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  • Christian awarded $90,000 after being unlawfully fired for evangelizing

    Christian Today
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Irish Christian receives over $90,000 in unlawful termination suit.
  • Libya: Armed Militias Kill Filipino for Being Non-Muslim

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    [HRInfo]Cairo: -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the armed militias' brutal act of kidnapping and subsequently beheading a Filipino citizen, on July 15, for being a non-Muslim.
  • Schools face new curbs on extremism after Birmingham Trojan horse affair

    Religion | The Guardian
    Patrick Wintour, Political editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Education secretary Nicky Morgan announces reforms after Peter Clarke's damning report on Muslim extremist infiltrationA raft of reforms to school accountability, including an education commissioner for Birmingham, inspections of city academy chains and new oversight of school governors, were announced on Tuesday by the education secretary in response to a damning report into extremist infiltration of schools.Nicky Morgan said that in the future teachers would be sacked without appeal if it was proven that they have failed to protect pupils or promote British values by exposing children to…
  • City sued over war memorial with Christian cross statue

    Christian Today
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Lawsuit over N.C. war memorial to go to trial over Christian symbol.
  • Muslims aren't shocked to discover we are watched. But we won't be scared | Laila Alawa

    Religion | The Guardian
    Laila Alawa
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Can revelations about 'sting' operations move the government beyond 9/11-era discrimination? Because you can't stop terrorism by alienating a generation of peopleEven after immigrating as a child from Syria, for a new life, I learned to view my new government with a certain level of suspicion. My parents drilled into my head the understanding that law enforcement and government officials were there to protect "the community" but whether that protected community would be mine, well, that felt like an open question in the United States after 9/11. Our parents had to caution my…
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  • The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and […]
  • Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue

    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
      The Sinner’s Guide (Week 16 of 16) If the faithful all practiced the same virtues, how could they be called a body, which necessarily consists of different members? – The Sinner’s Guide, (Chapter 46, Paragraph 9) When my husband and I first met, he put on a good show, in attempt to “woo” me.  But […]
  • The Patience of the Saints

    Fr. Joseph M. Esper
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Almost all of us need to grow in patience . . . but most of us are in no particular hurry to do so. One of the drawbacks of living in an “instant society” — as ours has been called — is a tendency to believe that we should receive what we need or want […]
  • Seeing Mary Magdalene

    Cari Donaldson
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Once upon at time, there was a woman with a past. A past she wasn’t proud of.  And so when a man from Galilee came into her life, more brilliant than a thousand knights in shining armor, she knew that all she wanted to do was follow Him and love him.  She could feel His […]
  • Ten Tips for a Better Confession

    Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation. The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the […]
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  • The Robert Tilton Farting Video and Christian Cultural Influence

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    You probably remember the (what else can I call it?) legendary farting video edited from clips from Robert Tilton’s former TV program. It was made a long time ago (who created it I have no idea), and while there are a multitude of variations now, at least one has racked up more than two million […]
  • Why Hamas Is Winning the PR Battle in the Middle East

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I watched the network news last night and the featured stories on multiple channels weren’t the 1,500 rockets that have been fired into Israel by Hamas, but the Palestinian casualties caused by the Israeli army. The reporters never asked why Hamas has refused to agree to three cease fire offers by Israel, or that Israel […]
  • The “Influence Lab” is Live and Moving Forward

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Influence Lab nonprofit organization is officially launched, and if you’re a Christian involved in media, you should be excited.  It’s involved in 3 key areas: 1) Working as an media advocacy organization to help change the perception of today’s culture about Christianity. - He who controls the narrative controls the culture, and we want […]
  • Want to Get Your Ideas Noticed? Learn to Take Your Moment

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    In a recent Hollywood Reporter issue, actor Terry Crews tells a story about being on the set of the movie Expendables: “When we were doing the first Expendables, Sylvester Stallone was looking at the playback, and he said, “Man, take your moment. Never ever let them take your moment. When the camera’s on you, you […]
  • Does God Need a Better Publicist at the Oscars?

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Recently, Dr. Larry Poland, founder of Mastermedia International showed me some interesting figures first published in Slate on the number of times God gets thanks at the Oscars.  As Dr. Poland put it:  ”Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunched the numbers on who gets thanked in Oscar acceptances speeches. The title of their piece says it […]
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  • Alpha Omega Publications Expands Courses and Resources for Ignitia Online Curriculum

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Contact: Teri Elgersma, Alpha Omega Publications, 800-682-7391 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa, July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- To expand opportunities and learning for students at Christian schools, Alpha Omega Publications is excited to announce the release of four new courses, as well as a brand new Blended Learning Library. A collection of more than 250 direct instruction videos, the Blended Learning Library helps students gain a conceptual understanding of key math skills. Currently, the lib Source: Alpha Omega Publications
  • CANAN Condemns the Detention & Harassment of its Trustee, Dr. Ezekwesili, Yesterday at Nigeria Airport, Commends British Airways

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Contact: Pastor Laolu Akande, Executive Director, CANAN, 516-819-4355, NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN wishes to clarify the situation surrounding the detention and harassment of one of our trustees, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday, July 21 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on her way to London to be a guest on popular BBC Hard Talk program.In doing so, we want to humbly and sincerely reques Source: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans
  • New Release of GriefShare Prepares Churches for Grief Ministry to Aging Baby Boomers and Their Families

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    With the U.S. elderly population expected to nearly double by 2040, the GriefShare support group program offers churches a vital ministry outlet. Contact: Steve Grissom, Founder and President, Church Initiative, 919-562-2112, WAKE FOREST, N.C., July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pastors, church staff, and lay leaders searching for ways to improve their church's bereavement, pastoral care, and outreach ministries have an easy new solution: a fresh, updated Source: Church Initiative
  • One Man's Inspiring Poetry and Song Lyric

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Paul Sybert PensContact: Paul Sybert, 831-238-4753,  MONTEREY, Calif., July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Compiled over thirty years, The Dreamer and the Hummingbird is author Paul Sybert dramatic collection of heart-rending lyrics and soul-shattering poetry. Written in appreciation of the muse sent by God. Sybert writes in celebration of how this muse touched his ordinary life with extraordinary love and inspiration.A description of love in all its form, The Source: Paul Sybert
  • Tallest Man in Canada Plays Goliath in 'David and Goliath' Movie

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Contacts: Carol Edwards, Ripple Effect Communications, 310-860-7592, MEDIA ADVISORY, July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The tallest man in Canada plays Goliath in the upcoming, high-profile movie, 'David and Goliath.' Standing at 7'8, Jerry Sokolosky is also one of the tallest men in the world."Jerry was a tremendous blessing," says the director Tim Chey. "We didn't want to create a CGI imitation like 'The Incredible Hulk' and Source: Ripple Effect Communications
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • Lord, protect those who feel they are in the fight of their lives, from that which they don’t’ see coming

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I reflected back over the past several months. It was hard to believe that the broken leg, kidney stones, lost work, financial stress, three surgeries and the cancer scare had all happened in half a year’s time. I realized I had been feeling like I’d been in a fight. For months I’d had my guard up waiting for the next punch life could throw. Now, though, I felt completely relaxed. If I’d let my mind roll with that boxing metaphor a little longer, I might’ve followed it to its logical conclusion: In a boxing match, the fighters absorb some vicious blows because…
  • May the knowledge that my prayers are being heard be enough to get me through this current obstacle

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There is no guarantee that God will make wealthy those who obey Him in their business endeavors. What God does guarantee is an eternal profit with all temporal needs met. – William D. LawrenceBeyond the Bottom Line
  • Let us give thanks for the business relationships we’ve developed

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    If working a room is so much fun and so profitable, why do our hearts thump, our palms sweat and our eyes glaze over when we think about it? One reason is that 88 percent of us think of ourselves as shy. – Susan RoAneHow to Work a Room: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing
  • Lord, may I reflect on my own spiritual journey today with the realization that others are following theirs

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Looking back now, I mourn the mutual wounds inflicted in verbal battles with the ‘unsaved.’ In fact, I have chosen to delete that particular term from my vocabulary as I have learned that even with my $500 European-designer bifocals, I cannot see into a person’s heart to know his spiritual condition. All I can do is tell the jagged tale of my own spiritual journey and declare that my life has been better for having followed Christ. – Ron Hall & Denver MooreSame Kind of Different as Me
  • Lord, may your peace follow us as we travel for business or pleasure

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. – Matthew 10:11-13
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Radical preacher back in Melbourne after deportation from Philippines

    Michael Safi
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Police question Musa Cerantonio, but Isis supporters offensive' social media posts not found to breach Australian law Radical Islamic preacher Robert Musa Cerantonio has arrived in Melbourne after being deported from the Philippines.Cerantonio, who was under surveillance by Philippines police for five months before his arrest two weeks ago, landed at Melbourne airport early on Monday morning and was met by Australian federal police (AFP) officers. Continue reading...
  • Schools face new curbs on extremism after Birmingham Trojan horse affair

    Patrick Wintour, Political editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Education secretary Nicky Morgan announces reforms after Peter Clarke's damning report on Muslim extremist infiltrationA raft of reforms to school accountability, including an education commissioner for Birmingham, inspections of city academy chains and new oversight of school governors, were announced on Tuesday by the education secretary in response to a damning report into extremist infiltration of schools.Nicky Morgan said that in the future teachers would be sacked without appeal if it was proven that they have failed to protect pupils or promote British values by exposing children to…
  • The Guardian view on Michael Gove's legacy: undergoing modification | Editorial

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The new education secretary, Nicky Morgan, says she is continuity Gove. But she has prepared the ground for retreatMichael Gove sat in unaccustomed silence in the chief whip's place on the end of the government frontbench in the Commons yesterday. His face was impassive as his successor Nicky Morgan began picking up the pieces of his school reforms after the collision of practice and ideology revealed by the Trojan horse affair. Ms Morgan claims that she is continuity Gove. She says she has no intention of undoing his revolution: only days into the job, and months out from an election, she…
  • Muslims aren't shocked to discover we are watched. But we won't be scared | Laila Alawa

    Laila Alawa
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Can revelations about 'sting' operations move the government beyond 9/11-era discrimination? Because you can't stop terrorism by alienating a generation of peopleEven after immigrating as a child from Syria, for a new life, I learned to view my new government with a certain level of suspicion. My parents drilled into my head the understanding that law enforcement and government officials were there to protect "the community" but whether that protected community would be mine, well, that felt like an open question in the United States after 9/11. Our parents had to caution my…
  • Birmingham schools 'feel like the Balkans', says Labour

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Liam Byrne says city needs to move on after 'Trojan horse' affair and tells Nicky Morgan to not repeat 'divisive rhetoric' of GoveThe Birmingham education system feels almost as fragmented as the Balkans and some schools need a completely new ethos, Liam Byrne, a shadow minister and local MP has warned.Ahead of a report that will find there has been an aggressive Islamist atmosphere in some schools, the senior Labour MP said the Birmingham education system needed improvements and must be allowed to move on after several investigations into whether there has been an attempt by Islamist…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Israel's criminal campaign in Gaza

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Well, that killing spree of Palestinians has not ceased an iota ever since. As of last Monday, this Ramadhan, at least 175 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been killed in Gaza as a result of weeklong Israeli airstrikes ...
  • Biennial Tourney at the Gaza Shooting Gallery

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    But, alas! The Palestinians are lowly human beings. They deserve not an ounce of quarter. It would spoil the strategic game that is really slated for them, especially the Gazans since Ariel Sharon "vacated" his people's presence there.
  • Reflections on Ramadan

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Ramadan is here to ensure that we have this essential provision with which we can stay safe on our journey of life and attain that cherished destination of eternal rest, peace and joy, and most of all, the ridwan of our Creator and Lord.
  • Status of Women During the Time of Caliphate

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Aside from being the alcove of encouragement for men, women during the Caliphate were also known for their contributions in various realms such as education, administration, and science.
  • Ramadan Challenges in History

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity wherein the believer, now lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah
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  • Mosul Christians forced out, robbed

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Iraq (MNN) -- Picture this. You're a Christian. An official knocks on your door and tells you that since you're a Christian you have to:convert to Islam, pay a tax, or leave your city. If you don't, you'll be killed. While you're wrestling with that decision, you hear reports that suggest these people only want you dead. That's exactly what's happening in Mosul, Iraq. Dr. David Curry condemns the removal ofChristians from Mosul, Iraq. Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, has condemned the latest action of Islamic State militants who ordered all Christians in the Iraqi city of…
  • Forgotten Missionaries International: reaching the Muslim world for Christ

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Students at Grace Bible College & Theological Seminary in Bangladesh take one of their daily exams.(Image, caption courtesy FMI) Asia (MNN) -- What do the people of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan have in common? "95% or more are Muslim, and most of those have never heard the Gospel," shares Bruce Allen* of Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI). Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan hold a combined population of 580 million people. That means one of every 12 people in the world lives in one of these three countries. Furthermore, two-thirds of the world's Muslims live in 10…
  • Iraq crisis: Christians need your help

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Seal of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.(Image courtesy Wikipedia) Iraq (MNN) -- The Iraq crisis and Islamic State (formerly ISIS) terrorists have reached a new low. "For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians," Patriarch Louis Sako told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency. Before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Mosul boasted a Christian population of approximately 60,000. A majority of believers had left by June 2014, but the Remnant was driven out by the Islamic State this weekend. On Saturday, the following update was posted on the 8thirty8…
  • A path we all must walk

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    For some people, the cemetery is a place of sadness.For others, it's a place of hope.(Photo by New Tribes Mission) Mexico (NTM/MNN) -- There aren't many who relish the thought of death. It marks the beginning of something we've never really known before, and the end of what we've always known. New Tribes Mission works with a tribe in Mexico, the Nahuatl people. They are translating the Bible into their language and constructing a literacy program to teach the people how to read. The following story about the Nahuatl by NTM's Ian Fallis is a story that all of us can relate to. It is also a…
  • Why are the seven deadly sins deadly? A television drama to answer

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Turkey (MNN) -- Think about the last time you turned on your TV. What do you remember? (Photo courtesy of SAT-7 TURK) A new television drama series of SAT-7 TURK, a Christian satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, addresses the dangers that lurk within the content you're viewing. Start with commercials. It's no secret people trying to sell you something have to make you desire it, out of need or want. But how often is that desire created out of the pre-existing desires of fallen human nature? Do they ever use any of the seven deadly sins--lust, envy, greed, sloth,…
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  • David’s Lord - Psalm 110

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    1The Lord says to my Lord:“Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.”2 The Lord sends forth from Zionyour mighty scepter.Rule in the midst of your enemies!3 Your people will offer themselves freelyon the day of your power,in holy garments;from the womb of the morning,the dew of your youth will be yours.Psalm 110 is another messianic psalm, a psalm that teaches us about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus used this psalm Himself to teach about the identity of the Christ. The Pharisees knew that the coming Christ would be the son or descendant of David. And…
  • Who Brought You Out of the Land of Egypt, Out of the House of Bondage

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    by John Calvin"I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other god before my face." [Ex20:2-3. cf. Vg.]
  • The Response of the Redeemed - Psalm 22:22-31

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!24 For he has not despised or abhorred    the affliction of the afflicted,and he has not hidden his face from him,    but has heard, when he cried to him.25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;    those who seek him…
  • Deliver My Soul - Psalm 22:16-21

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    For dogs encompass me;16 a company of evildoers encircles me;they have pierced my hands and feet—I can count all my bones—17 they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, 18 and for my clothing they cast lots.9 But you, O LORD, do not be far off O you my help, come quickly to my aid! 20Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!These verses from Psalm 22 clearly identify it as Messianic. The details given correspond directly to events of the…
  • Rejected by Men, Remembered by God - Psalm 22:6-11

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    6 But I am a worm and not a man,    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.7 All who see me mock me;    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.10 On you was I cast from my birth,    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.11 Be not far from me,    for trouble is near,    and there is none to help.Psalm 22:6-11Psalm 22 is not a cheerful, happy psalm. But…
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    Religion News Blog
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
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  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Religion News Blog
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. Full story: Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Religion News Blog
    28 May 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. Full story: Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Religion News Blog
    21 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm. Full story: Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Religion News Blog
    16 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with ITV for showing a an ad during prime-time in which the Scientology cult spouts its usual nonsense. Find out why Russian Orthodox Church priests are getting ridiculed on Twitter. Full story: Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing
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    Religion News Service

  • New book tells story of forgotten black Mormons

    Peggy Fletcher Stack
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A new book by Mormon scholar Russell Stevenson will spread awareness of black pioneers more widely and provide historical support for their contributions to LDS history. The post New book tells story of forgotten black Mormons appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Tony Palmer, who captured Pope Francis’ bid for Christian unity with a cellphone, dies after motorcycle crash

    Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    (RNS) In the video, Pope Francis referred to Palmer as "my brother, a bishop-brother," saying they had been friends for years. "Let us allow our longing to increase so that it propels us to find each other, embrace each other and to praise Jesus Christ as the only Lord of history," Francis said.The post Tony Palmer, who captured Pope Francis’ bid for Christian unity with a cellphone, dies after motorcycle crash appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Political and religious leaders denounce European anti-Jewish outbursts tied to Gaza

    Elizabeth Bryant
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    PARIS (RNS) French authorities warn that extremist groups are trying to capitalize on public anger over Gaza, at a time of growing alarm over French youths joining conflicts in Iraq and Syria.The post Political and religious leaders denounce European anti-Jewish outbursts tied to Gaza appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border

    Tom Ehrich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    (RNS) It isn't Mexican immigrants who caused sea changes in the American workplace. It wasn't Hondurans or Guatemalans who sucked the life out of American communities. Gun-toting "patriots" shouting hatred at refugee children are spewing venom at the wrong target.The post COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • COMMENTARY: Have corporations become modern-day golems?

    Jack Moline
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    (RNS) The rhetorical devices that ascribe the characteristics of a citizen to the legal fiction called a “corporation” are the mud and magic that produce a golem.The post COMMENTARY: Have corporations become modern-day golems? appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • UFO sightings explained in the Economist

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    by Salman HameedI didn't know the Economist had a sense of humor. There was a random box in one of its recent issues and has this figure (thanks to Jim Miller for the tip):And here is the description:On July 2nd avid watchers of the skies celebrate World UFO day—the anniversary of the supposed crash of a flying saucer near Roswell in 1947. Helpfully, the National UFO Reporting Centre, a non-profit, has catalogued almost 90,000 reported sightings of UFOs, mostly in America, since 1974. It turns out that aliens are considerate. They seldom disturb earthlings during working or sleeping…
  • Following the sails of Sinbad

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    by Salman Hameed Figure from ScienceA few weeks ago, one of the feature stories in the journal Science focused on the impact of the maritime trade in the Indian Ocean. In particular, how that trade connected various parts of world. In fact, it looks like that this trade had a larger impact than the famous trade route via the Silk Road. That is all well and good and the discussion is part of debates within archaeology and history. However, I liked the fact that the article started with quotations from the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor in the Thousand and One Nights. When I was growing…
  • Avoiding Miracles and Emphasizing Naturalism in Science Teaching

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    by Salman HameedMuslim Science website has started to call for thematic articles. Last month it was on environment and sustainability (check out this editorial by Saleem H. Ali on Environmentalism as an Interface for Science Education in Muslim Societies and on a slightly different topic, Space Travel: Marred by the lack of a Consensus by Parandis Tajbaksh).This month's focus is on science education and you can check this article by Rana Dajani, Is Science Education the Real Issue? I also contributed an article titled Avoiding Miracles and Emphasizing Naturalism in…
  • Sacred Engine and the preservation of order in "Snowpiercer"

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Salman HameedThe movie is much better than its trailer. If you can stomach graphic violence, then check out Snowpiercer, directed by Korean director, Bong Joon-ho. The premise is outlandish. After a failed experiment to fix global warming, all of humanity is extinct except for those who boarded a global train, the Snowpiercer. It has been running for 18 years now, but there are tremendous inequalities in amenities available on the train. The front of the train has parties, greenhouses, good food (including sushi), music, and even a school with fascinatingly creepy education. The back of…
  • Nature editorial on the grim situation of academic freedom in Egypt

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    by Salman HameedGrim is perhaps a soft word. Hundreds of people have been handed death sentences in mass trials and thousands others are languishing in jail for political dissent. Nature does a fine job of providing numbers for those affected in the academia. Here are some chilling facts:The network [The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies] has also expressed concern that, among 41,000 prisoners arrested since the coup, around 1,000 are engineers, physicians and scientists.In April, a group of Egyptian scholars published a report on the academic victims of…
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  • She's My Sister Bike Tour 2014 Promo

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    She's My Sister Bike Tour 2014 Promo Can biking change the lives of trauma victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? See how you can get involved with American BIble Society's She's My Si... From: American Bible Society Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 01:26 More in Sports
  • Kari Jobe : Breathe on Us

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Kari Jobe : Breathe on Us Grammy nominated worship leader Kari Jobe performs her song Breathe on Us for the live audiences at American Bible Society's Atrium. From: American Bible Society Views: 502 10 ratings Time: 03:57 More in Sports
  • Kari Jobe : Forever

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Kari Jobe : Forever Grammy nominated worship leader Kari Jobe performs her song Forever for the live audience at American Bible Society's Atrium. From: American Bible Society Views: 1936 22 ratings Time: 05:43 More in Sports
  • Father's Day

    10 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Father's Day "As a father is kind to his children, so the Lord is kind to those who honor him." -Psalm 103.13. From: American Bible Society Views: 37 1 ratings Time: 00:16 More in Sports
  • Bread Today: Appalachia Dream Center

    9 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    Bread Today: Appalachia Dream Center Listen to Pastor Hartwell as he explains how American Bible Society is directly affecting the people of Logan County, West Virginia with the Bible. From: American Bible Society Views: 33 0 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Sports
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Peace Like a River

    Cheri Cowell
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Cheri Cowell -   The word ‘obey’ is not considered a positive word today. Ask children to tell you what the word ‘obey’ means and many would have no idea. We don’t stress obedience. Perhaps this is because we struggle with our own obedience. It feels like we are surrendering, giving up, even losing. That’s because at the heart of obedience is the requirement of humility. Humility asks us to bend and finally surrender our wills. Yet, the amazing thing about obeying God is the peace that flows through you and your life when you finally surrender to…
  • God’s Ways

    Anne Johnson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Anne Johnson -   I ran to find the ringing phone and breathlessly answered. “Hey sweetie,” my mom said. “Is Matt home?” It was an odd question. My husband Matt and my mother get along well, but in the ten years we had been married, she had never called to talk to him. “Yeah, why?” I asked. “I want to talk to both of you,” she said. We continued our conversation as I searched around the house for Matt. When I couldn’t find him inside, I headed to the garden. “Here he is,” I declared, “playing in the dirt.” Matt looked up from the row he was weeding.
  • Changing Seasons

    Gil Killam
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Gillis Killam -   We had a long winter this year in Canada. Spring was slow in coming. It seems that summer will never come! People complained on the internet, TV, in the stores, at home and on the streets.  Climatologists tell us our climate is changing and we should expect troubled times ahead. But God has said that as long as the earth remains, these seasons will happen regardless of what the environmentalists tell us.  Genesis 8:22 states that the seasons will continue to come in their order. We all like the summer season because it’s a time of pleasure, holidays, travel and…
  • What’s a Wasted Life?

    Dawn Wilson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Dawn Wilson –   A popular retro refrigerator magnet proclaims, “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.” From the looks of my house, I’m not wasting any time! No, the truth is, everyone wastes time. A motivational video by performance artist Ze Frank used jelly beans to show the essence of time in our lives. He used data from the American Time Use Survey (Department of Labor). The video’s narrator says the average American has approximately 28,835 days of life. A pile of jelly beans represented those days. A man extracted first one, then 364 candies for the first year of…
  • Living Abundantly

    Judy Davis
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Judy Davis - “John 10:10 changed my life—it showed me the truth about the devil, and about Jesus….Jesus tells you to believe Him, and that the reason He came is to give LIFE to you…and to give it to you MORE ABUNDANTLY.”   Oral Roberts Commentary Are we living a happy and abundant life?  Are we truly convinced God loves us?  He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die so we may live forever. With His guidance and precious Holy Spirit living within our heart, let’s live a life pleasing to Him. And when we fall and we will, He is there to help us and forgive us.
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • Baldev Kalsi charged with murder in death of wife Narinder

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Baldev Kalsi, the former leader of a Sikh temple in Surrey, B.C., has been charged with the second-degree murder of his wife, Narinder Kaur Kalsi. Narinder died after her family agreed to have her taken off life support on Sunday afternoon, police have confirmed. Narinder Kaur Kalsi’s picture was posted on the Gurdwara Sahib Brookside’s Facebook page following her death on Sunday after she was taken off life support. She was taken to hospital after she was found in severe medical distress at her family home in South Surrey earlier this month. (Gurdwara Sahib Brookside/Facebook) On…
  • Akali Dal back to its Panthic agenda

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Chandigarh: The developments over the past one week have proved beyond doubt that it is the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) that controls the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and, thereby, has drawn political mileage from it over the years. This time, however, the crisis in the SGPC has hit the Akali Dal like never before. The inevitable splitting of the SGPC with Haryana Vidhan Sabha passing the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Act, 2014, last week has led to a crisis within the Akali Dal. The party which had tried to break free of its Panthic image by including members from other…
  • SAD communal or secular, asks Manpreet

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Chandigarh: Decrying the Panthic agenda being followed by the SAD, PPP chief Manpreet Badal today asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Badal to clarify whether their party was a secular or a communal outfit. In a statement, Manpreet said Badal must clarify the SAD’s stand before launching protest against the Sikhs of Haryana. He said the SAD was allegedly following two constitutions. “As a secular party, the Akali Dal is not supposed to indulge in religion-based politics, as per the Election Commission guidelines. But the SAD has been violating norms by…
  • Sikh scholar discusses the history of the Akali Nihangs

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Leicester, UK: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, UK on 13th July 2014 hosted a lecture on the Akali Nihangs. This was part of the exhibition: Sikh Fortress Turban running until 17th August 2014. The talk was announced by Daljit Singh Makan who works with various organisations and groups to promote the Sikh faith.  The speaker was Historian and Author, Gurinder Singh Mann, himself from Leicester. The talk considered the role of the Sikh army from the inception in the 17th Century to the role played by the Sikhs under Guru Gobind Singh. Daljit Singh Makan introduces Sikh Scholar…
  • Dal Khalsa concerned over situation in Haryana gurdwaras

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Expressing concern over the tension that was gradually building up within the Sikh community over the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) issue, the Dal Khalsa has said an internecine feud between the Akalis and Haryana Sikhs could severely damage the interest and cause of the Sikh ‘quam’ and give the Congress and BJP an opportunity to step up interference in the internal affairs of the community. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh, while speaking at a gathering of party activists at a local gurdwara here on Sunday, said the brewing confrontation if…
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    Century Blog

  • A parallel start in New Orleans

    L. Gail Irwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On a recent mission trip to New Orleans, I visited Carrollton United Methodist Church, where two brand-new pastors are dreaming of a new venture: a parallel start. read more
  • Are clickbait headlines like manipulative worship?

    Kathryn Reklis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm grateful to Amy Frkyholm for her thoughtful response to my media column on clickbait. I have a religious autobiography similar to Amy's: raised in a highly emotional evangelical/charismatic church, which I left in young adulthood for high liturgy. My response to liturgical forms of worship was very much the same feeling of relief and freedom within structure that Amy describes so well. I appreciate, and in many ways share, her experience with and insight into the pitfalls of coerced emotionality—in worship, church groups, or online.I'm not sure, however, that the parallel…
  • New today: Bart Ehrman, clickbait and manipulative worship, crosses for equality

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Crosses for equality

    Carol Howard Merritt
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    They constructed the rainbow-colored crosses on holy ground. That very soil bore witness to the fact that love could overcome discrimination. It was the same plot where the Rev. Leroy and Gloria Griffith were married over forty years ago.  read more
  • Gems of story

    Sue Clemmer Steiner
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I was startled earlier this year when news anchor Peter Mansbridge called someone a Good Samaritan on The National, the flagship nightly newscast of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I was surprised that in our secularized, multifaith society, newswriters assumed that listeners would understand an allusion from the Bible.On second thought, I was less surprised. read more
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    FeedBlitz News

  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
  • The Real Truth About SEO Success

    Simon Ashton
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let’s be honest, on the ladder of trustworthiness, search engine consultants fall somewhere between lawyers and members of Congress. But nobody seeks us out at parties for our stories or makes Netflix shows set in the world of SEO. No, instead you have two choices when it comes to SEO. You’re either the nerdy Poindexter, sitting alone at his computer, muttering about meta descriptions and H1 tags, or worse, a snake oil salesman, promising the world that if you’ll just spend thousands of dollars on some magic formula that never quite seems to be finished, you’ll win the Internet.
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Food Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    By Eleanor Pierce One of the things I find most exciting about this time of year is farmer’s markets. See, I live in Central Oregon, where the High Desert climate limits the growing season, so these open air markets are really a summertime affair. And from the first local strawberries to the last of the summer corn, they just make me happy. And honestly, so do some of the other not-so-healthy foods of summer, from snow cones to burgers and brats. I guess I’m just an incorrigible foodie. So naturally, while I was rounding up a few of my favorite news items for this week’s FeedBlitz:…
  • Social Media Crisis: Stand Up to Your Critics

    Ann Marie van den Hurk
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Ann Marie van den Hurk When Honey Maid released an ad touting their #thisiswholesome campaign in mid-March 2014, they joined other brands such as Cheerios and Chevrolet in showing the diversity of American families today. They also joined those brands in having to manage a social media crisis. These brands are reflecting the changing face of American families. Families which no longer resemble the ideal put forth in Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving paintings. In a New York Times article from the fall of 2013, it was pointed out that, “Families are more ethnically, racially,…
  • Feedblitz: Rewind the Week – July 4th Edition

    Lindsay Bell
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    By Lindsay Bell What started out hopeful soon turned into a rough week for the good ol’ USA. Americans are finally beginning to embrace the world’s most beautiful game, football (or soccer, depending on your land of birth!) but despite the newfound enthusiasm, and after a fight to the end against Belgium, the U.S. team was knocked out of the World Cup on Tuesday. There have definitely been some sad faces around these parts, plus some hilariously creative and heartfelt online tributes to goalie Tim Howard, who played the game of a lifetime. Fortunately, there’s a bright light…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. Under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide an alternative way for such religious organizations to provide…
  • Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    HEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.
  • Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs…
  • ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq's second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won't convert to Islam. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul's Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIS checkpoints. And following Friday's deadline, ISIS reportedly set fire to a…
  • Homemade explosive goes off at Santiago church, another defused

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A homemade incendiary device exploded outside the entrance to a Santiago church early Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt and there was minor damage, government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said. "As a government we are working with the police to discover who is behind these explosive devices," Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • MH17: Rebels likely shot down plane 'by mistake' live updates

    Helen Davidson
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    US says no evidence of Russias direct involvementEyewitnesses tell the Guardian of likely Buk system in TorezEU foreign ministers line up new sanctions on RussiansInternational teams receive trains carrying bodies in KharkivHeavy fighting roils on near Donetsk and Luhansk 1.48pm AEST "I was very proud yesterday to be in this country when the Australian foreign minister spoke at the UN," former US president Bill Clinton has told an AIDS conference in Melbourne."and overwhelmed by the comments of the Dutch foreign minister, who took my breath away when he speculated what the last…
  • Hugo Weaving: on Macbeth, Hollywood and Tony Abbotts fascistic cuts to the ABC

    Monica Tan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The actor returns to the stage as a man seduced by evil ambition, following his own experience with the 'dark side' (aka Hollywood)Hugo Weaving was first exposed to Shakespeare when he was only nine years old and his parents took him and his siblings to a ballet production of Romeo and Juliet. He went home enraptured."I just loved it ... Mum started telling me about Shakespeare, and she got out the complete works. We turned to Romeo and Juliet I've still got that particular copy of it and started reading it. And because I knew the story, it wasn't as foreign and the language wasn't as…
  • Gray Nicolls Scoop, the bat every kid wanted for Christmas, turns 40

    Russell Jackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Scoop, made famous in the 70s by the Chappell brothers, was as an Anglo-Australian sports marketing phenomenon40 years of the Gray Nicolls Scoop - in picturesI tell you what, youve hit the bonanza! says Robert Swan Richards as he pulls a pile of photo albums and scrapbooks out of storage containers under a desk in his office. Ive turned up to Richards cricket store in Collingwood, north of Melbourne, in search of clues about the somewhat mythical origins of the Gray Nicolls Scoop, the sword in the stone of all cricket bats and a bona fide object of desire in the cricket world of the 1970s…
  • It's time we all grew up and ditched the princess fantasy thing | Myf Warhurst

    Myf Warhurst
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    An American dad buys a slice of Africa to give his little girl a royal title and the British media gasp at the Duchess of Cambridge's first solo trip. Please!I have a problem with girls growing up wanting to be princesses. Perhaps it's because I mainly grew up around boys, I never got the chance to entertain such a fantasy. If I ever did speak of wanting to find a sparkly shoe that mysteriously fit and a bloke who could look after me simply because he's got an endless supply of taxpayer cash to throw around, those boys would have told me to get real and then held me down and proceeded to fart…
  • How original sin led to a western obsession with self-help

    James Boyce
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Trendy diets, self-improvement creeds and feelings of inadequacy are the marks of a civilisation shaped by biblical guilt"Original sin" is the creation story of the western world. It provides the framework, as such stories always do, for how our culture approaches what it means to be a human being. Our earnest attempts to understand and fix ourselves reveal that western people remain obsessed with the subject of creation myths. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that so few know that the west even has its own highly distinctive story of creation, let alone the degree to which…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

    Miriam Moster
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    NEW YORK (JTA) — Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Some two dozen protesters gathered for the “die-in” at FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday. The incident was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say NO, groups opposed to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Twelve of the protesters entered the offices and began reading aloud names they said were Palestinians killed in Gaza. “The employees became upset and eventually called the police,” said Lizzie…
  • Emergency transfer denied in kosher prison food case

    Anthony Weiss
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    (JTA) — A federal judge rejected a request by a Venezuelan Jewish detainee for an emergency transfer from an Alabama prison over complaints that it was not providing kosher meals. In a ruling last week on the case of Rafael Alberto Lloveras Linares, U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre found that Linares was offered an alternative kosher diet, although he complained that it was not prepared in accordance with Jewish tradition, according to a report by, the online edition of the Huntsville Times. Linares, a federal immigration detainee, had asked to be transferred from the…
  • Israeli soldier killed in Gaza firefight

    Marcy Oster
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was killed in a “fire exchange” in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces announced. Sgt. Avitar Moshe Torjamin, 20,of Beit Shean, was killed Tuesday morning in the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. At least 27 soldiers have been killed since the start of Israel’s ground operation in Gaza. One soldier remains missing, though he is presumed dead.
  • Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

    Marcy Oster
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza. The school in which the rockets were discovered on Tuesday is located between two other United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools, that are currently serving as shelter for 1,500 internal Gazan refugees, UNRWA said in a statement. It is not known how many rockets were discovered in the vacant school. The rockets were discovered during a regular inspection of the premises, the agency said. “UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of…
  • J Street explains pullout from Boston pro-Israel rally

    Ron Kampeas
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns. The liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, a constituent of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, explained its stance on the July 17 solidarity rally in a letter by its Boston director, Shaina Wasserman, to the JCRC’s executive director, Jeremy Burton, that was posted Monday on J Street’s website. J Street had agreed at first to co-sponsor the rally for Israel in its current conflict with Hamas in the…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Remembering Chris Mitchell

    Matt Jenson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to be the cause.) Chris and his wife Julie had moved to LA only a year ago to work at Biola and, after a blissful first year, they had just arrived in Colorado for a long stay with kids and grandkids. In his early 60s, Chris had just begun the last leg of his career, returning to the classroom after years overseeing The Wade Center at Wheaton College,…
  • In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

    Greg Peters
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has committed himself to me in faith,shall not die for ever.As for me, I know that my Redeemer livesand that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up;and in my body I shall see God.I myself shall see, and my eyes behold himwho is my friend and not a stranger.For none of us has life in himself,and none becomes his…
  • Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

    Chris Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In response, he sent Leaf By Niggle, a short story he had written a year or two earlier. “[Th]at story,” Tolkien said, “was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one morning with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It…
  • I Believe in the Communion of (Global) Saints: Writing World Christianity

    Matt Jenson
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10) At Wheaton College, I was part of a worship and missions group that took its bearings from this doxological, omni-ethnic vision. All of history is headed towards worship of God and the Lamb sung by people from every tongue,…
  • Loving Life Under the Sun

    Diane Vincent
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:50 pm
    “Vanity, all is vanity” is the theme of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes, the fruit of wide experience and deep reflection. Pleasure, folly, great projects, householding, riches, opulence, art, sex, honor, public works, all fall under the same verdict: there is nothing to be gained under the sun. By all means, take what joy in your toil and relationships that you can, but don’t expect anything lasting. Even wisdom is subject to wisdom’s critique. Pursuing wisdom is good, says the Teacher, but don’t expect it to give you any real profit. But here, I think, wisdom teaches us that we want…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Second Hindu Temle for German Town

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    SourceBIELEFELD, GERMANY, July 2, 2014 (Westfalen-Blatt): There are almost 5,000 Hindus in Bielefeld. Among them the devotees of Krishna now have a new focal point: the Hindu temple at Am Stebkamp 10. In 2013 the first Hindu temple (the Kalyana Thiru Murugan Temple) opened nearby. Iyer Sarma Parameswaran, priest of the new temple, explains why the new temple is important to Krishna devotees: "In Hinduism we have a similar distinction (between groups worshipping different Deities) as does the Christian church between Protestant and Catholics. We believe in Radha Krishna. Krishna is the Deity…
  • 2nd India-China Yoga Summit Held In Dali, Yunnan

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    SourceINDIA, July 19, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): The 2nd India-China Yoga Summit was held in Dali, Yunnan Province in China recently. Around 1,500 yoga practitioners participated in the event besides local government officials, media professionals and academicians. The theme of the Summit was "Science of Yoga."Speaking on the opening ceremony, India's Ambassador to China Shri Ashok K. Kantha highlighted the importance of yoga and traced its long history. He also said the summit which is the biggest yoga event in China has already become a signature event and is generally viewed by…
  • Millets: The Nutrient Rich Counterparts Of Wheat And Rice

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    SourceINDIA, July 17, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): Millets are one of the oldest foods known to humans. These are the small-seeded hardy crops belonging to gramineae family which can grow well in dry zones/rain-fed areas under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture. Due to their short growing season, these can develop from seeds to ready to harvest crops in about 65 days. This highly beneficial characteristic of the millets is of vital importance in thickly populated regions of the world. If stored properly, millets can keep well for two years or beyond.Most of the millets are…
  • Daily Inspiration

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    SourceWealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attempt to secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd. -- Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal(1912-1954), 34th pontiff of the Sarada Peetham
  • Clashes Mar Amarnath Yatra

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    SourceBALTAL, KASHMIR, July 18, 2014 (Rising Kashmir): At least 24 people were injured in clashes in Baltal area of Sonamarg, which serves as base camp for Amarnath yatra, after a scuffle between a ponywala and one of the members of a free yatra langer (community kitchen) over some issue. At least 100 tents and four yatra langars were damaged in the fire while authorities suspended yatra from the route. As the news about the incident spread, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the incident.Sources said after the clashes, yatra from the route was suspended [HPI-it has…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Taking a break (Velveteen Rabbi)
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm taking a break from the internet for a week or so. May the Shabbat which begins tonight bring peace to our hearts and to our troubled earth. May the week which follows be one in which kindness and compassion can flourish. Be well, everyone. Image: Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield MA. (Photo source.)
  • How news and social media can hurt us (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Lately I've been talking with rabbinic colleagues about how best to minister to our congregants who are struggling with the news out of Israel/Palestine. We're hearing from people who are unable to fall asleep because they can't stop thinking about the images of destruction and grief, or who wake up and immediately start agonizing about the conflict or worrying about loved ones. For some, the realities of what's happening there provoke a crisis of faith. For others, those realities provoke profound anxiety. How can we best care for people who are struggling in these ways? The question feels…
  • Fasting today with Jews and Muslims for peace (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I don't usually fast on the 17th of Tamuz. For that matter, I didn't even take on the practice of fasting for Tisha b'Av until a few years ago. (See This year's wrestle with Tisha b'Av, 2011.) I didn't grow up observing the minor fasts, and I've never taken them on as a practice. Instead I've tended toward finding other ways of understanding 17th Tammuz. Instead of focusing on the breach of Jerusalem's walls 2,600 years ago, I ponder breaches in the emotional walls which keep us safe, or the internal and interpersonal walls which need to come down in order for genuine connections to form. But…
  • A prayer in remembrance (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb May the memories of our boys killed in senseless hatredbe for a blessing.May their spirits be lifted upand comforted in the close embraceof God's motherly presence. May our precious children be safe from harm. May all the children be our children. May we protect all parents from mourning. May our hearts and the hearts of our people be healed quickly in our dayfrom the wounds of the past and present. May every grieving parent find comfort.May we live to see the daywhen no parent has to grieve. We'll read this prayer at my congregation on…
  • A prayer in remembrance - now in Hebrew (Velveteen Rabbi)
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Not long ago I posted a prayer co-written with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb in remembrance of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Sha'ar, Eyal Yifrah, and Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. (It's here: A prayer in remembrance.) Rabbi Lila Veissid, who serves Kibbutz Ha-Ma'apil in central Israel,  has translated that prayer into Hebrew. With her gracious permission, her translation is reprinted here. מאת הרבה רחל ברנבלטוהרבה לין גוטליב יהי רצון שזכרם של בנינו שנהרגו בשל שנאה חסרת פשר יהיה לברכה. יהי רצון שרוחם תעלה…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Still Moments

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Along with all the preparation to travel, so many details to attend to, I took the opportunity to spend a moment or two doing nothing. That was yesterday. Today its Heathrow and I’m taking another opportunity to do not very much. Well writing this of course – and also gorping out of the window at the hustle and bustle. Worlds apart one might think. But in a certain way of thinking – there is no gap. Come sit and travel with me. Oddly there is more time/space to write here when ‘on the road’. Sit and be at ease, where ever your sitting place is.
  • Lacking In Ambition

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    My father went to the kind of school where they developed character, encouraged creativity and generally turned out half way decent people. Passing exams and going onto higher education was not a high priority. As a consequence I had a pleasingly unambitious father who could turn his hand to most things but would not be said to have had a ‘career’ in the usual sense. I could say the same about myself. Here is some of his creative work which I recently sent to my American relative to be passed down the generations as a link with their roots in England. Lino Cut by Tony White By…
  • Walking By Water

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The Lancaster Canal has been my walking companion this week. Still. Glass like. Cooling and soothing during this rash of hot summer days. The North West has been roasting. This evening. Rain. Tow path travelers bring colour and texture to the grey ribbon. Some interact most don’t. Cyclists ring their bells in warning and we walkers make way for runners. There is courtesy here which brings a sense of community. There is something so utterly compelling about canals. I’ve been drawn to them since early days ‘up North’ in the 60′s. Thank goodness people of vision…
  • Conscious About Cats

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Shoe shelf loving cat at Shasta Abbey 2011. The abbey (Shasta Abbey) also offers a number of programs that are open to the public, including meditation instruction, retreats, teaching and spiritual counseling. While the cats are not officially part of these programs, they do make their presence known. The chief cook’s cat is often seen outside the kitchen, greeting guests (or perhaps waiting for a hand out?), and the guest monk has a cat who is very much alert and present when guests come. From The Cats of Shasta Abbey, The Conscious Cat conscious living, health and happiness for cats and…
  • A Parable

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    This information and story came to me recently via an email. Make of the story what you will. Jizo with staff, jewel and hat? I’d like to share with you this old Japanese story. This is one of those children’s stories that generations of Japanese grandparents used to tell their grandchildren. In Japan, the statues of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha are commonplace, often at the roadside. They may be solitary, but often we see six of them, one each for the six realms (hell, hungry ghosts, animals, ashuras, humans, gods) in which Ksitigarbha is at work. Once upon a time, there was a poor…
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  • The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Sascha-Dominik Bachmann The downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 sent shockwaves around the world. The airliner was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by an surface to air missile, killing all people on board, 283 passengers including 80 children, and 15 crew members. The victims were nationals of at least 10 different states, with the Netherlands losing 192 of its citizens. With new information being released hourly strong evidence seems to indicate that the airliner was downed by a sophisticated military surface…
  • The exaltation of Christ

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    By Christopher Bryan Every Good Friday the Christian church asks the world to contemplate a Christ so helpless, so in thrall to the powers of this age, that one might easily forget the Christian belief that through it all, God was with him and in him. Therein lies the danger of serious misunderstanding: for if any were so distracted by the pain of the crucifixion as to forget that it was God who in Christ consented to be there humiliated, then, from a Christian point of view, they would have robbed the event of its chief significance. If God were not in Christ on that first Good Friday, then…
  • Antislavery history and antislavery activism converge in Philadelphia

    Julia Callaway
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    By W. Caleb McDaniel This past weekend, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic held its thirty-sixth annual meeting in Philadelphia. Members attended conference sessions, browsed the book exhibit, and met up with colleagues old and new. But one group of SHEAR members also caught up with supporters and officers of Historians Against Slavery (HAS), a non-profit antislavery organization whose Board held its semi-annual meeting on Friday. The coincidence of these two meetings is fitting, since HAS traces some of its intellectual and organizational roots to the 2005 annual…
  • Mindful Sex

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Jeff Wilson Mindfulness seems to be everywhere in North American society today. One of the more interesting developments of this phenomenon is the emergence of mindful sex—the ability to let go of mental strain and intrusive thoughts so once can fully tap into sexual intercourse. But how do we truly let go of various pervading thoughts and completely immerse ourselves in the sexual moment? Mindful sex is practiced in a variety of medical, religious, and spiritual ways. In my research I’ve noticed three broad streams for the mindful sex movement. The first category is the scientific…
  • Debussy and the Great War

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Eric Frederick Jensen When war was declared in the summer of 1914, Claude Debussy was fifty-one. Widely regarded as the greatest living French composer, he lived in Paris in a fashionable, elegant neighborhood near the Bois de Boulogne. Politics had never held much interest for him, and as the movement toward war increased in both France and Germany, Debussy’s focus was on more personal matters. He worried about his growing debt, a result of consistently living beyond his means. And he was frightened by his lack of productivity: in the past few years he’d produced only a…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • The Spiritual Context of Fasting ─ a Synoptic View

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
      Fasting among the Pillars of Islam: The five pillars of Islam are: Declaration of Faith, Salat, Zakat, Saum and Hajj. In the declaration of Faith, viz. La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah (i.e. nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad (s) is the Messenger of Allah), we become conscious of the individual positions of Allah, the Holy Messenger Muhammad (s) and the rest of the Creation. It signifies that every soul has come from Allah, and every soul goes back to Allah. A successful return back to Allah is only possible through the Message and Guidance given by Allah…
  • Did you think that We Created you as a joke? Meditative Quranic Verses

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    'AFAHASIBTUM 'ANNAMA KHALAQNAKUM 'ABATHANW -WA 'ANNAKUM 'ILAYNA LA TURJA'UN?Did you think that We created you as a joke,and that you would not be returned to Us?~ The Qur'an, Chapter of the Faithful 23:115computer simulation of development of human face within the womb And truly We, the Divine Authority, has created the human from essence of clay,Then we placed him as a drop of sperm in (the womb's) secure lodgingThen We made the drop of sperm into a clinging clot,And We made the clot into a shapeless lump,Then We made (from) the lump bonesAnd We covered the bones with fleshAnd then We…
  • The Dimensions and Reality of Death and beyond

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    People AreAsleep. TheyWake Up When They Die.~ Thus transmitted Rasul Allah It is unfortunate that the reality of “DEATH” is not known in a true sense in our time, and DEATH is commonly assumed to be someone’s “ending”. Actually, without being an end, DEATH is nothing more than a transition from the physical world to a world beyond the physical! It is just a transformation!Right after a person’s separation from his physical body through DEATH, his life goes on within a “spirit” — hologramlike body of frequencies— either in the grave or outside.
  • A Letter from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    This letter is from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, a contemporary Sufi Teacher who is now based in South Africa and this letter address to all who love humanity and who seek peace. May its message reach our heart, reach your heart and beyond.Reality and the way of Allah have its rules, regulations and governance which affect the transient world of shadows and dualities in our dunya (this world). In order to be fully established in the new realm you need to be constantly aware of the light in your heart and be serious with the seven points that I will append below.The path of liberation is like a…
  • Ramadan and the sickness of Ana Khayrum Minho - Ramadan Reflection by M. Alamgir

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    After eleven months, Ramadan is here once again. For those of us who are still alive, this is yet another opportunity to take stock of our past performances as a Muslim; and for the future, a resolve to do better than before.Some features of Ramadan automatically create an environment for this self-examination. For instance, the fasting of this month is directly linked with patience. Patience in abstaining from physical needs, especially food; patience in controlling our tongue and aggressive demeanour in our behaviour; and above all, patience in our thoughts that relate to scheming and…
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    Evangelical Outpost

  • The Future of Protestantism: Further Reflections

    Nick Dalbey
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A note from the editor: We’ve been running a little low here at EO, but don’t fear. We’ll be back up to speed at some point in the relatively near future. Apologies to Nick Dalbey, who sent in the below article long enough ago that I had to adjust the first sentence to make it time appropriate. -J.F. Arnold It’s been well over a month since the Future of Protestantism discussion, and Protestantism is alive and well. I’ve been encouraged by the discussion and the articles that have followed in the wake of the event not because everyone is agreed and divisions healed, but…
  • Why We Should Care (and Talk) About Mary

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’” Luke 1:28 Author and podcaster Michael Hyatt, a former Protestant and current deacon in the Orthodox Church, states in one of his podcasts* that in Protestantism, Mary is “eerily absent.” “I don’t think I ever heard, as a Protestant, a single sermon about Mary,” he says. Outside of the Christmas narrative, Mary is not talked about much. Having been raised in the Evangelical church, this was certainly true of my experience. If Mary was ever discussed…
  • “There Must Be More to Life Than Having Everything”

    Sarah Chantal Parro
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.” — Ecclesiastes 5:10 I think Americans are generally uncomfortable with limits. Ours is a consumeristic culture: we want unlimited options; we want what we want, when we want it, and for the cheapest price possible. We apply this consumeristic mindset to other aspects of life, too. We want to have accomplished careers and idyllic family lives. We want the promotion with the corner office and the healthy marriage, comfortable home, and well-adjusted children (of which…
  • The Comedy of Christ

    Sarah Boerner
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Comedy is usually thought of as beneficial but not necessarily significant or essential. However, there is actually a structure and significance to humor as seen in comedic pieces. For instance, during comedic movies, many times the events are going decently well but in time they begin to devolve and become somewhat tragic, that is until the arrival of the comedic turn. The comedic turn is what serves as the axis which turns tragedy on its head and the once sorrowful story suddenly becomes joyful and hopeful. In light of the structure behind comedy, it may play a larger role than initially…
  • You should be especially nice at church: an examination of Galatians 6.10

    Ashley Evaro
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6.10) This verse strikes me as being counter-intuitive. First of all, shouldn’t we do good to everyone equally? Secondly, if we are to do good “especially” to some, shouldn’t they be nonbelievers? The church is a place where people already recognize the goodness of God. I often think that since a person is saved, they are secure in their knowledge of the goodness of God, and there is no pressing need for my actions to serve as a reflection or…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Interview with first woman appointed to Pontifical University

    Ann Fontaine
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
  • How to help: kids who cross the border

    Ann Fontaine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Ariel Miller, one of our commenters on Episcopal Café, has researched information on how to help the kids on the border who have come from Central America: I called Allison Duvall of Episcopal Migration Ministries to ask this question and found a link to a page set up by Catholic Charities of West Texas, who appear to have a network of skilled child welfare agencies able to help with placing children. Episcopal churches are teaming up with Catholics in Texas. The two websites below list several ways that Episcopalians can act immediately to help ensure the safety of these refugee children.
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    Ann Fontaine
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Religion News Service has the story: The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity. ... However, under the…
  • I have seen the Lord

    Ann Fontaine
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene website, blog posts, and podcasts.
  • 45 Years Ago: Communion on the Moon

    Megan Castellan
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Yesterday marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the first time humanity set foot on the lunar surface. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped off the spaceship and onto the moon, and thus stepped into history. What is not as widely known, however, is that it is also the forty-fifth anniversary of the first communion service to occur on the moon. As the Huffington Post reports, Buzz Aldrin was an elder in his Presbyterian church back in Houston, and wanted to do something to mark the powerful moment when he stepped out onto the moon. So he obtained consecrated wine and bread from his pastor and took it…
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  • Preparing for a hike

    John Mercer
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    SPIRIT: Imagine your way through the good route / and also the other route.
  • Meet our readers

    Christopher L. Walton
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: UU World's readership survey also offers an updated profile of the UUA's membership.
  • Book group brings Muslim and UU women together

    Donald E. Skinner
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: Women from Unitarian Universalist and Muslim congregations in Silver Spring, Md., meet each month.
  • Remembering Pete

    Dan Schatz
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    SPIRIT: To be honest, I still want to grow up to be like Pete Seeger.
  • Helping to tip the scales

    Donald E. Skinner
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEWS: UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Awesome or Fearful?

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    A commonly used word today is "awesome." But, given its meaning today, Fr. Tom asks if it is the appropriate word to use in our Divine Liturgy.
  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    This is part 2 of Fr. Tom's paper on what Orthodoxy would expect from Rome before communion would be restored.
  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 1

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    As promised in his last episode, Fr. Thomas share with us the paper he wrote in 2005 outlining what the Roman Catholic Church would need to do to unite with the Orthodox. He broke it up into two parts and this is part one.
  • Ecumenical Efforts

    14 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
    In light of all of the discussion about the Ecumenical Patriarch meeting with the Pope, Fr. Tom offers some of his experiences with the World Council of Churches.
  • Bishops - Part 51: 18th Century Russia

    7 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    In this fascinating episode, Fr. Tom talks about the tragic influence of Peter the Great and the further westernization of the Orthodox Church in Russia.
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    Jewish Treats

  • Ishmaelites and Edomites

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the “Abrahamic Faiths,” since Abraham was the forefather of the Jews and Christians through Isaac and the Muslims through Ishmael. It is interesting to note that Judaism has similar terms for Christians and Muslims: Arabs are referred to in Talmudic sources as Ishmaelites and Christians as Edomites, the descendants of Edom, who was Esau. Ishmael and his sons settled in what is now called the Arabian peninsula. The specific designation of “Ishmaelites” is mentioned a few times in the Bible, most noticeably in Genesis 37,…
  • History

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Learn about history to get a better understanding of the world.
  • Shortcut Through Shul

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    It is a common complaint that our society, always in a hurry, lacks respect for that which was once respected. People no longer dress their best to go to the theater, nor are they particularly careful about the language that they use. One can readily see this societal change in the very casual way people dress for work. Lack of respect may be demonstrated through one’s clothes or speech, haste or slovenliness, and even something as simple as a walking itinerary.In a rush to get to our next destination, one may not think twice about where one walks. After all, it is natural to seek a…
  • With Respect

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you visit a synagogue, dress with respect.
  • Above Scrutiny

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    “The cobbler’s children have no shoes!” So declares the pithy aphorism regarding one of the ironies of life. Centuries prior to the first recording of this phrase, however, the Talmud discussed two artisan families who made it a point of honor that their children did not benefit from their particular craft.“The house of Garmu was expert in preparing the [Temple] Showbread (by heating the ovens from within and baking the dough from within so that it never became moldy)...For the following was their memory honored: Never was fine bread to be found in their children's hand, lest people…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion

    Jeff Lindsay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders of the United States, there is an obvious need for compassion for these children. But compassion comes in many forms and some of them can be destructive. Take, for example, the compassionate US law that motivates families and governments from afar to send children here without their parents and loving relatives to care for them. As the Bush Administration came to a close, there was a compassionate bipartisan effort to sign the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008…
  • Offers "Gospel Topics" Section on the Historicity and Translation of the Book of Abraham

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Among the growing body of helpful and carefully researched topics discussed in the "Gospel Topics" section of the website, the Church has recently provided a statement that addresses some common concerns regarding the Book of Abraham and its translation. "Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham" shares information drawn from some leading LDS scholars about how we obtained the Book of Abraham and how it relates to the small set of fragments from the larger collection of original scrolls that Joseph had (most of which were apparently destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871).
  • Kate Kelly, Ordain Women, and Foxconn: The Importance of Asking Questions

    Jeff Lindsay
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Kate Kelly's story as presented in the media is a compelling one, stirring and resonating with the emotions of many. A lone woman stands up to a big male-dominated organization, daring to prod and just ask questions, for which she is cruelly punished by being excommunicated from the Church she loves. Indeed, this brave woman is apparently treated so poorly as she is tossed out that the only words she can use to describe the actions of her bishop and others is "abuse" and "cruelty." How dare they excommunicate her for "apostasy" when she has not been teaching any doctrine, just asking…
  • No, the Strangite Witnesses Are Not Strong Parallels to the Book of Mormon Witnesses

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    In my last post, Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith, some folks suggested that the import of the Book of Mormon witnesses is lessened by the imitative adventure of James Strang and his witnesses who observed the non-miraculous existence of some much less valuable non-precious metal plates. Ironically, it's a fitting comparison to make since Strang himself was a lawyer and his exploits illustrate some of the things that skilled lawyers or other highly educated people can do when they seek to affect (as in misdirect) the faith of others.Strang claimed that Joseph Smith had appointed him to be his…
  • Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith

    Jeff Lindsay
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    My sophomore English class at Brighton High School was a disaster. The school was using a failed but trendy new system where hundreds of kids were in a big open space and split up into rotating groups, moving every few weeks from one teacher to another for different pathetic units that supposedly taught us English while we watched lame movies or engaged in other dull "labs" or whatever. Felt like chaos. Like block scheduling and other ill-informed experiments that sometimes advance administrators more than students, whatever we were doing there couldn't possibly make us better at reading,…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • God, the original fashion designer (a theology of fashion, part 1)

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    In my vanity, I’ve always liked to think of myself as a serious-minded woman. In high school, I didn’t go to parties; I stayed home and did my German homework. And although I like to consider myself an intellectual, I can’t help one thing: I love clothes. My favorite recurring dream is one in which I find my closet stuffed full of dresses I didn’t know I owned. I watch Downton Abbey episodes twice: the first time for the plot and the second time to stare at the costumes. But I’ve always dismissed my love of fashion as flighty and shallow. The weak underbelly to my otherwise…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    7 Different Ways to Read a Book Tim Challies: Reading is kind of like repairing a bicycle. Kind of. For too long now my bike has been semi-operational. It has one brake that just doesn’t want to behave and all my attempts to fix it have failed. Why? Well it turns out that I haven’t been using the right tool. To get the bike working I need to use the right tool. And when it comes to reading, well, you’ve got to use the right tool—you’ve got to know what kind of reading to do. Here are seven different kinds of reading. Kindle deals for Christian readers New Kindle deals for you:…
  • How to share the Gospel with someone who thinks all Christians are hypocrites

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve heard it before and I’m sure you have too–the common skeptic complaint that all Christians are hypocrites. To back up this claim, many point to being burned by a Christian in the past, abuse that has taken place in the church, or media portrayals of Christians and come to the conclusion that because of that failure, Christianity must be a hoax. I hope to encourage you and equip you to not only respond, but be able to steer these types of conversations into great opportunities to share the gospel. There is no one-sized-fits all approach to any evangelistic endeavor, but…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Today’s the final day of Cruciform Press’ 5 books/5 days sale. Get these titles for 99¢ each: Does God Listen to Rap?: Christians and the World’s Most Controversial Music by Curtis “Voice” Allen Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics by Joe Coffey Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life by Jimmy Davis Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer by Paul Tautges Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert Martin A few others that on sale include: Christians are Hate-Filled…
  • How do you know when God is using you in your preaching?

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    The worst, powerless, exhausting, futile sermons I’ve ever preached have been the ones where I’ve preached it once before. There are no rules against this, certainly, and it’s definitely not sinful to do (if it were, conference speakers would be up a creek without a paddle).While some do this quite skillfully, when I do it, I fall flat on my face, confident I will never preach again. Every. Single. Time. Why is this so? Because, as Martin Lloyd-Jones put it so eloquently, “True preaching…is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is God using…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Jesus’s Pinch Hitter: The Leftovers Episode 4

    S. Brent Plate
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The opening sequence of this week’s The Leftovers (episode 4) was the best scene yet in a series that still seems unsure of what it wants. Opening shots show mysterious bubbly goop and mechanical processes that are soon revealed to be the machinations for making latex baby-doll heads. The heads are matched with eyes and a body, packaged, sold, then swaddled in clothes by a woman, and eventually placed in a crèche in Mapleton’s town square. The beat of The Black Keys “I’m Not the One” rises as quick shots of the crèche through night and day follow each other,…
  • You’re Having Our Baby

    Mary Valle
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Do you ever listen to “love songs” shows on your local Lite FM station? They’re always called something like “Love Songs on the Cliff” or “Love Songs on the Peninsula” or “Love Songs From Unincorporated County Territory.” A purrsome female DJ reads the sentiments of people who want to dedicate songs to other people. Like, “Terry, Chris wants you to know that even though he’s really busy with his band, you always come first where it counts. His heart. Here’s ‘Leather and Lace’ by Don Henley and Stevie…
  • Non-Dairy Godly Families Rejoice!

    Mary Valle
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Why is this mom jumping for joy? At last she’ll have enough soy milk to serve with dinner! Eden Soy: Let’s Grow Your Family. Together.™
  • Sea Accounting

    Jennifer Mackenzie
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m a secret: let me start with that. I’ve stayed one through the outbreak of an uprising and through our departure, Maalik’s and mine, from the war it became. At first we hid our relationship from everyone: my friends, his friends, our families, our landlord, and the Syrian secret police. Though they were probably the first ones to figure it out, since how many text messages about the scent of gardenias do you send to your Platonic friends? Two and a half years on, Maalik’s family is the last to know, and I don’t know now whether to be displeased or relieved. After Jesus…
  • Televised Prayer: Rev.

    Kaya Oakes
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    People don’t pray on television. Let me rephrase that: when people pray on television, they pray badly. They ask God for stuff, and then they get it. Television prayer is usually depicted as a quid pro quo. That’s why it was surprising, in one of the final episodes of the BBC series Rev., to see a character whose faith life has mostly been one of non-stop exasperation suddenly start talking, in a voiceover, to God. Rev. is about a priest trying to save a dying inner-city parish in London. The congregation is down to a handful, one of them a homeless man. The priest is sabotaged by his…
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    On Being Both

  • A Response to the Pew Poll on “Favorite Religions”

    Susan Katz Miller
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This week, Pew Research released a poll in which they asked people to rate how “warm” or “cold” they feel about various religions. I wrote a response, from the perspective of someone in an interfaith family, over on HuffPost today. If you have a chance, post a comment over there: I’m an interfaith child, raising interfaith children. As part of a three-generation interfaith family, I am the product of American pluralism. Celebrating more than one religion does not make me feel alienated or apathetic. Instead, it inspires me, and many of the interfaith children I…
  • Interfaith Ramadan: Jewish and Christian Meets Muslim

    Susan Katz Miller
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Beads collected in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Benin. Photo: Susan Katz Miller One of the great joys of writing Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family has been the opportunity to develop relationships with interfaith activists who are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, and more. While acknowledging our differences, we tend to share a belief that love can prevail over hate, and that life is richer and fuller with all of us in conversation, and working together. My personal response to the continuing religious violence in the world is to transcend boundaries with love. As…
  • A Rabbi for Interfaith Families, for UUs, for All of Us

    Susan Katz Miller
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    A few months ago, I had the honor of interviewing Rabbi Chava Bahle about her historic selection as a rabbi to lead a Unitarian-Universalist (UU) community. We talked about her background as one of the handful of rabbis working directly with an interfaith families community raising children in both family religions. For almost ten years, she has been the rabbi at Chicago’s Interfaith Family School. Now you can watch Rabbi Chava tell her story at a recent TEDx talk in Traverse City, Michigan. She describes this moment in history as a spiritual paradigm shift, when we begin to look around…
  • Women, Religion, and Interfaith Families

    Susan Katz Miller
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Why have most founders of interfaith family communities been women? Historically, how has the male domination of religious institutions affected interfaith couples? And does the idea that an interfaith child must be defined by the religion of the mother (in Judaism) or the father (in Islam) make any sense given the reality of families with one parent, with two fathers, with two mothers, or with non-binary gendered parents? These are a few of the questions I explore in a new essay written for Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, as part of their…
  • Video: An Interfaith Boy, an Interfaith Community

    Susan Katz Miller
    27 May 2014 | 5:44 am
      When my mother, an interfaith families pioneer, watched this video, she said, “Well Sue, you don’t need to go out on speaking tours anymore–just have everyone watch this video instead.” I think she was kidding. I mean I hope so. But she has a point, because this charming and thoughtful credo, in the voice and words of a 13-year-old, makes the case for interfaith education, in under five minutes. So please do watch “The Interfaith Musings of Raphael B.” I have known Raphael since he was a small boy with deep questions: questions that drove his parents to seek out…
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    Scientology Newsroom - Latest News Stories

  • Gourmet Chefs Cook up Benefit for Children’s Charities

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nine professional chefs and a score of assistants helped make the Second Annual Chefs’ Showcase at the Church of Scientology Fort Harrison Hotel a tour do force. A team of nine of Tampa Bay’s most accomplished chefs delighted guests at Clearwater’s...
  • Awards Banquet Honors Youth Helping Make a Safer South LA

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Church of Scientology Community Center in South Los Angeles closed out the school year with the Stepping Stone Awards Banquet to honor 27 young men and women for their outstanding leadership and character.
  • Flood-Damaged Bosnian Farm, Salvaged

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In June 2014, Scientology Volunteer Ministers Balkans Disaster Response Team in the Bosnia and Herzegovina village of Kopanica help a man salvage his farm after May’s devastating floods.The damage caused by the May 2014 floods has been estimated at...
  • Relief for Weary Runners at the Vancouver International Marathon

    12 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Vancouver man water stations at the 2014 BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver International MarathonDespite the downpour that marked this year’s Vancouver International Marathon, the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of...
  • Meet a Scientologist: Making a Difference in the San Fernando Valley

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Meet Carol and Mark Loweree—Scientologists committed to helping youth avoid the tragedy of drug-abuse. Through their drug education and prevention work, Scientologists Mark and Carol Loweree of Sun Valley, California, are making a positive impact...
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • 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…
  • Eps 61 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 4

    Craig Owen
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
        We look at some of the specific symbolism of Revelation and try to figure out the message of the author.  The cycles repeat- seven seals,seven angels and all kinds of bad and scary plagues and disasters.  Part of what the author is doing is trying to is scare us into making a choice.  We explore what that choice is and what it means for us today.       In the next episode we will look at all of the terrible events that these cycles portray a nd hat they might mean.      To learn more about this series go to my…
  • Eps 60 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 3

    Craig Owen
    7 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Many people believe that the book of Revelation is a roadmap of the End Times, explaining what will happen and when. For this to be true, it is assumed that Revelation reads like a modern story, with a straight line plot containing a clear beginning, middle and end. But is this really the case?  This is the issue we will look at in this episode.      I will be drawing upon the insights of Rev. Dr. Craig Koester, a scholar and Professor of New Testament who specializes in the Book of Revelation.  His very readable book can be linked by clicking on the title:…
  • Eps 59 Book of Revelation: End Times or Something Else? pt 2

    Craig Owen
    22 May 2014 | 10:20 am
       In this episode we look at when, where and why the Book of Revelation was written.  This will give us a clue about what the message of the book may be.  The author of Revelation copies a lot of his style from the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible.  The circumstances in which both of these books were written are very similar and will reveal a lot about the authors' intentions.      In the next episode we will look at the structure of the book of Revelation whcch will tell us something about how it should be read.  …
  • Eps 58 The Book of Revelation: End of the World or Something Else? pt 1

    Craig Owen
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
         The Book of Revelation is at the end of the Christian New Testament.  Many people believe that this book is a road map or story of how the world will end.  Revelation has exerted a strong influence way beyond Christianity.  In this first episode, I want to begin a study of some of the themes and imagery in the Book of Revelation.  Is it really about the end of the world?  Or is it about something else? How should this little book affect our spirituality?  If it is really about the end of the world, are we powerless about it? if it is not…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • We cannot escape

    Lee Potts
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Franciscans face the task of linking scripture and the life and Words of Jesus to their own lives. Moreover, we rely on the Holy Spirit to continue to teach us what we need to know. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…  (John 16:13). We cannot escape the message of scripture nor the model that Jesus gives. Francis understood the primacy of Jesus and sought to imitate what he saw in and heard from Jesus. ~ Lester Bach, OFM Cap, The Franciscan Journey: Embracing the Franciscan Vision Tags: franciscans, holy spirit, Imitate, lester bach, primacy of Jesus,…
  • Who does not hold onto anything

    Lee Potts
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    The only Son becomes human as a poor child, and lives in obscurity, without wealth or position. Francis recognized in this event of the incarnation the generosity of God, who does not hold onto anything, even divine status. In coming as a human being, the Son gives away exalted position and embraces with love human limitations, suffering, labour and even death. The life of Jesus is a moving picture (in both senses of the word) of God’s life. ~ William J. Short, OFM, Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition Tags: divine status, human limitations, moving picture, obscurity, poor child,…
  • Spiritual walking skeletons

    Lee Potts
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    We live in a world that is basically a spiritual concentration camp. Unless we put a lot of effort into fighting it, we are pretty much cut off from the things of God and the essential spiritual food we need to survive. We are like the victims of concentration camps who have been surviving on bits and pieces of food and are spiritual walking skeletons. ~ Catholic in Brooklyn Tags: Catholic in Brooklyn, concentration camp, fighting, food, need, spiritual, walking skeletons
  • St. Bonaventure: The fire of intense love

    Lee Potts
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Your heart is to be an altar of God. It is here that the fire of intense love must burn always. You are to feed it every day with the wood of the cross of Christ and the commemoration of his passion. ~ St. Bonaventure Tags: alter, cross of christ, Fire, heart, intense love, passion, st, st bonaventure
  • We Have Failed at Christianity

    Lee Potts
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    The priest went on to say that we’re comfortable with Christianity and even with helping others as long as it doesn’t affect us directly. But anytime we have to get within the margins—leave our comfortable homes, or do anything more than write a check, we’re unable to act. We fail as Christians. Powerful words that had folks in the pews clapping by the end, but as I sat there I wondered whether or not anyone on Capitol Hill would heed these wise words? ~ Jason Miller, “We Have Failed at Christianity” (Acting Franciscan blog) Tags: acting franciscan, action, Capitol Hill,…
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    Amish America

  • 2014 Amish Population Numbers (Infographic)

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    The 2014 Amish population estimates have been released by the Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies. Rather than simply recite data to you, I was inspired to create an Amish population infographic to share the info in a fun visual way. It was my first crack at building an infographic. I think it turned out not too shabby Click the […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • 7 Questions for Lancaster County Builder John Smucker

    Erik/Amish America
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    John Smucker is a friend of mine living in Lancaster County. We met in 2007 while I was selling books in that community. John is one of a number of Amish contractors operating in the Lancaster area. His company, Forest Ridge Builders, does new residential construction, additions, remodel work, decks, garages, and barns. I spent a day […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • An Amish business sign I’ve never seen before…

    Erik/Amish America
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    These days, wherever you go in Amish America you’ll see signs alerting you to all those good things that come out of Amish gardens–green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, onions, and the like. They’re a happy excuse to pull the car over, pick up something healthy for the table, and maybe chat a bit with an […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • New from Donald Kraybill: Renegade Amish

    Erik/Amish America
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    It’s been nearly 18 months since Sam Mullet was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the beard-cutting attacks carried out on Amish in Ohio in late 2011. Others in Mullet’s group, including those who actually did the cutting, got sentences ranging from one to seven years. In his upcoming book Renegade Amish: […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • This is what a $9,861 Amish buggy looks like

    Erik/Amish America
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    The final price tag on this sweet vehicle is $9,861.18, to be precise. The photos were taken by reader Jerry, who attended a recent auction in Perry County, PA, where the buggy was up for bidding. Here’s the interior:   The price gave Jerry “sticker shock”, he says (and this leaves out the horse, which adds around $1600). Just […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • The 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;…
  • Spine of steel: My grandmother's legacy in death and life

    Julia Rocchi
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Grandmom Helen at her 90th birthday“Those were the Rommely women: Mary, the mother, Evy, Sissy, and Katie, her daughters, and Francie, who would grow up to be a Rommely woman even though her name was Nolan. They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made out of thin invisible steel.” -- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe blue-eyed teen -- Elena by birth, Helen in Americanese, Len to her four brothers -- wanted more than anything to sing. Blessed with a clear, lovely voice, she sang around the house, she sang at church, she sang…
  • Patience is a snack-maker

    Julia Rocchi
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Roll with it. Photo by kattebelletjePatience knows she’ll trip if she moves faster than the confines of her shrinking, rickety body allow, so she grips handrails, deliberates her steps, and accepts elbows when they are extended. You never knew her young and assume she was at some point, but you wouldn’t be surprised to learn she’d been born old. She has that eternal way about her, the same as an ancient tortoise that floats effortlessly through its existence and seems to get a quiet thrill out of confounding expectations. You once asked Patience her age; she laughed the question away…
  • The peach pit of desire: An anxious meditation on wanting to want

    Julia Rocchi
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This is the pit. Photo by quinn.anya, FlickrYou wonder how you swallowed the pit in the first place.Did it drop into your salad the day you ate your lunch out in the park and were people-watching with such intense focus that it snuck into your power greens undetected and waited for the free elevator ride down your esophagus? Did it crawl up the stairs from the kitchen the night you were restless with fitful dreams of romantic escapades and worst-case scenarios, and did it take advantage of your suctioning snores to slide down the hatch? Maybe, barring reasonable explanations such as these,…
  • Dispatch from Camp Lonelyhearts

    Julia Rocchi
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Camp Lonelyhearts. Photo by khowaga1, FlickrCaptain’s Log, Feb. 14, 20-- CEElevation: 2,000 ft. above sea levelLocation: YurtThe natives grow more restless by the day. All they’ve had to sustain them recently in terms of interpersonal communications are a few vague trail markers and some generic clapping at the last tribal dance that could have applied to anyone in attendance. These brief encounters have not satisfied their need for emotional connection or moved them anywhere closer to their stated goals of finding a proper mate. (Note: We must assume they stated these goals. In truth, we…
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    Patheos Articles - Mormon

  • Be of Good Cheer

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The theme of the need for courage and the courage or cheer that the gospel brings continues in scriptures revealed through Joseph Smith.
  • Mormon Women: Some Global Perspectives

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Taking stock of Mormon communities outside the U.S. yields a more complete picture of the range and the dynamism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' engagement with women's issues.
  • Joseph Smith on Mormon Women and the Priesthood

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    History suggests that Mormon women were originally established in an organization that Joseph Smith envisioned as parallel to and collaborative with the male priesthood.
  • Are Mormon Women Allowed to Ask Questions?

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are a few reasons that persuade me that LDS leaders, local or general, were not intending to repress or punish questions.
  • Purity, Power, and Principled Pragmatism

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Perhaps we gain some wisdom by placing the recent debates over feminism, gender roles and equality, and women's ordination in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a broader historical context.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Trying to explain the kingdom

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr “Illustration Lolium temulentum” is public domain and licensed by CC BY 2.0 Proper 11 I feel really bad for Jesus sometimes. He spent so much energy delivering clever, practical, wonderful illustrations in order to describe the kingdom of heaven. Somehow, somewhere along the way, a huge amount of the population decided to settle on a “pie in the sky” approach in which you die and your soul floats up into the clouds to a gated community guarded by Saint Peter… …and that’s about it. Put that interpretation safely on a…
  • Tricksters

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Rensig, Everhard (maker, Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBy The Rev’d Curtis Farr Proper 10 What do you do if you don’t hold the power in a given situation. If you’re on the receiving end of oppression, bullying, or anything in between, how do you respond in a way that is neither passive nor brutally forceful? Trickery is at least one option, and it is trickery that seems to ultimately be valued in many stories in the Bible, including the one about brothers Jacob and Esau that we read this week. Abraham’s grandchildren…
  • ECFvp July Issue features “Zombie Parish” quiz

    Ken Howard
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Is your church one in which individual members are alive, but the church as a whole is undead? The July 2014 Leading Change issue of the Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Parishes (ECFvp) newsletter features our “Are You Leading a Zombie Parish?” quiz, including an expanded ending. Here’s what ECFvp editor Nancy Davidge had to say about their reasons for posting the quiz on the Vital Posts Blog section of the newsletter: July feels like the right time for Vestry Papers to share Ken Howard’s “Are You Leading a Zombie Parish?” This ‘tongue firmly in cheek’ piece is…
  • Hinene

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    © 2008 carulmare, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio By The Rev’d Curtis Farr Proper 7 In Hebrew Scripture classes in seminary, we would occasionally take attendance responding with the Hebrew word for “here,” “הִנֵּֽנִי׃” or “hinene.” “Hinene” doesn’t exactly mean “here” in the same, casual way that we often use it. “Hinene” implies that not only am I physically present, but I’m mentally and emotionally present and at your disposal. You say “jump,” and I ask “how high?” When God reaches out to Abraham, Abraham responds “hinene.” God, somewhat…
  • Jesus and Violence

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr Proper 7 I’m going to use the summer months to pose questions and more brief reflections connecting to the lectionary. The immediate reason for this is that I have a lot on my plate with a wedding to drive to in Ohio this weekend, a mission trip/pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic in a week and a half, and a wedding to plan. Another reason is that in the summer months I find that I have less motivation to do significant writing and reading, or rather, I read more for pleasure during the summer. If you’re the same way, you may enjoy these questions and…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • If You Don’t Praise Him I Will!

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This message was delivered by Min. Treyvon Sinclair on Children & Youth Day. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • God Can Use Even You

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 13, 2014 at our 11:00am Worship Service by Pastor Joe ToddSend 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 
  • Is There Not a Cause

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 13, 2014 at our 8:00am Worship Service by Min. Peter DaVia. The text was taken from 1 Samuel 17:29. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
  • A World Gone Wrong

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This message was delivered on Friday July 11, 2014 at our 7:00pm Praise Service by Miss. Blanche Wade. The text was taken from Gen. 6:1-8. Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at 
  • Show Me the Glory

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday July 6, 2014 at our 11:00am Worship Service by Pastor Presley from Murfreesboro, TNSend 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

  • Iraq faces 'historic catastrophe', Chaldean patriarch warns

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 22, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence. “Should this direction continue to be pursued, Iraq will come face to face with human, civil, and historic catastrophe,” Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphael I Sako said in a July 17 message he described as “urgent.” He called for peace and co-existence “in a spirit of human brotherhood.” “We implore in particular our Iraqi…
  • Religious liberty 'fundamental' to human dignity, bishops affirm

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Baltimore, Md., Jul 22, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with CNA, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization. “Let me just say that religious liberty is so fundamental to the dignity of the human person,” Archbishop Lori stated, continuing that “anyone who is an impartial observer of the culture would say that in recent times, the challenges to religious liberty have accelerated. Because of these situation, the archbishop said…
  • Lives of the saints model Catholic social teaching in new book

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Huntington, Ind., Jul 22, 2014 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Dignity of the human person, solidarity and care for creation are just a few topics author Brandon Vogt discusses in his new book, “Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World.” “I hope that this book is a ringing call to saintliness for all readers to say, ‘I want to be a saint and here’s the game plan for doing it,’” Vogt told CNA July 11. The book focuses on seven basic themes of Catholic social teaching – life and dignity of the human person; call to family, community and…
  • Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Vatican City, Jul 22, 2014 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians. Following the July 19 burning down of the Episcopal palace of Syrian-Catholics in Mosul, Italian Catholic news organization SIR reports that Pope Francis made a phone call to the Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan of Antioch the afternoon of July 20 to express his condolences and closeness in a time of persecution. The agency reports that…
  • Schedule for Pope Francis' Caserta visit released

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Vatican City, Jul 22, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ schedule for the first of his two day-trips to the Italian city of Caserta, where he will later meet an evangelical pastor and friend from his time in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis will travel by helicopter to the province of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy the afternoon of July 26, and will arrive to the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers) School of the Air Force, in the Royal Palace of Caserta at 3:45 p.m. After his arrival, the Roman Pontiff will hold a meeting with the diocese’s…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Strangers and Sojourners With Our God

    Adam McDuffie
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The debate over illegal immigration has intensified recently, and children are playing a prominent role in the discussion. Young children are leaving their homes and their families and traveling the dangerous road to the United States. Consequently, Border Patrol agents have found themselves with large numbers of children under their protection and no clear idea of what to do next.There have been repeated calls to send in the National Guard, to increase the security presence on the border; or to close the border completely. We have to find some way to stem the flow of immigrant men, women,…
  • Listen

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Shhhhhh.Listen.Listen. The storm is raging around you,Wind uprooting trees,Crushing houses,Flooding the world,Taking lives.For all its power,The storm is not G-D. “For all its power,The fire is not G-D. — Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer” Listen, If you can listen,If you can pick out the silent murmuring,You can withstand the wind,The storm,The sorrow The anguish. “Listen.If you can listen,If you can strive to hear with your blistered heart” — Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer” Listen.The ground shivers.The firm certainty on which we have built our…
  • Freedom for whom?

    Adam McDuffie
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    “This is not a ruling in favor of religious freedom; this is a ruling in favor of freedom for a few Christians to project their beliefs onto other people.” — Adam McDuffie I'll start with the overall good news: it could have been much worse.This ruling only applies to 4 of the contraceptives listed under the HHS mandate, which the Green and Hahn families have labeled as abortifacients and don't want to be associated with. They have no objection to the other 16 contraceptive methods. Employees can still gain access to these 4 drugs either through use of their own money…
  • On the side of the road

    Erin Hall
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    The side of the road is one of my least favorite places in the world. Roads, I love. Lately I have traveled many of them visiting people I love, moving to a new house, running errands. Rarely do I bother to glance at the people with me on the road, unless they’re going too slow.Tonight, though, I spent several hours with a few hundred new friends on the side of the road. “Tonight, though, I spent several hours with a few hundred new friends on the side of the road.” — Erin Hall I was supposed to be meeting my sister for a long awaited night out in Atlanta seeing Glennon…
  • Insight From Isaac: And His Tale of Two Walks

    Darian Duckworth
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    When Charles Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," I wonder if he had an energetic dog who loved to go for walks. The majority of blog posts I write about Isaac the Insightful revolve around walks with my Labrador-Eskimo-Collie. Perhaps God speaks most clearly when I'm (a) enjoying His outdoor creation, (b) engaging in physical exercise, and (c) letting a little dog "lead" me. Or is that I can hear him more clearly in these circumstances of self-care?This time, it's a tale of two walks that gave me pause.On the first walk, Isaac and I were running later than…
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    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Intoxicated by Connectivity

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on vacation the week of July 7th. In a recent post I described some goals for the month of July. Lori and I had a GREAT time going to Chicago and taking in the beauty of the city as well as catching two (yes, two) wonderful baseball games at Wrigley Field. Lori enjoys baseball almost as much as I do so it was a blast for us to experience such a historic ballpark. Since arriving back I have been deep in planning, working out the sermon and church calendar for the next 12 months. Are you intoxicated by connectivity? I have to admit that disconnecting has been an extremely difficult thing…
  • Listening: A Neglected Gift

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are all so different, thank goodness! I know that the world would be a very scary place if everyone was just like me. If that was the case everything would stay broken, there would be a lot more road signage (as I’m always lost), AND professional baseball would be a year-around sport! I could go on… but that probably sounds horrible enough to you. I would also venture to say that the world be a little quieter. One of the most profound displays of Christ-like love is to truly listen. The diversity with which our God created us is wonderful. I am so thankful that my wife is strong where…
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was a senior in high school when my family purchased our first home computer. At that time in history the Ctrl+Alt+Del command was bitter sweet. It was bitter because it meant you had reached a road block and things were locked up. Sometimes, you were even staring at that horrible blue screen which strobed in front of you in a tantalizing way. It was sweet because it allowed you to pull out of the immediate symptoms and be rescued to a fresh start. I’ve created a rhythm which allows me to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del both personally and in ministry each July. Personally, I usually take about 3 days…
  • Procrastination is Deadly

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember as a student beginning a new term with lofty goals of studying a little bit every day to reap greater benefits and to avoid the last minute cram. Every time, without fail, those lofty goals would meet the reality of sitting the night before a test or paper due date needing to accomplish everything in the few remaining hours. To be honest, I did learn how to function pretty well in that routine and ended up depending on that ability. We can not procrastinate a relationship with Jesus. When I became a music student in college my dependable ability began to leave me unprepared. Our…
  • Predigested Truth

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my home we have an ongoing debate of the quality, or lack there of, that is found at Luby’s Cafeteria. I understand that Luby’s can be a pretty polarizing topic… and I may lose a few friends and readers over this one. If you are not familiar with Luby’s it is usually the only eating establishment in which the parking lot is full at 4pm. I have a theory, it is not trademarked yet so feel free to use it as your own, that the food served at Luby’s is based on a predigested menu. What once began as normal food is pre-chewed and then pre-digested so that it is in the most comforting…
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    The Daily Register

  • Vietnamese Sisters Find a Home in the United States

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    By JIM GRAVES | BALTIC, Conn. — The end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces nearly 40 years ago brought significant changes to the Catholic Church in the United States, particularly in the...
  • Women and Liberty

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    By THE EDITORS | After the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30th ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby sparked a backlash from abortion-rights advocates, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly went toe-to-toe with Patricia Ireland, the former president of the National...
  • Protestant Leader and Friend of Pope Passes Away

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    By CNA/EWTN NEWS | LONDON -- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. The Order of the Ark Community, an Internet-based...
  • A Chat with Mary's Shelter Founder Kathleen Wilson

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    By Simcha Fisher | On August 23, I’ll be the Keynote Speaker at the Summer Soiree for Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg, VA.  Mary’s Shelter offers housing and support to women and children in need, helps them learn basic life skills, and guides...
  • ‘Gender Identity’ Theory Seen as Threat to African Families

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    By ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS | VATICAN CITY — Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Republic of the Congo with more than 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • IRS Agrees to Install Church Examination Procedures, Personnel, Ending Lawsuit

    Don Byrd
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Written by Don Byrd Settling a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS has apparently agreed to institute procedures to initiate the examination of alleged improper political activity by churches, and a manager to initiate such oversight. According to an FRFF press release, via Religion Clause, the government agency will still retain discretion over individual cases, but has ended its apparent policy not to enforce restrictions against churches. FFRF filed suit against the IRS shortly after the presidential election in 2012, based on the agency’s reported…
  • As BJC and Others Urged, President Obama to Issue Nondiscrimination Order Without New Religious Exemption

    Don Byrd
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Earlier this week, the Baptist Joint Committee and more than 90 other civil and religious liberty advocates sent a letter to President Obama regarding his impending executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The message of the letter was simple: religious organizations that act as federal contractors should be held to the same rules as all other federal contractors, including nondiscrimination laws, in the use of taxpayer money. Apparently, the President agrees. He is reportedly issuing that order on Monday without…
  • North Carolina School Voucher Funding May Proceed Before Court Hearing

    Don Byrd
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Written by Don Byrd A new school voucher program in North Carolina is the subject of litigation scheduled for a hearing in late August. Opponents argue the “Opportunity Scholarships” improperly divert public funds to religious and other private schools. The state’s supreme court in May lifted an injunction temporarily halting the program, opening the door for voucher funds to be distributed even while courts debate their constitutionality. The Associated Press reports that not only is the state going forward with the funding, it is moving up the date. The state agency in…
  • Is There a Silver Lining to the Supreme Court’s Troubling Government Prayer Ruling?

    Don Byrd
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Written by Don Byrd The Supreme Court’s decision in Galloway v. Town of Greece was a disappointment to be sure. The Court ruled that government invocations opening local council meetings need not be nonsectarian. For cities like Greece lacking in congregations of minority faiths, that means all Christian prayers most all the time, so long as they are not demeaning to the faith of others. One good thing to result, however, from the ruling and the attention it brought to the issue: more and more governments are having to come to terms with demands for inclusivity and equal access. The…
  • Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Wins Majority, but Falls Short in U.S. Senate

    Don Byrd
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Written by Don Byrd A measure in the U.S. Senate that would have reversed the effect of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision garnered 56 votes of support, 4 shy of the 60 required to move the bill forward under Senate rules. The future of the proposal – which would bar employers from claiming a religious exemption to the contraception coverage mandate – seems in doubt. Reuters reports: Democrats in the House of Representatives have a companion bill that stands little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled body. “We are going to keep working on this until we…
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    Jonathan Pearson

  • 4 Tools Every Young Leader Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    1. Calendar -It may seem obvious, but regardless of how busy of a schedule you have now, you need to begin keeping a calendar. For young leaders, our schedules will only get busier as we gain more experience, responsibility, and influence. It’s important that we begin managing our time well now so we’ll have the foundation and habit in place later. For some of us, we need this now. We need to organize our time effectively now in order to be productive and lead well. -I use Google Calendar and sync it with iCal on my Mac, phone and iPad. There are other options, but I’ve…
  • The Best Art Is Personal Art

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” (Ezekiel 3:10, 11 NLT) Anyone who creates content… A blogger, A writer, A musician, A speaker, A preacher. It’s tempting to try and prepare a talk or a composition for the audience only. It’s tempting to force all of our creative juices and energy on developing an idea that others can grasp and chew on. It’s tempting to do it…
  • Use What You’ve Got

    Jonathan Pearson
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Growing up, my Dad had an old truck he used to take me to school in. The air conditioner didn’t work, the heater didn’t work, and the defroster didn’t work. The only part of the truck besides the engine that actually worked was the cigarette lighter. Because I loved spending time with my Dad, I used to love for him to take me to school in that old truck. I still remember having to load into the truck 30 minutes before school started when the school was just 5 minutes away so that we could thaw out the frost on the windshield. My Dad would get into the truck, plug a little…
  • 3 Things That Kill Communication

    Jonathan Pearson
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all have something important to say. I really do believe that. For those of us in church work, our message is not only important, but life changing. It’s the message that we want everyone to know and no one to miss. Working with people and being around people, we can often find ourselves in discussions and in situations where we have to be pointed in our discussion. We want to be people that are clear in what we say. Maybe it’s from a stage when we’re addressing a particular issue, preaching, giving announcements, or maybe it’s just in everyday conversation. No matter what you’re…
  • 3 Times We Need To Put Our Phone Down

    Jonathan Pearson
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a problem. It doesn’t seem like a big deal 99% of the time, but the other 1% it’s a huge deal. You see, sometimes I like my iPhone.. too much. For the most part, I’m good at using it as just a tool. I use it to make phone calls, make notes, organize, communicate and be productive. The other times, I use it to kill time or play an occasional game. All of that is fine. All of that is in the 99% of the time that it’s not a big deal. The other 1%? That’s the times I’m staring at my phone when something so much more important is happening around me. That’s the time when my…
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  • Why Christ is Not Man But God

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

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

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

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    16 Aug 2012 | 7:52 pm
    Misinterpretation and misconception of the Scriptures by supposed scholars have been running throughout the years, which legacy now has drastically produced some children of disobedience bound to hell. GALATIANS 5:4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” This is the verse most misinterpreted by Baptists and (allegedly) Born Again preachers! They teach that obedience to the commandments is not necessary for salvation, followed by a blatant misconception that if you are of Christ whatever happens and whatever you may…
  • The Greatest Liar of Our Time

    Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
    2 Jun 2012 | 6:18 pm
    1. There is no sin! 2. Satan does not exist! 3. Prayers are a waste of time! 4. All religious leaders are liars! 5. He is the Apostle Paul! 6. Christ is in him! 7. He is the Second Coming! These are just a speck of a pack of lies taught by the greatest liar of our time: Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda! First, he said there is no sin. How did this happen? Where? When? Here’s a screenshot of their official website: And here are snippets of the outrageous claims of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, mostly posted on YouTube : -I am Jesus Christ Man -Sin no longer exist Spiritual Leader thinks he’s…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • When Bible Reading And Prophecy Come Into Alignment

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    When it comes to Bible reading and prophecy, Many Christians envision terrible conflict.While some believe that embracing the active voice of God devalues Scripture, others are concerned that a rationalistic focus on the text can marginalize prophecy. I believe thinking can be greatly mistaken on both fronts.There is an important relationship between prophecy and scripture that needs to be explored much further. This is something I would like to do, in part, through the following post.In Romans 10:17 Paul boldly affirms that, "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God."First of…
  • One Shocking Secret About The Kingdom Of God That You've Overlooked

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A question that often comes up in private conversations is, "What is the Kingdom of God?" It seems there are a lot of different ideas about what this term actually means. Depending on who you ask, you may get a number of different perspectives.Recently one young man told me that the Kingdom of God was simply an euphemism for heaven.Another rebuffed this observation and noted it was a way of conveying the experience of personal salvation.One of my missionary friends assured me that talk about the Kingdom of God was often a way of articulating larger missional concerns that rest outside of the…
  • How Much Power Does Satan Have?

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Although Satan doesn't have legitimate authority in the earth, that doesn’t mean that he hasn't found a twisted way to operate. The deceiver employs a duplicitous method that actually empowers him in places where he has no authority. We see Satan’s methodology first evidenced in his dealings with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). From there Satan has applied this same approach to the rest of humanity. The Devil has learned that if he can deceive people and persuade them to obey him, he gains a foothold in their life. He subtly tricks people into listening to someone who should not have…
  • 3 Things You Never Want To See Made: Laws, Sausages, And Theology

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have a very special guest blogger writing for us this week - Jon Mark Ruthven, Ph.D. After serving with David Wilkerson in 1960s, he went on to pastor and then function as a missionary in Africa. Then for close to twenty years Ruthven taught theology at Regent University in Virgina Beach, Virgina. Jon has written numerous papers and books including "On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles" (1993) and "What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis" (2013). He…
  • How God Makes His Purposes Come Alive To You

    18 Jun 2014 | 4:39 am
    One of the discussions that comes up from time to time is whether an individual can truly encounter the voice of God. Can someone really gain a personal sense of what God is saying? For some, this is a rather challenging question.I've discovered that most are comfortable with the fact that God actively speaks through the Bible. They're convinced the Old and New Testament is an all-sufficient guide to the wisdom and ways of God. They rightly acknowledge that nothing adds or takes away from the centrality of Scripture.I certainly agree with this line of thinking. The truth of the Bible is…
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    The Dude Abides

  • Reb Zalman Has Gone Home

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    News just reached me that Reb Zalman (Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal Movement and my rabbi's rabbi) died this morning in Colorado.
  • ‘The Immigrant’ lands close to home

    16 May 2014 | 1:07 pm
    When she was 20 years old, she traveled from her home in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland, to Liverpool, England, where she purchased a second-class ticket and boarded The Baltic ocean liner. Eleven days later, on Dec. 19, 1920, she arrived at New York’s Ellis Island, alone, with $20 in her pocket. Her given name was […]
  • The Poem That Inspired Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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

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

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
    "Think what would happen if there weren't any sisters, if there weren't any sisters in the hospitals, no sisters in the missions, no sisters in the schools. Think what the church would be like without sisters -- no, that's unthinkable." — Pope Francis
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  • Belgium: The World Cup and The World’s Worst Genocide

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Today, at approximately 1pm PST, Belgium will play the US in the World Cup. The US is an underdog. We’ll likely lose. We already can’t hang with Belgium in the areas of beer, chocolate and waffles. But whatever. I wanted to use that match-up as a way of talking about something more important.Belgium’s Dark History In 1884, when Leopold II of Belgium came to the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to exploit it for its natural rubber. Rubber was fast becoming a world-wide commodity. Leopold he sent a private army of Belgian nationals and mercenaries armed to the…
  • Ping-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft, Global Poverty + Me

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation? - BonoPing-Pong Balls, the NBA Draft and World-Class Philosophers When I was in college, I studied philosophy and during a unit on justice, we read the works of a philosopher named John Rawls who developed an important idea he called “the veil of ignorance.” But I, being a simple man, took his concept and renamed it The NBA Draft Ping Pong Ball Theory of Justice.Let me explain: back in the 80s and 90s, the order that the teams in NBA…
  • June 19: Happy Juneteenth

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Happy Juneteenth There’s a holiday that’s celebrated in Texas that’s quite unusual. It’s called Juneteenth and it’s celebrated on June 19th. It marks the day when, in 1865, word reached the African Americans in Texas that the United States had abolished slavery. A Union general, Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX and announced that in the United States, slavery had been ended. Reaction among the newly freed slaves ranged from everything from shock to jubilant celebration. Imagine being a slave and learning for the first time, that you are free.Here’s the text of the…
  • Advance

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Advance My wife recently went to a Beth Moore conference. My wife loves that woman with a fierceness usually only reserved for her children and coffee drinks. At any rate, the theme of the conference was Advance, and as she was recounting the whole event, that simple word arrested both her and I.Haha. Get it? The word “advance” arrested us? Arrest means to grab or stop…ahem.Regardless, that word “advance” has been central in both of our thinking lately. How can I advance the Gospel and Jesus more into my own life, and how can I advance the Gospel more into the…
  • Best Father’s Day Ever

    13 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    This year, on Father’s Day, I thought I’d reflect back on the most important Father’s Day I ever had. It happened in 2008. I still carry the lessons from that Father’s Day with me. And to all the Dads out there – including mine – who modeled really good self-sacrificing parenthood, I want to say “Thanks.”Father’s Day 2008Every Father’s Day for the past couple of years, Nicole’s side of the family has this patriarchal gathering at her Uncle Kurt’s house in Redlands. Her 80-year-old grandparents fly in from Florida, her…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • The Manning Report – 22 July 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 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 15 times, 15 visits today)
  • I Am Praying The Worst Thing Happen To You Now! Pt. 2

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Dr. James David Manning continues to pray for the worst thing to happen to you. Recorded on 22 July 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 21 July 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 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 140 times, 70 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 21 July 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The Pulpit of Power message title: “The Miracle of Gettysburg-PT2″ (B) preached on 12 July 2014 at 11:30 AM. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 24 times, 6 visits today)
  • The Bible Or Billions

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Dr. James David Manning Teaches the Bible Or Billions. Recorded 14 July 2014. ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 115 times, 28 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • The Morning Buzz | Megachurches Send Candidates to Congress

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Morning Buzz, megachurch candidates are winning primaries, some worry that the backlash to Hobby Lobby will make Democrats seem anti-religion, evangelicals question religion's place in the public square, and researchers reevaluate the student debt crisis.
  • The Morning Buzz | Raising the Minimum Wage Could Speed Job Growth

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Morning Buzz, raising the minimum wage could speed job growth, atheists are knitting bricks to protest the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby, legalized prostitution could lead to fewer rapes, tech companies recruit gay and lesbian employees, Muslims run during Ramadan, and travelers question whether they should board flights on airlines that have crashed.
  • The Morning Buzz |Was the “War on Women” a Winning Campaign Strategy in 2012?

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today's Morning Buzz, a federal judge overturns the death penalty in California, cities make it harder and harder for homeless people to survive, Republicans block a bill that would guarantee employees' birth control coverage, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Melissa Deckman looks at the efficacy of the "war on women," and atheists begin giving invocations at town meetings across the country.
  • The Morning Buzz |Missouri Governor Says No to Concealed Guns in Schools

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    In today's Buzz, Missouri's governor vetoes a law that would allow concealed guns in schools, the White House unveils plans to tackle global warming, a federal court rules that the University of Texas can keep using race as a factor in admissions, and more.
  • Richard Land vs. Russell Moore: The Changing Face of the Southern Baptist Convention

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    PRRI's latest blog post explores Richard Land's downfall as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and it's new leadership under Russell Moore.
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Heart to Heart with Christa Black #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts and our Insta contest here. We are honoured to have our first guest post from Christa Black who is a Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, powerful speaker, entertainer, and popular blog-author. Christa has traveled the world to speak in international events inspiring thousands to find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, shame, and self-hatred.   My wife had her song on repeat for the longest of time. You could hear it and immediately know that it came from a deep place. The song was “God loves ugly”. It…
  • GTH’s 500th Post and a Mega Celebration!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It’s party time on Guarding the Heart (GTH) blog !!! I am extremely excited to announce that you are currently reading our 500th post! Plus, till date we have seen over 1,500,000 views to our blog from across the globe. Download GTH advert banner   Now that calls for a celebration! We celebrate the fact that God has brought us so far. We celebrate the fact that He connected us with you through GTH. In fact, we celebrate you! Thank you for being an integral part of this community. Your comments, likes and shares have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. The Best is…
  • 6 Secrets to Overcome Sin

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The issue of sin is something that a Jesus lover cannot afford to ignore. That’s because our Master said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments.” Becoming sin conscious certainly does not help anyone overcome sin. But what does help is becoming aware of how our flesh reacts and responds. Knowledge in itself does not set us free, but it shows us clear paths to eliminate distractions. So obviously not from perfection per se, but as someone learning to love Jesus one day at a time, I want to share with you 6 secrets to overcome sin: 1. Don’t Blame Someone Else for…
  • Persecutions in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria; Former Strip Club to Become Church; Bible Translation Amidst Threats

    Blessen Varghese
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    10,000 Flee Christian Communities in Northern Iraq as Militants Take Control About 10,000 people fled from predominantly Christian communities in Qaraqosh, Iraq, a neighboring city to Mosul where members of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly overrun and are now viciously attacking Christians who fail to pay a poll tax. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, “Community leaders say the residents of Qaraqosh fled by bus, car and taxi into northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday night. Many are women and…
  • How to Conquer Your “Now” Time?

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Want to soon start witnessing for the Lord? Planning to prioritise your Bible reading and prayer time soon? Thinking of starting a ministry that God is leading you to, soon? Intend to soon pick up the phone and seek forgiveness from your brother? You see this “soon” will never happen and NOW is the time to do it! Dreams Fail, When Procrastination is Your Friend James 4:13,14″Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For…
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    Watch TB Joshua


    2 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One would not blame those who criticize the deliverances that happen at SCOAN, after all, there is no way a man can explain the taste of ice-cream to another who has never tasted one, for him to understand. Even if he claims he understands after the explanation, he lies and does not until he comes […]

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    It is often said that the doings of a disciple are the hallmarks of his master’s teachings; as the saying goes; like father; like son; like mother like daughter; like disciple like master. On basis of this some critics have insinuated that the character some of TB Joshua’s disciples display is a product of the […]
  • Who is Afraid of Boko Haram when we have TB Joshua?

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:59 am
    Despite the picture painted by international media, it appears the pull of a Nigerian Pastor has surpassed the fear of Boko Haram when it comes to tourism in Nigeria. The scene at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Thursday 12th June 2014 was lively. The steady stream of foreign arrivals, smiling happily and waving […]

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:59 am
    One might ask why a nation like Nigeria that has a world class Prophet like T.B Joshua and other great Men of God known worldwide continue to experience bombings and killings of all sort, perpetrated by some extremist group in their country?, Why can’t God use T.B Joshua to end the crisis in his own […]
  • ALERT! Do TB Joshua critics speak any truth?

    13 May 2014 | 8:31 pm
    who can give lamp to another when himself sits in darkness? Who can clothe another in winter when he is naked and freezing to death or still, who can shelter another with a dwelling whereas himself is homeless and destitute?
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  • “Mormonism and Masonry” by Samuel H. Goodwin, chap 12

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Within this series, we will reproduce the text of Mormonism and Masonry by Samuel H. Goodwin (1862-1951 AD) which was published in 1920 AD and is public domain. It was written to and for Masons/Freemasons.Portions read like...
  • Aleister Crowley’s influence on Taylor Momsen and 311

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Having written much about Aleister Crowley and his influence upon pop-occulture, we will, herein, continue considering personage who have looked to the to mega therion / the great beast for inspiration. Find our previous articles on Crowley here...
  • “Mormonism and Masonry” by Samuel H. Goodwin, chap 11

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Within this series, we will reproduce the text of Mormonism and Masonry by Samuel H. Goodwin (1862-1951 AD) which was published in 1920 AD and is public domain. It was written to and for Masons/Freemasons.Portions read like...
  • Getting to know Ke$ha

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Teenage boys think she’s hot, teenage girls want to be just like her, parents do not seem to know or care, “Yeah, whatever, here’s some money for that Ke$ha CD. Now go to your...
  • Aleister Crowley’s influence on Sting and Fabri Fibra

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Having written much about Aleister Crowley and his influence upon pop-occulture, we will, herein, continue considering personage who have looked to the to mega therion / the great beast for inspiration. Find our previous articles on Crowley here...
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  • THE: Turkey Hill Experience (part 2)

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
  • THE: Turkey Hill Experience

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
  • 4th of July picnic at Parker Dam

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
  • [De]hydration issues while running

    Joshua Rhone
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Recent runs have been plagued by cramps (sometimes quite severe) and side-stitch, among other ills. Last week, in particular, was rough. On Tuesday, June 24th, for example, I decided to hit the trails after sitting through the annual business meeting for the Western Pennsylvania District of the Wesleyan Church. Granted, I’m not in ideal shape and I ran on a whim, without proper fueling and hydration. I was smart enough (or so I thought) to down 48oz of Gatorade before running. A hydration bladder filled with water and a couple of Kind bars, I assumed, would provide any needed fuel and…
  • Quiet

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:22 pm
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    Set Apart People

  • Are fruit trees excluded from the Sabbatical year command?

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    After our previous article about preparing for the Sabbatical year, a very thought and study provoking question was asked by a friend. The question prompted us to want to investigate if fruit trees were included in the Sabbatical year commandment, specifically regarding pruning and harvesting. The answer to this would also affect if we could buy fruit during this time. We understand, after this study that fruit trees are included in the sense that we are not to prune our fruit trees or harvest fruit during the Sabbatical year. Let us present you our findings. The commandment The first…
  • The Sabbatical year, why the poor remains poor

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
      In the previous article, The Sabbatical year, why the land must lie fallow ,we have shared with you why the land must be left to lie fallow. YHVH is the owner of the land; we are the stewards and are to do what He commands. Apart from that, we have learned how the land benefits from keeping this commandment by rejuvenating and regenerating itself. We then benefit from the crops that are produced. Without letting the land rest; the soil eventually dies and becomes barren. YHVH has another reason for us to keep this commandment, a very important reason, it is about debt and poverty. In…
  • The Sabbatical year, why the land must lie fallow

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
      We have just published an article about preparing for the Sabbatical year. In this article, we stated as it is written in Scripture, that the Sabbatical year is for the land. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why did YHVH give us an instruction to let the land rest? A good friend of ours, Joseph Dumond, recently published an excellent article answering this question. We have also put some of these principles in place, in view of the coming Sabbatical year, and although it has only been a couple of months, we are seeing results. It is exciting to see how YHVH’s principles work…
  • Preparing for the Sabbatical year

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Israel went into captivity because they did not keep the Sabbatical years. The time they were in exile was calculated based on the amount of years they did not keep it. Did you know that? You can read about it in 2 Chron 36:20-21 and Lev 26:32-34. Did you also know that this is the reason we are in the nations? You can read about that in Ezekiel 4:4-6. We are in exile, but the time of exile is over and YHVH is awakening more and more people to His truth. Many believers are returning to His ways. He is restoring many to His truth. Returning to YHVH’s truth means that we are to be…
  • Thoughts, the battle in our minds

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
      What are you thinking right now? What have you been thinking about today? Are you worried, thinking about the challenges you face or thinking about pleasant things, rolling hills and wild flowers perhaps? Our thoughts are important; it shapes who we are and who we become. If you dwell on negative thoughts, you will become negative and so perceived by others. Did you know that your thoughts play a role in your health too? Do you think that our thoughts can be controlled in any way? We will show you how our thoughts can be used by satan to make war against us on many levels. Let us start…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Lost Sheep and the New Evangelization

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    “I want to tell you something. In the Gospel there’s that beautiful passage that tells us of the shepherd who, on returning to the sheepfold and realizing that a sheep is missing, leaves the 99 and goes to look for it, to look for the one. But, brothers and sisters, we have one. It’s the … Read More →
  • FGG-029 Is Chivalry Dead?

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses the golden rule and how good manners have almost disappeared in this self-centered world we live in.  What can we do?  Tony offers some suggestions. Scripture:  Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.  Leviticus 19:18 … Read More →
  • The Devil on my Shoulder

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    An Old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.” One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility kindness, empathy and truth. The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which … Read More →
  • FGG-028 Who Do You Say That I Am?

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    In this podcast, Tony talks about the two questions Jesus asks of his disciples at Caesarea Phillipi.  They are just as valid today.  We need to ask the question, Who do you say that I am?  Our answer speaks volumes of our understanding of Matthew’s gospel. Scripture: When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea … Read More →
  • One Nation, Under God

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    “The world in which we live is the battleground of the Church. I believe that we are now living at the end of Christendom. It is the end of Christendom, but not the end of Christianity. What is Christendom? Christendom is the political, economic, moral, social, legal life of a nation as inspired by the … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass?

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    In reviewing my website analytics, I discovered that someone came across my blog after typing this question into Google. I just wanted to provide a big old YES! You can most definitely attend any type of mass as an RCIA candidate or even as a non-Catholic. The only thing you cannot participate in is receiving […] The post Can RCIA Candidates go to Daily Mass? appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul exhorts us to “Pray without ceasing.” Upon first read, that is a TALL ORDER! How in the world can we pray ALL the time? Don’t you feel as though you struggle to work in any prayer at all sometimes? You’re not alone! After a year of being a full member […] The post 4 Ways to Pray Without Ceasing appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Holy Dads, Holy Virtues

    6 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    As we buy our Father’s Day cards and gifts this June, many of us may be thinking about what makes our dad a “good” dad so we can find just the right card. No doubt, our dads have their share of failures, like all sinners, but I bet there’s at least one, if not countless, […] The post Holy Dads, Holy Virtues appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Review of “The Holy Longing”: In this life, all symphonies remain unfinished…

    26 May 2014 | 11:17 am
    I chose this book because the author, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, has captured my attention with his newspaper columns which show up periodically in my local diocese paper and from his bi-weekly emails. He is extremely intelligent in his approach to Catholicism, yet somehow also really cuts to the heart of the matter in a plainspoken […] The post A Review of “The Holy Longing”: In this life, all symphonies remain unfinished… appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 13 Things to do After RCIA to Keep Your Faith on Fire

    19 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    So you spent the last 9 months of your life going to weekly sessions to learn all about the Catholic faith, attending weekly mass and receiving special blessings. You got through the nerve-wracking first reconciliation and you made it through the long Easter Vigil finally confirmed in the faith and an official member of the Catholic […] The post 13 Things to do After RCIA to Keep Your Faith on Fire appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Parts is Parts: Compartmentalization & Holistic Christianity

    Andrew Sargent
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You are attempting the impossible,” the Dean said to me in 1992. “You can’t get a PhD, be a husband, father, and employee. If you manage to get the degree, you will not be human when it’s over.” That was the best advice I ever ignored. I got the PhD, alright and, during that hell ride, I raised four children whom I took primary responsibility to home-school. I bought a house that fell apart like its sole purpose was to devour me… I was forced to remodeled the whole thing with my own hands to protect my investment… top to bottom, inside and out,…
  • God Hates Divorce, But Should We?

    Andrew Sargent
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Living, as Americans, in a culture of divorce makes any dialogue on divorce and the Christian difficult. Indeed, any teaching set forward on divorce and remarriage will no longer be a marginal issue affecting only a small fraction of the Church, but will be tested in every conceivable way in every possible combination of circumstances by new converts and long-standing Christians alike. It is essential, therefore, that one’s position on this issue be as closely aligned with Scripture as possible, lest he either cheapen the institution of marriage, or unnecessarily bind earnest believers in a…
  • Who Put the Us in Genesis?

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In Genesis 1:26, we find, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 3:22 reads, “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” These are two of the most profound, yet debated, theological statements in the whole of Scripture—The nature of humanity’s image bearer status in creation, and the nature of humanity’s corruption as a species of sinners. These passages raise another question however. Who is the “us”? Who constitutes “our”? There are…
  • Why I don’t Read Christian Fiction

    Andrew Sargent
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I don’t read Christian fiction. As an Old Testament scholar, I have an affinity with message in story and, like many of the investigators in my favorite novels, I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes-iness of reaching back through the ages to discern the intention of those masters who wrote biblical narratives. Don’t be fooled by their brevity. Biblical story telling is rich with genius and subtly, with each tale functioning like a cog in a bigger machine, like a circuit in a much more complex computer, preaching the truths of the ages. Together they form a narrative mosaic that has impacted…
  • An Argument for Flexible Interpretation in Isaiah 44:18

    Andrew Sargent
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The identity of “HE” in Isaiah 44:18[1] is in the end a mystery, but the question itself and the journey that results from the pursuit of an answer is invaluable. Isaiah says of Idol makers and Idol worshipers, “They do not know; they do not understand because he plastered over their eyes so they cannot see, their hearts so they cannot understand.” Some claim that the “HE” is YHWH/God, others that “HE” is the deceived heart of the worshiper (there is no IT in Hebrew), and still others glory in the possibilities of “HE” as the idol or…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Summer Challenge: Springfield Armory

    Fr. Peter
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    From the Brochure: From its position at the crest of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River, Springfield Armory exerted a profound influence over the City of Springfield and the nation. It carried out the manufacturing, storage, repair, testing and development functions assigned by the United States Army. In doing so it stimulated technological innovation, encouraged improved manufacturing processes, and fostered increased use of laborsaving machines. All of this had an impact on American industry. So the Local Summer Challenge continues with a visit to the Springfield Armory in Springfield…
  • Healing of the Spirit

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    “If anyone among you is sick?  Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him.” James 5:14 There seems to be a fear amongst Orthodox for the Anointing of the sick.  Perhaps this is a throwback to the days when this Sacrament was, mistakenly, called “last rites.”  Because of this fear many of us will not call the priest when we are sick but rather I get the call to let me know that so and so was in hospital but is now home.  I think do for some they think I am the grim reaper coming to them rather than the one that brings the healing power of the Church. …
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here are the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls The Mendi Bible Enduring Hostility for Jesus’ Sake Sermon ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Colonial Terms Still in Use Summer Challenge ~ Adams National Historic Park Orthodoxy and Contraception Sermon ~ Not One Dot or Iota Will be Changed Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Wedding Sermon   The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee

    Fr. Peter
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    For the past few months, students at Washington and Lee University have been petitioning the University Administration to remove the Confederate Flags that are hung next to a statue of Robert E. Lee and also in Lee Chapel on the grounds of the University.  (After the Civil War, Robert E Lee became President of the University and after his tenure the name of the University was changed from Washington University to Washington and Lee.) I fully understand the reason behind the petition to remove the flags but at the same time I feel that the flags should remain right where they are. …
  • Summer Challenge: Seminary Ridge Museum

    Fr. Peter
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    I have been vacationing in Florida the past few days for a family reunion but the Summer Challenge Continues.  If you would like some background on the Summer Challenge, see this post.  Although the challenge was for local sites I could not pass up the opportunity to see the new Seminary Ridge Museum at Gettysburg and it was worth the trip. The Seminary Ridge Museum is located in the original building of the Lutheran Theological Seminary located on Seminary Ridge overlooking the Gettysburg battlefield.  This was the location where General John Buford watched the first day’s battle from…
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    Swami Mukundananda

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    -There are innumerable things in the world, and each thing has endless varieties. If you try to experiencing everything first before deciding that there is no happiness in it, your whole life pass in this endeavor.-There are people who run after money all their lives, and yet do not decide that it does not have the happiness they are seeking. Again, if you finally do come to the conclusion that the world is not a place of happiness, but the mind doubts whether or not there is happiness in God, then what will you do?-As human beings, God has bestowed us with subtle intellects that can make…
  • Importance of Human Life...

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    We, the Sadhaks (devotees) should always keep in mind that whatever good we are doing is all due to the grace of the Guru and God. Otherwise, we have been bound by maya, awfully attached to the wordly possessions, absolutely worthless, having hideous ideas, full of dirt and filth from time immemorial.If we are able to do something good, if a tear trickles from our eyes for God, if we have some good word and noble feeling for the Guru, we must conclude that it is all due to the Guru's grace.If he had not given us the spiritual knowledge, if he had not bestowed his love upon us, how could we be…
  • O My Mind!! This Golden chance of Human Life is passing away……

    19 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    Even Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar are under the influence of Time, then where do you stand? Having received this priceless human body which is desired even by the celestial gods, why are you wasting it in worldly pleasures? Like a deaf and blind person, you neither listen to saints nor see the reality of material world. You simply remain infatuated by the pleasures of senses. Now I will do, now I will start doing devotion, saying like this, you keep on procrastinating, for which you will have to repent. Jagadguru Shri Kriplauji Maharaj says that “Annihilation takes place within a…
  • O mind! Life is a matter of a few days only.

    4 May 2014 | 7:19 am
    अरे मन! चार दिना की बात......This human form is like a full moon night which will soon be over, and again the dark night will come. You are sleeping in ignorance, unaware of the fact that the passage of time is continuously shortening your life…You are not willing to leave your sleep, even though you are perpetually being beaten by the objects of your desires…..Once the opportunity to redeem yourself in this human form is missed, you will have to rotate in the cycle of life and death in 8.4 million forms of life. Then you will rub your hands helplessly…
  • Let us remember what our Guru has taught us!!!!

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

  • What Will You Do for Fame? (Verneda Lights)
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    King Solomon, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the 1990s, a very large, prestigious medical school and hospital system offered me the opportunity to partner with them. I was a solo internist/ entrepreneur who had labored for over a decade to run a financially solvent medical center. The opportunity to share some of the costs and have a guaranteed income was attractive. I really didn’t know if I should accept the offer, so I asked my Dad for his opinion. His response was swift: “What are you willing to give up?” Amazed, I realized…
  • How to Get Ready to Live Your Real Life (the One God Planned) (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay You Have an Assignment God has a purpose for every life on Earth, but not every life on Earth cares about God’s purpose for their lives. Like Jonah, who ran away from his assignment, and was swallowed by a whale that delivered him to his destination anyway, Christians often run away from their earthly assignments. Perhaps people don’t want to hear the voice of God because it is frightening. He knows and sees everything and is everywhere equally at all times, so with Him, ain’t no such thing as privacy. Like Hebrews 4:13 says: “All…
  • The Word for Today Is #Exasperate (Verneda Lights)
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    Frustrated (Photo credit: cellar_door_films) Fathers are uniquely able to influence the lives of their children because they are close-by. According to what’s in his heart, a father wields good or evil influence over his children. Whether physically absent or emotionally distant, fathers maintain proximity to their children because children think about their fathers and have expectations of them. Children rightfully expect to have a nurturing relationship with their fathers. They expect food, protection, and affection. These desires are deeply embedded in the hearts of children. The…
  • The Word for Today Is #Fatherless (Verneda Lights)
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    HAPPY FATHERS DAY (Photo credit: Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography) Fathers protect their families and communities. When fathers are absent, children are more likely to drop out of school, experiment with drugs, and spend time in jail. Biological fathers help to procreate, but good fathers actively guide and teach their children lessons that will make them builders of families and society rather than destroyers of both. Good fathers also correct and discipline their children in ways that will help them increase in wisdom and strength. Unfortunately, millions of fathers are absent from…
  • The Word for Today Is #Compassionate (Verneda Lights)
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    On this Earth, there is no lack of mean-spirited thoughts and actions. Whether watching the TV news, reading the papers, trying to move up at work or network in a church, there’s no escaping back-biting, gossip, and cruelty. Compassion has lost expression in the minds and hearts of parents, children, teachers, legislators, and the police. People who don’t love God, don’t know what love is. Compassion rests far from the heart that doesn’t love. The Bible instructs us in loving-kindness, sympathy, humility, and compassion. Compassionate people are willing to step…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • The Evolution of the Selfie

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    I was waiting at Gate C23 of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, excited about visiting family in Syracuse, and somewhat impatient to get the flight going, when I witnessed the most peculiar of human conditions…The Selfie.Passengers were filing out of a plane which just landed, hauling heavy carry-ons which (let’s be honest) should’ve been checked, but who the heck wants to pay $25 per bag? I could tell each was tired from the flight and eager to get somewhere, when out of nowhere, the exodus from the plane came to a screeching halt. A tall teen wearing basketball shorts exited…
  • Tapping Into My Spiritual Michonne

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    For a month or so, I turned my back on God.My interior grew dark, so much so, I found prayer impossible. Not only did I neglect my daily conversation with Him, I abandoned all efforts towards charity – indulged in selfishness at the expense of my neighbor’s happiness. I could not feel His presence, so I turned to earthly pleasures to make me feel whole. I knew I was displeasing Him through my behavior, but such knowledge failed to faze me.I was committing spiritual suicide, and I barely cared.Looking back, I realize I was under spiritual attack. Who would’ve thought demons would take…
  • 8 Way to Kick Domestic Violence's Ass

    24 May 2014 | 5:22 am
    I have nothing to write about this week. I prayed for inspiration, and God didn't deliver. Maybe next Saturday, but in the meanwhile, I wanted to share this essay written by a good friend - words I believe are too important to be ignored. Her blog, My Inner Chick, is a beautiful collection of writings, many of which are dedicated to the memory of her sister, Kay, who was murdered by her husband. Ladies (and gentlemen): if you're being abused, don't wait until it's too late to seek help. Get out.8 Way to Kick Domestic Violence Ass (Before it's Too Late)By Kim Sisto Robinson1. Observe the…
  • God's Horse

    17 May 2014 | 9:36 am
    Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting?He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray.He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing. He does not shy away from the sword.The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance.In frenzied excitement, he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.-         Job 39:19-24 One thing I noticed about God over the years…He tends to be…
  • The Lonely (Catholic Girl) Hearts Club

    10 May 2014 | 5:19 am
    I named my blog Catholic Girl Problems with one specific problem in mind…love.Or finding love, rather.I remember the good old days when I would meet a guy, think he was cute, have a few things in common with him, flirt to show my interest, he’d ask me out and…well, you know the rest. Even the worst days were good, all because of love. Time spent without him was filled with the anticipation of seeing him again, topped only by the bliss of finally being in his presence. Seeing him, hearing him, smelling him – all of these pleasures and more made life sweeter.Oh, how I miss those…
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  • Traditional Eid Dresses, Clothes and Outfits For Women [Abaya and Salwar Suit]

    Ashutosh Kumar
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Traditional Eid Dresses for Women: Eid-al-fitr , is celebrated with a big feast at the end of holy month of ramadan is one of the major events in Muslim community. The festival is celebrated mainly in middle-east and south asia with various traditions. One of which is to wear new clothes.  Eid Dresses and Eid Clothes for Women The day when everyone wear new clothes is Eid. The day which is celebrated traditionally […] The post Traditional Eid Dresses, Clothes and Outfits For Women [Abaya and Salwar Suit] appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Happy Friendship Day Cards to Wish Your Friends

    shobhit pandey
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Friendship Day Cards : Friends are undoubtedly the precious gift of our life and to sustain and increase the worth of that gift it is necessary to keep up the trust and nurture the bond of love . That’s the main reason we celebrate Friendship Day. Friendship Day Cards Gallery There are many ways of expressing our love and best wishes for friends , […] The post Happy Friendship Day Cards to Wish Your Friends appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Facts about Christmas in July[Infographic] –

    Ashutosh Kumar
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Christmas in July: We all know the exact date of the arrival of Santa in our home i.e. December 25. Yes, Christmas fall in the month of December. But do you know a fact that when you enjoy a chilling weather in December, countries in the southern hemisphere experiences the hot wave. Despite this fact these […] The post Facts about Christmas in July[Infographic] – appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Happy Friendship Day Images ,Pictures , Wallpapers

    shobhit pandey
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    Friendship Day Images: Friendship Day is the day of friends , generally celebrated to dedicate friend. Friends play the vital role in our life . Friends share all ours ups and down in life . Things that can’t be shared with parents can be shared with friends . It is a band that tie two […] The post Happy Friendship Day Images ,Pictures , Wallpapers appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
  • Eid Gift Ideas for Friends, Family Members and Colleagues

    Ashutosh Kumar
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Eid Gifts : This year people will celebrate eid-al-fitr on 28th and 29th of July. Hope you are also preparing for the festival. One of the most important thing for eid is a gift. Eid gifts shall be presented to all dear and near ones. If you are searching for the gift to present to your mom, dad, uncle, aunt, husband, wife, brother, sister, […] The post Eid Gift Ideas for Friends, Family Members and Colleagues appeared first on Fest-ChaCha.
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    Happy Eid Mubarak SMS, Messages, Greeting Cards

  • EID Mubarak Messages in English and Hindi

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    On the auspicious occasion of EID ul Fitr, many people would like to set EID Mubarak Wallpaper on their computers and mobiles. So here we present you the best EID mubarak wallpapers that you can download and use it for free.Downloading a EID mubarak wallpaper is similar to downloading EID greeting cards. Simply select the EID mubarak wallpaper you desire, right click the mouse and select 'save image as...' That's it!! You have the best EID mubarak wallpaper on your machine.If you want to send EID wishes to your loved ones, we have EID mubarak SMS in Hindi and EID mubarak text messages. Make…
  • EID Mubarak Text Messages 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Now it is time to share the best EID Mubarak text messages for 2014. Unlike EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi or EID SMS in English, EID Mubarak text messages tend to be a bit longer and more appealing to the users. So here we present the best EID mubarak text messages for you so that you can copy paste and send them to your family and friends on the auspicious occasion of EID ul Fitr 2014.If you are more interested in EID Mubarak greeting cards, then we have them too, you can download and send them for free. Anyways lets come to the point of sharing the best EID mubarak text messages to greet your…
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