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  • 5 Outdated Technologies Amish Still Use

    Amish America
    Erik/Amish America
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    Have you ever heard one Amish person suggest another Amish person is “behind the times”? It might sound funny, but you do hear things like that in places like Holmes County, Ohio. That community is a grab-bag of Amish groups–some very restrictive of technology, some liberal. Of course, Amish aren’t anti-technology. But different groups make different decisions about technology. In fact, […]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…
  • Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    Catholic Exchange
    Sam Guzman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are […]
  • Egypt: Deputy Brotherhood Supreme Guide Dies

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The banned Muslim Brotherhood group mourned on Saturday the death of its deputy Supreme Guide Gomaa Amin, who died in London, Britain at the age of 81.
  • Billions on "democratization" buy new dictators for the people of Egypt and Ukraine

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    Harry J. Bentham
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Il arrivera, donc. ce moment où le soleil n’éclairera plus. sur la terre. que des hommes libres. et ne reconnaissant d’autre maître que leur raison.It will happen, then, in the moment the sun is brightest upon the world, that men will be free and they will recognize no other master than their reason.Nicolas de CondorcetWe need to reconsider something curious that US President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. This was the subject of America's commitment to human rights and free speech.Obama claimed that the US government firmly stands up for free speech, the rights…
  • The Conversion of St. Paul

    Catholic Exchange
    Saints Editor
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    St. Paul, known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, was born in the city of Tarsus, a Roman city, thereby giving him Roman citizenship. At his circumcision, he was given the Hebrew name Saul. At a young age his parents sent him to Jerusalem to be instructed in the Mosaic Law under the greatest Rabbi of […]
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    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features

  • Billions on "democratization" buy new dictators for the people of Egypt and Ukraine

    Harry J. Bentham
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Il arrivera, donc. ce moment où le soleil n’éclairera plus. sur la terre. que des hommes libres. et ne reconnaissant d’autre maître que leur raison.It will happen, then, in the moment the sun is brightest upon the world, that men will be free and they will recognize no other master than their reason.Nicolas de CondorcetWe need to reconsider something curious that US President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. This was the subject of America's commitment to human rights and free speech.Obama claimed that the US government firmly stands up for free speech, the rights…
  • Today's Tarot: Eight of Cups

    Aliza Einhorn
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:18 pm
    That you are running away. That you are running away from. That you must run. And then I take a closer look and. He's walking. She's walking. He/she has a walking stick. This is not a run. This is… thoughtful. Thoughtfulness leave-taking thoughtful not a scamper no.We learn, when confronted with this card, that there is melancholy, even a tough choice, and I mean: look at those cups. They look good, buddy! Pretty and probably full! Zaftig cups and look at you just look at you walking away with your walking stick.BUT CLEARLY of course there are times in life when we have to walk away, the…
  • Sunday Inspiration #67

    Alex Blackwell
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Today’s Sunday Inspiration: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - SocratesAbout Alex BlackwellAlex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.
  • Having Fun Is An Important Tool

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Bigstock PhotosWhenever you want to attract something into your life, you must allow it to come to you first. This means you’re feeling good, happy, joyful. One of the easiest ways to be joyful is by having fun. This may sound obvious, but you may not always recognize that fun is an important tool for yourself and your kids. It can be one of the easiest things to teach them, as children are masters at having fun!We can’t see the future and know what’s in store for us, but if you are able to stay happy you can be confident that events and experiences will ultimately work out for you.
  • The Day the Queen Drove the King

    Suzy Shuraym
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web:When Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour. One of the stories (this one from PBS):When Queen Elizabeth took King Abdullah for a drive in her Land RoverIt boggles the mind that women are being prosecuted for the crime of driving in Saudi Arabia -- the only country in the world that prohibits distaff drivers.
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    Catholic Exchange

  • The Conversion of St. Paul

    Saints Editor
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    St. Paul, known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, was born in the city of Tarsus, a Roman city, thereby giving him Roman citizenship. At his circumcision, he was given the Hebrew name Saul. At a young age his parents sent him to Jerusalem to be instructed in the Mosaic Law under the greatest Rabbi of […]
  • St. Francis de Sales

    Saints Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    St. Francis was born in France on August 21, 1567, to aristocratic parents. He had five younger brothers. Francis’ father desired for him to attend college in hopes that Francis would someday be a magistrate. For years, however, Francis felt God calling him to the priesthood, though he never mentioned it to his family. He attended […]
  • Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    Sam Guzman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are […]
  • Divine Intimacy Radio is Coming!

    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    Since the inception of, I have had a constant longing to better serve you in your desire to deepen your faith. Based on your regular feedback, I know we have done well with our content on the site. Even so, words on a screen only go so far toward building deeper relationships and drawing […]
  • St Francis de Sales: A Beautiful Life for God

    Cari Donaldson
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The Protestant Reformation was raging across Europe.  Whole villages, entire provinces had fallen to heresies.  Mortal lives lost, families torn apart, destruction on both physical and spiritual levels.  It was a war for souls, and God sends a warrior of the most unlikely sort. St. Francis de Sales was the firstborn son of wealthy French […]
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    Phil Cooke

  • Be Careful Before Starting a Lawsuit Over a Social Media Post

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent time on this blog warning social media users about inappropriate posts.  But should a church, nonprofit, or company start a lawsuit over a critical social media post?  According to recent news reports, employers are experiencing real challenges when they try to sue employees – even when those employees are critical of the companies […]
  • Four Things Influencers Should Know About Trust

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a […]
  • Have An Oscar Party – At Your Church?

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Recently, as I’ve been speaking at conferences and events around the world I’ve been urging Christians to stop looking at Hollywood as the enemy, and start looking at Hollywood as a mission field. After all, what if Christians stopped just criticizing, and actually started praying for the most influential industry in the world? Something amazing […]
  • What Were People Searching For in 2014?

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Our friends at Google have posted the subjects people searched for the most in 2014.  It’s set up by category so you can browse through the different areas and drill down to more specifics.  There’s enormous information here for articles, blog posts, sermons, and essays.  Scientific American also posted some interesting insights as well as […]
  • How Christians Should React When Bible Movies Miss The Mark

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I’m taking a risk here, since I received so much criticism for recommending Christians see the movie Noah. But as Hollywood attempts more movies based on the Bible, we need to do more than just complain when they miss the mark Biblically. The truth is, some of these movies will be hit and others miss. […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • BCWI Announces 2015 Best Christian Workplaces

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Contact: Al Lopus, President, Best Christian Workplaces Institute, 206-230-8111,  MERCER ISLAND, Wash., Jan. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This year's 2015 Best Christian Workplaces list identifies organizations where employees experience healthy, even flourishing workplace cultures.  The employees in these organizations find the work they do to be so meaningful and transformational they are willing to go the extra mile.  The rich day to day relati Source: Best Christian Workplaces Institute
  • Response of Rev. Rob Schenck to News Reports on His Remarks About Pro-Lifers and Guns

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Contact: Peggy Nienaber, 202-546-8329 WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Rev. Rob Schenk: My friends at Breitbart News Network have got me all wrong on guns. First, I never used the phrase "gun control," nor will I ever us e it. I don't see this as an issue of gun control, but of self-control, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22). A gun trainer made it clear to me that whenever you point a firearm at another per Source: National Clergy Council
  • Illinois Turns Blind Eye to Substandard Women's Health Facilities

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    New Abortion Clinic Report Calls for Regulation and Oversight to Protect Women Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new study says Illinois is facing a serious women's health crisis and the Illinois Department of Public Health is receiving the heat for the crisis. A new report, released by Illinois Right to Life, documents serious health violations and regulatory loopholes in women's clinics that engager the health and safety Source: TC Public Relations
  • Breaking Records Across the Web

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Contact: Shannon Rose, 813-389-0801 TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Marc Mero, self proclaimed "Happiest Person on the Planet," is shattering YouTube records by sharing with the world the video that portrays his powerful message and brings tears to the eyes of our youth. Mero's message currently has over 13 Million Views on Facebook and 6 Million Views on YouTube to elaborate on why it is so critical to make the right decisions and explains the repercussions of makin Source: Eclectic Media PR
  • Xulon Title Aids Readers to Regain Focus, Identity During Trials

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bedal cultivates gratitude and trust in God, even when everything has fallen apart Contact: Shawna Bedal, 480-388-2404, CHANDLER, Az., Jan. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In her new book, When...Hope Reigns - Heartache Turned to Joy, ($12.99, paperback, 9781498409414; $6.99, e-book, 9781498409421) Shawna Bedal speaks to anyone that has endured, or perhaps is enduring, a difficult time in his or her life. The author emphasizes that when we find ourselves in these sit Source: Shawna Bedal
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • The Guardian view on Libby Lane’s consecration as bishop of Stockport: a hands-on approach | Editorial

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    The consecration of the first female bishop is a time to rejoice, but the Church of England is still divided over this essential reformThe consecration at York Minsteron Monday of the Rev Libby Lane as the new bishop of Stockport shows that the Church of England has got at least one foot in the 21st century; the consecration next week of the Rev Philip North as bishop of Burnley shows that it still has a rump in the fifth.She will be the first female bishop in the church’s history; he has been chosen partly because he represents the irreconcilable opponents of women as priests or bishops.
  • Why Eric Pickles’ letter to mosques was right and wrong

    Hugh Muir
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The communities secretary was right in thinking that an evolutionary process of cohesion is underway. But he was wrong in thinking he was the man to address the problemThis won’t trip off the tongue, but here is where Eric Pickles – communities secretary and the man who holds the glue to keep the many strands of society in place – was in the right ball park. When he sent that now infamous letter to mosques, telling Muslims they really ought to stop the terrorism – presumably using brown-skinned Kingsman-style superhero operatives – he also referenced the “challenges of integration…
  • The third-generation Polish Jews rediscovering long-buried roots

    Emma Graham-Harrison in Krakow
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Judaism has a history dating back 1,000 years in Poland but most see the country as a site of Jewish death and sufferingFirst Agnieska Markowska found a suspicious baptism certificate, then a trail of false names and invented hometowns. Hidden behind them was a Jewish family history her grandmother had sworn she would take to the grave.“When I showed her what I had discovered, she still denied she knew anything,” said Markowska. So she made her way to Krakow’s Jewish Community Centre, the heart of resurgent Jewish life in a city that has long been more associated with Jewish tragedy.
  • Junípero Serra's road to sainthood is controversial for Native Americans

    Alan Yuhas
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    As Pope Francis plans to canonize ‘the evangeliser of the west’, descendants of those who first encountered the missionary recall a culture lost to violenceA story about conquest, religion and the Americas, central to a founding myth of California, will end this year with the pope bestowing sainthood on a man many see as guilty of “slavery” and “violent evangelism”.Pope Francis announced last week that he plans to canonize Junípero Serra, “the evangelizer of west in the United States”, in a ceremony in Washington this fall The 18th-century missionary would officially…
  • Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism

    Ian Traynor, Europe editor
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denialEuropean Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on…
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Moving forward after flooding in Mozambique

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Map credit Operation World) Mozambique (MNN) -- The South African National Defense Force just did an aid drop to survivors of Mozambique's floods. 2014 was a weird year, going from drought to deluge within a few weeks of each other. Unusually heavy rains kicked out by Cyclone Bansi were followed up by Tropical Storm Chedza. It was too much water too fast, starting in mid-December and not letting up until last week. As a result, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe saw floods that killed 260 and displaced 360,000 people. Malawi and major parts of Northern Mozambique were hit the…
  • Chakma Christians not wanted

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Chakma Christians(Photo courtesy of Forgotten Ministries International) Bangladesh (MNN) -- There's a tribe in Bangladesh whose theme is isolation. Holding strongly onto Buddhism, the Chakma people have violently separated themselves from the otherwise Muslim-dominant country. But what happens when one of their own opens up their heart to the saving truth of Jesus' death and resurrection? This tiny restricted area--part of the Iowa-sized country of Bangladesh--cannot be accessed without special government permission. It's impossible for a foreign missionary to have any sort of effective…
  • President Obama meets wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    USA (ACLJ) -- U.S. President Obama met with American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and two young children, Jacob and Rebekka, in a private meeting Wednesday in Pastor Saeed’s hometown of Boise, Idaho The meeting lasted about 10 minutes, and President Obama assured Naghmeh that Pastor Saeed’s freedom is a “top priority” for him and his administration. This was the first time that President Obama met or spoke with Pastor Saeed’s family, and Naghmeh left the meeting with a “renewed sense of hope.” As Naghmeh described their meeting: President Obama came in and shook our…
  • Tragedy strikes Kachin community

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Free Burma Rangers/KBC via Partners Relief and Development) Burma (MNN) -- Hearts are breaking in Burma. Army soldiers raped and killed two young Christian women as they slept in their church compound in Shan state. Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports the women, ages 20 and 21, were teachers working with the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). Partners Relief and Development sources say the KBC sends volunteer missionaries two-by-two every year into areas of need. The Kachin women mentioned above were sent by the KBC to people living along the Kachin State-Shan state border.
  • Mission-minded people view the world differently

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    International (IMB/MNN) -- Mission-minded people are different. That’s it. Somehow they manage to see the world from another perspective. The things they do and the decisions they make are just different than what other people would usually do. You can find them in your church, place of work, or coaching Little League. They are aware of the power of the Gospel to change lives. They know that even the smallest actions can demonstrate the grace and mercy of God. But honestly, every Christian “knows” this. So, what do mission-minded people actually do that’s different? Southern Baptist…
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  • Born this Way

    17 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    There is nothing in the Bible which can remotely give the impression that some people are good and some people are bad, and being good is how we get God to accept us. We're all bad. The Bible draws a sweeping and devastating picture of human beings in Adam as corrupt, greedy, foolish, selfish, mean, envious, hateful, sexually perverse, cruel and violent. And even if we do not always exhibit all these characteristics outwardly, the germ of all these acts dwell in each heart. That is why those who declare that certain individuals are 'born this way' and so cannot change only…
  • Jesus Was Heard Because of His Reverence - Hebrews 5:7

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence."Did you read that?  Jesus was heard BECAUSE of his reverence.  He was not simply heard because He was ontologically righteous as the Second Person of the Trinity.  But he was heard because he obeyed as a flesh and blood human being. So what? you say.  Well, this demonstrates that Jesus obedience as a human being, his life, not just his death was critical in our redemption. …
  • This Age and the Age to Come

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    In the age to come, in righteousness, Jesus will judge and make war (Rev 19:11). He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty and will strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev 19:11-16). But thanks be to God, in this age, Jesus grants pardon in advance to all who ally themselves with Him. Because of Christ and His redemptive work, Final Justice is being delayed until the full number of the elect from every nation are gathered in, or else all of us ill-deserving sinners would all be swept up in judgement. Considering the severity of my own…
  • When an Orange Is Green by Mike Leake

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    You sit down to eat your lunch and begin peeling your orange, when your lunch buddy makes a strange comment. “Why in the world do they call it an orange if it is green?”After gaining your composure, you realize your friend is likely color blind and unable to see the difference between orange and green. To him this orb in your hand is green and nothing you say is going to change that “fact”.He insists that the burden of proof is on you. In order for him to believe that this orange is actually orange you will have to prove it. Secondly, he insists that only six colors exist and every…
  • Your God demands human sacrifice for minor thought crimes?

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Comment: Your God demands human sacrifice for minor thought crimes? Sounds like a jerk.Response: Thanks for your comment ... God is infinitely holy and we are not. Just the mere sight of Him would be too much for any person to bear. All sin, therefore, justly deserves death so it is not about being a "jerk" but about pure holy justice. Even we need human justice to live on earth... it would be utter chaos without it... Likewise God's standard is perfect and he will bring about justice for every transgression... None of us will be able to stand before such justice on our own..
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • State of the Union and News of the Week; Halki Seminary; Bruce Cockburn

    Fred Yi
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Religious reaction to the State of the Union speech; a historic Eastern Orthodox seminary in Turkey that religious freedom activists want reopened; singer, songwriter, and spiritual seeker Bruce Cockburn The post State of the Union and News of the Week; Halki Seminary; Bruce Cockburn appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Muslims and the Paris Attacks; Restoring Community in Ferguson; India’s Artificial Limb Enterprise

    Fred Yi
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Muslims respond to renewed debates about Islam and extremism; a charity in India provides free orthopedic care to poor people with disabilities and missing limbs; church leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, try to help their divided community heal The post Muslims and the Paris Attacks; Restoring Community in Ferguson; India’s Artificial Limb Enterprise appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Social Media Ethics; Raising Children in Two Faiths; Orthodox Epiphany

    Fred Yi
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Controversy over experiments conducted by social media companies—like Facebook—on their users; interfaith families that observe the religious traditions of more than one faith; and celebrating Orthodox Epiphany at the Jordan River The post Social Media Ethics; Raising Children in Two Faiths; Orthodox Epiphany appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Look Ahead 2015

    Anton Vidale
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s our annual survey of the top religion and ethics stories we expect to be covering in 2015. The post Look Ahead 2015 appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Look Back 2014

    Anton Vidale
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We discuss the top religion and ethics stories of 2014 in our end-of-the-year review. The post Look Back 2014 appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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    Religion News Service

  • Pope Francis and America’s shifting views toward Catholics (COMMENTARY)

    A. James Rudin
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    (RNS) With a Catholic vice president and a Catholic speaker of the House looking on behind him, Pope Francis' speech will serve as a vivid reminder of how far Americans have come in overcoming deeply embedded anti-Catholic bigotry. The post Pope Francis and America’s shifting views toward Catholics (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Francis says he wants all annulments to be free

    David Gibson
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    (RNS) Some U.S. dioceses, which account for nearly half of all annulment cases in the global Catholic Church, no longer charge fees, usually about $400, to obtain an annulment. The post Pope Francis says he wants all annulments to be free appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Mike Huckabee calls on states, governors to resist upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

    Susan Page
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    (RNS) "Do we really surrender the entire American system of government to five people, unelected, appointed for life, with no consequences for the decisions they make?" Huckabee asked. The post Mike Huckabee calls on states, governors to resist upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa

    Oren Dorell
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    (RNS) Nigerian government troops seem weak and incapable of stopping Boko Haram from becoming a growing danger to Africa's most populous country and the world's 10th largest oil exporter. The post Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch wants to cut ‘horrifyingly high’ abortion rates

    Thomas Grove
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    MOSCOW (Reuters) "If we could just cut in half the number of abortions, there would be steady and powerful demographic growth," Patriarch Kirill said. The post Russian Orthodox patriarch wants to cut ‘horrifyingly high’ abortion rates appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Saturday Video: Nova episode - Big Bang Machine

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    by Salman HameedA Nova's take on the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. Enjoy!
  • New Astronomy Podcast in Urdu: "Hamari Kainaat"

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    by Salman HameedIf you have followed the blog regularly, you may have seen numerous posts about the flourishing amateur astronomy scene in Pakistan. One of the key figures in this regard is Umair Asim of Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST). For the last year or so we had been in conversation about the possibility of an astronomy podcast in Urdu for individuals who are interested in exploring astronomy topics in more detail. Finally we have launched our Urdu podcast titled "Hamari Kainaat" (Our Universe). We are planning to have an episode every 2 weeks. Here is the first episode on extrasolar…
  • Astronomy Pictures from Pakistan: Orion from an observatory in Karachi

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    by Salman HameedI have previously highlighted astronomy photographs from Lahore and Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST). But Karachi has a thriving astronomy scene as well and Karachi Amateur Astronomers Society has been arranging stargazing sessions quite regularly. One of the highlights of their activities is an observatory - KaAStrodome Urban Observatory - that houses an impressive homebuilt 12.5 inch Newtonian telescope. Here is a picture of a star forming region, Orion nebula, from the telescope:For those unfamiliar with Orion nebula, it is basically a stellar nursery about 1300…
  • A new book on the discovery of geological Deep Time

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    by Salman HameedThe idea of a few thousand year old (approximately 6000 years in the popular Bishop Ussher's calculation from 1650C.E.) is popular even today in some Evangelical groups in the US (though it is largely missing in the Muslim world). From a historical perspective, this young Earth idea went along with Noah's flood that was thought to have shaped all the major features of the Earth. Humans, in this version of nature, were central to creation and had been present on Earth from the beginning. The discovery of an old - in fact very old - Earth continued the decentrality of humans…
  • Saturday Video: "Overview"

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is a 20 minute short film about the first image of Earth from space and how it transformed our species forever. Enjoy! OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Syriza wins Greek election as Samaras congratulates Tsipras – live updates

    Matthew Weaver
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Official projection puts Syriza just short of outright majority Syriza says ‘hope has won’Result could plunge Europe deeper into crisisPM Antonis Samaras congratulates Alexis Tsipras on Syriza’s victoryGuardianWitness: your hopes and fears for the future of GreeceGuardian briefing on the Greek election 8.54pm GMT Here’s audio of Samaras conceding defeat, with a translation from Sky News. “I assumed charge of a country that was on the brink of collapse … and we restored its international credibility.” “Mistakes were made and injustices occurred,” he said referring to the wave…
  • Equatorial Guinea v Gabon: Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – live! | Nick Miller

    Nick Miller
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Goals from Javier Balboa and Ivan Edu were enough to secure Equatorial Guinea’s 2-0 win over Gabon and their place in the next round 7.58pm GMT Well, extraordinary scenes in Bata, as seemingly an entire country completely loses the thread. And why not? It’s a remarkable story, and while their progression does pose a number of questions about the tournament as a whole, we’ll leave those for now. What a game, what a story. Cheers for reading, see you all soon. 7.55pm GMT The other game has ended Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso, meaning Claude LeRoy’s side win the group, ahead of Equatorial…
  • Evgeny Lebedev’s London Live repeats itself. Evgeny Lebedev’s London Live repeats itself.

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Local TV station ran 20 consecutive repeats last Monday, according to listings in owner’s own papersCongratulations to Evgeny Lebedev are in order, as his otherwise ailing local TV station London Live appears to have broken a record. According to listings in his own papers, the Independent and the i, last Monday’s schedule ran 20 consecutive repeats, believed by media greybeards to be a first for a channel not dedicated to reruns (let alone one with “Live” in its name): everything from the first of many showings of River Cottage Life at 1pm to the watercooler TV that is Best of…
  • Media Monkey’s Diary: Danny Cohen, Martin Sorrell and will.iam

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Celebrity schmooze wars with Alan Yentob, WPP boss’s icy reception and chilly Chris Packham on BBC2• In the battle between creative supremo Alan Yentob, the veteran incumbent, and television supremo Danny Cohen to be the BBC’s top celebrity schmoozer, Cohen pulled off a big coup last week with his tweet to will.iam: “@iamwill Hey Will please look after @noreenahertz at Davos. X” (Hertz is Mrs Cohen and an academic celebrity in her own right, the musician is of course a judge on Cohen-commissioned The Voice). A dual selfie duly came back showing chum and spouse at a party together,…
  • The white van man who upcycled his white van into a studio flat

    Alex Rayner
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    ‘Vandog Traveller’ Mike Hudson draws loyal following to travel site describing conversion of LDV Convoy van and year-long journeys from Romania to PortugalIn the summer of 2013, Mike Hudson, a twentysomething electronic-systems engineer, decided to quit his job in Sheffield and go travelling. Yet rather than book a ticket to Thailand, Hudson chose to upcycle a £2,500, 10-year-old LDV Convoy van into a studio flat on wheels.After five months of labour – during which Hudson repaired the rust holes on the van floor, then built and installed, using “common materials found in DIY and…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Liberman orders party activists to distribute Charlie Hebdo for free

    Ben Sales
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has told activists in his Yisrael Beiteinu party to buy up and distribute copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for free. The directive came after Stiematzky, a leading Israeli bookstore chain, canceled plans to sell the magazine’s latest issue in stores. Following threats of violence, the chain said it would sell the magazine online only. Arab-Israeli lawmaker Masoud Ganaim of the Ra’am-Ta’al faction told the Israeli news website Ynet that selling the issue could lead to tension within…
  • Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina

    Ben Sales
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Argentine-Israeli journalist who first reported the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has fled to Israel following threats to his safety. Damian Pachter, who works for and tweeted the news of Nisman’s Jan. 18 death, left Argentina on Saturday after the threats  and being followed by people he did not know, according to Fopea, the Argentine Journalism Forum. Pachter citizenship was en route to Israel, where he holds dual citizenship, on Sunday. “I will return when my sources tell me that the conditions…
  • Druze student beaten in Jerusalem

    Ben Sales
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — A Druze student in Jerusalem was beaten with glass bottles by a gang. Tommy Hasson, 21, told Israeli news website Ynet that he was leaving his job at a hotel Thursday night when a group of people approached him and began mocking him for speaking Arabic. One man spat on him, and after Hasson hit him back, they began beating him. Hasson escaped to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, where an ambulance took him to a hospital. He was released soon afterward. “They just hit me,” he told Ynet. “Glass and bottles. There were a lot of people there who screamed, couldn’t…
  • Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank composes aliyah plan for 120,000 French Jews

    Ben Sales
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Jewish People Policy Institute has composed a plan to facilitate immigration of 120,000 French Jews to Israel. The plan by the Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank would prepare for up to 120,000 French Jews to arrive in Israel during the coming four years. The plan cited a rise in jihadist terror attacks and a difficult economy in Europe as causes of increased immigration. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on French Jews to move to Israel following an attack on a French kosher supermarket in early January. Some 7,000 French Jews moved to Israel in…
  • Jewish groups condemn ship, world’s largest, named for Dutch SS officer

    Ben Sales
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    (JTA) — European Jewish groups are again protesting the name of the world’s largest ship, which was named after a Dutch officer in the Nazi Waffen-SS military force. The Pieter Schelte, which docked in Rotterdam in early January, is named after an SS officer convicted of war crimes in World War II, according to the Guardian. Schelte conscripted 4,000 Dutch into forced labor for Nazi Germany and called Jews “parasitic.” “Naming such a ship after an SS officer who was convicted of war crimes is an insult to the millions who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis,” said…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Stick to Your Proper Business

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    An (unsigned) editorial by R. A Torrey in the September 1916 edition of Biola’s King’s Business shares a story about a busy pastor learning a lesson about time management. Seven resignations in one day is pretty inspirational (though in retrospect the better part of wisdom would have been knowing how to say no in the first place). I especially like the line from Stalker, “As soon as the devil sees a young minister likely to be of use in the kingdom of God he gets on his back and rides him to death with engagements.”       The post Stick to Your Proper…
  • Fittest Type of All Disciples: Bartholomew / Nathanael

    Fred Sanders
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    A Bible study group at my church had a great idea for a series of lessons: studying each of the disciples. Even though I’d love to learn more about John or Peter, I asked them to let me teach one of the more obscure disciples, because I’ve got access to lots of books and I enjoy a challenge. The lot fell to me to teach the week on Bartholomew. Here’s the problem with teaching on Bartholomew: Even though his name is in all four lists of the disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10, Mark 3, Luke 6, Acts 1), he is not otherwise mentioned in the New Testament. As I said, I like a…
  • LATC16: The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

    Fred Sanders
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    We’ve just wrapped up the third annual Los Angeles Theology Conference.  I’ll post video of the plenary talks in a few weeks, and before the year’s out, look for the book, Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, to be available from Zondervan. Next year the conference will return to Fuller Theological Seminary, and we will be exploring the doctrine of Scripture. So even though it is a systematic theology conference and our goal is to understand a doctrine, we’ve got some biblical scholars contributing next year. Our focusing question is, “How…
  • If You Had Been There

    Fred Sanders
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Once upon a time –not quite “in the beginning,” but not too long after– a snake had a question. He sauntered up and posed it quite politely, and if you’d been there you’d have agreed that both his posture and his manners were impeccable. He found the Mother of All Mankind minding her own beeswax in the middle of the arboretum, and he leaned his lanky limbs against the trunk of a tree, cocked his head a little to one side, and mused, “Excuse me, I was just wondering. Just a clarifying question here; just a little follow-up, just out of curiosity, just playing devil’s…
  • “All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days”

    Fred Sanders
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    In Acts 3, near the end of his sermon in Solomon’s Portico, Peter says that “all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days” in which God would bring salvation in Christ. Old Testament scholar R. E. Clements once pointed out that this New Testament text contains two crucial assumptions which run counter to much Old Testament scholarship: (1) that it’s possible to summarize what “all the prophets” said, and (2) that such a summary is a message of salvation. In an article that takes Clements’…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Sringeri Sankaracharya Anoints Successor

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    SourceCHENNAI, INDIA, January 24, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati, earlier known as Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma, was formally anointed as successor to Sri Bharati Tirtha, Sankaracharya of the Sringeri Math, in Sringeri on Friday.According to a release from the Math, the elaborate ceremony of Shishya Sweekara began on Thursday. The successor-designate performed several rituals, fasted all day and stayed awake throughout the night. He began Friday by paying homage at the samadhi shrines of the previous Sankaracharyas.Later, he went to the banks of the Tunga and performed…
  • Encounter with the Infinite

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    SourceUNITED STATES, January 23, 2015 (by Robert Schneider with Benjamin Phelan): Srinivasa Ramanujan was a super genius born into extreme poverty in an obscure part of southern India, who taught himself mathematics from a standard textbook, and in total isolation became a mathematician of such power that one hundred years after his death, at the age of thirty-two, the meaning of much of his work is still a mystery. In the middle of what I thought would be my life's work, writing and producing music, I heard his story; now I find myself in graduate school studying number theory.Read more of…
  • Daily Inspiration

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    SourceIf you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying, "O God! O God!"?-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)
  • Nine Million Take Holy Dip on Mauni Amavasya

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    SourceALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 20, 2015 (Times of India): "Har, Har Gange" reverberated in the air throughout the day as a large number of devotees headed towards River Ganga on Mauni Amavasya at Sangam, Jhunsi and Arail ghats. Mela officials claimed that around 9 million pilgrims and devotees had a holy dip at Sangam, Jhunsi and Arail ghats by late afternoon.They said that the final figure was expected to cross the 10 million mark by the time the bathing time ends at 10pm as people from neighboring states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were still arriving.A dip in Ganga on Mauni…
  • Desi Dialogues: Memories of Kite Flying and Chikki at Makar Sankranti

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    SourceTORONTO, CANADA, January 24, 2015 (by Rakshande Italia, Scarborough Mirror): As North America dives into a deep freeze and temperatures reach minus degrees, its heartening to note thousands of miles away in India, people are celebrating the first festival of the year. Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival dedicated at paying homage to the elements of the sun, wind and thanking God for the abundance of natural resources that make it possible to live on earth.Many Hindus in India take holy dips in Ganga. As kids growing up in the city of Mumbai the term Sankranti had absolutely different…
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Deep winter (Velveteen Rabbi)
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Winter in the city is unlovely, all slush and grit. But even here in the country it's not always a picture postcard. Snow which was soft and fluffy when it fell has thawed and refrozen. Driveways are uneven hockey rinks of lumpy ice. Hillsides which had been white are scraped with grey and brown. The small river which runs through Williamstown is jumbled with ice. Cars are gritty and crusted with dirty slush and rock salt. On cloudy days, everything feels frozen and grey. The twinkling lights of December are well behind us, and the first glimmers of the coming spring are too far ahead to…
  • Gratitude for my body (Velveteen Rabbi)
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    I sat down this morning wanting to do some writing, and when I let my mind clear, what emerged was this subject. Even as I was writing this post, I had the sneaking feeling I had written something similar before -- but I intentionally didn't seek out that older post until I had finished drafting this one. It turns out that I've written almost this exact post before -- two years ago in deep midwinter, just like now. Apparently this is stuff I think about a lot, maybe especially at this time of year. I don't manage to say 100 blessings every day. Actually, I'm not certain of that; it's not as…
  • Legends of the Talmud: fantastical stories, in fantastic art (Velveteen Rabbi)
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    Donating to Kickstarter campaigns is like giving a gift to one's future self. I didn't come up with that idea myself -- it's Ethan's -- but I thought of it a few days ago when I received a copy of a book I had helped to fund, but had forgotten would be arriving eventually in my mailbox: Legends of the Talmud: A Collection of Ancient Magical Jewish Tales, by Leah Vincent and Samuel Katz, illustrated by Aya Rosen. (I reviewed Leah Vincent's memoir Cut me loose a bit less than a year ago.) Here's how the project was described on its Kickstarter page: Legends of the Talmud will introduce readers…
  • A Year of Deep Ecumenism - including a Jew in the Lotus 25th Anniversary weekend (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    The very first class I took, when I was in the process of preparing to apply to the ALEPH rabbinic ordination program, was Deep Ecumenism. (It's a required class for all students in the ALEPH ordination programs.) Deep Ecumenism was one of the pillars of Reb Zalman's thinking. It's a way of relating to other faith-traditions which goes beyond the shallow waters of "interfaith dialogue," and which eschews the old-paradigm triumphalism which held that there's only one path to God. The idea of Deep Ecumenism wasn't Reb Zalman's alone. Centuries ago, Meister Eckhart wrote that "Divinity is an…
  • Va'era, freedom, and Reverend Martin Luther King (Velveteen Rabbi)
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here's the d'var Torah I offered yesterday at my shul for parashat Va'era. (At least, this is the script from which I spoke. Cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.) God spoke to Moshe saying: go and tell Pharaoh, King of Egypt, to let the Israelites depart from his land. (Exodus 6:10) This week we move deeper into our people's central story: we were enslaved to a Pharaoh in Egypt, and God brought us out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. This year, our reading of this holy story falls on the weekend when we prepare to observe Martin Luther King Day. The Reverend Martin…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Oscar – therapy cat. Video

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    An elderly woman died this very morning. A cat curled up beside her feet. The cat insisted. RIP Mom. And there is a now famous cat called Oscar who lives on a dementia floor in a facility on the East Coast of America. He too curls up beside patients close to death. The book, Making Rounds With Oscar provides a window on all those; family members, care staff, doctors and the patients touched by the devastating impact of dementia. I found myself educated on the subject while being enthralled and charmed by this remarkable cat. With thoughts for family, friends and strangers who are supporting…
  • Slow Walking The Way

    17 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Yes. God’s Hotel by Dr. Victoria Sweet has been a constant companion these last days. I’ve chosen the following quote from a book review in the Huffington Post because the pilgrimage described is close to my heart. Not so much the actual one mentioned here more my attraction to the wisdom of walking. Of taking a walk or journey for a spiritual purpose rather than a journey to get somewhere in particular. These past five months in North America while not involving a lot of physical walking have been in a sense a pilgrimage. A personal spiritual journey. Where the path has lead, the…
  • Enjoy The Journey

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Driving out of Portland the city at dawn was magical. Then crossing the Columbia River on the road bridge, the water on fire with the rising sun, Mount St Helens waking up in the eastern horizon. On returning nine hours later after attending a funeral I saw only traffic! Driving focused on reaching the temple at a prearranged time I missed the journey. Even missing the yellow light signalling the car was close to running out of petrol! Then relaxing with a cup of tea this quote, attached to a tea bag. Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey.
  • Appreciating The Impact of Words

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Words cannot express things; Speech does not convey the spirit. Swayed by words, one is lost; Blocked by phrases, one is bewildered. Mumon’s Verse for Chao-chou’s Oak Tree, Case 37 – Two Zen Classics: Mumonkan & Hekiganroku, p. 110 Translated with commentaries by Katsuki Sekida A word came my way the other day and looking into it’s meaning one could understand it in two, or more, almost completely opposing ways. A shadow side and a non shadow. Positive or negative, or somewhere in between. As children in the playground when a child was ‘calling somebody…
  • Being Where You Are Not!

    11 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The following is from an article in Brainpickings titled: The Spirit of Sauntering: Thoreau on the Art of Walking and the Perils of a Sedentary Lifestyle. How familiar these words below are. How good to hear Thoreau all those many years ago contemplating the simple act of going for walks and the practice of being where one is and not somewhere else. I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society. But it sometimes happens that I…
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  • Have we become what we hate?

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In 1971, William Irvin Thompson, a professor at York University in Toronto, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times entitled, “We Become What We Hate,” describing the way in which “thoughts can become inverted when they are reflected in actions.” He cited several scientific, sociocultural, economic, and political situations where the maxim appeared to be true. The physician who believed he was inventing a pill to help women become pregnant had actually invented the oral contraceptive. Germany and Japan, having lost World War II, had become peaceful consumer societies. The People’s…
  • Four reasons for ISIS’s success

    Catherine Fehre
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    The editors of Oxford Islamic Studies Online asked several experts the following question: The world has watched as ISIS (ISIL, the “Islamic State”) has moved from being a small but extreme section of the Syrian opposition to a powerful organization in control of a large swath of Iraq and Syria. Even President Obama recently admitted that the US was surprised by the success of ISIS in that region. Why have they been so successful, and why now? Political Scientist Robert A. Pape and undergraduate research associate Sarah Morell, both from the University of Chicago, share their thoughts.
  • The myth-eaten corpse of Robert Burns

    Hannah Charters
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    ‘Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt,’ so wrote the other bard, Shakespeare. Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, has had a surfeit of biographical attention: upwards of three hundred biographical treatments, and as if many of these were not fanciful enough hundreds of novels, short stories, theatrical, television, and film treatments that often strain well beyond credulity. Burns has been pursued beyond (or properly in) the grave in even more extreme ways. His remains have been disinterred twice, the second time so that his skull might be examined for the purposes of…
  • Immoral philosophy

    Alex Guyver
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    I call myself a moral philosopher. However, I sometimes worry that I might actually be an immoral philosopher. I worry that there might be something morally wrong with making the arguments I make. Let me explain. When it comes to preventing poverty related deaths, it is almost universally agreed that Peter Singer is one of the good guys. His landmark 1971 article, “Famine, Affluence and Morality” (FAM), not only launched a rich new area of philosophical discussion, but also led to millions in donations to famine relief. In the month after Singer restated the argument from FAM in a piece…
  • Clues, code-breaking, and cruciverbalists: the language of crosswords

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The recent release of The Imitation Game has revealed the important role crosswords played in the recruitment of code-breakers at Bletchley Park. In response to complaints that its crosswords were too easy, The Daily Telegraph organised a contest in which entrants attempted to solve a puzzle in less than 12 minutes. Successful competitors subsequently found themselves being approached by the War Office, and later working as cryptographers at Bletchley Park. The birth of the crossword The crossword was the invention of Liverpool émigré Arthur Wynne, whose first puzzle appeared in the New…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • An Important Reminder / Antidote to Our Self-Importance Delusion

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As we run through this maze of life we often forget some simple but important matters. One such thing is the reminder about our self's non-importance. Sometime we become so blinded by our material and external achievements all of which are infinitely because God gave us, those configurations, those capacity, those opportunity, those special and unique arrangements made for us than any of our achievements, capability or deservingness. If we say we achieved this or we did that, truthfulness in that statement is infinitesimally small, in comparison to if we say God made this happen or God really…
  • I Bear Witness that Muhammad is the Divine Messenger

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Ashhadu anna Muhammadan RasulallahI bear witnessthat Muhammadis the Rasul of Allah,the Divine Messenger.He is the one of praiseworthy station, known in the celestial realm as Ahmad - the one who is praised, the Periklytos (Advocate, Helper), about whom Jesus Christ mentioned of the Paraclete's (Solicitor, Intercessor, Comforter, Advocate ) advent after Christ's return to the Lord. That Intercessor is Our Master Muhammad who will intercede on the Day of Judgment. Sayydina wa Habibina wa Shafayina Muhammad - Our Master, Our Beloved and Our Intercessor O Muhammad Mustafa, the…
  • What is the Secret of Happiness? Its Gratefulness that Makes you Happy

    27 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
     Among My Most Favorite List of TED TalksKindly allow me to introduce you to one of my most favorite of TED talks which is titled: Want to be Happy? Be Grateful. This 14 minutes long refreshing talk was given by benedictine monk and interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast, where he offers us a truly inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where we’re going, and above all, being grateful.This talk is a beautiful testimony that help us understand why gratefulness is found at the heart of many religious and spiritual tradition, specially in Islam where the everyday prescribed…
  • From Humbleness to Wonderment and then Fleeing to God

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Some of the stations of the Wayfarer from Humbleness to Wonderment to Fleeing to GodHUMBLENESS, KHUSHU'"Has the time arrived for the faithful that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of God?" 57:16Humbleness involves a holy fear that is accompanied by awareness and humility. It involves three things: altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions, humility in service, and modesty and reverence in the inner consciousness.The signs of altruism and endurance in one's spiritual transactions are three: bad people are safe from the humble, good people are happy…
  • Maqam, Murshid and Murid: Sufi Way Stations and Master-Disciple Relationships in Conference of the Birds

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
     by Noora Kamel Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of the Birds is an allegorical poem elaborating on the nature of mystical experience and the stages on a wayfarer’s path to the Divine. Using an overarching story of the hoopoe bird of Solomon who convinces a host of other birds to undertake a spiritual journey, ‘Attar maps out the human weaknesses that must be overcome before such a quest, as well as the arduous obstacles one will need to overcome to reach the goal. At each step of the journey, ‘Attar uses countless smaller tales within the frame story to underscore the point being…
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    Evolving Beings

  • Live in Alignment by Learning to Balance Patience, Grace, and Desire

    10 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    What do patience, grace, and desire have in common? Together, they weave the fabric that will envelop you with joy and inner peace or suffering and turmoil. How you play out these three vital virtues each day will determine the quality of your life and how in or out of alignment with life you are. This essay will offer guidance and inspiration to help you tap into the power of these three virtues and work with them in the most effective of ways for your personal wellbeing. Life is composed of moments that string together our desires, choices, and outcomes. Each day, we wake up, we envision…
  • 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…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Virginia Seminary can create Missions of the Seminary

    John Chilton
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, on January 24th, adopted a change to its Canons that permits Virginia Seminary to create Missions of the Seminary. The seminary has no immediate plans to create missions. The language of the canonical change can be found on the diocesan website under C-1a Missions of a Theological Seminary. Be sure to read the canon in full for the limits it places on this power. Council also adopted on first reading C-2, a constitutional amendment which would replace “council” with “convention.” If it passes on second reading in…
  • Retired police chief turned priest works to heal rifts in society

    Jon White
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    From the New York Times The Rev David Couper, was once the police chief in Madison, WI, but now serves as a priest at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in North Lake, WI.  Recently he has been reflecting on the violence that has erupted in the wake of the killing of unarmed African American men by police in Ferguson, Mo and New York City. The Rev. David Couper, 77, recalled the predawn hours of a March day nearly a quarter-century ago. A fire had broken out at a housing project in Madison, Wis., where he was the chief of police. A police sergeant, hearing about the blaze from a 911…
  • Online church communities growing

    Jon White
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    A great deal of energy has been spent since the emergence of the internet and then social media, trying to figure out how the church can be present online.  Some (still) hold that the church’s presence should be minimal.  However, many are forging ahead and trying creative and innovative ways to be the church in an online world., which is from the Diocese of Indianapolis, is one such innovative approach.  It offers a live webcast of Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. Eastern, 6 a.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday that is fully interactive.  And with over a million visitors…
  • Divisions within GAFCON?

    Jon White
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A group of GAFCON Primates and bishops met recently in Nairobi to formulate a response to a meeting held at General Seminary in October between a group of African Primates, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and a group of Episcopal Church bishops that was described as a continuation of the Indaba process first begun at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. From the statement released following the October meeting: Our conversations grew out of the Fifth Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, May 22-25, 2014, at Coventry, England (info here)…
  • The Magazine: Loss and Love

    Jon White
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    by Eric Bonetti Loss seems an inevitable topic during the extended Christmas season. Whether it’s memories of those who are no longer with us, the melancholy lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne,” or simply the short, dark, often cold days, loss lurks right behind the scenes for many.   But what is loss? And how does it fit into the larger palette of our emotional lives? How do we deal with loss over time?   The answer, I have come to believe, depends on loss as an essential corollary of love; without one, there cannot be the other. And because love is a necessary part of our…
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  • The radical King we don't know

    Cornel West
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    IDEAS: Does America have the capacity to heed the radical Martin Luther King Jr., or must America sanitize King in order to evade and avoid his challenge?
  • Two more Starr King professors resign

    Elaine McArdle
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    NEWS: Organization of community ministers condemns school's actions; UUA leaders express dismay about 'heated rhetoric and broken relationships.'
  • A life lesson from Hollywood

    Aisha Hauser
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    IDEAS: In 'Selma,' James Reeb offers a compelling lesson in being a racial justice ally.
  • Selma at the cinema

    John Buehrens
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    IDEAS: An important film introduces Unitarian Universalists Reeb and Liuzzo, but doesn't mention their faith.
  • Tarantula

    Meg Barnhouse
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    LIFE: I faced my fears and they faced me. It wasn't that big a deal.
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    Emergent Village

  • 6 Ways Shipping Container Shelters Help People in Crisis

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image by Stewart James Bim-Merle via Flicker There’s a lot of talk about shipping containers in architecture and minimalist movements like the Tiny House Movement, and we thought we’d shed some light on what attributes of shipping container Shelters make them the most ideal solution for shelter in crisis situations. If we left anything out, be sure to let us know in the comments –here are our top reasons why shipping containerShelters are ideal for disaster, no matter where it happens. 1. Prefabrication Can Save Time As easy to assemble as over-sized IKEA furniture, saving time…
  • How to Choose the Best Bathroom Sink

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    You can’t really appreciate all the choices that go into bathroom design until you are faced with them yourself. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. They are often THE selling point of a new home, and a good one will add tremendous value to your home. Therefore, it’s important to take the issues of bathroom design very seriously, no less so when we’re just talking about what kind of sink you need. Bathroom sinks come in 4 distinct styles, each with a variety of eras and sub-styles. You can get lost in the options for days, but by understanding the four main genres of bathroom sink,…
  • What Do You Need to Consider Before Building a Garden Shed?

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If you constantly find yourself running out of storage space for items like tools, and gardening equipment, or if you just want somewhere to relax in the summer, a garden shed is a great solution. And, if you have successfully completed any DIY projects in the past, you should easily be able to build one from scratch. But what do you need to build a garden shed, and do you need to consider anything before buying your blueprints? Keep reading for some ideas. Royalty free photo What Will Your Shed Be Used For? Before you even think about building a garden shed, you need to have an idea of what…
  • 3 Incredible Outdoor Tips For People With Green Fingers

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Do you love nothing more than spending your free time in the garden? Do all your friends refer to you as “the one with green fingers?” If so, you’ll be happy to learn the weather is going to pick up soon, and so you can get back to your favorite hobby. 2015 looks set to become the perfect year for gardeners. While the temperatures might be a little too cold at the moment, most experts are predicting we will have the hottest summer on record. For that reason, you need to start planning ahead. Most of us only have a couple of days off work each weekend, so you’ll want to make the most…
  • Organising your kitchen

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to keep organised and tidy; it’s continuously in use and has to withstand a constant coming and going of groceries and kitchen equipment. In no time the cupboards can become overcrowded, food and tools are lost and forgotten. Often the space is not being used to its full potential. Now is the best time of year to really make an effort to put an end to this cycle and start making the most of your kitchen. New Year – new kitchen. Stage a clear out There’s no other way to do it properly: first things first, pull everything out…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Bishops - Part 56: St. Philaret of Moscow

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    One of the most influential and revered figures of 19th Century Orthodox Russia was St. Philaret of Moscow. Fr. Tom also speaks about Leo Tolstoy.
  • Bishops - Part 55: 19th Century Clergy in Russia

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In his continuing series on bishops and Church organization, Fr. Thomas speaks about various clergy figures from that time. He references the book My Life's Journey: The Memories of Metropolitan Evlogy.
  • Relax, God is in Control - Final Thoughts

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Fr. Thomas Hopko takes one last look at the phrase "Relax, God is in Control" and provides information on additional material he has written and spoke about regarding this general topic. Here is the list: Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West by Met. Kallistos Ware And from his Speaking the Truth in Love series: Pain and Suffering The Wrath of God The Wrath of God - Part 2 Anger and Wrath in Human Life On Sadness and Grief in Christian Life Theological Reflections on Calamity Does God Play Favorites? Predestination, Providence, and Prayer Understanding Evil - 9/11 Remembered God and…
  • Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fr. Tom returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.
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    Jewish Treats

  • Calligraphy

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    In honor of National Handwriting Day, Jewish Treats explores the unique calligraphy practiced by a Jewish sofer (scribe). The Hebrew letters used in a Torah scroll, as well as on other sacred parchment scrolls such as those in mezuzot and tefillin, look different than the letters in printed Hebrew texts, even though both are the block letters known as ktav Ashuri. The differences are in the extra flourishes on top of certain letters. These ornaments or crowns, called taggin in Hebrew, are as much a part of the mesorah (tradition) as the pronunciation of the unvowelled words.Not all letters…
  • Take a Look

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
     If you have an opportunity, visit a sofer and discover the beauty of how a Torah scroll is written (call first and arrange a visit).
  • The Origin of the Word Anti-Semitism

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Today, January 22, has been earmarked for an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the growth of anti-Semitism. It would be impossible for Jewish Treats, in its limited 300 word form, to discuss the history of anti-Semitism* or even the proposed causes for it. Jewish Treats will, however, provide the interesting history of the word anti-Semitism.The term Semite, which was first used in 1781 to define languages related to Hebrew, initially referred to people of Near East origin. The word Semite is derived from the name Shem, the son of Noah. Abraham was a descendant of…
  • Jewish and Proud

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The greatest ammunition against anti-Semitism is living a proud, Jewish life.
  • You Say It's Your Birthday

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    January, March, June or November (or any of the other months not listed)...Nope, that's not the birthday about which we are writing. Jewish Treats wants to know: Do you know your Hebrew birthday?Knowing the date of one's Hebrew birthday can be an important building block in one’s Jewish identity. There are two reasons why one might want to have this information. The easy and obvious reason is that two birthday parties are better than one! (Hey, you’ve got lots to celebrate, right!)On a more serious note, however, the Jerusalem Talmud (Rosh Hashana 3:8) relates that a person has a…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • The Book of Mormon's Command Performance: The Late War and Other KJV-Style Texts Don't Help

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Stanford Carmack's discussion of the unusual grammar in the original Book of Mormon text creates a case that the unusual English of the original Book of Mormon cannot be readily explained if Joseph just created the Book of Mormon himself. The language of the King James Bible is actually quite distinct from the English that Joseph dictated. Carmack's most recent work on the topic, as I previously discussed ("New Twists," 1/08/15; also see my earlier "Joseph Smith's Hick Language," 8/29/14), takes up the use of the verb "command" in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon tends to favor archaic…
  • Another Classic Example of Misleading LDS Apologetics: The Gospel of Philip and Temple Marriage

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    In the comments to a previous post about LDS garments at Mormanity, I've just been called out for an egregious blunder on my part. I am genuinely grateful to Alvin for this barbed and instructive comment:Because of my dayjob, I can’t really check all the references used by apologists, and apparently neither can anyone else, including Mormanity. Brother Ostler’s paper “Clothed Upon” was written in 1982, before it became easy to find some of his sources on the internet. I spot checked this claim from the third paragraph: “In some accounts, one must be married in the Holy of Holies of…
  • New Twists in the Debate Over Book of Mormon Origins

    Jeff Lindsay
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:09 pm
    The Book of Mormon has long been a controversial book to the world, but we must also recognize that it is increasingly controversial within the Church. The debate over its origins — is it an authentic ancient document or modern fiction concocted by Joseph Smith? — occurs not just between Mormons and non-Mormons, or between the faithful and those losing their faith, but has also extended among the ranks of those who consider themselves faithful Mormons.There are some who respect the Book of Mormon yet feel it is not derived from an ancient text but somehow stems from Joseph Smith's mind…
  • "Let It Go"

    Jeff Lindsay
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Among the stories shared in General Conferences from the past few years, one of my favorites for its wisdom comes from President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, in the April 2011 conference. His talk, "Guided by the Holy Spirit," offers this story dealing with forgiveness: Latter-day Saints are taught to love one another and to frankly forgive offenses.My life was changed by a saintly patriarch. He married his sweetheart. They were deeply in love, and soon she was expecting their first child.The night the baby was born, there were complications. The only doctor was…
  • Shanghai's Disastrous New Year's Eve Stampede: The Unintended Consequences of Giving Foolishly

    Jeff Lindsay
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Nearly 40 people died last night in a tragic stampede in Shanghai, just a short walk from the Bund Center where I work. To the right is a photo of portion of the Bund in Shanghai, near the region of the stampede. I've been to the area of the tragedy many times and have experienced the intense crowds that can form on almost any day of the week (the biggest crowds tend to be near the Peace Hotel, the building with the green pyramid on top). The New Year's Eve crowd must have been far denser than average. As the crowds gathered at Shanghai's most popular area to celebrate the arrival of 2015,…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Take away the foundation and lose everything

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are certain statements that are trigger warnings for me—at least, when I see them made by a Christian writer, speaker or pastor. References to 1 Corinthians’ famous “everything is permissible” statements (but only because I almost always see them used in the exact opposite way Paul meant them). Nearly any time someone says Jesus doesn’t judge, so we shouldn’t either (again, because, it’s used in almost the opposite way it’s meant in Scripture). And when someone calls the Bible something like a “different kind of center,” or a…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The five stages of hating your jobDownton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?Albert Mohler:Americans by the millions are still tuning in to watch Downton Abbey — now in itsfifth season — eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According to press reports, 10.1 million Americans watched the first episode, apparently quite ready to be transported by drama into another place and time. This season, one looming issue is the arrival of a socialist government in London.But, do Americans have any idea what they are really…
  • 5 books Christians should read on Church history

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am
    Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, as the old saying goes. And while you might want to roll your eyes, here’s the rub: it’s absolutely true. I’ve outlined my reasons for encouraging Christians to read church history in greater detail previously, but it bears repeating: if we do not know the issues the church faced in the past—particularly our conflicts and controversies over doctrine—we will absolutely fall prey to those errors once again.Here are five books (plus a little something extra) I’d recommend every Christian read on Church…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersHeresy by Alistair McGrath—$1.99 (may end at any time)On Guard by William Lane Craig—Free (ends today)Heroes of the Holy Life by Wesley Duewell—$1.99Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a whole bunch of great resources on sale, including:Heroes of the Christian Faith teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)A Survey of Church History, Part 3: A.D. 1500-1620 teaching series by W. Robert Godfrey (DVD)Mark by R.C. Sproul (ePub and MOBI)Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching by various authors (ePub and MOBI)The…
  • It’s getting real

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am
    Yesterday was kind of a big deal on this education journey I’ve been on. I completed my registration for my first course at Covenant Seminary, and paid my tuition. My books have been purchased, and are sitting on my coffee table (see the list here). So, next week, I begin studying apologetics and outreach with Jerram Barrs.I’ve gotta say, I’m incredibly nervous in some ways. I have no idea what it’s going to do to my schedule yet. A healthy work/life/ministry balance is not something I’m terribly familiar with. I’ve got a bit of anxiety about whether or…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • The Papal Explainer: Breeding Like Rabbits

    Mary Valle
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Lots of headlines are trumpeting Pope Francis’ recent declaration that Catholics need not breed like rabbits. However, Catholics are still not allowed to use artificial birth control. There are “licit” ways of preventing pregnancy, said the Pope. Human breeding in a manner unlike rabbits must be done by means of natural family planning (which is not the rhythm method), a system of monitoring a woman’s temperature, secretions and so forth. This data is plotted to determine a woman’s fertile period; intercourse is off the menu during this time. If NFP is adhered to, it is said to be…
  • Prayer Hands

    Jeff Sharlet
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    At first I thought Larry might be a not-so-secret supervillain. His store, a grackle’s shop of shiny pop cult marginalia, samurai swords, and Franklin Mint collectibles, was called Treasure Center. “Adults Only,” read a handwritten sign—inside. But there was nothing naughty for sale. “I just don’t like children,” he said. “They break things.” The black box glowing red in his hand was a stun gun; he was showing it off to a crony. “You could use this on your wife,” Larry volunteered. “You know, if she got annoying.” Blue sparks, zap, crackle and a giggle. Nervous…
  • Different God: Franklin Graham Shuts Down Duke’s Muslim Call to Prayer

    Mary Valle
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    At Duke University, a new weekly Muslim call to prayer was to begin Friday at 1 p.m. Muslim students were going broadcast the prayer from the bell tower of Duke’s chapel for about three minutes with “moderate” amplification. Franklin Graham (son of Billy), freaked out and asked Duke alums and donors to turn off the money taps until Duke backtracked. The event was cancelled on Thursday afternoon. Duke PR VP Michael Schoenfeld passive-voiced that “it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.” Reports then came in that…
  • New Year’s Horn-Tooting

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It has been a great year for Buddha-killing. In interviewing our co-founder Peter Manseau about his new book One Nation Under Gods (coming out this month!), Publishers Weekly called Killing the Buddha a “pioneer [of] religion journalism online.” Our pal Darcey Steinke gave us a shoutout in Granta: “Killing the Buddha is a website about religion for people who are fully alive and possibly doubt-filled…a vital forum on our complicated relationship to the divine.” And as we head into our fifteenth year in publication, a reminder that now is an excellent time to throw some pennies in…
  • The Carnival of Confession

    Kyle Gautreau
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    I’m early to everything. It’s a compulsion. I’ll arrive early to an event and sit in the parking lot 30 or 40 minutes, hoping for Britney Spears or Ira Glass on the radio. Usually, I get neither. For the first time in 10 years, I’m going to confession–and I arrived early even though I was sacramentally tardy. The church is dedicated to Teresa of Avila. Her life and model was so prominent in Reformation Europe that even Anglicans and Lutherans honor her. A Carmelite reformer, mystic, contemplative prayer aficionado: she is fierce. But her fierceness can’t overcome the sinking…
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Pope Decries ‘Ideological Colonization’ of Family; Islamic State Executes Gays and Others; Gay Couple Gets Long-Delayed Wedding in Mexico; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    US President Barack Obama made history this week with what are reported to have been the first appearances of the words lesbian, bisexual, and transgender in a State of the Union address. He also referred to marriage equality as a civil right and “a story of freedom.” We have reported on the World Council of Families and its promotion of anti-gay policies in Russia and around the world, as well as religious conservatives’ rhetorical opposition to “gender ideology.” This week Political Research Associates released an article on WCF’s global reach and how “a seemingly innocuous…
  • Is Refusal to Write Anti-Gay Cake Message a Violation of Religious Freedom?

    Kara Loewentheil
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Denver, Colorado can feel like an alternate universe for a lot of reasons, but now we can add a new one to the list. Because in the first such case of which I’m aware, a bakery in Denver has been sued for refusing to bake a homophobic cake. According to the reports, the plaintiff in the suit requested that the baker bake him a cake that said “God hates gays” along with a picture of two men holding hands with an X over them. When the baker—who identifies as Christian herself—refused, the plaintiff filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, accusing her of religious…
  • Tsarnaev Trial: Catholics Need Not Apply?

    Evan Derkacz
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Last week on RD, Anthony Santoro presciently wrote: Since nearly half of [Massachusetts’s] six million residents identify as Catholic, however, a sizable number of potential jurors—those who follow the Church’s teaching on capital punishment—are likely to be excluded from jury service for their religious beliefs. And indeed, there’s this from today’s NY Times: Another potential juror, a theologian who teaches at a Catholic college, said he could not impose the death penalty “under any circumstances.” He said he worried that if he were selected, he might be…
  • Why Don’t Republicans Want to Allow Pastors to Endorse from Pulpit?

    Daniel Silliman
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    One of the first things North Carolina congressmen Walter Jones, Jr. did on the very first day of the 114th US Congress was file House Resolution 153. The bill would repeal a law that keeps churches out of politics. Pastors would be permitted to endorse political candidates even from the pulpit. Probably this will come to nothing. The non-partisan GovTrack, an open government data site, puts the likelihood of HR 153 becoming a law at zero percent. This bill will never come to a vote, probably, disappearing into the Ways and Means committee never to be heard from again. The question is: why…
  • Muslim Beard Decision was a Boost for “Religious Liberty” Advocates

    Kara Loewentheil
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Holt on Tuesday, holding that prison regulations that prevented a Muslim inmate from growing a short beard for religious reasons violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a form of RFRA that applies to state prison inmates as long as the state facility accepts federal funds (which almost all state facilities do). There are a couple of interesting things about the opinion, which was unanimous (with two separate concurrences by Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor). The first, and most important, is that the opinion in Holt…
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    On Being Both

  • A Catholic, a Muslim, a Jewish Education, an Interfaith Family

    Susan Katz Miller
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Kristen & Ilyas Interfaith families continue to build bridges–quietly, peacefully, steadily, around the world. For today’s post, I invited guest blogger Kristen to write about her Catholic and Muslim relationship, and why she intends to raise her children with both family religions. Ilyas and I got to know each other when we found ourselves living in the same neighborhood as college students. A Muslim who emigrated from Algeria as a child, Ilyas has no accent and lots of American friends. He seamlessly fits into both worlds, and I found him both interesting and easy to relate…
  • New Year’s Interfaith Gratitude: 9 Shout-Outs

    Susan Katz Miller
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    In this New Year, at the start of 2015, I want to try to thank everyone who supported Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family in 2014, the first full year since publication and the year of the paperback launch. In particular, I want to thank the following (overlapping) nine communities for engaging with interfaith families celebrating more than one religion: 1. Jewish Communities. When I began work on Being Both ten years ago, almost no one in Jewish leadership wanted to acknowledge families providing interfaith education to interfaith children. But this year, I was…
  • Christmas and Hanukkah: 2014 Round-Up

    Susan Katz Miller
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This year, Hanukkah ends just in time to give a day of breathing space between the eight-day celebration and the arrival of Christmas. This is how I like my December holidays: completely separate in space and time, while connected by the common threads of family togetherness, feasting, singing, and light at the winter solstice. And this year, the two holidays are just close enough that we will get to light candles for the final night of Hanukkah, and then also celebrate Christmas, with my interfaith parents and all my siblings. It’s a busy time of year for interfaith parents, and…
  • A Millennial Perspective on Interfaith Marriage: When Unchurched Meets Unmosqued

    Susan Katz Miller
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Frank and Medina     (Note: Today I’m pleased to share this space with guest blogger Frank Fredericks.) I recently read Susan Katz Miller’s Being Both, which is a practical, story-based guide on the many options interfaith couples have, with a particular focus on the feasibility of raising children in more than one faith tradition. Being in an interfaith marriage of my own as a Millennial, I was fascinated by the different approaches offered, but at times felt like the discourse within its pages was for Gen X’ers, who are now raising children, whether toddlers or teens,…
  • An Interfaith Child’s Hanukkah and Christmas

    Susan Katz Miller
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I’m very pleased to announce that Being Both is the December selection for the #UUreads program. I wrote this piece for Beacon Broadside, the marvelous blog from my publisher, Beacon Press. To read it on that blog, click here. After our family Thanksgiving, set in the muffling silence of eternal snow in northeastern Pennsylvania, I sent my daughter back to her sunny California college with a care package to remind her of all the Christmases, and all the Hanukkahs, of her childhood. I tucked into her bag an Advent calendar, and tiny Hanukkah presents wrapped in tissue paper, numbered for…
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    Franciscan Quote of the Day

  • Entirely moved and influenced by the Father’s will

    Lee Potts
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Jesus, help me to be rooted in you when I respond to those around me. Help me to detach myself from expectations, negative thoughts from myself and others, and attach myself to you. Help me become an anomaly like you, someone entirely moved and influenced by the Father’s will, not my own or the will of others around me. Amen. ~ Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble via her blog Pursued by Truth Tags: detachment, Father’s will, Jesus, self
  • Concern for earth’s resources

    Lee Potts
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Reverence and respect for nature is a Franciscan perspective that is part of our lives, As good stewards, we choose to find ways to protect nature’s resources so they are available to all people – and to the children of future generations. Wherever we work and live we promote healthy responsibility and concern for earth’s resources. To do otherwise would make us poor stewards. This perspective may not always be popular, but it is part of our identity as Franciscans. Once again we look to things that concern the common good and not exploitation for personal gain. ~ Lester…
  • Radical, light-filled and joyful

    Lee Potts
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Profession in the Secular Franciscan Order, as a promise to live the gospel in the manner of St Francis, aims to put before us the radical, light-filled and joyful style in which Francis listens to the gospel and commits himself to live it. ~Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap, Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment Tags: Felice Cangelosi, Gospel, profession, Secular Franciscan
  • Because it was embraced by their Beloved

    Lee Potts
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Clare, like Francis, did not choose poverty for philosophical reasons, nor for practical ones, as a choice making her life more productive or efficient. And neither of them speak about this poverty as a response to the affluence of Church or society in their day, though it was undoubtedly seen by others in that way. The focus of their attention was God’s overwhelming generosity and love, expressed in the free choice of the Son to embrace poverty in becoming a creature. The two disciples from Assisi embraced poverty because it was embraced by their Beloved. ~ William J. Short, OFM, Poverty…
  • Imperfect attempts

    Lee Potts
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Do you imagine that the individual created things in the world are imperfect attempts at reproducing an ideal type which the Creator never quite succeeded in actualizing on earth? ~ Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation Tags: created things, Creator, ideal type, New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton
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    Amish America

  • Amish Girls Sing ‘How Great Thou Art’–With Instruments

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    The reader who shares today’s video clip writes, “it’s different, with some instruments”. Those instruments include a Casio keyboard, guitar and accordion. This is a short clip filmed last year by Ernest Bontrager in Pinecraft. He describes the group as the “Tri Valley Singers from Ohio”. The girls played on Estrada Street “to a large Amish crowd.” […]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…
  • Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites

    Erik/Amish America
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    What would it be like to share all your goods in common with your neighbors? Linda Maendel is a schoolteacher in a Hutterite colony in Manitoba, and could answer that question firsthand. Linda is also the author of an upcoming book called Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community.  I’m happy to let you know that Linda will […]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
  • 5 Outdated Technologies Amish Still Use

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    Have you ever heard one Amish person suggest another Amish person is “behind the times”? It might sound funny, but you do hear things like that in places like Holmes County, Ohio. That community is a grab-bag of Amish groups–some very restrictive of technology, some liberal. Of course, Amish aren’t anti-technology. But different groups make different decisions about technology. In fact, […]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…
  • Man Arrested in Amish Home Intrusion Case

    Erik/Amish America
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    A frankly creepy story has hopefully come to an end in Lancaster County. Last November you might have caught a report of an intruder entering Amish homes in eastern Lancaster County. The man in both cases would touch Amish females while they slept. He would speak to them and then leave. A 27-year-old Lancaster County man was arrested […]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
  • Growth of the Amish in Kentucky (and the South)

    Erik/Amish America
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    In “The Growth of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Communities in Kentucky” (see latest issue of JAPAS), Joseph Donnemeyer and Corey Anderson examine the development of Amish and other Anabaptist communities in the Bluegrass State. They also touch on Amish settlement (or lack thereof) in the southern states. I pulled some interesting points from the article to share with […]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…
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • At the ready: How 2014 prepared me for 2015

    Julia Rocchi
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Just needs the key. Photo by Sean McGrath, FlickrI am always ready for guests to come over. The rooms, though never immaculate, are presentable. I have food and drink around to share. The kitchen shades are up, so anyone wandering by can peek inside and think, “That looks homey.” My house, in its imperfect and ordinary way, is in a constant state of readiness -- a state that transforms an address into a home.As I learned in 2014, the state of my heart can be closer to the state of my home than I knew possible. In the year's first half, I rode a wild pendulum of experiences and emotions,…
  • I, Catulla: What Latin subconsciously taught me

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

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

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

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

  • A Jewish-Christian marriage ceremony, a Washingtonian article, and a Reflection on Modern Culture

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The Rev. Ken Howard, a Jewish Christian and an Episcopal priest, blesses Elena Taube (another Jewish Christian) and Paul Bailey under an improvised huppah at the Washington National Cathedral. By Ken Howard Late last year, I performed a Jewish-Christian marriage ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral (that’s me in the kippah and tallit on the right – I’m a Jewish Christian myself). Elena Taube and Paul Bailey, the prospective bride and groom, were a delightful couple. And the service was great fun (especially the part where I snuck a huppah into the Cathedral, disguised…
  • Time for a searching and fearless moral inventory of our church

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Makeshift floral memorial on the spot where bicyclist Tom Palermo was struck and killed. The Rev. Ken Howard On Saturday, December 27, the newly installed Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Heather Cook, was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Baltimore, in which she struck and killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo. In the weeks following the incident, various facts – as well as much speculation – emerged about Heather’s earlier DUI arrest, potential weaknesses in the search process which resulted in her election, and whether she had been drinking at the time of latest…
  • Forgiveness & accountability not mutually exclusive in aftermath of fatal hit-and-run accident

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Ken Howard As is often the case with popular reporting on “religion” issues, Michelle Boorstein’s article in the Washington Post (“Bishop accused in bicylist [sic] death raises question: Who’s qualified to be clergy?” – December 31, 2014) somewhat missed the mark. Still, it has sparked a needful conversation. It seems to me that the central question is less about clergy qualifications (or more to the point, automatic disqualifications) than it is about how the Church approaches (or more to the point, avoids) dealing with potentially conflictual issues before they become…
  • Who would Jesus torture? Poll suggests majority of U.S. Christians support “enhanced interrogation”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    New poll finds majority of Americans think torture was justified after 9/11 attacks by Ken Howard If, as this article and poll implies, a majority of Christians believe that torture is justifiable, then Christianity has failed in its teaching mission, and we who call ourselves Christians (literally, “little Christs”), as a body, have betrayed our founder. While I personally believe, based on my reading of Scripture, that Jesus opposed violence of any kind, even in the most expansive interpretation of Augustine’s “Just War Doctrine,” torture has been considered an…
  • Nov 11 – Martin of Tours – Bishop + Theologian

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Martin of Tours Bishop + Theologian 11 November 397 click here for books about Martin of Tours From the Satucket Lectionary Martin was born around 330 of pagan parents. His father was a soldier, who enlisted Martin in the army at the age of fifteen. One winter day he saw an ill-clad beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. Martin had no money to give, but he cut his cloak in half and gave half to the beggar. (Paintings of the scene, such as that by El Greco, show Martin, even without the cloak, more warmly clad than the beggar, which rather misses the point.) In a dream that night, Martin…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • What Would God Find if He Came Back Now

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    This message was delivered on Sunday, Novvember 22, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. ToddSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • Be Faithful Not Fearful

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Pastor Willie ChapmanSend 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
  • Thristy

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Minister Dushun BeckSend 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
  • Get Ya Mind Right

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Minister Tyrone Love, Jr.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 Spirit of Absalom

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, January 4. 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Minister Cleavon WilliamsSend us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another. “With deep concern, I am following the worsening of clashes in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many victims among the civilian population,” the Pope said Jan. 25, addressing the crowds from the window of the Apostolic Palace. Thirty people were killed by rocket fire in Mariupol, Ukraine, amid clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian…
  • Why the pro-life movement needs Democrats

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2015 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Pro-life Democrat politicians are fast becoming an endangered political species, but their pro-life presence is necessary for the movement to succeed, both Republicans and Democrats agreed. “I think if the pro-life movement becomes confined to just the Republican Party, it’s going to hurt the movement,” Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told CNA at the 2015 March for Life. He added that if more pro-life Democrats get elected, “the Republican Party then can’t take the pro-lifers more for granted.” The 2015 March for…
  • Pope Francis surprised by misunderstanding of his words on family

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday. Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, Substitute at the Secretariat of State, also told Avvenire, the Italian bishops' publication, on Jan. 22 that the Pope was saddened at the misunderstanding. “The Pope is truly sorry that it created such disorientation. He absolutely did not want to disregard the beauty and the value of large families,” Archbishop…
  • Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer. “There is no unity without conversion. Religious life reminds us that at the center of every search for unity, and therefore of every ecumenical effort, there is before all else the conversion of heart,” the pontiff told the participants of an Ecumenical Colloquium of Religious Men and Women on Jan. 24. Pope Francis’…
  • Beatification cause opened for founder of Focolare movement

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the Focolare movement, Chiara Lubich. The ceremony will take place on January 27 at the cathedral in Frascati, where the international headquarters of the movement is located and where Lubich is buried. Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement, celebrated the news and encouraged members to be “living testimony of the collective holiness which Chiara Lubich preached and lived.” Upon learning of the…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • The New Year's Gospel of RENT: The Editing Room

    Darian Duckworth
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The editing room is a rough place.If you’re a writer, it’s where you mark through your favorite paragraph of witty language with a red pen—even when you don’t want to do so.For the visual artist, it’s the pause between strokes as you discern which color and space to choose next for the canvas. “Sometimes improvement means cutting. Sometimes cutting involves saying goodbye to things, people, ideas, and attachments we love. When we’re working for a better whole, sometimes a part, even a good part, has to go.” — Darian Duckworth Anyone in the film industry knows that…
  • Helping those on the Margin

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    I have spoken before about what a stunning reform Biblical law was compared to the law codes of surrounding cultures.  For example, the law applied equally regardless of social class; whether one was the child of a tribal chieftain or of a hewer of wood, the law was the same.  There was no capital punishment for property crimes as compared to the hanging of horse thieves in our own country in the nineteenth century.  The law was the same applied to the native born Israelite or the foreigner in the land.   “This is not politics, this is a moral and ethical imperative…

    David Adams
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    I read the most interesting article today.  Apparently, there are places in Florida, and I’m sure other states, where it is illegal to feed homeless people. Let me repeat that again – it’s illegal to feed homeless people. The article featured a picture of a 90 year-old man, who was arrested alongside two pastors in Ft. Lauderdale, and discusses the issue fairly well. Of course, there were a number of bystanders who did not take this arrest very well, and a fair number of people were concerned about how the law forbidding feeding the homeless got passed, but the police did their job…
  • Faith Perspective on Hunger

    Adam McDuffie
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This week, I participated in a Food and Faith panel at Wake Forest University as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The goal of the panel was to examine the role that faith-based groups could and should play in combatting the problems our nation faces with hunger and homelessness. This is an especially relevant topic of discussion at Wake Forest, considering the fact that Winston-Salem is one of the worst urban areas in the nation in terms of child hunger. Two questions which arose over the course of the panel discussion stuck with me the next day:  “Jesus was…
  • Why Not To Go To Church: Is This Pew Taken?

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

  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
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    Suburbia Uncovered

  • A Healthy Church of Healthy Relationships

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We have a conversation at our newcomers gathering at Crossings Community which I have not experienced in the other churches where I have been involved. There are probably many who would find it crazy to have such a conversation with new people who have not yet committed themselves to the church. We explicitly tell people that they are going to get hurt by others in the church and at some point will probably get hurt by one of us in leadership. We go out of our way to tell everyone that it is not an ‘if’ situation but a ‘when’ situation. A healthy church of healthy relationships is a…
  • A Church Marked by Joy

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are many triggers that can quickly turn a good day into a not so good day. We all have different things that can push us over the proverbial edge. Matter of fact, you probably have a list of things that can send you into a downward spiral. That list probably changes based on every environment of your day. If you are with the family, there are most likely things that the kids can do that may incite anger, frustration, or despair. Wives, I’m sure there are those things your husband does which can completely alter your mood in an instant. Even greater than the things which can come and…
  • Your 2015: A Resolution

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You are probably sick of hearing about resolutions by now. Personally I do a lot of ‘resolution’ type thinking throughout the year. I am constantly evaluating and re-evaluating, tweaking and adjusting, and looking forward at adjusted goals based on lessons learned. I really enjoy this thought process because it fuels growth in all areas of my life. Since ‘resolution thinking’ is constant for me I do not take the time to write down new ideas each January. However, I do make it one of my intentional inventory seasons because it is such a good time to make adjustments in personal and…
  • Thank You & Merry Christmas!

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As crazy as it is to say, it is that time of year again. Our kids just have a few more days of school before they begin their Christmas break. We have our lights on the house, the tree is up, and we were wearing shorts this weekend – gotta love our Houston climate. Christmas parties and concerts are in full swing. Christmas shopping is an obvious objective for so many who are filling the roadways each weekend. It is that time. My writing here at Suburbia Uncovered will take a break for a few weeks. There are several different reasons. I will be preparing for our Christmas Eve Worship…
  • When Will It All End?

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    During the Advent season we enjoy the rhythm of looking ahead towards Christ’s return.  I have learned to love this season and I look forward to it each year.  When we talk about the return of Jesus it invariably sparks some conversation about those who claim to ‘prophesy’ the very moment of that return.  This has turned into a thriving market in the Christian marketplace.  It seems that many of us really love reading or watching as so-called prophets or experts tell us when this world will come to an end. Honestly, we have such explicit clarity on these things.  The scriptures do…
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  • Prepare my eyes to focus on Jesus

    Jann Cobb
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
     Day 25Have you ever noticed what you focus on is what you see?I remember when it was so popular for those pictures that if you stared at it long enough you would see a picture jump out at you. It's a kind of picture within a picture here's an example. This one is titled summer is coming. No I never did see the image. It is supposed to be a girl eating an ice cream and holding a balloon!I never was really good at it. Some say you if you have astigmatism it's hard for your eyes to focus, which I do. (just trying to rationalize why I can't see it.) I think that I just didn't…
  • Prepare my eyes to see suffering

    Jann Cobb
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Day 24Prepare my eyes to see the hurting.No matter where I have gone in the world there are people suffering, hurting, in need.Desperate, struggling for the most basic of needs- shelter, water, food, clothing and medicine. While others are hurting because they have been shunned by society simply because of their skin color or class system or gender.Some are hurting because they've made choices in their life and the consequences of those choices have become too much to bear. Nevertheless, all of these people are seen by God, loved by God and cherished by God.He has a plan and a purpose…
  • Prepare my eyes to see my sin

    Jann Cobb
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Day 23Open my eyes to see my sin, wow that is heavy.It's difficult sometimes to really open our eyes and look at ourselves and who we really are. It is as if we were looking at some horrific scene, we turn your eyes away from the unpleasant, unlovely, terrifying reality of our sinfulness.As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; Romans 3:10For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23I remember being a young Christian and someone saying, "name your sin, don't sugarcoat it, name it."Instead of saying I am a sinner, Lord forgive me of my sins.Try to…
  • Prepare my eyes to see your children

    Jann Cobb
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    Day 22Every day we encounter all types of people; young and old, healthy and sick, men and women, children and adults, Christian and non Christian, happy and sad. The question I am contemplating is do we really see them the way Jesus does?Prepare my eyes to see people the way He does!To do this we must consider the ways in which Jesus interacted with others.Blind man-Gently touching and healing his eyesLame-He heals the man even on a SundayWoman caught in adultery-Lovingly, tells her that he does not condemn her.Children-He asks the children come to HimCenturian-Validated his faith and healed…
  • Prepare my Eyes to see Your Hand

    Jann Cobb
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Day 21There are so many situations in my life where I could trace back something that happened to God's intervention. I wonder if you have one of those situations in your life?I do believe that He is at work every moment of every day even when we may not comprehend that it's His hand. Could this possibly be because we were not looking? Years ago the song, "Trust His heart" was very popular.God is too good to be unkind. So when you don't understand. When don't see his plan. When you can't trace his hand. Trust His Heart He sees the master plan by Babbie Mason.I think I might…
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    The Daily Register

  • Want to Change the World? Grow in Holiness

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    By Sherry Antonetti | Culture of Life column | Every year, we make New Year’s resolutions — exercise; read a book a week; learn a language or improve our career. How about, this year, we resolve to do something that can change the world?  This...
  • God Is Behind His Movement

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    By Tom and April Hoopes | User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 25 | Sunday, Jan. 25, is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B).   Mass Readings Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25:4-9; 1Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20   Our Take Today’s Gospel and...
  • Promoting Faith, Knowledge and Service

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    By Kerry Crawford and Patricia A. Crawford | Children’s Book Picks for Catholic Schools Week | “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” — the theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 25-31) — epitomizes the...
  • Called and Consecrated, The Secret to Finding Time for Prayer in a Busy World and Much More!

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | The Clash of Civilization: What Can Christians Do? - Called and Consecrated - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane Reflections from the Manila Crowds to See Pope Francis - Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today The...
  • Theology of the Body for Toddlers and the Bible as Beautiful

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By Sarah Reinhard | Leave it to the Daughter of St. Paul…when I first heard about their “TOB for Tots” books, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical. I mean, REALLY? Can this be possible? As it turns out, yes. I’ve read John Paul II’s Theology of the...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Add Michigan to the List of States Considering RFRA

    Don Byrd
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Written by Don Byrd Yesterday, I posted about the brewing battle over RFRA-like legislation being proposed in Georgia. The North Carolina legislature is also poised to consider a RFRA bill, with a hearing set for January 28. Now we can add Michigan to that list. After failing to pass a bill last session, advocates are preparing to try again in this new session. MLive reports: The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which made it through the Republican-led House during last year’s lame-duck session but did not reach the governor’s desk, has returned in the Senate. State Sen.
  • Religious Freedom Proposal in Georgia Draws Baptists into Debate

    Don Byrd
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Written by Don Byrd Georgia lawmakers may soon consider religious freedom legislation generating controversy in the state. House Bill 29 is based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). It would bar the state from substantially burdening religious exercise unless necessary to further a compelling government interest. While that section of the bill largely mirrors the federal RFRA, other provisions in the proposed state law have raised questions. Writing in the Macon Telegraph, David Cooke, a district attorney and a board member of the Baptist Joint Committee, expressed his concern…
  • Baptist Joint Committee, Others React to Supreme Court’s Prison Grooming Decision

    Don Byrd
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arkansas inmate who argued the state’s ban on wearing even a 1/2-inch beard violated his religious liberty rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The decision reversed lower court rulings dismissing his claims. You can read details and highlights of the Supreme Court opinion in an earlier post. Following the ruling, the Baptist Joint Committee released a statement applauding the decision. Here is a snippet: “Everyone’s religious liberty is precious, but that of…
  • 7 ways religious affiliation has (and hasn’t) changed in the new Congress

    Jordan Edwards
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service Republicans took full control of Capitol Hill when the 114th Congress was sworn in Jan. 6, but even with a political shift, there will be little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center. Here are seven ways the religious makeup of Congress has (and has not) changed: 1) More than nine-in-10 members of the House and Senate (92 percent) are Christian; about 57 percent are Protestant while 31 percent are Catholic. The new Congress will include at least seven members who are ordained…
  • BJC supports workplace religious accommodation in Supreme Court brief

    Jordan Edwards
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    BJC, diverse coalition say Muslim woman’s hijab can be worn at work By BJC Staff Reports WASHINGTON — Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate the religion of employees and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee. The BJC joined the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and 13 other groups, including the National Association of Evangelicals, American Civil Liberties Union, Christian Legal Society and American Islamic Congress, in a friend-of-the-court brief defending a…
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  • The Aim Of Truth Is Love: How We Pervert The Truth With Unrighteous Goals

    Jonathan Pearson
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    1 Timothy 1:5 (ESV) The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. What a beautiful truth. This verse really sums up the Christian walk doesn’t it? That we would love from a pure heart and a good conscience. That we would have a real and sincere faith that trusts God and causes us to love others through the love to Jesus. But look at what comes just before this verse… …stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. 4 Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things…
  • 4 Free Photo Sites for Blog and Design Use

    Jonathan Pearson
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    If you’re a blogger, social media user, or hobbyist designer (I may have made that name up), you know how difficult it can be to find stock images. If you’re on a limited budget, it’s hard to find free options out there that look good and are big enough to use in just about any setting. Over the years of managing social media accounts and this blog, I’ve found some gem sites that are completely free and don’t even require a link back (unless you want to). Some of these may require you to register for an account, but they do not require a credit card or payment for registration.
  • 3 Things Non Morning People Can Do To Get Going

    Jonathan Pearson
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am not a morning person. There, I admit it. As a man, Dad, and leader, I guess I should be. I’m just not. Over the years, it may have gotten a little easier, but I’m still a zombie in the morning. I often joke around the office that I quit every morning for the first 20 minutes after my alarm goes off. That being said, I’ve learned some things over the years about how to be a better non-morning person. Here are 3 keys… 1. Drink water first thing This helps greatly. The first thing I do (after stopping by the bathroom) is go to the kitchen and down a bottle of water. There’s…
  • A Personal Reflection of 2014

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    What a year! For everyone really. The news was filled with injustice and controversy. The world watched with anticipation on multiple occasions as news unfolded, great sporting events ended, and mid-term election results rolled in. For me and my family, it was a year of learning, a year of praying, a year of growing. I wrote this little nugget down in my journal on January 11, 2014… Little did I know at the time of this entry how much we’d know joy and have to fight for it. Our son, Riley, ended up being born premature. We had a fight on our hands as he had to spend the first couple…
  • A Cheap Christmas Card

    Jonathan Pearson
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    From the Pearson family to yours…        Related StoriesA Personal Reflection of 2014The Aim Of Truth Is Love: How We Pervert The Truth With Unrighteous Goals4 Free Photo Sites for Blog and Design Use 
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  • Why You Aren't Saved By Grace

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    A young Presbyterian pastor once declared the following to me: "J.D., I appreciate all you're trying to do, but don't forget that it all comes down to grace." We had been discussing the different approaches to ministry and he wanted me to understand the issues as he saw it.I could sense that he was uncomfortable with the fact that I believed in healing and the deeper works of Spirit. He wanted me to peer beneath my experiences and focus on what he deemed important. He said "J.D., remember it's God's grace and the forgiveness of sins that should be our focus."I understood his remarks, but it…
  • The Surprising Reason Why You're More Than Just Dust

    12 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Do you ever wonder why God formed humanity and placed us here on earth? For many, this is great mystery. They don't understand why we were formed in the dust and not in the beautiful realms of Heaven.However, if you look to Genesis 1, man's incredible purpose begins to shine through. “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them” (Genesis 1:26a, 27-28a). The reason man was made, was to reflect God. We were uniquely designed to be…
  • Is The Kingdom Of God Within You?

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Not too long ago I had a discussion with an Evangelical leader about the meaning and scope of the Kingdom of God. As we conversed, I shared my confidence in the present reality of the Lord's rule. I told him that I believed Jesus was currently invading history through His Church and great things were being expressed all over the globe.As we conversed, it was obvious that he wasn't convinced. He was quite gracious, but had no intention of accepting my notion of dominion. He insisted that the Kingdom of God isn't actively operating in this age. He said it's something that only exists in the…
  • Top-Ten Blog Posts of 2014 And What I've Learned From Them

    29 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    2014 has been an extremely fruitful year for this blog. Over the last 12 months we have had just under 115,000 page views (That's more than the previous years combined). I was also delighted as a few of the posts were republished by The Praying Medic, Charisma, and Spirit-Led Woman. As we close out this year, I thought that I would share the most-read blog posts of 2014. These were not necessarily the best articles, but they were the ones that people actually read and responded to. So, here are the top ten posts of 2014:#10. Most People’s Attempt At Being Humble Is A Lie We talk a…
  • What To Do After Christmas Is Over

    25 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Intense desires and expectations accompany the Christmas season. Beneath the smiles, lavish decorations, and melancholy music, most people are longing for deeper meaning and validation. In pursuing this, they will eagerly await loved ones making the long trek home. They'll endlessly search for the perfect gifts. There's a desire to compensate for the awkwardness and disconnection that have quietly crept into their connections. They believe the tinsel and tree will somehow make up for eleven and a half months of inattention.Sadly, what's envisioned seldom comes to pass. All that's left,…
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  • Becoming King: How David Oyelowo Prepared Spiritually for “Selma”

    Cathleen Falsani
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Editor’s Note: A few days before the magnificent new film Selma opened in wide release Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, I had the chance to speak with the British actor David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the film.  Born in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo, 38, was raised in the Baptist [Read More...]
  • LISTEN: God Girl on the Steve Brown Show!

    Cathleen Falsani
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Jennifer Grant, my dear friend and co-editor of Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels, and I are guests on our homesizzle The Rev. Dr. Steve Brown‘s radio show and podcast today. By the by, Steve, who is (among many marvelous things) Professor Emeritus of Preaching [Read More...]
  • God Girl’s 2015 Masterclass in Laguna Beach! Tix On Sale Now!

    Cathleen Falsani
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Stoked to announce that tickets are on sale now for my first MASTERCLASS of 2015! Saturday/Sunday, January 24-25 in Laguna Beach, California. you want to write but you’re not sure where (or how) to start. begin with yourself. what’s YOUR story? i can help you find it.  (a masterclass for writers) with me (cathleen falsani [Read More...]
  • Desmond Tutu: The Arch’s Prayer for Peace

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

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

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Dr. King It was one January.I was 24. It was cold outside. Winter.My empty life rattled, like a dryer with a brick in it.Hours before, I had used my key-card to go into my cushy job. That cushy, corporate job which stole my nine-to-fives by the week-full. And the only thing it gave me in return was mounds of cash. I knew I’d become one with the things that I never believed in. I knew I was lost.I laid on the carpet, thick, and old and blood orange.“It’s my birthday, next week,” you said, sitting at the edge of the room in an old chair that once belonged to my…
  • 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…
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    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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  • Trust In The Lord Hour – 23 January 2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “Reading of I Kings Chapters 1 – 4″. Spoken on 6 December 2014 at 10:00 AM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out Dr. James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 22 January 2015

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 138 times, 31 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 22 January 2015

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message title: “Reading of 2 Samuel Chapters 21 – 24″. Spoken on 29 November 2014 at 10:00 AM by The Honorable James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook: (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)
  • Sinning With Islam

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    By Wild Bill For America Churches opening their doors to Sodomites is the same as placing an idol in GOD’s HOUSE. Churches who are not rallying together against Sodomy or Abortion are doing nothing less than condoning ungodliness. Churches that open their doors to Islam are committing serious sin against God. (Visited 69 times, 4 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 21 January 2015

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 141 times, 4 visits today)
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  • Tapping Into God’s Divine Favor

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This new year is special for me because it’s the first time that it’s not just about what I’m walking into in this new year, but it is also about what lies ahead in my role as a pastor as I lead my church and also to know what God has in store for my generation in 2015. You can do one of two things: Read this post like any other or receive this as a Word of God into your life. How you receive it is how it will explode. When you celebrate what God is speaking to you, it will explode. [tweet this] Can I share it how I feel it? The Lord loves you. And the Lord is speaking to…
  • Persecutions Continue in Iraq, Kenya, Sudan; Thousands Celebrate Dr. Myles Munroe Life; Muslims Protect Christians

    Blessen Varghese
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Editorial: Let me start by wishing all the readers of News Digest a blessed and Christ-filled 2015! May this year be a year where you move on to the next level of your relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Yes, times are not the easiest, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, it is often during the persecutions that the children of God have grown in their spiritual stature, complimented with a growth in the church of God! As my friend Ligin Abraham quoted recently, Exodus 1:8-12 tells us that more the oppression on God’s chosen ones, the more their multiplication! I believe…
  • Become Stronger Than Samson and Richer Than Solomon in 2015

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    If God were to tell you that He will give you anything you ask, what would be that one thing you’d ask? Some of you may be thinking- wisdom. But look at Solomon – He got wisdom, but sadly his ending wasn’t great. What’s the point of knowing what to do and when to do it and not being able to do it? Solomon used that wisdom to make a lot of money and build a great kingdom but not without disappointing God. How about strength? You don’t need me to tell you about the great strength of Samson – only to be so proud of it that he lost his eyes, and in the end his life itself.
  • Requesting Your Urgent Prayers – Shyju

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I write this post to you with urgency to raise prayer support for the four city revival meetings planned in India. God is sending me back to my country after two long years. And it is my honour to be able to serve my people once again. Starting with Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, we have planned a one evening conference in each of these cities. By the grace of God, our partners and friends have been the biggest support and reason of blessings for all our ministry endeavours. Thank you for all that you do in the name of our Lord. Can I ask you to do the following for these meetings: 1.
  • Attacks in India, Pakistan; Myles Munroe’s Tragic Death; Darlene Zschech Healed; Billy Graham Turns 96; Bible is the Most Influential Book

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Editorial: Persecutions against the children of God are rising. This author has received first hand information about attacks on the pastors and believers in Madhya Pradesh of the organization that he is a part of. Newspapers also reported of planned attacks in Bastar, Chattisgarh. The disappointing aspect about these attacks is that the police arrested the victims than the perpetrators. Let the church arise and pray for when the persecutions rose, the church expanded further in the first century! November was also a month when we lost giants in Dr. Myles Munroe and Chikku Kuriakose, a…
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    Watch TB Joshua


    16 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    TB Joshua has treated the lame, the blind, the deaf, the HIV Positive, and has cured them but when he treated the fool, he failed to cure him. And if you think TBJ is one to blame,remember it is written thus: Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, […]
  • SCOAN building Structural Failure: THE WHOLE TRUTH

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    GOOD Morning Readers, Here today we have fresh facts on the Synagogue building collapse in a playlist of 23 videos released via’s youtube channel. Contained in these videos are facts never considered by the mainstream media and journalists, or perhaps they have been carefully covered up to silence the truth whose voice is ever […]
  • 2014 – the year TB Joshua boosted Credibility

    1 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    2014 was a year of spectacularly accurate prophecies from TB Joshua. Despite the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 116 people and injured many more. It was a year when TB Joshua’s credibility as a prophet was greatly confirmed. Contrary to critic opinion, Joshua did not fail to foresee the disaster that befell his […]
  • AirAsia Flight 8501-How TB Joshua saw it coming

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations has released a video via his YouTube channel Emmanuel TV showing a prophecy he gave regarding the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Indonesia. In the you tube video released by Scoan, the Prophet was seen telling his congregants “I have a message for the nation, […]
  • What God is Saying Through the SCOAN Building collapse

    29 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    If you have ever felt the intense pain of losing a dear one, you would know that the tolerance of the relatives to death of their loved ones is purely a miracle. What the general foes of the SCOAN are trying to proove is that the anointing of T.B. Joshua is not real and that is the bottom line of their name callings, insults and blasphemies’ concerning the Prophet but the truth is that what is not true will never stand the test of time
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  • How To Remember That God Is Good – The 6 Benefits Of Psalm 103

    Pastor Duke Taber
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    The post How To Remember That God Is Good – The 6 Benefits Of Psalm 103 appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.Introduction Have you ever watched a miracle happen before your eyes? I have. I had a member of one of the churches I pastored in the past call me because his wife was in the hospital dying of cancer and the doctors had said to call the family because she was going. I went to the hospital and found all ...Read MoreThe post How To Remember That God Is Good – The 6 Benefits Of Psalm 103 appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • The Shepherds Of Christmas Today – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    The post The Shepherds Of Christmas Today – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.Pastor Duke Taber continues his Christmas sermon series by sharing how the shepherds of Christmas might have looked today.The post The Shepherds Of Christmas Today – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • The Immanuel Principle – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    The post The Immanuel Principle – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.Pastor Duke Taber starts the Christmas season with this Christmas sermon on the Immanuel  Principle meaning God with us.The post The Immanuel Principle – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • Developing A Thankful Heart Part 3 – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    The post Developing A Thankful Heart Part 3 – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.Pastor Duke Taber continues his series developing a thankful heart as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.The post Developing A Thankful Heart Part 3 – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • Developing A Thankful Heart Part 2 – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    The post Developing A Thankful Heart Part 2 – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.Pastor Duke Taber continues his series on developing a thankful heart in this inspiring audio message.  The post Developing A Thankful Heart Part 2 – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
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  • Michael Heiser on Angels, Watchers, Cherubim and Seraphim

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Herein, we continue, from part 1 and part 2, considering Michael Heiser’s “Preliminary Investigation” and “brief overview” which contains some “very tentative” conclusions and some things about which he is...
  • Reply to an Atheist on freethinking and skepticism

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Herein we continue, from part 1 and part 2, considering objections raised by an Atheist from “The Skeptic Arena” who goes by the pseudonym “Neo” with regards to my repository website TrueFreethinker’s “About...
  • Sources for re-researching the Ancient Alien issue of Vimana-UFOs

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Many have undertaken to reveal that ancient cultures, in the context of the Vimanas, Indian-Hindu, possessed and utilized technologies—devices and weapons—that match and surpass those of our modern day.However interesting, captivating,...
  • MK Ultra/Monarch symbolism in John Candy movie “Delirious”?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    The question is whether there is MK Ultra/Monarch trauma based mind control programing symbolism or rather, premised, in the 1991 AD John Candy movie “Delirious.” The movie stars Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Raymond Burr, et al...
  • Michael Heiser on Reptilians in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the book of Enoch

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Herein, we continue, from part 1, considering Michael Heiser’s “Preliminary Investigation” and “brief overview” which contains some “very tentative” conclusions and some things about which he is &ldquo...
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    Joshua Rhone

  • Snowy, snowy night

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Playing around with my new camera. These were shot with a Nikon D5200. I experimented with the settings, shooting manually vs. auto, and some inexpensive macro and wide angle lenses that I picked up. (These photos are unedited, untouched and are otherwise just as they were shot.)
  • Writing

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Five entries in the Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (Sheffield Phoenix Press). Entries include: Nunc dimittis My brother’s keeper Ascension Tender mercies Jehoiachin     “Church Dinner” in the November/December 2005 edition of the now-defunct Rev! Magazine.           “Doubling Down on Jesus” in Volume 1, Issue 1, of the Great Commission Research Journal.                 Who Cares? A children’s book that I co-authored with my daughter.            …
  • Sermons

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
  • Social Media Management

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:41 am
    Are you in the process of building your brand? Do you want to increase brand awareness utilizing social media? I can help. I have a wealth of experience that ranges from managing my personal accounts to managing the accounts of organizations and businesses. Currently, I handle the social media accounts of the church that I pastor, the Mount Union Wesleyan Church. While we’ve experimented with Twitter and Instagram, we discovered that these avenues of interaction and engagement aren’t that popular in our area. So, we’ve focused on Facebook. We regularly chart a thousand or…
  • Web Design

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    I have created websites for municipalities, churches, businesses and individuals. The websites I’ve created range from the informational (featuring information about a municipality, its parks and services) to the interactive (a church website featuring videos, podcasts and a members-only area with small group resources and training materials for volunteers). Some have been complex (requiring regular updates from the company’s IT department) and others have been incredibly simple to use (making updates from a smartphone or tablet). If you are in the market for a website…
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    Set Apart People

  • Self-discipline and Self-control

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
      A lack of self-control can result in endless pain for the one who doesn’t have it and sometimes even more for the one who falls victim to someone who lacks self-control. Lives can be and are ruined because of this. I don’t have to give you graphic examples of this, the news is full of it. Accidents due to drunken drivers, children whose lives are ruined because of adults without self-control. Broken marriages..Just consider your own life… Each of us have done things we will always regret, things we did as a result of no self-control. This article is not to condemn, but to…
  • Scriptural guidance for the act of worship

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The word “worship” creates so many different thoughts and images with people. It is one of those words that are used very often, but very seldom do those who use it mean the exact same thing. We all agree that we should worship YHVH our Elohim. Yet, we all have different ideas of exactly what this means and also why we need to do this. People also quite often use the word “worship” when they actually mean something else, like praise. In a number of circles, the phrase “praise and worship” have locked these two words together for always. Yet, we believe that…
  • How important are we?

    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Self-importance, self-worth, self-assurance, self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence and self-centered are all words with the prefix self. People live their lives for themselves. It’s all about me. Many friendships are based on ” I’m in this relationship with you for me, and you are in this relationship with me for you” The new craze is to take “selfies.” All these statements confirm that we are part of a “Me-generation” a generation of people whose lives are centered on self with very little regard for others. I am not pointing fingers…
  • Do not learn the way of the nations nor do what they do

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    It matters to YHVH what we do. He is concerned with our traditions and practices. This much is true and is repeated many times by YHVH, yet we still continue in our own way, thinking that it doesn’t really matter what we do. We, as believers in the only living God, are accountable for everything we do. Yet, we justify our actions with sayings like “ test everything and hold on to what is good” or “everything originated with YHVH, Hasatan stole it, therefore, we can take it back.” The first quote is from Scripture, but quoted out of context. Here is some of the…
  • A Guide to Contentment

    25 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
      Contentment … When I think about this concept, I see a happy little child sitting and playing, not having a care in the world. That is contentment, but is it possible for us to attain such contentment amidst all the cares of the world? I believe it is, it is all about focus and attitude. Allow me to explain. To understand this better, we have to understand the essence of the word. When we look at the synonyms and antonyms for the word contentment, it is interesting to notice how descriptive of the state of contentment these are. Synonyms like “fulfillment, gratification,…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • With A Grateful Heart

    Mike Bradley
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    With A Grateful Heart There’s a picture that made the rounds on the internet some time ago about a Pastor who left what appears to be a snide message on a restaurant receipt. The message on the receipt reads, “I give God 10%, why do you get 18,” with the tip amount crossed out, and the signature of the Pastor at the bottom. It’s said that one of the servers at the restaurant posted the picture on a popular social media site, and it made it rounds on the internet. The picture is often accompanied by several versions of the story. Some explain that the reason the Pastor wrote…
  • The First King of Israel

    Mike Bradley
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The First King of Israel Almost every nation in the world has, at one time or another, had a King ruling over it. The titles varied, with some called King, others Emperor, Tzar or Sultan. And other nations would even sometimes have a reigning Queen, but effectively the titles referred to the same kind of person: the sovereign head of the nation, with powers, rights and responsibilities above all others in the land. In many nations, the King ruled by Divine Right, meaning that they believed that God Himself granted that person the authority to rule. While mostly a medieval concept, this idea…
  • Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

    Mike Bradley
    21 May 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit Table of Contents 1 – Love     2 – Joy       3 – Peace 4 – Longsuffering  5 – Kindness  6 – Goodness 7 – Faithfulness  8 – Gentleness  9 – Self-control As you will see in the Scripture verse I will give you in this article – there is one very special incredible verse that will tell you that God the Father wants to transmit and impart 9 specific fruits of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities. God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He…
  • Condition Of The Heart

    Bible Knowledge
    19 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Condition Of The Heart The Bible was written as a mirror to us, to show us who we truly are and who we are when no one in watching. It’s the same place that God speaks to us from and shows us what he will do. A couple of day ago I bumped into this scripture and it brought me to a place of reflection and started gauging where I’m and who I was. Matthew 13:15 (KJV) “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed” And while that was in my mind I started thinking of of this 1 Timothy 4:2 (KJV) which says…
  • Worship Without Words or Music

    Bible Knowledge
    14 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Worship Without Words or Music And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: Joel 2:13 KJV This is a scripture was spoken to Israel in a time when they had grown complacent, they had became familiar with God and they had allowed sin to fill their hearts. At a season where people where willing to show religion and not have a personal relationship with him, at a time when people would rather be seen religious (living the part) than be righteous. Israel would sin so that they would offer sacrifices everyday morning and evening with the focus of eating meet. People…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Enter into My Rest

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: “This people’s heart goes astray; they do not know my ways.” Therefore I swore in my anger: “They shall never enter my rest.” –Psalm 95:10-11 Every day, as I read Psalm 95 to begin the divine office, the phrase, “enter into my rest” seems to jump off … Read More →
  • Finding God’s Grace Radio-week of 1/19/15

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
      Finding God’s Grace radio broadcast for the week of January 19, 2015.  Out guest this week include Gil Michelini, author of the book Daddy Come and Get Me, and blogger at  In the first segment of the program Gil discusses his personal faith journey and how he and his wife were lead to … Read More →
  • FGG-057 They Called Her Buffy

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    She was a pretty girl in her early forties, a homemaker, landscaper, and a former police officer who enjoyed drawing and the outdoors. That’s what the obituary said.  Buffy was also a heroin addict. In this podcast Tony discusses addictions and asks, “are we doing enough to help?” Reflections:  Has heroin become a problem in … Read More →
  • Making it through Hard Times

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    “Suffering has to come because if you look at the cross Jesus has his head bending down. He wants to kiss you. And he has his arms opened wide. He wants to embrace you. When you feel miserable inside look at the cross. Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the kiss … Read More →
  • Finding God’s Grace Radio-Week of 1/12/2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Finding God’s Grace Radio Program for the week of January 12, 2015.  Our guests on this program are Catholic author and speaker Patti Maguire Armstrong and Author and Director of the Canter for Preaching, Evangelization and Prayer, Karla Bellinger. My guest in the first half hour of Finding God’s Grace is author Patti Maguire Armstrong.  … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • A Catholic Approach to Dealing With Difficult People

    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    This is a wonderful post on dealing with difficult people, especially those who have wronged us and may not have apologized. This is from Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. from The Charity We are Called To Emulate Especially With Difficult People If we feel a natural aversion toward someone, or if a certain […] The post A Catholic Approach to Dealing With Difficult People appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Road Map to Christian Maturity in the New Year

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
      All of my life I’ve sought to grow and become the best person I can be (though I have failed miserably on that attempt over and over). After so much seeking, I eventually realized Catholicism is the best, most proven path to self-improvement. Father Ron Rolheiser, whose book “The Holy Longing” I reviewed previously, has […] The post A Road Map to Christian Maturity in the New Year appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 10 Christmas Gifts for the RCIA Candidate or New Catholic

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Thanks be to God if you have someone in your live who’s decided to join the Catholic church or who is spending their first Christmas as a Catholic. These newbies need your support to help their faith flourish and grow so they will continue to become active Catholics who are making a difference in the […] The post 10 Christmas Gifts for the RCIA Candidate or New Catholic appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Travel Guide to Santa Barbara in Honor of St. Barbara’s Feast Day

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Today is St. Barbara’s feast day. She is 3rd Century saint, who refused to marry despite her father’s insistence. The legend goes that when she told him she was a Christian, he had her tortured and then beheaded her himself. Many miracles were said to have occurred during her tortures. California’s Santa Barbara is named after […] The post Travel Guide to Santa Barbara in Honor of St. Barbara’s Feast Day appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • How to Make an Advent Wreath in 4 Steps

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you’re a Catholic newbie like me, you may not have an Advent wreath. In fact, I’ve run across plenty of longtime Catholics who’ve never had an Advent wreath! Problem solved! Just follow these simple steps that even a non-crafty person like me can do easily and you’ve got a new tradition to hand down through […] The post How to Make an Advent Wreath in 4 Steps appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • God’s Will by God’s Means: Did Jacob NEED to Trick Isaac to Fulfill God’s Plan?

    Andrew Sargent
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I had the pleasure of attending the President’s Chapel recently at Northpoint Bible College. I co-authored the book 40 Days With the Savior with Jonathan Cashman and have been traveling with them as they minister in music to promote the book, shake babies, and kiss hands. Or something like that. Anyway, I was excited when they were given a chance to lead worship during the President’s chapel. Dr. Arnett’s challenging sermon reminded me of a post that I’ve been meaning to write (In truth I have about a decade’s worth of posts I keep meaning to write, but this one has been on my…
  • The Obliterating Folly of Single Text Christians

    Andrew Sargent
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    There’s been a lot of chatter on social media of late about torture. Now, torture is a powerful weasel word… i.e. a term that comes pre-loaded with good or bad sentiment meant to manipulate the outcome of an exchange without having to resort to actual discussion, facts, or proofs. While I do want to discuss issues of interrogation, like anybody else… today, I’d rather consider the weaselly ways this discussion is carried on by those who take their own moral superiority for granted. Under the United Nations Torture Convention of 1984, the definition of torture is: “Any act by…
  • Escaping the Tyranny of Certainty: Text Criticism in Isaiah 40:3

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    A few posts back, I began a discussion on the contrast between the scholarly handling of Isaiah 40:3 in the Hebrew and its appearance in both the Greek versions and each of the gospel accounts—Mark 1:3, Matthew 3:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23. By the way, both texts appear differently in the King James Version, so there is no cheap safety to be found from this issue by hiding in a King James Only position. In the Hebrew text, we have a clear division in which a voice cries out “”In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” The…
  • How to Think Like a Text Critic

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    I launched a few posts back into a discussion of the scholarly handling of Isaiah 40:3 in both the Hebrew texts and the Greek texts. In the Hebrew, a voice cries out for someone to prepare a path in the wilderness for the coming dignitary—God—twice. The Greek translations remove the desert component of the second poetry line and cause scholars to divide the poem differently. In the common handling of the Greek, a voice in the wilderness cries out for someone to prepare a path for the coming dignitary—still God. The problem is that the New Testament writers uniformly quote the Greek…
  • The Tyranny of Certainty: In Defense of Text Criticism

    Andrew Sargent
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve mentioned previously that I tend to be rather open to discussions about theology and the meanings of Biblical texts, but that I also have two groups running around the Evangelical community who provoke my ire—Word Faith teachers & King James Only teachers. I’ve written frequently of late about Word Faith teachers and so today I’d like to take a shot or two at King James Only teachers whose ignorance about issues of text criticism hinder many and make targets out of others as they fire empty headed and mean spirited accusations at solid Bible loving, Jesus following…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Cauliflower Rice/Couscous

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have started to change the way I think about food and what I eat.  I actually started a few months ago but I gave up because I really did not know what to make. In talking with others about this a book was recommended to me, It Starts with Food.  The book focuses on changing […] The post Cauliflower Rice/Couscous appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Freedom and Responsibility

    Fr. Peter
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    On January 7, 2015, radical Islamist gunmen entered the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed twelve employees including several cartoonists.  The magazine had published several cartoons over the years of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the radical Islamists were there to exact revenge for the cartoons that they claim were disparaging […] The post Freedom and Responsibility appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The training of leaders today is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what are the qualities that we look for in leadership? The post Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Power of the Pause

    Fr. Peter
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    The last few weeks I have been writing a lot about action, make a plan, look in the mirror, and other such essays on how to get motivated to get things done.  But, too much activity can be just as bad as not enough activity.  We need to lean to pause every now and again […] The post The Power of the Pause appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What Do You See in the Mirror?

    Fr. Peter
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    In my last article I asked a question about the legacy that we are leaving behind and how would people remember us.  This week I am following up on that question with another that deal with how we see ourselves, after all if we do not like ourselves it will be hard for us to […] The post What Do You See in the Mirror? appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • Happy New Year Wishes – Map Your Future

    Alex Rodriguez
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Happy New Years! I hope that you make this year the best year ever. There are so many opportunities in the future and so much to do. Seize the day and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. “One predicts the future as much as one is cause. The future isn’t a pattern laid out to abuse or bully you. “The future is a beautiful playground that nobody happens to be combining. You talk about virgin territory—the most virgin territory there is, is the future.” L. Ron Hubbard, From the 2nd American Advanced Clinical Course Download: Wide Screen | Normal…
  • L. Ron Hubbard Quotes and Desktop Backgrounds

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

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

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

    Alex Rodriguez
    27 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Many of you have already heard about the LA Cyclist who lost his leg when he was dragged onto the freeway during a hit and run. His name: Damian Kevitt. He turned his terrible adversity into one of the most inspiring movements in all of cycling. Finish The Ride took place today April 27th and represented overcoming adversity because Damian got back on his bicycle after 11 surgeries and took the same route on which he was injured. Except this time he rode with over 500 supporters and contributed big bucks to the Challenged Athletes Foundation through contributions of those sharing the ride…
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • Right and Wrong Knowledge!!

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    -The knowledge which inspires you toward Divine realization is the right knowledge; it can be obtained by the association of a Divine personality. The knowledge that makes you materialistic is wrong knowledge; you receive such knowledge from your association with the worldly people and their texts.-For this reason, you should know that the right understanding inclines you to do right actions and the wrong understanding leads you into wrong actions.Hence, your every action depends on the  knowledge which we acquire from various sources(that we come across in our day to day life).
  • What is The Right 'age' to start your devotional practice?

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    "Having attained the human form, we do not realize how precious it is. We indulge ourselves in material pleasures for sensual gratification. We devote our full attention to our family and their needs. When somebody asks a little boy/girl to do devotion, he/she replies – this is not the age to start devotion. There is still time and we can do that when we are old. When you ask a young person to do devotion, he/she flatly refuses and says that it is for old people and life is for enjoying.When you ask a middle age person to do devotion, he/she replies that there is still time for it after…
  • Let us remember what our Guru has taught us?

    28 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    He himself had taught us to practice the presence of God and Guru with us at all times. In concurrence with his teachings, let us remain steadfast in the conviction that, although we cannot see him with our material eyes, he continues to stay in our midst, noting our every thought and action, and showering his grace as we strive to walk the path he revealed to us. We should strongly reaffirm our resolve to implement his every Instruction for purifying our hearts and for pushing forward his mission. This is the most befitting way of showing our respect to himWhat they have given to humankind…
  • Tips to encourage Devotion in Kids!!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    1) Think Krishna to be your best friend and imagine that you are playing, walking with Him. Do all actions keeping Him with you. When you are alone, just think of Krishna and do not feel lonely. Keep in mind that He is always there with you, helps and protects you every moment.2) When you are doing your homework, imagine He is sitting next to you and helping you.3) You must believe in Him and believe that He will surely help you. He is always yours. He talks to you in your mind. Krishna never forgets you even for a single moment. The coolest thing is that nobody will know you are…
  • 10 Simple Tips to live an Inspired Spiritual Life!

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Inspiration has such amazing power. Inspiration boosts our enthusiasm to exert our physical,mental and intellectual faculties to the utmost. Inspiration gives us the optimism to joyfully pursue in our endeavors till we reach the goal. It makes even the biggest hurdles appear puny.Let ponder over the many ways of building our level of inspiration, to lead an inspired life, filled with devotion to God and Guru.1. Everyday revise and contemplate upon the Divine knowledge you have received from the Guru and the Vedic Scriptures.2. Look on the human form as a rare opportunity granted to the soul,…
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    Like a Seed

  • Exact Obedience

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    2,060In the Book of Mormon there is a story about two-thousand and sixty young men who go to war. Their parents had made oaths of pacifism and couldn't produce experienced warriors to aid their country's army. These 2,000 young boys offered their services to their nations efforts to defend their lands despite never having fought before. Before they left for battle their mothers taught them that if they were obedient, and they trusted in the Lord they would be delivered and protected.In battle they were going to be used as a sort of decoy convoy, to lure the enemy army out of an…
  • Light and truth

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    RevelationJesus Christ once asked his Apostles who they believed him to be. The people at the time held many different views on who Jesus Christ was, and Christ asked his Disciples to see if they understood his divine commission. To his question "But whom say ye that I am" Peter replied with conviction "Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God". Christ then taught Peter that it was not "Flesh and blood" that had revealed it to him, but "his Father, who is in heaven". Christ taught that revelation is the foundational principle on which our knowledge of God is built. Religion must be…
  • 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,…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • The Love of Money (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Avarice, (extreme greed or all a consuming desire for material gain), is one of the seven deadly sins, and rightly so: When your desire for riches consumes you, you will do everything within your power to get it. You will lie, cheat, steal, develop evil schemes, murder, rape, plunder, etc., regardless of consequences to others or even yourself. To value money above all is against the will of God. As today’s verses state: People who love money, “have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The word for today is #money. Beware! 1 Timothy 6: 9-11 says:…
  • A Time for Peace (Not Vengeance) (Verneda Lights)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
        The United States of America has long lingered at the cross roads of racial aggression. For centuries, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, governors, mayors, judges, teachers, administrators, parents, pastors, and captains of industry have conspired to oppress and exploit black and working class citizens. This is not just my opinion. This is an established truth that we all must deal with. Yet, the shadow of the cross falls even at the cross roads of racial aggression. Racial hatred is a sin, and Christ died to wash all sin from the human heart. The deaths of unarmed black…
  • No Other Help I Know (Verneda Lights)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    “No Other Help I Know,”* written by Charles Wesley, is a song often heard in African-American churches. It was my father’s favorite hymn. As a matter of fact, it was the only hymn I ever heard him quote. I can see and hear him now, lifting his hands in moments of deep distress that required prayer, saying: “Father, I stretch my hands to Thee, No other help I know.” These words are among the first that come to mind as I ponder the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, died at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.  We can…
  • Do You Fear Betrayal? (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
  • Who Do You Welcome? (Verneda Lights)
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In 2008, I went to a tech conference in Greenville, SC. It was right after President Obama was elected, and I was really looking forward to the time away from working with my parents to care for my brother, who had a stroke. The hotel room, located right across the street from the conference, was lovely and the food was wonderful. Excited, I arrived early for the tech conference.  Attendees arrived one-by-one, and it didn’t take long to notice that I was the only black person in the room. That was not a problem for me, but what was noticeable is that no one wanted to talk to me. Of…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • The Discernment of Spirits

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    When The Exorcist was released in 1973, audiences were both riveted and repulsed. Prior to the premier, the most shocking scene moviegoers experienced was during Old Yellerwhen the dog contracted rabies and little Travis had to shoot him. Little boys becoming men was one thing, but little girls becoming possessed and spewing obscenities (as well as pea soup) while their heads rotated 360 degrees? What has become of the world?!Nowadays…well, let’s just say viewpoints have changed.Horns; Deliver Us from Evil; At the Devil’s House; As Above, So Below; The Devil’s Due…and these are just…
  • A Tale of Two Gardens

    4 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Praying the Rosary can be a challenge.The 15 minutes required to complete the meditation (for some reason) appear as 15 hours, longer than a session of heavy cleaning…or working out. Should you manage to overcome the “time constraint” and actually pick up some beads, you are faced with new obstacles. You must sit idle and focus – kind of like when you binge watch Netflix, only not. What’s more? You are expected to meditate, not only upon the words of the various prayers, but upon the Mysteries of the Rosary depicting key events in Christ’s life. Needless to say, the Rosary is not…
  • A Letter to My God Daughter

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

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

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

  • The Radicalization of Peace

    Steve Simons
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Individual radicalization and religious extremism today present a clear and present danger both to individuals and to the core freedoms upon which civilization is built. The content of speech is not what should determine if it can be allowed by any society.  Speech should be free, period. Speech is a medium for communication and it is the most powerful agent for change that the world has ever known. And not getting offended is actually not a right that should be protected. Curtailing speech is one of the first indications of many a failing civilization.  Whether it is speaking out against…
  • The Actual Power of Peace

    Steve Simons
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will…
  • The Joy of Gratitude

    Steve Simons
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    God is ready to flood you with favor. God is ready to bless you with abundance. God is ready to provide you with prosperity. All it takes is a change in attitude, and you will start seeing the super-natural goodness of God in a whole new way in your life. When you are ready to enjoy, appreciate, and accept God’s goodness, it opens the door to blessing in a way that nothing else can.  This is because God loves you, which means that He wants to be good to you and give you things that you will enjoy, use, and love. If you tell God that you don’t like what He is giving you, you are…
  • Applicants Not Supplicants

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

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

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Learn a little bit about Kabbalah and YOU WILL Understand… Isaiah 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. 520 Kabbala Ancient Magic Kabbala Where did it come […]
  • Hello – The Language With Which The Creator Speaks To You

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    You didn’t see that the Creator sent His messenger to you, and according to your level, you should have recognized it. So what do you suggest to do with yourself in this situation? We are forced to give another few blows, pinches, so that you will feel that it isn’t by accident that all these […]
  • Love the Lord your God with All your Heart

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Love Is The Only Answer – Matt Kahn
  • 5 Facts You Must Understand About Love

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Shortly after I made an intellectual decision to commit myself wholeheartedly to the task of becoming a more loving person, I was discouraged by a lack of desire on an emotional level . It just didn’t seem to come naturally. Sure, I’ve always been a…
  • Shamanic Physics

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

  • Miracle in Me

    Kirstyn Goodman
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
      Everyone wants to witness a miracle. Miracles can take all forms. Sometimes it may be a rain storm or a sunrise. Other times it can be a miraculous healing or a person to talk to right when you need them most. No matter the form, people talk about miracles. A year and a half ago, I prayed to take part in a miracle. Around the same time I began having minor back pain. Nothing too serious but definitely nothing to worry about. Flash forward six months and that back pain had gone from a minor discomfort to a major issue. I was seeing doctors and chiropractors, but nothing was bringing me…
  • The Slavery of Sin

    Kirstyn Goodman
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Concept being broken down today: Slaves to Righteousness In high school I knew a girl who was perfect by this world’s standards. She had the cool designer purse, always dressed up her school uniform with the cutest accessories, and had the best hairstylist who colored her hair perfectly. At the time I was incredibly jealous. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I realized how exhausting life must have been for her. She had to make sure she was in style all the time and I don’t even want to think about how much time she spent dissecting her eyebrows in the mirror. All I could think…
  • Love is…Agape?

    Kirstyn Goodman
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For the next couple of weeks, we will be studying the Fruit of the Spirit. What is the Fruit of the Spirit? It is proof that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. It is the outwardly expression of having the Holy Spirit in us. We can only truly produce this fruit if we have the Holy Spirit guiding us Another fun fact about the Fruit of the Spirit is that it is only ONE fruit. Instead of being 9 fruits, it is one fruit with 9 components. You cannot have any one part of the fruit without having 8 of the other parts as well. This week we will discuss the first part of the Fruit – LOVE. In the…
  • With All The Boldness…

    Kirstyn Goodman
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ – with all boldness and without hindrance!       Acts 28:31 As we read through The Bible we are constantly reading accounts of people who spoke boldly for Christ. We are amazed by people who stepped out of their comfort zone and took a chance for God. One such person is Paul, formerly known as Saul. Saul was a hater of Christians (Haters gonna hate, hate, hate) He spent his life hunting them down. One day Jesus appeared to him and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. From then on, Saul was known as Paul and he…
  • Your Body, The Seed

    Kirstyn Goodman
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
      “Do we keep our same bodies when we go to Heaven?” – Sarah, 16 When I was little the idea of the second coming was a tad bit creepy to me. I envisioned a bunch of people floating up into the sky and a bunch of loud music playing. While the music sounded like a good idea (because music is AWESOME) I wasn’t too excited about the floating up into the air thing – mostly because I was afraid of heights. As the years have gone by I’ve learned more about the resurrection, but there are still many unanswered questions we all have. One question that I hear people ask a lot is…
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