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  • Pope calls for Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.
  • It’s a dog’s afterlife: Pope Francis hints that animals go to heaven

    Religion | The Guardian
    John Hooper in Rome
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    The pontiff’s remarks were interpreted by some as bringing ‘hope of salvation … to animals and the whole of creation’Animals, too, go to heaven. That, at least, was one interpretation of remarks made by Pope Francis in his weekly general audience in the Vatican.The endlessly controversial 77-year-old pontiff said: “The holy scripture teaches us that the fulfilment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.” Continue reading...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians.
  • What the Ferguson Protests Mean for Religious Progressive Activism

    Religion Dispatches
    Shannon Craigo-Snell
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Why are authorities responding to the protesters in Ferguson with tanks and tear gas, as if they are a threat to the American way of life? Well, perhaps because they are. I believe that the protests in Ferguson show the way forward for progressive religious activism—a true challenge to a broken system. The civil rights movement of the 1960s drank deeply from religious wells. This energy was vital to the movement against racism because it was a claim to truth in the face of racism–that fundamental lie that runs through American history. In the Jim Crow era the false claim that some…
  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Divided Under God
    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
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  • Nigeria: Kaduna Igala Muslims Hold Prayer for Peace

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    [Daily Trust]This year's annual prayer session and lectures held annually by the Igalas resident in Kaduna State under the auspices of the Council of Ihsan Muslim Community of Nigeria (CIMCON) took place at the weekend in Kaduna.
  • Nigeria: Tolerance Is Key to Achieving World Peace - Cleric

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    [Daily Trust]The Deputy Chief Imam of National Mosque, Abuja, Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura, has described tolerance, where people of all nationalities and races consider themselves as equals without discrimination as a key to world peace.
  • Liberia: Council of Churches Advances Election Conduct Code to Government

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    [FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Council of Churches in Liberia has become the latest organization to question the holding of the Midterm Senatorial election in the country in the wake of the Ebola crisis that had caused the lost of lives of several Liberians. The religious body stated that the holding of the Special Senatorial Elections could have negative repercussions on the country's Health Security and wellbeing of the Liberian people.
  • Nigeria: Fresh Vista for Hajj Operation Through Orderly, Timely Airlift of Pilgrims

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    [Guardian]With the effective handling of the airlift of pilgrims to and fro the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) may have discovered a right formula for ensuring a hitch-free operation for Nigerian pilgrims writes KABIR ALABI GARBA who covered the spiritual exercise this year.
  • Nigeria: How Not to Solve National Problems - Muslim Clerics

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    [Guardian]MUSLIM faithful across the country have been urged to play prominent role in solving the hydra-headed national problems.
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  • Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem Raises Concerns

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    A recent synagogue attack in Jerusalem raises concerns on the safety of worship. A deadly terrorist attack in the Har Nof neighborhood West of Jerusalem this month interrupted morning prayers at 7:00 a.m. Two Palestinian cousins from, East Jerusalem walked into Bnei Torah synagogue wielding meat cleavers, axes and guns brutally murdering four rabbis who were worshiping and in standing prayer. A police officer was also killed trying to save the victims, and seven others were wounded. There are over 10,000 synagogues in the country and following a stabbing attack in the Jewish…
  • UT Athletics Ushers Petition after Dropping “Lady” from Branding

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    This former "Lady" won’t take it.  Beginning on July 2015 the University of Tennessee will drop “Lady” from its branding except for the women’s basketball team. All teams will be under one name after branding studies were conducted by the school, athletic departments and collaboration with student-athletes and coaches. Due to Coach Pat Summitt’s legacy, the women’s basketball team will remain unscathed. Not so fast said former Lady Vol swimmer Tricia Weaner, who started a petition collecting over 4,000 signatures to reverse the decision. “The T served as a fountain of…
  • Failure to Tackle Depression Comes from Lack Of Political Resolve

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Photo by David Levene. “The failure to tackle depression undermines the fundamental human rights of millions and millions of people. This begins with the denial of even the most basic levels of treatment and support.” ~ Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, speaking at the Global Depression Summit in London, England. Kofi Annan’s speech made me want to stand up and cheer. Realistic about how depression affects us all, Kofi Annan gives three solutions for helping individuals and families affected by depression. I strongly urge you to read the…
  • Two Things to Think About This Thanksgiving Day

    Jack Kerwick
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    With the exception of the usual suspects on the hard left, most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Like Independence Day, Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday. Thanksgiving Day is a golden opportunity for celebrants to accomplish a couple of things. First, we should bear in mind that in the absence of a lively religious sensibility, the notion of a national day of thanks couldn’t so much as have been imagined, let alone put into practice.  Atheists and agnostics may wish to deny this.  Reason, to say nothing of history, refuses to accommodate them: It’s something other…
  • Johnny Cash's Thanksgiving Song

    Nell Minow
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
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  • Calling For God’s Help in the Midst of Sin

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    December 1, 2014 First Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 The trouble with following God is usually us, but we like to blame him. In this Sunday’s first reading Isaiah grapples with the annoyance of trying to be faithful to a perfectly faithful God. He is a God of powerful wrath and […]
  • Scripture Speaks: Be Watchful

    Gayle Somers
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The Gospel reading sounds the call of Advent: Be watchful! How? Gospel (Read Mk 13:33-37) Our very first Gospel in this new season of Advent puts into our ears Jesus’ own words to prepare us for it: “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Be watchful! Be alert!’” He then tells them how to do this. He […]
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    Michael Lichens
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jesus asks us to contemplate the phenomena of nature to learn how to read and interpret the things which are happening in the world. To make this discernment is not easy. By reflecting together as Christians, the light appears. And the light is this: to experience in everything that happens the call not to remain […]
  • St. Catherine Labouré

    Saints Editor
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Catherine Labouré was a French mystic who initiated devotion to the Miraculous Medal. Born on May 2, 1806, this virgin entered, at an early age, the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France. When she was a 24-year-old novice, the Virgin Mary appeared to her in a vision, seated on the right side […]
  • Unitive Love

    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    Unitive Love Presence of God – My God, You have infused love into my soul. Grant that it may increase until it brings me to union with You. MEDITATION “God continues to do and to work in the soul by means of this night, illumining and enkindling it divinely with yearnings for God alone and […]
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  • 14 Things Every Communications Director Needs to Know

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you work on the communications or media team at a church, ministry, or nonprofit, your job is to share the story of your organizations to the local community and sometimes the world.  While a pastor or leader may speak to the local congregation or supporters, your job is to take that message and share it […]
  • What’s Your Organization’s Priority?

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Short blog post, powerful question: Is your organization run by the best ideas, or an organizational chart? Leadership is important, but as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs put it: “You [the organization] have to be run by the best ideas, not hierarchy. Otherwise, good people don’t stay.”  It’s one of the biggest reasons teacher’s unions (and […]
  • Lessons From Bill Cosby’s Viral Meltdown

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    When it comes to the multiple allegations of rape pointed at comedian and actor Bill Cosby, many people are asking, “Why now?” Why are these accusations which date back to 2006 suddenly going viral – all these years later? Back then, Cosby made public denials, settled a civil lawsuit out of court and kept his […]
  • Why You Probably Can’t Change Your Boss

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Have you ever worked for an organization you knew had a bad leader, but you thought you could change him or her? I’ve talked to countless frustrated employees who have attempted just that, and I can tell you, it doesn’t work. By the time a pastor, CEO, or other leader reaches that place in his […]
  • Four Ways To Make Short Videos Deliver

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Short video presentations have become one of the most important marketing tools in the world, and there’s no better place for using video than sharing our faith. Evangelism, missions, discipleship, promotions, fundraising – all can be more effective by using short videos. The problem is – most short videos fail. They don’t move the audience, […]
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  • Need a New Year's Resolution? Volunteer to Help a Child -- Holt International Needs Volunteers for Winter Jam East Tour 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Contact: Alycia Fahr-Zarlons, Winter Jam Volunteer Coordinator, 541-505-5513, 501-414-1617 mobile, EUGENE, Ore., Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- During the upcoming Winter Jam Christian music tour, Holt International Children's Services and Christian artist group NewSong will join to advocate for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children around the world! At every concert, NewSong will encourage concertgoers to sponsor a child through Holt. Hundreds of Source: Holt International
  • Attorneys Defend the Nativity: Expression of Faith on Public Property Constitutional

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Thomas More Society Legal Experts Uphold Private Citizens' Right to Celebrate Christmas in the Public Square Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, CHICAGO, Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Never fear, the attorneys are here to separate fact from fiction surrounding private citizens' right to freely express religious faith in the public square. Nativity scenes will appear in nine State Capitols this Christmas five of them due to the work of the Chicago-based Thomas Mo Source: TC Public Relations
  • Iowa Constitution Does Not Provide Any Right to Abortion

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Thomas More Society Files Amicus Brief Opposing Planned Parenthood's Unfounded Claims Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Thomas More Society-Omaha attorneys have filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the Iowa Supreme Court supporting the Iowa Board of Medicine's decision to ban webcam abortions. Contrary to Planned Parenthood's claims, the Thomas More Society brief demonstrated, using Iowa precedent, that Source: TC Public Relations
  • Bishop E.W. Jackson Calls for Pastors to Lead Racial Reconciliation Effort in Aftermath of Nationwide Riots Related to Ferguson Decision

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Contact: Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444,; Martin Brown, 804-874-6706,; both with S.T.A.N.D. NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson, for Candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia, visited Ferguson during the initial protests and riots. He introduced a Seven Point Plan for avoiding such incidents in the future. Establish the procedure for calling an emergency meeting when racial incidents occur. Hold that meeting wit Source: S.T.A.N.D
  • A Thanksgiving Place Setting for Pastor Saeed will be Set Up in Front of the White House on Thanksgiving Morning

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Christian Defense Coalition and Church on the Hill will Set Up a Thanksgiving Place Setting for Pastor Saeed in Front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving MorningContact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741 WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Participants to peacefully risk arrest standing in solidarity with Pastor Saeed and the  persecuted church and also pray for Christians around the world who are facing violence daily.They will also Source: Christian Defense Coalition
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Lord Pearson is right – but for the wrong reasons | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Just like the Bible, the Qur’an contains the material for a violent political message. But it is only a dangerous book if we can’t discuss thatLord Pearson of Rannoch, a former leader of Ukip, is in trouble for saying that Muslims should “address the violence in the Qur’an and indeed in the life and example of Muhammad”. He is to be reported to the Lord Speaker for his remarks, which were described by a Labour MP as “diabolical”.I don’t want to defend his unpleasant politics or even his character. Emotionally, Pearson’s message is thoroughly unsavoury. In narrow political…
  • Let us give thanks, Black Friday has nothing to do with religion | Paul Handley

    Paul Handley
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Retailers hijack all Christian festivals. At least this shopping bonanza unashamedly worships consumerismNope. I’ve just looked through my Book of Common Prayer, and there is no special liturgy for today. Not even in Common Worship, the modern collection of official Church of England services which, despite its name, aims to cater for all tastes and occasions.Black Friday, that excitable new entry into an already crowded month, is almost unique in having no relationship with a religious festival. No, Thanksgiving is not a religious festival, nor is it ours: it might be wrong to be…
  • Church stance on birth control challenged: from the archive, 28 November 1929

    Guardian Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Professor at Imperial College believes a reconciliation between science and the Church is absolutely essential to the future of civilisation Birmingham, WednesdayAn extremely interesting discussion of the sterilisation of mental defectives and the control of population arose this afternoon at the conference of the Anglican Evangelical Group Movement. The subject was raised in the paper of Professor E. W. Macbride, the Professor of Zoology at the Imperial College of Science, who spoke with conviction of the enormous dangers of the present position, attempting to show that although the…
  • Schools ‘must actively promote British values’ – DfE

    Richard Adams, education editor
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    New guidance from government hardens language on teaching of social development and is likely to draw criticism from faith schoolsSchools in England will be required by the government to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities, according to new documents published by the Department for Education.The guidance significantly hardens the language used in setting out how schools teach what is known as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, replacing the previous language of “respect” for British values…
  • It’s a dog’s afterlife: Pope Francis hints that animals go to heaven

    John Hooper in Rome
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    The pontiff’s remarks were interpreted by some as bringing ‘hope of salvation … to animals and the whole of creation’Animals, too, go to heaven. That, at least, was one interpretation of remarks made by Pope Francis in his weekly general audience in the Vatican.The endlessly controversial 77-year-old pontiff said: “The holy scripture teaches us that the fulfilment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.” Continue reading...
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  • New ISIS video reveals chilling future plans

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Image courtesy Wikipedia) Lebanon (KAI/MNN) -- The Islamic State terror group just released another chilling video, this time showing the training of new soldiers, some as young as 10 years old. Matt Parker with Kids Alive International says recent reports indicate a surge of recruitment efforts in the region where I.S. dominates. He notes that children are being recruited as child soldiers to fight, or as suicide bombers, messengers, or spies, or to help these different rebel groups with cooking and cleaning. "This has been a feature of the Syrian conflict where rebel groups have been…
  • Faith Comes By Hearing passes milestone

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Faith Comes By Hearing) International (FCBH/MNN) -- Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) has most certainly changed from their beginnings as a small, tape-lending library over 40 years ago. Today, as a leader in digital Bible production and distribution, the ministry now has a collection of Scripture recordings--comprised of both audio and video--in more than 850 languages. FCBH spokesman Bill Lohr says, "That actually represents about 5.7 billion people who either speak or sign one of those languages. It's just really exciting for us, but of course, there's still a lot of work to…
  • Deliver us from evil; the question of persecution

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    International (VOM) -- Editor's Note: What follows are the thoughts of Roy Stults, PhD, the Online Workshop Coordinator and Educational Services Coordinator for The Voice of the Martyrs. In this week's VOM blog post, he examines the question of persecution. We invite you to thoughtfully consider your own response and responsibility. The Apostle Paul asked the Thessalonian church to pray that he, Silas, and Timothy be delivered from wicked and evil people (2 Thessalonians 3:2-3). Jesus prayed in John 17:18 that the Father not take His followers from the world, but that they be kept from the…
  • Kingdom expansion: Part Four

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit Mohammad Moniruzzaman via Flickr) Bangladesh (MNN) -- You've heard a lot about the Living Water Center this week. Today, we're concluding our mini-series featuring God's Kingdom expansion in Bangladesh with three easy ways you can get involved. To start, Joe Handley of Asian Access (A2) explains why we've spent so much time highlighting the Living Water Center. "The work of the Lord in Bangladesh is critical," Handley states. "They're facing significant pressure, being a Muslim-dominant society, but in that pressure we're seeing the Church grow rapidly." Persecution's role in…
  • Prisoners capable of change

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    USA (MNN/CRBI) -- What do you think prisoners are thinking while sitting in their cells? Hopeless, perhaps? Maybe they wish they could take back a moment in their life? A prisoner with Crossroad Bible Institute is eliminating those mind-numbing thoughts for himself and for others around him by making teddy bears. Lorenzo, who is a CBI student in California, explained he was trying to reconcile and give back to society, despite being in prison. His goal with this project is to help other incarcerated men realize that they are not a hopeless sum total of their mistakes, but they are capable of…
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  • Divine Election (MP3) by Dr. James Montgomery Boice

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This outstanding message by Dr. James Montgomery Boice comes from the 1997 Ligonier National Conference "Essential Truths of the Christian Faith." It is superb! MP3 found here.
  • Psalm 37 - Do not fret because of those who are evil

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Psalm 37Of David.1 Do not fret because of those who are evil    or be envious of those who do wrong;2 for like the grass they will soon wither,    like green plants they will soon die away.3 Trust in the Lord and do good;    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.4 Take delight in the Lord,    and he will give you the desires of your heart.5 Commit your way to the Lord;    trust in him and he will do this:6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,    your vindication like the noonday sun.7 Be still before the Lord    and wait patiently for…
  • The 50 Best Christian Books of 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Overall, 2014 was a pretty decent year for Christian books. Keep in mind that we are limited in our ability to read the many books published this year which means there were a significant number of books we did not read or have a chance to even glance at, so if your book is not listed here, do not be discouraged. ... These are not necessarily in any particular order.
  • For Many Will Come in My Name

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray (Mt 24:5).
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it.Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that trusting (even…
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    Religion News Blog

  • Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

    Religion News Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Prosecutors have dropped charges against Micah Moore, who falsely confessed to the murder of Bethany Deaton, the wife of his spiritual leader. Deaton's death had been ruled a suicide before Moore's admission. Prosecutors now say they will keep the case as an open investigation. Full story: Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed
  • Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Religion News Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola? Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians worshiping in house churches. Full story: Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?
  • Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Religion News Blog
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim. In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they argue that according to the admission of detectives there is no evidence that Bethany’s death was anything other than a suicide." Full story: Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’
  • Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

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

    Religion News Blog
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Join 14,200+ people (and one plagiarist) who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed. Full story: A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog
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    Religion News Service

  • Combating anti-Semitism on campus? There’s an app for that

    Lauren Markoe
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    (RNS) A new app helps college students act against anti-Semitism. The post Combating anti-Semitism on campus? There’s an app for that appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • To fight Ebola, African religious leaders draw safe practices road map

    Fredrick Nzwili
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The road map includes actions to fight stigma, discrimination and misinformation and a retooling of burial practices to ensure religious communities burying their dead are using safe practices to avoid infection. The post To fight Ebola, African religious leaders draw safe practices road map appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Is Benedict XVI the REAL pope? 4 factors fueling Vatican conspiracy theories

    David Gibson
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    When Benedict XVI stunned Catholics by announcing that he would resign, it immediately sparked concerns – which were dismissed just as quickly – that having an ex-pope around could undermine the legitimacy of his successor. Now those fears are emerging again as conservative Catholics continue to express doubts about the agenda of Pope Francis while Benedict remains a player in intrachurch debates. The post Is Benedict XVI the REAL pope? 4 factors fueling Vatican conspiracy theories appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • 4 things HIV can teach us about fighting Ebola (COMMENTARY)

    Dale Hanson Bourke
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    (RNS) AIDS has gone from being viewed as a terrifying plague to being understood as a chronic and preventable disease. While Ebola continues to cause great fear and confusion, there are lessons to learn from combating HIV/AIDS. The post 4 things HIV can teach us about fighting Ebola (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Hobby Lobby president’s Bible curriculum shelved by Oklahoma school district

    Adelle M. Banks
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    (RNS) "In summary, the topic of a Bible course in the Mustang School District is no longer a discussion item nor is there a plan to provide such a course in the foreseeable future," Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel said. The post Hobby Lobby president’s Bible curriculum shelved by Oklahoma school district appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • SSiMS talk tomorrow by Caroline Tee: "The Technical Sciences and the Purposes of God"

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    by Salman HameedWe are excited to have our lunch talk tomorrow on Turkey. Our speaker is Carline Tee from University of Bristol, UK. Join us tomorrow if you can. Here is the abstract of the talk and her bio:The Technical Sciences and the Purposes of GodTheory and Practice in the Hizmet Movement in Turkeyby Caroline TeePostdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Archaeology and AnthropologyUniversity of Bristol, UKWednesday, November 18, 2014 at Noon Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire CollegeAbstract: This presentation explores the philosophical justification for engagement…
  • Ferdowsi's 11th century epic Shahnameh in illustration

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    by Salman HameedI have posted about Hamzanama and Tilisme-Hoshruba before (see: Homer meets Tolkien in Medieval World and Tilisme-Hoshruba: "Magic that will blow your senses away"). These are South Asian stories mixed with Iranian and Arab/Islamic tales. Well, if you go back a bit, you run into the grand-daddy of these stories: Ferdowsi's epic poem, Shehnameh (The Book of Kings). There are new illustrations of the epic now by a New York based artist, Hamid Rahmanian. From the Guardian:After the enormous success of the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, as well as blockbusters such as…
  • Your chance to explore medieval Arabic manuscripts from your basement

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    by Salman HameedThis is a phenomenal resource. The Qatar Foundation in collaboration with The British Library have just digitized and placed 25,000 medieval Arabic documents in the collection of The Digital Qatar Library. And the access is free! Basically you can now do your historical research in your pajamas. The archive actually contains documents all the way to the 20th century. You can search this digital library by subject, by type (for example, photographs, maps, letters etc), or by people or organization.  So for example, here are pictures of Mecca and Medina from…
  • SSiMS talk today: "Creating Creationists: Understanding Public Perceptions of Clash Narratives between Evolutionary Science and Belief"

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    by Salman HameedThis is a very short notice (hey - I just came back from a conference last night), but still wanted to announce this talk - which should be excellent. Our speaker is Dr. Fern Elsdon-Baker, and here is the abstract and bio information. Join us if you are in close range:"Creating Creationists: Understanding Public Perceptions of Clash Narratives between Evolutionary Science and Belief" by Dr. Fern Elsdon-Baker, Coventry University, UK.Monday, November 3rd at 4:00pm in West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Hampshire College Abstract: Clash narratives relating…
  • Nobel Peace Prize to Malala! Here are three videos including a song by Laal

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    by Salman HameedIn the off chance you haven't heard, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi - an Indian child rights campaigner - have been awarded this year's  Nobel peace prize. This cannot be any more perfect - a Pakistani and an Indian, and a Muslim and a Hindu sharing the peace prize (heck the Nobel committee still has a long way to make up for the Obama prize.Just in case you think that Malala is simply overrated and has gotten all the attention for being shot, check these two videos from NYT. She is an incredibly smart with an amazing sense of charm and natural humor. First, watch…
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  • Panel 2 Robert & Adriane

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Panel 2 Robert & Adriane Robert Alter and Adriane Leveen Question and Answer Panel Nida School of Translation Studies Research Symposium September 19, 2014 New York City. From: American Bible Society Views: 13 0 ratings Time: 31:12 More in Sports
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    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
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    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
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    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
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  • David Damrosch

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    David Damrosch David Damrosch Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University World Literature, National... From: American Bible Society Views: 71 0 ratings Time: 41:44 More in Sports
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Sikh clergy can’t summon Sidhu, say scholars

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be summoned by Akal Takht as it was against Sikh “rehat maryada” (code of conduct). Former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti said any Sikh who either cuts or colours his hair could not be summoned to Akal Takht. He also felt that Akal Takht should not be dragged into a political battle like…
  • Sikh devotees from Europe visit Sultanpur Lodhi

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Jalandhar, Punjab: Nearly 15 Sikhs from three European countries today visited Sultanpur Lodhi and took bath in the holy Bein. The nationals of France, Germany and England, who have adopted Sikhism and are here to attend a religious discourse, visited the place, which is important as it was here that Sikhism originated. The members of the group took bath in the rivulet for about half an hour after which, they went to Nirmal Kutia, where environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal has set up a Sikh museum. Kirpal Singh from Germany said he had taken to Sikhism since the past 20 years and he was…
  • Gurdwara row: Sikh bodies challenge edict

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Abohar, Rajasthan: The “trustees” of Gurdwara Buddha Johad (Raisinghnagar), who were sacked by Akal Takht today, held a meeting of Sikh organisations at a gurdwara in Sriganganagar. They challenged the edict against the Trust and asserted it was not applicable in Rajasthan since the Trusts in the state were affiliated with Rajasthan Dev Sansthan Board. Taking exception to the way they were forced out of historic gurdwara Buddha Johad, the outgoing trustees submitted a memorandum to the district police chief. They sought legal action against the “erring” persons. They threatened to…
  • Confusion ends, Gurpurb on Dec 28, says Akal Takht

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Akal Takht today announced that Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary (Gurpurb) will be celebrated on December 28 as per the amended Nanakshahi calendar. Earlier, the Sikh clergy had decided to celebrate Gurpurb on January 7. “We have received a number of e-mails, saying preparations for celebrating the event on December 28 had already been made,” he said, clarifying that he was in favour of making the necessary amendments in the calendar so as to clear all confusion once and for all. He said he had already suggested setting up a panel comprising experts and Sikh…
  • Radical Sikh groups close ranks

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Chandigarh: Alarmed at reports of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spreading its wings in the state’s villages and establishing links with various deras, radical Sikh groups, such as the Dal Khalsa, Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) and Khalsa Panchayat, have decided to close ranks to the counter the rising influence of the RSS in Punjab. The Delhi Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Paramjit Singh Sarna and Sikhs for Human Rights have decided to back the radicals. Representatives of these groups held a meeting here last week. Former IAS officer Gurtej Singh, who had resigned in protest against…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

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

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

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

  • Pope calls for Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.
  • Pope urges solidarity to stop aggressors in Syria and Iraq

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    By Philip Pullella and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "grave persecutions" in Syria and Iraq. ...
  • Pope to urge tolerance in Turkey visit as Middle East wars rage

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    By Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. His three-day trip comes as Islamic State insurgents have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria just over Turkey's southern borders, declaring an Islamic caliphate and killing or driving out Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam. ...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians.
  • Families asked to host visitors for pope's US trip

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Black Friday: police criticise Tesco after some stores see 'mini riots' - live

    Hilary Osborne, Jennifer Rankin and Claire Phipps
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Scuffles and website crashes as shoppers chase bargains on US-inspired sale dayVideo: police shut down Tesco after shoppers clash 2.55pm GMT Currys PC World says today has seen its “biggest ever start to Black Friday”. (I think it is fair to point out that Black Friday is barely of toddler age in the UK.) It reports:Across the country we’ve seen customers ready to shop with queues outside a number of stores, but everything has been very well organised and in good spirits, with no reported incidents. 2.39pm GMT A further update to the tally of Tesco stores that called in police last…
  • Pressure mounts on ECB as Eurozone inflation falls to five-year low - live

    Graeme Wearden
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    All the latest business and financial news, as eurozone inflation falls to 0.3% and unemployment remains stuck at 11.5%Inflation falls againUnemployment total risesEarlier:Oil slump drives ruble down Black Friday scufflesWalmart records second-biggest online shopping day ever 2.54pm GMT Time for a recap:Falling energy prices have helped to drag inflation across the eurozone down to a five-year low.Lots of drivel, incl from eminent ecos, that lower oil prices=bad news re deflation, Europe, coming crash.Ok, lets get 'em back to $120 asapVery disappointing that major stores did not learn lessons…
  • David Cameron's immigration speech: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Rolling coverage of David Cameron’s immigration speech, with reaction and analysis 2.54pm GMT 2.39pm GMT John Baron, a Conservative MP, has said that he thinks David Cameron’s speech has not addressed the key problem created by immigration.The danger of [Cameron’s] approach is that we are feeding into the narrative linking immigration to our benefits system. Any benefit reforms are welcome, but in my experience the vast majority of immigrants are genuinely seeking work rather than benefits. The main concern remains the pressure large-scale immigration puts upon our already overstretched…
  • The Canadian Football League and the Grey Cup - a beginner's guide

    David Lengel
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    On Sunday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders will play in the 102nd Grey Cup. Here’s what you need to know before the big gameIt’s Canada’s biggest party and the nation’s most watched sporting event of the year – the Grey Cup, or as it’s known in Quebec and parts of New Brunswick, Coupe Grey. The game that decides who becomes champions of the Canadian Football League has been played out for more than a century and is high stakes sport. If you’ve never followed the CFL, well, the Grey Cup is a great place to start. And luckily, this coming Sunday, the Guardian…
  • Guardian Cities Mumbai: day five

    Mike Herd, Nick Mead, Francesca Perry, Saptarshi Ray and Chris Michael in Mumbai
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Guardian Cities team has been in Mumbai all week, exploring every aspect of the city in association with Follow this blog for the latest stories and tweets - then tune in at 1.30pm GMT / 7pm IST for a live-stream of our fifth and final debate, on the future of this great cityDays one, two, three and four: as they happened 2.36pm GMT Fish, comedy, terrorism, cycling, football, skywalks, leopards ... it’s been an amazing week for us in Mumbai. And no secret that among our favourite new people are the SlumGods hip-hop crew. Here is an amazing short film we’ve made about them -…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Britain’s Labour Party reiterates objection to Israel boycott

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party reiterated its opposition to boycotting Israel after a municipality voted to support one. The Midlands Council passed a motion earlier this week resolving to remove goods from the “Israeli Occupied Territories” and condemning Israel for “continuing to ignore and breach international law,” reported Wednesday. The council is made up overwhelmingly of Labour party members. In response, a Labour Party spokesperson said Wednesday that party leader Ed Miliband does not support boycotts. “They are not the answer and do not…
  • Peres: Nation-state bill risks religious conflagration

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    (JTA) — Former Israeli president Shimon Peres criticized a bill proclaiming Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Peres, a dovish former prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose presidential term ended earlier this year, said the bill, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports, could spark a “religious upheaval.” “The controversy  surrounding what’s now called the nation-state law seems to many as an unnecessary addendum that could compromise the people’s uniting values,” Peres said in a speech at Kibbutz Sdeh Boker at an annual…
  • Former ‘Prisoner of Zion’ makes first visit to St. Petersburg since 1970

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    ST. PETERSBURG (JTA) — Former “Prisoner of Zion” Yosef Mendelevitch made his first visit to St. Petersburg since he was arrested here in 1970 for attempting to hijack an airplane to Israel. Yosef Mendelevitch, 67, is scheduled to speak Friday to approximately 350 participants of St. Petersburg’s fourth Limmud conference, the Jewish learning even organized by the Limmud FSU group. Mendelevitch’s visit to St. Petersburg is his first since arriving here in 1970 from his native Riga to carry out Operation Wedding, the code name given to the daring attempt by 12 Zionist…
  • Floods cause emergency in Gaza

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:27 am
    (JTA) — The United Nations declared an emergency in Gaza City following flooding. In the statement published on its website Thursday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, declared a state of emergency in Gaza City, where hundreds of residents in flooded areas have evacuated their homes. No casualties or injuries have been reported. “We are very concerned about such severe storms this early in the season and on the back of unprecedented damage and destruction caused by the recent conflict,” said UNRWA’s director of operations, Robert Turner, referring to…
  • Zeitouni trial delayed after assault on defense lawyer

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    (JTA) — A French tribunal postponed the trial of two Jews accused of vehicular manslaughter after an attorney representing one of them was assaulted in court. The assault on Regis Meliodon, the attorney for Claude Khayat, occurred on Thursday evening inside a men’s room of the Paris Palace of Justice, Le Figaro reported. The unidentified attacker was not apprehended and the judge postponed the trial’s opening session until Dec. 3. Khayat and his friend, Eric Robic, are accused of hitting Lee Zeitouni, 25, with a rented SUV in 2011 in Tel Aviv and leaving her for dead before…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Boersma Writes Back

    Matt Jenson
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for a response from Hans Boersma to the three previous days’ blog posts (pt. 1, pt. 2, pt. 3). Let me first express my deep appreciation to Matt and Greg for taking the initiative to engage with my books on sacramental ontology and on nouvelle théologie.  I am grateful for this, because it is my deep hope and desire that a sacramental approach to reality may yet again take hold of our churches as well as our culture more broadly.  I realize that in this “blog exchange” I am speaking to the converted—or, as Matt puts it, we’re playing…
  • Weaving a Platonic Tapestry (Boersma pt. 3)

    Matt Jenson
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Part 3 of Greg Peters and Matt Jenson’s discussion of Hans Boersma’s recent project on the Nouvelle Théologie.  Peters:  As a sacramentalist in the Anglican tradition who finds more affinity with the (Neo-)Platonic heritage than the Aristotelian heritage, there is much in Boersma (and the NT) that excites me. Throughout much of the text I found myself nodding in agreement, waiting for Boersma to make the hard turn to his own call for a “return to mystery.” It happened but it was muted, something that I had not expected. Boersma is sensitive to the ecumenical implications…
  • “An Infinite Forest of Meanings” (Boersma pt. 2)

    Matt Jenson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today we continue our discussion of Hans Boersma’s Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery. Jenson:  I’d assume just about any thoughtful Christian would want to applaud a view of the world as the theatre of God’s action. The Creator, thanks be to God, is also the Sustainer, Redeemer, and Perfecter. At a high altitude, such theocentrism is surely unobjectionable. But let’s look at a couple of case studies to see how this plays out in the trenches. Take the question of whether people have a natural desire for God. On the one hand, Augustine…
  • What’s so Nouvelle about the Nouvelle Théologie? (Boersma pt. 1)

    Matt Jenson
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Fred Sanders and Matt Jenson had a blast engaging with two books on the Trinity a while back, so Jenson and Greg Peters decided they’d have a conversation about a couple books by Hans Boersma, in which he seeks to rehabilitate a sacramental ontology. In the first book, Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery(Oxford University Press, 2009—thanks to OUP for copies of the book!), Boersma carefully reports on and synthesizes the early twentieth-century nouvelle théologie movement in Roman Catholic life and thought. At the heart of Boersma’s argument…
  • The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing

    Scriptorium Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    In this edition of The Common Room, Dr. Fred Sanders moderates a discussion with Dr. Janelle Aijian and Dr. Paul Spears on the philosophy behind Aristotle’s notion of “human flourishing.” The post The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Century-old Kajang Temple Wins Land and Cash from Developer

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    SourceMALAYSIA, November 20, 2014 (Yahoo News):A decade-long battle for a Hindu temple in Kajang to obtain a piece of land has ended on a happy note through an out-of-court settlement. The Sri Maha Mariamman Ladang Baemar (Saujana Impian) temple was given 0.44 ha of land, about 300m from its current location by land owner Bandar Subang Sdn Bhd.Besides the land, the company also contributed US$178,000 to the temple for the relocation exercise as part of the settlement. The terms and condition of the settlement also stated that the company would provide another alternative site if the…
  • RK Misson Open Meditation Center in Fiji

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    SourceNADI, FIJI, November 28, 2014 (Fiji Times): The lack of spiritual learning in schools prompted the Ramakrishna Mission to build a US$1 million universal meditation center in Nadi as part of its long-established center there. The centre was inaugurated by leaders of the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faiths yesterday and will serve as a meditation spot for people of all faiths.Ramakrishna Mission secretary Swami Tadananda Maharaj said the planning started in 2010 and the building was designed by 2011. "Construction started in August 2012 and it has taken about two years and three months to…
  • Daily Inspiration

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    SourceThe way to freedom is a way of silence--of silent resolve and silent service.-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission
  • HAF Applauds Textbook Publishers for Transformational Changes in Depiction of Hinduism in Texas

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2014 (Press Release): In a landmark moment for the Hindu American community, the Texas State Board of Education voted late last week to adopt new textbooks that dramatically improve the way Hinduism is depicted. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was involved in the adoption process from the beginning, working with scholars and historians to ensure a constructive and accurate understanding of Hinduism. As a result of the changes made by publishers in response to HAF's reviews, the textbooks now present a picture of Hinduism that emphasizes the religion's…
  • Tobago Hindus get Land Deed

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    SourceTOBAGO, November 26, 2014 (Newsday): HPI Note: Tobago is the latter part of Trinidad and Tobago. It is 120 square miles, 6% of the country's total land area and holds 4% of its population. We can't find a statistic for how many Hindus live there, but the entire country has a population of 1,328,019 of which 18.2% are Hindus, or 241,699, of which 4%, in theory, live in Tobago or nearly 10,000--but that is just a guess. The Tobago Hindu Society (THS) received a deed for four lots of land in Signal Hill from Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London on Tuesday. In a…
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    Hindu Blog

  • Ekanamsha – About Goddess Ekanamsha

    Abhilash Rajendran
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Goddess Ekanamsha is believed to a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Today she is more... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Vedic Math Multiplication Methods

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    The multiplication methods used in Vedic Maths helps in making the whole process easy and... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Kurma Purana Teachings

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To the enlightened there is neither transitoriness nor illusion; as it is ignorance alone... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 28, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

    Abhilash Rajendran
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, November 28, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti and... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Goddess Gadhimai – About Goddess Gadhi Mai

    Abhilash Rajendran
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Goddess Gadhimai is a local deity worshipped in the Bara District of Nepal and is a... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Gratitude, Thanksgiving, and the golden land (Velveteen Rabbi)
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Image removed: a still from "This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers," 1973. (Removed because a reader observed that it perpetuates the very negative stereotypes which I had intended for this post to call into question. My apologies for causing hurt or offense.) Today we remember a long-ago feast of gratitude. Perhaps that feast was held by Pilgrims along with their Wampanoag neighbors, who had helped the colonists survive the hardships of a brutal winter marked by sickness and loss (which had come after a difficult transatlantic crossing). Now there was a good harvest and…
  • Injustice: the Ferguson grand jury's decision (Velveteen Rabbi)
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I'm mostly offline this week, but I just saw the news that officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9, will not face trial. (See Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting and Ferguson smolders day after grand jury decides not to indict officer.) Apparently this means that the grand jury decided that there was not "probable cause" that Wilson had committed a crime. The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus says that the Ferguson decision shows that black lives have no value. This decision is part of a pattern (see Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson…
  • Dealing With Chronic Illness at The Wisdom Daily (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I'm deeply delighted that the folks at The Wisdom Daily, a publication which I greatly admire, wanted to reprint a version of a blog post which first appeared here. They reposted my piece about Toni Bernhard's book How to Be Sick as Dealing With Chronic Illness: Can You Do Well At Being Sick? If you didn't read that post when it appeared here, or if you'd like a refresher, feel free to click through and read the (deftly edited) version they shared with their readers. Thanks, Wisdom Daily!
  • Peace Parsha at APN - If this is so, then why am I? (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this fall I was honored by the invitation to offer some words of Torah as part of the Peace Parsha series at Americans for Peace Now. You can read my commentary on parashat Toldot at APN: If this is so, then why am I? I'm also archiving it below. "The children struggled in her womb, and she said, 'If this is so, then why am I?'" -- Genesis 25:22 We read in this week's Torah portion that even in the womb, Rebecca's children Jacob and Esau quarreled. And their perennial struggle brought her to an existential outcry: if this is so, then why am I? If this is the only possibility for my…
  • Coffee talk (Velveteen Rabbi)
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We hesitate at the unlit stairwellbut two men sitting in the darknod and point us upwards. Four flights up we reach al-Sendebad: open on all sides,Abraham’s tent in concrete.We sit on plastic chairsoverlooking streets, square, park,noisy with people in the cool of night.We are the only visitors here.Everyone else is local, a regular.They wear pants and caftans, sportmustaches and checked kefiyyahs.I am the only woman in sight.Two men play backgammon; twocards; everyone talks. One manjuggles pipe with cellphone,old world with new.Thumbing our Berlitz we eke outrequests for hot mint tea and a…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Thanks Giving

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Does gratitude Need An object? Or Is gratitude An attitude Of Mind. Or Both.
  • Canine Friends and Human Enemies

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Well, it turns out dogs are not just our best friends they, at least, regard us as their relatives. Closer to humans than their own kind! Link. And: Cats feature in most charming ways in the film, The Cats of Mirikitani. Another story of rescue and transformation in this case of an elderly Japanese man found on the streets of New York drawing cats for a living. A talented artist discovered, his story told including an insight into the Japanese Internment camps in America during WW11. So much suffering and SO hidden from view, then and now. Jimmy Mirikitani at least ended upright and walking…
  • Feeding Penelope

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    In this house, this attractive house which most would love to live in, is a wood burning boiler which I have been ‘feeding’ these past days. As I type the smell of wood smoke fills my nostrils – all of my clothing is now infused with wood smoke through and through. There is no getting away from it. Feeding a fire for most of the day takes dedication, and time. Penelope, the name of the house and the boiler combined, sits in the back of my mind. A constant presence calling me back for more wood every couple of hours or so. And just so it is clear, there is nothing other than…
  • Paper. Wood. Fire. Heat.

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Fire decimates And sustains. Feeding fire Heating Water Been appreciating Trees and paper Combustion Heat Warmth. Life.
  • Once Lost Now Found

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Found wandering on a busy road today. She sleeps safely tonight. There is a story to tell, a touching one however that’s a story for another day since we do not know what the outcome will be. Enough to say a BIG thank you to all concerned who helped to make this a ‘wonderful rescue’. Never easy or straight forward to pick up a stray or abandoned dog on the road. We all did well.
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  • Thanks, teacher: musicians reflect on special ways a teacher helped them learn their craft

    Raquel Fernandes
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    “I was lucky all the time in having great teachers,” says clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. When I asked him about special ways his early teachers helped him, he mentioned his elementary school band director who was “enthusiastic and cheerful, no matter what,” and also a private teacher he had in high school who taught him how to practice with purpose. But the teacher who seems to have had a life-changing impact was his first private teacher, with whom he studied for about a year during junior high at a music store in San Francisco. That teacher instilled in young Mr. Stoltzman the idea…
  • What we’re thankful for

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Since we’re still recovering from eating way too much yesterday, Managing Editor Troy Reeves and I would like to sit back and just share a few of the things we’re thankful for. Troy Reeves: Wow! So many things I’m thankful for, such as family, friends, pie, turkey, cranberries (basically just about every food associated with Thanksgiving). Except the marshmallows on top the yams – don’t get it, don’t like it. Oh, right, this post should focus on the oral history-related thankful things. Well, it still comes back to friendship. I have been blessed over my now 15 years in the…
  • Slavery, rooted in America’s early history

    Connie Ngo
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    No one can discuss American history without talking about the prevalence of slavery. When the Europeans attempted to colonize America in its early days, Indians and Africans were enslaved because they were “different from them”. The excerpt below from American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction follows the dark past of colonial America and how slavery proceeded to root itself deeply into history: America held promises of wealth and freedom for Europeans; in time, slavery became the key to the fulfillment of both. Those who ventured to the lands that became the United States of…
  • Thank you: musicians recall special ways their parents helped them blossom

    Raquel Fernandes
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    “My thanks to my parents is vast,” says Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboist with the Imani Winds woodwind quintet. “Without their help, I would never have become a musician.” Many professional musicians I’ve interviewed have responded as Ms. Spellman-Diaz did, saying that their parents helped in so many ways: from locating good music teachers, schools, and summer programs, to getting them to lessons, rehearsals and performances on time, while also figuring out how to pay for it all. In addition, there are those reminders (often not well received) that parents tend to give about not…
  • Leonard Cohen and smoking in old age

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Leonard Cohen’s decision to take up cigarettes again at 80 reveals a well kept secret about older age: you can finally live it up and stop worrying about the consequences shortening your life by much. Risk taking is not such a risk anymore, given the odds. Of course some take that more literally than others. I don’t plan to do a parachute jump when I turn 90, as President Bush #1 did. However, a new breath of freedom (and less worry) is an unexpected and pleasant benefit of older age that isn’t well known. Research findings confirm this is true. In recent studies of many adults from…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    We Can Never Thank EnoughIf we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.And when…
  • Light on Light ~ The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Weaving mystical metaphorsIdeas Divine - GOD Awakens In this Soul of minePersian carpets of Light - Life - LoveUntying lies - fly throughJewelled doors opening ParadiseResonance NOW Realization, Rolls - Royce of reasoned Words glide silently As the Mind seeking findsItself - showering stars Of IlluminationAbove penetrates Belowso, CreationRemembrance - JOY - Elevation~ Translation by Charles MuglestonThe Hebe Theatre Company [+] Please visit For full multimedia experience and enjoy sacred sound and music. Blessings, Sadiq Muhammad Alam Chief Editor, Researcher and Author…
  • In Search of the Khidr of this Age by Imran N. Hosein

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    1.And at the junction of two oceans (Majm’aa al-Bahrain),upon the rock,they found a servant from among the specially chosen servantsto whom the Divine Authority had given mercyand had taught him direct knowledge (ilm ladunni).Behold, the Divine Authority is Hu Who encompasses both past and present in His infinite knowledge,and no sentient being can attain a single thing of His secret Knowledgeexcept for what He wills.~ Message of the Qur'an, the final transmission and forever open communication   2.Praise be to Allah Most Wise, and peace and blessings on the beloved Messenger of Allah…
  • Munajat for Ahl al-Bayt (The Holy Family of Prophet Muhammad)

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    O Allah help us to remember the Ahl al-Baytand give us the capacity to recognize and learn about their virtuous lives.O Allah help us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt who will never separate from Your Message (the Qur'an) until they meet Your beloved Prophet Muhammad at the Kawthar. O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, the upholders and revivers of the deen of Islam.O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, a life…
  • The Eternal Karbala and Remembering Imam Husayn's Sacrifice

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    "Karbala witnessed the last manifestation of the pure revolutionary faith of Islam."~ Sheikh Imran Hossein1.The 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura for Muslims around the world is a day to remember the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, the anniversary of his sacrifice for truth and justice as a day of solemn mourning. But what is the use of the wailing and beating of chests if the memory of Imam Husayn is buried in emotionalism conveniently separate form our lives in a world where daily the heirs of Imam Husayn struggle against the modern Yazids? If his sacrifice is to have any meaning for us…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • Little Hope Was Arson – A Second Look (Film Review)

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Note: a review copy of this film was provided in exchange for a review. Visit the film’s website here. See our earlier review from James here. Spoilers follow. If you’ve ever been to Texas, you may have noticed the Jesus fish symbols on billboards used (presumably) to alert viewers that the company is Christian owned, or that it only takes a few minutes on the road to realize that there is almost literally a church on every corner. In the Bible Belt, conservative Protestant Christianity is a significant part of the culture at large, and in some ways Little Hope Was Arson, a new…
  • Pumpkins and Thanksgiving

    Alicia Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    In Germany, the asparagus harvest marks a national celebration. Whole restaurant menus center around asparagus, filling the hearts and stomachs of Germans thrilled by the wonderful harvest season. Asparagus has been an important crop in Germany, so the foundations of the festivities have economic and historic roots. In America, we have a similar celebration of the harvest of a particular vegetable — the pumpkin. To the foreign observer, our celebration of the pumpkin harvest must seem similar to the festive asparagus day of the Germans. We produce pumpkin pies, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin…
  • Little Hope Was Arson – A Review

    J.F. Arnold
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: A review copy of this film was provided to me in exchange for a review. I thank especially the film’s executive producer, Bryan Storkel, for working to make sure I received this documentary, since I asked for it such a long time ago. In addition, you can check out the film’s website here. There is no easy way to sum up the issues that naturally arise in a film about a pair of arsonists who target churches, starting with the church they grew up in. We’ll start with the merits of the documentary. The easiest way to sum up the film’s credentials is to say this: you…
  • A Tale of Two Memes; or, Can We Change the World?

    Alicia Taylor
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Can we change the world? As often as modern young adults are regarded as entertainment seekers, today’s 20- and 30-somethings are also driven by a laudable desire to see the world become a better place. The modern Awareness Raising that “white people like” derives from that desire, and gets some things right and others wrong. For a case study in Awareness Raising, let’s imagine two YouTube videos out to change the world. One is a video of child laborers making rugs to be sold in America. Another is of a woman begin showered with catcalls while walking through a city. Such…
  • Christian Parents of Non-Christian Children

    Alicia Taylor
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    God be with Christian parents of non-Christian children. They are heroes of the faith. In their Bibles, the edges around Proverbs 22:6 have grown once frayed and untouched, again, with memorization. Once, they read those words daily, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” After years, it grew harder to read. It certainly seemed like they had raised up their children in the way they should go. And it certainly seemed their children had departed. It was in the Bible, and how could it be wrong? Suspicion drew shadows of self-doubt at the…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • An Only Child

    Lora Walsh
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Proper 29, Year Two [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today's scripture readings.] Today's Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 119:145-176 (morning) // 128, 129, 130 (evening) Zechariah 12:1-10 Ephesians 1:3-14 Luke 19:1-10 At the end of today's first reading from the prophet Zechariah, God does not promise peace and justice. Instead, God says, "I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication." Soaked in this spirit, God's people will "look on the one whom they have pierced," and they will "mourn for him, as…
  • The Joy of Waiting

    Ann Fontaine
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
  • Good bye, part two: pay attention, tell the truth, say thank you

    Jim Naughton
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Dear friends, I started blogging just under nine years ago when NBC announced that it was airing The Book of Daniel, a television show about an Episcopal priest. The show crashed quickly, but the blog had received national news coverage and we had a large and feisty audience, so I decided to keep it going. The Blog of Daniel was succeeded by Daily Episcopalian, a blog devoted primarily to the struggles over the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion. At some point, while keeping that blog, it occurred to me that it was…
  • No indictment of Ferguson police officer in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    Jim Naughton
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Updated at bottom with statements A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, has returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen on August 9, igniting weeks of protests and touching off a national debate on police violence in African American communities. Churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and other communities of faith in the Ferguson area are offering themselves as "safe spaces" in the wake of the announcement. Earlier today, the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis…
  • Tenth Ring

    Ann Fontaine
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    By William H. Murray I lay in the hospital bed thinking “This can’t be true! Boy, I bought the farm on this one!” Suffering multiple organ failure, I had just received a grim diagnosis that I would be having a danger-laden surgery that would alter my life forever. It was the wages of a life that seemed so successful, but was undergirded by the troika of fear, doubt, and guilt – a three-legged stool. It would be about a year before I could have the surgery, and I was filled with terror as to how I would live through that year. So I raced to develop and embrace a holistic (holy?)…
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    Emergent Village

  • What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You?

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    “Light” by @Doug88888 licensed under CC BY 2.0 What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You? Believe it or not, your choice of ceiling lights illuminates more than simply the living room or kitchen in your home. The centrepiece of your room, your lighting choice can give away some clues to your personality too. Whether a reflective, delicate chandelier, or a more modern, brushed-steel affair; Read on to find out what your home lighting says about you, and how you can embrace the persona… The Chandelier “Chandeliers” by APPLE OU licensed under CC BY 2.0  Although…
  • Winter warming interior designs

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    When it comes to getting ready for a cold and blustery winter, changing summer cottons for woolly knits is a definite requirement. Preparing the home for wintertime may not be the first thought as the temperature falls, but taking a few steps to getting interiors ready for winter will ensure the home remains a cozy refuge throughout the long, dark season. Beating the winter chill The key to maintaining a warm interior during the colder months is to embrace cozier textures and warmer colors. Warming up the home’s interior may be accomplished with larger-scale projects such as painting walls…
  • The Different Uses of Log Cabins

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    A log cabin isn’t just somewhere you stay when you’re on a skiing holiday in the Alps, you can have your own in your back garden if you want to! The stylish and spacious designs are perfect for adding a touch of class to the exterior of your home and provides a great alternative to the traditional wooden garden shed.   Log cabins are far from just alternatives to sheds, however. They have the potential to provide all kinds of uses around the home, many of which you might not have initially thought of. Their size, in comparison to the traditional garden shed, means you can use them…
  • 3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom When you’re refurbishing a bathroom there’s a lot of things to take into account, and one of the most important is your choice of shower enclosure. There’s certainly no shortage of different configurations, manufacturers and models on the market. In fact it can get downright difficult to know which to choose. Each bathroom will have its own requirements, so the kind of enclosure that works best in a big bathroom might not be right for an en-suite. However, quadrant shower enclosures are increasingly popular and work in a…
  • Preparing Your Pond For Winter

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s safe to say that winter is well on its way, so it’s time to prepare your pond for the colder weather. Put together a set of equipment, including a pond vacuum, plant scissors, tongs and maybe a net. This way you are well prepared for every season as it arrives. Plants and Trees First of all remove any delicate or exotic plants. They won’t be able to survive during a frost. Remove and wrap the roots in damp newspaper and then in bin liners or plastic bags. Keep in a heated shed or cellar during the cold season, making sure that the roots are kept moist. Trim back any plants that…
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    Jewish Treats

  • Caveat Emptor...Let the Buyer Beware (And the Seller Too)

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
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  • Thanks For The Day

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    The harsh piercing whine of the alarm clock startles you from sleep, and you push your nose into the pillow to block out any hints of sunlight in the Shakespeare said “to sleep perchance to dream...,” but as any good Shakespearean scholar will tell you, Hamlet’s monologue was a poetic discussion of suicide, and sleep was used as a metaphor for death. The Talmudic sages refer to sleep as a one-sixtieth part of death (Talmud Berachot 57b), for during sleep the neshama (soul) ascends to heaven to give an accounting to the Heavenly court of that day’s experiences.
  • It's Not A Big Chicken

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    If there is one thing that is guaranteed to be in supermarkets in November, it’s turkey! In fact, many supermarkets even give them away to promote large purchases of other groceries.As you put the turkey into the oven, take a moment to think about the significance of that bird. Did you know that a vast amount of rabbinic ink has been expended in discussing the kosher status of turkey?!While the Torah specifically identifies those features that make animals and fish kosher (chews cud and split hooves for animals, scales and fins for fish), it does not specify the identifying features of a…
  • On This Day

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    On this day for giving thanks, Jewish Treats thanks you for your support.
  • The Bird of Thanks

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    On Thanksgiving day, it is customary in the United States to eat a turkey dinner. The Hebrew word for turkey is “tar'negol hodu,” literally, an “Indian Rooster.” It came by this name because turkeys are indigenous to North America, which the first explorers thought was actually part of India. The country of India is called Hodu in Hebrew, most commonly recognized from the opening lines of Megillat Esther (Book of Esther, Purim), when King Achashverosh is depicted as ruling a kingdom that stretched “me’hodu v’ad kush” from India to…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • President Henry B. Eyring's Visit to the Vatican: A Gentle Call to Strengthen Marriage

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    President Henry B. Eyring just did something that my wife and did earlier this year: visited the Vatican. OK, our visit wasn't newsworthy. We stood in line with lots of other tourists as we explored a little of the endless art at the Vatican Museums and admired its surroundings. President Eyring was doing something more noteworthy than sightseeing. He was sharing a message from the Church about the importance of the family at an international summit at the Vatican that was opened by Pope Francis.While some might have expected direct arguments against same-sex marriage in President Eyring's…
  • LDS Newsroom Releases Helpful Video on Temple Garments

    Jeff Lindsay
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The LDS Newsroom at surprised me with the new announcement and video on the LDS temple garment. It includes views of LDS temple robes and LDS garments, the simple clothing items that our foes love to call "magic underwear" or other offensive terms. The LDS Newsroom resource should help thoughtful people better understand this aspect of our faith, and might help LDS members know how to better answer some common temple-related questions. Nicely done, IMHO.
  • Turning Flaws Into Art: Recognizing the Hand of Lord in Our Lives

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    During a trip to Taiwan in September, my wife and I visited the National Palace Museum in Taipei and saw one of the world's great works of art, the Jadeite Cabbage. An unknown Chinese artist apparently in the nineteenth century took a highly flawed piece of jade with uneven color, blotches, cracks and veins, and used those flaws as part of the design. The white stone became the stalk of a cabbage and the darker green regions became the leaves and a couple of magnificent insects. Cracks became delicate veins on the stalks. In the end, the work was far more beautiful and lifelike than if it had…
  • More on the Ebola Threat and the Need to Prepare for Deliberate Spread of the Disease

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    In a previous post on the Ebola threat, I reminded us of our need to be prepared for crisis when I raised the specter of terrorists deliberately spreading Ebola in the States. I suggested that our lax border security could make it way too easy for enemies to bring infectious materials and infected people into the nation. Of course, the laxness that threatens us involves not just the borders that people walk across illegally, but the borders people fly across with proper documentation. To better appreciate the potential for mayhem here, I recommend Marc Thiessen's article in the Washington…
  • An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    On this blog, I've previously discussed statements showing Joseph Smith's views in support of Mesoamerica as the primary location for Book of Mormon events in the New World. Thanks to Warren Aston, I just learned of another factor to consider. In the archives of the Church is a map from some early Latter-day Saints allegedly giving information obtained from Joseph Smith about the travels of Moroni from Bountiful in Book of Mormon lands to the burial place of the Book of Mormon in the Hill Cumorah of New York State. Bountiful, according to the map, was in "Sentral America" (Central America).
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Black Friday + Cyber Monday deals for the Christian guy and gal

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    For the last few years, I’ve been keeping track of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials that might benefit the Christian guy or gal in your life (including yourself). I’ll be updating this list throughout the day as more sales turn up, so check back before too long.Black Friday at AmazonAs always, Amazon has some pretty insane deals on a variety of products. Here are a few of the deals I’ve found:Save between $20 and $250 on Kindle devices:$30 off the standard Kindle—$49 (regularly $79)$20 off an Amazon Fire HD6—$79 (regularly $99)$20 off a Kindle Paperwhite—$99…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Pilgrim’s Progress—a new edition from Desiring GodDG has just released a brand new edition of John Bunyan’s classic, The Pilgrim’s progress. You can get it free here.Thank God for GodDavid Murray:We all have so much to thank God for, but we often fail to thank God for Himself; that there is a God, that there is such a God, and that such a God is our God.The Psalmists lead the way here in helping us celebrate God’s God-ness. For example, in Psalm 103 the Psalmist celebrates God as the Savior-King, and as the Creator-King in Psalm 104. He praises God as the Father of…
  • If I were celebrating Thanksgiving…

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
     Most of those who read my blog are probably getting ready to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal, followed by a football game and, perhaps, a Star Wars trailer. Lord willing, you’re not preparing to camp out in front of a store because that’d be just wrong.Today, I will not be eating turkey with all the trimmings, nor will I be enjoying some type of delicious pie. I will be eating normal food because I am Canadian. For us, it is not Thanksgiving (that happened back in October). It is merely Thursday.There are times when I get envious of my friends in America. It’s…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert Letham—$2.99A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones—$2.99 (US only)The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis—$3.99 (this one is phenomenal)Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by JD Greear—$2.99Coping with Change by Walter Kaiser—$2.99Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison—$2.51One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian—$3.74Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$3.82Forever by Paul Tripp—$4.993 Steps in a Language…
  • Prayer by Timothy Keller

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    There’s no shortage of good books on prayer. Martin Luther’s Simple Way to Pray, Answers to Prayer by George Müller, CH Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer, A Call to Pray by J.C. Ryle… These are some of the finest books on prayer I’ve read, and Christians would be doing themselves a disservice in not reading them.While there are many wonderful classic books on prayer, I’ve noticed a severe lack of good modern books on the subject. Most modern books tend to fall into a couple of categories: wicked and stupid. The wicked ones accuse people who pray things like…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Not For One Side Alone

    Liza Case
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Yesterday morning, the morning after the grand jury failed to return an indictment against Darrell Wilson in Ferguson, MO, I had to appear in family court. My son’s father brought false allegations of “Alienation” (a charge made largely by middle-class white men against middle-class white women and one that is enough to trump anything else involved, including pedophilia) against me two-and-a-half years ago and we have been in court ever since. During this ordeal, I have experienced a great deal of injustice. I have come face to face with the most brutal forms of misogyny. The injustice…
  • Homeless for the Holidays

    Ashley Makar
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    In his unfinished memoir Toby van Buren imagines his car was dented in a collision with Jesus. It’s the holiday season of ’95, and Toby is living in his Buick Skyhawk coupe, mostly at the rest stop off Exit 52 of the Long Island Expressway. He’d lost his World Trade Center job with $5,000 in the bank. Toby spent most of his savings on gas—enough to run the car every once in awhile for heat—and movie tickets. That Christmas, he listened to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral services on his car radio, had breakfast at the Yonkers Raceway Diner, and saw Jumanji. The story ends badly, and…
  • Carl Lentz Superstar

    Mary Valle
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    You know what I would like to give thanks for in the holiday pre-season? Carl Lentz. And to the Daily Mail for this glorious writeup on him, which gives a good summary of Lentz-descriptions in every single article ever written about him. Meet Carl Lentz, the tattooed, Mohawked pastor flanked by an 11-piece rock band, who sermonizes to U2, raps the gospel, and dresses almost exclusively in denim and leather. Denim and leather? Pastor Lentz also has a lil’ buddy named Justin Bieber, a diminutive Canadian pop singer. Some might say that Justin Bieber is the opposite of “cool.” An informal…
  • Strangers and Friends

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Ashley Makar makes friends for life. We have know this for years at Killing the Buddha–which Ashley helped revive, and has continued to grace with her beautiful essays about family, exile, mourning, prayer, and “living exuberantly” with metastatic cancer. Now that Ashley has published her very first e-book, You Were Strangers: Dispatches from Exile, we are proud to share her words and wisdom with a wider world. To celebrate, we are sharing a wonderful Skype conversation Ashley recorded with another of her longtime friends, the author John Green (The Fault In Our Stars). John…
  • How I Exorcised Lena Dunham

    Mary Valle
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I recently realized that something amiss in my person. I realized that I had let something get by my mental gatekeepers. That something was Lena Dunham. In the previous week, I had, knowing better, read too much about her exploits. These stories had wormed themselves into my brain and were beginning to nibble around the edges of my soul. Instead of cursing myself for not practicing proper information management, I decided to do something about my predicament. After all, I was the one who let the monster in; I could, therefore, get it out. How does one exorcise Lena Dunham? Formulate a Plan…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
  • Poetry: Too and To

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

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

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

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Like “The Bachelor,” But for Jesus: “The Sisterhood” Episode 1 Recap

    Jo Piazza
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    If there were a Venn diagram showing the intersection of expertise of reality television and Catholic nuns, I would be sitting right in the middle of it. In addition to spending the past three years reporting and writing a book called If Nuns Ruled the World, I’ve spent more than a decade as an entertainment editor, chronicling the reality television industry. I bear the burden of having helped to create the media sensations of both Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. For that I will probably be judged one day. I can only hope that my time spent reporting on the brides of Christ neutralizes…
  • What the Ferguson Protests Mean for Religious Progressive Activism

    Shannon Craigo-Snell
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Why are authorities responding to the protesters in Ferguson with tanks and tear gas, as if they are a threat to the American way of life? Well, perhaps because they are. I believe that the protests in Ferguson show the way forward for progressive religious activism—a true challenge to a broken system. The civil rights movement of the 1960s drank deeply from religious wells. This energy was vital to the movement against racism because it was a claim to truth in the face of racism–that fundamental lie that runs through American history. In the Jim Crow era the false claim that some…
  • GTS Situation is Just a Typical Labor Dispute… But With Clergy

    Kim Bobo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    For more than twenty years I’ve supported workers who exercise their rights to organize to improve conditions in their workplaces. Workers care about their wages and benefits, but what usually moves workers to organize is either concern about their clients, concern about how they are treated, or both. Religious workers who organize are no different. The General Theological Seminary (GTS) faculty organized out of concern for their students, the seminary and a voice in the workplace. The heavy handed retaliatory response by the clergy-dominated Board of the Seminary, first firing them and now…
  • America’s Racist God Meets Miss Celie: Darren Wilson Not Indicted

    Anthea Butler
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    America’s racist god requires black people’s blood to atone for the sins committed by its followers. This time, the blood shed in sacrifice to this god of white supremacy was Michael Brown’s. Darren Wilson, an agent of that god, was vindicated. For his reward, he is showered with blood money from other followers of the racist god. No one should be surprised that Darren Wilson was not indicted by the grand jury. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch played the role of Pontius Pilate, washing his and Darren Wilson’s hands of impunity, while the sacrifice, Michael Brown, was deemed worthy of…
  • Did Darren Wilson Superhumanize Michael Brown?

    Evan Derkacz
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Like so many others, I was struck by Darren Wilson’s use of the word “demon” to describe Michael Brown in his testimony to the grand jury. But it wasn’t just the officer’s description of Brown as a demon, which is dehumanizing enough, it’s the use of “it” in reference to Brown’s face (“it looks like a demon”): This “demon”-ization of Michael Brown reminded me of a recent RD post from Joseph Laycock on “a psychological study suggesting that white people are predisposed to ascribe superhuman and magical qualities to black people.”  Then I recalled a passage…
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    On Being Both

  • Seeing the Sacred in One Interfaith Family

    Susan Katz Miller
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
      Barbara Mahany describes her new book as a field guide to wonder. The essays in Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door at times bring to mind Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Karen Maezen Miller, Waldorf pedagogy, and mystics including Julian of Norwich. Mahany leads us through the cycle of seasons in the natural world, and in the life of a Christian and Jewish interfaith family. A former Chicago Tribune columnist (and former pediatric oncology nurse), Mahany writes as a parent, a naturalist, and a Catholic. Her voice—funny, humble, brave,…
  • Interfaith Family Community, Chicago Style

    Susan Katz Miller
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    In writing Being Both, I set out to chronicle the rise of a grassroots movement centered on three great cities with vibrant interfaith family communities: New York, Washington, and Chicago. Each of these cities has a program with over 100 interfaith children being educated by paired Jewish and Christian co-teachers. Recently, I was in Chicago to celebrate the publication of Being Both (just out in paperback) with interfaith families there. Both interfaith parents and grown children from Chicago filled out the surveys that form the backbone of my research for Being Both. Most of them were from…
  • An Interfaith Family Community Welcomes a Torah

    Susan Katz Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    As a parent determined to connect my children to Judaism, as a writer who loves storytelling, as a Jew who grew up wrestling with our ancient texts, I wanted my children to experience Torah. This word, Torah, represents our collective Jewish narrative and thus, more broadly, all of Jewish teachings and practice. But I also wanted my children to interact with the physical Torah: the five books of Moses, hand-lettered on parchment scrolls, dressed in embroidered velvet. And so it was with great joy recently that I witnessed my community, the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington,…
  • Being Both: The Paperback

    Susan Katz Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Opening my first box of paperbacks.   Today, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family comes out in paperback. For me, the paperback release also marks one full year on the road with Being Both. In DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California, I have entered into deep interfaith family conversations, with Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, Buddhists, Bahai’s, Mormons, Unitarians, Pagans, Hindus, and those with complex religious identities, with theologians, seminarians, religious studies professors, ministers,…
  • Being Both: Paperback Release Events!

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

  • In one’s example and deeds

    Lee Potts
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Evangelical life focuses on what we are, not what we do. The goal of the life is to be a sister or brother to all, announcing the Good News in one’s example and deeds. ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer Tags: Evangelical life, Franciscan Prayer, Good News, Ilia Delio
  • An inherent value in not acquiring

    Lee Potts
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    This is what we might call the missionary vocation of the Franciscan way of life. Emerging from a commitment to follow in “the teaching and footprints of Jesus Christ,” this is a disposition that orients the believer outward and toward others as opposed to inward and focused on the self. Like Jesus in the Gospels, Francis saw an inherent value in not acquiring the security and comfort afforded by the appropriation of property, resources, and status. ~ Daniel Horan OFM, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith Tags: Daniel Horan, footprints of jesus, Francis of Assisi and the Future of…
  • Prayer Request Update

    Lee Potts
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Thank you so much for your prayers. My nephew’s surgery went as well as it possibly could. Please continue your prayers as he begins his recovery, continues his chemo, and awaits the biopsy results. No tags for this post.
  • Attentive and present to all of life and creation

    Lee Potts
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Our fraternities are clearly called to help the brothers and sisters live their faith in the world, helping them to understand and act on the social dimensions of the gospel in their everyday lives. Like Saint Francis, we are not only called to rebuild the church, we are called to be like our Incarnate God, who is attentive and present to all of life and creation. ~ Handbook for Animators of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), National JPIC Commission of the Secular Franciscan Order, USA Tags: creation, everyday lives, incarnate, JPIC, life, saint francis, secular franciscan…
  • Prayer Request

    Lee Potts
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Please keep my 18-year-old nephew Josh and his family in prayer today. He’s going in for cancer surgery this morning. Thank you. Pax et bonum. No tags for this post.
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    Amish America

  • After 168 Years, Mennonites Moving to New Church

    Erik/Amish America
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    If you’ve traveled through northern Lancaster County at any point in the last 168 years, you might have noticed a structure of religious importance lying just feet from the current Route 322. The Pike Mennonite Church is shared by two groups of Mennonites (Stauffer and Weaver), who use it on alternate Sundays. Unlike most Amish, Old Order and Conservative […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • What are you thankful for?

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    It’s that day of the year again, when turkey and stuffing take center stage and the couch is your best friend. I’ve had the chance to feel sorry for myself at various times this past year. I hate to admit that I have given in at times. If I can catch myself in those moments, […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • 100 Amish Shovel Snow in Blizzard-hit Buffalo

    Erik/Amish America
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    A couple of readers have sent along a link to a short news clip about Amish aiding residents of a mobile home park in Buffalo. As you can see in the video below, photos show Amishmen hard at work on the roofs of residents’ homes (I assume this past Friday or Saturday). Buffalo, of course, […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish Couple Going to Trial Over Septic Tank? (Video)

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    Following a look at a zoning conflict in one Amish settlement, a different sort of building issue in Minnesota has one couple banned from their new home. You may have noticed that some Amish seem to have recurring problems with the law, over issues such as safety triangles on buggies, or building requirements for their homes. […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish to Future Neighbors: You’re Not Welcome

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    A reader living in the Allen County, Indiana settlement shares a pair of rather surprising photos. As you can see in these shots, local Amish are sending a message to any potential new neighbors. Our reader explains what’s going on here: There is a new subdivision going in on a road near us and the Amish that live on that […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • Living with Fallibility

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    The documents recently released by the LDS Church are important to me because I hope that they will help Latter-day Saints rethink what it means to recognize authority and to have a living prophet.
  • Certainty and Trust: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    God seems to prefer that we trust him than that we have objective, scientific facts about him.
  • Sealing the Living and the Dead: The Eternal Family

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

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

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

  • Nov 11 – Martin of Tours – Bishop + Theologian

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Martin of Tours Bishop + Theologian 11 November 397 click here for books about Martin of Tours From the Satucket Lectionary Martin was born around 330 of pagan parents. His father was a soldier, who enlisted Martin in the army at the age of fifteen. One winter day he saw an ill-clad beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. Martin had no money to give, but he cut his cloak in half and gave half to the beggar. (Paintings of the scene, such as that by El Greco, show Martin, even without the cloak, more warmly clad than the beggar, which rather misses the point.) In a dream that night, Martin…
  • The Beatitudes – A Reflection

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,…
  • Nov 1 – All Saints

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Feast of All Saints 1 November click here for books on the Feast of All Saints From the Satucket Lectionary [Note that these readings are from the old Episcopal Lectionary]. FIRST READING: Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10,13-14 (a commemoration of patriarchs, prophets, and other heroes of ancient Israel.) Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. The LORD apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and were men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and proclaiming prophecies;…
  • Oct 31- Sasaki & Tsen, Bishops

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Paul Shinji Sasaki + Philip Lindel Tsen Bishop of Mid-Japan + Bishop of Honan, China 31 October 1946 + 1954 click here for books on Sasaki & Tsen From the Satucket Lectionary Sasaki, Paul Shinji, Bishop of Tokyo, Japan [1885-1946] and Philip Lendel Tsen shop of Honan, China [d. June 6, 1954]. Sasaki was a bishop of BiNippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Church in Japan) who endured much persecution for his beliefs. In 1937, Tsen and Sasaki attended the 1937 Synod in Canada where they publicly bore witness to the unity among Asian Christians despite the Sino-Japanese war. Sasaki was tortured…
  • Oct 30 – John Wyclif, Translator + Controversialist

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Wyclif Translator + Controversialist 30 October 1384 click here for books about or by John Wylif From the Satucket Lectioanary John Wyclif (also spelled Wycliffe, Wycliff, Wicliffe, or Wiclif) was born in Yorkshire around 1330, and was educated at Oxford, becoming a doctor of divinity in 1372. In 1374, King Edward III appointed him rector of Lutterworth, and later made him part of a deputation to meet at Brussels with a papal deputation to negotiate difference between King and Pope. About this time Wyclif began to argue for “dominion founded on grace.” By…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Facing Our Storms With Confidence

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. A. Maurice DraneSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • How Joseph Achieved His Dream

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Pete DaViaSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • When Things Don’t Look Like They Appear

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Lee BarnesSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • I’m Too Blessed to Be Stressed

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at our 14th Rodney Cokes College Scholarship Fund Annual Day Service by Rev. Edward Thomas, Pastor of Victory ChurchSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • The Betrayal Before the Victory

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Missionary Latoya GainesSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • Pope to Turkish authorities: religious freedom a key factor for peace

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Vatican City, Nov 28, 2014 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke to Turkish authorities on Friday of the need to create a lasting peace – one based on a fraternal solidarity which respects human dignity and man’s essential right to religious freedom. “Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers,” the Pope told Turkish authorities on Nov. 28. This solidarity, he said, “must rest on the following pillars: respect for human life and for…
  • A new path for unity – Pope and Patriarch to face world challenges together

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is foreseeable for the future, a theological advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Costantinople told CNA Nov. 28. “Today, there is no excuse for indifference or inaction. A joint response between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew can prove both powerful and permanent,” said Fr. John Chrissavgis, who works for the partriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Fr. Chrissavgis spoke on the…
  • Waiting for the Pope: Istanbul refugee center prepares to welcome Francis

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People at the refugee center that Pope Francis will visit this coming Sunday are learning to seek a future, the director of the center told CNA Nov. 27. “Pope Francis will come here because we are not a school, we are a refugee center, we are a center of learning that kids can use for the future. And they are searching for the future,” Fr. Andrés Calleja Ruiz emphasized. A Salesian hailing from Madrid, Fr. Calleja has been directing the center, situated in the vicinity of the Holy Spirit Cathedral, for five years.
  • Chaput: 'It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor'

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/Vatican Insider).- “It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor.” Francis has confirmed his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September. The Archbishop of the great US metropolis, Archbishop Charles Chaput, talks to Vatican Insider about the meaning of this visit and about how Francis’ message has been received in the US.   Pope Francis has now confirmed his participation at the meeting in Philadelphia scheduled for next September. What do you think…
  • Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor's freedom

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months. “I think it’s important to note that Pastor Saeed wasn’t completely abandoned,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). “We remain hopeful that because the talks continue and the dialogue continues, that Saeed hasn’t been…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Why Not To Go To Church: Is This Pew Taken?

    Darian Duckworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Disclaimer for Members of St. Luke UMC and Shipman Chapel: This musing arose from a comment I heard outside of the church earlier this week. This comment was not about a specific congregation or a particular pew. It was a general observation. I will not ask you to change seats this Sunday. I will not institute assigned seating. This is the first in a series of posts intended simply to make all of us, in local churches and beyond, think about why so many people choose not to attend church.“I know how churches can be. I wouldn’t want to take anyone’s pew.”I hear a lot of reasons why…
  • Give Them Jesus

    Heather Cody
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    I pass by them every Thursday on the way to school. Sometimes I try not to look because the site of it takes me days to get over. So much for “break my heart for what breaks Yours.” The run-down shack of a house, beat up car in the dirt drive, the worn out clothes hanging on souls with skin. It’s more than I can take. And I don't know their story--except that there is one. He must be her grandfather, maybe. They have the same greasy hair and loving smile. The bag hanging from underneath his shirt tells me he's sick. And the way she holds his hand waiting for the bus, tells me he's all…
  • Yom Kippur Morning 2014

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Down the narrow pathDark stone risingTo either sideLeaden leggedSweat soakedSuffocatingDarkThe wrong pathThe way backToo steepToo strewn with hazardsLoose rocksPitsNo way To turn backTo retraceUnwise stepsOnly despair as a traveling companionForwardDown The wrong waySuddenlyTo the sideAn openingLightFresh airTurn Turn TurnThere is a wayTo turnTo moveTo chooseAnother wayYou slide through the openingThe wayNowIs Also steepAlso difficultButThere is lightThere is airRejoice!Dance upwardOn worn out legsPirouetteOn aching feetThe way will not be easyButIt is the right…
  • The Gospel According to Phoebe: Telling the Truth

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

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

  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • Needs Your Support

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

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

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

  • Is Thankful Still Meaningful?

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the time of year where we hear about being thankful.  We get to see all the lists of what our friends are thankful for through their social media megaphones.  From the seemingly most thankful, we get to see things they are thankful for everyday.  It is a pretty common family tradition for many to gather for a Thanksgiving celebration and all share one or two things for which they are thankful.  Many of our children who are in school will talk about thankfulness with their teachers in some fashion as well. I think being thankful is an incredibly important value to embrace.  I…
  • Reflections on The Crossings Journey

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I have the great opportunity of teaching a group of church planters who are participating in a training program through the Houston Church Planters Network.  They are in a residency which carries them through a training process before they are sent to various locations around Houston to begin new churches.  It is a blessing for us at Crossings Community to participate with this program financially, prayerfully, and in training. As I have thought about sharing with them this week it has caused me to reflect on various aspects of our own journey.  It has…
  • Go Outside!

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    If you live anywhere around our home state of Texas then you have noticed the hints of weather change. We have suffered through another summer and the joys of breaking a sweat during the walk from your front door to your car. We can only let our kids go outside for short little bursts and they still come in smelling like a wet dog while being completely exhausted. Things are changing right now and my family LOVES it. Some of our greatest time as a family is spent playing baseball, volleyball, or football (with full dog participation) in our yard. It is a great time of laughter and fun which…
  • Oct 31: One of My Favorites

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is so much greatness to be celebrated on this wonderful day! It has created the most memorable bedtime stories for our family. We also celebrated the day when we were able to begin watching the movies which accompany it with our oldest daughter. It is powerful because it is not just myth or folklore but rather a celebration of world changing historical events. Over the years of 1516-1517 the church in Rome was raising money to make improvements to St. Peter’s Basilica. The strategy used for raising the funds for this building project was to send out messengers teaching church people…
  • A Look Back…Part 2

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

    Jann Cobb
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    It seems rather silly to me to think of being thankful as only for a season. We are after all so blessed! Every day we see blessing after blessing surrounding us.  Stopping today to reflect, I am so thankful for my familythe country that I live inhealth and a body that still worksDaughters who have become my closest friendsa husband who showers me with love and supportthe love of Jesus that makes me grateful for each new day!a church family that surrounds me with Christ's lovefriends that inspire, encourage and spur me ona career where I am able to love on childrenGod's word…
  • Thank you precious friend

    Jann Cobb
    22 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    Everything I have learned about prayer, About being in the presence of God and sitting at His feet, I learned from my friend Kathy. She had this way of making our times together in prayer, teachable moments. I am forever grateful for her influence, kindness and love. She taught me that Forgiveness requires us to be able to ask God to bless that person.Scripture is alive and we can pray those words back to God.We can never have enough of The Holy Spirit in our lives, and we can ask for more.God can and will use us, if we make ourselves available to Him.There is strength in…
  • A cooking plan

    Jann Cobb
    1 Oct 2013 | 2:30 am
    After my last blog I had several friends ask how to prepare so many meals at one time.Organizing similar ingredients that you can prep at the same time is key to making this go by quickly.On my counter I placed a bounty of ingredientsOnionsBell peppersCarrotsCelerySweet potatoSpinachZucchiniBrussel sproutsTurnipsSpaghetti squashFrozen chilichicken stock(from the last chicken I made)chicken bratsroasteggscoconut oilspicescoconut aminoslots of plastic freezer containers and labelsThe first thing I do is prep the onions, carrots, bell peppers, celery and sweet potato slicing them into…
  • Cooking day

    Jann Cobb
    29 Sep 2013 | 2:30 am
    In 2 hours I created 4 meals and muffins plus a pot roast in the crock pot, roasted brussel sprouts and mashed turnips. In the picture, is a spinach quiche, sausage soup, sausage and peppers and chili over spaghetti squash.  You might think that this would tire me out but instead I feel like I want to cook some more!  All of these recipes are made the Paleo way and are extremely healthy! The purpose of creating these meals are so that I can have delicious, nutritious lunches! What a blessing to have these in my freezer.Every day in the lunchroom, people peer into my lunch and…
  • Mangoes

    Jann Cobb
    22 Sep 2013 | 2:30 am
    I am in love with this fruit! There is never enough of it!In addition to being tasty it has great nutrients.Great info from health-alternativesMangoOne mango without peel contains 1.06 grams of protein, 135 calories and 3.7 grams of dietary fiber.Potassium - 323 mgPhosphorus - 23 mgMagnesium - 19 mgCalcium - 21 mgSodium - 4 mgIron - 0.27 mgSelenium 1.2 mcgManganese - 0.056 mgCopper - 0.228 mgZinc - 0.08 mgAlso contains small amounts of other minerals.Vitamin A - 1584 IUVitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.12 mgVitamin B2…
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    The Daily Register

  • Bill Murray and His Sister, Sr. Nancy Murray Both Love the TLM, Waking Up to Your Vocation and More!

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Bill Murray and His Sister, Sr. Nancy Murray Love the Traditional Latin Mass by Kathy Schiffer of Seasons of Grace - Waiting: A Concept Applied to the Divorced and Remarried – Marie Meaney, Crisis Magazine ‘Hey...
  • A Few Gratitudes

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    By Mark Shea | The center of our Faith is Eucharist. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. That means that the center of our Faith is thanksgiving. It is in the form of a thanksgiving meal that our Lord chose to make Himself present to us. And He did so,...
  • Pope Francis Treks to Turkey to Visit Patriarch Bartholomew

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    By EDWARD PENTIN | VATICAN CITY — Church-state relations, ecumenism, Catholic-Muslim dialogue, persecuted Christians and regional conflicts will be the dominant issues of Pope Francis’ highly sensitive apostolic visit to Turkey this week. Invited...
  • Dear Simcha, Vol. 2

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    By Simcha Fisher | My last Thanksgiving advice column was such a success* that I’ve decided to resurrect it this year. Of your kindness, please keep in mind that our power went out last night around 8:30, and we just now got it back – and it keeps...
  • Thanksgiving Symbolism

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    By Tom and April Hoopes | Thanksgiving has arrived! Here is a quick look at the symbolism of the major staples of the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, an American original, reminds us that God provides now just as he did in the days when his chosen...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Don Byrd
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Written by Don Byrd Happy Thanksgiving to all BJC blog readers! If you haven’t watched it yet, take a minute for this Thank You video from the Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker. He says it well. Without you, all of the work of the BJC protecting the separation of church and state, and religious liberty for all, would not be possible. That includes this blog (and this twitter feed: @bjcblog). I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to write in this space, and for you, for reading and supporting the BJC to make it possible! Hoping you have a peaceful weekend with family…
  • Court Rejects Former Navy Chaplain’s Religious Liberty Claim

    Don Byrd
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Written by Don Byrd Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt has waged a legal and PR campaign against certain chaplain regulations for several years. Specifically, he questions requirements that chaplains should refrain from sectarian prayer in their official capacity at military events. Via Religion Clause, a federal claims court ruling Monday rejected his First Amendment claim and effort at reinstatement. Importantly, the court ruled his religious freedom rights were not infringed by an order that he refrain from participating in uniform in an event he described as a religious service,…
  • Why are Beer Cans and Spaghetti in the Government’s Holiday Display?

    Don Byrd
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Written by Don Byrd If you walked through the Florida State Capitol Rotunda last year, you may have asked yourself that question. Alongside the Nativity Scene and the Menorah, visitors received holiday greetings from a festivus pole made of beer cans and a pile of googly-eyed noodles presented by Pastafarians, a group claiming to worship a deity known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This year, a lawsuit may be filed by a “Satanic Temple,” demanding inclusion of their display. How did this happen? Why would government-hosted holiday displays contain not only religious and secular…
  • Priests for Life Plans Appeal to Supreme Court of Latest Contraceptive Mandate Ruling

    Don Byrd
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Written by Don Byrd Last week, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against plaintiffs, religious nonprofits, who claim the White House’s contraception coverage rules designed to accommodate them are insufficient to protect their religious liberty rights. The Court said the burden on religious organizations to submit a form signalling their objection to providing such coverage was not substantial, and rejected the argument that the process leaves the plaintiffs involved in the act of making accessible  contraceptives they find objectionable to their employees. In an editorial for…
  • 9th Circuit Hears Arguments in Pharmacy Conscience Rights Case

    Don Byrd
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the 9th Circuit yesterday heard oral arguments in a case questioning the rights of pharmacies to refuse on religious grounds to provide emergency contraception. A federal district court in Washington State ruled unconstitutional the enforcement of the regulations. The Oregonian reports: During oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday, Kristen Waggoner, a Seattle-based attorney . . . who is representing the pharmacists, portrayed her clients as conscientious objectors who should receive the same accommodations as niche…
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  • Bringing Honor Back

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Honor is a lost art in our society today. We’ve sacrificed honoring others and honoring our authorities on the altar of “fighting for what I believe in.” In Next Up, I talk a good bit about the honor we should show others and God. It has to be a concentration in the church if we expect it to infiltrate society. Here’s an excerpt from a sermon I preached recently. It’s a reminder to return to honor. (Click to enlarge)        Related StoriesVideo Post: Give Life!2 Common Mistakes Young Leaders Make in DevelopmentThings Great Young…
  • 2 Common Mistakes Young Leaders Make in Development

    Jonathan Pearson
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The world and church is in desperate need of young leaders…. good young leaders. We need senior leaders who are willing to begin passing the torch to the next generation. As I look at other young leaders and leaders in general, I see 2 common mistakes that seem to most often stifle leadership development. Impatience Naturally, a leader wants to move. As a young leader, I often find myself trying to get out ahead of the things and the people I lead. I look at my life right now, I look at the things I lead right now and often think that what I see is the only thing I’ll ever see if things…
  • Things Great Young Leaders Tell Themselves

    Jonathan Pearson
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “You can talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer.” I’ve always told people that when I”ve seen them talking to themselves. The truth is, we all have conversations with ourselves from time to time. It may not always be out loud, sometimes it’s just in our heads. These conversations can help us throughout the day. Here are 4 things leaders should be telling themselves. I can do it. Most everything in life starts with a belief that we can do it. Now, this doesn’t mean we’re jerks and bull our way through life thinking we have all the answers. This means we tell…
  • Those Crazy Baby Blues

    Jonathan Pearson
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    Roughly 7 months ago, my life was changed. I’ve written about that before here. It flipped my world upside down. I had no clue 9 months before when we read the test positive that this little guy would change my life so much. Being a little bit of a selfish person (admit it, you can be too), it’s been a transition that’s been full of great times and times of “If he cries one more time I’m gonna cry back.” It’s had great moments and tough moments where his mother and I have absolutely no idea what to do next. We fought sickness, the unknown, spiritual…
  • 3 Evernote IFTTT Recipes for Leaders

    Jonathan Pearson
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    There are 2 tools that I’m using increasingly to get things done these days. These 2 tools have helped me be more productive day to day and with large projects. I’ve talked about one of them, Evernote many times on the blog. There’s one, though, that’s making the internet easier for a lot of people. If This Then That is a service that works to connect different services. Here are 3 recipes I’ve been using with Evernote to do simple things that used to take much longer to do…        Related Stories2 Common Mistakes Young…
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  • Possibilities and Impossibilities in the Bible: Time-bound and Foreordained

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Our awareness on things that exist teaches us two definite things: possibilities and impossibilities. Possibilities are positive. They make us think, prepare, work, and plan on expected eventualities. Impossibilities, on the other hand, are negative. They erase expectations, make us decide definitely, and worse, sometimes make us not to think anymore and dismiss everything associated with known impossibilities. The Holy Bible, as a book written many millennia before our time, is a book that teaches us possibilities and impossibilities. A reckless reader may at once judge ignorantly that the…
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Is Not Michael The Archangel

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The entire world is mistaken in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. II PETER 1:5-8 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because most of them that believe have not added to their faith the virtues the Apostle Peter mentioned,…
  • Why Christ is Not Man But God

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    I think that most people understand that our ultimate sense of identity comes from Jesus. An important aspect of this is allowing Him to disrupt the competing value systems that claim to give us meaning and purpose. He alone should be the source of our strength.This is important because many people - including those who claim to be Christians - have been getting their sense of value from other things. Many individuals seem to get caught up in knowledge, achievements, and personal connections. Their sense of stature is directly associated with how hard they've worked and what they've…
  • A Surprising Thing Happens When The Thorns Are Uprooted

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    After the fall of man, the earth became cursed. Creation came under assault and things went into disarray. The Lord declared the following: “The ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you” (Genesis 3:17-18a). Great difficulty began to unfold because of man's tragic choice. Storms, natural disasters, and the raging sea became a symbol of this unsettling chaos. The world began to convulse and enter into duress. Paul pointed out that, because of man, “creation was subjected to frustration”…
  • When Will We Experience The Glory Of God?

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What transpires as humanity moves toward the culmination of all things is astounding. Scripture reveals that more glory and wonder of the Lord will be manifest in the earth; culminating in a great awareness of His presence. The Bible reminds us that the great tragedy in the Garden of Eden was not just sin, but the fact that man had "fallen short of the glory” (Romans 3:23). Although many have "exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man” (Romans 1:22-23), this tragic estrangement was never God’s intention. From the ancient of days all the…
  • Have You Heard There's A Modern Miracle City? You'll Never Guess Why...

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    After the Fall, the earth was cursed and things fell into disarray. The land was truly under assault. “the ground is cursed because of you... It will grow thorns and thistles” (Genesis 3:17a,18a). Storms, natural disasters, and the raging sea becomes a symbol of this unsettling chaos. The whole world literally begins to convulse. As Paul declared, “Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice” (Romans 8:20). Sickness, poverty, and famine are also conditions of this terrible disintegration. God's good creation became horribly marred.Yet, the cosmos truly…
  • Are You One Of The Few Christians That Do This?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    "Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts" (1 Corinthians 14:1a). You probably already know this, but as passionate followers of Jesus, we're to actively pursue love. In fact, this is one of the foundational truths of Scripture. All Christians should desire to run after the Lord's heart.However, while pursuing love, it's important to not overlook spiritual gifts.The Bible has the audacity to tell us we should actually desire them in our lives.Desire in the original Greek meant: "To covet earnestly. To be zealous in the pursuit of good.To desire earnestly, pursue earnestly,…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Desmond Tutu: The Arch’s Prayer for Peace

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    “O God, all holy one, you are our Mother and our Father and we are your children. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may be able to discern your work in the universe. And be able to see Your features in every one of Your children. May we learn that there are [Read More...]
  • MLK’s Prayer (for Ferguson, for All of Us)

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    O God, make us willing to do your will, come what may. Increase the number of persons of good will and moral sensitivity. Give us renewed confidence in nonviolence and the way of love as taught by Christ. Amen. — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpted from Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open [Read More...]
  • Pray For Ferguson, Pray for Peace, Work for Justice

    Cathleen Falsani
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Words fail me upon hearing the news out of Ferguson, Mo., tonite. So I’ll share those from the late Irish poet and mystic, John O’Donohue, and an image from my friends at Sojourners. Beannacht (A Blessing) On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance [Read More...]
  • Band Aid 30 Years On: Feed, Feel, Heal the World

    Cathleen Falsani
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Do you remember where you were on Saturday, July 13, 1985? I do. On that day in the summer of my 15th year, I sat in my pajamas all day glued to the television in my parents’ living room in Connecticut, watching the Live Aid concerts broadcast live from London and Philadelphia, determined not to [Read More...]
  • PONTIFEXCELLENT: Patti Smith’s Punk Rock Reconciliation

    Cathleen Falsani
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    UPDATE: With thanks to my Patheos pal, Deacon Greg Kandra, who points out that Patti sang at the Vatican Christmas concert LAST YEAR as well. See her beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night” below, and click here for more details. The Holy See announced this week that The Godmother of Punk Rock — the inimitable [Read More...]
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 27 November 2014

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “The Reading of II Samuel Chapters 15-16 .” Read on 15 November 2014 10 AM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 26 November 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 176 times, 56 visits today)
  • Affirmative Action And Bell Curve Affirms Blacks Ghetto IQ

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am The Manning Report John from Philadelphia speaks about “The Bell Curve” book. (24 Nov. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 77 times, 6 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 26 November 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “Opening The Seal To The Kingdom Pt. 2 (B).” preached on 22 November 2014 12Noon by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 36 times, 4 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 25 November 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 454 times, 14 visits today)
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Man Hosting God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Picture this : Arms of a strong and rich man pick up a frail and dying baby from a ragged and old street. He brings the baby to his palatial home and feeds its hungry stomach. Day by day the child grows stronger and it is here that the little orphaned boy finds a name. He even inherits the rich man’s identity and possessions. Many decades later, this child now a successful entrepreneur, now wants to show his gratitude by taking care of the kind old man and buy him a new home. Can you imagine the journey of this little boy? This may be a relatively weak comparison but close enough for us…
  • Before You Try to Fix the Mess in Your Church – 7 Reflections

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The purpose of this blog is to empower God’s children to have a closer walk with God. To be able to do so we must also understand how God places His children on earth. Marriage and Church Firstly, God never liked the concept of man being alone. He wanted us to understand partnership and dependence on each other through marriage. Simply because together we are stronger. And so when God created Adam and Eve, He also had the church on His mind. So being without a church is not an option. See Apostle Paul’s writings in Ephesians 5:30, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…
  • Iraqi Christians Flee to Jordan; Persecutions in US, Nigeria, China; Christian Theme Park and Museum on Track

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, News Digest is back after a break for a month. While we have some encouraging news about Christians who had fled Mosul in Iraq, situation there is still grave. Amidst awe-inspiring news of standing of faith, Christians in that town had to go through a lot. Surely, their rewards in heaven will be great! While that is Iraq, it is quite disheartening to hear how pastors and Bible-believing Christians are having a tough time in the USA, a nation built under Christian principles. While some are facing jail sentences and fines for refusing to officiate gay marriages, others…
  • Latest Videos: Finding the Greater Reward

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
     Finding the Greater Reward Pursue the greater reward -Jesus [tweet this] Keep your eyes on Jesus, the blessing will follow you. [tweet this]   How to Hear God Clearly The man who learns to be at rest and not strive for things to happen is the man who has the greater revelation of Jesus. [ClickToTweet]   Why Does the Past Still Hurt God did not call you because you were better than you fathers, but He called because you were available. [tweet this] Disappointment, discouragements and offence come from us looking inwards, the more you make it about you the more  power you give them…
  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Last Friday was my last service as the youth Pastor, as I moved into the new phase (Read more about it here) I searched deep to see what I would share to my beloved group of young adults as my final words to them. Here are seven thoughts I shared with them: 1. GO! To recap the final words of Jesus. (Mark 16:15,16; Matthew 28:19) a) Go Ye into the World – this world is your world. The farthest you can reach. Till the last person in your college or office. To that person in the other end of the city. Go, don’t be held back. Go, to the farthest your feet can carry with the news that set…
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  • TB Joshua Bodies Delayed By Nigerian Authority

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
      According to a government official who did not want to be named, the delays have been caused by the political haggling between South Africa and Nigeria. The official said the Nigerian government has been refusing to have DNA analysis conducted in South Africa “even though they don’t have the expertise, facilities and skills”. Yet […]
  • TB Joshua Building Collapes – Over Eight Thousand Applied to Visit!

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s a known fact that Prophet TB Joshua is the most sought after by people all over the world visiting the Synagogue Church of all nation’s “SCOAN” All international airlines that has a direct flight to Lagos would attest to this as well as the Nigerian immigration and customs. It’s a known fact that Prophet […]
  • Why Joshua’s Church Collapse Convinced Me He Is A Genuine Man Of God

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    People repeatedly and usually sarcastically questioned on social media why Joshua had not ‘prophesied’ his own building collapse despite his famed divine insight to foresee events of international significance.

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today something incredibly revealing happened in the blogosphere. Something we would not have believed even if we were told. The vocal TBJ critic blog who assert themselves an authority in everything TB Joshua and SCOAN published an article on the SCOAN tragedy. In the article, they posted a photo of the collapsed building to undermine […]
  • Synagogue collapse Update: TB Joshua Faces Coroner

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Fireman “Expert” who testified in Court: Anyone with even the least understanding, looking at the way the SCOAN building collapse can tell that the collapse was near-symmetrical, quick and total. An indisputable fact is that no other theory would suffice to explain such a near-symmetrical, rapid and total collapse but that of carefully placed explosives […]
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  • 7 Prayer Strategies That Can Change Your Life In 2015

    Duke Taber
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    7 Prayer Strategies For 2015 Many people treat prayer as some type of ritual they must engage in to get God to do something for them.They want to follow step one, step two, and step three and then bang, they are done and God is on the hook to move on their behalf.Unfortunately prayer doesn’t work that way.Prayer is communication with God and as such, it doesn’t have a formula.So this is not a list of things to do per se, but instead is a list of strategies that if you will apply those strategies, it will transform your life and you will see God move in ways you haven’t seen…
  • 9 Quirky Habits Charismatic And Pentecostal Christians Should Break

    Duke Taber
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Time To Grow Up I have been a Spirit filled Christian for 34 years now. Over the years I have seen different practices that in all honesty are a little quirky. I know that some of these practices started in the infancy of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements and that they might have taken hold just because people didn’t work through their implications due to their immaturity. However I think it might be time that we grow up a little and think through these things and lay them aside for the greater good of people and the gospel. Here are 9 of them that we should really examine a little…
  • Why Every Christian Should Dance Before The Lord At Least Once!

    Duke Taber
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    5 Reason Christians Should Dance Before The Lord The first time I heard a message in the church about dancing was in a Baptist church. The Pastor was explaining that we should not dance because dancing leads to sex. Seeing how I am a little of a smart alek, I turned to my wife and suggested that we go dancing after church.Later in my Christian life, I encountered where Pentecostals would have an experience that they called dancing in the Spirit. Basically they would let out a shout, and start to do what can only be described as a frenzied jig.Dancing has been stigmatized in the church as…
  • 10 Myths About Pentecostal And Charismatic Christians

    Duke Taber
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    10 Myths About Spirit Filled Living And Spirit Filled Believers. Ihave been a Spirit filled Christian for over 34 years. During that time I have heard almost every argument imaginable against the Spirit filled lifestyle. When I started this website I made the choice to make it unashamedly focused on the Spirit filled lifestyle. So, I thought this would be a good time to list for you some of the myths that people believe concerning Spirit filled living.
  • Living In The Power Of The Spirit

    Duke Taber
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    My Experience With Supernatural Christian Living Recently I had a discussion with someone from a church that has made it a doctrine that certain practices and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are meant to be kept in special believers meetings. I understand why they came up with this doctrine but for the life of me cannot understand how they biblically justify it. It takes a major twisting of 1 Corinthians 14 to even come to a shred of justification for this belief.I do understand why they do it. A couple of weeks after I gave my life to Jesus, I had an experience with the Holy Spirit, that…
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  • Article and video: Mozart’s Masonic Magic Flute

    Ken Ammi
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Find the article here: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Freemason Magic Flute Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stated It is enough that the crowd would find pleasure in seeing the spectacle; at the same time, its high significance will not escape the initiates. Kenneth Mackenzie's The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia on the term "Baphomet": More cannot be said here without improperly revealing what we are bound to hele, conceal, and never reveal. Find the Cylopaedia here.
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 7

    Ken Ammi
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Find the article here: Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 7 “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD “Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow&rdquo...
  • VIDEO: Likenesses between Atheists and Homosexuals

    Ken Ammi
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Abortion’s Arguments terms “Right to Choose” “Pro-Choice” “Planned Parenthood”

    Ken Ammi
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Find the article here: Abortion’s Arguments terms “Right to Choose” “Pro-Choice” “Planned Parenthood” For the sake of full disclosure, you should know that this author is 100% Pro-Choice.Indeed, this is because every woman on Earth has the right to choose.That is correct, they have the right to choose whether or...

    Ken Ammi
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Assumptions about eye evolution

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is interesting about the claim that the eye has evolved some 40 independent times is that the “evidence” is examples of such eyes that are fully functional. The “evidence” is not that they are changing...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 10

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD “Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow&rdquo...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: on abortion and ensoulment

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    On a spiritual or theological level discussions of the issue of abortion lead to the issue of ensoulment: when does the soul enter the body? So, when does ensoulment take place? Let us offer a personal opinion as...
  • Newly found “Lost Gospel” by Barrie Wilson and Simcha Jacobovici

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    A new book by Barrie Wilson and Simcha Jacobovici, “based on an ancient manuscript claims Jesus Christ was not crucified. Instead, he married Mary Magdalene, and the couple had two children. Entitled ‘The Lost Gospel,’ the book...
  • The Qur'an/Koran on “true” Christians pre-Muhammad

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Herein we continue, from part 1, gleaning from Dr. William Campbell’s book The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of history and science and will conclude that, ironically, if we trust the Qur'an...
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  • Photographs: Quinton playing at the playground

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
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  • The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    First, there were ‘The Nones,’1 Now, there are ‘The Dones.’ Thom Schultz provides the following definition of ‘The Dones’: The Dones are fatigued with the Sunday routine of plop, pray and pay. They want to play. They want to participate. But they feel spurned at every turn. Will the Dones return? Not likely, according to the research. […] The post The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’ appeared first on
  • Health and vitality in ministry

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Another John Wesley quote. This one comes from a meeting he had with some of the Preachers of early Methodism. The conversation was about the ideal length of time to minister in one place. Wesley writes, In the evening I talked largely with the Preachers, and showed them the hurt it did both to them […] The post Health and vitality in ministry appeared first on
  • Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’ve been vegetarian pescetarian since April 2013. The reasons for our diet are many. None of which are ethical or moral, although Crystal and I both now understand the ethical and moral arguments against our previously carnivorous diet. It seems that many people think I/we only eat salads and, otherwise, boring food. Most of the […] The post Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots appeared first on
  • Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Writing of yet another sermon he sat through, Wesley notes: The sermon was very sensible; but having no application, was no way likely to awaken drowsy hearers.1   John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley: Volume 4, 3rd edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 272. ↩ The post Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley appeared first on
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • Dracula Untold: making vampires into heroes and Muslims into devils (Was Vlad the Impaler a Christian?)

    Derek Murphy
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I’ve been excited about the 2014 retelling of the Dracula mythos for quite some time. A Faust-based narration, casting Vlad the Impaler as a suffering hero who made a deal with the Devil to save his people? Sign me up! What I wasn’t prepared for was the sermonizing, heavy-handed Christian morality, and cliché, card board cutout representations of good and evil. Let’s start with the basics. Vlad the Impaler, Vlad III, was a Prince of Wallachia  – Transylvania – who lived in the 15th century. He was sent to live with the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. He was…
  • Crossbones TV Series: Pirates and the Devil Continued

    Derek Murphy
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:53 pm
    In the PhD Thesis I’ll finish one day, I make the connection between the rise of pirates, libertarianism and democracy with sacrilege and devil worship – not “real” devil worship of course, simply people who openly rebelled against the idea of God and aligned themselves openly with the politics of Satan. So I’ve been pleased to watch the sudden increase in pirate fascination… which I thought was running dry after the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but keeps popping up in new TV series like Black Sails. Tonight I’m watching Episode One of Crossbones,…
  • Dominion TV Series: The AntiChrist is the Hero in the War on Heaven

    Derek Murphy
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    25 years ago, God disappeared. Some angels blamed humans, and led by Gabriel, they waged a war against the humans. Other, higher angels, led by Michael, decided to protect the humans. A child is born, with markings on his body, who will grow up to become the savior of the human race and lead mankind out of darkness. Followers of the faith “continue to believe that the chosen one, our savior will reveal himself to us.” The main character, Alex, is a rebel (secretly in a relationship with the leader’s daughter). Michael and the leadership are authoritarian.
  • 8 more shocking things you didn’t know about the Biblical Noah’s Ark story (that the movie totally got wrong)

    Derek Murphy
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I was less than impressed with the 2014 remake of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark, featuring Russell Crowe. While some of the thematic and symbolistic changes they made were interesting (I’ll discuss those below), the controversy itself offers much for discussion. People are angry because it “wasn’t true to the Bible.” But the truth is most Christians don’t realize the version they learned in Sunday School isn’t in the Bible either – the stuff that’s actually in the real, Bible story is more surprising than anything that happened in the…
  • St. Valentine is a lie – and why that means you should question everything.

    Derek Murphy
    14 Feb 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s Valentine’s Day again, which means we’ll all be buying cards, chocolates and flowers for our significant other (or ridiculing the holiday for its commercial vapidness). Since Valentine’s Day is one of the major holidays of the western world, you’ve probably heard the history: We celebrate Valentine’s day in honor of St. Valentinus, who was martyred a long time ago around February 14th – the “romance” part is because he continued to marry soldiers during wartime; the crime that led to his death. Except until the 18th Century, the…
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    Set Apart People

  • Speak truth to yourself

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      Depression and anxiety are part of many peoples lives. It may be hidden behind a smile, anger or even behind a facade of perfectionism, but it is there. Even if you don’t experience it yourself, you may know somebody who does. There are many reasons for this, for each person it is different. We live in a broken world full of broken relationships and hardship and we often are so entangled in this that we fail to see the beauty that still exists around us. Coming to know the truth is one such reason to feel “what is the use of all this, why bother. ” It can all seem so…
  • Finding meaning

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finding meaning, is probably one of the most sought after objectives in life. Many books have been written about this subject, yet it remains unreachable to most and the question is often asked why this is. The reason may be that we seek for answers in the wrong place. We often search for meaning by worldly means instead of seeking the true Source of meaning. We have learned in a previous article ” To have hope…” that meaning and hope are connected. Without meaning or purpose, we can’t have hope as it is our purpose that fuels our hope. You have probably, like me,…
  • Discipleship

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Introduction We have often mentioned that we do certain things because we are followers or disciples of Y’Shua.  We also hear people using these terms often in religious conversations.  But what does it mean to be a disciple? What makes a disciple different from a student, apostle, follower or fan? If we claim that we want to be disciples of Y’Shua, what are the implications for us? Several people asked Y’Shua this question and He provided some really interesting answers.  Y’Shua also made clear what the potential results will be if we do decide to become His…
  • To have hope…

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      Hope is one of the finest responses of which the human spirit is capable. It has kept people alive and buoyant when the conditions of life were almost unbearable. Men of letters have saluted it with language that has become axiomatic, such as “hope springs eternal in the human heart” and “where there is life there is hope.” Scripture speaks similarly: “Anyone who is among the living has hope” (Eccl. 9:4, NIV).2 Hopelessness on the other hand is defined as despair or desperation, having no expectation of good, incapable of improvement or not susceptible to remedy.3 We all…
  • To bring honor to our Father’s Name

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
      What is in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?7 Names are important, we each have one or more and it is part of who we are. In ancient times, names were even more important. Our Heavenly Father has a name too. His name is not God, the word god is a title, not a name. There is much debate about how to pronounce the name of our Heavenly Father. This article is NOT about this topic. Instead, we will look at what it means to bring honor to our Father’s name as opposed to how His name can be profaned. We shall first look at the third commandment because this relates…
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    The Psalter -

  • The Bible: The Most Edited Book in History

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

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2013 | 10:01 am
    President Obama at the Carrier Classic Aboard the USS Carl Vinson       In the USA, Congress is locked in an Orwellian battle over whether to raise the debt ceiling to pay the country’s bills for money already spent, and that means high political drama--and nothing is more dramatic than political smears. America has a long tradition of fabricating false narratives to malign reputations. President Obama is a Kenyan, socialist, communist, and a Nazi. His birth certificate is a forgery, and the worst of all political sins: he’s un-American. Swiftboaters crafted…
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    Believers Portal

  • Christians Oppose Government On Sale of Churches

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Hundreds of Christian women and men in North Khartoum, Sudan formed a human barricade to prevent further demolition of churches by the country’s government. According to sources, the Christians in North Khartoum formed the human barrier to stop further demolition after a bulldozer accompanied by security personnel and police knocked down a wall of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church’s (SPEC) Khartoum,  Bahri Evangelical Church and some houses on Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18. One of the bulldozed houses belonged to the Nile Theological College, rented by a…
  • ISIS Destroys Oldest and Historic Church In Mosul

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    An empty house of a Christian family in Mosul with Arabic writing that reads, “Long live the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Muslims are happy with the return of Mujahideen. God is Greater” Islamic State militants have blown up one of the oldest churches in the city of Mosul, according to Kurdish media sources. St George’s church was built in the late 17th century, though rebuilt in 1931. According to the Rudaw news service, cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) rose from many mosques in the city as Islamist militants blew up the church. Since its takeover…
  • Woman Bishop Now Allowed At Church of England

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    The Church of England has approved an amendment allowing women to be appointed as bishops. After the vote, the Archbishop of Canterbury praised the historic decision and warned his coreligionists against the ‘imminent danger’ of schism.MOSCOW, November 17 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova – The Church of England has formally approved an amendment allowing women to become bishops; the first female bishops will be ordained next year. “The first women could be appointed before Christmas and arrangements are in place to fast-track anyone eligible into the House of Lords. By Easter, at the…
  • Pastor David Ibiyeomie And The Humble Beginning

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie is widely known as the Apostle of Prosperity and good health. He runs a N10 billion ministry with over 30 branches. He is arguably the biggest and richest pastor from the south-south part of the country. Just as every great empire today had a little beginning so also Salvation Ministries (Home of Success) had a little beginning. Pastor David Ibiyeomie, having completed his bible school training at Bishop Oyedepo’s Word of Faith Bible Institute, started a house fellowship with his family at 1689B, Buraimo Kenku Street, Victoria…
  • Quotes From Dr. Myles Munroe Speech

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish. Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it” “Anyone who develops his gifts and talents will become a commodity” “You are meant to be going somewhere, to be headed to a destination. The poorest person in the world is a person without a dream” You are designed by God not to blend in, but to stand out” “If you have hope for the future you have true riches; no matter how much you have in your account” “Hard work and diligence are essential to success, but they require an internal…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-049 Welcome to Secular Advent!

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses Secular Advent. For those of you who are not familiar with the holiday season, it began several years ago and has grown into the biggest secular holiday of the year. But, it’s not OUR Advent! Scripture: And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for … Read More →
  • Persistence in Prayer

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me … Read More →
  • FGG-048 Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    When we think of beautiful people we generally think of physical beauty, a beautiful young girl, a smiling baby, a handsome athletic man.  Beauty, as defined by Hollywood, the cosmetics companies, and clothing lines, are now the norm.  Their image is what most people describe as beautiful. In this podcast, Tony talks about real beauty … Read More →
  • Who are You?

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. –1 Peter 2:9 Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Who am I?” What are the things that most … Read More →
  • FGG-047 A Life of No Regrets

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    A palliative nurse wrote an article a few years back about the research she had done with the elderly.  The article talked about the five regrets of the dying.  In this podcast, Tony’s explains how we can all have a life of no regrets. Scripture: It is not that I have already taken hold of … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • When Others Cause you to Suffer…

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Have someone in your life who causes you to suffer that you feel no love for, yet you help them anyway? This wonderful passage from the Diary of St. Faustina is for you. Thanks to FlockNote’s free Divine Mercy Daily for sharing this morning:   During Holy Mass, I saw Jesus stretched out on the […] The post When Others Cause you to Suffer… appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Litany of Humility – A Good Remedy to Pride

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    I love this litany and need to pray it more often. Thanks to Mary’s Moms for sharing this yesterday. Litany of Humility O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed,  Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being loved,  Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being extolled,  Deliver me, […] The post Litany of Humility – A Good Remedy to Pride appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Christmas Gift Alert: Book Offers Daily Reflections on the Saints

    8 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Yikes! Christmas is seven weeks away! I was abruptly reminded that the holidays are on their way as my family and I made our very first Advent Wreath with other families at our parish over the weekend. We have a few weeks until Advent begins, but we all know how fast that time flies this […] The post Christmas Gift Alert: Book Offers Daily Reflections on the Saints appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Do you Really Know Mary? Win a Copy of Meet Your Mother

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    If you are new to the Catholic church or considering joining, Mary is definitely going to be a topic that will come up again and again. Catholics’ reverence of Mary differs greatly from Protestants, and so for many, it’s a long process of understanding why this is so. While this was never an issue for me […] The post Do you Really Know Mary? Win a Copy of Meet Your Mother appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Resource for New Catholics: Waking up Catholic by Chad Torgerson

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    When I decided to become Catholic, I was ravenous for information about the Church! Sad to say, I had a fairly hard time finding something that was simple enough, without jargon, wasn’t written in 1960 and clearly explained the basics of the Catholic faith. I finally stumbled upon The Catholicism Answer Book: The 300 Most Frequently […] The post A Resource for New Catholics: Waking up Catholic by Chad Torgerson appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Happy Thanksgiving… unless you are a Turkey, Then It’s Just Thanks… and Yum.

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Wisdom, Folly & “Blaming the Victim”

    Andrew Sargent
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently saw a picture of young woman from India holding up a sign that read “Don’t ask your daughters not to go out, Ask your SONS to BEHAVE.” (sic) I am well aware of the plight of women in the cultures of India. I have been traveling there regularly since 2008 when I first began to establish Koinonia School of Ministry as a fully accredited Bible College. I’ve seen the squalor, vicariously chaffed at the forced social restraints on women, grieved over the widespread ignorance, wept over the plight of so many neglected and abused children, and received reports about specific acts…
  • Support the Cashman’s New Album

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hello friends, We are raising awareness of our new music project! We have a great opportunity to record a new album of our original songs, in Nashville. This project will not be our first, but it will be our first project solely co-written and performed as a husband and wife team… so we are very excited! We need financial support for this endeavor, recording studios are expensive, and so every little bit helps! If you are interested in donating a love gift of any size towards the making of this project, you can do so safely and easily by clicking the link below:…
  • King of Glory by Britney Cashman

    Andrew Sargent
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am excited to introduce a singer with whom I’ve been traveling around of late. Britney Cashman and her husband Jonathan have been touring the New England area promoting our new book, 40 Days with the Savior, showcasing their own music, especially the musical SAVIOR which inspired the devotional, and trying to raise funds for their new album. This song is from Britney’s worship album, Great Reward, from which this wonderful video above is drawn. I hope you love it. She graciously shared her thoughts with me about this song below. Share this with as many of your friends as you…
  • Using Scripture Like Satan: The Word Faith Heresy vs. Jesus

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have of late, been addressing the popularity of Word Faith teachers whose central focus in ministry (other than collecting your offerings) is to tell you that God has promised you a rose garden of a life and that if you are not living a life of perfect health and abundant wealth then it is all your fault… if you had faith all this would be yours. It is an amazingly ear tickling message while simultaneously being a back door… sometimes front door… condemnation of the suffering. It is an encouragement to hubris (thinking one always knows the complete mind of God) and foolishness…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Less is More

    Fr. Peter
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    For the last few weeks I have been participating in the 40 Days of Pastoral Blogging exercise established by my friend Fr. John Peck.  He has been giving us ideas on what to blog about but this is the first topic that I am using and I think it is a good one following on Thanksgiving. Today is Black Friday, a day that many Americans will head to the malls and other places to buy worthless items that they believe will show their loved one just how much they are loved.  They will camp out, stand in line, push, shove, and call people names and a whole variety of things we see on the news.  In…
  • Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2014

    Fr. Peter
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    THANKSGIVING DAY, 2014 - – – – – – - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish.  As we gather with family and friends to take part in this uniquely American celebration, we give thanks for the extraordinary opportunities we have in a Nation of limitless possibilities, and we pay tribute to all those who defend our Union as members of our Armed Forces.  This holiday reminds us to show compassion and concern for people we have never met and deep…
  • Violence in America

    Fr. Peter
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    I have not watched much of the coverage of the violence in Ferguson Missouri and other cities around the country.  On Tuesday I waited for the announcement of the Grand Juries decision, and no I don’t believe there was some conspiracy to the time it was announced.  I was not on the street on the night the events took place nor was I in the room with jurors who made the decision.  I do not understand all of the legal stuff nor do I want too, so I really do not have an opinion on the decision itself.  However, regardless of what side of the decision you are on violence is never the answer…
  • The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Fr. Peter
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    June 20, 1676 “The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the…
  • 1783 Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Fr. Peter
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By His EXCELLENCY John Hancock, Esq. GOVERNOR of the COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts. A PROCLAMATION, For a Day of Public Thanksgiving. In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us no only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose: I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and by the advice and consent of the Council, do hereby accordingly…
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • L. Ron Hubbard Quotes and Desktop Backgrounds

    Alex Rodriguez
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Here is a large collection of L. Ron Hubbard’s quotes (LRH Quotes), provided by the generous New Era Publications. Please comment below if you like them or find them inspirational. “Your potentialities are a great deal better than anyone ever permitted you to believe.” —L. Ron Hubbard, Self Analysis Download: Wide Screen | Normal Screen | Smart Phone “The highest purpose in this universe is the creation of an effect.” —L. Ron Hubbard Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought Download: Wide Screen | Normal Screen | Smart Phone “Any information is valuable to…
  • Atheist Interview of a Scientologist

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

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

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

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

  • No Other Help I Know (Verneda Lights)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    “No Other Help I Know,”* written by Charles Wesley, is a song often heard in African-American churches. It was my father’s favorite hymn. As a matter of fact, it was the only hymn I ever heard him quote. I can see and hear him now, lifting his hands in moments of deep distress that required prayer, saying: “Father, I stretch my hands to Thee, No other help I know.” These words are among the first that come to mind as I ponder the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, died at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.  We can…
  • Do You Fear Betrayal? (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
  • Who Do You Welcome? (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and reap its economic benefits. But racism…
  • The Word for Today is #One (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
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    Happy Eid Mubarak SMS, Messages, Greeting Cards

  • Discounts on HostGator Black Friday Sale 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    HostGator, one of the leading and best web hosting services provider, is offering huge discounts to their customers during the Black Friday sale 2014.Users can get discounts from 25% to 80% if they purchase hosting during the Black Friday sale 2014. There are also 1 hour flash sales (for both domains and hosting) where you can 75% discounts.For first time customers, let me tell you that, Hostgator is the best hosting provider with excellent customer support, high reliability and uptime. There are over 900000 website hosted on HostgatorBlack Friday Web hosting dealsHosting deals - Fast Web…
  • EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi 2014: Best 10

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

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

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

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

    Steve Simons
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    God is not interested in belittling you.  God is not interested in you belittling yourself. Everything — EVERYTHING that God has in store for you is good. Every plan that God has for you is a blessing.  Every thought that God has for you is refulgent with prosperity.  Every promise that God has spoken over your life is abundant in joy, peace, health, fulfillment, success, accomplishment, intimacy, well being, and love. Do you pray in full acknowledgement of this fact?  Or are you coming before God like you expect Him to ignore, deny, and dismiss you? Do you respect and accept what…
  • Do You Believe In Grace?

    Steve Simons
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Do you believe in grace? When you ask yourself what you need in order to be successful in life, what do you believe the answer is?  When you consider the pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, peace, and joy, what do you identify as the root cause?  When you are in the fight of your life for health, healing, restoration, conflict resolution, accomplishment, influence, leadership, or overcoming obstacles in whatever form they arise, where do you look for the answer, the strength, the solution, and the life that will get you there? Do you believe in grace? Why do some situations go in your favor?
  • Change Your Culture

    Steve Simons
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Have you ever noticed that Jesus was just as comfortable touching lepers, healing the blind, and raising the dead as He was partying with tax collectors, discussing the finer points of the law with the rulers of the synagogue, connecting with people of other ethnicities and religions, and meeting with the wealthiest and most powerful people of His time? Jesus had incredible range. Whether you have high quality problems like stressing out over which private school to send your child to in order to make them the most competitive in applying to Harvard, or you have lower quality problems like…
  • God Is Not Afraid

    Steve Simons
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sin doesn’t scare God.  Your mistakes don’t cause God to doubt His purpose in you. God isn’t questioning His choice to create you. God is not afraid. How many times have you been told to be afraid by another believer?  How many people are worried about the decisions you have made?  How many people have warned you to try to avoid every mistake?  How many times have you felt guilt, shame, doubt, and fear because of what you believed about God, or maybe because of what you believed about yourself? God is not afraid. “Well, if God knew what I know about me, He…
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  • Shamanic Physics

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    A two-part, Thinking Allowed “InnerWork” video. Shamans see the world as made up of vibrations, using resonance between individuals to effect healing. In Part One of this two-part series, Fred Alan Wolf discusses his efforts to explain shamanic realities in terms of modern physics. He suggests that shamans interact with parallel universes and are able to enter into the world of the dead. In Part Two, Wolf describes … Read More →
  • WE Rise

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    WE Rise WE is the field WE is where WE reveal WE is the field WE is where WE reveal WE rise and WE enter a world that is already made WE illuminate turn the night into day WE feel the future state and it’s great! Oh my my it was such a big change I was about to jump … Read More →
  • The Last Generation

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    The Solution Throughout time and throughout the world, wise men have failed to come up with a solution that would be accepted by all. I offer a genuine solution that is both acceptable and unites them all. The New Society The acceptance of the religion of “love thy neighbor as thyself”, as simple as that, (meaning the religion is “love thy neighbor as thyself”!). A just distribution of the profits, … Read More →
  • Everybody is God

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    A Kabbalistic insight into who God is, where God is, and what God has to do with you Everybody talks about God these days. Intelligent Design, New Atheists, Darwinists, everyone seems to have an opinion about God. But when we talk about God, do we really know who, or what we are talking about? And if we do, does that mean that our opposers do not know what they are … Read More →
  • Love Your Neighbor As Yourself – The Ultimate Reward!

    27 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    This rule, familiar to all, includes the corrections of all of man’s desires (heart) and thoughts (mind). And on the contrary, only by correcting all of his desires and thoughts does man attain the quality of love for people, for all of mankind, and nature. Every person’s love for the neighbor is very weak and is therefore not expressed explicitly. Thus, if several people unite together into a group and … Read More →
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