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  • Pope, Christian Conservatives Team Up to Promote Patriarchy

    Religion Dispatches
    Patricia Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Vatican held an interfaith conference this week on the promotion of the “traditional”—that is, non-LGBT or single-headed—family organized around the concept of “complementarity.” Complementarity is one of those obscure theological concepts that nevertheless casts a long shadow over modern conservative religious thinking. It’s the idea that men and women’s differing and complementary biological roles play out in their respective roles in religion and society, which are separate, but supposedly equal, and divinely ordained. Pope John Paul II was a big proponent of the…
  • 'A patient was killed and staff were beaten trying to protect him'

    Religion | The Guardian
    Katherine Purvis
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Delphine Chedorge, MSF’s head of mission, talks about the challenges of delivering medical aid in Central African RepublicSince the ousting of President Bozize in March 2013, Central African Republic has been more unstable than ever. A Séléka Muslim rebel coalition seized power, leading to killings and lootings met by revenge attacks from the anti-balaka (anti-machete) Christian militia. The country is experiencing widespread sectarian violence and the UN warned that “seeds of genocide” were being sown against Muslims. An African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force…
  • Kenya 'miracle healer' scandal hits deep faith in churches

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    He is a self-styled modern-day prophet, a "miracle healer" who has attracted thousands to his Nairobi "church" with claims of being able to cure everything from childlessness to HIV/AIDS.
  • Zimbabwe stadium church service stampede kills 11: police

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    HARARE (Reuters) - Eleven people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe, as thousands of people at a church service tried to leave through the same exit, police said on Friday. Around 30,000 people packed into a stadium in Kwekwe, 213 km (130 miles) west of Harare, on Thursday evening to listen to Walter Magaya, a pastor who draws huge crowds, Senior Assistant Commissioner Shadreck Mubaiwa told Reuters. When the service ended the congregation rushed toward a single exit, in a stampede that killed four people on the spot. ...
  • 10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values

    Religion News Service
    Kimberly Winston
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    (RNS) The goal of the book is to encourage atheists and humanists to define what they believe so they can articulate it better, both to themselves and to a broader society that often regards atheists as immoral and untrustworthy. The post 10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Insight and Celebration of the Celestine Prophecy

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    The religious fictional best-seller, Celestine Prophecy, was published in 1993. It was based in rain forests of Peru where an ancient manuscript was found offering insights to life. This has become a guidebook to many, regardless of the fictional story. People are encouraged to tap into ones inner intuitive guidance, finding life purpose, prayer, and embracing a spiritual connection. These are just a few reasons James Redfield’s book has gripped millions of readers for 20 years. “Millions of people are pursuing a higher spiritual consciousness. This is happening because we aren't…
  • day #20 of Thanksgiving month

    Britton Gildersleeve
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
     It's an older picture, but still appropriate for today's post. Because here's my gratitude today: my grandson recognizes me! Before you think I've totally lost my marbles, let me explain. My grandson is only 18 months old next week. I haven't seen him f2f for the past 4 months. And despite great love on my part, I'm under no delusions as to the memory of babies. Each day for a little one is full of new experiences. New learning. New 'data.' Why would he remember me? So when we FaceTimed the other day, & Trin did the head waggle that we always did together (almost from the moment he…
  • Black Friday: Stress and Chaos

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Christmas holiday season making you feel stressed or anxious? Then be kind to yourself and avoid shopping on Black Friday! It’s a frenzied mob of highly charged, emotionally stressed buyers who will do things they normally wouldn’t. People pepper spray each other. Workers and shoppers get crushed or trampled by the horde. Do you really need to be part of such chaos? Black Friday stress isn’t helped by owners keeping doors locked right until opening time, being short on staff, or having limited stocks. The way Black Friday operates also feeds mob psychology. Personal responsibility is…
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

    Nell Minow
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Copyright 2014 Lionsgate It seems no different at first. While the second in the "Hunger Games" series ended with the surprise last-minute rescue of heroine Katniss Everden (Jennifer Lawrence), and the even bigger surprise that insider Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) was secretly helping to organize a rebellion against the fascist dictator President Snow (Donald Sutherland), we begin this first half of the final installment with Katniss gripped by anxiety and terror, listening to the voice of someone we cannot see, calling her "Miss Everdeen," which sounds respectful, even…
  • Foxcatcher

    Nell Minow
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Copyright Sony Pictures 2014 John Eleuthère Du Pont was of the wealthiest men in the world. He was an ornithologist, a philatelist, a purchaser of military weapons (including a tank), a wrestling fan who set up a luxurious training facility for the US Olympic team, and a murderer who died in prison in 2010. Steve Carell, almost unrecognizable, does a better job of erasing himself than of creating a different character. He has a hawkish nose, a set of small, inbred-looking teeth, a clenched posture, and the aristocratic delivery of a prep school graduate used to deference from everyone but…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • Do the "Infancy Narratives" of Matthew and Luke Contradict Each Other?

    Catholic Answers
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    What do apologists for atheism and liberal Scripture scholars have in common? They both love to find alleged “contradictions” in Scripture. And this is no easy task, mind you, because these “contradictions” do not actually exist. Though there are many of these alleged “contradictions,” one of the favorites of both of these camps is one […]
  • Why We Need Christ the King

    Kevin Tierney
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The Solemnity of Christ the King, properly understood, is one of those great gems of the Church’s liturgical calendar.  Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood, and as a result, little attention is paid to Christ the King as it passes by. The misunderstandings about this feast are numerous.  There are some who believe that since the […]
  • Cecilia: The Saint and the Song

    Richard Becker
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    As I write this, I’m listening to Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day off YouTube – alright, alright, I’m forcing myself to listen to it. Truth be told, I haven’t listened to Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day for, lo, these many years…decades even…probably my whole life. That’s not for want of culture, mind you […]
  • The Lord as Sheep Judge

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    November 23, 2014 The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe First Reading: Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17 I have attended a few sheep judgings. The judge is usually looking for perfection. The way the sheep stands, the feel of its wool, the height of it haunches, the order of its teeth—everything counts. […]
  • Scripture Speaks: Feast of Christ the King

    Gayle Somers
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today, Jesus turns from parable to prophecy. How have the parables prepared us for this prophecy? Gospel (Read Mt 25:31-46) On this Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar, the Church gives us a Gospel reading that looks back and looks ahead (something we often routinely do at the end […]
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  • Why You Probably Can’t Change Your Boss

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

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Short video presentations have become one of the most important marketing tools in the world, and there’s no better place for using video than sharing our faith. Evangelism, missions, discipleship, promotions, fundraising – all can be more effective by using short videos. The problem is – most short videos fail. They don’t move the audience, […]
  • Why the “Relevance Versus Obedience” Argument Isn’t As Relevant As We Think

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I have to admit that I’m growing weary of the “Is it better to be relevant or obedient” arguments. Frankly, it’s wasting a lot of time and energy, plus, it’s causing division and isn’t helping the cause. Here’s why: 1. We’re not even using the word correctly.  By definition, “relevance” isn’t about popularity, being cool, […]
  • How to Kill Your Career in 3 Easy Steps

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Life can throw us a lot of curves. Our childhood, our parents, physical challenges, early experiences on the job, all indelibly imprint us with bad behaviors that are hard to shake. A woman abused as a child, a man whose father told him he’d never amount to much, a person who lives with insecurity. Big […]
  • When To Give Up On Your Ideas or Projects

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Yesterday I wrote about resilience, and how important it can be to not give up on your ideas, your projects, and your dreams – even in the face of opposition. I used my friend Producer Ken Wales as an example of someone who pitched a movie idea for years and years and eventually made it […]
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  • Gripping Documentary Debuts Today: 'LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON,' About East Texas Church Fires, A New York Times' Critic's Pick

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    "It's America unvarnished . . . " -- New York Times Contact: Michael Conrad, 214-616-0320, MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON is a bold documentary raising new questions about the 10 church fires that swept East Texas in 2010, when the blazes sparked the largest manhunt in the region's history. Through interviews with investigators, church communities and the two young arsonists, LITTLE HOP Source: Lovell-Fairchild
  • Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Keep Duggars on TLC

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Benham Brothers, Steven Crowder, other conservative leaders throw support behind DuggarsContact: Dustin Siggins, 703-772-4698, FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 40,000 people have signed a petition created by LifeSiteNews and backed by a number of prominent conservative activists urging The Learning Channel to keep the Duggars' show, 19 Kids and Counting, on-air. Now LifeSiteNews is organizing a Tweetfest, using the hashtag #DefendtheDug Source:
  • 'Touched By An Angel' Executive Producer Martha Williamson 'Delivers' New Christmas Classic

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    'Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas' premieres Nov. 23 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Crown Media Family Networks recently announced that the Hallmark Channel's original weekly scripted series, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, created and executive produced by Martha Williamson (executive producer of "Touched By An Angel"), will move to sister network Hall Source: Carmel Communications
  • San Diego Based Christian Artist & Speaker Mary James Wins 3rd Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Award

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Christian Artist, Worship Leader and Speaker Contact: Dan Barker, Mary James Ministries, Inc., 619-322-9017, SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Artist/Speaker MARY JAMES won the Female Vocalist of The Year award for the third time last Thursday night at the 20th Annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Awards in Nashville, TN. Her previous wins were in 2013 and 2010. In her opening comments she shared, "This belongs to Jesus, He is the One Source: Mary James Ministries, Inc
  • Can Atheists Know God Does Not Exist When They Don't Know What's in Your Garage?

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    People lack the perspective and knowledge to legitimately deny God's existence and Christians need not be intimidated by the blind faith of their argumentsContact: Craig Biehl, Pilgrim's Rock, 215-646-1077, 215-740-8958 mobile, HORSHAM, Penn., Nov. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians are intimidated and suffer the loss of joy and assurance in the face of sophisticated arguments against faith in Christ. But is it accurate to say that unbelief is rea Source: Pilgrim\'s Rock
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Eleven die in stampede after church service in Zimbabwean stadium

    Reuters in Harare
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Police and officials blamed for crush after only one exit opened for 30,000 people at Walter Magaya prayer meeting in KwekweEleven people have been killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe, as thousands of people at a church service tried to leave through the same exit, police said.About 30,000 people packed into a stadium in Kwekwe, 130 miles (213km) west of Harare, on Thursday evening to listen to Walter Magaya, a pastor who draws huge crowds, Senior Assistant Commissioner Shadreck Mubaiwa said on Friday.Congregants had to bring down a pre-cast wall after police…
  • ‘I can’t think of a time when it was worse’: US abortion doctors speak out

    Karen McVeigh
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Curtis and Glenna Boyd have worked in US abortion clinics ever since Roe v Wade made the practice legal in 1973. Forty years on, restricted rights mean they have to practise under FBI protectionA couple emerge from a silver Sedan into an empty parking lot in north-eastern Dallas, Texas. They are carrying multiple bags and an elegant, three-tiered white cage, temporary home to their West African parrot, Tutu. The pair, in their late-60s and 70s, share a courtly, gentle manner and a Southern drawl, although his is more pronounced.It is a Sunday morning, and the smart brick and smoked-glass…
  • 'A patient was killed and staff were beaten trying to protect him'

    Katherine Purvis
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Delphine Chedorge, MSF’s head of mission, talks about the challenges of delivering medical aid in Central African RepublicSince the ousting of President Bozize in March 2013, Central African Republic has been more unstable than ever. A Séléka Muslim rebel coalition seized power, leading to killings and lootings met by revenge attacks from the anti-balaka (anti-machete) Christian militia. The country is experiencing widespread sectarian violence and the UN warned that “seeds of genocide” were being sown against Muslims. An African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force…
  • How to draw… a bearded and turbaned Sikh

    Vishavjit Singh
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s tricky to start with but easy once you know how, so check out this lesson from Vishavjit Singh and get drawing Sikh men with turbans! Continue reading...
  • Church of England school taken aback by Ofsted rating amid extremism row

    Richard Adams and Sally Weale
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Sir John Cass secondary praised by teachers as school downgraded on safeguarding issuesThe head teacher of the Church of England school in east London at the centre of a fresh controversy over alleged Islamic extremism, has expressed surprise at the Ofsted inspection findings that sent his school into special measures.The Sir John Cass Foundation and Red Coat Church of England secondary, and a group of independent Muslim faith schools in Tower Hamlets, will be criticised by Ofsted over safeguarding concerns, following snap visits by the schools inspectorate in the wake of the “Trojan…
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  • ISIS could take Pakistan in months

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    An elder of a Pakistani village church. It is estimated that only about 2% of the nation's population claim to be Christian.(Photo, caption courtesy FMI) Pakistan (MNN) -- While the world watches ISIS continue its stronghold in Syria and Iraq, it's now reaching out into other parts of the region. Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna: population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union. Now, we're hearing from Christian workers in Pakistan that the…
  • Liberia after Ebola faces new normal

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Liberia (MNN) -- Ebola: the crisis swept through West Africa over the course of several months, prompting a global scare. The World Health Organization released figures this week showing that nearly 3,000 Liberians died from Ebola since it surfaced last spring and exploded this summer.  The country bore the brunt of the illness, but now it seems, things are turning a corner. Liberia's president hopes to defeat the dreaded disease by Christmas. While Peggy Maynard, Global Fingerprints Liberia Coordinator, shares some relief at good…
  • Importance of hygiene learned, taught

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Reach Beyond) West Africa (RBD) -- One lesson taught is another one learned. When staff from the partner Christian radio station in the West African country of Burkina Faso prepared to lead a hygiene lesson in a nearby community, they never imagined it would draw more than 200 people. And they didn’t realize that their words would be translated into two to three languages so everyone could understand. Although unexpected, these realities added to the richness of the training. Beneath the shade trees and bamboo shelters of this rural village, babies fussed and children…
  • Life Matters Worldwide equips pastors in India

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo credit Steve9091 via Flickr) India (MNN) -- Have you ever used an ultrasound to share the Gospel? Life Matters Worldwide educates national believers about pro-life issues and equips them with resources like ultrasound machines so they can reach out to women with unplanned pregnancies. By starting conversations with women about life and its value, doors open to share the message of Christ. Bob Foust recently visited India with Life Matters to teach 200 pastors about the process. "There are, around the world, 55 million abortions a year. India ranks about 4th on that list of abortions…
  • Bible translation hits a bump in the road

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Wycliffe Bible Translators USA) Philippines (MNN/WYC) -- In 1999, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA realized that if Bible translations continued to go slowly, it wouldn’t be until 2150 that a Bible translation could be started for every language. So they dreamed up Vision 2025: a commitment to do what they can to get a Bible translation program going in every language by 2025. As of this month, the full Bible has been translated into over 500 languages, and with the help of computers, the process has gone much quicker. But one of the programs in the Philippines has hit a bump…
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  • Divine Election (MP3) by Dr. James Montgomery Boice

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

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

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

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

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

    Bill Chappell
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    "Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church," the archbishop of Canterbury says. The move comes two decades after the church first ordained women as priests, in 1994.» E-Mail This
  • At A Tense Jerusalem Holy Site, Palestinians Stand Watch

    Emily Harris
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    With tensions rising over a sacred hilltop in Jerusalem, Muslims "defenders" say they are protecting the holy site against Jewish activists. But critics say this is just contributing to the friction.» E-Mail This
  • Court Rejects Challenge To Obamacare Rules On Contraceptives

    Nina Totenberg
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    At issue were regulations to accommodate religious nonprofits that object to including birth control in their health insurance plans. Catholic groups said the regulations don't go far enough.» E-Mail This
  • Mormon Church Publishes Essay On Founder Joseph Smith's Polygamy

    Dan Bammes
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Mormon church's founder was married to as many as 40 women in the years before his murder in 1844, the church acknowledged in an article posted on its website.» E-Mail This
  • Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

    NPR/TED Staff
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.» E-Mail This
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    Religion News Blog

  • Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quoting Exodus * Cool nuns * Cardinal and mayor: Friday’s Roundup

    Yonat Shimron
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    The president quotes from Exodus. Google doodle honors a nun. Two powerful New Yorkers have forged an unexpected friendship. The post Quoting Exodus * Cool nuns * Cardinal and mayor: Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • We’re awestruck about Earth, unsure about global warming

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (RNS) Just 5 percent of Americans thought climate change was the most important issue in the U.S. today. And religion was a major dividing point on how much -- or how little -- they think it’s a matter of concern. The post We’re awestruck about Earth, unsure about global warming appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move

    Adelle M. Banks
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are a key voting bloc for the GOP, but on immigration some are taking a pragmatic step away from the party. The post Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • 10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values

    Kimberly Winston
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    (RNS) The goal of the book is to encourage atheists and humanists to define what they believe so they can articulate it better, both to themselves and to a broader society that often regards atheists as immoral and untrustworthy. The post 10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’

    Josephine McKenna
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    ROME (RNS) “The hungry remain, at the street corner, and ask to be recognized as citizens, to receive a healthy diet," the pope said. The post Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • SSiMS talk tomorrow by Caroline Tee: "The Technical Sciences and the Purposes of God"

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

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

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

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Panel 2 Robert & Adriane Robert Alter and Adriane Leveen Question and Answer Panel Nida School of Translation Studies Research Symposium September 19, 2014 New York City. From: American Bible Society Views: 13 0 ratings Time: 31:12 More in Sports
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    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Lydia Liu Lydia Liu Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Columbia University Response to David Damrosch's le... From: American Bible Society Views: 46 0 ratings Time: 34:49 More in Sports
  • Adriane Leveen

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Adriane Leveen Adriane Leveen Senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Campus Response to Translating Biblical Poe... From: American Bible Society Views: 24 0 ratings Time: 24:59 More in Sports
  • Panel 1 David & Lydia

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Panel 1 David & Lydia David Damrosch and Lydia Liu Question and Answer Panel Nida School of Translation Studies Research Symposium September 19, 2014 New York City. From: American Bible Society Views: 13 0 ratings Time: 34:38 More in Sports
  • David Damrosch

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

  • Dal Khalsa criticises Akal Takht Jathedar

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Hoshiarpur, Punjab: The Dal Khalsa today criticised the Akal Takht chief for creating confusion over the birth anniversary of the Tenth Guru. As per the amended Nanakshahi calendar, the anniversary falls on Jauary 7, 2015. Party spokespersons Kanwar Pal Singh, Dr Manjinder Singh and Ranbir Singh said instead of bringing about oneness, Jathedar Gurbachan Singh had created divisions in the Panth. According to the Nanakshahi calendar introduced on March 14, 2003, Guru Gobind Singh’s Gurpurb falls on January 5. They appealed to the Jathedar to revert to the original calendar to end…
  • Revive Nanakshahi calendar: Sikh bodies

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: The Sikh clergy’s decision to change the date for celebrating Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary from December 28 to January 7 has revived the Nanakshahi calendar row. Some organisations have questioned the move while others have renewed the demand for reverting to the original Nanakshahi calendar. Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, SGPC member, said it was time that the controversy was resolved once and for all. “The community must decide whether it wants to follow the Bikrami calendar or the original Nanakshahi calendar. You cannot hold deliberations every year to decide…
  • Gurpurb on Jan 7

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: The Sikh clergy today decided to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary on January 7 instead of December 28. The Martyrdom Day of the four Sahibzadas also falls on December 28. Addressing mediapersons, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said: “We have directed the SGPC and the Sikh Sangat to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary on January 7 instead of December 28.” He said those who wished to celebrate Gurpurb on December 28 could do so. The Tenth Guru’s birth anniversary falls on January 5 every year as per the original Nanakshahi…
  • Sikhs to restore Guru Nanak Sahib Gurdwara in Nepal

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:58 am
    Nepal: To commemorate 500th year of Guru Nanak’s visit to Nepal in 2016, a Dubai based charitable trust plans to develop a lesser-known shrine at Thapathali town of the hill country into a major religious destination. Dubai-based Sikh entrepreneur and philanthropist SP Singh Oberoi told Hindustan Times on Sunday that he had a `100-crore plan for the scientific preservation of Guru Nanak Math at the shrine. After Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust, a public charity floated by Oberoi, has given the gurdwara a facelift, the shrine management committee of Sikhs and Nepal government…
  • Navjot Sidhu continues tirade against Akali Dal Badal

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Ludhiana, Punjab: Continuing his outburst against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD ) , former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu called upon the people to give their verdict against corrupt leaders in the next assembly elections. Sidhu refrained from naming the party or leaders as he was addressing people at the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ludhiana but he did not hold back the retort. The widening rift between the SAD and the BJP was evident from the fact that not a single Akali leader was present on stage while the function was attended in large numbers by BJP leaders from the city.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

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

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

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

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

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

  • Texas school board to vote on textbooks criticized for religious bent

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. The Republican-controlled 15-member body will be voting whether to approve the use of more than 100 textbooks for all ages of students in the second-most populous U.S. state, with about 5 million children in the public school system. ...
  • Pope keeps leaders in place for next family synod

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed the organizers for a second big Catholic Church meeting on family issues, keeping in positions of power the same clerics who drafted a revolutionary welcome to gays and divorced Catholics that was ultimately shot down by other bishops.
  • Zimbabwe stadium church service stampede kills 11: police

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    HARARE (Reuters) - Eleven people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe, as thousands of people at a church service tried to leave through the same exit, police said on Friday. Around 30,000 people packed into a stadium in Kwekwe, 213 km (130 miles) west of Harare, on Thursday evening to listen to Walter Magaya, a pastor who draws huge crowds, Senior Assistant Commissioner Shadreck Mubaiwa told Reuters. When the service ended the congregation rushed toward a single exit, in a stampede that killed four people on the spot. ...
  • Kenya 'miracle healer' scandal hits deep faith in churches

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    He is a self-styled modern-day prophet, a "miracle healer" who has attracted thousands to his Nairobi "church" with claims of being able to cure everything from childlessness to HIV/AIDS.
  • Is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dissolving into a religious war?

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The spiral of violence in Jerusalem that reached a shocking point this week with Tuesday's deadly attack by two Palestinians on a West Jerusalem synagogue is stoking fears that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is shifting into a religious war.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Mark Reckless wins Rochester and Strood byelection for Ukip - live reaction

    Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Rolling coverage of reaction to Mark Reckless winning the Rochester and Strood byelection for Ukip 3.52pm GMT Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green party, which came fourth in Rochester and Strood, garnering more than four times as many votes as the Lib Dems, has been speaking to BBC News. The boost to the Greens is down to the party’s “positive image”, she said:People were saying to us, you’re the anti-Ukip vote … You stood up to Ukip.The ideas we’re presenting … as more people hear that message, more and more of them are voting for it. That’s really growing.People are fed up…
  • Obama to give immigration speech in Las Vegas amid Republican outrage – live

    Tom McCarthy in New York
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    House speaker John Boehner accuses president of ‘damaging the presidency’ with executive actions to shield undocumented migrantsObama: we always will be a nation of immigrants 10.46am ET House Republicans are bringing a lawsuit over the president’s health care law, according to an Associated Press snap report. They’ve threatened to add an immigration component to the lawsuit, the New York Times reports:[The suit] has been filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments ...[It] focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put…
  • Listen to new Beyoncé tracks - 7/11 and Ring Off

    Guardian music
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Lifted from her forthcoming boxset, take a listen to two new songs and tell us what you think Such is the mega star status of Beyoncé, that even her most frivolous lyrics demand mass analysis. From her own creations (Surfbort, Bootylicious) to giving the humble watermelon a new lease of life, the phrases she uses are a powerful tool for the pop figure to prompt widespread influence and debate. So when it was announced that a song entitled Ring Off would be featured on her forthcoming Beyoncé boxset release, crisis stories regarding her marriage with Jay Z did, inevitably, begin…
  • New Beyoncé bangers and Hulk Hogan rocks out – today's pop culture

    Kate Hutchinson (morning, noon and night)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    It’s another pop culturally enriching day of new music, film trailers, larks, snarks and ‘shenanigans’. Coming up: Beyoncé, Sleater Kinney and song teasers for all, inside Jarvis Cocker’s first aid kit and a wild guess at what the Madonna x Diplo x Nicki Minaj x SOPHIE collab might sound like.Plus! #ReviewAnything is back. Send us your creative bits and pieces for us to rate or slate. Tweet us @guideguardian 3.04pm GMT Hulk Hogan has done many ridiculous things. Opened a restaurant called Pastamania. Arm wrestled Rob Ford. Covered a Gary Glitter song. Done the Wrecking Ball parody no…
  • Ophir Energy falls after £267m offer for rival Salamander

    Nick Fletcher
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Ophir makes all share approach after Spanish rivals withdraw from biddingOphir Energy has slumped nearly 6% after it proposed a £267m offer for Salamander Energy to boost its presence in south east Asia.Both Ophir and Spain’s CESPA had made approaches to Salamander but on Monday the Spaniards walked away, leaving the field open to Ophir.The offer has received conditional acceptance from Salamander. Ophir and Salamander describe the combination as compelling. It will enable Ophir to reinvest Salamander’s cash flow in a region where it has few assets. It has failed recently to invest…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    (JTA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers and return to Tehran for discussions, Iranian media reported. “Zarif will return to Tehran tonight for consultations and exchange of views with top officials,” Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Friday, citing a member of the Iranian delegation at the Vienna talks. Western diplomats in Vienna told Reuters Zarif was expected to return to Austria during the weekend. The deadline for a deal is Monday. The six world powers are negotiating a deal with Iran to exchange…
  • Report: Hamas plan to kill Liberman foiled

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    (JTA) – Israeli security forces arrested four men suspected of plotting to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman by firing a rocket at his car. Unnamed sources from Israel’s General Security Service, or Shin Bet, said the men were affiliated with Hamas and had confessed during questioning to having planned to fire the RPG rocket at Liberman’s car near his home in Nokdim in the West Bank, Army Radio reported Thursday. The men were identified as Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, his brother, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, Adnan Mahmoud Sabih and Yussuf Ibrahim Yussuf Alsheikh. Some of the men have…
  • French interior minister speaks of love for Jews

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    (JTA) — French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he loves French Jewry. Cazeneuve’s statement, unusual for French politicians, was made Wednesday during a speech at a gala in Paris organized by the French Jewish Radio J station. “I feel more close to you than you can imagine, close to you. Also in my heart, through ties of affection and friendship and sentiment, but also — and this is almost more important to me — through spirit,” Cazeneuve  said during his address at the gala, which took place at the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees. “Through a great…
  • Swedish rabbi, synagogue threatened

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    (JTA) — A rabbi and his synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg was threatened in emails that described him as an “accursed child murderer.” The rabbi, who was not named, received the threats via email from a person with a history of threatening the Jewish community of Gothenburg, Daniel Jonas, director of the city’s Jewish community, told the Gotheburgs-Posten newspaper Thursday. The community informed police and enhanced its security arrangements, said the report, which did not name the person who sent the threatening emails to the rabbi. The letter refers to the rabbi, who…
  • British soccer boss sorry for saying Jews chase money

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    (JTA) — The owner of a British soccer club apologized for saying in an interview that Jews were inclined to chase money and for defending a racial slur against Asians. Dave Whelan, who owns the Wigan Athletic Football Club near Manchester, made the statements in an interview published on Thursday in The Guardian and apologized for making them on Friday in an interview with the BBC. Whelan told The Guardian that “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else.” He was defending his decision Wednesday to name Malky Mackay as the club’s manager despite a British Football…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing

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

    Fred Sanders
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    In 1962, Arthur W. Wainwright published The Trinity in the New Testament, a helpful one-volume treatment of a vast subject. Wipf & Stock keeps it in print, and no wonder: Wainwright handled the material so well that only a few pages in it seems dated –though it’s more than fifty years old, and there has been much change in some of the sub-fields it reports on. If it doesn’t quite cover everything a reader could hope for, it nevertheless lives up to the promise of its clear title. These 270 pages deliver. Here are some scattered notes from a reading of the first fourteen…
  • Unlucky Argument for Pauline Authorship of Hebrews

    Fred Sanders
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913) was a quirky Bible teacher. I would caution anybody against a steady diet of his books, but as long as you’re getting most of your nutrition elsewhere, a little dash of Bullinger can be a piquant spice. You can count on wild uncle Ethelbert (that’s what the E. stands for) to come up with something that the responsible guild of biblical studies wasn’t going to suggest. Things about stars and constellations. About word order. About revelation. About prophecy (Bullinger championed a kind of dispensationalism that made the rest of the…
  • Hermeneutics with Samuel Johnson

    Fred Sanders
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Samuel Johnson gives some excellent advice in his Preface to Shakespeare (1765) that applies to reading in general, and especially well to Bible reading. Johnson advises readers to plow straight through a Shakespeare play, keeping up a good pace even when passages aren’t clear. To slow down and investigate the unclear passages more carefully would be to lose the momentum and lapse out of the literary flow. And above all, Johnson warned, don’t check the footnotes! Commentators are inevitably offering you help with details (glosses, etymologies, textual emendations, cultural…
  • Wordsworth in the West

    Fred Sanders
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    William Wordsworth perfected a certain type of nature poetry, a particularly spiritual sort of nature lyric. He celebrated the movements of the infinite Spirit making itself known to humanity through the forms of nature as contemplated by poet-prophets who were the universe’s appointed spokesmen. Nature herself elected certain sensitive souls, forming them throughout early life to be receptive to her revelations in later life.  As he recounts in The Prelude, Nature populated his young imagination with the forms of giant cliffs and dark forebodings, of dancing daffodils and of…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • The Ministers’ Morgue

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

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

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

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

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Jan 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This short autobiography was posted in four parts from December 14-21, 2002, the first month of Real Live Preacher. I’ve never liked it. It was roughly written, and I cringe when I read it. Correction, I cringed when last I read it back in 2004. My editor at Eerdmans agreed that it was rough, but he liked that about it and demanded that we include it in the book. He felt it was unpretentious or something. Maybe so. Offering my opinion on that would introduce paradoxes, so I’ll just smile and say nothing more about it. I do recall that this was a kind of break-out piece for me. It…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Three-day Global Hindu Set to Begin in Delhi

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    SourceNEW DELHI, INDIA , November 20, 2014 (by Deeptiman Tiwari, Times of India): HPI Note: Hinduism Today's editor, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, will be making a presentation on Hindu media at this conference.With the objective of bringing together Hindus at a time "when the community is beset by very serious challenges and is standing at a critical crossroad," a three-day conference will kick off on Friday with the blessings of the Sangh Parivar. Called World Hindu Congress (WHC), the event will have RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Dalai Lama as part of the inaugural ceremony, while BJP…
  • First Bhutanese American Advocacy Day

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    SourceWASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2014 (Hindu American Foundation): A delegation of nearly 30 Bhutanese Hindus from across the country made history on Capitol Hill on Monday with the first ever Bhutanese American Advocacy Day. The unprecedented event, organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), featured a congressional briefing along with meetings with the State Department and several House and Senate offices. "The Hindu American Foundation is honored to have provided a platform to give voice to some 80,000 Bhutanese refugees resettling in the U.S., and the entire Diaspora in exile…
  • Youths Clean up Streets around Meenakshi Temple

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    SourceINDIA, November 19, 2014 (The Hindu): While most of the city was just about starting a calm and peaceful Sunday morning, a group of youngsters got ready at the crack of dawn with brooms and dustpans. The members of Maatralaam, a city-based youth organisation, organized a clean-up of the streets around Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here. Speaking about the initiative, G. Sriraman, one of the founders of the organization, said that they wanted to focus on cleanliness around the temple which was a world-renowned tourist site and one of the city's most important landmarks. M. Pradeepa,…
  • Daily Inspiration

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    SourceAttach yourself to Him who is free from all attachments. Bind yourself to that bond so all other bonds may be broken.-- Tirukkural 350
  • India Appoints Minister Of Yoga

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    SourceINDIA, November 13, 2014 (The Huffington post): Living up to his promise to promote India's therapeutic traditions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a ministry of yoga and alternative therapies for the country this week. Reuters reports that the AAYUSH portfolio will include traditional medicines and practices of ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy. Shripad Yesso Naik was appointed to head the ministry. "This is our system and it has not received enough prominence. We will take it to the masses," Naik said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.India's prime minister…
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    Hindu Blog

  • Chennakeshava – Manifestation of Vishnu

    Abhilash Rajendran
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    Chennakeshava is a manifestation of Bhagvan Vishnu and in this form the deity is widely... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Mandapam of Pandalam King on The way From Pamba to Sannidanam – Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    There are numerous holy spots on the trek to Sannidanam (Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple) from... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Pradosh Vrat in December 2014 – Shiva Pradosha Dates in December 2014

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Pradosh Vrat is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and is observed on the 13th day of each... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Snake Bite Cure at Achankovil Ayyappa Temple

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Achankovil Ayyappa Temple is one among the five important temples dedicated to Ayyappa... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
  • Kena Upanishad on Brahman

    Abhilash Rajendran
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Everything is Brahman – this is the great teaching. May I never deny Brahman. May... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Peace Parsha at APN - If this is so, then why am I? (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this fall I was honored by the invitation to offer some words of Torah as part of the Peace Parsha series at Americans for Peace Now. You can read my commentary on parashat Toldot at APN: If this is so, then why am I? I'm also archiving it below. "The children struggled in her womb, and she said, 'If this is so, then why am I?'" -- Genesis 25:22 We read in this week's Torah portion that even in the womb, Rebecca's children Jacob and Esau quarreled. And their perennial struggle brought her to an existential outcry: if this is so, then why am I? If this is the only possibility for my…
  • Coffee talk (Velveteen Rabbi)
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We hesitate at the unlit stairwellbut two men sitting in the darknod and point us upwards. Four flights up we reach al-Sendebad: open on all sides,Abraham’s tent in concrete.We sit on plastic chairsoverlooking streets, square, park,noisy with people in the cool of night.We are the only visitors here.Everyone else is local, a regular.They wear pants and caftans, sportmustaches and checked kefiyyahs.I am the only woman in sight.Two men play backgammon; twocards; everyone talks. One manjuggles pipe with cellphone,old world with new.Thumbing our Berlitz we eke outrequests for hot mint tea and a…
  • Salve (Velveteen Rabbi)
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    You, standing in line at the coffee shop or shivering at the gas pump -- what phone call do you dread in the back of your mind from the moment you wake up? I don't know what grief lurks in your dark corners or what kind word would settle around you like a knitted afghan warming your cold places, would salve your abraded heart. I've been thinking a lot lately about the invisible worries and sorrows we carry with us, whether intimate or geopolitical. This poem came out of those reflections. Usually titles are hard for me, but once the last couplet came together I knew what the poem's title…
  • There has to be another way (Velveteen Rabbi)
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Today's news out of Jerusalem rends my heart. The mere fact of being alive being means that each of us will experience suffering: sickness, pain, grief. These come with being human. Being human means we experience love and joy and connection, and it means we also experience sorrow and loss. Sometimes I struggle mightily against that truth, but deep down I recognize that it's part of the way the world works. Human lives contain enough pain just by virtue of being human lives. Why do we add to that pain with hatred and killing? I woke this morning to news of killings in a Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Looking for Chanukah gifts? Support independent publishing! (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Chanukah begins in mid-December, and perhaps you are looking for Chanukah gifts for someone in your life who loves poetry. (Hey, I can hope, right?) I hope you'll consider clicking through to Phoenicia Publishing, the wonderful independent press in Montreal which published my first two collections, and buying their books as Chanukah gifts. Of course I'm always happy for people to buy my work. So if you know someone who would enjoy a copy of 70 faces: Torah poems or Waiting to Unfold (poems of pregnancy and motherhood), by all means, please buy copies and give them away! (The publisher and I…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Paper. Wood. Fire. Heat.

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

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

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Dare to be ordinary. Why not?
  • Thinking Day

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    At the start of a meeting Brownies dance (skip) around a giant plastic toadstool, or at least that’s my memory, something to do with ‘togetherness’. My rebel sister in arms and I didn’t! We were five or six and not ready to be ‘together’ with the rest, dancing. My fascination with fungus however has been lifelong and here among the trees at Shasta Abbey they are shooting up everywhere. My rebel friend and I parted and by eleven I was a Girl Guide and devout. Each year we had Thinking Day when at our evening meeting we would remember all the other guides…
  • More to death than dying

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Faith traditions invariably have teaching, based on faith/belief, around what happens when somebody dies. Hopefully such teachings bring comfort to those who are grieving as well as strengthened faith in those approaching death themselves. Buddhism has a number of schools or traditions with similar yet different teachings around what happens. Personally I don’t feel a need to know!  However I’m able to offer meaningful thoughts to the grieving which tend to focus on living and the departed persons life. I was out walking just now pondering on this whole subject. It would seem we…
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  • A brief history of the e-cigarette

    Catherine Fehre
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity around the world. With the announcement of vape as our Word of the Year, we have put together a timeline of the history of e-cigarettes. 1963 Herbert A. Gilbert patents a non-tobacco cigarette that heats a nicotine solution and produced steam, but it is never manufactured. 1979 Dr. Norman Jacobson, one of the pioneers of the word “vaping,” develops the Favor cigarette, a way to inhale nicotine with no smoke. 2003 Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik first develops an electronic alternative to traditional cigarettes. 2004 The first e-cigarettes, a…
  • Ivan Pavlov in 22 surprising facts

    Abbey Lovell
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    An iconic figure of 20th century science and culture, Ivan Pavlov is best known as a founding figure of behaviorism who trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell and offered a scientific approach to psychology that ignored the “subjective” world of the psyche itself. While researching Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science, I discovered that these and other elements of the common images of Pavlov are incorrect. The following 22 facts and observations are a small window onto the life of a man whose work, life and values were much more complex and interesting than the iconic figure…
  • Understanding placebo effects: how rituals affect the brain and the body

    Ella Sharp
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In a typical prehistoric scene, say in 4000 BC, a wounded warrior is dragged to the shaman tent. The respected shaman takes a look at the wound and assures the warrior that he will be healed with the proper prayers and ritual dances. He then prepares a strong-smelling mixture of herbs and seeds, and as the whole tribe chants rhythmically around the campfire, he carefully applies it to the wound, all the while uttering incomprehensible sentences passed on to him by a venerable line of ancestral shamans. Now let’s come to more recent times, say in 2010 AD. A wounded soldier is carried to the…
  • Should we let them play?

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Ched Evans was convicted at Caernarfon Crown Court in April 2012 of raping a 19 year old woman, and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released from prison in October 2014. Shortly after his release Evans protested his innocence and suggested that his worst offence had been cheating on his fiancée. He also looked to restart his career as a professional soccer player in the third tier of the English league with his former club Sheffield United. What has ensued is a huge debate about whether the club should offer Evans a new contract. One side argues that Evans has served his time and…
  • Violence, and diverse forms of oppression

    Elizabeth Gorney
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The theme of the American Society of Criminology meeting this November is “Criminology at the Intersections of Oppression.” The burden of violence and victimization remains markedly unequal. The prevalence rates, risk factors, and consequences of violence are not equally distributed across society. Rather, there are many groups that carry an unequal burden, including groups disadvantaged due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, place of residence, and other factors. Even more problematically, there is an abundance of evidence that there are marked disparities…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Little Hope Was Arson – A Review

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

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

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

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I often find that, from Sunday to Sunday, I am struck by different moments in our church service. Last week, my husband and I made a short autumn getaway to Vermont (referred to simply as “God’s Country” in our house). On Sunday morning, we stood side by side in a small Russian Orthodox Church outside Montpelier, on what can only be described as the perfect autumn day: the sun was bright; the sky was clear, intense blue; the air cool and fresh. The morning sunlight softly illuminated the smoke from the censor as it gently wafted and curled around the altar table. The deacon took his…
  • “The Heights and the Depths:” Considering the Seasons of Life

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Like a cool morning mist, fall is gradually settling on New England. Having been raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s a different and enjoyable experience for me to now live in a place that has proper seasons. In New Mexico, summer lingers until about mid-October. The fall leaves are lovely—mostly golden cottonwoods—and the fall temperatures last until almost Christmas. Winter lasts all of two months, if that, and it starts to feel like spring again in February. Not so for New England. The seasons up here are more evenly matched in length, and they differ distinctly from one another.
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Episcopal priest arrested at protest in Ferguson

    Andrew Gerns
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    The Rev. Rebecca Ragland was one five protesters arrested for blocking a street outside the police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday. The Daily Mail: The handful of protesters were faced down by a line of officers in full riot gear as impatience grows in the city waiting for a Grand Jury decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18. According to Reverend Ragland the group - only numbering around 15 - blocking the road were dispersing when the St Louis County officers moved in. She said, 'I think everybody was completely shocked. We…
  • Keep Bothering Me

    Lora Walsh
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Friday, November 21, 2014 – Proper 28, 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 102 (morning) // 107:1-32 (evening) Malachi 3:1-12 James 5:7-12 Luke 18:1-8 It's tempting to lower our expectations for justice when various powers seem stacked against us. But today's gospel reminds us that we don't have to wait for justice. We just have to keep bothering people. Jesus tells a story about a widow pleading her case and "a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people."…
  • Bishop Mariann Budde on the Muslim prayer service at the National Cathedral

    Jim Naughton
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Diocese of Washington has written a column for her diocese on last week's Muslim prayer service at Washington National Cathedral. It concludes as follows: All at the Cathedral and Diocesan offices have been taken aback by the hundreds of phone calls and letters protesting the prayer service because of terrorist threats by Muslim extremists around the world. I worry that we are at risk in this country of matching extremism with extremism of our own, as we have in our past. Some Christians have lamented the fact that we welcomed Muslim prayer in a space…
  • Our problem with authority

    Ann Fontaine
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    by George Clifford We Episcopalians frequently have problems with ecclesiastical authority. Here's some anecdotal evidence: • Clergy and laity do not want bishops (or, for that matter, any other person or group such as a Canon to the Ordinary or Executive Council) providing authoritative guidance. At every General Convention, diocesan convention, or clergy gathering that I attend, I detect an undercurrent of suspicion directed toward our bishops. Admittedly, a few bishops are inappropriately authoritarian. The suspicion, however, extends to all bishops. • When I mention to a clergyperson…
  • "A Way Forward" is a step forward for the Episcopal Church

    Jim Naughton
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The Episcopal Church recently published "A Way Forward: Reflections, Resources & Stories Concerning Ferguson, Racial Justice & Reconciliation" on its website. It's exciting to see the church responding to a pressing social issue in a timely fashion, and I hope this is what we can look forward to from some of the recently-hired staff members like Heidi Kim the missioner for racial reconciliation and Charles Wynder, Jr., missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement. Two suggestions for future efforts: 1. Enlist someone with some editorial sense, an eye for design and a feel for social…
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    Emergent Village

  • What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For the next few podcasts, Fr. Tom will be looking at the important 19th Century in Russian Orthodox history. He recommended several books but in particular these three. The Heart of Russia - Kenworthy The Making of Holy Russia - Strickland Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution - Shevzov
  • God Is In Control - Revisited

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fr. Tom returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.
  • Bishops - Part 53: The Impact of the 19th Century on Clergy and Laity

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Last time, Fr. Tom talked about the Ottoman Empire and its demise. Today he reflects on the impact of Turkish rule on Orthodox clergy and laity.
  • God Is In Control - Yes or No?

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    We hear the phrase "God is in control" and may even use it from time to time when trying to make sense of a difficult situation. Fr. Thomas Hopko evaluates that phrase and challenges us to rethink it.
  • Bishops - Part 52: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.
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    Jewish Treats

  • World Hello Day

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    In 1973, Brian and Michael McCormack created World Hello Day as a reaction to the Yom Kippur War. College students at the time, the brothers started a campaign encouraging people to actively say “hello” to at least 10 people on November 21. The “holiday” has become an annual event and has garnered international attention.Is there validity in the idea that saying hello to people can inspire peace? Actually, the significance of greeting others is often highlighted by the sages:“Rabbi Matyah ben Cheresh used to say: Be first in greeting every man...” (Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the…
  • Pictures Worth Countless Words

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Dawid Szymin, better known by his nickname Chim (or by his Americanized name David Seymour), was born in Warsaw on November 20, 1911. His father, Benjamin, was a publisher of many of the great Yiddish and Hebrew writers of the time. The family-owned bookstore was the center of cosmopolitan Warsaw. But, in the end, Chim chose images over words.In 1932, Chim enrolled in the Sorbonne in Paris. Although he was studying physics and chemistry, he began to dabble in photography. With only 2 years of experience, he was appointed staff photographer for a left-wing weekly known as…
  • Decor

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Demonstrate pride in your Jewish heritage with Jewish artwork
  • The Spiritual Inheritance

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    In the Book of Genesis, the question of birthright is the center of several narratives - most famously that of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca. Esau, the elder of the two, willingly sold his b’chora (birthright of the eldest) to Jacob in exchange for a bowl of lentils. What exactly did Esau sell, and why did Jacob want it? In Jewish law, the firstborn son (the b’chor) inherits a double portion. But Jacob was not simply seeking to have twice as much wealth as his brother. He understood that the most important inheritance was the spiritual inheritance that was to foster a…
  • Making Choices

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    When faced with a choice, try to choose that which will bring you spiritual enhancement.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • LDS Newsroom Releases Helpful Video on Temple Garments

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Lindsay
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A young lady in a broken family who just turned 18 had been in our prayers for a long time. We were pained by the stories we heard and the tragic downward spiral in her life. We knew she was smart and had vast potential, but it was being wiped out by drugs,  horrific friends, and a lengthy list of tragic problems.She was leaving home and about to trapped forever, it seemed, in a hopeless situation, when an LDS family with their own children and challenges did something amazing. In spite of the risk,…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • The opportunity to influence through entertainment

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    If the Internet had been as popular in 1994 as it is today, Roseanne would have broke it.For those old enough to remember, Roseanne was a sitcom about fairly dysfunctional working class family that often tackled some pretty heavy topics including substance abuse, domestic violence and single parenthood. But one episode in particular stood out because it featured something completely shocking on television at the time: two women kissing as Roseanne (in an effort to prove she was still with it and/or hip, went to the local gay bar). It was one of the infamous “lesbian kiss…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Book deals for Christian readersThis week there have been some pretty phenomenal deals on eBooks at Amazon. You can check out the big lists here and here. Today, I’ve got just a few more for you to check out:Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl—$2.99A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium by Millard J. Erickson—$3.99Nothing Is Impossible with God: Reflections on Weakness, Faith, and Power by Rose Marie Miller—FREE (ends today)Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$3.82Also in today’s $5 Friday sale at…
  • A brief look at the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (5 volumes)

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are only a few preachers who I hold in very high esteem. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of them. His book, Preaching and Preachers, is essential reading for any prospective preacher (even if you disagree with some of it), but this is not his most essential work. Lloyd-Jones was first and foremost a gospel preacher.During his 25 years as a minister at Westminster Chapel in London, he preached the gospel through the books of Genesis, Ephesians, Romans, Acts, and John, as well as more topically driven messages such as those that became the book Spiritual Depression. All this to say, when I…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why I Repented from Twitter Following EveryoneJoey Cochran:One sunny day in March I woke up and decided to follow everyone on Twitter. I’d like to think that I had no real reason to do it, but if I’m honest the stunt was stimulated from the base desire of wanting more followers. It was shallow. I wasn’t going to buy them because that’s just crazy. But I thought, maybe if I followed a bunch of people, they’d just follow me back. I justified it by calling the following act a wave. I told myself: “You know what, I’m gonna wave to everyone in Twitterdom, and see who waves…
  • Five books to read near Christmas

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yeah, I know. You probably don’t want to think about that word any more than I do right now. I mean, Christmas has so much baggage surrounding it that it’s hard to have much fun. But it’s coming (just a few weeks away, friends).Despite how we might feel about travel, awkward conversations, and the risk of really loud toys entering our homes, there is so much for us to be thankful for in the season, particularly as we remember the significance of the birth of Christ.In light of this, we’ve been working to develop traditions in our family to help us be mindful of this…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Carl Lentz Superstar

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

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

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

    Mary Valle
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Raymond Cardinal Burke has spoken from his throne again, this time suggesting that the Catholic Church “lacks a rudder.” (JOKE ABOUT CAPPA MAGNA TK) Most Earthlings would say that the rudder is the Pope but maybe having two Popes wasn’t a good idea after all. It’s confusing, even to Cardinals. Anyway, what the church is lacking more and more of every day is real estate as  churches and schools close and are sold off to be adaptively reused. Meanwhile, in China, the rapid spread of Christianity is causing problems. Some people think that Ouija boards are fun games like Sorry! I…
  • Religious Baggage

    Ashley Makar
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Just $2.99 on Kindle and iTunes! (Click the cover to see options.) Jerusalem, July 16, 2009 Peeking at the notebook on the lap of the young woman sitting next to me on a Frankfurt airport shuttle bus, I read what seem to be the jottings of a travelogue: arrived…picked up baggages. With her ankle-length black skirt and long-sleeved blouse and blunt bangs that seem too loose at the hairline to be her own, she looks like the Orthodox Jewish girls I used to tutor at Touro College—many of them young women, raised in Brooklyn, for whom English is a second language. And she writes like them,…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pope, Christian Conservatives Team Up to Promote Patriarchy

    Patricia Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Vatican held an interfaith conference this week on the promotion of the “traditional”—that is, non-LGBT or single-headed—family organized around the concept of “complementarity.” Complementarity is one of those obscure theological concepts that nevertheless casts a long shadow over modern conservative religious thinking. It’s the idea that men and women’s differing and complementary biological roles play out in their respective roles in religion and society, which are separate, but supposedly equal, and divinely ordained. Pope John Paul II was a big proponent of the…
  • Do White People Think Black People Are Magic?

    Joseph Laycock
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last week, media reported on a psychological study suggesting that white people are predisposed to ascribe superhuman and magical qualities to black people. Spike Lee famously described the trope of the “Magical Negro,” found in films like The Green Mile, but this study is the first attempt to analyze “superhumanization bias” empirically. It may also have implications for religious studies since historians of religion have noted that the way we imagine the religious other overlaps closely with racist ideas about witchcraft and “voodoo” as well as forms of “romantic racism”…
  • What do Crystal Meth and Contraception Have In Common?

    Kara Loewentheil
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Is meth the new peyote? A woman arrested in Oklahoma recently for possession of methamphetamine is arguing that as a Wiccan she has a religious right to possess and use the drug for her religious practice. In Smith, as you’ll remember, the plaintiffs had used peyote as part of Native American religious practices. They were out of luck under the First Amendment, but the denial of their claim led to passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, after which a factually similar case involving hoasca (a.k.a. Ayahuasca) was decided in favor of the plaintiffs under RFRA’s more lenient legal…
  • Israel Will be a 2016 Evangelical Litmus Test

    Sarah Posner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Or so say Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Joel Rosenberg, convert from Judaism and author of numerous end-times-themed novels. Yesterday, the trio published a piece in the Christian Post, arguing that the 2016 “evangelical primary” is already underway, and that “no one seeking the GOP nomination in 2016 can afford to ignore this vital and dynamic constituency. There is simply no viable road to the presidency for a Republican candidate who fails to win strong support from voters of…
  • A Secret Family History Shows “Regular” Life Under the Reich: Sarah Wildman on Paper Love

    Sarah Posner and Sarah Wildman
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Title: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind Author: Sarah Wildman Publisher: Riverhead Release Date: October 30, 2014 Sarah Wildman’s new book, Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind(Riverhead) chronicles her quest to find the woman her grandfather left behind in Vienna when he escaped the Nazis in 1938. It’s part memoir, part personal history, part World War II history, and part globetrotting detective story—and completely riveting. Wildman’s quest began after the deaths of her grandparents, when she opened a box labeled…
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    On Being Both

  • Seeing the Sacred in One Interfaith Family

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eps 66 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 9

    Craig Owen
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
        In the last episode I suggested what was the real message and spirituality of the book of Revelation.  It is NOT telling us to be passive, waiting for God to intervene in history as all kinds of horrible things happen to the earth.  The author of Revelation copied heavily from the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament.  Both Daniel and Revelation were written to religious groups who were being persecuted and oppressed.  Both books allegedly predict all kinds of terrible things that will occcur.  What actually happened in history after both…
  • Eps 65 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 8

    Craig Owen
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Finally, we are at the point of finding the answers to our question 'what is the spirituality of the Book of Revelation?'  As I have commented in previous episodes, what the Book of Revelation is about is answering questions about the problem of evil.  If God is all powerful, how can God let the community of faithful believers be persecuted, killed and tortured?  [Once again I am drawing upon Dr. Craig Koester's book Revelation and the End of All Things for much of these insights]. We find several answers to this question in the Book of Revelation.  What Revelation…
  • Eps 64 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 7

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

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

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

  • Attentive and present to all of life and creation

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

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

    Lee Potts
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    As Secular Franciscans, we commit ourselves to live the Gospel according to Franciscan spirituality in our secular state. We are called to make our own contribution, inspired by the person and message of our Seraphic Father Francis, towards a world in which the dignity of the human person, shared responsibility, and peace and love may be living realities. ~ Handbook for Animators of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), National JPIC Commission of the Secular Franciscan Order, USA Tags: dignity, franciscan spirituality, human person, JPIC, love, Peace, secular franciscan order
  • Not just something we do

    Lee Potts
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is simply the Rule of the Secular Franciscan in action. Our Rule is based on the Gospels; JPIC is also based on the Gospels. It bubbles up from the Gospels. It is lived out from the Gospels. JPIC is not just something we do, it is who we are, as followers of Jesus in the way of Saint Francis of Assisi. It is an attitude that influences what we do and how we minister, with God, with ourselves, with other people and with creation. ~ Handbook for Animators of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), National JPIC Commission of the Secular…
  • Masks

    Lee Potts
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    So much of life, particularly in our modern, hyper-busy, and technologically saturated world, tends to pull us away from the path toward discovering our true self, from the journey into God. We are told in big and little ways every day that we must construct our identities, supplement ourselves with products and services, look a certain way, speak a certain way, and be a certain way. What results from following that path is what Merton will call the “false self,” what he sometimes refers to as our “masks.” ~ Daniel P. Horan, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the…
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    Amish America

  • Amish to Future Neighbors: You’re Not Welcome

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    A reader living in the Allen County, Indiana settlement shares a pair of rather surprising photos. As you can see in these shots, local Amish are sending a message to any potential new neighbors. Our reader explains what’s going on here: There is a new subdivision going in on a road near us and the Amish that live on that […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Loren Beachy Answers (Part 2) and Book Winner

    Erik/Amish America
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    Loren Beachy has delivered a second batch of answers to your questions, so we’ll get right into them. Today’s questions include queries about Loren’s favorite writers, how he manages eight grades at once, and how many single Amish ladies he is currently fending off. You asked some good ones. With these and his previous answers, Loren got to over […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • How Richard Stevick met the Amish

    Erik/Amish America
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    A lot of you know Richard Stevick from his book Growing Up Amish: The Rumspringa Years, or through comments he has posted on various articles on this site. I’m happy to share that starting today, Rich is going to be writing for us here from time to time. In his first post (below), Rich discusses […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Amish of Ava, Illinois

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Don Burke takes us on a visit to the New Order Amish community at Ava, Illinois today. This small settlement, located in Jackson and Randolph counties in southern Illinois, is the state’s second-oldest (1991). As you’ll learn below, Don discovered a few things he didn’t expect. All yours, Don. — Heading out with nothing more than an […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1)

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    We got your questions over to Loren last week, and on Friday I got a fax back. “This is what I’ve got so far,” Loren writes. “I plan to give the other questions some attention, too.” You’ll find about a dozen-and-a-half responses below. I’ll get the rest up when I get them in from Loren. […]Try our resources:Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online EncyclopediaWhere do the Amish live? Check the Amish State GuideLooking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • I, Catulla: What Latin subconsciously taught me

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

    Julia Rocchi
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Imperfect. Photo by Dan Iggers“Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else.”-- St. Therese LisieuxLove is for the weak, who cry from bed for water though the nightstand holds a glass.Love is for the hunted, who chew their cuds in open glades, forgetting they are prey.Love is for the brittle, who snap at slightest pressure, crack, and clatter to the floor.Love is for the wounded, who slump against the barricades and weep to lift the flag.Love is for the dim, who do their homework every night and always get it wrong.Love is for the lost, who dropped their map 10 miles back and…
  • At the quarry (or, Thoughts on our mutual foregone conclusions)

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

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

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

  • The Beatitudes – A Reflection

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

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

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

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Wyclif Translator + Controversialist 30 October 1384 click here for books about or by John Wylif From the Satucket Lectioanary John Wyclif (also spelled Wycliffe, Wycliff, Wicliffe, or Wiclif) was born in Yorkshire around 1330, and was educated at Oxford, becoming a doctor of divinity in 1372. In 1374, King Edward III appointed him rector of Lutterworth, and later made him part of a deputation to meet at Brussels with a papal deputation to negotiate difference between King and Pope. About this time Wyclif began to argue for “dominion founded on grace.” By…
  • Oct 29 – James Hannington & Companions, Martyrs

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    James Hannington & Companions Martyrs of Uganda 29 October 1885 click here for books about James Harrington & Companions From the Satucket Lectionary Among the new nations of Africa, Uganda is the most predominantly Christian. Mission work began there in the 1870’s with the favor of King Mutesa, who died in 1884. However, his son and successor, King Mwanga, opposed all foreign presence, including the missions. James Hannington, born 1847, was sent out from England in 1884 by the Anglican Church as missionary Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa. As he was travelling toward…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • How Joseph Achieved His Dream

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

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

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Cleavon WilliamsSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • The life of minorities in Ukraine, one year after protests began

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Kyiv, Ukraine, Nov 21, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year ago, Mustafa Nayyem, a Ukrainian journalist born in Afghanistan,  began Euromaidan from his post on Facebook: "Let us be serious. Who is ready to come to The Independence Square today before midnight? Likes are not considered, only the comment, 'I am ready'.” This year, Nayyem changed his journalistic career to become a member of the Ukrainian parliament. However, not only has his life changed this year, but all Ukraine has become different.   Euromaidan, the protest movement centered on Maidan (as…
  • What's the biggest threat to Asia? Atheism, this cardinal says

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Rome, Italy, Nov 21, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at stake in all of Asia and can only be salvaged by fervidly preaching the gospel. What threatens the continent most today, Cardinal Zen told CNA, “is a humanistic atheism; people who oppose God-to-man, man-to-God.” By looking to the history of China, it's clear “that communism has destroyed all human values. So to save human values we have to work hard to spread the good news of Jesus…
  • Italy's return of millions to 'Vatican bank' indicates financial reform

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent return to the “Vatican bank” of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances. In 2010, the Public Prosecutor of Rome made a preventive seizure of 23 million Euros transferred by the Institute for Religious Works (IOR, or “Vatican bank”) from an account it held in the Italian bank Credito Artigiano, now Credito Valtellinese. According to the prosecutor, the IOR had not given the Italian bank…
  • Cardinal O'Malley expands on 'provocative' 60 Minutes interview

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Boston, Mass., Nov 20, 2014 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its “difficult questions” on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women’s religious conference needed more discussion and nuance.      “The program’s interviews include difficult questions that are often on many people’s minds. For some people, being featured on 60 Minutes would be exhilarating, but television interviews are not at the top of my list of…
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter is coming,” Anderson told CNA in a Nov. 20 interview. “So we have to provide something for them…
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    Blog - Faithlab

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Is Thankful Still Meaningful?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft, and Denial; Catholic Social Thought, Beware the Signs and More!

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    By TITO EDWARDS | Dear Islam, Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft, and Denial by Tania C. Mastrapa of Crisis Magazine - Pope Paul IV and Catholic Social Thought – Thomas D. Williams, Inside the Vatican Beware the ‘Signs’ of the...
  • ‘Lumen Gentium’ at 50

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    By JOSEPH PRONECHEN | Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations), the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, celebrates its golden anniversary on Nov. 21 and is no less relevant today than when it was issued in 1964, say...
  • Paranoia is the Serious Business of Heaven: New Horizons in Conspiracy Cinema

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    By Mark Shea | One of the many advantages Christians have over those who live in the world is the range to which we can extend our angst. Secularists, forced by their own principles to live in a one-floor ranch style universe, inevitably wind up...
  • Bishops Back Federal Bill Protecting Pro-Life Conscience Rights

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By MATT HADRO/CNA/EWTN NEWS | WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act. “We want to underscore the increasingly...
  • Humanum Conference Highlights Sanctity and Beauty of Marriage

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    By EDWARD PENTIN | VATICAN CITY — “We want this to bear fruit, for us to go back to these communities and bring to those communities of faith the insights and energy we’ve drawn from this — so that people will be restored in their hope that...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Hearing on Religious Accommodation in the Military in House Subcommittee Today

    Don Byrd
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Written by Don Byrd A subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon on religious accommodation in the armed services.  While the exact focus of the hearing is not clear, the issue of accommodation has been a significant story this year. Officials earlier announced a change in process that gives greater priority to servicemembers seeking accommodation, but still requires them to seek a waiver. Questions have been raised too regarding whether secular humanists should be afforded the opportunity to serve as military chaplains. Presumably the discussion…
  • Satanist Coloring Book Prompts Florida School District to Consider Policy Change

    Don Byrd
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Written by Don Byrd Florida’s Orange County Schools is considering a change in policy regarding the distribution of literature in public schools. Earlier this year, a group calling itself The Satanic Temple sought to include a coloring book alongside religious materials from other outside groups distributed to students. Now, the School District may cease the distribution of all religious materials. As the Christian Science Monitor reports, that decision may not sit well with either side: That decision – which the school board can’t officially make until late January or early…
  • BJC’s Brent Walker Discusses the Church-State Landscape After Hobby Lobby

    Don Byrd
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Written by Don Byrd In an interview with the Christian Century, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker discusses the state or religious liberty claims in light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year in Hobby Lobby. There, the Court ruled that closely-held, for-profit corporations are eligible to make religious liberty claims, and that the contraception coverage mandate unlawfully placed a substantial burden on such corporations where the owners object on religious liberty grounds. In this detailed interview, Walker discusses the state of corporate religious liberty…
  • DC Circuit: Religious Organizations not Substantially Burdened by Contraception Opt-Out Rules

    Don Byrd
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Hobby Lobby case, decided earlier this year, resolved the question of whether the religious freedom rights of closely held, for-profit corporations whose owners object to providing contraception coverage are violated by the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The Court said yes. But, as I have said before, that was not the last religious freedom question posed by that controversial provision of the law. Still at issue are the claims of religious organizations. The ACA provides religious organizations with a means of accommodation, so long as they file a…
  • 7th Circuit Tosses Out Challenge to Clergy Housing Tax Exemption

    Don Byrd
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Last year, Wisconsin federal district court judge Barbara Crabb ruled unconstitutional the tax exemption for ministers receiving a housing allowance as a part of their compensation. The decision sparked a firestorm of protest among many in the faith community. The Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker disagreed with the ruling, noting that, far from singling out religion with the housing allowance rule, the tax code includes a variety of housing-related exemptions. Today, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Judge Crabb’s ruling, finding the plaintiffs in…
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  • 2 Common Mistakes Young Leaders Make in Development

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
           Related StoriesThose Crazy Baby Blues3 Evernote IFTTT Recipes for Leaders5 Evernote Notebooks Every Young Leader Needs 
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • A Surprising Thing Happens When The Thorns Are Uprooted

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    There's something in the depths of my soul that desperately yearns for the Lord. I have a desire to know Him in the unfathomable wonder of His glory. I want to move beyond the heartless worship and empty religious forms and have an overwhelming experience of His presence.I don't just want to know about the Lord. I yearn to encounter Him in the fullness of who He is. Through an ancient Psalm attributed to David, a declaration was made that truly plunges beneath the surface. The visceral words of this prayer reflect a longing that displaces all religious superficiality."Deep calls to…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Band Aid 30 Years On: Feed, Feel, Heal the World

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

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

    Cathleen Falsani
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Top Lindy Hop dancers from around the world compete to live music by Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five during in the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, D.C., August 2013.
  • PONTIFEXCELLENT: I Was Dirty and You Gave Me a Shower

    Cathleen Falsani
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Earlier today in Rome, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who has perhaps the coolest title at the Vatican — the papal almoner, i.e. the fellow in charge of administering charity on behalf of Pope Francis — announced that public restrooms in St. Peter’s Square soon will include showers where the homeless can bathe. According to Catholic News [Read More...]
  • Lila Pays It Forward: Helping LGBT Refugees Find a New Home, Life

    Cathleen Falsani
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    “Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he had preserved a whole world.” — from The Talmud Twenty-two years ago, when the Aeroflot jumbo jet rumbled down a Moscow runway and took off bound for California, Lila Katz had only one thing on her mind: getting there — finally. Two days earlier, Katz [Read More...]
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • The Nine Sins Reading

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The Wonderful Elizabeth Sarah Manning reads from the “70 Letters To ATLAH” book written by Dr. James David Manning in 1992. (19 Nov. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. No visits yet
  • The Manning Report – 20 November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)
  • Coach Dave Propose A “Christian Values Political Party”

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Coach Dave Propose A “Christian Values Political Party” (18 Nov. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today)
  • Adam Reakes Promotes Truth That Starbucks Markets Semen Laced Lattes

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Adam Reakes promotes the truth that Starbucks markets semen laced lattes. (19 Nov. 2014) “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 20 November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “The Reading Of II Samuel 12-14.” preached on 15 November 2014 10:00 AM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 26 times, 18 visits today)
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Man Hosting God

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

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

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

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

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

  • TB Joshua Bodies Delayed By Nigerian Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Duke Taber
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Ihave been a Spirit filled Christian for over 34 years. During that time I have heard almost every argument imaginable against the Spirit filled lifestyle. When I started this website I made the choice to make it unashamedly focused on the Spirit filled lifestyle. So, I thought this would be a good time to list for you some of the myths that people believe concerning Spirit filled living. 10 Myths About Spirit Filled Living And Spirit Filled Believers. Myth #1; Spiritual Gifts Prove Spiritual Character In our culture, we glorify and glamorize people with special abilities. Whether it is…
  • Living In The Power Of The Spirit

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

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Herein we continue, from part 1, gleaning from Dr. William Campbell’s book The Qur'an and the Bible in the light of history and science and will conclude that, ironically, if we trust the Qur'an...
  • Product review: Creation Ministries International-“Evolution's Achilles' Heels"

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Creation Ministries International sent along a sample of their various products for the purpose of review. Today we will consider the DVD version of the new documentary “Evolution's Achilles' Heels.” Note that this project...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 9

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

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    In this case the issue is that of one or both parents being unfit either due to mental problems, financial instability, etc. This argument may be stated as “It would be wrong to sentence the baby to a life...
  • Book review: “Hitler's Christianity” by James P. Holding

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Title and author: Hitler’s Christianity by James P. HoldingPrint Length: 153 pagesPublisher: Tekton (September 1, 2013 AD)ASIN: B00EXPBEVW Within the realm of Christian versus Atheist polemics everyone wants to claim Einstein and deny Hitler...
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  • The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’

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

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

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

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

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    On Monday, I’m to submit a rough draft of my chapter on John Wesley to my supervisor. The chapter traces the formation of Wesley’s ecclesiology, utilizing his sermons and journals. As I was looking over my notes and engaging the material by way of writing and editing, I came across a quote from Wesley’s journal. […] The post Homiletical insight from John Wesley appeared first on
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    Holy Blasphemy

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Finding meaning

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Introduction In our study on the use of tefillin we came to the conclusion that it is not possible to defend either side of the argument. In the same scriptures we also see the reference to the writing of the words on the doorpost. This leads to the next question – should we interpret this part literally? Scriptures The practice of affixing a Mezuzah is based on two Scriptures found in the book of Deuteronomy. In both cases the mention of fixing the words to your door-post, follows the commandment of binding to your hand and forehead. Deuteronomy 6:8–9 8 “You shall bind them as a…
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    The Psalter -

  • The Bible: The Most Edited Book in History

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

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

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

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

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

  • Woman Bishop Now Allowed At Church of England

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

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    (RNS) Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops accountable and must “avoid crowd-based condemnations.” “We are all aware that Catholics want their leaders to be held accountable for the safety of children, but the accountability has been sporadic,” O’Malley wrote in a column posted Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at the website of the archdiocesan newspaper. “We need clear protocols that will replace the improvisation…
  • Interview With Sammie Okposo – Be Careful On Churches You Attend

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, in an interview on Wazobia Fm, revealed that the various actions taking place in the Christian circle today, is a misrepresentation of God’s words in the Holy Scripture. The singer who recently released a new song titled ‘Sing your Praise (SYP),’ noted that with the recent trend of Pastors asking their members to do strange things all in the name of God’s name is more than signs of End Time. He stated that the devil is gradually eating up the Christian hood and the Christian faithful needs to examine the churches they go to for worship. Sammie was…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-048 Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

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

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

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

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry … Read More →
  • FGG-046 God Grants Mulligans

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    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 ourselves from a really bad shot.  God is that way with sin. In this podcast Tony’s discusses forgiveness. Scripture: If we acknowledge our sins, he … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • When Others Cause you to Suffer…

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

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

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

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

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

  • King of Glory by Britney Cashman

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

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have of late, been addressing the popularity of Word Faith teachers whose central focus in ministry (other than collecting your offerings) is to tell you that God has promised you a rose garden of a life and that if you are not living a life of perfect health and abundant wealth then it is all your fault… if you had faith all this would be yours. It is an amazingly ear tickling message while simultaneously being a back door… sometimes front door… condemnation of the suffering. It is an encouragement to hubris (thinking one always knows the complete mind of God) and foolishness…
  • The Power of “But If Not” in Daniel 3:18: True Faith Amid Word Faith Heresies

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my last post, I mentioned that Rev. Mike Caparrelli, pastor of Sacred Exchange Fellowship in East Greenwich RI, an old student of mine, recently gave a rousing example of what it looks like to preach biblical faith with all the same vigor and vim of those self-aggrandizing peacocks who strut about proclaiming what I deem a heretical vision of faith—Word Faith Teachers. Word Faith teachers tell you that God HAS promised you a rose garden, that perfect health, and wealth aplenty is yours for the having if only you can muster the faith to take it, that it is always God’s intention for you…
  • Some Lessons Can Only Be Learned IN the Fiery Furnace

    Andrew Sargent
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recent set of posts on Hebrews 11:3, I was pretty brutal on Word Faith teachers… what some call Hyper-faith teachers, or the Name-it-Claim-it bunch. They teach that God HAS promised you a rose garden, and, if you aren’t living in it, that’s your fault; if you only had enough faith you would never be sick, your bank account would never be empty, and you could have your every heart’s desire in this world. They don’t say it outright, but strongly suggest that God exists to serve you, and His every purpose is your short-term happiness. I, who am typically open to discussion and…
  • The Day I Beat Kleptomania and Became an Honest Man: What Does Choice Really Look Like?

    Andrew Sargent
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We live in a day of heartfelt excuse making for human sin. On one side, everything is your “parent’s”[1] fault… of course, their faults are their “parent’s” fault, and so on and so on, ‘til the fault in the world is entirely environment based not heart based. No one is held culpable for the myriads of choices they make. Indeed, we don’t even recognize responses as choices much of the time. We live in a day when poorly conceived senses of DNA take up the slack for whatever else might be wrong with us when direct causes cannot be isolated in social disharmony. We don’t make…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Theotokos Enters the Temple

    Fr. Peter
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Today is the preview of the good will of God, Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation. (Troparion of the Feast) On the 21st of November the Church celebrates the great feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.  Tradition tells us that Mary was presented in the Temple, by her parents Joachim and Anna, around the age of 3 or 4 and she remained there, living and serving, until her betrothal to…
  • Traditions of Blessing

    Fr. Peter
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Naming Maximos Spiro Orthodoxy is filled with traditions and with blessing but some of these has fallen out of use.  I am one of those priests that is attempting to bring back many of these traditions.  Recently I had the opportunity to bless an apiary and a new barn for parishioners that was a first for me but these are very traditional blessings that harken back to a time when we relied on the fruits of the earth cared for with our own hands.  Since many people are going back to back yard farming these prayers are important. Another set of prayers are those around the birth of a new…
  • Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

    Fr. Peter
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    “The senseless killing of people in any place must always be denounced, but that these brutal attacks in the synagogue in Jerusalem should have occurred against innocent, unarmed worshipers deserves only the strongest possible condemnation. Our prayers go out to those who were wounded and are fighting for their lives and to all those devastated by this attack, especially the families of those who were murdered today. In a particular way, we are conscious of the death of one of our neighbors from Boston, a member of a distinguished Jewish family, Rabbi Moshe Twersky.” Cardinal…
  • The Lost Sheep

    Fr. Peter
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Gospel of Luke 15:1-10 At that time, the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them,…
  • Determination

    Fr. Peter
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    I recently had the opportunity to catch part of the new Ken Burns documentary about the Roosevelts and I have to say that I was impressed and I need to watch the entire film very soon.  If you have not seen the film, it is an autobiographical film about Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor as they become more prominent in American history. I was truly amazed by all that they were able to accomplish.  But what amazed me the most was the sheer determination that Franklin Roosevelt had to not let the fact that he was paralyzed stop him from reaching his goals in his life.  I was unaware of the…
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • L. Ron Hubbard Quotes and Desktop Backgrounds

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

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

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

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

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

  • Do You Fear Betrayal? (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
  • Who Do You Welcome? (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and reap its economic benefits. But racism…
  • The Word for Today is #One (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
  • The Word for Today Is #Handiwork (Verneda Lights)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Photo courtesy of oom_endro / Pixabay Your fingerprints are not the only part of you that’s unique and beautiful. The Lord took special care to craft every cell in your body, then poured special gifts to shine like diamonds, into your mind and soul. The Bible tells us that we are God’s handiwork. The original Greek word was not handiwork, but “poema” (poem). That means we are extensions of the mind, aesthetic, and vocabulary of God. That’s AWESOME! The word for today is #handiwork. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • A Letter to My God Daughter

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

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I don’t like gore. I prefer psychological thrillers – stories which get inside my head and make me ponder the unimaginable – but gore? No thank you. Blood and guts and suffering make my stomach churn and heart break, so much so, I would binge watch Nicholas Sparks’ cheesy romantic dramas as an alternative. Although I’d probably just read a book…not Nicholas Sparks.Despite my aversion to gore, I make a conscious (and enthusiastic) decision to expose my eyes to heads bashed and stabbed and shot and exploding like water balloons filled with blood every Sunday night. I am referring,…
  • Subterranean Homesick Alien

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

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

  • Do You Believe In Grace?

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

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

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

    Steve Simons
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Life is not a test. It’s not about pass/fail or making it to the top of the class. Life is not a singular thing.  It is not a single decision or a moment in time. Life is not about making it to the finish line or performing above the average. Life is not a test. God is not checking to see if you have it all right.  God isn’t sitting there with pen in hand waiting to mark an “X” or a check on every action you take, shaking His head in sad disappointment at the fact that every single person He created falls short of the plan. Life is not a test. It’s not like you…
  • Memory Conversion

    Steve Simons
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    There is a difference between a memory and a photograph. A photograph is simply evidence of times gone by, a memory is a dynamic and malleable thing which grows and changes as your continuing and current experience causes you to revisit, reinterpret, relive, and reevaluate the moments stored for future reference in your memory. There are memories which seem to live forever and others which you may strive to recall, but all memories seem to have the ability to resurface on their own time, desired or not, to bring you back into a moment of time and wash you anew with the sensations of joy or…
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  • Shamanic Physics

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

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

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

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

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