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  • Letters to an Atheist: Read an Excerpt

    Patheos Articles - Roman Catholicism
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    "If you reject God and embrace atheism because you sincerely believe God is not true and atheism is, then you do not reject God, for God is truth."
  • Shooter of Amish Horse Gets 1-2 Years

    Amish America
    Erik/Amish America
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    To hopefully close the book on an awful story, the Lancaster County man who shot and killed an Amish-owned horse has been given 1-2 years in prison, plus probation (hat tip to commenter City Slicker): According to testimony at Diggs’ March preliminary hearing, Diggs was a passenger in his own car when the horse was shot last Nov. 24 […]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
  • Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

    IslamiCity Articles
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    It does not seem to occur to mainstream Islamic religious leaders that perhaps their understanding and practice of Islam is at fault. That perhaps they should begin to try different solutions, adopt different attitudes, and cultivate different viewpoints.
  • Malawi: MSCM Calls the Clergy to Analyze Federalism

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    [Malawi24]Muslim Supreme Council of Malawi (MSCM) has called the clergy in Malawi to properly analyze the consequences of federalism before calling the general public to adopt the system of government.
  • Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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    Nell Minow
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Filmed as though it was almost entirely one long, stunning, audacious, breathless and breathtaking shot, "Birdman" (subtitled "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance") explodes with ideas and visions, adopting the language of dreams to explore and upend the very idea of storytelling.Michael Keaton plays a character in superficial ways like Keaton himself. He is Riggan, an actor who has undertaken at least three impossible tasks at once. He has adapted the acclaimed but notoriously difficult and difficult to adapt Raymond Carver collection of short stories, What We Talk About…
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  • Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Nell Minow
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Filmed as though it was almost entirely one long, stunning, audacious, breathless and breathtaking shot, "Birdman" (subtitled "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance") explodes with ideas and visions, adopting the language of dreams to explore and upend the very idea of storytelling.Michael Keaton plays a character in superficial ways like Keaton himself. He is Riggan, an actor who has undertaken at least three impossible tasks at once. He has adapted the acclaimed but notoriously difficult and difficult to adapt Raymond Carver collection of short stories, What We Talk About…
  • John Wick

    Nell Minow
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Copyright Summit Entertainment 2014This is a movie directed by two stunt men, which means it is pretty much a first-person shooter video game projected onto a movie screen. But that also means that it is directed by people who really know stunts and the kills on screen (reportedly more than 80) are on display for maximum effect. It delivers exactly what it promises, with a couple of surprisingly sharp and witty touches that lift it above the usual bang bang. There aren't many movies where the funniest line is the way a character says, "Oh." And I loved the idea of a very high-end,…
  • YouTube Duo Pen New Comedy Book

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Tyler Stanton and Tripp Crosby (Benbella Books)You may not know Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton by name, but chances are you have  seen one or more of their many comedy videos posted on YouTube. Better known as Tripp & Tyler, the two have worked together and separately on various projects since 2006. Much of their work can be seen on YouTube where the comedy sketches and parodies have over 23 million views and the pair have over 65,000 subscribers. When they are not creating stull online, they are performing it around their home in Atlanta, Georgia.Today, an announcement was sent regarding…
  • Farming and Stress - Starting The Conversation

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I want to share with you a wonderful blog Farming, Stress, Starting The Conversation written by Kim Keller, co-founder of Farm At Hand and a third-generation farmer. Kim gave me permission to share her story with the world and though it’s been shortened, it speaks to everyone’s heart.“Today as I write this, I am a farmer, feeling every stress that every farmer feels. I want to talk about some of the very real stress and emotions that go along with rolling the dice every Spring when it’s time to put that seed in the ground. What sparked the thought of writing this post was not only…
  • Movie Mom Birdman

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
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    Catholic Exchange

  • St. Crispin’s Day for Catechists

    Richard Becker
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Tomorrow is St. Crispin’s day – yes, that St. Crispin’s day. The one forever enshrined in Shakespeare’s Henry V. It’s not on the universal calendar as far as the Church is concerned, but it’s definitely on the universal calendar of those with any kind of literary bent. The St. Crispin’s day speech in Shakespeare’s play […]
  • Helping the Poor With Our Loud Actions

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    October 26, 2014 First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Actions speak louder than words. We can say all sorts of things about how much we love God or how faithful we are to him, but unless our hands and feet follow what our mouths are saying, it’s just hot air. Nobody likes a hypocrite, which is […]
  • Scripture Speaks: The Greatest Commandment

    Gayle Somers
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Today, a Pharisee tries to test Jesus. Even though he was a legal scholar, his question reveals a stunning ignorance. How? Gospel (Read Mt 22:34-40) Jesus stirred up animosity against Himself among religious leaders by teaching several pointed parables about the kingdom of Heaven. In our reading today, a Pharisee, “a scholar of the law,” […]
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    Michael Lichens
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The theme of today’s first reading is to live the vocation we have received. By Baptism, our vocation is to love others. This also continues from the earlier verses of our Gospel from Luke 12:35-53, where Jesus talks about the need to remain vigilant and faithful followers, and that there might come a time, when […]
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    Michael Lichens
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “Silence is not classified as a virtue, but it is the atmosphere in which virtues develop. At the same time, it is a sign of their maturity. Thus, just as we know that when the golden spikes of wheat appear in the field, the grain is ripe, so also, when a virtue is tinted with […]
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    Phil Cooke

  • Why Your Message Needs to Find a Mobile Audience

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As of January 2013, there are more mobile devices in the world than people.  (In India, there are more mobile devices than toilets, but that’s another blog post entirely.)  The question becomes – is your message available on mobile platforms?   Are your short films, videos, sermons, teaching, blogs, or whatever else available via mobile? […]
  • It’s Time to Point With the Sword of Truth Instead of Chopping

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    One of my favorite quotes is from writer Anne Lamott: “You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth, you can point with it too.” In the age of the internet, most of us do a lot of chopping and not enough pointing. In the best instances, we’re upset and trying to right […]
  • Christian Media: Who’s Doing it Right

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    From time to time I’m asked “Is anyone doing Christian media well?” It’s a good question, since so many are doing it badly. I often joke that I want to create a Museum of Bad Christian Media, but I can’t find a building big enough. But the truth is, many are doing it right. So […]
  • The Houston Sermon Subpoenas and How Christians Should Respond

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    It started when Fox News broke the explosive story: “The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, or gender identity. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.” The Houston Chronicle reported it began with Houston’s new non-discrimination […]
  • When Hiring Your Family Is the Smart Thing To Do

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    When I wrote a recent post about nepotism, I received a lot of feedback – particularly on my Facebook page – from people defending hiring family members. It’s true that family-run businesses have a great track record. In my defense I did mention that I’m not 100% against hiring your children, plus I wrote that “In […]
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  • 'No Gay Civil Rights, We are Ready to Go to Jail' Say Michigan Pastors at Capital Press Conference

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Contact: Stacy M. Swimp, 313-848-7569, DETROIT, Oct. 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Hundreds of Michigan Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps on the State Capital in Lansing, Michigan to hold a press conference in opposition to the growing movement within the Michigan Legislature to amend the State's Civil Rights Act- Elliott Larson- to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. "We, the undersigned Christian Pas Source: Stacy M. Swimp
  • Viguerie's New Video Focuses on Women Voters and National Security

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Contact: Bob Sturm, 703-392-7676; Kassandra Smith, 703-489-9124 MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Richard A. Viguerie, conservative direct marketing pioneer, Chairman of, and author of "TAKEOVER: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It," and Chairman of Fed Up PAC today announced that the PAC has released a new get-out-the-vote video "Who Will Keep Us Safe?" 65 Second Version = 35 Second V Source: American Target Advertising and ConservativeHQ
  • The Adventure Behind the Adventures

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Contact: Mark Rasche, 619-971-5416 SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Everyone likes a good adventure! And no one understands this better than Pat Roy, the creator, writer and producer of the Jonathan Park Creation Adventure Audio Series. But little did Mr. Roy know that the ensuing 14 years of production would be filled with its own behind-the-scenes adventure when it was first launched in 2001. Jonathan Park originated at the Institute for Creation Research when Pat Roy fi Source: Creation Works
  • Unregistered Baptist Fellowship, (UBF) Approve a Resolution to Support Houston Pastors, and Condemn the Attack by Officials in Houston Texas

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    30th Anniversary of the Unregistered Baptist Fellowship Meeting at Victory Baptist Church PADUCAH, Ky., Oct. 20-22, 2014 Contact: Dr. Wiley S. Drake, 714-865-8132; Dr. Greg J. Dixon, 317-414-3478 PADUCAH, Ky., Oct. 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Dr. Wiley S. Drake: RESOLUTION ON THE HOUSTON PASTORS' SUBPOENAS Whereas, the City of Houston, Texas has elected its first openly Sodomite (lesbian) Mayor, Annise Parker, and; Whereas, the City Council of Source: First Southern Baptist and Messianic Fellowship
  • Grey Street Studios Moves to New Location

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Contact: Shannon Rose, 813-389-0801 TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Grey Street Studios' owner Brian Swartzwelder announced that the company has acquired new office space in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The office, located in the Urban Landing building at 300 4th Avenue South, features over 600 sq. ft. of open commercial space in addition to a 100 sq. ft. wrapping balcony offering panoramic views of the downtown area. "This new space will allow us to continue to grow Source: Eclectic Media PR
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • May prayer guide us as we face today’s dilemmas

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Those who live in close proximity to their basic values are apt to agonize over choices that other people, drifting over the surface of their lives, might never even see as problems. Sound values raise tough choices; and tough choices are never easy. – Rushworth M. KidderHow Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living
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    Company of Prayer
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Those who live in close proximity to their basic values are apt to agonize over choices that other people, drifting over the surface of their lives, might never even see as problems. Sound values raise tough choices; and tough choices are never easy.”
  • Help me, Lord, to appreciate the depth of my calling

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In the workplace, employees will spend roughly half their waking hours working and living in the environment you create as the leader. There is a lot at stake and people are counting on you. The role of the leader is a very high calling. – James C. HunterThe Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
  • When I feel forsaken, may I be reminded that God’s plan for me is bigger than what I am currently facing

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Jesus’ life didn’t go well. He didn’t reach his earning potential. He didn’t have the respect of his colleagues. His life wasn’t long. He didn’t meet his soul mate. And he wasn’t understood by his mother. Yet I think I deserve all those things because I am so spiritual. – Hugh PratherSpiritual Notes to Myself
  • Lord, I rely on your light

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, American psychiatrist
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Prisoners Pictures review exploring science and propaganda amid conflict

    Frédéric Lemaître
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    A photography exhibition in Frankfurt examines first world war propaganda attempts to stir revolt among Muslim soldiersOf all the exhibitions on the first world war, Prisoners Pictures, at Frankfurts Historisches Museum, is one of the smallest, but also the most unusual. Starting from a collection of 15 photographs of African prisoners of war held in Germany, it explores the connections between science and propaganda during the conflict. The pictures were found at the Frobenius Institute, named after a leading German ethnologist, but no one knows why they were taken.The portraits five…
  • Prisoners' Pictures. Science and Propaganda in the First World War - in pictures

    Neil Willis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Photography exhibition at Historisches Museum in Frankfurt examines a first world war attempt to use propaganda stir up revolt among Muslim soldiers Continue reading...
  • Diwali: festival of lights - in pictures

    Matt Fidler
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Diwali also known as Deepavali and the festival of lights is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn. As the main night of Diwali arrived, we select some of the best images from around the world. It is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji Continue reading...
  • US priests' tap-dancing duel video

    Guardian Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Two priests the Rev David Rider and the Rev John Gibson stage a tap-dancing duel in front of a crowd at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The dance-off was filmed by journalist Joan Lewis in April but has since gained hundreds of thousands of views on social media Continue reading...
  • Pope's fine words on homosexuality are useless while the Catholic church still calls it a sin | David Marr

    David Marr
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Pope Francis has offered optimism on gay rights since his election but nothing has emerged from Rome except respect and sensitivity I am still bound for hell. Nothing the bishops discussed in Rome over the past few weeks will save me and my kind from damnation. They considered some soft rhetoric but never questioned that sex between men must remain a grave sin.Commentators around the world, straight and gay, have shied away from this. So delighted were they by talk of the church welcoming gay people and recognising their gifts and qualities that they spoke of a sea change in Rome. Continue…
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    It does not seem to occur to mainstream Islamic religious leaders that perhaps their understanding and practice of Islam is at fault. That perhaps they should begin to try different solutions, adopt different attitudes, and cultivate different viewpoints.
  • We need to know more, but the "experts" aren't helping

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    They may know a few choice Arabic words (Sunni, Shia, Jihadi, etc.) and can use a few of them in a sentence. But experts, they are not. I'm sorry to sound elitist, but some guy who made a fortune in real estate and happened to be elected to Congress is not ...
  • Our Souls Turned into Weapons

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    And wars don't end. They go on and on and on, inside the psyches of the ones who fought and killed. War's toxins hover in the air and the water. Landmines and unexploded bombs, planted in the earth, wait patiently to explode.
  • The Missing Context: 'Islamic State' Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The entire American nation-building experiment was in fact a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country's army, entire official institutions and the construction of an alternative political class that was essentially sectarian.
  • God as the Only Creator

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    One of the most compelling messages of the Qur'an concerning architecture is that God is the only Creator; the rest is His creation unable to match His power, competence and creativity.
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • ISIS imposes new education rules on Iraq, Syria

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Quapan) Middle East (MNN) -- There's a cultural revolution going on. Words like that bring to mind Iran, Russia, and China…but it's underway right now in territories controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, explains, "They want to be a state. They want to be a nation. They established a court system there, government structure. They established a way to hand out food to the needy, and now they're establishing an education system." Last month, ISIS declared the start of the academic…
  • Disaster recovery updates

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin lurking just off the northeast coast of India at peak intensity.(Image courtesy NOAA, caption courtesy India (GFA/MNN) -- Last October, India's eastern coast experienced the worst cyclone it had seen in 14 years: Cyclone Phailin. The storm damaged or destroyed 800,000 homes, and many people lost every earthly possession they owned. Recovery efforts, initiated and carried out by believers in the affected areas, are putting Christ's love into action. Phailin Recovery Right after Phailin struck, Gospel for Asia (GFA) teams responded with…
  • Paradise Bound seeks to purchase airplane and multiply ministry

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guatemala (MNN) -- The average person doesn't replace their car every two years. But the average vehicle used by Paradise Bound Ministries in Guatemala only lasts two to three years because of bad road conditions. Because of the immense growth Paradise Bound has seen in Guatemala, they have an extensive network of lay pastors to serve. No longer is traveling by road sufficient or efficient. (Image by Paradise Bound Ministries) Since April, the staff of Paradise Bound has been asking for your prayers regarding an aviation program. Dan Smith of Paradise Bound shares some exciting updates with…
  • Islamic State expansion and ripple effects

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Current military situation as of October 20, 2014. The gray-shaded area signifies Islamic State territory.(Map obtained via Wikpedia) Middle East (MNN) -- Evidence of Islamic State expansion is mounting. The terrorists are continually advancing, broadening their physical footprint, and U.S. officials said yesterday that ISIS is "the world's wealthiest terrorist group." In addition, their transition from shocking acts of terror to widespread societal reform carries troubling implications. How will this Islamic State reformation affect ministry in Muslim nations? We asked Bruce Allen of…
  • Flood destroyed everything, AMG brings aid

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pakistan (AMG) -- Editor's Note: Christina Javed is a national worker with AMG International in Pakistan who is involved in various ministries such as providing free legal aid to poor Christians and distributing food to families in need. The following is an AMG update from Pakistan: Recently, Pakistan experienced heavy monsoon rains and severe flooding that affected many families. In the name of Jesus, Christina Javed and her team were able to distribute 70 food packs to 70 families who were devastated by the flooding. They were also able to share the story of the woman at the well from the…
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  • "Intolerant views should be eliminated."

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Post: "Intolerant views should be eliminated."Response: I saw this statement yesterday in the comments of some news about a Christian... and no doubt we all increasingly see these kind of statements frequently posted around the Internet. IN fact, these are the kind of statements where I have seen people receive hundreds of "likes" on progressive-leaning news websites like Huffington Post, especially when they are talking about the views of theologically conservative Christians. It really appears that the persons who make such declarations, and their followers, fail to see the sheer irony in…
  • Book Review: Jonathan Edwards (Christian Biographies for Young Readers) by Simonetta Carr

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Christian Biographies for Young Readers series introduces children to key figures from church history. Author Simonetta Carr and illustrator Matt Abraxas offer a compelling and beautiful historical account of the life of each Christian figure profiled in the series. To date, the series includes volumes on John Calvin, John Owen, Augustine of Hippo, Athanasius, Anselm of Canterbury, Lady Jane Grey, John Knox, and now, Jonathan Edwards.
  • The Four Stages of Man

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Adrian ReynoldsIt is always helpful for the preacher to be thinking through to whom he is preaching in terms of their spiritual state. Thomas Boston is helpful here with his fourfold state, picking up on Augustine:Primitive integrity, i.e. pre-fall – in Augustinian terms, able to sinEntire depravity, i.e. post-fall, pre-conversion, not able not to sinBegun recovery, i.e. regenerate, able not to sinConsummate happiness (or misery), i.e. glorification, unable to sinIt will not have escaped your notice that we are not preaching to either (1) or (4). However, chances are we are preaching to…
  • The Top 10 Books for Elders - Professor David Murray

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Today I’m listing my Top 10 Books for Elders, with the recommendation that elders read at least one of these books on eldership every year. Why not do it together with fellow-elders? Obviously there are various church polity models represented here, but I hope you’ll find much to learn about eldership from each of the various traditions.1. The Shepherd Leader by Timothy WitmerI agree with Pastor Al Martin that this book should be required reading for all elders/pastors. Crystalizes the elder’s work around four verbs: Knowing, leading, protecting, providing.Also see Witmer’s The…
  • "Your Website is Biased and Prejudicial"

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Visitor: "Your website is an exercise in biased and prejudicial thinking.  Your stated mission and posted writings show a consistent pattern:  label something, then throw it into either the "good theology" bin or the "bad theology" bin.  I suppose this method and habit of thought provides you and many of your readers with a sense of security, but to me it is not the way of love.  It is the way of division, judgment, and prejudicial rejection---the very things Jesus spoke out and acted against.  Your view of the Bible is somewhat ironically not supported by the text itself, and to me…
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  • American Freed By North Korea Arrives Home

    Scott Neuman
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who was arrested in North Korea in May after allegedly leaving a bible in a club for foreign sailors, arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this morning.» E-Mail This
  • The Yarmulke Comes To 3-D Printing

    Lauren Katz
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Using math and imagination, a college professor creates a new kind of kippah.» E-Mail This
  • Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

    Sylvia Poggioli
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.» E-Mail This
  • Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

    NPR Staff
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.» E-Mail This
  • Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

    Micah Schweizer
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    In 1856, Mormons walking to Salt Lake City, dragging wooden carts, got stuck in a blizzard. Each year, thousands of Mormon teenagers return to that site to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.» E-Mail This
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  • New network focuses on testimonies of Messianic Jews

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new television network has launched with the goal of providing a platform for Jewish believers inside Israel.
  • Army vet makes battle against ISIS personal

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Mississippi man was so incensed by the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terrorist group that he paid his own way to Syria to fight against it.
  • Schools challenged on their radical bathroom policies

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A legal group that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith has sent letters to school districts in three states telling them to reject policies that would allow students to use bathrooms reserved for the opposite sex.
  • Activist: 34M green cards = demise of America

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    An immigration enforcement activist argues that the Obama administration's reported plan to issue upwards of 34 million "green cards" to illegal aliens after the election would ultimately destroy America from within.
  • Does being an annoyance justify taking someone's life?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In what many in her home country consider to be some of the most heinous crimes ever committed on their soil, Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali has been arrested and charged with mercilessly murdering at least one elderly patient and possibly 38 more at her hospital in Northern Italy.
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  • Women of Grace Conference

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I had the privilege of speaking at the Women of Grace Conference this past weekend. What a lovely group of ladies. I went there to bless them but came away very much blessed myself.  Truly an honour and a wonderful experience. I shared on three verses: Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:20 and Proverbs 31:25.  The first about considering the field that their ministry is in, the second about helping those who are in need in their communities and the third about confidence and assurance and also knowing where and how their families fit into God’s plan for them. Thank you ladies, and in…
  • Meeting the needs of others

    21 Apr 2013 | 4:53 am
    Debbie and I hadn’t seen each other in many years.  We’ve both had our trials and challenges during that time of not seeing one another. But we reconnected about a year or so ago when I saw her post on the Facebook page of the Christian radio station I love to listen to.  Turned out she’d remembered the station from when she used to work for me many years prior, and when looking for something more uplifting on the air, she turned the dials till she found what she was looking for. Yesterday, she and her son, Joel, came here to visit. She’d sent me a message via…
  • Interview on 20Twenty

    10 Dec 2012 | 10:16 pm
    If you heard me on Vision Radio or the show 20Twenty and came looking for the book and more information, you’ve come to the right place. I was delighted when Neil rang me and asked for an interview… two in fact!  One about each book I’ve written and published: “Worth More Than Rubies: The Value of a Work at Home Mum” and “It Happened By Design” which is about a series of real life God-incidences by 30 different authors. I invite your comments and questions and am more than happy to engage in conversation. Perhaps you have been wanting to work from…
  • Sad day, reflection on society?

    27 Sep 2012 | 4:46 pm
    Today is a sad day in the city of Melbourne.  A 29 year old woman, who was an employee of one of our media services disappeared early last Saturday morning, while walking on her way home from a night out with her colleagues. She only had 800 metres to walk. She’d twice refused a lift home from one her colleagues.  Who knows the reason why.  Her husband was waiting for her at home. In the past couple of days it’s come to light that she was seen on the pavement by video cameras inside of shops with a man who was talking to her.  This morning it was announced that a man had been…
  • Mother’s Day not far away

    13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 am
    Mother’s Day is coming round once again.  Is this something you look forward to, or something you dread?  Do you have a mother you look up to or resent? Do you have children who look up to you or, for some reason, dislike you? For my own part, Mother’s Day is tinged with both sadness and happiness. I have 4 lovely daughters that I get to spend time with and usually get spoilt over lunch or dinner and with lovely gifts.  But I lost a son 33 years ago whom has never gotten to know me as his mother, at least not here on earth.  A step-daughter we lost over 3 years ago.  And a…
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    Religion News Blog

  • Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

    Religion News Blog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    London's Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise. Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is possessed often resort to physical abuse in order to try and get the spirits to leave. Full story: Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK
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    Religion News Blog
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Join 14,200+ people (and one plagiarist) who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed. Full story: @religionnews Twitter Feed
  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    Religion News Blog
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly. This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand. Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend
  • Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Religion News Blog
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids. The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult's property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute. Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry. Full story: Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news
  • 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
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    Religion News Service

  • Take the quiz: How post-Christian are you?

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    (RNS) About four in 10 Americans are "post-Christian" -- it takes a wedding or funeral to get them into a church. Take the quiz to find out if you're one of them. The post Take the quiz: How post-Christian are you? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    (RNS) When pushed, the four in 10 "churchless" Americans would likely check the "Christian" box on a survey, even though they may not have darkened the door of a church in years. The post Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis blasts supermax prisons as ‘torture’

    David Gibson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis also took aim at practices that have been hotly debated in the U.S, such as the so-called "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects to other countries. The post Pope Francis blasts supermax prisons as ‘torture’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases

    Trevor Grundy
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) "How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?" asked Archbishop of York John Sentamu. The post Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Puerto Rico gay marriage ruling sets up a potential federal conflict

    Richard Wolf
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    (RNS) "Ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage," U.S. District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez ruled. "Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries." The post Puerto Rico gay marriage ruling sets up a potential federal conflict appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Nobel Peace Prize to Malala! Here are three videos including a song by Laal

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    by Salman HameedAfter years of court cases, it looks like the construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is about to start (see this earlier post: Thirty Meter Telescope Inching Towards Final Approval). Yes, I'm an astronomer, but I do feel a bit sad about native Hawai'ians who have been fighting to keep this large telescope off of Mauna Kea. It is a complicated issue at the intersection of economic development, science, colonial history, power imbalance between the interested parties, and questions of the sacred. Perhaps, appropriately, the groundbreaking ceremony for the telescope…
  • Moon Sighting or Moon Fighting?

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    by Salman HameedLast last year, I had conversation with Akif Khan of Rationalist Society of Pakistan on the topic of lunar calendar controversies amongst Muslims in some countries (not in all places, as some do use calculations. I think Turkey is one of those countries). In any case here is the conversation (yes, it goes for half-an-hour). This is timely as we have Eid here tomorrow. So along with this video, Eid Mubarak!And much thanks to Akif Khan and Pakistani rationalists.
  • Video Contest for Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Public Education

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    by Salman HameedThe Eqbal Ahmed Centre for Pubic Education is soliciting 8-minute videos for on the topic of Pakistan: How to Make a Better Society. And yes, you can get a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and your work feature in the Karachi Literature Festival in February 2015.Here are the details from the EACPE website:------------------The competition seeks to raise awareness and encourage activism on important social issues, and encourage the use of new media in Pakistan.Submissions for 2014 may deal with any of the following:Citizenship: What are the rights and responsibilities of…
  • Sachal Studios Orchestra plays Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    by Salman HameedFor your Sunday evening, here is a fascinating interpretation of Beatles' Eleanor Rigby by Sachal Studios Orchestra: Eleanor Rigby - Sachal Studios Orchestra (Lennon - McCartney) from Sachal Music on Vimeo.Sachal Orchestra shot to fame through their phenomenal rendition of Dave Brubecks' Take Five (you can see the video here). And if you want more, you an see their recent (June) performance with Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Here is Blues Walk:
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    Uploads by American Bible Society

  • Orphans Video

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Orphans Video From: American Bible Society Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 00:42 More in Sports
  • Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Panel 1 David Damrosch & Lydia Liu David Damrosch and Lydia Liu host a Q&A at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 34:33 More in Sports
  • Panel 2 Robert Alter & Adriane Leveen

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Panel 2 Robert Alter & Adriane Leveen Robert Alter and Adriane Leveen host a Q&A at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 31:12 More in Sports
  • Lydia Liu at the Nida Symposium 2014

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Lydia Liu at the Nida Symposium 2014 Lydia Liu responds to David Damrosch's lecture at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 34:40 More in Sports
  • David Damrosch

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    David Damrosch David Damrosch lectures on World Literature, National Markets at the Nida Symposium at American Bible Society on Friday, September 19, 2014. From: American Bible Society Views: 28 0 ratings Time: 41:35 More in Sports
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    Sikh Sangat News

  • BJP leaders took stand against ’84 genocide says lawyer HS Phoolka

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Bathinda, Punjab: Contrary to the claim of Congress Deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, Captain Amarinder Singh, mentioning the involvement of the BJP leaders too in the 1984 Sikh genocide, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, HS Phoolka, who is fighting longest legal battle to get justice for victims of 1984 Sikh genocide said that only small time leaders of party had then joined the Congress and were involved in Sikh genocide whereas the BJP leaders, including former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Madan Lal Khurana and others took a strong stand against the…
  • SGPC to stick to 12-minute fireworks display

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Unable to zero in on a “pollution-free alternative”, the SGPC is left with no option but to curtail the timing of fireworks at the Golden Temple complex on the occasion of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas. Talking to The Tribune, Darbar Sahib manager Partap Singh said they had already reduced the duration of fireworks to 12 minutes. He said the SGPC had been looking for “smokeless firecrackers” for the past three years, but in vain. It was in 2011 that the SGPC first reduced the time of fireworks from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. In 2012 too the fireworks display was for…
  • Badal opens first phase of Golden Temple plaza

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: On the eve of Diwali, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal dedicated the first phase of the Golden Temple plaza to the people, with the promise that his government was committed to making Amritsar a heritage city. “The heritage city project is in the pipeline. Like all major projects, it will take time to put it on track. However, we have already begun the groundwork,” Badal told the media after inaugurating the plaza on Wednesday. The CM, who was accompanied by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said…
  • Faith preserved, Guru’s sacred robe restored

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Chola Sahib, the 400-year-old sacred robe that sixth Sikh Guru wore on the first Bandi Chhor Diwas in October 1619, has been restored close to another Diwali. Guru Hargobind wore the 52- tailed cloak on the day when he liberated 52 Hindu kings along with self from the Gwalior prison of Mughal emperor Jahangir and returned to Amritsar on Diwali, which Sikhs celebrate since as Bandi Chhor Diwas (day of liberation). Preserved at Ghudani Kalan, a village near Amritsar, the relic was restored by the team of conservator Namita Jaspal. “This fabric of faith dates back to the…
  • Sergeant-at-arms hailed as Canadian hero for shooting dead terrorist.

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Canada: Kevin Vickers has vocally supported Canadian Sikhs right to wear Kirpan in Parliament. The man being hailed as a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman in Canada’s national parliament is Kevin Vickers, who, as the holder of the post of sergeant-at-ams, is officially responsible for safety and security within the grounds of the building. The role’s ceremonial element has resulted in something of a public profile for Vickers – in black robes, he carries a ceremonial gold mace into the House of Commons before every sitting. But he also has very real powers in relation to controlling…
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    Century Blog

  • New today: Lost in a sermon, Christian wedding mills, why black American theologians went to India

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    22 Oct 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
  • 8 Tips for Using Visuals in Worship

    Ruth Everhart
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Visual images are powerful. We are surrounded by images used to influence our behavior as consumers. What is the role of the church in using images? More than five years ago I wrote about the connection between computer icons and iconography. read more
  • Why black American theologians went to India

    Sarah Azaransky
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Ebola outbreak is centered in three West African countries where almost 4,500 people have died; 17 people have been treated for the disease in Europe and North America, most of whom are health and aid workers who contracted the disease in West Africa. Americans are vigorously debating whether to place a travel ban on anyone trying to enter the nation from affected regions. Advocates of interreligious engagement—through their willingness to move across dangerous boundaries—show us how exchange does not necessarily beget vulnerability; it can bolster our humanity. read more
  • Ugh, Christian wedding mills

    Steve Thorngate
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you hear about the for-profit wedding chapel owners in Idaho who are claiming a constitutional right (pdf) to refuse services to same-sex couples? From Marci Glass's entertaining post:I hate to be the one to point this out to the Reverends Knapp, but they are not, in fact, pastors of a church. They own a wedding mill. read more
  • Questions and answers

    Ryan Dueck
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Among the more delightful and rewarding tasks of managing a blog is dealing with the blight upon digital existence that is spam. My blog platform’s spam settings are usually pretty reliable, but occasionally either a legitimate comment is labeled spam or something gets through that shouldn’t. read more
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    FeedBlitz News

  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

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

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

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

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation. Yet Solomon's Ethiopian Tourism Organisation is…
  • Pope brands life in prison a hidden death sentence

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Pope Francis on Thursday branded life-long prison terms "a hidden death sentence" in an attack on "penal populism" that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture. In a wide-ranging speech to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, the pontiff said believers should oppose life-long incarceration as strongly as the use of capital punishment. "All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty -- whether it is legal or illegal and in all its forms -- but…
  • Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. "He…
  • Pope condemns extraordinary renditions in law talk

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • UK recovery slows as GDP rises by 0.7% - live

    Graeme Wearden (until noon) and Nick Fletcher (now)
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Live coverage of the first estimate of UK gross domestic product in the third quarter of 2014Growth figures released <- coverage starts hereWhy GDP is a blunt instrument 2.59pm BST US new homes sales are due, with a month on month fall of 6.8% expected.Before making too much of new home sales (10 am ET), remember: small sample & high volatility. Aug confi interval for m/m was +/-16%. 2.46pm BST Wall Street is open and despite disappointing results from Amazon, markets are moving higher, helped by good gains by Microsoft after its figures.The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 49 points…
  • Rochester and Strood byelection campaigns: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Full coverage of the Rochester and Strood byelection, including background to the campaign and todays developments 2.58pm BST And heres the Conservative HQ in Rochester.Tory HQ in Rochester 2.33pm BST According a post that Laura Pitel has written for the Timess Red Box email briefing, Ukip are using a new IT campaign tool in Rochester for the first time.[Ukip] has spent two years on a campaign system that is being rolled out for the first time in Rochester. Built by a programmer for Lloyds investment bank and designed for use on iPads and smartphones, it combines…
  • Candi Station webchat  post your questions now

    Guardian Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Shes the soul star loved by everyone from Elvis to Will Oldham, who saw her career resurrected by a song she recorded for a weight-loss documentary. Post your questions for Candi Staton, and shell answer them from 10.30am BST onwards on Monday 27 October 2.50pm BST To many people, Candi Staton is known purely for You Got The Love, a song whose durability is almost ridiculous. Originally recorded as an 80s funk jam for the soundtrack to a documentary about the worlds fattest man, it was mashed up with Frankie Knuckles Your Love in 1991 to create a rave classic, then remixed in 1997 as…
  • Why you should never, ever wash your jeans (unless you really, really have to)

    Richard Vine
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    What do winners smell like? Dirty jeans or so say some manufacturers of raw denim who claim that not washing your jeans will make them last longer. But what on earth do you do when nobody wants to come near you any more?Most clothes come with simple washing instructions which Id hazard most men interpret as pick quickest setting, use same for everything, hope for best. Raw denim on the other hand comes with much starker diktats. For anyone whos invested in* (*forked out for) a pair of raw jeans, youre confronted with a whole new attitude to washing basically, dont do it.Take this from Hiut…
  • The Championships six most influential players | Louise Taylor

    Louise Taylor
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    From Nottingham Forests injured inspiration Andy Reid to the prolific Chris Martin at Derby and Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn, the second tier has plenty of players crucial to their teams hopesIt may seem a little strange to cite a player currently sidelined by groin trouble expected to keep him out until the new year but Forests Reid-related statistics are compelling, emphasising that he remains a class apart in this division. Continue reading...
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants

    Marcy Oster
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nominations have opened for a prize recognizing Israel’s outstanding immigrants from English-speaking countries. The Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize was established by the aliyah organization to recognize “outstanding Anglo olim — veteran and recent — who embody the spirit of modern-day Zionism by significantly contributing to developing the State of Israel,” according to Nefesh B’Nefesh. A panel of committee members will award $10,000 prizes in six categories: Science & Medicine; Education; Community & Non-Profit; Young…
  • Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

    Marcy Oster
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    (JTA) — Lawyers for a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent who is accused of concealing a conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel asked a federal judge to bar references to terrorism at her trial. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is set to go on trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Nov. 4, for failing to disclose her terror attack conviction in her immigration papers Odeh, the associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, faces up to 10 years in prison for lying about her past in order to immigrate, and could be stripped of her U.S. citizenship. She was…
  • Abdullah blasts Israel to appease Qatar, Egypt, Israeli envoy hints

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested King Abdullah’s allegation that Israel kills Arab children en masse owes to pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. Ambassador Daniel Nevo offered the commentary in an interview which aired Friday on Army Radio about the accusation that Abdullah leveled at Israel earlier this week during the king’s meeting with Jordanian lawmakers. “If, as we are fighting radical Islamist groups as a coalition, they are slaughtering children in Gaza and Jerusalem every five minutes, then it’s impossible,” said Abdullah II of Jordan, who…
  • Danish health director: No reason to ban milah

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    (JTA) –Denmark’s national health authority sees no risks to justify recommending a ban on the non-medical circumcision of boys, the body’s director said in parliament. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s director-general, Else Smith, made the statement during her address at a debate in the Danish parliament on Wednesday on the custom, which two Danish parties and the kingdom’s children’s ombudsman support banning because they find it violates children’s rights. The Politiken daily quoted Smith as saying that while there is insufficient evidence to justify…
  • European rabbis seek laws against anti-Semitic hate speech

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    (JTA) — European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws that target specifically hate speech against Jews. The call was made in a resolution passed Thursday by the standing committee of the Conference European Rabbis, or CER, which convened this week met in Tbilisi, Georgia. “We call on additional countries to follow the example set by France and Germany, and devise legislation that targets hate speech against Jews specifically,” CER President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt told JTA Friday. “It is something that few countries have but is necessary in light…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print.  I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project. The book begins with five chapters on the nature and the works of God, which is a revolutionary way to begin an account of the Christian life. The reader’s attention is immediately directed not to the ups…
  • Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    The doctrine of the Christian life –that is, a theological account of what it is to exist as a Christian– is a wonderful part of theology, but also one that is open to distortions in two directions. In one direction, the doctrine can become overly practical, and get reduced to a kind of applied spirituality. In modern culture, that usually means the gravitational pull of psychology and self-help will begin pulling it downward toward a naturalistic understanding, toward a set of techniques, tips, and best practices for the management of immanent possibilities. When the doctrine of…
  • Theology and California: The Book

    Fred Sanders
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    I’m pleased to announce the publication of a strange, new book: Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Ashgate, 2014), edited by Jason Sexton and me. It’s available in hardcover for your libraries, softcover with a gorgeous cover photo, and e-book for portability. As Kevin Vanhoozer asks back-handedly on the back cover, “Theology is faith seeking understanding –yes, but of California?” Yes, of California. This book of essays is the result of several years of collaboration in a project called Theological Engagement with…
  • The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate

    Scriptorium Admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Torrey director Dr. Paul Spears discusses “Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate” with Dr. Adam Johnson.  Moderated by Dr. Fred Sanders. The post The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Where to go to Church

    Greg Peters
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It recently came to light that the inimitable Billy Graham said that if he could do it all over again, he would be “an evangelical Anglican.” Such a sentiment immediately caught the attention of evangelical Anglicans everywhere: we could have both J.I. Packer and Billy Graham playing on our team? Then it sunk in: if he could do it all over again he would be an Anglican. Graham, enjoying his twilight years, does not appear to be contemplating a “conversion” to Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he sees something in Anglicanism that makes him think that it holds promise and Anglicans everywhere…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Diwali - Keeping the Light Burning

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Source GUYANA, October 18, 2014 (Guyana Chronicle, by Cecil Ramkirath): Deepavali (or Diwali), the Festival of Lights, is one of the most enchanting and beautiful festivals that adorn the Hindu calendar. It commemorates the beginning of the Hindu New Year and there is an unmistakable element of fun, laughter, excitement, reunion, and heartfelt felicity associated with the celebration. And why not enjoy and have some fun when the harvest season has ended and the financial books are closed. Diwali originated in rural India as primarily a harvest festival, a time to give thanks for a bountiful…
  • India's Diwali Festival Lights up Hanoi

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Source HANOI, VIETNAM, October 19, 2014 (Vietnam Plus): The Indian Embassy and the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam co-organized the Diwali festival in Hanoi on October 18 in a bid to provide the local audience with an insight into the land, people and culture of India. The event offered an opportunity for Indian people to show their respect for the Goddess Lakshmi - a symbol of happiness, prosperity, beauty and faith in the victory of the fight between good and evil. During the festival, Hanoians were enthralled by both traditional and modern dances, culinary arts, and interesting…
  • Nataraja Statue Sent to "Idol Centre"

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Dharma Festival in the Royal Garden on August 30

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    SourceSWEDEN, September 18, 2014 (source): I was just passing by the Kings Garden on August 30 and saw a wonderfully ornate scene surrounding the garden pool. It was my longtime friends "young Swedish Dharmis and Ashavaner ([Zoroastrians]" in Stockholm, who had organized a festival to demonstrate how Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Zoroastrian religions operate in the world. "Dharma" is a concept in several Indian thought systems, with varying significance. It is about the religious, ritual, secular and economic duties under the Vedas, which is famous age-old Indian scriptures. The Royal Garden was…
  • Daily Inspiration

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    SourceWhatever defect I have in my sight, in my heart or mind, may God amend! May he, the Protector of the world, bless us!-- Yajur Veda 36.2
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Cheshvan (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tonight at sundown, when we enter into Shabbat, we will also enter into a new lunar month. On the Jewish calendar, we're about to begin the month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is an empty month. A blank slate. An open expanse. It is the only month which contains no Jewish holidays (aside from Shabbat) and no special mitzvot. Some people have the custom of calling this month Mar-Cheshvan, "Bitter Cheshvan," because after so many weeks of feeling ourselves to be in God's presence, we enter into a whole month with no festival opportunities to feel that closeness. Some rabbis (me included) joke that…
  • A glimpse of 1977 (Velveteen Rabbi)
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    When I traveled to San Antonio over the summer I brought back a bag of old photographs, which I am slowly digitizing, a few at a time. Many of the photos are undated, so I have to guess at when they were taken. This one, though, says "1977" on the back. I'm grateful for that piece of metadata. It tells me that in this picture, I am two going on three, and my mother is only a couple of years older than I am now. This was taken in the backyard of my childhood home. That house was made of limestone, with a roof made out of red clay tiles in the Spanish style. I remember that gate around our…
  • A poem about the name no one can know (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    SECRET NAMENo one knows the name I was givenby the one who taught me Torahin my mother's womb. The tapon my philtrum hid it from mealong with the mysteries of splendorthe secret of mixing fire and waterthe spiced air of Eden.When this deployment is throughand I stand before the ThroneI will not be askedwhy I was not Zusyabut did the names I earnedlive up to my very first namewhich only the angels can speak? Turning again to Luisa A. Igloria's poetry prompts, I accepted the one for the 21st: Write a poem about your secret name(s). There's a midrash which holds that an angel teaches each of us…
  • Tools for new beginnings (Velveteen Rabbi)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    "This Shabbat is Shabbat Bereshit," I say, "the Shabbat when we begin the cycle of Torah readings again with 'In the beginning...' -- or 'With beginnings...' -- or perhaps 'As God was beginning...'" I'm speaking aloud to those who've come for Friday morning meditation at my synagogue. My eyes are closed but I know who else is in the room. "It's a time of new beginnings for us too. What will we need as we enter into this new year?" I let the question float for a moment. "Imagine that you're standing at the bottom of a flight of stairs," I say, "and at the top there is a door. Walk up the…
  • String theory (Velveteen Rabbi)
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    It's a good thing my rabbinic smicha wasn't contingent on my sewing skills. That was the thought which kept going through my head as I struggled with carefully snipping seams (without snipping fabric), placing careful stitches to keep the seams from unravelling further, and then stitching four squares of folded fabric to make reinforced corners. I am not a seamstress, so this pushed the limits of my sewing capabilities. My stitches are far from beautiful or even. But they're functional, and that's what matters. Then I lined up threads in groups of four -- three short, one long -- and pushed…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Living in Books – getting lost

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    On display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent Belgium. Functional books! Here I am again quoting from a post in Brainpickings. Yet again. This quote comes from an essay called “Flight” by Rebecca Solnit, in her collection of essays “The Faraway Nearby” The following is taken from A Book Is a Heart That Only Beats in the Chest of Another: Rebecca Solnit on the Solitary Intimacy of Reading and Writing Like many others who turned into writers, I disappeared into books when I was very young, disappeared into them like someone running into the woods. What surprised and still…
  • There’s more to silence

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    With memories of a rule of silence (self-imposed). Sealed lips. Exposed rowdy mind! Few mention advanced silence. Silence while talking singing, writing. Laughing, sculpting.
  • On silent retreat – day one

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Lovely to receive comments on last post. Thank you, thank you. I’ll hold off responding while I join in the retreat for the next couple of days. When I’m not sitting I’m working in the kitchen – peeling spuds, chopping apples, drying pots and pans and other such kitchen work. This change of pace and the recent rain is most welcome. Temperatures are dropping and the snow on Mt. Shasta is doing the same. Down to tree line if I remember when I last glanced at it.
  • Reflections of a reformed reader

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    I read books once pre monastic years ago. A time when physically holding something still, a book, for extended lengths of time wasn’t tiring or stressful. Or at least didn’t notice! The other day I bought two books on a whim at a charity shop and I’m nearly through the second one. No serious consequences physically or in other way that I can tell. The difference from then to now is this. I’m not devouring the books, I’m savouring them, taking small bites and chewing well! Taking in just a few pages at a sitting and not rushing on skimming lengthy descriptions to…
  • Age Does Not Define

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In 1975 four sisters stood together poised and elegant, youthful. Each year they came back together to poise in front of a large format camera (nothing digital about these black and whites). Now forty years later this remarkable set of documentary photographs have been gathered together into a book. These images talk of that which is ageless while at the same time tell of human life and of our mortality. Spell binding to view. When exhibited in Spain viewers openly wept apparently. Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us…
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  • A Halloween horror story : What was it? Part 4

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We’re getting ready for Halloween this month by reading the classic horror stories that set the stage for the creepy movies and books we love today. Every Friday this October we’ve unveiled a part of Fitz-James O’Brien’s tale of an unusual entity in What Was It?, a story from the spine-tingling collection of works in Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, edited by Darryl Jones. Last we left off the narrator, Harry, tried to fight off a mysterious creature fighting him in his bed. His friend Hammond had just come to his rescue. Hammond stood holding the ends of…
  • Coded letters reveal an illicit affair and a woman of substance

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    When an old friend told me he had saved the former Edward Everett Hale house in Matunuck, Rhode Island from demolition and gifted it to a local historical society with an endowment fund for its restoration, I remembered there was a significant collection of E. E. Hale letters at the Library of Congress that might throw light on the house. How could I have guessed this would lead me to uncovering the revered minister’s decades-long love affair with a forgotten, much younger and truly remarkable woman named Harriet E. Freeman? First I had to unlock the code the writers used in passages…
  • Navanethem Pillay on what are human rights for

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today is United Nations Day, celebrating the day that the UN Charter came into force in 1945. We thought it would be an excellent time to share thoughts from one of their former Commissioners to highlight the work this organization undertakes. The following is an edited extract by Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from International Human Rights Law, Second Edition. I was born a non-white in apartheid South Africa. My ancestors were sugarcane cutters. My father was a bus driver. We were poor. At age 16 I wrote an essay which dealt with the role of…
  • Understanding viruses

    Julie Fergus
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The reemergence of the Ebola epidemic provokes the kind of primal fear that has always gripped humans in the face of contagious disease, even though we now know more about how viruses work than ever before. Viruses, like all living organisms, are constantly evolving. This ensures that new viruses and their diseases will always be with us. For thousands of years, people knew little about the “plagues” that afflicted them and, despite the impossibility to define causality, there were many attempts to explain how they happened. Thucydides wrote in the History of the Peloponnesian War during…
  • Ripe for retirement?

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    In 1958, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., the US ambassador to the United Nations, summarized the role of the world organization: “The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace.  Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.”  Some 30 years later another ambassador expressed a different view. “In the developing countries the United Nations… means environmental sanitation, agricultural production, telecommunications, the fight against illiteracy, the great struggle against poverty, ignorance and…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • the attributes of the lovers

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Allah the Most Glorious, at one stage during The Ascension (Me’raj) informed the Prophet (s) the following:"As for the happy way of living, it is that in which the person is not tired of remembering Me, does not forget My bounties, and does not ignore My rights (on him). He seeks My pleasure day and night. The ever-lasting life is realized when the person works for his spiritual benefit until the world loses its significance for him, and looks small in his eyes. The hereafter becomes great for him.He gives preference to My pleasure over his own desire; seeks My pleasures; thinks the right…
  • Healing with the 99 Divine Names - Self Healing Tips for Any Day

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Healing comeswhen we choose to walk away from darknessand move towards a brighter light.~ Dieter F UchtdorfIn the Name of the Real Owner of All Sublime Names in the Heavens and the EarthIn a very enigmatic Sign of the Quran, Allah the Most Sublime Majesty is transmitting to us, "All that are in the heavens and on the earth entreat Him (in their needs). Every (moment of every) day, He is in a new manifestation (with all His Attributes and Names as the Divine Being). ~ The Quran 55:29"Drawing on that hint that the Real is manifesting ever renewed in every moment and in understanding of the…
  • Tomae Notun Korey Pabo Boley - Only to Find You Again and Again

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    And I, the Divine Creator, did not create the beings of other dimensions and mankind except to worship Me. ~ The Quran 51:56To serve or to worship any being, one first need to know or recognize that being. Gnosis (marifa) is a prerequisite to serve God. Thus a positive interpretation of the above verse is that God created man to first recognize God and then to serve / worship God. Otherwise that service is incomplete or has not reached ihsan or station of excellence.Every action of man has its highest fulfillment when that action is for the Lord (fi sabilillah), the Most Sublime, the Most…
  • Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    an imaginal portrait of the companions of the cave According to contemporary Islamic Scholar and expert in Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran Hosein, Surah al-Kahf, the 18th Chapter of the Quran is the quintessential Chapter to access the sacred knowledge of the later days or last age. This subject is known as 'Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman.While reflecting on the 18th Chapter of the Final Testament, the Qur'an called al-Kahf or the Cave, it becomes clear that there both the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Permanent Autonomous Zone are to be discovered in that brilliant…
  • This Being Unconditionally Grateful

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    ..1..You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more.~ Morpheus to Neo in the movie MatrixHave We not shown man the two ways?But he has not attempted the way of ascent..~ The Quran 90:10,11Verily, We showed man the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful - the choice is his.~ The Qur’an 76:3..2..thisbeingunconditionallygratefulisthe secretingredientsthatmakelife - thisbeing…
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    Evolving Beings

  • What Does it Mean to Meditate & How to Do It

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Meditation is an age-old practice that has been a part of our human journey and evolution for millennia; most likely from the very beginning of our journey on this planet. In fact, when we examine the entire multitude of living beings on this planet, it can even be reasoned that many, if not all, of them meditate. How we will understand this, of course, will all depend on how we understand the practice of meditation itself. In this essay, we will explore the many sides of meditation and how to do it for optimal mind, body, and spirit benefits. In modern times, we may hear about the various…
  • 62 Beneficial Effects of Nature for Healing and Evolution of Mind, Body & Spirit

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    We've all probably heard to some degree that nature and time in nature is good for us. But we may not realize just how good nature truly is for our psyche and physical state of being. Every time you are in nature you benefit in a multitude of wellness areas. Regularly spent time in nature has profound benefits for every part of our physical, mental, emotional, social and psychological well-being. Here are 62 reasons to inspire and motivate you to make time spent in nature a priority in your life for personal healing and evolution. How you experience each of the below mentioned benefits will…
  • What Will My Parents Think? — The Rite of Liberation

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The connections we have to our parents, or to those whom we consider our guardians, run deep and have profound consequences for the course of our lives. It is natural to be guided by our parents' approval and live based on their expectations when we are young children. It is after all first from them that we learn about ourselves and our world. However what greatly limits the quality of our life is if we don't transition into our own way of living and being as we grow into adults. In this essay we will explore the challenges of living based on the expectations of our parents, and the…
  • Submit Your Story!

    1 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    Do you have an inspirational story to share about your personal awakening or evolution? Have you overcome some personal life challenge or shift in consciousness? Were you motivated to change your life and improve your well-being? Share about your journey and inspire others, by participating in the Evolving Being in Action series. Thank you for your interest in sharing your story to help and inspire others along their personal journey of awakening and evolution. Below are the guidelines for submitting your story. Guidelines for Submissions: Share your story in the following format and…
  • Relationship Challenges: When to Hold On and When to Let Go

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

  • The new wave of book banning: Poverty and class

    John B. Chilton
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Some folks don't want kids reading reality-based portrayals of poverty and class: More worrying, however, is the recent rise in efforts to get books banned that cover poverty and social class. At a time when rising inequality and the demonisation of poorer people (both in the UK and the US) is commonplace, such attempts to remove books that depict the reality of life for people who are struggling should concern us all. Numerous studies have shown that reading about people, issues or circumstances unfamiliar to us can engender empathy – in times of acute social and economic divisions this…
  • Spelling out end of life views: a spiritual act

    Ann Fontaine
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Compassion & Choices to make medical aid in dying open and accessible in California. The enormous response to Brittany’s powerful story reflects the public’s overwhelming support for death-with dignity – 70% of American’s polled. Desmond Tutu, Gene Robinson, former ABC Carey and Episcopal Health Ministries have made this issue more public with their support. Death with Dignity Press Conference: Political, religious community leaders who support Death With Dignity in California will meet Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the City Hall South Lawn, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles.
  • Case dropped against first Ugandans arrested under anti-gay bill

    Jim Naughton
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Vox has the good news: The Chief Magistrates Court in Uganda has dismissed charges against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa, two LGBT Ugandans charged with engaging in homosexual sex acts. Mukasa, a 19-year-old trans woman, and Mukisa, a 24-year-old gay man, were arrested earlier this year for violating section 145 of Uganda's Penal Code Act of 1950, which criminalizes sex "against the order of nature." This was the first time anyone in Uganda had stood trial for this "crime" since the country's Anti Homosexuality Bill was signed into law in February. In August, the law was nullified on a…
  • Episcopal leaders support repeal of casino gambling in Massachusetts

    Jim Naughton
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Episcopal Church leaders are at the forefront of the campaign to repeal the legalization of casino gambling in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports on an interfaith prayer service last night at Harvard University's Memorial Chapel: The Rev. Luther Zeigler, Harvard’s Episcopal chaplain, sounded arguments frequently voiced by casino critics, insisting that the industry preys on the poor and fosters crippling gambling addictions while selling the “false hope” of job creation and an economic boost. “Please do not believe these promises,” he said. Bishop Doug Fisher of the Diocese of…
  • Episcopal Church making uneven progress in repenting of racism

    Jim Naughton
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Last night at St. Philip's Cathedral, Episcopalians in the Diocese of Atlanta attended a service of repentance and reconciliation in response to the sin of racism. In a pastoral letter announcing the service, the Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, the first African American bishop of the diocese wrote: "The history books tell us The Episcopal Church in the U. S. and Georgia is not innocent concerning racism. Though we as the church have been called to live differently and been given the spiritual power to accomplish this calling, the church has actively participated in and profited from the…
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    Emergent Village

  • Are Illuminated Mirrors Really Better?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When you are looking for the perfect mirror for your bathroom you may encounter a new designer-style mirror that looks ideal for the smallest room – the illuminated bathroom mirror. The reviews for this product sound excellent, and the mirrors certainly look fresh and contemporary. But is it really worth buying one of these mirrors over a standard mirror? Are illuminated mirrors worth it? Here we investigate the advantages of a lighted mirror for your bathroom. Direction and Strength of Lighting It is important to be able to see your face clearly when you are shaving or applying make-up.
  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Information on the R22 phase out If your office or home uses an air conditioning system that is still running on R22 then there is some information you need to know about the upcoming R22 ban. You have probably received notification that R22 is being phased out but what do you need to do next? The air conditioning installation company Breeze Installations inform us about the R22 phase out. All About The R22 Phase Out R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is widely used in air conditioning systems. However the substance contains chlorine which is an ozone depleting substance. The law…
  • Your Buying Guide for the Perfect Dining Table

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    As you begin to shop for your next dining table there are some things that you should be considering to make it suitable for your personal needs and preferences. Keep in mind that the table is not just a place to serve food; it’s where many memories for your family and friends will begin. You’ll be able to find tables that have different shapes, colors, and styles all within your budget if you do plenty of good research ahead of your purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the points that you should consider in your quest for the perfect dining table. Shapes to Think About You’ll want…
  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to revamp your current address, there’s always something exciting about the prospect of new furniture. The things we surround ourselves with in our homes can have a big impact on the way the place looks and, ultimately, on the way we feel when we’re at home. For this reason, it’s important to get things right. An increasing number of us are finding ourselves buying flat-pack furniture, or furniture which needs to be assembled when it arrives. This is certainly far more convenient to buy, and often more affordable,…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • God Is In Control - Revisited

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

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Fr. Tom Reflects on Kevin Allen’s Retirement

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    As many know, Kevin Allen recently announced his retirement from his interview program, Ancient Faith Today. After listening to an interview Ancient Faith Radio did with Kevin announcing his departure, Fr. Tom shares his own thoughts on the state of American Orthodoxy.
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    Jewish Treats

  • The Power of Shabbat

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Jewish life ebbs and flows around the celebration of Shabbat. The days of the week are labelled by a count toward Shabbat (Sunday is Yom Rishon, the first day; Monday is Yom Shaynee, the second day, etc). Fast Days (other than Yom Kippur) are rescheduled so that the celebration of Shabbat will not be compromised by the sadness of the fast. Indeed, with the exception of the fast of the tenth of Tevet, even Friday fasts are rescheduled.Shabbat is referred to as a gift God gave the Jewish people from his treasure room (Talmud Shabbat 10b). The gift is far more than a day off from work, a day to…
  • Celebrate Shabbat

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Make the celebration of Shabbat a priority in your life.
  • The Bread of Shabbat

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Challah, known to some as "Jewish bread," is one of the essential elements of the Shabbat table. Each of the three Shabbat meals begins with the blessing over two loaves of Challah, which are then cut and shared with all present.Bread has special significance in Judaism. It represents the great potential that God put in the world. Bread begins as a seed, grows into wheat (which is still inedible), is winnowed and ground before it is transformed into flour and then dough, which is then baked into bread. All this from a small kernel of wheat! Because of its stature as the “staple” food, the…
  • Bake It Tonight

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Try your hand at baking challah in your own kitchen (a wide variety of recipes are available online).
  • Nuts Today

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Nowadays, nuts are often in the news. While packed with a nutritious punch, they are a source  of great concern to those who may be allergic. Today, in honor of National Nut Day Jewish Treats presents Jewish thoughts on one of the most popular species of nut, almonds (sh’kaydeem in Hebrew).The first biblical reference to almonds is found in Genesis 43:11, when Jacob includes almonds among the items that the brothers should bring as a gift to the Viceroy of Egypt (Joseph): “Take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down to the man a present, a little balm, and a…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands

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

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

    Jeff Lindsay
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his talk in Cantonese (see the news story at the Salt Lake Tribune). Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong made history as he gave the first General Conference sermon in a language other than English. We had the pleasure of meeting him a while ago in Shanghai--very kind and interesting man. Later Elder Eduardo Gavarret gave his talk in Spanish. Awesome!I look forward to hearing some talks in Mandarin in the future. English will continue to dominate the leadership of the Church, but it may become a minority language among…
  • A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan

    Jeff Lindsay
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of others tourists visited the popular site of Kiyomizu-Dera, where an beautiful ancient temple sits on a lofty hill overlooking Kyoto. As we departed the crowded site, we noticed a quiet little detour from the exit path leading to some iron gates. Curious, we continued and entered into what I felt was the most spectacular view of all in this area: the Kiyomizu-Dera Graveyard, where thousands upon thousands of cremation remains are marked with tombstones that stand like little skyscrapers over a vast city of…
  • Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help!

    Jeff Lindsay
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Meridian Magazine is launching a series of articles reviewing the detailed reasons for accepting Wadi Sayq at Khor Kharfot in the nation of Oman as the best candidate for the ancient Book of Mormon site of Bountiful in the Arabian Peninsula, one of many intriguing examples of Book of Mormon evidence. The story of the discovery and basic exploration of this site is remarkable, and the evidence so far stands as some of the most impressive factors supporting the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, or at least its opening chapters.Yet there are still many questions. A genuine archaeological…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • What I learned in the 2014 readers survey

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to participate in my first-ever readers survey. The survey was intended to help me learn a little bit more about you and how I can better serve you through this blog. Here are a few of the key content-related findings:Post frequency: The vast majority (88.8 per cent) think the amount of content is just right.Why it matters: This is helpful to know since it apparently means I’m not overwhelming the majority of you with daily posts. A few people suggested an increase in frequency, which I found fascinating, but because I need to sleep sometimes, I’m…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Book deals for Christian readersHere are a whole pile of Kindle deals to get you started (note, most of these are academic references, but books you’d likely want in your library):Understanding the Koran by Mateen Elass—$2.99Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson—$2.99 (US only)Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts—$3.99The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe—$5.98Ephesians by Clinton Arnold—$5.99Gum, Geckos, and God by James Spiegel—$5.99Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat—$2.99Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary—$5.99An Introduction…
  • What do the attacks in Ottawa mean for us?

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yesterday, something most Canadians never imagined possible happened: a gunman shot and killed 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, as he served as part of the ceremonial honor guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. The gunman, identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau1, then moved toward Parliament itself, where he continued his attack where he injured at least two more people before he was killed.2Wednesdays events mark the second such attack on Canadian soil in the last week. On Monday in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Warrant…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Expulsive Power of New AffectionDan Kassis, a voice-over artist in Spring Hill, TN, recently recorded Thomas Chalmers’ sermon, The Expulsive Power of New Affection, as a birthday gift for his pastor. He’s since made it available for $3 to raise funds for The Bridge’s relocation efforts. I’d highly encourage grabbing a copy of this, as well as keeping your eyes open for more recordings of great sermons and essays from Dan in the future.God Is in the Grocery AisleLindsey Carlson:It’s sad, but sometimes I allow the food in my cart cart to label me. If I walk down…
  • Why it’s good to disagree with your past self

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    It never fails. You write something, you put publish it, share it, do all the stuff you usually do with a blog post… And then, a few years later, you come back to it for some reason, and realize “Wow, I’m not sure I agree with that anymore.”When this happens, I actually get pretty happy. Though it might seem strange to say, I don’t want to agree with everything I’ve written over the last six years. Why? Three reasons:1. I’m not the same person who wrote it. Someone told me you’re the same person you were five years ago except for the people you…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Shia LaBeouf is a Christian Man

    Mary Valle
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Shia LaBeouf just made a movie, Fury, where he plays a WWII soldier whose faith gets him through war. Something happened during the filming. I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it. It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. But wait. There’s more. I had good people around me who helped me. Brad [Pitt] was really…
  • Meet Black Judaism

    Sam Kestenbaum
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Wentworth Arthur Matthew was the most influential black rabbi of the 20th century. Chief Rabbi Matthew led the historic community of the Commandment Keepers in Harlem, established a rabbinical school, and over the course of a few decades shaped a distinct Jewish practice, known today as Black Judaism. Matthew’s disciples, Black Jews, are all over the country—sometimes interacting with the larger Jewish world, but often living deeply observant lives separate from the mainstream. Black Judaism is hardly the largest black religious movement to emerge in the last hundred years. There…
  • Wednesday Winkses

    Mary Valle
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Maybes you should twy payings me sometimes Good mornings! Time for your Wednesday Winkses on this wainy days! Sorry, sometimes I dictate to my dog, Ginger, and I always wegrets regret it. Fwankwies, sometimes I just don’t have time to type all this stuff. I fink I catches most of her dogspeaks, though. Happy Diwali! India’s festival of lights has many trawditions like rangoli — designs made out of colored sand to honor the goddess Lakshmi. See some examples here. Feast your ears on some chalgi Baghdad music, which lit up family gatherings, coffeehouses and wewigious…
  • Halloween: Your Questions, Answered

    Mary Valle
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This altar is pretty great, though, don’t you think??!?!? Halloween’s origins lie in the Celtic mists of carved turnips, bonfires and celebrations of life and death. It’s always been a fun/spooky time of year since, of course, the flipside of  harvest is utter desolation and fleece socks. The Irish brought Halloween to America, where it became a children’s holiday. Tots were free to wear handcrafted costumes, wander cutely and collect treats, which were sometimes even homemade before the Halloween Candy Panic. Halloween, like so many things, then became bigger and…
  • Synod ’14: Schism in the Air

    Mary Valle
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Controversy broke out after the recent Roman Catholic synod when Pope Francis declared that members of the flock should be more welcoming to homosexuals, divorcees and cohabiters. Some conservative Catholics  have been upset by these statements. The word “schism” is in the air. What if there were a schism? As in all divorces, the main question is “Who owns what and who gets it?” Since individual parishes are owned by dioceses, schismatics could end up holding Tridentine Masses in former Methodist churches that now house public charter schools, in rented multipurpose rooms stuffily…
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    On Being Both

  • Being Both: The Paperback

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

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

    Susan Katz Miller
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Two blog posts this week hinted at the struggle many interfaith families, and many Jewish families, have with the intimidating length and inaccessibility of traditional High Holiday services. In The Forward‘s interfaith advice column, I responded to a woman who feared these services would alienate her interfaith husband from Judaism. And over at Kveller, a mother admitted she was not going to require her children to attend services, even though they are an otherwise deeply-engaged Jewish family. One response to such questioning has been to blame those who are disaffected: if you only…
  • High Holidays with an Interfaith Community: 2014 Edition

    Susan Katz Miller
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Each year, I have taken to posting a set of links to Jewish High Holiday (or High Holy Day) services designed by and for interfaith families. Of course, many such families now feel welcome and included at progressive services in Jewish communities around the country. But there is still something different, and deeply moving for many of us, about gathering with an intentionally interfaith community. Of course, you don’t have to be in an interfaith family to attend these radically inclusive services. At our services in Washington DC, for instance, you will find curious people of other…
  • 7 Ways for Interfaith Families to Find Community

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This year, I posted my annual roundup of communities that welcome interfaith families over on my Huffington Post blog, in order to reach more interfaith families looking for comfortable spiritual or religious or secular homes. I hope you’ll take a look. It includes mention of Jewish, Humanistic Jewish, Ethical Society, Unitarian-Univeralist and interfaith family communities… Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are about to become interfaith parents. And as interfaith parents, they are about to face an ongoing series of decisions about the religious affiliation and education of…
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

  • Eps 65 Book of Revelation: Endtimes or Something Else? pt 8

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

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

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

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

  • It is expected that you

    Lee Potts
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The world needs this Franciscan spirit, this Franciscan vision of life. It is expected that you, beloved children, know it deeply, love it with passion, above all that you live it with the perfection that your state allows. ~ Pope Pius XII, To the Secular Franciscans of Italy, 1 July 1956 Tags: franciscan spirit, Franciscan vision, passion, perfection, Pope Pius XII, secular franciscans
  • Simply because it is God’s and it is good

    Lee Potts
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    This time of being “alone” with God is essential to fully live the Franciscan spirit. To build relationship with anyone takes time, effort and presence, and that also includes relationship with God. If we are willing to constantly make the effort, the Holy Spirit will lead us to the relationship we seek, and, for the Franciscan, effect the peace and joy we need to love and serve all God’s creation, simply because it is God’s and it is good. ~ Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS, “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” (FUN Manual) Tags: bob fitzsimmons, franciscan spirit, FUN Manual, peace…
  • I can always love

    Lee Potts
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love. ~ Bl. Chiara Luce Tags: Chiara Luce, heart, love, nothing
  • The total inability of violence

    Lee Potts
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better. ~ Daniel Berrigan via Radical Discipleship Tags: change, impossible, live nonviolently, total inability, violence
  • Save the World from suicide

    Lee Potts
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide. ~ T. S. Eliot, “Thoughts after Lambeth” Tags: Lambeth, society, suicide, T S Eliot, time, world
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    Amish America

  • Who makes Amish scooters?

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    I think we can include the classic kick scooter as one of those icons of the Amish, along with the horse-and-buggy, hand-stitched quilt, straw hat, and so on. Even though many Amish don’t really use scooters (e.g. Amish in a lot of Midwestern communities), they are closely connected with the Amish in Lancaster County, where […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • The Amish of Salem, Arkansas

    Erik/Amish America
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Don Burke has been on a tour of Amish settlements in the South and Midwest. These are his photos and account of the small community at Salem, Arkansas (Fulton County), one of only two Amish settlements in the Natural State. You can view more photos at Don’s Arkansas Amish Flickr album. — Nestled in the Ozarks of north-central […]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
  • Shooter of Amish Horse Gets 1-2 Years

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    To hopefully close the book on an awful story, the Lancaster County man who shot and killed an Amish-owned horse has been given 1-2 years in prison, plus probation (hat tip to commenter City Slicker): According to testimony at Diggs’ March preliminary hearing, Diggs was a passenger in his own car when the horse was shot last Nov. 24 […]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
  • Amish Scout Land on Prince Edward Island

    Erik/Amish America
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Not a lot of information to this article, but I think it’s worth passing along anyway. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, two Amish families from Ontario recently spent time searching for a new home on Canada’s Prince Edward Island: Anthony Wallbank is a friend of several members of Ontario’s Amish community, and drove some […]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
  • Serving the Amish: Your Questions

    Erik/Amish America
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    We’ll soon be having a Q-and-A with Jim Cates, author of Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals, a new book first mentioned here last month. Jim is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with the Amish in northern and northeastern Indiana. Today is your chance to ask questions of Jim, about the book […]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

  • Love is for the weak

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

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

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

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

  • Sealing the Living and the Dead: The Eternal Family

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knowledge of God is the most important knowledge to have, and that knowledge is not contrary to reason, but does go beyond it.
  • Mormonism in an Expanding World

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Like every religion, especially in the West we face the issue of how to deal with our increasingly secular world, not just legally, but in the way that all of us understand our relationships to each other and to everything else.
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Oct 23 – James of Jerusalem, Bishop + Martyr

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    James of Jerusalem Bishop + Martyr 23 October NT click here for books about James of Jerusalem From the Satucket Lectionary James of Jerusalem is referred to in the New Testament as the brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was for many years the leader of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem, and is generally supposed to be the author of the Epistle of James, although the Epistle itself does not state this explicitly. James is mentioned briefly in connection with Jesus’ visit to Nazareth (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3). We are told that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him (John…
  • Oct 19 – Henry Martyn, Translator + Missionary to India & Persia

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Henry Martyn Translator + Missionary to India & Persia 19 October 1812 click here for books by or about Henry Martyn From the Satucket Lectionary Henry Martyn was born in 1781, studied at Cambridge, and became Senior Wrangler. (That is, he won the Cambridge University annual mathematics problem-solving competition, and was accordingly recognized as the University’s best undergraduate mathematician. “Wrangling” is a British University expression for solving mathematical problems.) He had, moreover, a considerable facility in languages. Under the encouragement of Charles…
  • Oct 19 – William Carey, Translator + Missionary to India

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    William Carey Translator + Missionary to India 19 October 1834 click here for books by or about William Carey From the SCLM Lectionary William Carey DD, Professor of Sanskrit, Marathi and Bengali in Calcutta (Photo credit: Wikipedia) William Carey was an English Baptist missionary and was a major figure in developing the Protestant missionary movement of the nineteenth century. Born a son of the Church of England in 1761, Carey took an early interest in his studies and excelled at languages, a gift that would serve him in his ministry. After his village schooling, Carey apprenticed…
  • Trees and Taxes

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Jim Bahn (Sherman Tree Uploaded by hike395) [CC-BY-2.0 (, via Wikimedia CommonsThose who organized the Revised Common Lectionary think they’re so clever. As so many churches make a push for members to begin or increase their giving, they throw in readings like this one from Matthew about paying taxes: “The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show…
  • Oct 18 – Saint Luke, Physician + Evangelist

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saint Luke Physician + Evangelist 18 October NT click here for books by or about Saint Luke From the Satucket Lectionary Almost all that we know about Luke comes from the New Testament. He was a physician (Col 4:14), a companion of Paul on some of his missionary journeys (Acts 16:10ff; 20:5ff; 27-28). Material found in his Gospel and not elsewhere includes much of the account of Our Lord’s birth and infancy and boyhood, some of the most moving parables, such as that of the Good Samaritan and that of the Prodigal Son, and three of the sayings of Christ on the Cross: “Father,…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • Don’t Believe the Lie

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Jeremy Triblett. The text was taken from Numbers 14:1- 3. 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 Did It For You

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 28, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Miss. Phyllis Todd. The text was taken from John 3:14 - 17. 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
  • The Call of Ministry

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 28, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Tyrone Love, Jr.. The text was taken from I Samuel 3:1-12, 21. 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
  • Will You Believe and Stay or Doubt and Leave

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 21, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. A. Maurice Drane. The text was taken from John 6:60-69. 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
  • When My Position Paralyzes My Praise

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday September 14, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Cleavon Williams. The text was taken from John 12: 42-45. 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
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    CNA Daily News

  • Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Front Royal, Va., Oct 24, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child. Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much car traffic passes through town other than tourists on their way to see the mountain leaves turn every October. Seventy miles outside the nation’s capital in northern Virginia, there is no national pro-life headquarters, army of lobbyists, or…
  • Vatican reorganizes Montecassino, mother abbey of the Benedictines

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Montecassino, Italy, Oct 24, 2014 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Abbot of Montecassino – the first monastery built by St. Benedict – and at the same time reduced the territory for which the new abbot is responsible. “The Monastic Community warmly welcomes Father Donato Ogliari as 192nd Ordinary Abbot of the territorial Abbey of Montecassino,” the abbey posted on Twitter Oct. 23. Abbot Ogliari, O.S.B., who is 57, was professed as a member of the Consolata Missionaries in 1978, and ordained a priest of that institute in 1982. He…
  • Egyptian Christians feel safer, though Islamism still looms

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Cairo, Egypt, Oct 23, 2014 / 08:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While problems still exist, Christians in Egypt feel “much safer” under the presidency of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former military officer who played a key role in the coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, a Catholic official said. “The mood has improved considerably. The security situation is getting better. There is greater stability,” Father Rafik Greiche, press officer for the Egyptian bishops' conference, told Aid to the Church in Need Oct. 21. “Christians feel a lot…
  • We're 'just touching the surface' of St John Paul II's teachings

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. John Paul II's life and teachings offer a witness to love that is so profound it is only beginning to be be mined for its riches, said the chaplain of the late pope’s national shrine in Washington, D.C. “I think we’re just touching the surface, the scope of his teachings,” Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P., said Oct. 22. The chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine told CNA this, pointing to the legacy and witness the newly-recognized saint brings to the Church, made known in part through his…
  • How a reproductive health pioneer became an 'instant convert' reading Humanae Vitae

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Vatican City, Oct 23, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships. But the couple was not always focused on advocating Church teaching on sexuality and family planning. Their years of dedication to the subject were largely inspired by reading Blessed Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” and later St. John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio,” documents that they say bring…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Yom Kippur Morning 2014

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

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

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

    Eric Minton
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Quite often, over the course of numerous conversations unfolding inside the circled wagons of wounded American Evangelicalism, there develops this almost liturgically repetitious refrain amongst the faithful:our best years are behind us. Whether it’s wistfully recounting the size of Sunday morning audiences, the commitment levels of “the young people” to something named “Sunday School,” or the central place religious institutions held in the life of community members interested in finding a mate, a friend, or maybe just a job interview only a few decades ago.our best years are…
  • Dogged Faith

    Julie Long
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    A sermon based on Matthew 15:21-28Some of you may remember last spring when Wilcox County, Georgia, made the national news for hosting its first integrated high school prom. Folks around the country were flabbergasted that almost 60 years after “separate but equal” was deemed unconstitutional and schools were integrated, this kind of thing still happened. Thankfully, the story became news because four students decided it was time for a change. They led money-raising efforts, and the school sponsored a prom for all students for the first time in decades. It turned out to be a great…
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    Divided Under God

  • Needs Your Support

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • Oct 31: One of My Favorites

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 5, 2012. Alex Kennedy is a man who has spoken into my life since I was about 16 years old. He was the man who officiated my wedding, and someone I have been blessed by throughout the years no matter where God had moved each of us or what stage of life we were walking through. God had brought him back to Katy and he was the pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church. Alex was the man I took on that drive to share the vision of what God had been speaking. During that drive, I told Alex that I wanted him to journey with me through this and I wasn’t…
  • A Look Back…Part 1

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is a post originally published November 3, 2012. Lori and I thought God was calling us to plant a church for a long time before there was any action taken. It began with conversations here and there all surrounded by much prayer. We had come to a pretty definite conclusion about three years before the first home meetings began. We knew God was equipping us through great relationships and ministry experiences in that season, and we were waiting on him to give us the green light. My way of coping with this passion while being engaged in other areas of ministry was frequent prayer…
  • Legacy Sunday 2014

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In October of 2006 Crossings Community Church changed from conversations and ideas to actions. Years of prayer came to a crossroads of action. Those days were pregnant with excitement and vision as well as fear and trembling. This Sunday is Legacy Sunday at Crossings Community. This is the Sunday each year which we set aside to celebrate God’s work over the history of His church called Crossings Community. We also look ahead with the vision that He has given to the need and direction that He has prepared for us. It is an amazing day of worship because, although we are talking about the…
  • Do Not Lose Heart!

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although I’ve written on this a handful of times before, including some of my own personal journey, I believe we need regular reminders. Unfortunately it is easy for us to abandon all we learned through a difficult season when things seem to be going our way. I want to share this word of encouragement with you today: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things…
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    The Daily Register

  • Two Kinds of Questions

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Mark Shea | When you spend your time talking about volatile stuff like politics or, in my case, religion (especially that unique species of religion called “the Catholic Faith”) you discover pretty quickly that conversations can move along two...
  • Miracle Baby Is a ‘Messenger of God’

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    By JOSEPH R. LAPLANTE | PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The adverse prenatal diagnosis that their baby was missing parts of her brain and skull inspired Rony and Sonia Morales to name her Angela. “She would be our angel, our Angela. We thought she was going to...
  • Trend of Cash Prizes Gives Big Boost for Modern Catholic Literature

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    By PETER JESSERER SMITH | NEW YORK — Could a Catholic literary revival for the 21st century be in the making? A recent trend of Catholic awards and prizes for literature — including one for $25,000 — suggests the groundwork is slowly being laid...
  • Other People's Blessings

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Simcha Fisher | The suffering one-upper! You know who I'm talking about. You say you're scrambling to pay for a new transmission? He says he just wishes he even had a car. You sigh because it's hard to find safe foods for your severely allergic...
  • Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise $1 Million for Iraqi Christians

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    By CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY | WASHINGTON — A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq. “How can common lay people of faith throughout the...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Washington School District Accommodates Student Religious Dagger

    Don Byrd
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Written by Don Byrd A young Sikh student in Auburn, Washington, will be allowed to wear a small sheathed dagger under his school clothes, as required by the Sikh faith. Like most school districts, Auburn’s has a “zero tolerance” policy for weapons, but officials made an exception to accommodate him. District administrators . . . say there are plenty of Sikhs, both students and staff, who have carried Kirpans to school for years without incident. In this case, the knife is to be kept under the child’s clothes at all times. “The knife can’t come out. It…
  • NC Legislator to Introduce Bill to Support Religious Objections of Magistrates

    Don Byrd
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Written by Don Byrd A North Carolina legislator is preparing to introduce a bill in response to magistrates who have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriage ceremonies they object to on religious grounds. State Senator Phil Berger argues that recent developments in marriage law guaranteeing the right of same-sex couples to marry should not override the religious freedom rights of state employees. The Charlotte Observer reports: The state court system has said any magistrates who refuse to heed the recent federal court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban are…
  • Supreme Court agrees to take on Abercrombie & Fitch ‘look policy’ case

    Jordan Edwards
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    By Religion News Service and BJC Staff Reports The U.S. Supreme Court announced Oct. 2 that it will hear a religious discrimination case involving a clothing retailer. The suit was filed by a Muslim who claimed she was not hired by Abercrombie & Fitch because of her black headscarf. The Ohio-based company won the case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming it did not discriminate because the job applicant did not specifically say she needed a religious accommodation. The woman was wearing her hijab in the interview. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission petitioned the…
  • 2014 BJC Board of Directors meeting

    Jordan Edwards
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    By BJC Staff Reports Representatives of the Baptist Joint Committee’s 15 supporting bodies met in Washington, D.C., October 6-7 for the annual meeting of the BJC Board of Directors. The board heard updates on the BJC’s work, approved the operating budget and attended a special presentation in the U.S. Capitol from 2014 Shurden Lecturer Michael Meyerson. During his presentation, Meyerson reviewed religious liberty during the founding of the United States and the important role Baptists played in protecting the freedom for all people. On day two of the meeting, BJC General Counsel Holly…
  • Give the gift of religious liberty

    Jordan Edwards
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
      This Christmas, make a gift in honor of your loved ones that will help the Baptist Joint Committee defend and extend religious liberty. Each honorary gift will be acknowledged with this card  mailed directly to the recipient(s). You must make your gift by Saturday, Dec. 13, to ensure delivery by Christmas. Contact Development Director Taryn Deaton at or 202-544-4226 with questions. Two ways to make your gift: 1. Online. Visit to make your online donation. Click Honorary Gift and enter the recipients’ name and contact information. In the…
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  • 5 Evernote Notebooks Every Young Leader Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am an Evernote fan boy. There, I said it. I’ve written about Evernote many times in the past. You can see those posts here. As I change the way I process information and as I lead more and more, I’ve adjusted how I organize just about everything I do. Right now, here are 5 Everntoe notebooks that I’m using more and more. They’re a great start for any young leader that needs some organizing… Inbox My Evernote inbox is my holder of all things that I don’t immediately have a place for. When I email something to my Evernote, it goes here. When I send something from somewhere…
  • The Best 2 Minutes Of Your Day: Fan Fun

    Jonathan Pearson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    This guy gets it and spreads a little love and joy while he’s at it!        Related StoriesNext Up Podcast: 3 Ways to Live & Lead in The Moment (Episode 6)What Does It Mean To Take Up Our Cross?New Next Up Podcast: T Is For Time 
  • 2 Revelations About Authenticity: Why We Have A Hard Time Being Us

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    I’ve written recently about authenticity. The Next Up Podcast covered why authenticity is important at to a leader in its latest episode, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic. Here are 2 revelations… We all have inauthenticity inside us Many won’t admit it, but I’ll be the one to step out. Sometimes, I try to be someone I’m not. The truth is, I enjoy making people happy, I want to fit in, and I like to have people looking up to me and thinking I’m smart. We all have that inside of us. It’s why advertising works, it’s often why…
  • Effort Is In Limitless Supply

    Jonathan Pearson
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many things in life have a short supply. I can’t go shopping on a random spring day and slide my debit card over and over without realizing that, at some point, the thing is going to get declined. I can’t run and run without eventually falling down from being so tired I could no longer stand up. I can’t eat and eat without filling my stomach to the point of wanting to throw up everything I’ve eaten. Most things are limited. Resources aren’t everlasting and limitless. Time is of the essence and can run out before we can blink. Effort is always available. No matter how long you’ve…
  • One Thing Every Good Story Needs

    Jonathan Pearson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. (‭Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭18-20‬ NLT) We all love a good story. We love hearing them, we love telling them. In story telling, though, we often fail to tell the stories that are most personal to us.
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • Deep Calls Out To Deep

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Ever since the fall, one of the greatest longings was that God would dwell with us here on earth. Broken humanity desperately wanted to re-encounter God’s glorious presence. On some level this transpired during the time of the Exodus. At the Feast of Tabernacles tents were hastily constructed with the intention of encountering God Israel truly yearned for God to dwell with them in an intimate way. They wanted more than just signs, wonders, and miracles, they ached to truly see His face.With the emergence of Jesus centuries later, this promise was finally realized. The "Tabernacling…
  • You Won't Believe It, But Heaven Isn't The Final Destination For Believers

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I spent much of my childhood being assured that the "heavenly realms" were my ultimate destination. In addition to comforting declarations at funerals and homilies on “the pearly gates,” my Pentecostal church sang songs like “I'm Gettin' Ready To Leave This World.” “I'm gettin' ready to leave this worldI'm gettin' ready for the gates of pearlKeeping my record bright and watching both day and nightI'm gettin' leave this world” As our humble congregation was confronted with abject poverty, substance abuse, and broken marriages, the promise of a heavenly abode…
  • I Want To Be Left Behind

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    For five years I've seriously contemplated writing this. Yet, the reason I never did is because of my innate aversion to controversy. It's shocking, but each time I write about things like this, angry comments and unsubscribes start showing up in my inbox. I enjoy weighing in on relevant biblical topics but hate to get into arguments with beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.This may turn out to be a mistake, but I felt it was time to disentangle some associations people have with the "rapture." I typically stay out of these things, but this is getting quite difficult to ignore. Every time…
  • An Overlooked Reason Why People Aren't Listening To You

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Many are convinced they've heard God's voice and are pressing into the future. They're filled with great hope and anticipation. Nevertheless, what they often encounter is rejection. What's being perceived on the horizon may be at odds with where things presently stand.I think everyone desires to reconcile "who they are" with "who they're becoming," but this is seldom easy. Moving from current expectations to future glory is rarely a direct route. It's difficult becoming something that others aren't willing to receive. Our given roles can sometimes empower, but they can also…
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    The Dude Abides

  • The Disquiet Time Blog Tour: Updated Links

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    I'm delighted to say the book has been received warmly, reviews are good, and the early (very early) sales numbers are encouraging. Many of the contributing authors to DISQUIET TIME along with some of our supportive media friends are in the midst of rolling out a blog tour.
  • Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago. Dave didn’t deserve this. Journalism doesn’t deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of […]

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Today, the blog tour continues with my co-editor (the whole book was her idea, btw) Jennifer Grant. Read Jen’s blog tour post HERE.
  • DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We see God’s spirit shining through each other’s eyes as we grant ourselves permission and a safe space to, as Edgar says in King Lear, “speak what we feel, not what we ought to say”―even (and especially) when it’s messy.
  • Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!.
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  • An Open Letter to Whoever Messed With the Star Wars Action Figures in my Office

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Dear Friends and Colleagues,As many of you know, in my office, I keep a small number of classic Star Wars action figures, both for my children to play with when they visit me and to inspire a general sense of nostalgia about my own childhood.Yesterday, unbeknownest to me, someone came into my office and rearranged those figures, putting them in wildly inappropriate poses. This is unacceptable – and I demand an apology – for three reasons. Reason 1: The little diorama you created on my shelf placed my action figures in ways that broke – according to my estimatation – 9…
  • Six40 Book

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Six40 Disciple Core MaterialClick here for the downloadable PDF of WestGate’s new Six40 Disciples Core Material.
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    23 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
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  • Tim Keller’s Sept. 11 Remembrance

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND PEACE FOR 9-11 VICTIMS’ FAMILIES Ground Zero/St Paul’s Chapel Tim Keller Sept 10, 2006As a minister, of course, I’ve spent countless hours with people who are struggling and wrestling with the biggest question – the WHY question in the face of relentless tragedies and injustices. And like all ministers or any spiritual guides of any sort, I scramble to try to say something to respond and I always come away feeling inadequate and that’s not going to be any different today. But we can’t shrink from the task of responding to that question. Because the…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Happy Feast Of Tabernacles by Rhonda Herrington

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Rhonda Herrington presents the feast of tabernacles. Recorded on 10 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 23 October 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:33 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:&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”″&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; (Visited 76 times, 76 visits today)
  • ATLAH Church Will Not Bow To lgbtq Bullying

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Dr. James David Manning invites you to come visit the church every Saturday at 10AM and 11:30AM EST. Recorded on 22 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 47 times, 47 visits today)
  • Charlie Crist And Rick Scott Are A Disgrace To Liberia

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dr. James David Manning explains why Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are a disgrace to Liberia. Recorded on 22 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)
  • Young Suburban Girls Want Real Men

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    A soldier has been wounded after being shot near the Canadian Parliament. Recorded on 22 October 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. (Visited 54 times, 54 visits today)
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

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

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    How desperate are you to have an encounter with God? Share your thoughts with us here on Facebook and Twitter. For email viewers click here to see the video from email.   The post A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe appeared first on RN - Guarding The Heart Blog.
  • Saying Yes to the Call of God as a Pastor in Montreal

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    When we left from India in obedience to God’s command, I did not fully comprehend God’s plans for us in Canada. All I knew was that He asked me to stop travelling for a year and go pastor the youth of this predominantly Italian & multicultural church in Montreal. I anticipated it to be the hardest thing for me and it didn’t make complete sense to why God would lead me in this direction. However, the last one and a half year have been crucial to the realigning of my heart to God’s call and purposes. During this time, due to various reasons, three pastors including the Senior…
  • How to Respond to What You Fear the Most

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    What do you fear the most? In the book of Judges, chapter 6 we read about the Midianites who began to attack the people of Israel. The Bible says that the power of Midianites was so oppressive that out of fear the Israelites made shelters for themselves in mountains clefts, caves and strong holds. The attack of the enemy succeeded in pushing the children of God back from the place they were positioned to be. This oppression continued for 7 years. And when the Israelites cried to God, His answer to them was surprising. In verse 10 of Judges 6, God says, “I am the Lord your God; fear not the…
  • Are You Ready for a Leap of Faith?

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Pastor Darren & Krissi West Here is a guest post from Darren & Kirsi West, the Lead Pastors of Real Life Church, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. They have been in ministry together for 21 years, serving God across Canada. Their passion is to see people walking in freedom and fulfilling their God given destiny.  With a love for His presence and hearts that long for His Glory, Darren and Kirsi believe in one decided truth, “One Word From God Changes Everything!” Imagine with me for a moment, that you are standing on the edge of a cliff, and you can’t see what is below…
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    Watch TB Joshua

  • TEN Evidence materials’ on the Synagogue Collapse site

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    In this open letter addressed to the coroner of Inquest on the synagogue building collapse, by a Nigerian journalist, the facts of the building collapse are thoroughly explained. The writer with solid evidence meticulously states ten undeniable proofs for the collapse being a preplanned demolition, for Coroner O.A KOMOLAFE's attention.

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Having read through most propaganda of TB Joshua haters online – the allegations of the people coming out of their woodwork with nooses and stakes crying prosecute Him, prosecute Him, at the top of their voices. Here are some thoughts on this new video for anyone who cares to be objective enough. Watching the new […]

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Having read through most propaganda by TB Joshua haters online, and the allegations asserted by the people holding nooses and stakes crying prosecute Him, prosecute Him, at the top of their voices. Here’s a brief comment on this new video for anyone who cares to be objective enough. Watching the new CCTV video from TB […]

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hear what TB Joshua’s critics have to say about the tragedy:  …regardless of what may be said by TB Joshua, it is quite clear to any rationally minded individual that this tragedy was caused by unauthorized and unregulated building work,… the alternative hypothesis presented by TB Joshua is verging on insane. We all know TB […]
  • Avoid Ukraine/ Russia Region – Commercial Planes – Crash Awaiting!

    Watching TB Joshua
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    T.B. Joshua, a name quickly becoming known on an international scale due to his predictions has just released another one. On Sunday 31st August, 2014, during his church service which was broadcast live on his television station, Emmanuel TV, Joshua spoke of an imminent crash of a commercial plane in a region neighbouring or close […]
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • VIDEO: Best therapy session EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    Ken Ammi
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Stephen King’s “tendency to believe in intelligent design”

    Ken Ammi
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Herein are a video, see below, and article, Stephen King’s “tendency to believe in intelligent design” Long time horror author, Stephen King, made some interesting statements about intelligent design and also some very generic and extreme statements about religion in general. He stated:The very construction of the world and the fact that we seem... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • VIDEO: Brett Keane: internet Atheists in a nutshell

    Ken Ammi
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
  • The greatest tragedy to befall the Bible

    Ken Ammi
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The greatest tragedy to befall the Bible - Within the first Book of Chronicles at chapter twenty one and verse one; we are told that satan instigated, allured, enticed King David to number Israel. In like manner, it appears that satan instigated, allured, enticed someone to number the... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 3

    Ken Ammi
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 3 - “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD“Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow”&mdash... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
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  • Kevin Smith, aka “Silent Bob,” compliments Christianity

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    In the article Pop-occulture’s top 24 movies/TV shows on angels and fallen angels we noted the following with regards to the Kevin Smith, aka “Silent Bob,” 1999 AD movie “Dogma”:Two fallen...
  • Renee Zellweger, national security and the future of surgery surveillance

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Appearance augmentation has a very, very long history; from the makeup of millennia ago to the wearing of masks. Renee Zellweger’s recent emergence from surgery has caused a pop-cultural and media firestorm—oh, the pathetic nature...
  • What is symbolism?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Before answering what symbolism is one must define symbol. Thus, what are symbols? Symbols are descriptive or identifying marks that point to something else. For example, a STOP sign on the road signals one to stop and contains the...
  • Aleister Crowley’s scarlet harem, part 5

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    “One can always replace a woman in a few days”—Aleister Crowley; letter dated January 17, 1929 AD “Practically all women ought to be chloroformed at 35…they’re all whores, anyhow&rdquo...
  • PBS misrepresents Islam’s Qur'an / Koran on beheading report

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Lesson from the media and pop-occulture:1) The 200 million or so murders by Atheists within the 20th century—the most secular and bloodiest century in human history—were not really due to Atheism, were not really...
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  • The inescapably haunting ‘Calvary’

    Joshua Rhone
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned. ~Augustine The quote, at first, is hopeful. But in the end, is teeming with unresolved tension. It is evocative, intentionally ambiguous. Calvary, the recent Irish film from writer/director John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle, […] The post The inescapably haunting ‘Calvary’ appeared first on
  • Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul, by coauthors Dr. Richard Hawkins (a biblical scholar) and Dr. Richard Leslie Parrott (a professor of education), explores the foibles, faults and failures of King Saul. Following in the footsteps of Sydney Finkelstein, who successfully launched a new sub-category in leadership studies with his classes as Tuck School of […] The post Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (A Review) appeared first on
  • 10 Ways to Prevent Ministry Burnout

    Joshua Rhone
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    I recently stumbled across the article ’10 Ways To Prevent Burnout in Ministry,’ while viewing an article at The article begins: Ministry is a 24/7 occupation and can be emotionally and physically taxing. The pace of life, the demands of counseling and public speaking, the strain of leadership, and spiritual warfare can drain your […] The post 10 Ways to Prevent Ministry Burnout appeared first on
  • Find Your Mission

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The recent edition of Fast Company arrived in mail the other day. In the issue’s featured article, GENERATION FLUX’S SECRET WEAPON, Robert Safian argues, ‘In a world of rapid change and great uncertainty, the greatest competitive advantage of all may be at your very core.’ Thinking in terms of business and what motivates people, Safian suggests that […] The post Find Your Mission appeared first on
  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite: Some initial thoughts

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    After playing with Apple’s newest OS X, Yosemite, for a little less than a week (including just a few short days with the newly released iOS 8.1), I feel that I can now speak somewhat intelligibly to my experience with the OS and its features. First things first, I should tell you that two of […] The post Apple’s OS X Yosemite: Some initial thoughts appeared first on
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    Set Apart People

  • What about the mezuzah?

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      This year we have the privilege of being the place that YHVH chose to put His Name for the Feast of Sukkot. We thought that it would be a good idea to give you an idea of what it would be like to join us for such a special appointment. This year the city is really packed!  We have never seen Jerusalem this busy.  The hotels and hostels are turning people away because they are fully booked.  The streets are crowded like you have never seen before. Everywhere in the streets you can see Sukkahs of all different shapes and sizes.  You can even purchase some Sukkah kits to build…
  • Sukkot – The Basics

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Sukkot, the festival of joy! Every year we find ourselves in need of review of the Scriptures regarding the feast in order to make sure we don’t miss out on anything. For, this reason, we decided to write a short article with just the basics and links to the other articles we have written on the topic. It makes it easier to find the information. If you are not really sure weather or not you should celebrate this, you can read about the transformation power of YHVH’s appointed times in the article ” Are you willing to be transformed? YHVH uses these appointed…
  • The six woes, and Yom Kippurim

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is almost Yom Kippurim, the most solemn day of the year. A day of atonements, a day of introspection and repentance. I am sure we have all been searching ourselves, to find the areas where we fall short. I always ask YHVH to reveal these areas to me, and He is faithful. It is never pleasant, but good for growth and profitable in becoming who He wants us to be. So, how does this relate to the six woes and rotten fruit, you may wonder. I was reading in the book of Isaiah and came across this passage about the six woes and felt really convicted. It starts off with a parable about a vineyard…
  • Mind control and fear

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you watch the news on television, open the newspaper or Facebook or whatever news or social media you choose to read, you are bombarded with bad news, terror and bloodshed. Have you ever considered what the purpose and effect of this is on us if we are exposed to this all the time? I can tell you what it does to me, it creates fear, anxiety and depression in me; it discourages me and undermines my faith, it makes life seem not worth living. It takes much effort to pull myself out of this state of fear and despair and continue life with joy. I have to constantly remind myself that YHVH is…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Accuracy brings perfection and speciality in all that is done.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 23-10-2014Projection: To be accurate means to take up full responsibility for every task and do it to the best of one's ability. That means all resources that one has are used in the best possible way for the best result of the task. This naturally brings perfection in everything that is done. Solution: When I am accurate in everything I do I am able to be free from carelessness and negligence. I find myself bringing speciality and uniqueness in what I do. For having done things with accuracy, I also find myself becoming trust-worthy and I am also able to be…
  • The one who has the courage to face is the one who can bring about a change.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 22-10-2014Projection: When there is a challenge which brings out a negative response, there is an immediate desire to move away from the situation so that the negativity finishes. But the real challenge is not the situation itself, but the expression of a weakness within. The one who has the courage to face this weakness and work on it is able to bring about a change accordingly. Solution: When I am able to face the challenge of working on my own weaknesses, instead of moving away from the situation I am able to experience progress at every step. Then there…
  • To have the awareness of being God's instrument is to bring about a positive change.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 21-10-2014Projection: When there is the awareness of being an instrument of God, there would be the desire to do the best and be the best. So each and every thing I do would be for the improvement for the self. Due to this there would be divinity and speciality seen in every thing that is done. This would also bring the awareness of all the resources and they would also be used in a worthwile way. Solution: When I am aware of my own role and what I contribute through my specialities, I recognize the fact that I am a beautiful instrument of…
  • The method to bring about a permanent change is to bring about newness in thinking.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 20-10-2014Projection: To bring about a permanent change for the better means getting the mind trained to new ways of looking at the same situation. Only with this new understanding will there be a new response. Trying to bring about change in a superficial way will not bring about a long-lasting change. Solution: When I train my mind to think creatively I'm able to keep my mind busy. In this way I'm able to free it from thinking negative and waste. Also I find myself enjoying every scene that comes in front of me and I also find myself constantly…
  • The method to finish waste thoughts is to deal with the mind with love.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Message for the day 19-10-2014Projection: When there are waste thoughts in the mind which one tries to stop, it becomes difficult to do that. There is discomfort and difficulty experienced. On the other hand, when the mind is taught to take the right direction with love, there is a quick and dramatic change. Solution: When I learn the art of speaking to my mind with love, I am able to free myself from waste thoughts without any feelings of suppression. Concentration too becomes easy and all thoughts are directed towards the right direction. Soul Sustenance 19-10-2014Where…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-044 It’s All About Commitment

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I am a fan of committed marriages.  Whenever I hear of a couple celebrating 50 or 40 or even 25 years together it makes me smile.  In this podcast, Tony discusses commitment in marriage and offers 6 things you can do to have a deeper understanding of commitment. Quote: “God created marriage. No government subcommittee … Read More →
  • Life Lessons on the Journey

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Last week, I received a note from a reader who asked, “What are some life lessons you would share with your new grandson?” I replied that I began writing my stories with that thought in mind. Is there anything I can share that might help the next generation avoid some of the pitfalls that I’ve … Read More →
  • FGG-043 In the Blink of an Eye

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Time flies is an expression we hear all the time.  And it’s true. In this podcast, Tony discusses how time flies and how we need to understand that in the blink of an eye things can change.  He offers several suggestions. too. Scripture: To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, … Read More →
  • What Defines Character?

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a … Read More →
  • FGG-042 The Value of a Good Hug

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I admit it, I’m a hugger.  Maybe it’s because I’m Italian or because I came from a family of huggers, or perhaps it’s because hugging just make you feel good. In this podcast Tony examines the value of a good hug. Scripture: “And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Free Catholic Resources

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Calling all Catholic newbies! Here are two fantastic free Catholic resources for you to help get to know your new Church :). I recently discovered this website after picking up a free CD at my parish. It offers free booklets and audio CDs that are super helpful. I grabbed the audio CD of the Rosary […] The post Free Catholic Resources appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore

    4 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our bodies are a gift from God and they are an essential part of our being. Someday, we will reunite with our bodies in heaven. So we should honor our bodies here on earth as the divine gifts they are in everything from the clothing we wear to the food we eat to keeping it […] The post Honor your Body While Praying the Rosary with SoulCore appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Doesn’t this Bible verse from the Gospel of John perfectly explain the notion that we will have to suffer and by doing so we will be “fruitful?” “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear […] The post Suffering and “Pruning”: Jesus, the True Vine appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    St. Therese of Lisieux, the “little flower,” is my confirmation saint and I am much devoted to her! Through, I’ve been praying a novena to her leading up to her feast day Wednesday, October 1. It’s said that when praying a novena to St. Therese, you should look for roses as signs. Those were […] The post Another Miracle Moment with St. Therese of Lisieux appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Don’t Worry, Just Work

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Are looking for peace in your life? I know that’s what drew me to the Catholic Church. I have the answer: don’t worry, just work! When you are a follower of Christ, you know that you can give everything to Him, or to his Blessed Mother whom he has designated as the dispenser of all grace […] The post Don’t Worry, Just Work appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Train Up a Child and Everything Is Your Fault, Part 2: What is the way of the Child?

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a previous post, we turned our attention to a literal rendering of Proverbs 22:6,[1] which being one of the most hurled about texts, whether in accusation, self-defense, or hopeful soothing, suffers much in the shadow of questionable translation. The problem phrase “על־פי דרכו   upon the mouth of his way” was shown to best reflect the somewhat vague notion of “according to his way,” which demands the question, “What is the way of the Child.” There are five suggestions about the meaning of “according to his way” in addition to the earlier suggestion that “upon…
  • Train Up a Child and Everything Is Your Fault, Part 1: Translation Issues in Proverbs 22:6

    Andrew Sargent
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Proverbs 22:6 is one of the most quoted, potentially mistranslated and, thus, misunderstood verses in the Bible. As commonly rendered, it is interpreted as a glorious promise of “do it right & it’ll be right” in regard to parenting. It is also often used as an anchor of hope for wandering children… “when they are old” seems to many a promise of return. One woman said, “My son is a drug dealer, a pimp, and a violent abuser of women… It breaks my heart… but I know that he’ll be okay, because I raised him to be a Christian, and I remember him walking up that Isle to…
  • By Faith We Understand: Hebrews 11:3 & The Word Faith Heresy

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a previous post, “What Makes a Pagan Pagan?: The Word Faith Heresy” I began discussing the two foundational errors of heart and mind that feed the many errors of Word Faith teachers. At the root of their corrupted fruit tree is a pagan vision of God that suggests that, through a proper application of spiritual disciplines, the worshiper is able to turn the power of God to fulfill the worshiper’s own desires in life. This is presented, of course, as God’s highest end; His perfect will is our perfect “suffering-free-every-desire-of-our-heart-granted” existence in the here and…
  • What Makes a Pagan Pagan?: The Word Faith Heresy

    Andrew Sargent
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am a patient scholar. I regard the entire process of biblical interpretation as a complex interdependence of people over millennia trying to plumb the depths of Scripture through an ongoing dialogue. Many souls bring things to the corporate table. Most Bible interpreters have done their best, even if they have been hindered by a myriad of disadvantages, some known, others unknown. I am ready to entertain a number of possibilities resident in Scriptural texts, knowing that neither I nor anyone else is likely to have the ultimate word on the meaning or implications of any given passage. There…
  • Bible Study as Conversation: The Interdependence of Ages

    Andrew Sargent
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been sharing my thoughts of late on the subject of reading Scripture in translation and the common discomfort that Evangelicals usually feel when scholars suggest that there is some vital element of Bible study that those who are dependent on translation are missing. I am unapologetic over the fact that Scripture was written in Greek, Hebrew & Aramaic, millennia ago, in a land foreign to most, and a culture long since dead, morphed as it may have been over the ages into the similar cultures in those regions now. What this basically means on a practical level is that I earned a…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Mazel Tov ~ Reflections from A Bar Mitzvah

    Fr. Peter
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
      If you are like me, you have only heard or read about the Jewish custom of Bar Mitzvah.  I had an intellectual knowledge of what it was all about – the becoming of an adult in the eyes of Jewish Community and an acceptance of the Jewish faith in a very public way – but I never had any first-hand experience with it.  Well, that all changed when I recently attended my nephew Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah. I often describe myself as a “church geek”. I like ritual and liturgy, not only of my own church, but of other churches.  I like the history of the development of ritual and…
  • What Kind of Soil Are You?

    Fr. Peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others…
  • The Gettysburg Story

    Fr. Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I listen to a number of podcasts as I travel on my rounds and one of my favorites is Civil War Talk Radio hosted by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz of East Carolina University.  Each week Gerry, as I like to think of him, brings authors and other Civil War scholars to his show for an interview about their book or specific topic.  If you are a serious student of the Civil War or just someone who likes history, this show is for you. The show takes a break for the summer so I have been using the time to catch up on the ten years of archived episodes, I have been binge listening, and I have heard…
  • But Love Your Enemies and do Good

    Fr. Peter
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    The Gospel of Luke 6:31-36 The Lord said, “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High;…
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Here is a list of the top posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls. Orthodox Unity in America The Parable of the Vineyard The Challenge of our Time Wedding Sermon Sermon ~ Take Up Your Cross Launching into the Deep Blessed are your Poor Orthodoxy and Contraception Transsexuals & Orthodoxy Sermon ~ Do Not Weep The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • Atheist Interview of a Scientologist

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

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

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

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

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

  • Doubt

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Doubt is to consider something unlikely. It is a lack of trust and confidence in ourselves, our relationships with good people, and God. Doubt is a poison that flows from fear. It is immobilizing, crippling, and can lead to despair. It is rightly said that Doubt and faith cannot exist in the same mind at the same time. William Shakespeare wrote  'Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.'.Doubt is the absolute inverse of faith.A proper understanding of doubt, where it comes from and how it affects us, helps us to be able to recognise it…
  • Faith and Sacrifice

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Of Faith and SacrificeLove is one of the most powerful forces on this earth. By it wars have started and ended and emipires have risen and fallen. Through the zeal of a love of God the world has been transformed by loving, charitable hands, and has been scarred by the overzealous acts of extremists. When bridled it provides a home with an atmosphere of peace and harmony, and when unbridled it is loose to tear the family to pieces. There are four ways in which the word love is used in greek: Agápe, spiritual love (love of God) ; Éros, passionate love (Romantic interest); Philla, mental love…
  • For These are the Things Jesus Taught

    14 May 2014 | 3:13 am
    I'm trying to be like Jesus;I'm following in his ways.I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,Love one another as Jesus loves you.Try to show kindness in all that you do.Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,For these are the things Jesus taught."As we contemplate the trials that we have experienced, and those on the horizon, we can begin to realize how powerful Christ's atonement truly is. He is the most forgiving and loving being in our lives. Feelings of doubt, fear,…
  • The Risen Lord

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    So Easter has come and past. I love to use this time of year to reflect on my Lord and Saviour, and I would like to share with you my testimony of the Risen Lord. Before we lived on this earth we lived with our Father. We were his spirit children. He wanted us to be like him, and to gain experience, and so he presented to us all a beautiful plan. This plan involved God creating a world for us, so we could gain a body and experience mortality so that we could learn and understand. Because of Father's foreknowledge he knew we would each make mistakes. We would become unclean and unfit to return…
  • The Anchor Of Souls

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Parable of the Bike and the PoopA man once had twin sons. One was extraordinarily happy and optimistic, the other was very sad and depressed all the time. years went by and his happy son kept getting even more optimistic, and his sad son became more and more pessimistic. One day, the father decided that he wanted to do an experiment, to see if he could make his pessimistic son happy, and his optimistic son sad. So their birthday came around, and he had thought of the perfect gifts. He knew that his boys loved riding their bicycles, so he went to the cycle shop and picked out the nicest…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Who Do You Welcome? (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
  • What Can You Do Right Now to End Racism in America? (Verneda Lights)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    “King of the Long March,” Civil Rights compilation by Verneda Lights. Freedom Manifesto: 20 Things You Can Do to End Racism in America Racism is a problem that keeps our nation from reaching its maximum potential by denying the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to multiple classes of citizens. Despite hundreds of years of protests, the haters of blacks and other racial and economically disadvantaged groups continue to strategize in favor of oppression so that they can continue to cultivate a culture of white privilege and its economic benefits. But racism and…
  • The Word for Today is #One (Verneda Lights)
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Bible has a lot to say about racism, slavery and unfair treatment of immigrants. Oppression is so not Jesus, yet there are many willing to deny life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of God. Jesus preached unity for those in the faith, and condemned oppression practiced by those in and “outside the gate.” The word for today is #one: A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV Friend, it’s easy to point…
  • The Word for Today Is #Handiwork (Verneda Lights)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Photo courtesy of oom_endro / Pixabay Your fingerprints are not the only part of you that’s unique and beautiful. The Lord took special care to craft every cell in your body, then poured special gifts to shine like diamonds, into your mind and soul. The Bible tells us that we are God’s handiwork. The original Greek word was not handiwork, but “poema” (poem). That means we are extensions of the mind, aesthetic, and vocabulary of God. That’s AWESOME! The word for today is #handiwork. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God…
  • God Cares for You (Verneda Lights)
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Florida Mass Choir performs “Battle-Axe.” (If video does not immediately appear, refresh your browser.) When I was a child, I had a plaque given to me as a reward for excellence in memorizing Bible verses. The plaque said “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV) I would look up at the shiny wood plaque and run my fingers across the flowers painted on it, wondering what “cares” meant. Things we care about, like the welfare and life-events of family members, jobs, education, finances, natural disasters, and wars at home and abroad, can take…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • Jesus, take the wheel.

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

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

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

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A few blog posts ago, I was chastised for “giving myself to other men.”The anonymous commenter declared no decent, Catholic man would ever want such a one as me – soiled, defiled, not pure – which is fine. I have long since confessed my sin to the only man I truly love and need – Jesus Christ – and should I spend my entire existence shunned by “decent, Catholic men,” I will remain at peace, for I know I am loved by Love. Nevertheless, the elephant remains in the room.I am not a virgin.Growing up without a father, I spent my years searching for male approval and acceptance. As…
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  • Best Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 Gifts- Deepavali Gifts

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Diwali is one of the most important festival celebrated all over the India.. Diwali is the day of meeting relatives and Greeting them with Gifts, Sweets and Cards. We have Gift ideas to make your Diwali shopping easy. These are most suitable and beautiful gifts you can give to your love ones and make their Diwali special.Diwali, the festival of lights is nearing. It has different forms and different story behind it but the joy and importance of festival is same all over the country as well as globally where Hindu communities celebrate Diwali. The calendar has already rolled to October and…
  • Top 10 Happy Diwali 2014 SMS- Best [*Diwali*] {*Messages*} and [*Wishes*]

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Diwali is about to come and as the getting close, many of planning to wish our love ones in some different styles and with memorable way. So wishing Happy Diwali someone special with some special messages and SMS is one of the very good idea. Are you worrying where to get Best Happy Diwali SMS and Messages? We have collected some special messages and SMS to wish Diwali someone special and make this Diwali some more special. Have a look at our collection.SMS or we can say Text Messaging has become very common today not just among the youth, but also among the older generations. Most of us send…
  • Top Happy [*Diwali*] 2014 [*Quotes*], {*Wishes*}, [*Messages*] and Sayings

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Are in an idea to gift your loved ones with extraordinary gifts and greetings for this Diwali 2014? If yes, then it is a must for you to have a look at some of our Diwali Quotes and Wishes. Here are some of the best Wishes and Quotes you can ever find anywhere else in English, Hindi.Words are the only ways to express your feelings to your beloved ones when they are far away from you. They are the only means to touch your loved one’s heart to a great extent. Hence, you can make use of these beautiful words to wish your beloved ones a very happy festival to express your feelings towards them…
  • [*{*Happy*}*] Diwali 2014 {*Images*} and [*Wallpapers*]

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Are you looking for some beautiful wallpapers and images for Happy Diwali 2014? Then you are at right place. Our collection of Diwali wallpaper and Happy Diwali 2014 Images consist some of best and most beautiful images and wallpaper you can find. Diwali is a festival of light, colors and fun. Every one of us would wish to celebrate this wonderful festival in a unique way. All of us will certainly decorate our houses with beautiful flower garlands, colorful Rangolis and glittering lamps. As we all know, Diwali2014 falls on October 23rd and there are just few more days to go. It is time for…
  • Top 10 [*Facebook*] [*Cover Pic*] And [*Status*] for Happy Diwali 2014

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Facebook is the thing where almost every one share every special moments of their life thorough Status, Pictures and Cover Pics. This Diwali, Are You Looking For Some Beautiful Diwali FB Cover Pics, Photos and Status to Wish Your Fb Friends? Have Look At Our Collection Of handpicked FB cover Pics For This Auspicious Day of Diwali.Enjoying life on Social Networking Websites these days has become a part and parcel of the lives of not just the youth but also the middle aged people. It is quite sure that everyone Wishes to share our happiness, sorrows or any updates in our life as a status on the…
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