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. He focuses on two recent Supreme Court decisions with religious liberty implications: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Town of Greece v. Galloway.
 
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  • When All Seems Lost

    Jonathan Pearson
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Egyptians were in hot pursuit of the Israelites. Pharaoh had changed his mind… again… and was chasing after his past slaves. Moses was their leader. He was assigned and anointed to bring the Israelites to the Promised Land. He had his fair share of struggles. Personal and as a leader. He had heard the complaints of his people and had seen God move on their behalf. Just before Exodus 14, we see God using the pillar of fire and the cloud to guide them to their destination. God had given them just what they needed, when they need it. Now, it was much more serious, though. This time, God…
  • Too Busy? Here’s Some Help!

    Jonathan Pearson
    19 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Where do I start? I’m just too busy. I want to, but where will I find the time? I have to get organized. I don’t need anything else on my plate. Ever said one of these… all of these? That’s why I put together a little project called The Productive Pastor. It’s an ebook for pastors and anyone else that really needs to get their to-do’s and their time schedules in shape. It’s a practical guide with some great tools to help you be able to quit saying some of those things that come when you’re too busy. Here’s where you can find it. Click here to share it. I’ll give away one…
  • 3 Productivity Apps You Aren’t Using But Should Be

    Jonathan Pearson
    18 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    Productivity has long been a passion and kind of hobby for me. In fact, I’m releasing an ebook tomorrow geared to help pastors (and anyone really) get things organized so they can do what they really want to do and are called to do. I’ve tried hundreds (maybe thousands) of apps and websites for productivity. I’ve found some that work and some that I just couldn’t find the value in. Here are 3, though, that I’ve found to be really good at in specialized area. Day One An iOS and Mac app for journaling. This app is an absolute joy to use. It syncs well, lets you upload photos to your…
  • Do You Need a Redream?

    Jonathan Pearson
    11 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    As leaders and especially those of us that consider ourselves young leaders, we are dreamers. Some of us more than others, but I’ve yet to meet a good leader that was satisfied with the status quo and was willing to leave an average thing alone. I’ve certainly never talked to a leader that was willing to leave something that was broken alone. Sure, sometimes we have to let things lie for a period of time to guard resources, people, and vision, but we have to always be looking for what’s ahead. Sometimes, in those moments of looking at something that’s broken or…
  • Ways To Be More Likable

    Jonathan Pearson
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Let’s face it, in a world where we’re hearing, “Do whatever makes you happy,” more and more, we need more nice and Likeable people. It’s easy, when you’re around this constant selfish attitude to fall prey to living in your bubble and not speaking to and associating with others. Aat the end of the day, though, life is better when we’re in tune with the people around us. Its better when we have our heads’ up and our earphones off. Remember, you can still get people to help you more and get further if you’re nice to other. Politeness is…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • How To Answer A Christian Who Says Calamity Comes From God

    21 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Is God really the source of all illness and tragedy?Sadly, countless people believe that the cause of all heartache and difficulty is the Lord. You can hear this outlook on Christian radio and even read it in popular fiction. Evangelicalism is persuaded that all things - whether good or bad - come directly from God.The claim that the Lord causes affliction has a rather lengthy tradition that dates back to the Stoic philosophers in Ancient Greece.The Stoics believed that "nothing occurs that was not providentially ordained by God. All events in world history are placed into a single casual…
  • The Scandalous Reason You Struggle With the Supernatural

    13 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    "Anti-supernaturalism" has so shaped Western thinking that few have been able to escape its grasp. While the Christian faith, in both thought and expression, is miraculous, many within the broader Protestant tradition have attempted to reconfigure it. One can find roots of this deep skepticism and doubt in the Great Reformation of the Sixteenth Century.  Martin Luther (1483 – 1546), the Father of the Protestant Reformation, believed that the Gospel and First Letter of John, the Epistles of Paul, and 1 Peter were "the true and noblest books of the New Testament." The reason that Luther…
  • What You Must Do To Step Into Your Destiny

    5 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Not long ago I was conversing with a frustrated young man. He had an obvious passion and calling on his life. However, others around him weren't ready to receive him in that particular role. It's not that they didn't love or value him. They just weren't open to him functioning outside of their expectations. Though he desperately wanted his future to begin, it wasn't yet time.This is something that a lot of people wrestle with. They're convinced of a tremendous calling and destiny, but don't know how to get started. Many times they're disappointed as things don't unfold the way they…
  • Are You Tuned In To The Frequency Of Heaven?

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    It seems that many reputable scientists believe that the universe is in a constant state of "vibratory motion." All that exists on earth and the immediate cosmos is being held together by small, reverberating “strings.” This widely accepted notion is referred to as “string theory.” It makes the radical claim that resonating strands of energy are at the center of all physical matter.Reflecting on the implications of this theory, Dr. Christian Overman writes, “Scientists tell us if you break matter down to its smallest components, you'll find atoms. If you break atoms down,…
  • One Of The Best Ways Of Getting Rid Of Evil

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Redeemed humanity is a public display of the victory of the cross. Through our vibrant connection with the Heavenly Father, we're expressing dominion and dispelling the darkness. Paul declares that:  “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 3:10). Believers often talk about counteracting evil. Yet, a forgotten dimension of this is learning to dwell in heavenly realms; picking up on the attitudes and mindset of the Father. Living out of that posture changes…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Photo Essay from Nepal: Bahini (Little Sisters)

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

    tgf
    23 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Click on the photo below to view the first of several photo essays from Nepal on my photo website, Flaneur.Guru
  • Ministries of Presence: A Report from Nepal

    tgf
    23 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    KATHMANDU, Nepal—The Boeing 737 loaded with relief supplies and caregivers touched down at Tribhuvan International Airport six days (nearly to the minute) after the first of two cataclysmic earthquakes wrecked havoc on the tiny Himalayan nation of Nepal. Joining me aboard the flight from Singapore were a few other journalists from the United States and […]
  • It Takes a Village: Kathmandu, Water, Ubuntu, and Doing What We Can

    tgf
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    There are times when all the cliches are true. This is such a time. "You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." - a.a.milne "You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." - a.a.milne It does take a village. We are all connected. I am because we are. (UBUNTU) And there but for the grace of God go I. We can't do everything, but what we can do we must do. If you build it, they will come. I'm typing this from the airport in Singapore waiting for my flight to…
  • The Americans Season Finale: Teach Your Parents Well

    tgf
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    How I emerged from the 1980s with what I hope is a humble Christian faith, decidedly left-leaning politics, open-minded stance toward the world, and openhearted approach to "the other" is nothing short of miraculous. Well, that and some excellent parenting by a mother and father with a deep faith matched only by their curiosity and wanderlust who went through life cancelling out each others (political) votes, inhaling and debating the news of the day, teaching my brother and me to think for ourselves, and to lean hard into our educational pursuits. So it's been with great interest that I've…
 
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Five Lesbian Demons Attack Pastor Manning

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Five lesbian demons attack Pastor James David Manning in front the ATLAH World Missionary Church while Arnold Diaz from WPIX News was interviewing him. (20 May 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: http://atlah.org/2015/01/08/boycott-list-of-msnbc-sponsors-advertisers/ Here is the list of GE products. http://www.ge.com/products Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BS7JA8GFKDBZA “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and…
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 21 May 2015

    Jattira
    21 May 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. Follow James David Manning on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/drjamesdavidmanning (Visited 72 times, 2 visits today)
  • A Sodomite Spit On Our Food Table

    agentDave001
    20 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    A sodomite spit on our food table last Saturday at the 57st BMW boycott . (20 May 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: http://atlah.org/2015/01/08/boycott-list-of-msnbc-sponsors-advertisers/ Here is the list of GE products. http://www.ge.com/products Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BS7JA8GFKDBZA “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,…
  • Shake Up Obama’s World

    agentDave001
    20 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Support Dr. James David Manning as he leads the charge against BMW, MSNBC ans Al Sharpton . (20 May 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: http://atlah.org/2015/01/08/boycott-list-of-msnbc-sponsors-advertisers/ Here is the list of GE products. http://www.ge.com/products Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BS7JA8GFKDBZA “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final…
  • BMW Is Not For Racial Peace And Harmony

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Dr. James David Manning speaks in front of the BMW of Manhattan demanding MSNBC to fire Al Sharpton. (9 May 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: http://atlah.org/2015/01/08/boycott-list-of-msnbc-sponsors-advertisers/ Here is the list of GE products. http://www.ge.com/products Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BS7JA8GFKDBZA “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 3 Steps to Receive a Greater Dimension of God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    21 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Many of us live in a narrow understanding of the visible realm and it’s hard for many to even begin to try to see into the invisible spiritual realm. An example of this in scripture is in the book of Daniel, “And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to…
  • 7 Traits of a History Maker – RN07 Podcast

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast… In this episode Pastor Shyju talks about 7 qualities that make a history maker! 1. Not afraid to be alone. 2. Doesn’t care about being misunderstood. 3. Creates his own discipline. 4. Practices hearing and seeing in the supernatural. 5. Married to his vision. 6. Feared no man. 7. Gave his life to His call. If you enjoyed the podcast, don’t forget to share and bless your family and friends with these. Here are some tweets from the podcast for you: Don’t be upset if you find yourself alone on a path, cos you are never alone because of…
  • 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 – RN06 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 mail@revivenations.org 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]…
 
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    Taber's Truths Christian Websites

  • Taber’s Truths #2 – My Friend

    Pastor Duke Taber
    23 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    I first met my friend on November 18th, 1979 at a youth group in a little town called.....wait for it..... Boring Oregon. Little did I know at the time that he would become my closest friend and my deepest confidant.
  • Tabers’ Truths #1 – The Bride

    Pastor Duke Taber
    15 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Allow me to paint a picture if you will.This is the story of a young couple, their closest family members and friends, and a crowd of onlookers.
  • The Guarantee Of Acceptance – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Pastor Duke Taber shares with The Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. what it means to extend the guarantee of acceptance to everyone that we come in contact with. Learn the difference between acceptance and affirmation in this audio sermon. http://godshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-01-25-Sermon.mp3
  • The Guarantee Of Love – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Listen to Pastor Duke Taber explain why the church needs to guarantee love to each and every person who comes into contact with people who are part of the church. This sermon was shared at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca.
  • The Shepherds Of Christmas Today – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    Pastor Duke Taber continues his Christmas sermon series by sharing how the shepherds of Christmas might have looked today.
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • Various and sundry texts on the serpent seed of Satan theory

    Ken Ammi
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Various and sundry texts on the serpent seed of Satan theory - This article is meant to shows what some texts that reference the birth of Cain, etc. have to say in relation to the serpent seed of Satan theory. This is important to consider because serpent seed of Satan theorists must... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • Conspiracy reality, “The Masonic Fraternal Police Department”

    Ken Ammi
    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Conspiracy reality, “The Masonic Fraternal Police Department” - The Masonic Fraternal Police Department, is being reported as being “a fictitious police department,” “a rogue police force,” a “‘masonic’ police force,” “an illegitimate ‘police... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • Why God must be omniscient

    Ken Ammi
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why God must be omniscient - From what I recall (meaning that I heard him state it but do not know if he put it into writing), the Atheist activist Dan Barker claimed that God cannot be omniscient (all knowing) because God would not know if... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • VIDEO: Futurist Transhumanist Ray Kurzweil at 17 yrs old

    Ken Ammi
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learn more about transhumanism here.
  • EPIC EPOCH update – 3-10-2015 AD

    Ken Ammi
    10 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Here are the referenced articles: Why God must be omniscient Various and sundry texts on the serpent seed of Satan theory MIT’s Jeremy L. England on all by itself-replication Conspiracy reality, “The Masonic Fraternal Police Department”
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    Joshua Rhone

  • [Infographic] Flora and Fauna Hiking Guide

    Joshua Rhone
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Stay Safe and Healthy in the Wilderness by Learning All About the Animals and Plants Around You Source: Fix.com
  • [Video] The Backwards Brain Bicycle

    Joshua Rhone
    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Last night, unable to sleep, I stumbled across the following video. It is worth a watch for entertainment value alone, but I cannot stop thinking about the video’s content as it relates to other topics: spiritual formation, leading both oneself and others successfully through change(s), etc. With that in mind, I would encourage you to watch the video. Then, if you are interested, I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, so that you can be notified regarding upcoming posts exploring the implications of the video with regard to such things as personal transformation,…
  • [Photos] Mount Union, PA: Thousand Steps (1000 Steps)

    Joshua Rhone
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I’m proud of Quinton. For the last few days, Crystal and Maddie have been away. As part of our father-son time, Quinton wanted to try to best our reaching of step 700 last year. He not only made it to the top, but managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the mountainside. Good times.
  • The dangers of ahistorical Protestantism

    Joshua Rhone
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Somehow I stumbled across both Scot McKnight’s blog post ‘Al Mohler and Baptists Becoming Catholic and Anglican‘ and Carl R. Trueman’s post commenting on said post. Both are worth a read. I was particularly struck by this comment, made by Trueman: A Protestantism which fails to acknowledge those historical roots and indeed to teach them to its young people leaves itself vulnerable to Canterbury and Rome. There is an historical dimension to Christianity which is important and which needs to be an integral part of pedagogy and discipleship. Trueman’s comment hit…
  • [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve enjoyed. Books that I’ve discussed over coffee with close friends. Books that have made me think. Scary Close is the most recent of those books. And it is more than good. It’s great. Scary great. Better than Blue Like Jazz great. To be clear, I didn’t pay for…
 
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • (Deus) Ex-Machina: Artificial Intelligence and the History of Gods

    Derek Murphy
    18 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    I decided to watch Ex-Machina (2015) to blow off some steam, but I started taking notes when this line made me sit up and take notice: “If you’ve created a conscious machine it’s not the history of man… that’s the history of Gods.” This isn’t just a sci-fi thriller, this is an attack on God, by Continue Reading
  • Is Les Miserables a death cult for failed revolutionaries?

    Derek Murphy
    11 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    I’ve seen Les Miserables several times. The music has always been stirring, but I’ve never been able to bond with the characters as much as I did tonight, when watching the new Hollywood production, which involves closeup shots of the painful, anguished looks on the faces of Hollywood Superstars like……….. There isn’t much missing from Continue Reading
  • Marvel’s DareDevil TV Series explores the shifting boundaries between villain and hero

    Derek Murphy
    10 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    This is a (a)theological companion to Marvel’s 2015 DareDevil TV Series. The series narrative starts like this: the main hero goes to church to ask forgiveness for what he’s about to do. He draws the line at killing people, but both the good guys and the bad guys tell him if he wants to make a difference, to win, Continue Reading
  • Are angels real? The Messengers – a new supernatural TV show wants you to believe in the Devil

    Derek Murphy
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    At the end of a hard day’s work, I like to unwind with whatever TV show I can find. I tend to like supernatural drama series, but not really shitty high school drama ones. The latest series that has caught my attention is CW’s “The Messengers” – which is, basically, the Book of Revelations but Continue Reading
  • 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 Continue Reading
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    Set Apart People

  • Shavuot, consider this

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
      It is almost Shavuot, just a few more days and we will be in Jerusalem to celebrate this special day. What a wonderful privilege. On this day many years ago, tradition has it that the Torah was given at mount Sinai. This is based on Ex 19:1, which states that the Torah was given in the third month. Also, on Shavuot the Ruach ha qodesh, the Holy Spirit was given to indwell those who believed. You can read the book of Acts for more detail on this. YHVH gave us the Torah, His instructions for living and he gave us a Helper to help us every step of our way. Let’s just go back to the…
  • Growing a vegetable garden in the Sabbatical year?

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
      We are in the process of preparing for the Sabbatical year, which will start in the spring (Aviv) of 2016. As we get closer to the time, we get questions and comments from others who plan to keep, or oppose the keeping of the Sabbatical year. One comment we received was that a family sized vegetable garden would be exempt from the Sabbatical year commandments due to the following reasons. Vegetables tend not to self seed, have a broad growing season and are not harvested in a bulk way. I value these comments even if they oppose our understanding, because it gives us an opportunity to…
  • His perfect will is not to heal you

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In His Word, YHVH promised that we would not have the sickness of Egypt in our midst. Deuteronomy 7:15 “YHVH will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you. Why are believers and unbelievers having the same medical issues? We all know that these promised blessings from YHVH started off with a specific condition. Deuteronomy 7:12 “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that YHVH your Elohim will keep with you the covenant and the…
  • A lady that deserves some of your tithe

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    As we have been doing a lot of research and articles on the 3rd year tithe, the tithe to widow, orphan and strangers, we are searching for people we could support. We try to find people within Israel that we can help with our tithe. In our search, a friend of ours introduced us to a lady that does wonderful work in Jerusalem. During our recent trip to Jerusalem, we had the marvelous opportunity to meet this wonderful lady, Mrs. Shoshanna Miriam and her daughter Eti. During our visit to her home, her daughter Eti shared with us their family history. Mrs. Shoshanna speaks no English, only…
  • The third year tithe, a test of faithfulness

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tithing is quite a controversial topic. Many different opinions and interpretations exist on this topic. The third year tithe is even more so. In this article, we will give you some background on tithing in general, but more specifically, on this tithe and we will answer the many questions we have received about it. Many people are becoming aware of this and want to know how they are to understand and do it. We want to share our understanding with you. We are new to this too, it will be the second time we give the third tithe, but we believe it to be very important and a test of our…
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    Pathologically Intellectual

  • The Governing Body Saws Off the Branch It's Sitting On

    10 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today’s (May 10, 2015) Watchtower study contains a remarkable shift in the organizations method of Bible interpretation. When I became a Witness they commonly used a method of interpretation called “type-antitype.”  Under this method of interpretation, Bible events, the type; foreshadow future events, the antitype.  For example, Jonah’s three days in the whale prefigured Jesus’ three days in the grave. During my years as a Witness it seemed that everything in the Bible was a preview of later events. Most of the time, the Watchtower said that ancient events prefigured the…
  • Analysis of Watchtower Real Estate Holdings

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

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

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

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

  • Simon, Son of John, Do You Love Me?

    tonyagnesi
    24 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love … Read More →
  • FGG-074 Embrace the Ordinary

    tonyagnesi
    20 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Most people spend their lives in pursuit of the extraordinary. We look at the lives of celebrities, glorify their excesses, and wish that our lives could be more like theirs.  In this podcast, Tony talks about the ordinary moments that represent 99% of our time on earth. Quote: For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. … Read More →
  • Wonderfully Flawed

    tonyagnesi
    17 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so … Read More →
  • FGG-073 You Minister

    tonyagnesi
    13 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” ― Francis of Assisi I’ve always been a fan of this quote from St. Francis. It speaks volumes about ministry. In this podcast, Tony discusses the personal ministries that we do every day. Scripture: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use … Read More →
  • Does Praying for Others Really Help?

    tonyagnesi
    10 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. James 5:16 Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me for prayer. It could be a relative facing surgery, a friend with a bad diagnosis, or … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • 8 Free Catholic Items to Deepen Your Faith

    Lyn
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Did you know there’s quite a lot of amazing Catholic books, tools and more that are waiting for you to order them at either no cost or for a very small shipping fee or donation? These are amazing tools that just might be what you need to light the spark in your faith if it’s […] The post 8 Free Catholic Items to Deepen Your Faith appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Chaos Theory, God and The 80/20 Principle

    Lyn
    3 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Having arrived at the ripe old age of 40 :), I’m taking a serious look at my life and how I might make the best of my earthly life in my remaining years. God has led me to several interesting books, all of which encourage you to focus your time on what is most effective […] The post Chaos Theory, God and The 80/20 Principle appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Who Says Catholic Books Have to be Boring? Walk Softly Lifts AND Evokes Laughs

    Lyn
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    I’m an avid reader. So much so, I’ve engaged in a program to help me find even more time to read as many books as I possibly can. Catholic books are definitely at the top of my list and I’ve read little else over the past two years. As a Catholic blogger, lots of books […] The post Who Says Catholic Books Have to be Boring? Walk Softly Lifts AND Evokes Laughs appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Grasping the Big Picture of the Bible

    Lyn
    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

    Lyn
    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.
 
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Deadly Compassion: When Suffering Trumps Discipleship

    Andrew Sargent
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been reading of late, a lot of viral posts on social media in which a person accuses pastors and churches, teachers and schools, politicians, police, government agencies and the like of wrongdoing because they show “insensitivity” to “X” by defending some right, holding to some standard, enforcing some rule, or recognizing some achievement. One woman criticizes the church’s fixation on virginity and sexual purity before marriage, because sexual purity is more than physical virginity (thus we’ve all already lost it) and it makes those who have stumbled physically feel…
  • Do the New Testament Writer’s Care About Context, Part 4: The Shape of Biblical References

    Andrew Sargent
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve been considering the claim that Matthew’s appeal to YHWH’s historical deliverance of Israel from Egypt in Hosea 11:1 is proof positive that the NT writers cared little to nothing for the original context of the passages they quoted. They had, it is claimed, a Jesus hermeneutical lens (Christological Hermeneutic) by which everything was made to speak directly of him in some way. I’ve countered by suggesting that what is needed instead of such a disastrous hermeneutic, is an actual investigation into why the NT writers use OT passages the way they do… one text at a time…
  • Spirituality is Not a Personality Trait

    Andrew Sargent
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve had some interesting discussions this week about various churches’ perception of “Spirituality, Love & Humility,” My ministry is non-denominational and I travel around a bit so I encounter all kinds of interesting perceptions of these matters. In the movie Joyful Noise the choir director struggles with her job, imagining that to allow her daughter to fully exercise her skills as a singer would show a lack of humility. The pastor struggles with their choir’s desire to win a national competition by breaking free from 50 year old patterns of church music. Today people keep…
  • Do the New Testament Writer’s Care About Context, Part 3: What is This Guy Doing?

    Andrew Sargent
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this series we are laying the ground work for analyzing the common suggestion that Matthew 2:15 proves that the New Testament writers don’t care about the original context of the Old Testament texts that they interpret …and, thus, neither should we. I insist that they did care about historical, grammatical and literary context but that there is a dynamic at work that we overlook; they USE Scripture rather than interpret Scripture. I’ve recommended seven paths of investigation every time a NT writer uses an OT text in any way. Step # 1 was go back and read the entire context of the…
  • A Reply to My Post Mother’s Day Massacre

    Andrew Sargent
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    My article “Mother’s Day Massacre: A Response to “An Open Letter to Pastors (A Non-Mom Speaks about Mother’s Day)” [1] generated as one might expect a lot of responses. Many called me names, thankfully borrowing most of them from the one’s I provided as an option in my original post, but many others understood what I was trying to say and replied with grace and support. In it I insist that the growing fixation with needing to take time out to include everyone imaginable in everything we do, like loading up Mother’s Day celebrations with caveats to…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Acceptance does not mean approval

    Fr. Peter
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
      Over the past few months, I have been meditating on this idea of acceptance as it relates to other people and how, as a Christian, I should be thinking about this.  I believe that we have this idea in our minds that if we do not approve of the behavior of someone that means […] The post Acceptance does not mean approval appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Having Eyes, They See Not

    Fr. Peter
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    This past week we were present with the Gospel story of the man who was born blind (John 9:1-38).  In this story, we see Jesus healing them man by placing the clay on his eyes and directing him to go and wash and when I man did as directed he was healed.  We also come […] The post Having Eyes, They See Not appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • PODCAST: The Woman at the Well

    Fr. Peter
    20 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    What do you do when you’re confronted with your sin face to face? The post PODCAST: The Woman at the Well appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • It’s Not Just about the Numbers

    Fr. Peter
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Recently, the Pew Research Forum released a study concerning the religious landscape in America.  The results are sobering for those of us in church work and require much thought and consultation moving forward.  I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone but the numbers of Christians, or rather people who consider themselves […] The post It’s Not Just about the Numbers appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Those Pesky Pharisees

    Fr. Peter
    18 May 2015 | 4:05 am
      Read John 9:1-38 A long time ago, in a writing class I was in, the teacher said that every good story has a hero and an antagonist.  In the Gospel story from the 9th chapter of John presents just that the hero, the blind man or perhaps Jesus (although he is the hero of […] The post Those Pesky Pharisees appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Swami Mukundananda

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

    24 May 2015 | 7:56 pm
    -There are innumerable things in the world, and each thing has endless varieties. If you try to experiencing everything first before deciding that there is no happiness in it, your whole life pass in this endeavor.-There are people who run after money all their lives, and yet do not decide that it does not have the happiness they are seeking. Again, if you finally do come to the conclusion that the world is not a place of happiness, but the mind doubts whether or not there is happiness in God, then what will you do?-As human beings, God has bestowed us with subtle intellects that can make…
  • Many a times in our Life we come across so many mishappenings with us, during those conditions we actually do not realize the grace of God but after somewhere we realize that it was for the betterment of us. Then how can we realize the grace of God during those unfavourable conditions because momentarily obviously we get panic….?

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

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

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

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    -The knowledge which inspires you toward Divine realization is the right knowledge; it can be obtained by the association of a Divine personality. The knowledge that makes you materialistic is wrong knowledge; you receive such knowledge from your association with the worldly people and their texts.-For this reason, you should know that the right understanding inclines you to do right actions and the wrong understanding leads you into wrong actions.Hence, your every action depends on the  knowledge which we acquire from various sources(that we come across in our day to day life).
 
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • The Word for Today Is: (Humble Yourself and) #Pray

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    11 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com Prayer is a powerful weapon. and a citadel of hope. Because prayer changes things, two of the most important things you can do in life are to thank God for His goodness and plead for His help. But prayers from proud, selfish, lips go no where. Next time you think Heaven’s ear is made of brass, consider the state of your own soul. Humble yourself, repent, pray, and seek God’s face. Then watch how things change. The word for today is #pray. May you do it often and in humility. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,…
  • Choose the Road to Somewhere

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Caution infernal traffic (Photo credit: Duncan) Everyday is a crossroad where we chose which way to go. Every day you wake up, there are two ways to decide which path(s) to take: You can rely on your ability to reason, or you can ask the Lord and choose to walk by faith. The problem with relying on reason, is that making right decisions depends on having perfect knowledge and understanding of all facts past, present, future. This is impossible for humans. Asking the Lord to help you choose the right road, is the perfect but least comfortable way to make a decision. It’s perfect, because…
  • Everybody Has a Gift From God (What’s Yours?)

    vlights@e-graphx.com (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!)

    vlights@e-graphx.com (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

    vlights@e-graphx.com (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:…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • The Truth of The Assumption

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

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

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

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

  • The Salvation Paradox

    Steve Simons
    16 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Prophets and preachers, theologians and pastors — believers of every sort have sought to understand and explain the root cause of Salvation.  If you want to be saved, how can you make that happen? The ironic answer is, you need to be in need of salvation. The more accurate answer is that Salvation is accomplished by God because He desires to save every human life, including yours.  It doesn’t require prerequisites or justification.  It isn’t the result of your personal holiness or because you deserve it.  Salvation is provided to all who accept it. In point of fact,…
  • Dealing With The Downside

    Steve Simons
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Your manager is looking for you to complete the project before next Friday.  Your team is behind.  You know you have a choice.  You can either choose to take the hit now or next Friday.  You think through the alternatives.  On the one hand, there are compromises you could make to deliver something workable even though you are certain that you can’t complete the entire task on time.  On the other hand, if you make a move to reset expectations again or ask for additional resources your manager may start looking for someone else to drive the job to completion. As you consider the choice…
  • The Radicalization of Peace

    Steve Simons
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Individual radicalization and religious extremism today present a clear and present danger both to individuals and to the core freedoms upon which civilization is built. The content of speech is not what should determine if it can be allowed by any society.  Speech should be free, period. Speech is a medium for communication and it is the most powerful agent for change that the world has ever known. And not getting offended is actually not a right that should be protected. Curtailing speech is one of the first indications of many a failing civilization.  Whether it is speaking out against…
  • The Actual Power of Peace

    Steve Simons
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will…
  • The Joy of Gratitude

    Steve Simons
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    God is ready to flood you with favor. God is ready to bless you with abundance. God is ready to provide you with prosperity. All it takes is a change in attitude, and you will start seeing the super-natural goodness of God in a whole new way in your life. When you are ready to enjoy, appreciate, and accept God’s goodness, it opens the door to blessing in a way that nothing else can.  This is because God loves you, which means that He wants to be good to you and give you things that you will enjoy, use, and love. If you tell God that you don’t like what He is giving you, you are…
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    Religion and the Honest Student

  • Superstition is a Bad Word

    John Holland
    13 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Before moving house, I throw away all the old brooms. But this is just an antiquated superstition. There is, at the outset of any serious pursuit of understanding religion and the history of religion, the need to isolate and redeploy the … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    JW Alumni

  • This brave young High School Student exposes Jehovah’s Witnesses in touching Youtube-Video

    Misha Anouk
    23 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! “If what you’re looking for in your life is love, this organization is not where you’re going to find it”: This is just one of several insightful statements about Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower Society and JW.org a high school student makes in a talk recorded and uploaded to Youtube. You […] Continue reading This brave young High School Student exposes Jehovah’s Witnesses in touching Youtube-Video by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - Jehovah's Witnesses News
  • Actress Leah Rimini speaks about her Scientology Past and it sounds all too familiar to former Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Misha Anouk
    21 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Actress Leah Rimini was a member of the Church of Scientology for more than 30 years. She opened up to Oprah Winfrey about her past recently. Some of the quotes from the interview sound eerily familiar to former members of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Here are some excerpts of what Leah Rimini said […] Continue reading Actress Leah Rimini speaks about her Scientology Past and it sounds all too familiar to former Jehovah’s Witnesses by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - Jehovah's Witnesses News
  • Criticism is not harassment: Why I won’t just “let go” and stop writing about Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Misha Anouk
    20 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Visitors of this website and accompanying Facebook page frequently voice their discontent regarding the existence of this Blog and other apostate websites or books. Often, they ask me why I won’t just “let go” already, “move on”, why I don’t stop “harassing” the poor Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is my response. […] Continue reading Criticism is not harassment: Why I won’t just “let go” and stop writing about Jehovah’s Witnesses by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post…
  • United Nations quote Scientology, slam Switzerland on Ritalin use

    Misha Anouk
    19 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! The United Nations have criticized Switzerland for an alleged excessive use of Ritalin in connection with ADHD, according to Blick.ch and InfoSekta. One of the UN’s sources is the Scientology front group CCHR which is infamous for advocating “that there is no biological evidence to support psychiatric theories of mental disorders … and […] Continue reading United Nations quote Scientology, slam Switzerland on Ritalin use by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - Jehovah's Witnesses News
  • Interview with John Cedars of JWsurvey: “No Room for Reform with Jehovah’s Witnesses”

    Misha Anouk
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! When people ask me what helped me break free from The Watchtower (JW.org), I always mention these three corner stones of my journey: A great therapist, Ray Franz’ Crises of Conscience as well as the websites Jehovah’s Witness Blog, JW Facts – and JW Survey. Three years after initially discovering the latter, it’s time […] Continue reading Interview with John Cedars of JWsurvey: “No Room for Reform with Jehovah’s Witnesses” by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni -…
 
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