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  • 9 things you need to know about Good Friday

    The Daily Register
    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    By Jimmy Akin | Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to...
  • Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand. As Exhibit 653, I give you Jerry Coyne's latest diatribe in The New Republic, which amounts to a little more than an inadvertent confession that he's incapable of following a philosophical argument.
  • Polish artists to be sued over depicting Pope John Paul II being breastfed

    Christian Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    A Polish art collective that depicted Pope John Paul II being breastfed by a man is to be sued.
  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt…
  • Jesus Is Your Best Friend

    E-graphX Renaissance Blog
    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
      Image courtesy of LTDesigns / Pixabay Just as there are weeds that masquerade as flowers, there are enemies that position themselves as your friends. Real friends love you. They will lay down their lives for you. One way they lay down their lives for you is when they watch their words and consider the safety of your heart and the good of your mind in their actions. Real friends will also give up their breath-of-life for you. Jesus is a real friend. The name for today is #Jesus: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives…
 
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  • Self-love is God's love

    jperry
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Self-love could really be called Soul-love. The foundation of it being God’s love. When I realized that it really all was between me and God, life shifted.Rise above the mind and live in your Spirit place, realizing there is no place within yourself that you need to vilify, nor anyone outside of yourself you need to knock down spiritually in order to raise yourself higher. Wars have been fought in the world and in our minds, when really if we can just know God for ourselves, we love. We love ourselves in the process and that love overflows. We realize loving others is allowing God’s love…
  • Transcendence

    Nell Minow
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Think of it as "Her 2: The Revenge of Him." Or Samantha infected by Heartbleed.Just as in last holiday season's Her, "Transcendence" is the story of an artificial intelligence contained in a computer program that becomes or is seen as human consciousness.  Instead of the warm, affectionate voice and bubbly laughter of Scarlett Johansson, we get the portentous monotone of Johnny Depp, as a scientist murdered by anti-technology activists, whose mind and memories and personality are uploaded to a mainframe before he dies.  Apparently he has time to read the Oxford English…
  • Bears

    Nell Minow
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Copyright Disney Nature 2014This year's Disney Nature release for Earth Day is "Bears," the story of an Alaskan bear named Sky and her twin cubs, Scout and Amber, their trek from the den where they've hibernated all winter to a place where they can find enough food to sustain themselves through the summer and the next year's hibernation.  John C. Reilly is the genial narrator in a highly relatable story that has adventure, humor, peril, discovery, and some very powerful maternal love.  There's a reason that we call our toughest human mothers mama bears.As in the previous entries…
  • Valerie Harper on her health, her thoughts on faith and her role on Hallmark Channel's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"

    John W. Kennedy
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.Taking life one day at a time. Valerie Harper guest stars on the first two episodes of Signed, Sealed, Delivered, the humorous drama series debuting on Hallmark Channel this Sunday night (4/20) at 8:00 PM (ET). The show, created by Martha Williamson (Touched by an Angel) follows a team of postal investigators (led by Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty) as they work to unite lost letters with their rightful recipients. Valerie plays a colorful post office supervisor with a surprising personal story that helps sets the tone for…
  • Our Teens And Peer Pressure

    srballantine
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Peer pressure is something all of our children have the potential to be influenced by. This can be particularly true once they reach their teens. As parents, we hope our kids won’t succumb to pressures to be or do things that don’t serve them, but the reality is that teens want to fit in with their social group. And this can mean being faced with choices that may be hard to resist.One of the phrases I heard often from my three kids as they were growing up was, “All the kids do it Mom.” “It,” referring to many different scenarios and activities. I’m sure I wasn’t privy to all…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • ‘When Creation Confessed Its Creator’

    Stephen Beale
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Something had gone terribly wrong. God was the Creator. He had weighed out the winds (Job 28). He had measured out the earth, shut the sea within its limits, and clothed it with clouds (Job 38). He had pitched a tent for the sun (Psalm 19), set in place the moon and stars (Psalm 8), […]
  • Reading the Bible in the Dark

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    April 20, 2014 Easter Vigil Seven OT Readings: Gen 1:1—2:2; Gen 22:1-18; Exod 14:15—15:1; Isa 54:5-14; Isa 55:1-11; Bar 3:9-15, 3:32—4:4; Ezek 36:16-17a, 18-28. When my friend went to the Easter Vigil for the first time and started hearing the many readings, he thought for a moment that they were going to read the whole […]
  • Scripture Speaks: Make Way for Christ

    Gayle Somers
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Today’s Gospel describes an absence that confounds the disciples, preparing them for the Presence their hearts desire. Gospel (Read Jn 20:1-9) On Palm Sunday, the narrative of our Lord’s Passion ended with these words:  “So they [the chief priests and Pharisees] went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting […]
  • Good Friday

    Michael Lichens
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Paschal Mystery, the story of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord, is the ultimate victorious love story rather than a tragedy and defeat. God is totally and unconditionally in love with us and wants all of us to share in His divine life. That’s why Jesus, the Son of God, became man […]
  • 17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm

    Michael Lichens
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    He alone was ‘free among the dead.’ He alone had power to lay down his life and power to take it up again, and for us he became to thee both Victor and Victim; and Victor because he was the Victim. For us, he was to thee both Priest and Sacrifice, and Priest because he was […]
 
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    About.com Catholicism

  • Lent Recipes: Greek Food

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    With Good Friday, the final day of required fasting and abstinence in Lent, upon us, why not check out some Lenten recipes from Greece? Like all Eastern Orthodox, Greek Orthodox hold to a stricter regimen of fasting and abstinence than do Catholics--Western Catholics, at least. In recent years, many Eastern Rite Catholics have revived the traditional Eastern Lenten fast, which includes abstaining from all meat, dairy, and eggs for all of Lent. Nancy Gaifyllia, the former Guide to About Greek Food, put together an impressive collection of Greek Orthodox fasting recipes, including appetizers,…
  • Lent Recipes: Lenten Recipes for Busy Families

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    During Holy Week, Catholic families often find themselves with very little time to think about the dinners they must prepare. Especially once we enter the Easter Triduum, church services take precedence. The Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday is usually right around dinner time; traditionally, the Good Friday service takes place at 3 P.M., so there's not much time to prepare a meal after it has finished. And those who keep the traditional fast (including abstinence) on Holy Saturday will want something easy to prepare for supper, before the Easter Vigil starts. But don't despair: In…
  • Novena of the Week: The Divine Mercy Novena

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    During Holy Week, there is really only one choice for the Novena of the Week: the Divine Mercy novena. The Divine Mercy novena began as a private devotion which Our Lord revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Our Lord asked Saint Faustina to recite the novena starting on Good Friday and ending on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). The words of the prayers were dictated by Christ Himself to Saint Faustina, and Saint Faustina recorded in her diary Our Lord's instructions for each day's prayer. To make it easier to pray the Divine Mercy…
  • Thought of the Day: How Christ Redeems Us

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Church teaches that we must believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved, but many people have a hard time understanding why Christ's saving act does not automatically apply to all, whether they believe in Him or not. As we prepare to enter the Easter Triduum, in which we commemorate Christ's Passion, we can perhaps better understand the Church's teaching if we look at how Christ redeems us, as explained by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologiae (Part 3, Question 48, Article 4): The Passion of Christ is the cause of the forgiveness of sins because it is an act of redemption. Since…
  • The Final Week of Lent: Holy Week

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lent is finally coming to an end, and we begin Holy Week with the triumphal procession of Palm Sunday, when Christ entered Jerusalem and the people laid palms on the road before Him. Five days later, on Good Friday, some of those same people were likely among those who cried, "Crucify Him!" We can learn a lot from their behavior. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak," and even as Lent draws to a close, we realize that, like those who called for Christ's Crucifixion, we all too often slip and fall into sin. During these last days, especially during the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday,…
 
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  • Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

    philcooke
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing […]
  • Why Your Boss Is The Key To Your Future

    philcooke
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    At some point or another, everyone has boss problems. I’ve worked for bosses who were the owner’s son or daughter, and were completely incompetent. There are fine leaders out there who are second generation, but in my career, I’ve worked for some real losers. I’ve had other bosses that were insecure, others who were egomaniacs, […]
  • The Future Of The Church

    philcooke
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Recently, Steven Siwek and the team from Glory Unlimited did an interview with me on media, culture, and the future of the Church.   I’d love to know what you think:
  • An Open Letter To An Actress Who Wants To Be Famous

    philcooke
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Recently, Dr. Larry Poland, founder of Mastermedia International received a letter from a very sincere sixteen-year old who obviously is serious about her Christian faith and said she aspires to use her singing talent for God.  In her letter she wanted Larry’s advice about coming to Hollywood to become a “famous Christian singer.”  After about […]
  • Porn’s Frightening Impact on the Media Industry

    philcooke
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A recent story in the Los Angeles Times continues to track the impact of the pornography industry on emerging technology. I’ve written before on the history of the battle between industry giants VHS and Betamax, back in the early days of home video. Back then, when home video was new, someone could purchase an X-rated video on the phone, and have it mailed to his doorstep in a plain, brown wrapper. For the first time, you could purchase sexually explicit videos without being seen publicly, and the industry literally exploded overnight.
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • Bible Literacy Project Congratulates the Students in the Ivy League Spoken Word Competition

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Contact: Deborah Hicks, Bible Literacy Project, 866-633-0585 NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Congratulations to Ivy League students participating in the Spoken Word 2014 competition last Saturday night which Dartmouth won, Cornell was second and Columbia was third. Students from seven of the eight Ivy League colleges presented at the Scholastic Auditorium in New York in the competition. The Dartmouth presentation based on scriptures from Ecclesiastes and the New Testament, w Source: Bible Literacy Project
  • Correcting the Record About Measure 1

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Contact: Janne Myrdal, 701-331-0946 BISMARCK, N.D., April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Claim: Following the ruling of a federal judge yesterday in North Dakota, several media outlets erroneously reported that Measure 1 on the ballot this November is a proposal that "would give personhood rights to embryos," would effectively "ban abortion" and would "define life at conception."Fact: Measure 1, the Human Life Amendment, does not define when life begins, does Source: Mission Public Affairs LLC
  • IRD: Christ's Resurrection Power Yet Prevails

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    "Easter reminds us that Christ rose and reigns, bringing abundant and eternal life, which is good news for all." -- Mark Tooley, IRD President Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, jwalton@TheIRD.org WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians celebrate Easter this year on Sunday April 20th. The central holiday of the faith, Easter extols Christ's bodily resurrection from the dead. IRD President Mark Tooley comm Source: Institute on Religion & Democracy
  • Richard Cash a Viable Challenger to Lindsey Graham

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Cash on Hand, Grassroots Efforts, Congressional Run Support US Senate Candidate Richard Cash's Electability Contact: Alex Hooper, 864-608-8529 ext. 825, info@richardcashforsenate.com GREENVILLE, S.C., April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ Amidst a crowded field of challengers, The State newspaper reported that Richard Cash leads all challengers to incumbent Lindsey Graham in cash on hand. As of March 31, 2014, Cash reported $464,056 on hand, followed by Det Bowers ($384,248), Bill Connor Source: Richard Cash for Senate
  • Cartoon Musical Inspires Kids to Care for Creation this Earth Day, 4/22/14

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Contact: Amy Thomases, 917-796-3589, amythomases (at) gmail.com VENICE, Az., April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "It is never too late. God's world has incredible healing powers; and human choices can change the tide in global warming. Within a single generation, we could steer earth toward our children's future. With God's blessing and help, that generation can begin now." -- His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople From the Orthodox church and Chris Source: Hippo Works
 
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • Toxic Charity

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Frederica discusses the book Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton, published by HarperOne.
  • Gender

    19 Mar 2014 | 9:48 am
    Frederica discusses the term "gender."
  • Ultrasounds and Angels

    5 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Frederica compares seeing a baby via sonogram to angels seeing us from heaven.
  • Women and Clothing

    19 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    Frederica argues that both men and women have a responsibility when it comes to impure thoughts in the male mind.
  • Chores

    5 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    Frederica discusses a way she found of managing chores when her children were adolescents.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Antisemitic flier 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

    Alec Luhn in Donetsk
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    City's chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish communityThe barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protesters who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was ironic when an antisemitic flier appeared on Wednesday ordering Jews to register with…
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: 'Was that you, God?'

    Barbara Ehrenreich
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Barbara Ehrenreich is proud to call herself an atheist. But in her latest book Living With A Wild God she recalls how more than 50 years ago she came face to face with something vast, terrifying and unknowable. Could she still call herself a non-believer?It seemed like a good idea at the time celebratory in spirit, since the school year was about to come to an end, and rational in plan. My younger brother, a high school friend of mine called Dick, and I would go skiing on Mammoth Mountain in northern California, where the snow had lingered late. But as I try to reconstruct the…
  • For many Christians the fasting is nearly over. Others aren't so lucky | Orion Edgar

    Orion Edgar
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The surge in people relying on food banks is the result of brutal injustice and feeding them is a political actEaster Sunday brings the end of Lent, a season of fasting for Christians. But for many of Britain's poorest people, there is no end in sight as church leaders wrote in a letter to politicians this week, there is a national crisis of hunger.As a volunteer at my local food bank in Worcester, I meet people in all kinds of need. Most arrive apologetic and ashamed. Increasing numbers tell us they have actually had welfare payments sanctioned but arriving late for an appointment, missing a…
  • How evangelical Christians are using social action to revivify church brand | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    From food banks to job clubs, there are signs that evangelical Christians are reclaiming idea of church as community servantThe archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told the Guardian this week that "there is a certain toxicity about the brand" of Christianity. It is a concern most keenly felt among evangelical Christians. One senior source at the Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella organisation representing about a million British Christians, says part of their job is to "detoxify the brand". These are extraordinary admissions from what is normally the most boosterish and…
  • Happy British Muslims: the video that made me dance for joy

    Remona Aly
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    A video of British Muslims bopping to Pharrell Williams' song Happy has already delighted hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers. Here's why I joined inFrom Jerusalem to Jamaica, feelgood video homages to Happy by Pharrell Williams have spread like a fit of giggles on social media and now British Muslims have their own version.The Happy British Muslims video was put together by a group of young British Muslims called the Honesty Policy, with a very simple aim: to spread positivity and a bit of empowerment along the way. Continue reading...
 
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Worshiping is good but acquiring knowledge is better

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    The superiority of the learned Muslim over the devotee is like the superiority of the moon over all the stars. - He who goes forth to seek Sacred Knowledge is in the way of Allah ..
  • Governance of Islamic State during Caliph Hazrat Ali

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    One of the greatest Caliphs of Islam after Prophet Muhammad was Ali Ibn abi Talib, who as a young man lived under the guardianship of Prophet since childhood in the same house. He was the first youngest person to enter the folds of Islam, ...
  • Studying Islam

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    To challenge the simplistic notion that Islam is still in its medieval period, we must engage it academically for its own sake - not simply out of self-interest
  • The Masterpiece Minbar

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Perhaps because it was so precious, Muslim craftsmen used wood to make minbars, the one article of furniture required in every congregational mosque. The minbar, a stepped pulpit normally located to the right of the mihrab (the niche in the wall facing Makkah), is the place from which the imam preaches his sermon at Friday noon worship.
  • The Natural Good

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Good and evil are not alien to humankind. Humans are equipped with a sharp vision to separate the former from the latter ..
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    L.A. Times - Religious News

  • Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Syrian forces have driven most rebels from Maaloula, home to ancient churches and monasteries now smashed and defaced after months of battles. MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below.
  • Muslim group urges new way of dealing with radicals

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    L.A.-based Muslim Public Affairs Council plan urges American mosques to reeducate, rather than expel, radical members.Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals.
  • Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Southern California hold vigil calling for a revamp in federal immigration laws.Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws.
  • Catholic leaders hold Mass at border to urge immigration overhaul

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A bilingual Mass at the border fence between Arizona and Mexico is held in memory of those who entered the U.S. illegally and died crossing the brutal desert. NOGALES, Ariz. — It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez.
  • Pakistan militant group takes responsibility for two bombings

    14 Mar 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Attacks in Peshawar and Quetta kill at least 19, underscoring difficulties of peace talks between the government and insurgents.PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and underscored the vulnerability of the Pakistani government's attempt to open peace talks with insurgents.
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Valparaiso fire rages on

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chile (MNN) -- The massive Valparaiso fire continues to rage in Chile. Tomorrow marks a week since flames first erupted in a ravine and quickly swept through the port city, destroying thousands of homes. ReachGlobal Crisis Response has teams on the ground, helping a partner church recover. Several families in the church have been burned... Read more
  • No change in Rohingya crisis

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Burma (MNN) -- In Burma, Oddny Gumaer of Partners Relief and Development says one crisis isn't going away.  "Unfortunately, there hasn't been a lot of good news coming from the Rakhine state and from the Rohingyas. At least 150,000 people are in refugee camps, and they're not getting any kind of international aid. People are... Read more
  • Easter a time of celebration, danger

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    International (MNN) -- It's Good Friday. For tens of thousands of Christians around the world, going to a prayer service could cost them their lives. Threats are going up against believers in Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Nigeria. David Curry with Open Doors explains, "People who are militant and seek to do harm can find a... Read more
  • Peruvian ministry working to reach hiding tribes

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Peru (MNN) -- 16 unreached tribes in Peru are the focus of ministry for missionary Peter Hocking. Hocking partners with Advancing Native Missions and has established a Peruvian Gospel outreach called "Reapers." Out of the 16 unreached tribes, only 10 are open to missionaries. To reach those tribes, "a missionary has to go in and... Read more
  • Tepehuan tribe receives Scripture in their language

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mexico (MNN) -- While many tribes have the Bible written in their language, many others need it to truly understand the gospel. New Tribes Mission is translating the Bible for a people group in northern Mexico, the Tepehuan tribe. New Tribes translators have over 80% of the New Testament translated and recently finished the book... Read more
 
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    Monergism.com Blog Feed

  • Brief Thoughts on the Carnal Christian Theory

    john_hendryx
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    The "carnal Christian" doctrine or category (taught by some Dispensationalists) which claims that Christians can live in a permanent condition without Christ on the throne of their life (viz. the Holy Spirit booklet) is a false doctrine. The Apostle John, inspired by the Holy Spirit declares: "No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God." (1 John 3:9.) In 1 Corinthians 3 where Paul actually speaks of Christians being carnal he was speaking of the fact that they were acting carnally ... not…
  • Monergism Weekly Highlights - Excerpts, Free eBooks, Quotes - 4-15-2014

    john_hendryx
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    The law demands what it cannot give; grace gives all it demands." - Blaise PascalThe following resources were selected from among the most interesting and helpful of last week's new materials available on Monergism.com.  May the Lord use them to richly bless and edify you and use them as you go out an minister to others.Book or Sermon ExcerptsThe Resurrection - God's Declaration - Acts 5:29-32 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd JonesExposition of 1 Corinthians (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones -Includes some outstanding sermons on the resurrectionHumility by Wilhelmus à BrakelJonathan Edwards: We Are…
  • Discounted eBooks, Free eBooks & God-Honoring Book Excerpts

    john_hendryx
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    "I exhort all, who reverence the Word of the Lord, to read it, and diligently imprint it on their memory." - John Calvin"We can do nothing, it is all of God... If God had not quickened us we should still be dead. A dead man cannot give himself life. God quickened us, and because God has put new life into us we are alive in Christ Jesus, and in the realm of the Spirit." D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones"No sinner ever comes to Christ until the Holy Spirit first comes to him! And no sinner will savingly believe on Christ until the Spirit has communicated faith to him." - A. W. PinkDiscounted eBooksAn…
  • How Do You Know I Am Wrong?

    john_hendryx
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    If the people of this age really believed morality was relative they would not so passionately go out of their way to daily call those they disagree with "bigots", "homophobes" or fire someone from their job for their political contributions. They would rather, celebrate diversity. For if all morality is relative then there would be no person's belief or philosophy that is better or worse than another's. Each person's truth would be equally valid. But, as we all know, no one lives that way because God created us in His image and absolutes are unavoidable in His world. So next time you see…
  • I Thank God for You! by Mark Webb

    john_hendryx
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The following is a excerpt from a very helpful essay by Mark Webb. He goes through some Scriptural references that thank God for the faith of the saints, a practice which acknowledges God to be the source of all faith, not our natural ability, desires, will or affections.Paul's PatternsSeveral patterns exhibit themselves in Paul's writings. One of these is his well-known practice of greeting the saints with a salutation of grace and peace , with the addition of mercy in some cases. Another pattern, not quite so common, but clearly established nonetheless, is what caught my attention. It is…
 
 
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    Religion News Blog

  • Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

    Religion News Blog
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Cult leader Frederick Madison King, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored has been charged with assualt and a range of other crimes. Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church. Full story: Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes
  • Jesus’ wife?

    Religion News Blog
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    It's getting close to Easter, so the Jesus theorists and pundits are coming out of the woodworks again. Among them is Dr. Karen L. King, who has been speculating about a tiny fragment of papyrus she chose to call the "Gospel of Jesus’ Wife." Criticism has been fierce, of course, with one scholar saying the fragment is so patently fake that it “seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch.” Full story: Jesus’ wife?
  • ‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict

    Religion News Blog
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    Want to understand what's going on in Syria? You need to be familiar with some 7th century prophecies. "Craigslist killer" Miranda Barbour, who claims she was a Satanist and has killed "under 100 people," has had her first court appearance. Also: In some countries, not wearing a proper veil can get you arrested. By the religious police. The beard-cutting-cult leader is back in the news. Plus more... Full story: ‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict
  • Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse

    Religion News Blog
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:08 am
    Television journalist Mark Bunker has been working on a feature-length, professional-produced documentary film that exposes the abusive practices of the Church of Scientology. The film is almost ready for release. Full story: Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse
  • Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, and more…

    Religion News Blog
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:59 am
    Today in 1997 police in Southern California discovered the bodies of 39 people -- who had committed suicide in order to board a UFO they believed would take them to heaven. Black magic is firmly ingrained in some African belief systems. We'll tell you what gri-gris are used for. Then there is an illustration of religious insanity provided by a preacher who thinks he is an apostle. Plus: get up to speed on the religious exemption case the US Supreme Court is grappling with. Full story: Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, and more…
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  • ‘Heaven Is for Real’ — and for everyone in new film

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    "Heaven Is for Real" rings all the bells of popular attitudes in social surveys, but conservative Christians are dismayed. The post ‘Heaven Is for Real’ — and for everyone in new film appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Video: Journalism Between Red Lines

    Brian Pellot
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Journalists and media experts discussed the red lines they face covering religion and religious freedom in China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Denmark and further afield during Journalism Between Red Lines: Covering Religion and Religious Freedom in a World of Conflict, an RNS/Newseum event at the Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C., on April 9.The post Video: Journalism Between Red Lines appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Jewish Ukrainians * Open Atheists * Good Friday : Friday’s Roundup

    Lauren Markoe
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    It's Good Friday, which is not a federal holiday, but official in some states. Ukrainian Jews are told -- by it's not clear whom -- to register with authorities. And a prominent atheist encourages others to come out of the atheist closet.The post Jewish Ukrainians * Open Atheists * Good Friday : Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Photo slideshow: Eric Holder speaks of healing during interfaith memorial

    Sally Morrow
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    (RNS) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among clergy of various faiths, students, and members of the community who gathered Thursday (April 17) to remember three shooting victims during a "Service of Unity & Hope" at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan.The post Photo slideshow: Eric Holder speaks of healing during interfaith memorial appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • T.D. Jakes: ‘Heaven’ movie reflects ‘growing wonder’ about afterlife

    Adelle M. Banks
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    (RNS) "The notion of heaven captures people’s imagination regardless of their religious predisposition," said Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer of the new film "Heaven is for Real." The post T.D. Jakes: ‘Heaven’ movie reflects ‘growing wonder’ about afterlife appeared first on Religion News Service.
 
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  • Public astronomy flourishing in Pakistan

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    by Salman HameedI have posted many times about astronomy in Pakistan (see links below), which I think is maturing nicely. There still aren't that many professional astronomers, but the amateur astronomy scene seems to have attained a critical mass. I know that there are active groups both in Lahore and Karachi, and there is growing interest in Islamabad as well. I don't know when is a good time, but may be they should think about forming a national body (Pakistan Astronomical Society?) that can coordinate astronomy outreach, facilitate annual or bi-annual gatherings, and can even launch some…
  • Video: Quasicrystals in Medieval Islamic Architecture

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    by Salman HameedBack in 2007 I had posted about the discovery of a particularly complex mathematical pattern (quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns) in 15th century tiles in Isfahan, Iran (see Islamic Tiles and Modern Mathematics). Actually the discovery is indeed quite stunning!Here is a lecture on this topic by one of the original authors of the study, Peter Lu (tip from 3quarksdaily):
  • A look at the anti-vaccination movements in the US and in Pakistan

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is an excellent article that looks at the deeply problematic anti-vaccination movement in the US (yes, measles is back and the cases are on the rise in the US) and the physical attacks in Pakistan on polio vaccination teams: Someone should introduce anti-vaxxers to children with polio in Pakistan (full disclosure: the article is by my nephew):The argument of these so-called “anti-vaxxers” is simple: vaccinations in infancy can cause autism and auto-immune diseases, so you shouldn’t vaccinate your children. That argument is also very wrong. The link between vaccines…
  • A multiverse suggestion from the 13th century?

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    by Salman HameedIt is generally a good practice to be highly skeptical of people claiming to find ideas from modern science in literature written centuries or millennia before. However, here is an interesting inter-The Ordered Universe Project, that deserves more attention. It deals with a 13th century treatise, De Luce (On Light), by English scholar Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253 CE). What is interesting in Grosseteste's work is his idea that the same physical laws govern both the Earth and the heavens - something that went against the accepted wisdom of the time. Here is a bit from…
  • Bunch of Postdoctoral Positions in Science & Religion at Coventry University

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    by Salman HameedIf you are looking for a postdoctoral position in science & religion, check out this fantastic opportunity at Coventry University. There are also some opportunities for doctoral studies as well. All of this is part of an interesting and promising project. I have worked (and still working) with some of the individuals spearheading the project, and I think this will be a great learning experience for both predocs and postdocs.Here is the announcement with links to individual positions:Full-Time, Permanent Research Associate, Three-Year Research Assistant, and PhD Studentship…
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  • Peter Denies Christ

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Peter Denies Christ Watch this ABS exclusive clip from The Passion of the Christ - Commercial Television Premiere on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:00 P.M. EDT/6:00 P.M. PDT o... From: American Bible Society Views: 14 1 ratings Time: 02:30 More in Sports
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  • Eternal Prizes

    Gil Killam
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Gillis Killam - The 2014 Olympics were held this year in Sochi, Russia amid some of the most difficult circumstances ever. There was the threat of terrorists, causing great fear that this would erupt and put many lives in danger. Another concern was the controversy in Russia over gay and lesbian rights and their safety at the games. Many game participants will have labored throughout their lives for these few moments on the stage of time to gain the recognition of the world as the best in their field. Thousands of hours and dollars have been expended to enable hopefuls to even qualify to…
  • Perfection

    Elaine James
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Elaine James - After reading Hebrews 11: 13 I emailed my son and questioned “The sentiments expressed by the patriarchs and heroes of Faith leaves me feeling like our future is filled with doom and gloom. Do we have any hope for the future?” He replied “I read the whole chapter. Paul is describing faith and the people that showed faith in the Bible in the past. They all knew God was perfect and they wanted to be perfect like him. They knew through him they could do this. They were searching for a better place or things. They showed faith in God and therefore were commended for their…
  • Renewal of Life

    Judy Davis
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Judy Davis – Spring will soon be here. With spring comes a feeling of renewal. A renewal of spirit and a renewal of life-that has not been felt all winter. Easter also arrives this month and as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year may we focus our heart and life on Jesus Christ and His resurrection. As we draw near to Easter let us reflect on what Jesus did for us. Are you going through trials and tribulations? Any problems that seem bigger than you can handle? If so, remember that much suffering and pain came before the miracle of the Resurrection. Jesus was betrayed by…
  • Call to Him

    Susan Dollyhigh
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Susan Dollyhigh -   A rocky marriage led to couples counseling, and individual sessions. After one session, my counselor asked me to pray Psalm 139:23-24. “Pray these verses, and ask God to reveal to you what’s in your heart,” she said. The next morning during my quiet time, I prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (NIV). I prayed that the Lord would reveal any faulty filters, or beliefs, in my heart. Honestly I’d never asked the Lord a direct question, and…
  • My Redeemer Lives

    Cheri Cowell
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -      Whether you celebrate Easter with contemporary praise and worship music or traditional hymns, you will no doubt join in singing the joyous proclamation “My Redeemer lives!” But do you know this phrase is actually taken from the mouth of Job? That’s right. And they weren’t said after his family, wealth, and health were restored. The words were said after Job complained bitterly about his misfortunes, about his abandonment by his friends, and he asked God where He’d been when Job had been assailed on every side. After this angry and sad…
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  • Litterateur pens books on Panj Pyare

    JSingh
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Ludhiana, Punjab: Books on the lives of Panj Pyare—the five beloved ones, who offered to sacrifice their heads and were later baptised as the first members of the Khalsa, have been penned by Beant Singh. The writer said although several books and “granths” have been written on the five beloved ones, his books were written after 10 years of extensive research. He referred to more than 31 historical texts including Panth Prakash, Soobha Prakash and Bansali Nama besides other available records, he said. On the reason why it took so long to bring the life of the Panj Pyare to the fore, he…
  • Desecration of Guru Granth Sahib By Bihari : Bhai Mandeep Singh Kubbe sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

    JSingh
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Ludhiana, Punjab: According to some media reports, Bhai Mandeep Singh Kubbe, who shooted Bihari migrant in police custody, has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. It may be recalled that Bihari Hindu migrants had interrupted an Akand Paatth Sahib in August 2012 that was being held at Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara Sahib, Sahnewal. Dalip Kumar, a migrant Bihari Hindu had attacked the Granthi Singh, and committed the ultimate sacrilege when they forcibly tore off a sacred Ang from Guru Granth Sahib. Bhai Mandeep Singh from the town of Kubay, near Samrala, had shot Dalip Kumar with his…
  • Akali Dal-BJP alliance will drown in the river of drugs: Punjab Congress

    JSingh
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Chandigarh: The Punjab Congress said the Akali Dal-BJP alliance in the state would drown in the sixth river of drugs and liquor flowing in the state whose source was this very alliance. The people were filled up with anger as by patronizing smuggling of narcotics, the Akali Dal leaders were playing with the future of this sensitive border state. In a statement issued here today, party general secretary and member of its state level campaign committee Rajanbir Singh said the menace of drugs had taken over Punjab like an epidemic and the situation worsens during elections. He slammed the Akali…
  • Modi need not apologise for Gujarat genocide: Sukhbir

    JSingh
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Morinda, Nangal, Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said there was no need for Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to apologise for the 2002 Gujarat genocide. “Apology for what, when a high court and the Supreme Court have already given clean chit to Modi in the genocide case,” Sukhbir said, while talking to reporters at Morinda town in Rupnagar district. In reply to a question, he said the scarcity of sand and gravel in the state was not an issue in the Lok Sabha elections,…
  • ’84 genocide not ‘idea of India’: Jaitley

    JSingh
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    New Delhi: With Cong ress chief Sonia Gandhi launching yet another attack on BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, BJP leader Arun Jaitley hit back questioning her “idea of India”. Sonia said at an election rally in Kanyakumari on Wednesday that sacrifice of leaders like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi was to see to it that “idea of India, the idea of secularism and equal opportunities for all should not go in vain”. Jaitley went on to refer the 1984 massacre of Sikhs, Bofors scam, HDW submarine deal, bribing MPs in JMM case and the cash for vote scam, 2G spectrum scandal, coal block…
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  • Meaning and mysterium tremendum

    Carol Howard Merritt
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free A member of the congregation I serve died this week. It was fitting. The shadows of death linger about us this week. Like Peter, warming his hands by the blazing fire, trying to hide and catch glimpses of what Jesus suffered, I stood at the edge of the Holy Week shadows, watching for this central drama of mortality to unfold.  read more
  • My fear of the cross

    Darcey Steinke
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free As a child I was afraid of the cross. Crosses with Jesus’ bloody body terrified me, but even the empty ones I saw in my father’s Lutheran church gave me shivers.My father was a liberal Protestant, but my grandfather, who was also a minister, held a more traditional view of atonement theology. read more
  • Raising the dead, with and without hope

    Kelly J. Baker
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free As Easter approaches, raising the dead is at the forefront of my mind. But I think of a different vision of resurrected dead, zombies. The popular monsters reanimate as gruesome bodies; their essential natures, spirits, or souls are absent. Zombies are a reckoning of the horror of the dead coming back to life.  read more
  • When Jesus offends just by being himself

    Steve Thorngate
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free Looks like Jesus the Homeless is coming to Chicago. Erica Demarest reports that the local Catholic Charities office plans to put up one of Timothy Schmalz's sculptures—which depict an unkempt Jesus, with stigmata, sleeping on a park bench—this spring.Weekend Edition did a segment Sunday on the sculpture at St. Alban's Episcopal in Davidson, North Carolina. Apparently some locals aren't fans. read more
  • Should Easter be surprising?

    David Keck
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Free In my experience, Easter Sunday is a fairly scripted event. For weeks, the choir has been practicing special music, perhaps a cantata. Extra bulletins have been printed since there may be visitors to the church, those Christmas-and-Easter Christians we are always talking about. Additional worshipers means that preparing and serving communion will take longer. There may be a bit of exhaustion—Holy Week services have drawn us into the agonies of Jesus’ last days. Pastors may have bags packed, ready to head out for a few days after all the extra work.Easter has been coming, and we’ve…
 
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  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt…
  • Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand. As Exhibit 653, I give you Jerry Coyne's latest diatribe in The New Republic, which amounts to a little more than an inadvertent confession that he's incapable of following a philosophical argument.
  • Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception ...
  • Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ's humility. The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and kiss the feet of the nine Italians and three foreigners aged between 16 and 86 years old at the Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation's Santa Maria della Provvidenza centre.
  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
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  • Football League clockwatch as it happened | Michael Butler

    Michael Butler
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Brentford were promoted to the second-tier for the first time since 1993, while Wigan beat Reading 3-0 to sure up a play-off spot in the Championship 5.28pm BST 'Is Cristy Pym [Exeter's goalkeeper] the poshest sounding footballer player in Britain?' emails captain_corduroy. 'I can't think of any contenders...'Off the top of my head ... Jasper Johns, currently with Sheffield United. 5.25pm BST A big day across all three leagues. Here are the headlinesChampionship 5.10pm BST Goal for Wolves again! Kevin McDonald scores to finally put the result beyond doubt! Full-time: Wolves 6-4 Rotherham.
  • MLS week seven: winless Timbers seek to build against nemesis RSL

    Graham Parker
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Portland Timbers visit nemesis RSLColorado come home after victories in CanadaSporting KC come off rest week to face fragile MontrealWelcome to week seven of MLS, and owing to certain teams false-ing where they should have true-d last week, its one of those weeks where rather than MASSIVE HEAD-TO-HEADS, were seeing a few games with teams on a roll against teams who have suddenly found themselves dipping. (Yes, were talking to you, Dallas and Toronto thanks for ruining our Two teams enter, one team leaves etc headline, replete with Frisco pun).Anyway, were contractually obliged to hype the…
  • Yasiel Puig takes Dodgers on a wild ride but there's no defect in his play

    David Lengel
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    MLB: Five things we learned this weekCuban star reportedly faces death threatsYankees' Tanaka is the real dealAstros fans see beginning of beginningCubs forecast: cloudy with chance of meatballsYasiel Puig is still acclimatising to everyday life in the US, while dealing with the on-field adjustment that comes with moving from Cubas Serie Nacional to Major League Baseball. Now, however, we've learned that the 23-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, an enigmatic sort who grabs headlines for his exciting and undisciplined play, has allegedly been faced with death threats linked to his…
  • Disco dystopia: what are the best apocalyptic albums?

    Alex Denney
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    This month sees the 40th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's Orwell-inspired Diamond Dogs. From Gary Numan's 'machine' phase to Janelle Monáe's messianic android influenced by Fritz Lang's Metropolis here are some of the best end-of-days LPsThis month sees the 40th anniversary of a transitional moment in David Bowies career: the release of the Diamond Dogs LP. His first set of original songs since "retiring" his Ziggy Stardust character (and firing his band, the Spiders from Mars), the record has its roots in a theatrical adaptation of George Orwells 1984 that Bowie had…
  • Transcendence: 2014's most unexpected turkey?

    Ben Child
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Johnny Depp sci-fi film had an all-star cast, Christopher Nolan's right-hand man as director and the hottest script in Hollywood. So where did it all go wrong?Even if real life mirrored science fiction and we could predict the future, it would have taken a pretty sophisticated bit of kit to have nailed the emergence of Wally Pfister's Transcendence as one of 2014's bigger critical turkeys. Christopher Nolan's cinematographer lined up a sumptuous cast including Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara for his directorial debut. Jack Paglen's script, about the…
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  • Rouhani: Iran seeks dialogue, not war

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    (JTA) — Striking a moderate tone toward the West, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a military parade that his country seeks dialogue instead of war. Rouhani, speaking Friday in Tehran during a parade celebrating Iran’s National Army Day, said talks between Iran and world powers on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program proved his country’s peaceful intentions. “During the talks, we announced to the world and we say so again … we are not after war, we are after logic, we are after talks,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. He added that Iran “will…
  • Gap in peace talks wide, Palestinian official says

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    (JTA) — A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without an agreement to resume peace talks, a Palestinian official said. The meeting held Thursday in Jerusalem sought a framework that would allow talks to continue for another nine months. It lasted five hours, and the atmosphere was chilly, the unnamed official told the French news agency AFP Friday. U.S. peace envoy Martin Indyk is scheduled to meet with the Palestinian and Israeli teams separately on Friday, AFP reported. The talks Thursday were “very difficult”, the Palestinian source said. “The…
  • Israeli mosque entrance torched in suspected price tag attack

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    (JTA) — Israeli police are investigating the torching of the entrance to a mosque in northern Israel and the spraying of anti-Arab slogans on its walls. A security camera at the Abu Bakr al Sadik Mosque in Um al-Fahm filmed three unidentified men wearing masks spray painting “Arabs out” in Hebrew on an external wall and setting fire to part of the entrance on Thursday night before fleeing the scene, the news site Ynet reported. On Friday morning, hundreds of Arab residents arrived at the mosque to inspect the damage, which locals believe was a “price tag” attack, the term Jewish…
  • Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    (JTA) — A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported. The suspect, Youssef Ayad, is a Filipino-Lebanese national and is held along with another Lebanon-born man, Daoud Farhat, who holds a French passport, The Bangkok Post reported Friday. The men were arrested earlier this month in Thailand based on a tip from Israel, according to the report. Ayad said he and Farhat had planned to attack Israeli tourists on Bangkok’s Khao San Road during Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year’s Day,…
  • Shas taps new spiritual leader who derided Modern Orthodox

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    Rabbi Shalom Cohen of the Shas Party Council of Torah Sages and head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva speaks in Jerusalem in July 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) (JTA) — Shalom Cohen, a rabbi known for his hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party. Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei Brak neat Tel Aviv, Army Radio reported. He replaced Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died last year. Shortly after being…
 
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  • Creeping to the Cross (At Home)

    Fred Sanders
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    In medieval England there was a unique part of the Good Friday service called “creeping to the cross.” It was a ritual procession that involved approaching the cross barefoot and on your knees. Being on your knees like that, “creeping,” is a physical expression of reverence, of humility, and of slowness. Reverence, because you’re on your knees, and “bending the knee” is an embodiment of respect. Humility, because the posture puts you down lower. And slowness because WOW it’s hard to go very fast on your knees. In fact, except for the young and…
  • Conversation on the Future of Protestantism (April 29)

    Fred Sanders
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Reformation (rumors to the contrary notwithstanding) wasn’t a total break from the Christian past; not a clean start; not a do-over from scratch. For the early Protestants, the whole point of reforming the church was to find a way of standing in continuity with the great ancient church by being biblical, apostolic, and universal. If you’ve read much at all in the church fathers, you know the Christian tradition didn’t start in 1517, and if you’ve read much at all in the reformers, you know they knew that. But how well is Protestantism today doing as an inheritor of…
  • No Other Such Sentence in All Literature

    R.A. Torrey
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,     ~Ephesians 1:5 God chose us out of the world “that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love,” because He had in His eternal purpose of grace “foreordained us (i.e. marked us out beforehand) unto adoption as sons.” This “adoption as sons” was “through Jesus Christ,” i.e., it would become ours through our accepting the Lord Jesus, the only begotten Son of God we obtain the right to become sons of God (John 1:12, R. V.) This foreordination…
  • Talking Back to MLK in Birmingham Jail

    Fred Sanders
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote out by hand the document we know as the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and now recognize as a classic text of American history, of civil rights history, of religious history. King was in jail for leading nonviolent protests against racial injustice in Birmingham, but what provoked him to write this masterpiece was not the turmoil of the protests themselves, not the unjust imprisonment, not his need to declare the justness of his cause to the general public. What prompted him was betrayal by white church leaders, who left him hanging. King had…
  • The Difficult Art of Obscuring the Trinity (Reimarus)

    Fred Sanders
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Christians have long claimed that they got the doctrine of the Trinity from the Bible itself. While admitting that they had rendered the doctrine more explicit, and also admitting that they had crafted a set of non-biblical terms (like person, nature, triune, etc.) to help them articulate it with more clarity and brevity, they insisted that the reason they believed in the Trinity is that they found it in Scripture. Anti-trinitarians generally disagreed with that claim, and in various ways they argued that the Bible taught no such thing. When the Socinian movement arose in the sixteenth…
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  • UK Gurkhas Install a Shivalingam at Gatterick Garrison Army Base

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    SourceUNITED KINGDOM, April 10, 2014 (The Northern Echo): Hindu followers from across the region took part in a ceremony today to mark the installation of a statue at a temple for Gurkha soldiers. Shivalinga, the representation of the Hindu God Lord Shiva, was erected in an annex to the Gurkha Temple at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) in Catterick Garrison.The statue was donated by Swami Shri Gopal Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj, a high ranking Hindu priest who visited the ITC in 2012. Pundit Atmaram Dahal, Gurkha Company religious teacher, said: "The statue was constructed in India before…
  • In Malang, Celebrating Nyepi With A Javanese Infusion

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    SourceMALANG, INDONESIA, April 6, 2014 (The Jakarta Globe): Rice cakes wrapped in palm leaves, or ketupat, is a usually a treat reserved for the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri, but for Hindus in Malang, East Java, ketupat serves as a customary dish in celebrating Nyepi, the day of silence.Last week, 33 educational institutions and temples in Malang participated in a ceremony on Balekambang Beach to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the local Hindu calendar. The ceremony, called Jala Nidhi Puja, is held before Nyepi and it beautifully displays the diversity of Indonesia. In Sanskrit,…
  • World's Hindu Experts to Meet in Bali

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    SourceDENPASAR, BALI, April 12, 2014 (The Jakarta Post): Hindu experts from around the world are slated to gather in Denpasar, Bali, next Thursday, to attend the second World Hindu Wisdom Meet. Five hundred delegates from six countries, namely India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and the UK, have confirmed their attendance.The meeting, which will discuss Hindu-based education, is being organized by the World Hindu Parisad, a Hindu discussion and deliberation forum that aims to expand the network of Hindus around the globe."We hope the meeting will result in a set of basic principles…
  • Hinduism Today High Resolution Images of Saint Akka Mahadevi

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    SourceKAUAI, HAWAII, April 12, 2014 (HPI): Click source above to see the three pieces of art we've found so far of Saint Akka Mahadevi of Karnataka. Unfortunately, none are high enough resolution for use in Hinduism Today magazine. We need photos taken at least 1024 pixels wide, with a file size of at least 1.5MB. If you have something, or know where we can get it, kindly email us at letters@hindu.org.
  • Daily Inspiration

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    SourceThe son's duty to his father is to make the world ask, "by what great austerities did he merit such a son?"-- Tirukkural
 
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  • Daily April poem(s): one about coffee, one about wine

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    HOW I KNOW I'M HOMEcold coffee splashesover half-moons of icescattering splendainto the morning air-- far from the thick mudscented with cardamomwhich I drank from thimblesbeneath vaulted ceilings --this is sweet and milkythin as a rain puddleice knocking the glasslike muted wind chimesSPRING EVENINGvinho verde winkspromising a good timebeneath cheap eyeshadow Today's NaPoWriMo prompt invites the writing of a poem which uses three of the five senses. After a while it became clear that my first draft needed to split into two poems, so I wound up with one longer one, one shorter one. The short…
  • Daily April poem: ten lies

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    TEN SEDER LIESWe didn't open the door for Elijah last night.Miriam's Cup wasn't full of living waters.The hidden matzah languished, unlooked-for.Costumes for the pageant never left their box.No one asked about the seder plate stowaways.We decided to skip all of the poetry.I didn't wake to the melody of imagined trumpetssummoning me to join the pilgrimage.When I close my eyes, I don't see my ancestors.No glimpse of my great-grandchildren up ahead. Today's NaPoWriMo prompt invited us to write a ten-line poem in which each line is a lie. The couplet about the imagined trumpets is a reference to…
  • Daily April poem: terza rima

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    GIFTYou stand beside and sing the words with me.I did the same in Texas years ago.How is this night different? Come and see.My childhood seders aren't for you to know.You draw an orange on your seder plate.What will you remember as you grow?You're bleary-eyed: we kept you up too late.I can't regret allowing you your gleeat finding hidden treasure. Now I waitto see what sticks. What matters most to meis that you come to love the telling too.Once we were slaves to Pharaoh; now we're free.The songs, the story -- they're my gift to you. Today's prompt at NaPoWriMo asks us to try terza rima, a…
  • The Omer is about to begin!

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Chag sameach - happy Pesach! Tonight at our second-night seders we'll begin the tradition of Counting the Omer. "Omer" means measures. When the Temple still stood, it was customary to bring harvest offerings three times a year, at Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot. The tradition of counting the Omer dates to those days. We would count the days between the Pesach spring harvest of early wheat and the Shavuot summer harvest of new barley, and then offer a measure of that grain in thanks to our Source. Today most of us see the counting of the Omer through a different lens. Instead of the agricultural…
  • Daily April poem: for #blogExodus, "Be"

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    BE What do you want to be?Have you always known?Can you imagine the becoming?What would it feel like?Would you carry your body differently?How would you walk in the world?Will you be at a seder tonight?Will you pay attention to your heart?Do you know to what you've been enslaved?Are you ready to leave Mitzrayim?What do you need to jettison?Can you promise not to tarry?What will you do when you reach the sea?Will you curse the day you took the risk?Will you berate those beside you?Wish for your comfortable straitjacket?Or will you stride into the waters?Can you trust that they will part?Do you…
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  • Holy Days Of Obligation

    Mugo
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    It being a VERY Holy Day and this being Germany we can hardly draw a breath. Certainly not lift a finger. So what else to do but sit still and then sit still some more. And it is raining after all. Drip, drip. Much needed rain Having a day/time scheduled into ones days/year for ‘religious observance’ is not half a bad thing. That’s considering how the bustle of life tends to fill every nook and cranny to the point when one can actually believe there is no time left to do anything other than….fill every nook and cranny with activity. You could describe formal meditation…
  • In The Black Forest

    Mugo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    For reasons I do not understand, or know how to fix, I am not able to make posts to this blog in the way I am familiar with. This one is being posted via email. Hopefully things will normalize over the next few days. Here a photograph while out and about in the forest above the Gutach Valley. [attach 1]
  • Greater Integration of Intention and Action – Book Review

    Mugo
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    The Hidden Brain is an altogether spectacular read, the kind that gives the best possible hope for changing our minds in the most necessary direction there is – toward more fairness, greater self-awareness, and a vital integration of our intentions and our actions. The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases from Brain Pickings. The review of The Hidden Brain on Brain Pickings makes for disturbing reading especially since at first glance, a superficial glance at the cartoon style drawings, you might dismiss the whole review. I advise reading on. Fascinating…
  • Donde Esta the Master?

    Mugo
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Donde estar, where is? That’s a small morsel of Spanish retained from the early 1970′s when I attempted to learn the language. Where is the Master, Where is the Teacher? The problem is in the question. Seeking inwardly or outwardly and one is no closer to finding the answer in the deepest sense. Contemplating Who is the Master. we seek and we search, and honorably too. As we go on the Way seeking mind invariably alights here and there and in that there is not a problem. Not a problem if the basic Buddhist endeavour is honoured. That’s to keep ones eyes open, yet not grasp…
  • Contemplation – Who is Master?

    Mugo
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    First establish yourself in the Way, Then teach, And so defeat sorrow. To straighten the crooked You must first do a harder thing - Straighten yourself. You are your only master. Who else? Subdue yourself, And discover your master. The Dhammapada For all followers of The Way. ‘Keep on walking on’.
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  • Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

    Timothy Shriver
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Men are raised to be independent. We’re surrounded by role models who tend to go it on their own and rely only on themselves for strength and success. Independence is a prized trait in our culture, and it’s particularly so for men. In many ways, Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians all over the world celebrate this weekend, is a role model for the independent and self-sufficient man. He never married, relied on a few other men who were not peers but “followers,” and spent extensive time in solitude and interior prayer. While his teachings emphasized reliance on God, his life emphasized…
  • The End of Surveillance for New York Muslims — For Now

    Salaam Bhatti
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Earlier this week, the NYPD disbanded its Muslim surveillance program. Good riddance. Through all the pain, suffering, and headlines this operation caused over the course of a decade, it generated zero leads. A decade of surveillance should have crushed anyone’s hope for a hopeful future. So how did New York Muslims cope in the past few years? In 2008, civic-minded Linda Sarsour organized the largest voter registration drive in the Arab American community’s history in Brooklyn.  With the Arab American Association of New York, Muslim groups, and others, Sarsour also raised a lot…
  • From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

    Sally Quinn
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    I recently discovered that I have Jewish ancestors. My son Quinn, the family genealogist, called to say, “Mom, we’re Jewish!” It seems I am a direct descendant of Joshua ben Joseph ibn Vives al-Lorqui. (Google him.) This, I thought, explains everything. I have always had an affinity for Judaism. Sitting in a synagogue at Yom Kippur, listening to the chanting, the cantors the sound of the shofar, the prayers seemed familiar and moving to me, even when I went for the first time. There was something atavistic about it. I felt a sense of belonging. One Jewish friend once told me I had a…
  • Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

    David Dark
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    10. Life’s too short to pretend you aren’t religious Stephen Colbert wears his religion on the outside. And much of the fun he’s so articulately determined to get out of people involves somehow bringing their core beliefs to the surface in spite of their resistance. He’s especially good at prodding people who — this would be a great many of us — appear reluctant to get caught believing in something strongly. Consider his famous exchange with Bible scholar Bart Ehrman: Colbert: Do you believe there’s a God? Ehrman: I’m not sure. Colbert: Really? So you’re an…
  • God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

    Glenn Packiam
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I’m not here to critique the new movie or poke fun at the popular Christian song (which was co-written by an old friend). But since the phrase “God’s not dead” is central to both and thus bandied around a lot by evangelicals today, I’d like to start there. You see, “My God’s not dead…he’s living on the inside” is not what the apostles said about Jesus. In fact, it might be the very opposite of what they said. The heart of early Christian preaching was that God raised Jesus from the dead. This is a hope that is better than you might have imagined. So,…
 
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  • Top five hip hop references in poetry

    Allison Finkel
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    By David Caplan Hip hop has influenced a generation of poets coming to prominence, poets I call “The Inheritors of Hip Hop.” Signaling how the music serves as a shared experience and inspiration, they  mention performers and songs as well as anecdotes from the genre’s development and the artists’ lives, while epigraphs and titles quote songs. The influence of hip hop can be heard in the work of many poets including (but certainly not limited to): Kevin Coval, Erica Dawson, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Matthew Dickman, Major Jackson, Terrance Hayes, Dorothea Lasky, John Murillo, Eugene…
  • Initiation into America’s original megachurch

    AlyssaB
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    By David Yamane The American religious landscape is ever changing. The rise of religious nones, the spiritual not religious, thoughtful spirituality, the emerging church, online religion, megachurches, and on and on. As a sociologist of religion who specializes in Roman Catholicism, it is easy to feel old-fashioned in the face of so much novelty. But in its typically deliberate way, the original megachurch in America continues to make its mark on the religious landscape. Easter Vigil Baptism, April 11, 2009. Image Credit: Photo by IC MONROVIA RCIA, CC 2.0 via Flickr. On Saturday night, 19…
  • Identifying unexpected strengths in adolescents

    Alice
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Johanna Slivinske Think for a moment, back to when you were a teenager. What were you like? What did you enjoy doing? In what did you excel? The positive activities in which we partake in adolescence shape our adult lives. In my case, playing the clarinet in band and competing in extemporaneous speaking on the speech team molded me the most, and became my personal strengths. Music and the creative arts continue to influence my writing and speaking, and many of these facets of my professional life can be traced back to strengths developed and built upon in my youth. Another strength was the…
  • Very short talks

    ChloeF
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    By Chloe Foster We have seen an abundance of Very Short Introductions (VSI) authors appearing at UK festivals this year. Appearances so far have included at Words by the Water festival in Keswick, Oxford Literary Festival, and Edinburgh Science festival. The versitility of the series and its subjects means our author talks are popular at a variety of different types of festivals. First up, Words by the Water:    http://blog.oup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/14.jpg The perfect scenery to accompany a day of VSI talks at the Words by the Water festival  …
  • A conversation with Craig Panner, Associate Editorial Director of Medicine Books

    VictoriaD
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Few fields develop as rapidly as medicine, with new breakthroughs in research, tools, and techniques happening everyday. This presents an interesting challenge for many medical publishers — trying to get the latest information to students, practitioners, and researchers as quickly and accurately as possible. So we are delighted to present a Q&A with Associate Editorial Director of Medicine Books, Craig Panner. Craig began his career at Oxford University Press eight years ago, and currently works across Oxford University Press’s medicine titles. In the interview below, Craig…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Poetry and Truth from Daniel Ladinsky's Rendition of Hafiz

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    WE HAVE SOME LEVERAGEAlways assume you are on the best of termswith God, for, dear, I will tell you a truth:We have some leverage over Him.How do I know that? It was pretty easy tofigure out with this fine brain.In short: Each of us is like His only heir.Spoiled and difficult as we may be, He isvery willing to put up with us until we areenthroned.JUST BEFORE DAWNThe best time to look for treasure startslate at night.The sediment then settles in our sphere,freed from all the day's hard wants.One can get a clearer shot at God movingin the sky forest, just before dawn.And is there ever a minute,…
  • Sufi Stations Towards Declaration of Independence from Other than God

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    1.Hasbi Rabbi JallAllah, Ma Fi Qalbi Ghayrullah, Nur Muhammad Sallalah, La Ilaha IlallahSuffices my Lord - the Glorious One,Inside this Heart of minethere is nothing except Allah,O the Precious Muhammadan Effulgence,There is nothing else but Allah. The above formula in Arabic, Hasbi Rabbi JallAllah, Ma Fi Qalbi Ghayrullah ~ is a very popular one among the Sufis for it encapsulate the spiritual attitude of independence from anything other than God; where the Heart of the seeker sweeps clean of ghayrullah (anything except God). The first part of the formula witness the absolute…
  • Truth Be Told: O You Who Cover Up The Truth

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Let our beginning be in seeking refugewith the Ultimate Refuge,from sources of all deceptions and misguidanceIn the Name of Allah Who is the Most Merciful, the Most Lovingly CompassionateQul ya ayyuhal kafirunTruth be told: O those who have failed to see the Light of the Glorious Owner of Lightand thus who cover up the Truth.la a'abudu ma ta'budun I bow not in front of any illusions and decaying idols.alas how you fail to see the Glorious Light!wa la antum 'abiduna ma 'abudAnd how will you recognize the glory of the all Gloriouswhile you veil yourself from your own light?wa la ana 'abidun ma…
  • Surah al-Kafirun, Declaration of Independence and Reality of Covering Truth

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Surah al-Kafirun is a very brief chapter of the Qur'an with only 6 Ayah or Signs. Its literal translation according to the standard translation of Yusuf Ali and Pickthall are as follows:Say: O you who reject faith,I worship not what you worship!Nor will you worship what I worship.And I shall not worship what you worship.Nor will you worship what I worship.To you be your way, and to me mine.THEN There is a particular context within which this Surah was revealed during time of the Messenger and that context was that during the earlier days of the Messenger's mission,…
  • Basirah : An introduction to Islamic Spirituality by Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    What is Basirah? Basirah is Spiritual Insight, Spiritual Wisdom or in another word, Spirituality of Islam.Basirah is defined as being able to see with the Nur of Allah or Divine Light. Basirah is capacity to see with the Divine Light.The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings on him said, "Be aware of the insight of a true faithful for he sees with the Nur of Allah."How important is this subject specially in akhiruzzaman or the last days? Extremely important. Remember that the Imposter Messiah or Dajjal or Anti-Christ is one eyed and makes everyone see with one eye, only see external…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • Death, Thanksgiving, and the Resurrection

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Keep your mind in hell and despair not.” — St. Silouan the Athonite I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. An acquaintance of mine is a widower, and while I knew previously that his wife died several years ago, I only recently learned how: she suffered a sudden and massive heart attack. This woman was in her early thirties and in good health, and she died shortly after giving birth to the couple’s first child. It’s easy for me to think of tragedy as something very distant and other. Tragedy happens to people on the news. It is sad and horrible, but always in a somewhat…
  • The Seventh Day

    Stormie Knott
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipping the idols of technical civilization, a day on which we use no money…is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for man’s progress than the Sabbath?” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath   This past summer, I found myself in a lot of cathedrals. I traveled to Switzerland,…
  • A Time to Weep

    Sarah Boerner
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “to everything there is a season” and the current season we are in is Lent. But most of the conversations I’ve had about Lent miss the underlying meaning of this season and focus only on what’s been given up. While Lent does incorporate the practice of giving up, also called fasting, the underlying purpose of Lent is to set apart a time for the purpose of grieving. So when I’ve been asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?” I’m not upset because I know one part of Lent is the practice of fasting, but another part of me also feels the loss in…
  • Society is No One: When You Have Society’s Approval

    Nathan Bennett
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Society is no one. It is the no one who sits in judgment over an activist’s appeal. It is the nobody standing in support of a preacher’s morality. It is the no one who cares for and supports you in your personal growth. Of course, everyone together is society, and good society demands good people to make it up. Society is so much a little bit of everyone that it is very little of anyone and is a dry reed ready to splinter and stab anyone who leans on it for support. And yet, society is something. If everyone ditched trousers in favor of kilts, “but everyone’s doing it!” would be a…
  • Capitalism is Not God’s Dream for Humanity

    Stormie Knott
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Capitalism is often deeply intertwined with the American’s idea of patriotism and Christianity, and for good reason. Capitalism, like the Christian life, encourages discipline. As seen through America’s rise as an economic super power over the past century, capitalism can give a man with a good work ethic the opportunity to move from rags to riches, achieving the American dream of full life, liberty, and happiness. In recent years, however, more Christians have questioned the negative affects of capitalism on humanity and whether American Christians should accept all capitalistic ideas as…
 
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    Evolving Beings

  • Relationship Challenges: When to Hold On and When to Let Go

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

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

    7 Jan 2014 | 8:04 am
    Questions surrounding God have both plagued and fascinated humanity, perhaps since the beginning of our civilizations as we know them. In our recent times, when spiritual awakening is progressing at an ever increasing rate, we continue to push the boundaries of all that we know, or wish to discover. Yet, while many resources exist to help us with our quest and queries about God, we have to consider where our core information about God is coming from. In this essay we will examine what our human race has lost on this journey, and could re-gain by taking a different approach in their search for…
  • Submit Your Story!

    1 Jan 2014 | 8:48 am
    Do you have an inspirational story to share about your personal awakening or evolution? Have you overcome some personal life challenge or shift in consciousness? Were you motivated to change your life and improve your well-being? Share about your journey and inspire others, by participating in the Evolving Being in Action series. Thank you for your interest in sharing your story to help and inspire others along their personal journey of awakening and evolution. Below are the guidelines for submitting your story. Guidelines for Submissions: Share your story in the following format and…
  • Book Review: The Great Field - Soul at Play in a Conscious Universe

    8 Dec 2013 | 12:30 pm
    The current times we live in are both some of the most exciting, yet also some of the most challenging ones on planet Earth. When it comes to the potential, what makes this time so unique is our openness and ability to both seek and understand the deeper nature of who we are, as well as the energetic nature of matter and spirit. Today, we are experiencing nothing short of an awakening, as well as an amplification of consciousness. We have so much information and tools being manifested to support our evolution and positive co-creation. One of these resources comes from author John James, PhD…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • The geography of evil

    Andrew Gerns
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo, president of the Bexley Seabury Federation and professor of biblical interpretation and the practice of ministry, preached this sermon at Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, Chicago. Every year on the evening between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the Episcopal cathedral in New York sponsors an all-night reading of Dante’s Inferno, all thirty-four exciting and horrific cantos. The timing is grimly appropriate. The action of the entire Divine Comedy begins on Maundy Thursday of the year 1300. Dante the pilgrim makes his way down through the many circles of…
  • Give ourselves in love

    Andrew Gerns
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies offers this Good Friday meditation for Episcopal Relief and Development: It is Good Friday. A somber and painful day. A day of betrayal and suffering. Jesus stands accused and convicted. His friends have deserted him. Peter denies him. He is flogged, given a crown of thorns by the soldiers, mocked by the crowd, and finally crucified. It is a horrific death, and as many times as I have heard the story, it never fails to move me beyond words. In spite of it all, Jesus says to Pilate, “For this I was born, and for this I came into…
  • The Crux

    Lora Walsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Friday, April 18, 2014 – Good Friday, 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 22 (morning) // 40:1-14(15-19), 54 (evening) Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33 1 Peter 1:10-20 John 13:36-38 How do we make the journey from the first to the last verses of today's reading from Lamentations? The only way to get from beginning to end is to walk straight into the crux of our faith. We start with the voice of one who believes that his suffering is orchestrated by God. The voice says, "I am…
  • Taking compline to the streets

    Jim Naughton
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Two seminarians took compline to the streets on Monday night during Lent in Berkeley. Maggie Foster and Spencer Hatcher, both first-year students at Church Divinity School of the Pacific were discussing ways to attract people to local churches when they decided instead to bring one of the church's ancient liturgies out to the people. From the CDSP website: The group, which ranged between two and twelve people over six weeks, said the final office of the day at Indian Rock Park, the Martin Luther King Park World Wall for Peace, Springer Gateway at the University of California at Berkeley, the…
  • Signs of Spring

    Ann Fontaine
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    by Maria L. Evans Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it might produce what is needed for life: Bless those who work in the fields; give us seasonable weather; and grant that we may all share the fruits for the earth, rejoicing in your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. --Prayer for agriculture, Book of Common Prayer, p. 824. Here in the Midwest, we've struggled all winter with subzero temperatures, yet I caught myself back in January engaging in one of my favorite mid-winter activities--what I refer to as "seed catalog porn." Ever since my childhood,…
 
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Bishops - Part 50: 17th Century Russia

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In the next in his series on Church organization and structure, Fr. Tom talks about 17th Century Russia and the influences of Patriarch Nikon and the Old Believer schism.
  • Archbishop Fenelon and Great Lent

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Fr. Thomas talks about the writings of Archbishop Francois Fenelon, a Roman Catholic writer from the 17th Century. Fr. Tom was particularly taken with Fenelon's spiritual writings surrounding Lent.
  • The Purpose of Lent

    18 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As we approach the mid-point of Great Lent, Fr. Tom reflects on the purpose of this season in the Church year.
  • Bishops - Part 49: 17th Century Calvinistic and Roman Influences on Orthodoxy

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Fr. Tom talks about what happened in the 17th Century, when Orthodoxy in both Constantinople and Ukraine were influenced by non Orthodox thinking.
  • The Necessity of the Trinity

    20 Feb 2014 | 6:45 am
    In this very helpful theological discourse, Fr. Thomas Hopko states that the trinitarian understanding of God is absolutely essential to the Christian faith.
 
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    Jewish Treats

  • The Song of Songs

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine. Because of the fragrance of your goodly oils, your name is ‘oil poured forth.’ Therefore, the maidens loved you. Draw me, we will run after you...” (Song of Songs 1:2-4).And people say the Bible is boring...Shir Ha'shirim, The Song Of Songs, the Biblical love song attributed to King Solomon, is understood by the rabbis to be a prophetic allegory about the relationship of God and the Jewish people.The poetic work describes a beautiful maiden who loves, and is loved by, a handsome youth. When he pursues…
  • Chol Hamoed

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Most holidays in western society last for a single day, which is often extended into the weekend. And while most people are aware that Chanukah is celebrated for 8 days, many people are surprised to learn that both Sukkot and Passover are also week-long holidays. The Torah explicitly states (in Leviticus 23) that these two holidays shall be observed for seven days. (Note: The holiday[s] following Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, are independent of Sukkot.)The first two days of Sukkot and Passover (only the first day in Israel) and the last two days of Passover (only the seventh in…
  • Good Everything

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This Shabbat, wish others a "Shabbat Shalom and Mo'adim l'simcha."
  • Chag Ha'matzot

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    The name of the holiday “Passover,” is an allusion to God’s passing over the Israelite households during the plague of the firstborn, a critical element in the events of the Exodus. The name "Passover," however, may be derived from an English convolution of the Hebrew word Pesach, the Torah’s term for the Pascal lamb sacrificed on the holiday.The Torah refers to Chag Ha’pesach, the Holiday of the Pascal Lamb, only as the actual seder feast. In almost all other cases,* the Torah refers to this springtime holiday as Chag Ha’matzot, the Holiday of the Unleavened Bread:…
  • Singing Praises

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    “...The prophets of the Jewish people ordained that the Hallel be recited on special occasions and celebrations [like Yom Tov], and at times of national deliverance from peril, in gratitude for their redemption” (Pesachim 117a).The prayer of Hallel, which is recited before the Torah reading on the holidays of Sukkot, Chanukah, Passover and Shavuot,* is actually the recitation of Psalms 113-118. According to tradition, the Book of Psalms, which contains 150 poetic expressions of devotion to God, were mostly authored by King David. The six Psalms of Hallel were selected for holidays…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Arabian Peninsula: The Roots of a Remarkable Adventure in Understanding the Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The first part of a series of articles on the Arabian Peninsula and the Book of Mormon was just published in Meridian Magazine. "Beginnings: The Discovery of Nephi’s Bountiful" by Warren Aston retraces the events behind the discoveries relevant to the Book of Mormon in the Arabian Peninsula. Part 1 looks at the formulation of the hypotheses Warren Aston wanted to test.As a result of work by a few individuals, we now have remarkable treasures of knowledge regarding the Book of Mormon and evidences supporting the plausibility of First Nephi, as I discuss on my Book of Mormon Evidences…
  • Thumbs Up to Mormon's Codex (But Buy the Physical Book, Not Deseret's Flawed Ebook)

    Jeff Lindsay
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I'm nearing the end of John Sorenson's monumental tome, Mormon's Codex: An Ancient American Book, and highly recommend it. There is a lifetime of serious research from a good scholar in this work. Book of Mormon students will find numerous details from the geography, geology, archaeology, anthropology, and natural science of Mesoamerica enrich our understanding of the Book of Mormon and even its message. It's worth the weeks that it may take you to get through this very large book. It's not an easy read, especially if you buy the electronic version from Deseret Book and try to read it on…
  • Getting Nuclear with Doubt: Lessons from a Sixth-Grade Nerd

    Jeff Lindsay
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    When I was in sixth grade, our teacher taught a science section on the nature of the atom. In our classroom we had a physical model with some wooden balls glued together to represent the protons and neutrons of the atomic nucleus, and some other balls on a metal wire tracks representing electrons and their orbits. I think most of us realized that real atoms weren't made of wood, but beyond that we had no idea just how technically inaccurate and even misleading almost everything about this physical model was. The horrifically wrong relative dimensions, the portrayal of components as solid…
  • Relaxing to the End?

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    One of my pet peeves in China is the lack of rush in rush hour. The biggest problem is the widespread use of electronic gadgets. People are texting, watching movies, of playing games on their devices as they move through the subway or stand on the escalators instead of doing anything close to the healthy rush that I would impose on the world if I reigned. The left side of escalators are supposed to be for movers: "stand right, walk left" is the rule, but gadget gawkers often block the moving lane for everybody below as they stare cluelessly their toy/ultimate productivity device. at least for…
  • The Gospel Topics Area at LDS.org Now Includes a Statement on Becoming Like God

    Jeff Lindsay
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the most controversial aspects of LDS belief is the concept of becoming more like God, or thesis as some early Christians called it. The Church addresses this topic in a statement, "Becoming Like God," one of several recent statements on heavy issues in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org. It's also a topic I address on my LDSFAQ page, "The Divine Potential of Human Beings - or Do Mormons Believe They Can Become Gods?"Other recent topics include:Book of Mormon and DNA StudiesBook of Mormon TranslationPlural MarriageAre Mormons Christian?Race and the PriesthoodFirst Vision accounts
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    Blogging Theologically

  • The last days of Jesus: the despised but undefeated King

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two,…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When Jesus Said Farewell Collin Hansen: We Christians sometimes buy into a lie. We assume that if we’re not like those hateful, judgmental people who call themselves Christians, then the world will see that we’re actually pretty reasonable folks and want to follow Jesus. We believe that if Christians just cleaned up our act, then Jesus could finally captivate the hearts and minds of our neighbors. The only problem with this view is that it has no basis in the example or teaching of Jesus. Nice Christians don’t always finish first. Even though Jesus loved perfectly to the…
  • The last days of Jesus: the submissive Savior

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A Hymn Worth Not Singing Kevin DeYoung: Can we only sing songs in church written by solid evangelical Christians? I wouldn’t say that. We may not know the precise theological convictions of some ancient hymn writers and, no doubt, popular tunes can come from a wide array of sources. But I question whether we should sing songs meaning something with the words that the author did not mean. Fosdick wrote God of Grace for the dedication of the Rockefeller financed Riverside Church in New York City (October 5, 1930). Years later when he penned his autobiography, Fosdick entitled it “The…
  • The last days of Jesus: the delivered Deliverer

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” (Matthew 26:1-5) Although they’d tried, the priests and scribes could not challenge Jesus’ authority. They couldn’t discredit Him.
 
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Thank You, Zadie Smith

    Josephine Ferorelli
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Beginning this summer and escalating through the winter, as I spend more of my waking hours reading, writing, and talking with people about the climate crisis, I have become insatiably hungry for fiction. The goal is to get dragged by skillful plotting so far into another world that an open door will always be waiting for me during the day when the severity of our current predicament grows too intense, and at night I can wander through the door and fall asleep there. This is a welcome development. I had always been a reader: it was a point of pride, a building block of my self-conception. So…
  • Leaves of Ash

    Ashley Makar
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    I wake with ashes in the shape of crosses on my eyelids. I wait; day will break. Priests will say Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return. I’ll walk around—from church to work, lunch to the bank—strange with signs of death on my face. I’ll startle myself in the mirror. I’ll forget and then remember. I wrote that prose poem for Ash Wednesday. My favorite holy day: I wake up excited to have the sign of the cross drawn with ashes on my forehead. I go to Mass early, start the day laden with the strangeness of being a Christian, of being part of this we who celebrate death and…
  • KtB Religion News Roundup

    Mary Valle
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    The AV Club reports that, what with Captain America taking over the box office from Noah, comic books have reasserted themselves as “America’s favorite religion.” Let’s look at the numbers: apparently there are 24 million self-identified comic fans in the U.S.  Number of registered Catholics? 69,436,660. Clare O’Connor writes in Forbes about how some companies leave little clues about God in unexpected places. Clothing store Forever 21, for example, prints “John 3:16″ on the bottom of its shopping bags. Apparently John 3:16 is “the Bible in a nutshell.” All I know…
  • Anarchy in My Fond Feelings for Jesus Christ Superstar

    Mary Valle
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    What would it take to make me not want to see a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the summertime? This. Thoughts and Prayers, people, that I am not snatched into a white van, straightjacketed and have my eyelids forcibly propped open to force-witness this abomination while all I can do is “mmmph” through the gag in my mouth. Thoughts and Prayers.  
  • Told You So

    Brook Wilensky-Lanford
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    As generally skeptical types, we Buddha-killers don’t like to claim victory over the forces of dogma and oversimplification very often. The very act of our title is, after all, in the present tense. But it does seem in recent months that the good word of Buddha-killing–writing about religion the way most of us actually experience it, from the margins, dismantling truisms wherever we find them–is crossing over in intriguing ways into what I hesitatingly call the “mainstream.” We’re sneaky, but we’re here. First there was longtime Buddha-killer S. Brent Plate’s book A…
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    Religion Dispatches - Stories

  • A Good and/or Bad Friday

    Mary Valle
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Faith got me though my cancer even as I considered and dismantled the apparatus of faith that had been installed in my head.
  • Duggar Daughters Talk Sex, Courtship, and Fear of Ungodly Men

    Myev Rees
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Duggar daughters' message is clear and stark. Ladies: Men can be frightening and dangerous. Your best defense is preventative. Turn inward and make yourself a Godly woman worthy of a Godly man…or risk abuse.
  • Passover with Mohammed: A Jewish Journalist in Yemen

    Sam Kestenbaum
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “You?” Khalid nods towards me, his eyebrows rising slightly. I hadn’t yet told Khalid or anyone else that I met in Yemen that was a Jew. It hadn’t come up, it didn’t matter, I told myself. But I was also afraid of how they would react.  
  • Why Christians Should Not Host Their Own Passover Seders

    Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When people learn that, as a lifelong and practicing Christian, I am married to a Jewish man and that we practice both religions in our house, I often become the safe person to ask about Judaism. I like this advocate role for the opportunity it gives me to gently encourage folks to look at ways in which their privilege as a member of a majority population can sometimes cause them to cause offense.
  • The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Religion is Killing Religion

    Elizabeth Drescher
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Has religion run its course in western culture?
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    On Being Both

  • Passover: Aimee Helen’s Southern-Style Charoset Recipe

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    From the archives: Originally posted on March 24, 2010. Happy Passover, all! In the late 19th century, my great-grandfather Emanuel Michael Rosenfelder left Bavaria and became a circuit-riding rabbi, serving Jewish traders and merchants along the Mississippi River, in Natchez, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. When he registered to vote in 1876 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, the clerk, obviously unfamiliar with Jewish theology, recorded Rabbi Rosenfelder’s profession as “Minister of the Gospel.” In New Orleans, he met and married my great-grandmother, a teenager who had been living in a…
  • Being Both: Interfaith Cross-Country Tour

    Susan Katz Miller
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    I spent most of March traveling and speaking and having amazing conversations around Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family. In California, I found these translucent red, orange and yellow poppies imitating the overlapping and intersecting circles on the cover of my book! The month started out with a full day with the students, faculty and staff of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. I facilitated a Brown Bag lunch discussion on Interfaith Dating to a packed room of students, and gave an evening lecture on Being Both, in the lovely Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. The visit…
  • Passover: Three Generations of Interfaith Family

    Susan Katz Miller
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Passover and Easter are fast approaching, and I am still immersed in speaking and traveling in support of my book, Being Both. So I am reposting some essays from the archives. This one dates from the spring of 2010. Enjoy!   Our spring break starts today, and my two teens are genuinely ecstatic anticipating our annual family gathering in Florida. Every year, my parents reserve beachside condos, have a rental piano delivered, and invite all four of their children, the spouses, and seven grandchildren for a weeklong family swim, gab and jam session. If we’re lucky, and this year we are,…
  • Being Both: Catch the Interfaith Tour in PA, CT, CA, VA, DC

    Susan Katz Miller
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:11 am
    Susan Katz Miller at Politics & Prose, StephanieWilliamsImages The Being Both book tour is ramping up again, just in time for Passover and Easter. You can help by forwarding this post to friends and family near Easton PA, Greenwich CT, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Charlottesville VA and Washington DC. First up will be Lafayette College in Easton, PA on March 6th. I’ll be giving a new talk tailored for college campuses, drawing on interviews with college students from interfaith families, and emphasizing the extraordinary religious complexity, fluidity and flexibility in this…
  • Being Both: Notes from an Interfaith Book Tour

    Susan Katz Miller
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    StephanieWilliamsImages I am being being both these days: both encouraged and challenged by readers and audiences since the launch of Being Both last fall. Here are some brief highlights: In October, a packed house celebrated the book launch at the magical Washington DC bookstore, Politics & Prose. I was touched that David Cohen, husband of the late Politics & Prose founder Carla Cohen, chose to introduce me. David called Being Both a “very important book,” noting that he’d done “a lot of introductions” and that Being Both garnered the second-biggest applause. (The most was…
 
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 57 What is the Kingdom of God? pt 5

    Craig Owen
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    In the last episode I closed with a proposed definition of what is the Kingdom of God.  In this episode, we will look at this definition closely to see if common ground can be found between different religious traditions.  Some of the values this definition suggest are humility and mercy.  Mercy is perhaps the most important value suggested by the proposed definition of the Kingdom of God.  I do not think very many people would argue that there is too much mercy in the world.      In the next episode we will begin another topic.     …
  • Eps 56 What is the Kingdom of God? pt 4

    Craig Owen
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:01 pm
    In this episode, we will look at another possible understanding of the kingdom of God, that it is an invisible community of people who believe in God.  It is very simple, and avoids limiting the kingdom to an earthly institution or pushing the kingdom into the afterlife.  The problem is that this is very vague.   How do you know you are in the kingdom?  I take a couple of suggestions from my own religious tradition to fill out in more detail what is the kingdom of God as an invisible community.  Perhaps this invisible community is a bit more focused on spiritual…
  • Eps 55 What is the Kingdom of God? pt 3

    Craig Owen
    1 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Last time we looked at the idea of the Kingdom of God as being a country or an institution to which people can belong.  In this episode we will consider the Kingdom of God as heaven or the afterlife.  When we die, only the good people get into the kingdom and will spend eternal life there.   The kingdom as being heaven in the afterlife is the opposite, even a rejection, of the kingdom as an earthly institution.  People who take this approach often point to the politics and corruption of earthly institutions, saying that any human organization eventually falls into…
  • Eps 54 What is the Kingdom of God? Pt 2

    Craig Owen
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:06 pm
         In this episode we will look at a very old idea of what is the Kingdom of God.  It is the belief that the kingdom is a specific geographic location such as a specific tribal or political region.  What ever is the religion of the king or queen of the land, that becomes the relgion of all the people.  If you live within the borders of this area, you are in the Kingdom of God.  If you are outside the borders, you are not in the true Kingdom of God.  In later centuries, this understanding grew into the belief that the Kingdom of God was a…
  • Eps 53 What is the Kingdom of God? Pt 1

    Craig Owen
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:23 pm
    What is the Kingdom of God?  This is a central concept in the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  What you may believe about the Kingdom of God will affect other religious beliefs we hold.  For example, how do we think of God, as aloof or present in our daily lives? How do we understand salvation? Is it mainly about the life to come or is it more about our l ife in this world? What is the nature of faith?  All of these are interconnected and affected by our beliefs about the Kingdom of God.      We will look at several possible…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • Because by your holy cross

    Lee Potts
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    We adore you and we bless you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all the churches which are in the whole world, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. ~ St. Francis of Assisi Tags: Cross, francis of assisi, Jesus Christ, redeemed
  • This immense sea that is God

    Lee Potts
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    We must renounce the desire to have a God we can handle. We can be like people at a seaside resort who prefer the man-made swimming pool with its easy temperature, safety, and amenities. After all, it is sea-water! And a little beyond is the open sea, untrammelled, untameable, over which we have not control whatever. But it is to this sea that we must commit ourselves and let ourselves be carried away. It is terrifying, this immense sea that is God. ~ Ruth Burrows via Heather King Tags: control, desire, god, heather king, open sea, pool, Prayer, ruth burrows
  • The divine plan may show itself

    Lee Potts
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Plans that we hold too dearly to do not give God room to operate in our lives. They clutter us up and create blockades to the most primal part of our inmost being—the part where God speaks and through which (if the barricades are down and the lines are open) the divine plan may show itself. ~ Elizabeth Scalia, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life Tags: divine, Elizabeth Scalia, idols, plans, speaks, work
  • We’re more interested in what is interesting than what is true or what is important

    Lee Potts
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    We apparently live in the 21st Century where flying robots and self-driving cars are real things, yet we aren’t collectively bothered enough to do anything about the 8,000 children who starve to death every single day three million a year. And that’s partly because as humans we’re more interested in what is interesting than what is true or what is important. 8,000 children starving to death everyday is just something that happens. It isn’t new or counter intuitive or surprising. ~ Lee Crawfurd, You won’t believe these 8,000 children who are actually going to…
  • The idols we make of our plans

    Lee Potts
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There is a paradoxical kind of power in being willing to sweep away the idols we make of our plans. When Saint Paul writes that “for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10), he is telling us when he surrenders the notion that he could accomplish anything on his own, he discovers that God, working through him, does wonders beyond his own meager imaginings. It is precisely the same with our plans. When we stop insisting upon them and permit God to throw us a curve, and answer it with trust, wonders come our way. ~ Elizabeth Scalia, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life…
 
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    Amish America

  • Amish Communities in Nebraska

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Somewhat confusingly, the words “Nebraska Amish” often refer to the “white-topper” group of Pennsylvania and Ohio which bears that name–legacy of an associated bishop and early church members from the Cornhusker State. Less is heard about the small population of Amish who actually live in Nebraska. Amish America contributor Tom Geist today shares his visits to […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish…
  • April 2014 Issue of JAPAS Now Available

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    The third issue (Volume 2, Issue 1) of the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies has just been released. As its name suggests, JAPAS features scholarly articles on subjects related to Old Order Amish, Mennonites, and other Plain Anabaptists.  As an open source journal, all content is viewable for free online. The latest from […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • PA Police Officer Goes Undercover as Amish Woman

    Erik/Amish America
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    File this one under “Not A Spoof”. Chad Adams, a police sergeant for Pulaski Township in Western PA, recently spent time walking local roads dressed as an Amish woman. Why would he do such a thing, you’re surely wondering?  The department was trying to catch a man who had been exposing himself to Amish children walking […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (34 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Last month, contributor Don Burke gave us a look at the Kalona, Iowa Amish settlement.  Don returns today with a selection of photos from the Jamesport, Missouri Amish community. At eight church districts, Jamesport (Daviess County) is the third-largest of Missouri’s three dozen+ Amish settlements, smaller than only Seymour (Webster County) and Clark (Audrain/Monroe/Randolph County).  Founded in 1953, only […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or…
  • The Honeyville Quilt Auction (42 Photos)

    Erik/Amish America
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    The first Honeyville Quilt Auction of 2014 takes place tomorrow (Saturday April 12th) in the Elkhart-Lagrange, Indiana Amish settlement. We usually post auction photos taken during the event. Today is a little different, with a pile of pre-auction pictures showing all the neat things up for sale tomorrow. We also have a few words from […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Patheos Articles - Roman Catholicism

  • Catholic by Choice: Read an Excerpt

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    "I don't want to exaggerate, but I honestly thought my heart was going to explode. Whether this was a new toy or a new vision, I knew I had something beautiful in my life, a nourishment that was gradually seeping into my heart, and the more I received, the more I wanted, and I realized how parched and desperate I'd been."
  • Catholic by Choice: About the Book and Author

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Catholic By Choice" is a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert.
  • An Administration at the Center of the Universe

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    When government arrogates the power of a command economy to itself, liberty cannot long survive.
  • Freedom of Worship Is Not Freedom of Religion

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I hear our elected leaders speak about protecting "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion," I remember the powerful words of Bishop Warduni of Iraq.
  • About the Book and Author

    16 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, "The Holy Longing."
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • The Promise of Easter

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We celebrate the new bodily and spiritual life that he offers, an embrace by God here and now and not just something that we await.
  • The Other World Must Be Revealed

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We rebel by being unable to hear and see. We cannot see our real condition. We cannot hear the truth.
  • Divine Life

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    To live the Christian virtues as they lead from one to another is to come to the Lord and know him as a person. It is to enter into a relationship of love with God.
  • Two Kinds of Religion

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    That greatest of atheists, Nietzsche, may have been right in his arguments about one kind of religion, but his criticisms don't apply to the second.
  • The Only True Church

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    What do Mormons mean when we say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "the only true church"?
 
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • A Good Friday Prayer

    Ken Howard
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    by Ken Howard Forgive me, Lord, for I know not what I do. Despite my best intentions, I cannot focus my faith on you. I lurch left                     and                     right between “Hosanna!”                         and                     “Crucify him!” or stand                           at a                     distance, like a casual acquaintance: watching,                       silent,                    uninvolved, saying “I don’t know the man.”…
  • The Man with the Hammer: A Reflection for Holy Week

    Ken Howard
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    by Wendy Dackson [Jesus'] enemies were not the notorious sinners whom society casts out…it was not the gross sins such as shock respectable people which sent Jesus to the Cross: it was the respectable sins which are in the hearts of all of us. (William Temple, ‘Palm Sunday to Easter’, pp. 15-16) I think we all benefit from at least one blood-curdling liturgical moment in our lives. We are particularly blessed if that moment falls during one of the major liturgies of Holy Week.  It is even better if it is something that could not be scripted, planned, or rehearsed.  Finally, it may…
  • Alone or Together: A Question for Holy Week

    Ken Howard
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    by Ken Howard When Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to the class of 1993 back in my seminary days, he shared with us an old African proverb which has stuck with me through everything the last two decade threw before me: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Pretty simple. Pretty deep, too.  We live in a world that tells us that fast we go the better off we will be. And if that isn’t enough to motivate us, the world also reminds us that it will judge us on how much we can get done in how little time. The promise of judgment is true. The promise of better is a…
  • Mission Accomplished?

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr Palm Sunday A We always do this thing in Episcopal churches (lots of others do too) when on Palm Sunday we gather outside of the church building before the service. Someone deals palms and miniature crosses to everybody, and we wave them all around as we sing something joyful and triumphant like “All glory, laud, and honor,” marching into the church as if we’ve had a major victory. Following our magnificent entrance into the church, our party is quickly squashed by dramatic lectors who act as “Debbie Downers,” reading the Passion (this year from Matthew).
  • Was Ghandi a Christian?… It depends…

    Ken Howard
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    By Ken Howard Was Ghandi a Christian?… It depends… If the definition of Christian is “One who becomes an official member of the ‘religion’ of Christianity,” the answer is most certainly “No” (though from his diaries we learn that he almost did, but turned away from Christianity as a religion after being turned away from a segregated church). If the definition of Christian is “One who loves Christ, follows Christ, and strives to be a Christ-ian (lit. ‘little Christ’),” we may not know for sure whether the answer is…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through

    embcministry
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This message was delivered by Min. F. Townsend. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org Listen Now:
  • Family Problems

    embcministry
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This message was delivered by Min. L. Barnes. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org Listen Now:
  • Our Only Remedy is Repentance and Faith

    embcministry
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    This message was delivered by Min. R Monk. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • Inspite of What it Looks Like Keep Trusting

    embcministry
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    This message was delivered by a visiting Pastor, Pastor J. Johnson . Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
  • We Need To

    embcministry
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    This message was delivered by Min. P. DaVia. Send us your email to embcmilwaukee@gmail.com or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at www.embcministry.org
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    SCOAN London

  • Easter Service – 20 April 2014

    SCOAN London
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The monthly service for April 2014 has been moved from 6 April to 20 April, which is Easter Sunday. Come and join us at the University of West London (Paragon House) at 11am to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. There will also be a time of mass prayer with Prophet TB Joshua on the video screen. Text 07985 034222 or Email uk@scoan.org for details and directions.    
  • Keep Watching the SCOAN Live Service on Emmanuel TV!

    SCOAN London
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    At the SCOAN UK Monthly Service on 2 February 2014, different members of the congregation shared experiences of watching the live service from SCOAN Lagos on Emmanuel TV. Emmanuel and Katarina shared how each Sunday they put on their Sunday-best clothes and join the service in Lagos from their living room in North London, by connecting their computer to their TV set and watching Emmanuel TV. “We join the service just as if we were there in person”, Emmanuel explained, “when they stand, we stand, when they pray, we pray… and we have so many testimonies!” The…
  • 2014: A Year of Crossing the Bridge

    SCOAN London
    30 Dec 2013 | 2:58 am
    Remember what Prophet T.B. Joshua said about the year 2014: “It is a bridge that connects one to another. If the year is a bridge, what exactly will you expect? It means you have to live modestly. Cut your coat according to your size. It is not a time to walk arrogantly or a time to be proud. A time to cross a bridge is a time to be very careful.” He continued, “Destiny will work beautifully [in 2014]. Destiny – exactly what God has destined for you. If you are very careful, you will cross the bridge successfully. Please, you have to return back to your destiny. What is the meaning of…
  • BIRMINGHAM: Anointing Water Revival Town!

    SCOAN London
    6 Dec 2013 | 3:40 pm
    SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already swelling. Incredibly,…
  • Anointing Water Revival Coming To Birmingham!!!

    SCOAN London
    23 Nov 2013 | 2:20 pm
    Get ready! The Anointing Water Revival is coming to Birmingham, UK. By God’s grace, everyone will be ministered with the Anointing Water during the service and there will also be a powerful time of Mass Prayer. DIRECTIONS: The New Bingley Hall can seat up to 2000 and has over 300 free parking spaces. It has good road access from the A41 and A4540 (Ring Road), connecting with the national Motorway network (M5 J1, M6 J6). It is a short bus or taxi ride from the city centre, main train stations and National Express Coach Station. The buses that go to Hockley Circus are 16, 16A, 74 and 79.
 
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    CNA Daily News

  • Nevada Republicans drop pro-life, pro-marriage stand

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Las Vegas, Nev., Apr 18, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Nevada State Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.” “This is where the party is going.” Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the…
  • Archbishop thanks Colo. faithful for witness against abortion bill

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Denver, Colo., Apr 17, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state. “Congratulations to the people of good will throughout Colorado who listened to God's call to be active in politics and to defend life at every stage,” he said in a statement on the evening of April 16. “You are the ones who made a difference!” “Our hope lies not in the powers of government, nor the laws of man,…
  • Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Havana, Cuba, Apr 17, 2014 / 03:06 pm (CNA).- After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday. Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18. However, it said those who work in services such as sugar cane harvesting, shipping and receiving, transportation, health care, tourism…
  • Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate. “He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Celebrated by the Church each year in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus’ call for his disciples to imitate him in…
  • Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God. “Anointed with the oil of gladness so as to anoint others with the oil of gladness,” the pontiff said April 17, noting that priestly joy “is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself but for the entire faithful people of God.” Pope Francis made his remarks on the priesthood during the…
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    Faithlab

  • Insight From Isaac (and Jenn): Sacrifice, Cheeseburgers, and a “Complete” Joy

    Darian Duckworth
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    “Are you ready to go?” My college roommate, Jenn, stood in the doorway on one leg, the other bent in a quadricep stretch. Her hair was in a ponytail, her sneakers were on her feet, and her mind already seemed to be on the pavement. Though I was also dressed for exercise, I couldn’t say I was “ready” to run the 3-mile perimeter of Vanderbilt’s campus. “Can’t we just walk?” I sat on the edge of the bed, not stretching. “It would be easier for us to talk if we walk.” Jenn planted both feet on the ground and said, “We live…
  • A EULOGY (OF SORTS).

    Eric Minton
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 months ago, my wife and I bought a house. After living in sometimes-bedroom-less-apartments, with family, and my grandfather’s cavernously empty house for the better part of a year*, we finally took the plunge. (*NOTE: if you’re into 2-story, 50-year-old, pink brink tudors, let just say I know a guy.) Now, because we’re a bit short on time, allow me to go ahead and pre-empt some of your inevitable queries regarding my aforementioned home purchase: “Yes, I did watch AT LEAST 37 episodes of house hunters before starting the process, and WHY CAN’T…
  • Patrick of Ireland, Slave, Bishop, Missionary

    Joshua Hearne
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Patrick’s father was a leader in his community and was named Calpornius. He was a deacon in the congregation they attended in Wales. Calpornius’ father–Patrick’s grandfather–was named Potitus and he was a priest in the area where they grew up. He offered the sacraments and mysteries of the Church to those who had ears to hear and eyes to see. Patrick had roots within the Church and found himself drawn to the ministry that his father and grandfather had likewise felt themselves called to. He was receiving an education that would likely end up with him becoming yet…
  • The High Priest’s Garments

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:35 pm
    The High Priest’s garments, a robe of purest blue, Golden bells along the hem, Graven lapis with the symbols of the tribes, How pure the priest How fine. A fringed tunic of purest linen, The finest yarns of many colors, Twisted gold chains, A frontlet to say “Holy the LORD” How righteous the priest How good. But cannot a garment hide the truth? Cannot a fine covering hide a rotten core? Are there not masks that people wear that conceal what is real? Is this not the preparation for hypocrisy? This cannot be the lesson we are to learn, To look good To look splendid To appear righteous and…
  • Cupcake Theology

    Darian Duckworth
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:52 am
    Warning: If you ever converse with me in a coffee shop, there is a strong possibility that something you say will become a “musing.” Here is yet another reflection on a coffee shop conversation. Yes, I love coffee, but what I love more are the insights that arise from people gathered around the coffee, even when I don’t like what people say. What I love is how God speaks to us, and teaches us, in the everyday world of lattes — and cupcakes. I had spent two hours in front of the computer screen in my office, typing then deleting four different ideas for blog posts. It…
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    Divided Under God

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
 
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Parenting: Leveraging Literature for Spiritual Growth

    Matt
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Engaging children through literature is an easy way to pass on such needed swords in our battle to protect them against the world. And not just protect them, but equip them with the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit. Reading secular literature as a Christian has been a topic of debate for as long as there have been books and Christians. As parents, we often question whether our children are reading appropriate material at school. We worry they are independently selecting the wrong stories…, stories too violent, or worldly, or sinful. It becomes especially…
  • Created for Physical Activity

    Matt
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you take a moment to daydream about the differences between our lives today and our grandparents or great-grandparents lives years ago, you’ll identify some drastic change.  It really is mind-boggling. I love the efficiency, productivity and value that technology brings to my life today.  However, for most of us the gift of technology has created a daily routine which repeatedly places us in a comfortable chair sitting in front of a screen for 8-10 hours each day (at a minimum). The gift of technology has not only changed our work in dramatic ways but it has changed the way we spend…
  • Are There Better Things to Do on Sunday Morning?

    Matt
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently I had a great conversation with a friend around the complexities of evaluating our priority of ‘attending church.’  There really are a lot of complexities. After all, perfect church attendance is not how we are rescued into the hope and joy of being in Jesus Christ.  We are instructed to live our entire lives as worship (a living sacrifice), therefore our worship is not confined to a Sunday gathering.  Today, more than ever before, we have great Bible teaching available to us anytime and anywhere through a plethora of podcasts. The truth is that we have so many demands on our…
  • Emotion vs. Intellect: Another Battle of Preference?

    Matt
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Church is something that becomes very personal, at least here in the West.  Too often church also becomes a battlefield where the bloodshed of opposing opinions takes place.  History tells us of controversies ranging from whether or not women should wear pants to the seductive rhythms where drums are present. In recent days there has been church damaging battles over the appropriateness of hymns or choruses in the worship gathering.  The battles also reach over into the sermon length as well.  In one corner you might hear that a sermon is not a real sermon unless it is 60 minutes and over…
  • Loving Our Sons into Leadership

    Matt
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    The last post highlighted many of the similar principles with which we love our sons and daughters.  There are nuanced differences, but these differences fall short of fully loving our sons into their biblical role of leadership.  Let’s move beyond the basics of the previous posts and look at our unique gift of discipling the next generation of men in Christ’s Church. As Parents we have the unique opportunity to disciple our sons with the prayerful hope of them growing to be great men who love Jesus and lead in His Church.  As Fathers, we have the unique gift of showing our sons an…
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    The Daily Register

  • Nancy Pelosi Uses Holy Thursday Foot Washing Service to Raise Immigration Issue

    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    By Joan Frawley Desmond | Pope Francis inspired Catholics across the world last year when he visited a juvenile detention center in Rome to celebrate Holy Thursday, and tenderly washed the feel of a young  Muslim woman. This year, he washed the...
  • Pope's Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper

    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    By Edward Pentin | Pope Francis gave an improvised homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome....
  • 9 things you need to know about Good Friday

    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    By Jimmy Akin | Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to...
  • Failing and Falling

    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    By Father Dwight Longenecker | I’m reminded of our failing and falling whenever I walk through the Stations of the Cross. | There is an old saying that it does not matter how often you fall — it matters how often you get up. I’m reminded of our...
  • How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me This Lent, Making Every Friday 'Good' and Much More!

    NCRegister
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    By TITO EDWARDS | How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand The Saint Who Carried Water to the Last Supper – The Catholic Herald Making Every Friday “Good” – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today Love & Envy:...
 
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    The Summit Lighthouse

  • The Mystery and Mission of Jesus

    TSL WebTeam
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    As much as we think we know him, many aspects of Jesus’ life and mission remain a mystery. Did He really die for our sins, or did he actually come to hold the karma of our sins at bay until we could bear it ourselves? Did he come to play a rare and unique role in history, or did he come as an example of what we, too, might achieve by following his example? Tune in April 22 Tuesday at Noon, MT for The Mystery and Mission of Jesus on The Open Door. Questioning Jesus’ role can be hazardous to your health Not long ago, even raising questions about Jesus’ mission could have easily led to a…
  • Ascended Master Teachings – Easter 2014 Releases

    TSL WebTeam
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    DVDs Exclusively Available Online at TSL Bookstore (or call to order: 1-406-848-9500). Productos en español: Productos en la TSL librería Teachings of the Ascended Masters New books, audios and DVDs from The Summit Lighthouse released at the Easter 2014 retreat. Dictations and Lectures from Easter Retreat 2014 The Mystery of Jesus Christ DVD and MP3 albums Understanding Your Own Real Self With Jesus the Christ, Archangel Gabriel, Mother Mary and John the Beloved Mark L. Prophet & Elizabeth Clare Prophet 3 DVDs & 1 MP3 total time: 13 hr. 4 min. DVG14001 DVD 1: Dictations: (1 hr. 48…
  • Chakras, Crystals and the Seven Rays

    TSL WebTeam
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Light, color, energy, power. There is an interrelationship among these that has spawned entire branches of science, informed research into the very heart of the Cosmos, and been recognized as central to many of the highest forms and practices of religion and spirituality. No wonder we’re fascinated! There’s a Reason We Love Crystals and Gems And Whey We Feel Their Kinship with Chakras… Chakras. These pulsating, dynamic light-energy centers within us provide the power we need to perform daily tasks. Obviously, for maximum benefit, it is essential to keep our chakras in good…
  • Hold on to Your Light! – Online Radio

    TSL WebTeam
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Strategies of Light and Darkness Not Every Angel is Your Friend Just as there are angels of light, there are angels of darkness. This recognition is essential for all those who seek and serve the Light, because these dark angels are tireless in their efforts to steal our light. When the rebel angels fell, they were cast down to earth and stripped of their light….and they need light to survive. Having none of their own, where do they turn for what they need? Unfortunately, we are their primary target of opportunity. Be Prepared! Forewarned is fore-armed! When we understand that the fallen…
  • The Mystery of the Perfect Christ

    TSL WebTeam
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Path of Initiation under Maitreya Buddha I am come, then, that ye might have understanding of the path and therefore not be confounded by the fallen ones you meet upon that path. For they would condemn you for even meeting them at all, as though it was your fault that they fell from highest star. The fallen ones in pride blame all and everything upon the chosen ones, who bear the cup of my life unto the resurrection of the whole Body of God. The mystery fulfilled is in the opening of your eye, not to relative good and evil but, by and by, to the revelation of the perfect Christ within…
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    Shawna R. B. Atteberry

  • The Last Shall Be First: The Women of Holy Week

    shawna
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    The past few years I have been on a mission to write, preach, and teach the women of Holy Week back into our Holy Week liturgies, practices, and Scriptures. In this post we’ll learn about the first two women we meet during Holy Week in Matthew and Mark. When I decided I wanted to write a blog post on the women of Holy Week, I started flipping through the Gospel accounts, and I was surprised to find the first woman mentioned in Holy Week was the widow who gave her last two pennies as an offering in the Temple. For some reason I never connected her story with Holy Week. And for good…
  • Maundy Thursday Sermon Podcast: Anointing the King

    shawna
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    I preached this sermon Maundy Thursday, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church. (Click  the link “Anointing the King” to hear or download the MP3.)   Annointing The King Mark 14:1-11 (This sermon is told from the view of the woman who anointed Jesus’ head in Mark. Props: head covering, white jar or container.) (Place container on the altar or pulpit) By that night I had been following him for a long time. I started following him in Galilee. I saw all of his miracles, heard his teaching. I knew who Jesus was. And Godde had been telling me to do something. Something I knew women…
  • Sermon: The God of the Dead

    shawna
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The God of the Dead The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-42 The rocking chair was old, but it had been well made, and it’s structure was solid. It had been handmade, and made well. Unfortunately subsequent owners didn’t know what to do with wood. The layers upon layers of paint testified to that. Why did people paint over perfectly good wood? Hadn’t they any sense? It was her summer project. She set it out on her screened in back porch. It was going to take a lot of paint remover to get the layers upon layers of paint off, and she’d need plenty…
  • We have a winner!

    shawna
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Congratulations to Susan Curry for winning the $25 Amazon.com gift card! Thank you to all of you who bought my book this last month. I really appreciate it. I’d love to know what you think about it, and if you feel so inclined please leave a review on Amazon. I would also like to put a plug in for Susan. Susan is an interior designer, and we hired her a couple of years ago to re-do our living room. She did a fabulous job, and we found my favorite chair in the world with her. This is the chair I sit in in the morning with my coffee watching the Lake. If you’re in the Chicagoland…
  • Spend Lent with the Women of the Bible

    shawna
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today is my birthday! Today is the last day to enter to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card! You have until 5:00 p.m. CDT today to buy my book and email me (shawna@shawnaatteberry.com) your order number to get your name in the drawing. Good luck! Is one of your Lenten goals to spend more time studying the Bible? Have no idea where you’re going to start? Why not spend Lent with some incredible biblical women? What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down is a 9 week Bible study that will introduce you to women like: The five daughters of…
 
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    Christian Stress Management

  • Awesome Bible Verses as Spiritual Warfare Prayers to Fight Danger

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Awesome Bible Verses can be used as Spiritual Warfare Prayers to Fight Danger especially if you have been facing unusual dangerous situations. These challenges can include sudden insecurity at your residence or your friends turning into frenemies for no apparent reason and planning to harm your life. Awesome Bible Verses that you can use as Spiritual Warfare Prayers to fight Danger include Psalm 140:1-2 which says:Deliver me, O Lord my God, from evil men and preserve me from violent men who plan evil things in their hearts. PDF eBook How to Fight Danger with Bible…
  • Biblical Life Lessons for Purim from Queen Esther

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Buy Biblical Lessons for Purim from Queen Esther from Amazon Biblical Life Lessons for Purim from Queen Esther is a Christian sermon which teaches 21st century life lessons from the story of Esther in the Bible.BOOK EXCERPTWhat is Purim?Purim Holiday is a Jewish feast day that celebrates the time when the Jewish people were saved from extermination and thus it is a very important event in the history of the Jews.The events leading up to Purim story are recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible as they are intertwined with the story of Esther herself.Esther, also known as Hadassah, was…
  • How to Fight for Self Love with Bible Verses

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    Buy How to Fight for Self Love with Bible Verses from AmazonHow to Fight for Self Love with Bible Verses teaches you the awesome Bible verses you can use to pray, say as Christian affirmations, and use in your Christian meditation sessions so that you can start feeling loved and lovely. It also teaches you how to love yourself more by doing simple practical things as you wage your Christian spiritual warfare against the self defeating state of feeling unloved and unlovable.BOOK EXCERPT Regardless of whether you are feeling unloved because you have been rejected by your significant other…
  • Physical Exercise for Dealing with Depression

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Buy Physical Exercise for Dealing with Depression from AmazonPhysical Exercise for Dealing with Depression teaches you the benefits of exercising in the management of depression. It also teaches you the stretching exercises, aerobic exercises and weight bearing exercises you can do in your home without the use of specialized gym equipment as well as a 4 week total body exercise plan to help you cope with depression.BOOK EXCERPTExercise Activity for Week 2 Day 1 Whole body stretch to warm up  30 min walk/ jog at medium THR  Whole body stretch to cool down Day 2 Whole body stretch to…
  • Music Therapy for Dealing with Depression

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    22 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Buy Music Therapy for Dealing with Depression from AmazonMusic Therapy for Dealing with Depression teaches you the different types of music that can be beneficial to persons coping with depression.BOOK EXCERPTPlaying Soft Soothing MusicMedical research suggests that music can decrease blood pressure and heart rates as well as help patients dealing with depression. The Bible also tells us that music can soothe troubled emotions because when David played his harp, Saul would feel better as the evil spirit would depart from him. (1 Samuel 16:23) Therefore spend at least 30 minutes listing to…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • 3 Lessons About Love From The Birth Of My Son

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been a Dad for about a week. It’s an amazing feeling. I was supposed to become a Daddy on May 17 according to doctors, but God had a little different plan. Instead, our son was born April 8 about 6 weeks early. As I look back over a whirlwind week, I’m reminded of these 3 things about love. Love protects When my wife’s water broke early that Tuesday morning, I immediately began praying for her and Riley. There’s a very real enemy that loves to step in at times like those and I refused to let him win. I did what Riley couldn’t do and prayed for him for…
  • How I Used Evernote To Write My First Book

    Jonathan Pearson
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    My first book releases in just a couple of months. It’s a project that I have to be honest in saying that I didn’t want. I didn’t want to spend hours and months writing a book… not with all that I have going on and all of the things I have my hands in on a daily basis. Nevertheless, after some prodding from a publisher and the Holy Spirit, I agreed to begin working on a leadership book for younger leaders. Being a pretty organized person, one of the first things I knew I had to do was organize all of the ideas and content in a way that made sense to me. Writing Next Up…
  • 3 Social Media Practices for Great Young Leaders

    Jonathan Pearson
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    Social media is here to stay. If you were one of the ones that was reluctant to admit it, you need to come to the place where you’re willing to admit that social media is sticking around. Sure, it will change and evolve, but it will be here in some form for any foreseeable future. As leaders (young leaders especially) we have to learn to embrace how social media can help us accomplish our vision and goals. In reality, it’s a great tool for us to utilize in so many ways. What I too often see are people and leaders that greatly reduce their influence and others’ perception of…
  • God’s Presence Is Everything

    Jonathan Pearson
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Benjaminite answered, “Israel ran away from the Philistines, and the Israelite army has lost many soldiers. Your two sons are both dead, and the Philistines have taken the Ark of God.” When he mentioned the Ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair… (1 Samuel 4:17, 18 NCV) I’ve read this passage before. I read it again a couple of weeks ago. The thing that always surprises me? Eli’s responses to the 2 reports he received. Eli was told his sons had died… He didn’t fall out. Elie was told the Ark was gone… He fell out. I understand that Eli was told…
  • How Leaders Are Tigers

    Jonathan Pearson
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago I was watching TV and saw an interesting program title on National Geographic. Having found nothing particularly great on before, I stopped to watch a little while. The show was about some of the wild’s most dangerous animals. One of the animals they mentioned was the tiger. As the show continued, they told us that the tiger can run at a top speed of 30 miles per hour. 30! That’s pretty stinking fast. The catch is, though, that they have very low stamina. In fact, they showed a chase between a tiger and another animal that ended in the tiger running out of energy…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • Why A Demonized Woman Cried, "Jesus Is Victor!"

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Johann Christoph BlumhardtJohann Christoph Blumhardt journeyed to Mottlingen, in southern Germany in 1838 to pastor a small Lutheran congregation. Things appeared ordinary on his arrival, but what would soon transpire would change the face of modern Christianity.  It all began when a teenager in the congregation, Gottliebin Dittus, exhibited bizarre behavior. After being ill for some time, she started to emit strange noises and convulse. Under deep duress, Gottliebin claimed to encounter strange sights and sounds. Her actions confused everyone in the congregation. Perhaps no one was…
  • Are You Twice The Son Of Hell?

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Evangelism can be hard to understand and apply - not because Scripture is unclear - but because "religion" distorts and reshapes it for its own purposes. Empty-hearted men and women have a way of exploiting ministry for less than noble purposes.Due to their distorted purposes and identity, First Century religious leaders had a misguided approach to ministry. Twisted forms of religion not only affected their understanding of faith, but also their efforts to expand the "community of faith." Confronting this, on one occasion, Jesus declared the following, “Woe to you, teachers of the law…
  • Are You Listening To The Ancient Stories?

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    Photo of the Catacombs of Priscilla; depicting early Christian worship."These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come." ( 1 Corinthians 10:11)Sadly, modern believers are unwilling to consider early Apostolic practice. They're convinced we're so far-removed from the purity and power of the First Century that there's nothing to appropriate. With this idea in mind one pastor told me, "We cannot do what they did because what was afforded to early Christians has not been afforded to us. Besides, we're not…
  • Could This Be Why You Are Sick?

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Over two decades of ministry I've observed a common human response that is quite destructive. What I'm talking about is unforgiveness. When bitterness grips the soul, its effects show up in a myriad of ways. The sheer ugliness of it can be quite astounding.Among other things, it creates emotional distress and deepens negative psychological patterns. As "the trouble" is continually rehearsed, contentment and peace get lost. Gripping this "pain" not only damages the heart, it deteriorates the mind.Many are convinced these choices will place them "on guard" and take them out of the reach of…
  • Developing A Culture Of Honor

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:30 pm
    While aiming for shared values, uniformity is not what we're going for in our churches. If great exploits are to be accomplished, Spirit-led diversity must become a part of our culture. A faith community will experience “friction points” from time to time. With diverse gift mixes and abilities, disagreements naturally arise. Nevertheless, those with differing perspectives must find ways to work together. Believers must honor others and allow them to be who God has made them to be. A healthy community is developed through an openness and consideration of others. While an individual's…
 
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    The Dude Abides

  • The Poem That Inspired Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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

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

    tgf
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
    "Think what would happen if there weren't any sisters, if there weren't any sisters in the hospitals, no sisters in the missions, no sisters in the schools. Think what the church would be like without sisters -- no, that's unthinkable." — Pope Francis
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman: Lord Rest His Soul

    tgf
    2 Feb 2014 | 11:32 am
    Perhaps the finest actor of my generation (IMHO), the Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his New York City apartment. Goddammit. Addiction is an awful disease. My heart, and those of millions of other fans and those who knew and loved him best, felt shattered upon hearing the unexpected and tragic […]
  • On Justin Bieber’s Annus Horribilis : My Interview with Joshua DuBois

    tgf
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:03 am
    We have the responsibility to be kind to one another, and that responsibility extends to celebrities, too. We’re the ones who placed them on their teetering pedestals. Justin didn’t ascend his without our help. So when they tumble off, the fact that we cheer and sneer is awful, hypocritical, and deeply, sometimes savagely unkind.
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • The Manning Report – 17 April 2014

    lulah3000
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898 (Visited 13 times, 13 visits today)
  • Better Signal: Better Sound

    agentDave001
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Better Signal: Better Sound. Recorded 16 April 2014. ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 17 April 2014

    admin
    17 Apr 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 Pulpit of Power message title: N/A. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898 (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)
  • Only Jesus Can Take Down Obama

    agentDave001
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Only Jesus Can Take Down Obama http://www.atlah.org The Manning Report ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 87 times, 84 visits today)
  • Mr. Bundy: Hear Ye Mr. Rudy Davis

    agentDave001
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Mr. Bundy: Hear Ye Mr. Rudy Davis ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 107 times, 98 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • The Morning Buzz | In The Atlantic: Robert P. Jones Explores an Unlikely Alliance

    PRRI
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Today's Buzz reports on the chummy relationship between evangelical Protestants and the Catholic Church, North Dakota's abortion ban overturned, the drop in the number of immigration court-ordered deportations, re-evaluating Civil War casualties, a GIF of the economic recession, and Americans' beliefs about the resurrection of Jesus.
  • The Morning Buzz | The Morals of Millennial Republicans

    PRRI
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s daily dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? New York City’s new police commissioner has shut down the controversial Demographics Unit, a police squad that gathered surveillance on Muslim communities within and beyond the five boroughs, saying he wants to “heal rifts between the Police Department and minority communities.” […]
  • In The Atlantic, PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones explores the surprising alliance between Protestant evangelicals and Catholic bishops

    PRRI
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Click here to read The Atlantic article by Dr. Jones about how white evangelical Protestants are more aligned with official Roman Catholic Church positions than Catholics and how the Pope's call for economic justice may effect this political match made in heaven.
  • The Morning Buzz | Mathematicians Take Top Spot in Jobs Ranking

    PRRI
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    In today's Buzz, President Obama meets with religious leaders to discuss immigration, Republican advantage in midterm elections, the high cost of rent in cities across the U.S., a pot-dispensing vending machine, mathematicians on top in jobs ranking.
  • The Morning Buzz | The Popularity of Passover

    PRRI
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Today's Buzz reports Ohio has been ordered to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, few women are interested in careers in academia, Stephen Colbert's take on Common Core, Passover's popularity among the non-Jewish, and a look back on the Loma Prieta earthquake.
 
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • 4 Ways You Can Help Your Leader Today

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Our last month’s newsletter that was sent out to all our partners had a tremendous response. We therefore decided to share that content with all our Guarding the Heart readers as well. If you haven’t already been receiving our monthly newsletter, you can get it by simply partnering with us for free [here.] I hope you’re encouraged with the partners letter and will do your best to stand with your leader today! Blessings, Shyju Click to read more.. P.S – If your a leader, you can find more exclusive resources for you at our blog for Pastors and Leaders.   You just…
  • Wage War Against Devil’s Biggest Scheme

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Do you know that right now even as you are reading this article the devil and his kingdom is waging war against you. 1 Peter 5: 8 reminds us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Job 1:7 is clear that our enemy does not rest. “The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”" The battle is constant, that’s why Peter reminds us to “be sober-minded and watchful.” Satan not only waits to…
  • RN004 Fighting the Schemes of the Devil [Oasis Podcast]

    Shyju Mathew
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    In this Oasis Podcast – Episode #004 (19:49), I want to share with you a powerful wake-up call we had from God at our Church here in Montreal. Even though this was not planned as a sermon, I want to share this inspiration with you because of the reviving anointing I experienced with this sharing. Here are few things that I have covered on this podcast with a bit more explanation for those who are not into listening to audios: Exposing the Strategy of the Devil in This Generation “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”…
  • Revivalist Steve Hill is No More; Persecutions in Somalia, Syria and Pakistani; New Bible Museum and an Update on Pastor Saeed Abedini

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:40 am
    Brownsville Revivalist Pastor Steve Hill Passes Away Pastor Steve Hill, perhaps best known as the evangelist for the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida, USA, passed away on 9 March 2014. Hill passed on to glory after a long battle with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. Fueled by his own dramatic deliverance from drugs, alcohol and crime in 1975, Hill dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Click here to read more about Steve Hill.   Syria Jihadist Group Forces Christians to Submit…
  • 4 Reasons Why There’s Hope in Your Mess!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    Just a few months close to being engaged, he decided that she was not the one for him… Months away from their wedding day, she quits with no more love to give. “I love God but I have failed Him a million times….” These are the kind of stories that you hear quite often while being in the ministry. I don’t know if you are the reason someone is having a heart break or if you are on the receiving end, but at the moment you may feel like it’s over. It may seem like you can never correct the wrong you did or may be you have completely lost trust in…
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    SSRF Blog

  • Spiritual Researchers from “Living Unitedly” organization visit the SSRF Spiritual Research Centre

    Sean
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    Mr. Amol Sutrale and Mr. Nirvan Anand from “Living Unitedly” organization visited the SSRF Spiritual Research Centre in Goa, India. Mr. Amol Sutrale (a lawyer) and Mr. Nirvan Anand (an engineer) by profession have a keen interest in the spiritual dimension and how it affects a person’s life. Mr. Nirvan Anand has also been actively studying and researching the paranormal for the past 3 years and provides solutions to his patients suffering from life’s problems. They used an EMF (Electromagnetic field) reader to measure the strength of the biofield of seekers and of non-living objects.
  • Unprecedented number of daily visitors to ssrf.org

    Sean
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    On 15 Apr 2014, SSRF.org received an unprecedented number of visitors to its website. The website was visited by 31,754 people which was 127% over the usual 14,000 daily visitors. While Google does not provide clear data on the exact keywords that contributed to the extraordinary spike in traffic, we suspect that the increase was due the total lunar eclipse and full moon that occurred on 15 Apr 2014. SSRF has articles on both events and discusses a spiritual perspective on eclipses and full moon. Key phrases were such as ‘meaning of eclipse’ (ranked #2 in the US), ‘meaning of lunar…
  • Spiritual experiences in the SSRF Satsang for North and South America seekers

    Dragana
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    On 13 April 2014, SSRF held a Satsang for North and South America seekers over the telephonic free conferencing system. 14 seekers attended the Satsang. As usual, towards the end of the Satsang we do one subtle experiment so that seekers can train their 6th sense. This time the subtle experiment was not consisting of seeing covered pictures as it is usually done, because the topic was “Benefits of Satsang”. Satsang means the company of Truth. So the seekers were asked to try and experience the presence of God (Truth) in the Satsang. Below are some spiritual experiences of SSRF seekers: 1.
  • Increase in national conflicts indicate the beginning of World War 3

    Nia
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Recently, SSRF published a blog post about recent natural disasters that are on the rise. We have noticed that national conflicts are on the rise as well. Here are some examples of nations in conflict: Ukraine and Russia conflict over Crimea Syrian Civil War South Sudanese conflict Central African Republic conflict Egyptian Revolution in 2011 Nepal Civil War, etc. Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict issues maps of conflicts worldwide on National level.When studying world news, one can learn about how conflict exists in almost every nation. This is a devastating reality. We are now…
  • Are major disasters destined?

    Nia
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    When we hear in the news about a missing plane, a railway collision, an industrial disaster, explosion in a nuclear power plant, or a shipwreck – or when we read about it in history books, we usually have a question ‘why this has happened?’ Our history is laden with examples of various disasters: aviation, maritime, structural collapses, rail, industrial, nuclear, etc. To start with the most recent one: On 8 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost communication with air traffic control centers. Mysteriously, the plane has been missing ever since.
 
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  • Satanic crime - cannibalism by Mexican Knights Templar drug cartel

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    The following is, in part, a case study of satanic crimes that are not reported as such and thus not recognized as such due to the simple fact that they are not posted online without the words or tags &ldquo...
  • Jim Jones the Atheist preacher of Jones Town

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    “[Jones was] religiously and atheistically conflicted.”—E. Black, “Wives of God, Mothers of the Faithful”,Jones Town - San Diego State UniversityThe Jones Town mass suicide of the late 1970s AD amounted to 900 deaths...
  • Book review: “Sleep Paralysis – What it is and How to Stop it” by Chris White

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Paperback: 156 pagesPublisher: CWM Publishing; 1 edition (February 20, 2014 AD)ISBN-10: 0991232917ISBN-13: 978-0991232918Some time ago, we posted the article Sleep paralysis in the Bible. Thus, when Chris White published Sleep Paralysis –...
  • Darren Aronofsky to follow up “Noah” movie with a movie about Muhammad

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    With the success of his biblically based, and thus accurate, rendering of the Russell Crow movie “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky is setting his sights towards other religious text based movies with the movie; “Muhammad.”Many...
  • Do Christians believe in talking serpents and talking donkeys?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    The answer is, “No.” But what, exactly, was the question?This is where taking the time to consider the question, or argument, carefully is important before offering an answer, or counterargument.The question was, “Do Christians...
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    Holy Blasphemy

  • 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…
  • Can non-believers be creative? Steven Pressfield’s new proof for the existence of God (and why it fails)

    Derek Murphy
    12 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    Today on Steven Pressfield’s blog he posted an article called How Resistance Proves the Existence of God. Let me start by saying, I saw this coming years ago. I saw it in his now famous “War or Art” and in the interview he did with Oprah. I saw it in the new book “Do the Work” Seth Godin asked him to write. In brief, Pressfield believes that we are all called to produce art, and our greatest enemy in life is Resistance. Resistance is that inner voice of doubt that tells us we’re not good enough. The problem with the assumption, is that it means: A) God…
  • Sherlock Holmes hates Americans: Guy Fawkes and Revolutionary Terrorism

    Derek Murphy
    4 Jan 2014 | 11:15 am
    I was excited to take a break from writing my thesis tonight to start Season 3 of Sherlock Holmes, “The Empty Hearse.” Since my thesis is focused mainly on Milton, Guy Fawkes and revolutionary terrorism, I was very surprised that the plot of episode one takes place among November 5th events that commemorate the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The interesting thing about Guy Fawkes – who has become the de facto symbol of revolutionary action around the world since the making of the movie V for Vendetta, which portrayed him and his plan to destroy parliament as heroic and…
  • How Wreck-it Ralph is secretly teaching kids to love Satan

    Derek Murphy
    3 Jan 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Within just the past decade, there has been a rapid shift in the characterization of the Other – from monstrous, to misunderstood; from frightening to friendly. Thus, vampires, werewolves and witches have changed from being evil creatures of the night, to tragically misunderstood victims of judgmental traditionalist organizations who are constantly challenging their right to exist. In 2012 we even had the movie Wreck it Ralph, in which all the classic “evil” characters from video games were given the chance to express their feelings in a bad-guy support group. The common feeling was…
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    Set Apart People

  • Greetings from Jerusalem

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    This week we are spending our Pesach break in Jerusalem.  This means that we have not had enough time for any study that can present to you.  We can offer you some pictures of Jerusalem during the Pesach season. This is a truly wonderful experience that we would highly recommend.  We hope that you enjoy these pictures and that you are inspired to join us in Jerusalem for Shavuot – YHVH willing. We will be back with our normal studies next week.  
  • Tzit-tzit, a reminder throughout our generations

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
        The wearing of tzit-tzit is a commandment given in Numbers 15:37-41 and is repeated in Deut 22:12. We also read about it in the Apostolic writings. YHVH gave this commandment to wear tzit-tzit and to look at it, as a reminder to us to do all His commandments and be set apart to Him. In this study, we will explore this commandment a bit to see how we are to understand and apply this in our lives. It may seem insignificant, but it is not. It may seem like one of the least of YHVH’s commandments, but it is very important. We shall first look at what is defined as tzit-tzit.
  • When is First Fruits and how to count the Omer

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We have written a few articles on the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened bread. During the days of Unleavened bread, there is another feast day that is generally disregarded. This is mostly because it is not a day of rest and there is also no temple, so it is impossible to bring the required sacrifices. However, this is a very significant, prophetic, feast, which was fulfilled when Y’shua became the first fruit of the dead. This day also marks the beginning of the counting of the Omer which leads to the next feast, the feast of weeks, 50 days later. The purpose of this article is to go…
  • It is time for us to get out of slavery and return to YHVH!

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    It is almost time to celebrate the Passover. The Passover commemorates YHVH’s redemption of His people from slavery in Egypt. Every year when we tell the story of the Exodus, we tell our own story as well; a story of redemption from sin, through the blood of our Passover, Y’shua our Messiah. Do you have such a redemption story to tell? If not, read on and we will show you that you too can choose freedom and life. You also can become free from the burden of sin and experience your own personal exodus. Some of us may have experienced this freedom but have slipped back and became…
  • The Last Supper was not a Passover seder

    Schalk_and_Elsa
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Every year before and during Passover, also known as Pesach, we are confronted with the same questions, and we all have some specific interpretation we favor. One of these questions is: was the last meal Y’shua had with His disciples a Pesach seder? There are many passages in Scripture that seem contradictory, especially on this topic, but we believe that these seeming contradictions are because of our lack of understanding. We believe that all Scripture is inspired by YHVH’s Ruach (Spirit). We have written a post about this topic, titled “Proof that the Apostolic writings…
 
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • To be a master is to be able to experience freedom.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Usually whenever things go wrong we find ourselves caught up with our own weaknesses. We give in to them and find ourselves totally bound. This, in turn, makes us feel heavy as we feel helpless. Then we will never be able to overcome them. Solution: We need to remind ourselves of our own powers and the fact that our weakness is our creation and we are the master. The more we remind ourselves of this, the more we will be able to experience freedom and use these powers. Soul Sustenance The Faculties Of The Soul…
  • As is our thought, so we will become.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: When we are faced with our weaknesses, we usually think of our own negativity and are caught up with it. We can no longer think positive and we continue to work with our own weaknesses. We will, then, find no improvement in ourselves. Solution: We need to create a very elevated thought for ourselves based on any of our strengths or specialties  When we do that we will be able to bring about a positive change in ourselves without being caught up with our own weaknesses. Soul Sustenance The Faculties Of The Soul When…
  • Where the mind is free from worry, the biggest task becomes light.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: We sometimes find ourselves in such situations, which make our mind heavy. We are not able to work well in such a situation, as the smallest thing need to be done seems very big and difficult. Solution: We need to learn the art of looking at the brighter side of things, because even the most negative thing has something positive in it. When we develop this art we will be able to be light and give our best to the task at hand. Then even the most difficult task will seem very easy. Soul Sustenance Overcoming The Loss/Separation Of A…
  • Words are effective when they are short and sweet.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Many times we find that although we say the right thing to others, it has no effect on them. We, then, begin to blame them and feel that they are not listening to us. But the words spoken with such an attitude do not have any effect on others. Solution: When we speak to others esp. in a delicate situation we need to make sure that our words are filled with love. When we talk with love, our words will be filled with sweetness and we naturally speak only to the extent necessary. Then whatever we say will have its effect on others. Soul…
  • When the mind is healthy the body is healthy too.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: When we have some difficulty with our body, we usually find our mind becoming dull, too. When the mind becomes dull we no longer can fight the sickness. It, thus, takes a long time to get well and the time during the sickness seems long and painful. Solution: We need to make sure we keep our mind happy under all circumstances. Where the mind is healthy no illness will attack us. Even when we fall sick we will be able to be stable which will help us to fight back and overcome the illness very soon. Soul Sustenance Overcoming The…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • The Truth About Worship

    Chris
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The Truth About Worship Psalm 21:13 (KJV) Be thou exalted, Lord , in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. Our praise & worship is nothing out of the ordinary Truth is: There is nothing we can said or have said that God hasn’t been told by someone. There is nothing that we can say that God Has already spoken about or declared it in his word. David saw that and declare be exalted in your own strength because there is no other strength adequate for God. It’s only God There is nothing we can say to God that he hasn’t already spoken about in his word,…
  • Demon Deceit/ Divine Delight

    Chris
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Demon Deceit/ Divine Delight “Worship me! I’ll make Thee king!” Evil faux-tempted “Be gone!” Holy One commanded, no demon exempted Long forty days in vacant desert prayed and fasted Disciples twelve blissful slept, a vigil short-lasted Upon yon mountain Satan raged false-promise gives Dawn, noon, twilight, night: God’s Mother Nature lives Savor quick first life-breath demands two certainties-do bring it Temptation strife and final sigh-wine, women, song dare sing it Red polished apple bright-lie Eve just had to taste it Venom-filled, defiled her man, Paradise debased it Fragranced…
  • Traditional Vs Modern Worship

    Chris
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Traditional Vs Modern Worship In this day and age of micro everything, micro gadgets, microchips, microwaves everything is modern and being upgraded virtually everything and we have become modern people and we live our lives in a fast and modern world. Regardless of the, colour, creed or continent we have become modern people with either traditional principles, view and norms or live with a modern ideology. When we come to the church, most of things have also evolved, our services are modern, music had become modern, even as revelation has progressed today Christianity has also evolved. Today…
  • Giving Up Everything For Jesus

    Chris
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Giving Up Everything For Jesus Would it surprise you to know that Jesus demands that you give Him everything? Can you even believe or begin to grasp that He actually asks us to give up everything in order to follow him? I can imagine that some of us may even wonder, perhaps even in a legalistic way, what exactly he asks for when he talks about giving everything up. I will admit, that personally this is one of the most difficult things for me to do and understand. But let’s walk together through some of the passages where He asks people to give everything up. In Matthew 19:20-22, a rich…
  • Worship Wells

    Chris
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Worship Wells Most people look & yearn for the worship experience, to have an experience that will always be place of reference for them. Genesis 29:1-3 (KJV) Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. [2] And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth. [3] And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again…
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  • Noah

    matchewokneel
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    *SPOILER ALERT!!!  This contains information that may ruin the movie for you.  If that does not bother you, continue on. There have been relatively mixed reviews out there about the Noah movie.  However, they are not so once looked at who is giving the accounts.  The fundamental Christian right, those like Ken Ham of the Creation Museum and Fox News’ Glenn Beck, have come out to bash the movie and insist it is completely false and unhistorical.  Ignoring, for the moment, the irony of the statement, we should look at the other end.  Mainstream media, like the LA Times, has given…
  • Debate and Empathy

    matchewokneel
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    The state I live in has recently been in the news because of the ever growing problem with heroin. The problem is not just with the abuse of the drug, but my state lies right in the middle of several large cities; among them are New York City, Boston, and Montreal. As a result, Vermont gets a bad rap. When a recent article was published on the problem, my wife shared it on Facebook. It is not something she shared out of pride, but something that mattered to her based on the professional work she does and her concern for the growing problem. The response to the posting was met by numerous…
  • Constantine the Christian

    matchewokneel
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:17 am
    People like to throw out well known names to make points. Anyone aware of the infamous “Godwin’s Law” knows the heavy burden, and emotion, that comes with associating situations, or actions, with the Nazi regime. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Stalin, Pol Pot, the list goes on. We like to compare situations or actions to famous events or people to get our points across. One of the historical names believers and non-believers alike are familiar with is Constantine. And why is his name so familiar? Because, according to legend, Constantine was one of the emperors of…
  • Sean Thomas the Cherry Picker

    matchewokneel
    30 Nov 2013 | 1:46 pm
    Let me preface this entry with an apology.  I have been absent for quite some time, and that is not because I have been ignoring this medium, but because I have been preoccupied with another piece of writing that has some big things in the works.  I shall make the update once I am permitted to do so, but until then, I offer you this lovely piece that follows. I have a Twitter account, I admit.  I stay off of it for a number of reasons; among those simply for the facts that I receive the news (what I predominantly use it for) from my wife and I get all the latest gossip, and opportunities…
  • Paul the Misogynist?

    matchewokneel
    29 Jul 2013 | 10:53 am
    Last night I caught a little bit of a show, I believe it was 60 Minutes, talking about women’s equality within the Catholic church.  I say “I believe” because it was only a minute or two of the discussion I caught, and, because the priests who gave their opinions or spoke of what the Church taught for female discipleship, I became increasingly frustrated with the subject matter.  Women have such a limited role within the church.  And why is that?  Well, because they selectively pick, choose, and ignore scholarship and deeper understanding of the writings in the Bible…
 
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  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-4

    deerfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Text: Col 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”   Today we will explore the very nature of Christ’s lordship; where it came from; how did he get it and what does it actually mean to us. I gave you the definition for the term Lord in the Greek:  kurios (koo’-ree-os); meaning supreme in authority, controller; or master.  In Col 1:15-20 we will now see what Christ’s lordship pertains to. We will see that he is the Lord, (supreme authority, controller and master) of the original creation and he is the Lord, (supreme authority,…
  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-3

    deerfield
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Subtopic: “The Will of God”   Text: Col 1:9 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We have been learning the difference between knowing Jesus as Savior and knowing him as Christ, (Anointed One) our Lord. I gave you an example that if a man and woman bore a child they are considered a father and a mother but if they give the child up for adoption the people who adopt the child become the child’s parents. The parent is the one who…
  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-2

    deerfield
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Text: Col 1:9 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. I want to start today by giving you one more definition for the word Lord. Paul will over and over in this book refer to Jesus as being our Lord and that is the focus of this chapter. So we know that Jesus is our Savior and he saves us from our sins. We now know he is the Christ, the one anointed and appointed by God to come to save mankind. Now we need to know what it means for Jesus to…
  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-1

    deerfield
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Text: Col 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”   Let me give you a brief introduction to the Book of Colossians according to commentator Matthew Henry. Colossae was a considerable city of Phrygia, and probably not far from Laodicea and Hierapolis; we find these mentioned together, Colossians 4:13. It is now buried in ruins, and the memory of it chiefly preserved in this epistle. The design of the epistle is to warn them of the danger of the Jewish zealots, who pressed the necessity of observing the ceremonial law; and to fortify them against…
  • A Fresh Start, Reviving Our Stewardship P-5

    deerfield
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    Text: Titus 1:7, Luke 19:13 Sub Topic: “Church leadership and Money” Today I am going to conclude this series on stewardship and I am going to deal with two areas that are usually like oil and water, they just don’t mix, and that is church leadership and money. Ever since I have been in the ministry and that has now been over 20 years as a pastor; I have been fighting the stereotype that has been developed about preachers and money. Sometimes I feel that perhaps I’m chasing a ghost and that nothing is really there and it’s just my own fear and concern about a negative image…
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    Believers Portal

  • Girl Murder In Church for Changing Faith

    fedarwam
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Mystery over girl’s murder in church font size Print Email 06.Apr.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Oluwatoyin Malik Rate this item 1 2 3 4 5 (3 votes) ADVERTISEMENT •Dad fingered, as he allegedly opposed her change of faith Could a man order his daughter’s murder just because she changed faith? If that was not the case, who and what could have been responsible for the death of 19-year-old Kaosara Isiaka, who was hacked to death inside Calvary Church, Ayekale area, Ibadan, Oyo State where she attended a vigil service? This was the mystery the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku,…
  • Bible Verses Mostly Taken Out of Context

    fedarwam
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    What Bible verses do you see most often taken out of context? How does proper context change what people perceive verses to mean? What is one that you could add to this? Context is Everything When we take text out of their context we are stripping the meaning of the verses and give them a different, and usually a wrong meaning.               When we take text out of their context we are stripping the meaning of the verses and give them a different, and usually a wrong meaning. Maybe you’ve heard it said that text taken out of context makes it a pretext and…
  • Interview With Pope Francis With Some Youths

    fedarwam
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Vatican City – Pope Francis recently gave an interview to some youth from Flanders, Belgium, accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Lucas Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian. Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by the agency’s Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick. They are part of a group of young people that began during World Youth Day in Rio, because in Rio they wished to communicate also to the other young Flemish what they…
  • Christians In China Form Defence Around Church

    fedarwam
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an “illegal construction” and announced plans to demolish it. WENZHOU, China—Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the ‘Jerusalem of the East’ after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship.               In an episode that underlines the fierce and long-standing friction between China’s officially atheist…
  • General Overseer Caugt Pant Down With a Soldier’s Wife On Bed

    fedarwam
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    The man named Pastor John Simon is the General Overseer of Maximum Deliverance Church,Pastor John Simon was recently caught in the act of having intimate affairs with the wife of a top military officer that worships in his Church. When caught,Pastor John Simon did not only had the wife of the officer is his possession but was engaging in a sex act with two women. Bubble burst recently when the top military brass who has been suspecting the amorous act between his wife and the randy Pastor laid a siege for him at their usual love nest. He detailed some security agents to keep watch at the…
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  • Prayer for the Day

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for showing me the lighted way when my path was so very dark. Please continue to guide me with your light and be my hope in the darkness.
 
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Close Personal Relationship

    tonyagnesi
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.  Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:6-7 Occasionally, an Evangelical friend or acquaintance will ask the question, “Do you have a close personal relationship with Jesus?”  This question throws many Catholics … Read More →
  • Alone or Lonely?

    tonyagnesi
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Look upon me, have pity on me, for I am alone and afflicted. –Psalm 25:16 Alone and lonely are two distinctly different feelings.  Being alone can be great.  Alone with our thoughts and dreams, we can reflect on our lives or just rest from the noises of the day. Being alone gives us a time … Read More →
  • Why are we so Angry?

    tonyagnesi
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    “For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:20 It seems like rage is all the rage these days.  We have road rage, airport rage, movie theater rage, and school rage.  Almost every day we watch a television reports about someone … Read More →
  • God Grants Mulligans

    tonyagnesi
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 Every week, when I tee it up with my buddies, we have an unwritten rule that everyone get a mulligan.  A mulligan is basically a do-over, a second chance to redeem … Read More →
  • A Life of No Regrets

    tonyagnesi
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity,but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus].  Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Join the Divine Mercy Novena

    Lyn
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    One of my favorite free Catholic services, PrayMoreNovenas.com, is starting the Divine Mercy Novena leading up to the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. It starts on Good Friday and will be a great way to finish Lent strong! The way it works is that you simply sign up to receive a […]
  • The Prayer Jesus Loves Most

    Lyn
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:43 pm
    I’ve been enjoying the daily email readings from the Diary of St. Faustina for Lent from the great folks at Flocknote (read the full reflection) and I particularly loved this excerpt from March 20: “The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer […]
  • A Catholic Newbie Question…

    Lyn
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Got newbie questions? You’re not alone! I do, too. Here’s one that I wonder about every time we read it at mass. I would love any help with the answer! In the below Gospel reading, how do the people Jesus is speaking to know what He’s talking about when He tells them to “take up […]
  • Lent is the Perfect Time to Embrace a Lifestyle of Giving

    Lyn
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    As I hear Pope Francis exhort over and over how important it is as Catholics and Christians that we get out on the fringes of society and be with those who need help or a kind word or just human interaction, I see more and more how this is an area in which I am […]
  • A Beautiful Catholic Perspective on Suffering from Elizabeth Leseur

    Lyn
    17 Feb 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Reprinted from The Secret Diary of Elizabeth Leseur: “I believe that suffering was accorded by God to man with a great intention of love and mercy. I believe that Jesus Christ has transformed and sanctified suffering and made it almost divine. I believe that suffering is the great instrument of redemption and sanctification for the soul. […]
 
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Good Friday: Hindsight is 20/20

    Andrew Sargent
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We call the Friday before Easter, GOOD FRIDAY… But what made the day of Jesus’ death good? Was it not the beginning of the most difficult day that His disciples, including that band of faithful women, would ever face? Was it not a spiral into despondency, the shocked gazing upon dreams burning up faster than the Hindenburg? Was it not the dashing of years of hopes cultivated upon miracles majestic and mundane? (I’m not sure any miracle can be mundane, but a “Woman, rise from your sick bed and make me a sandwich,” (Mark 1:30ff) doesn’t exactly compare…
  • A Baptism in Baptism

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    So you read the whole Old Testament. You read it several times. Having immersed yourself in the literature that your Bible, by its basic structure, seems to promise as the precursor to the rest, you finally turn to the New Testament. This is how it always goes isn’t it? Stop laughing, I’m making a point. In the New Testament, you encounter a number of things you’ve never seen before. There are Romans, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots. There is also this thing called Baptism. Old Testament… no baptism. New Testament… lots of baptism. Where did it come from? What…
  • There Ought-a Be a Law: Emotions, Desire, and Social Paradigm

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have a powerful sense of justice like I do, an inner hot spring of raging desire for recompense upon the wicked who abuse, rob and destroy others in a thousand different ways to satisfy their own selfish desires, then I’m sure that you to have routinely said in your heart, “There ought-a be a law!” This basic impulse can, however, lead to its own brand of evil when acted upon without wisdom, without anticipating the long-term consequences of those actions, and without realizing that the principles of a free, prosperous, and stable society are far more basic, though…
  • Name that Quote: Exodus 23:20, Malachi 3:1, and Isaiah 40:3 in Mark 1:2

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I will never forget my first Master’s paper at Regent University. I called it, “How They Got This Out of That.” I worked hard in my undergraduate programs (Yes, programs plural… I had a sordid flirtation with more than one Bible College before beginning my graduate studies.) but no matter how much I studied and researched, my papers were infantile, theologically immature. I’ve gone back and read them; I thought, “I was so cute and naïve back then… like a puppy playing with a python.” My paper, “How They Got This Out of That,”…
  • It Depends What the Meaning of the Word “As” Is: Mark 1:2-4 as a Single Sentence

    Andrew Sargent
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is a certain beauty in translation. It is not only a science, but also an art… some would say not even a science. There are all kinds of philosophies that govern how a given translation attempts to render one language into another, and while I don’t have time to discuss all of them here in one short blog post, I would like to consider one passage and how well the original intention of the inspired author is represented in them. The fact is that Mark 1:2-4 is a single sentence… one complete statement complicated by a rather lengthy quote and some questionable…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Great and Holy Friday ~ The Lamentations at the Tomb

    Fr. Peter
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A decorated “Tomb” for Holy and Great Friday On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as the The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. This service is also sometimes called Jerusalem Matins. Much of the service takes place around the tomb of Christ in the center of the nave. A unique feature of the service is the chanting of the Lamentations or Praises (Enkōmia), which consist of verses chanted by the clergy interspersed between the verses of Psalm 119 (which is, by far, the longest psalm in the Bible).At the end of…
  • Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours

    Fr. Peter
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    In addition to the Vespers and the Orthros, the daily cycle of worship contains the Apodeipnon (Compline), the Midnight Service (Mesoniktikon) and the Service of the Hours. These latter services have their roots in the devotional practices of the early Christians, and especially in the communal worship of the monastic communities. Each of the four Hours bears a numerical name, derived from one of the major daylight hours or intervals of the day as they were known in antiquity: the First – Proti – (corresponding to our sunrise); the Third – Triti – (our midmorning or 9…
  • Great and Holy Thursday

    Fr. Peter
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    On the evening of this day, which was the eve of the feast of unleavened bread (that is, the Passover), our Redeemer supped with His twelve disciples in the city. He blessed the bread and the wine, and gave us the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist. He washed the feet of the disciples as an example of humility. He said openly that one of them was about to betray Him, and He pointed out the betrayer by revealing that it was he “that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish.” And after Judas had straightway gone forth, Jesus gave the disciples His final and sublime instructions, which are…
  • Great and Holy Wednesday ~ The Unction Service

    Fr. Peter
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The Mystery of Holy Unction that we celebrate tonight is established upon the words and actions of our Lord Jesus Christ. It embodies, extends and continues His healing ministry. It is the sign of His transforming presence in a bruised and hurting world, and the emblem of His promise to deliver us from sin and corruption. It is the manifestation of the kingdom and the sign of what God has in store for the world when it reaches its state of ultimate completion.Sickness and death are inescapable indignities resulting from the Fall. These indignities are not forms of divine retribution, but the…
  • Southbridge in the Civil War 1862

    Fr. Peter
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Southbridge Civil War Monument.Photo courtesy of Dick Whitney’s History Site In my previous post I recalled the events of the Town of Southbridge in the year of 1861.  In today’s post the actions of the Board of Selectman will take center stage.  Most votes of the Board of Selectman in 1862 had to do with authorizing the expenditure of monies to support those who had volunteered for military service and their families. The population of the Town of Southbridge in 1860 was 3,575.  Southbridge sent 400 men to fight in the Civil War, far above the required amount.  The Board of…
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  • 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…
  • How to Get Rid of Sadness, Sorrow and Depression

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Depression is a serious problem in the world today. But it was not always a problem, back in the day not “everyone” was depressed. There is a trick that people used naturally that always seemed to work, it was around before TV and before prescription medication. This simple trick has worked for centuries: “Sorrow itself can be eased by simply getting busy at something.” —L. Ron Hubbard from The Way to Happiness If you’re feeling sad or depressed just get busy! The worst thing to do is sulk in your room and do nothing. Instead, go for a run in a park or sing…
  • Tom Cruise Helps Hit-and-Run Victim

    Alex Rodriguez
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Tom Cruise helped a victim of a hit and run accident. He pulled over, called 911, followed the ambulance to the hospital and even checked up on the victim the next day and paid the $7,000 bill. Tom Cruise is widely known for his kindness and empathy, but he never brags about it or talks about his own actions. Rather, people who have met him and interacted with him share their stories (such as with the photo caption). This act of kindness is an example of how Cruise always strives to help people around him. His personal philosophy is “I’ve always looked at things in terms of, is this…
  • Scientology Founder’s work as Eagle Scout Discovered on Mount Rainier

    Alex Rodriguez
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The Associated Press published this article: Scientology founder built trails on Mount Rainier on March 10th 2014, three days before L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday, March 13th. The article originated from a discovery of of a 6 by 16 inch wooden sign attached to a tree that said “EAGLE TRAIL, BUILT BY SCOUTS OF EAGLE RANK, WESTERN WASHINGTON 1925.” In Aug. of 1925, a News Tribune article was published talking about the beginning of a project by Eagle Scouts to make trails in the area. The names of the boys working on the project were listed, including “Ronald Hubbard of…
  • The Scientology Super Bowl Ad 2014

    Alex Rodriguez
    2 Feb 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The Church of Scientology aired their “Spiritual Technology” commercial in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII (2014). The ad ran in select areas, such as in California and Florida. The video was created and directed by Golden Era Productions, a division of the Church and was released on the Church’s YouTube channel on Jan 8th 2014—just a few weeks before the Super Bowl. What the commercial means Science and Religion connecting Scientology originated out of the purely scientific study of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. L. Ron Hubbard discovered that the cells of the…
 
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • Let us remember what our Guru has taught us!!!!

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

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:15 am
    Contemplation is called Chintan, or Manan, in the Vedas. It means repeatedly bringing any aspect of Divine knowledge to the intellect. First, we hear the knowledge of the scriptures from the Guru; this is called Śhravaṇ. Then we contemplate on what we have heard or read; this is called Chintan. This Chintan or contemplation helps to strengthen the knowledge in the intellect. It is one of the most potent means of illuminating the intellect with the light of Divine knowledge. The power of chintan is such that if it is misutilized, it becomes chintā (worry), and it can lead suicide. Let…
  • What is The Right 'age' to start your devotional practice?

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    "Having attained the human form, we do not realize how precious it is. We indulge ourselves in material pleasures for sensual gratification. We devote our full attention to our family and their needs. When somebody asks a little boy/girl to do devotion, he/she replies – this is not the age to start devotion. There is still time and we can do that when we are old. When you ask a young person to do devotion, he/she flatly refuses and says that it is for old people and life is for enjoying. When you ask a middle age person to do devotion, he/she replies that there is still time for it after…
  • Why did God create souls and bring us into the world, where there is so much of suffering and miseries?

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    To answer your question, let me tell you a story. There was once a very rich man, who had a fifteen-year old son. One day, the son was alone in his father's office, when he saw a fifteen-year old newspaper. It had an article titled, "Billionaire adopts orphan child." The boy was stunned to see his father's name mentioned there. When his father returned, the son accosted him, "Father is this article true?" The father replied, "My son! It is true." "Does that mean I am not your child?" "That is right, you are not my child." The son was shocked. "Then why did you adopt me?" The father…
  • What should we do to get a human birth again in our next life?

    2 Mar 2014 | 1:09 am
    There are 8.4 million species of life in existence. In the species below human beings-animals, birds, fishes, insects, birds, etc-there is no free will. Hence, upon death the soul is naturally and sequentially promoted to the next species. But human beings possess the free will to act according to their volition, and hence, they are responsible for their actions. Their next birth is decided by their karmas in the present life. The facility to do karmas is given to the human species, not for animal-like activities, but for God-realization. The scriptures state:       …
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Jesus Is Your Best Friend

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
      Image courtesy of LTDesigns / Pixabay Just as there are weeds that masquerade as flowers, there are enemies that position themselves as your friends. Real friends love you. They will lay down their lives for you. One way they lay down their lives for you is when they watch their words and consider the safety of your heart and the good of your mind in their actions. Real friends will also give up their breath-of-life for you. Jesus is a real friend. The name for today is #Jesus: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives…
  • God Helps The People Who Are In Desperate Need

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:08 pm
    A sinking ship: “Master, we are perishing!” A naked maniac: “And seeing Jesus, he cried out with a loud voice… “ A dying daughter: The father “fell at Jesus’ feet and began to entreat Him… “ A bleeding woman: She “came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak… “ All helpless — and in grave need of the Master’s touch. “Man’s extremity becomes God’s opportunity.” The Gospels are silent however, about any dramatic life changes among the faceless masses who seemed to view Jesus simply as a nice…
  • “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” Luke 10:21

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” Luke 10:21 The Saviour was “a man of sorrows,” but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in His innermost soul He carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a deeper, purer, or more abiding peace than our Lord Jesus Christ. “He was anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows.” His vast benevolence must, from the very nature of things, have afforded Him the deepest possible delight, for benevolence is joy. There…
  • Blessings, Gentle as the Rain

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:03 am
    The love of God is gentle as the rain. Photo courtesy of gerald / Pixabay   Deuteronomy 11:14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. The love of God is gentle and wooing, like a song. When summoned by Him, we often run, because He is so powerful. We make the mistake of casting the Lord in the image of powerful men, who use their power to abuse. Being pursued by God is not the rape of Europa. He has no desire to see us helpless and abased, though helpless we surely are. The Lord rejoices…
  • About Electronic Health Records

    vlights@e-graphx.com (Verneda Lights)
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Introduction The keeping of medical records is a time and labor intensive activity with many repetitive components such as the chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history, review of systems, physical examination, laboratory data, assessment, and plans. Much of the time and labor cost of medical records are attributed to the fact that the patient’s medical history is often widely distributed over space and time. Many health care providers in the US depend solely upon paper-based medical records and charts. Over time, the increasing need for cost savings across the…
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    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie | Spreaker

  • Distractions By Design

    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    In the first seven minutes, Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie shares some heartfelt words of gratitude and some important ministry announcements which is then followed by this very enlightening message. This excerpt is taken from the ministry's weekly "L.I.F.E. Line" telephone conference. Consider joining Prophet Maxie and many others from our global community every Saturday Morning at 11am(central standard time). Simply: Dial +1(712) 432-1500 And Use Access Code 639847#
  • Purging Our Spirituality

    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Is it your desire to grow spiritually but, find it difficult to do so?  In this third teaching from "The Best Advice Never Given" series, Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie shares five key points on how spiritual misconceptions and intruments of control can hinder spiritual growth and maturity. 
  • Listening To Your Inner Voice (Part Two)

    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    As Created Beings, we were created to process the the world around us both intelligently and intuitively.  In this second teaching from "The Best Advice Never Given" series, Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie endeavors to help listeners unlook the full benefit of their personal divine guidance system. 
  • Listening To Your Inner Voice(Part Two)

    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
    This is Part Two of the teaching "Listening To Your Inner Voice" from "The Best Advice Never Given" teaching series. In this second teaching from the series, Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie shares his insight and wisdom on the importance of adjusting your inner voice, also known as our Intuition, to enhance manifestation. Get The Full Teaching Experience And Join Us On "L.I.F.E. Line"!! Activated L.I.F.E. Ministries' Weekly "L.I.F.E. Line" Telephone Conference Call Every Saturday Morning At 11am (central standard time) Dial (712) 432-1500 Use Access Coded 639847#
  • Listening To Your Inner Voice

    Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:03 pm
    "Listening To Your Inner Voice" is the first message from "The Best Advice Never Given" teaching series.  In this first teaching, Prophet Elliott Richard Maxie explores the importance of listening to your inner voice also known as our Intuition.  Get The Full Teaching Experiece And Join Us On "L.I.F.E. Line" Activated L.I.F.E. Ministries' Weekly "L.I.F.E. Line" Telephone Conference Every Saturday Morning At 11am (central standard time) Dial (712) 432-1500 And Use Access Code 639847# Stay tuned until the end of the message recording period to ask questions, share comments, submit prayer…
 
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