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  • God’s Not Dead film: the full picture?

    Mission Network News Headlines
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    USA (MNN) -- Christians are raving about the movie, God's Not Dead. Many have been encouraged in their faith. Its popularity has provided a unique platform for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to talk about secular universities as a mission field. Greg Jao of InterVarsity says, "God's Not Dead tells one story about the university, but the other... Read more
  • Ghana: GHACOE Women's Ministry Launches Entrepreneurial Training Programe in Techiman

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    [Ghana Govt.]Women's Ministry of the Ghana Congress on Evangelization (GHACOE) has launched an entrepreneurial skills training programme in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to train women and the youth, to equipp them with employable skills to start their own businesses or make them economically active.
  • Muslim group urges new way of dealing with radicals

    L.A. Times - Religious News
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    L.A.-based Muslim Public Affairs Council plan urges American mosques to reeducate, rather than expel, radical members.Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals.
  • India's Women Sadhus Form All-Female Group

    Hinduism Today Magazine
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    SourceINDIA, March 1, 2014 (Global Post): Female sadhus, or holy Hindu women, have broken away from tradition and formed a new all-female group in India that they hope will end male domination of spiritual practices. In the northern city of Allahabad a group of women sadhus formally established their group or akhada, holding ceremonies on the banks of the River Ganges which is considered sacred by Hindus. Mahant Trikal Bhavanta, a leading woman sadhu, told AFP late Friday that the all-women akhada was believed to be the first in the history of Hinduism in India. An akhada is a group of sadhus…
  • Gambia: Easter Message From Most Rev. Robert P. Ellison

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    [Daily Observer]The Most Reverend Robert P. Ellison CSSp, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese, Banjul, has also written his traditional Easter message on the occasion of the celebration of this year's Easter. Below we reproduce the full text of the message sent to the Daily Observer:
 
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  • What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    In the same way that we are comforted by seeing God’s presence in the beauty of the things He has created, Mom delights in a regular reminder of you.
  • Turtles Don't Surf is Now Available!

    Dr. Arnie Kozak
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
     Jamial Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha (SWB) and The Fear Project, has written his first children's book, Turtles Don't Surf (a sort of SWB for little onesI read an advanced copy of this book last summer and it is a lovely and touching tale about going beyond our limitations in a compassionate way.Bravo and blessings to Jaimal on this new venture.Here is a message from Jaimal:Just a reminder that the launch for my first children's book, Turtles Don't Surf, is this Saturday at our new house across from Ocean Beach from 11 AM - 1 PM. Here are the details. There will be live music, a…
  • reflections on mortality

    Britton Gildersleeve
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hieronymus BoschNothing like a nervous day at the doc's to make you realise your life is very good. Not that I needed reminding... But it still serves as a bit of a wake-up call. You know: what the heck are you whining about?? :)The eye that was giving me fits is just aging, as I am. And it's unlikely it's more than that, although I donated blood in the interest of precise science to make sure.Still, nothing like weird stuff w/ the eyes to make a reader/ writer totally paranoid... :)And to remind me: life is not a sure thing. Nor is health, or other things I tend to take for granted.  No…
  • Movie Producers Donate to Wounded Warriors with Your Help

    jtotey
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Liberty StudiosThe producers of the upcoming film, Walking with the Enemy, will donated ten cents toward the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for every Facebook “like” the movie receives before its opening on Friday, April 25. The WWP offers programs and services toward wounded veterans of the military to help "foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.” Liberty Studios will donate up to $30,000 for this promotion.The Wounded Warrior Project believes that each person’s recovery process is different and that the…
  • Join Me at Ebertfest!

    Nell Minow
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I'll be at Ebertfest through Sunday and will update when I can.  Tonight I'll be at the opening event, a screening of "Life Itself," the crowd-funded documentary about festival founder, Roger Ebert.
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    Catholic Exchange

  • The Charity of Cheerfulness

    Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue. Therefore, it is a habit that can and should be acquired. Cheerfulness is perhaps best represented in the word affability. St. Thomas Aquinas places affability under the general heading of the cardinal virtue of justice, the virtue that prompts […]
  • Live Out Divine Mercy

    Fr. Ed Broom
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    According to both Blessed John Paul II and Saint Faustina Maria Kowlasksa, the virtue of mercy is the greatest attribute in the Heart of Jesus. This being the case we should strive to understand this virtue and even more important try to live it out to the full. Mercy could be defined as God loving […]
  • A Cyrenian Easter

    Richard Becker
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” ~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy I think Simon of Cyrene gets a bad rap. Like many parishes, we made the Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons during Lent, and we used St. Alphonsus Liguori’s […]
  • Quote of the Day

    Michael Lichens
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Prayer should be continuous. It is the soul breathing. Just as we have to breathe continuously, so we must pray continuously. Prayer is the deep interior movement of which we are barely conscious.” -Dom Augustin Guillerand, The Prayer of the Presence of God
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    Michael Lichens
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The apostles must really have taken a hard fall with the suffering and death of their Master… that they were just soaking in misery and pain that they were simply oblivious to the realities occurring before them. How many times have this happened to us? Note our Blessed Lord as to how he tried to […]
 
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  • Novena of the Week: Easter Prayer for Life

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost Sunday, is a foretaste of the life of the world to come. In Christ's triumph over death, we see the promise of everlasting life, in a world without sin and pain and death. There is no better time of the year to devote ourselves in prayer for the most helpless among us. The murder of the unborn, children innocent of actual sin, in their mothers' wombs is the greatest tragedy we know today. Yet it takes places every day, all around us—1.3 million children per year in the United States alone. Thus, as we celebrate the joy of Christ's…
  • The 50 Days of Easter

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Which season is longer, Christmas or Easter? Well, Easter Sunday is just one day, while there are 12 days of Christmas, right? Well, yes and no. As I've discussed before, the Christmas season actually lasts 40 days, from Christmas Day until Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation, on February 2. The 12 days of Christmas refer to the most festive part of the season, from Christmas Day until Epiphany. Similarly, the period from Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday), also known as the Octave (or eighth day) of Easter, is an especially joyful time. But the…
  • Christ Is Risen!

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today is Easter, the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. From His death on Good Friday, Christ has risen to new life, and His Resurrection gives us the hope of eternal life. In Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches on Easter, Christians greet each other with cries of "Christ is risen!" and respond "Indeed He is risen!" Over and over, they sing a hymn of celebration: Christ is risen from the dead By death He conquered death And to those in the graves He granted life! In Western Catholic churches, the Alleluia is sung for the first time since the beginning of Lent. Our fast is…
  • Extreme Humility

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Icon of Extreme Humility. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.) Connect With Scott: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Newsletters
  • Lent Recipes: Greek Food

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

  • How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

    philcooke
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing […]
  • How To Leave Your Job Well

    philcooke
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    In past generations, people were employed for life, but statistics indicate that in today’s economy, you’ll have many jobs before retirement. In most areas – advertising and marketing, ministry, nonprofit work, entertainment, business, etc… the world is pretty small, so when it comes time to leave your job, you’d better leave it on good terms. […]
  • How Do You Measure Success?

    philcooke
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    There’s a flood of self-help and positive thinking books and teaching out there, and it’s infected the church in a big way as well. I’m a positive person, but it doesn’t take much study of great leaders and innovators to realize that life isn’t about what most people call “success.” That’s why a recent devotional […]
  • The Destructive Power of Being Sincerely Wrong

    philcooke
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Being wrong is one thing.  Being over-confident in your wrongness is something else entirely.  On my blog, on film sets, and in meetings, I often  encounter people who are spectacularly wrong, and yet enormously confident. It happens to the best of people. In the New Testament book of Matthew chapter 16, Jesus was foretelling His […]
  • Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

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

  • Georgia Right to Life Hails Pro-Life Taxpayer Victory

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Contact: Genevieve Wilson, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880 NORCROSS, Ga., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) Co-Executive Director Genevieve Wilson today praised Governor Nathan Deal for signing SB 98 a law that prohibits using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion insurance coverage in Georgia. "As a pro-life woman and mother, I am deeply grateful that Governor Deal signed this law," Wilson said. "Once again, he has demonstrated that he is solidly pro Source: Georgia Right to Life
  • Andy Crouch, Sara Groves Leading Faith & Work Gathering

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Contact: Cory Whitehead, Christianity Today, 630-260-6200 ext 4220 CAROL STREAM, Ill., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christianity Today and Leadership Journal have announced details for Redeeming Work: Twin Cities, the second of six events on the topics of vocation and calling. The gathering is June 12, 2014 at Art House North in St. Paul, MN, and features author and journalist Andy Crouch, singer/songwriter Sara Groves, and pastor and author Tom Nelson. Skye Jethani, host of Red Source: Christianity Today
  • Evangelical Christian Named to TIME's 100 Most Influential People for Work on Climate

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Contact: Alexei Laushkin, Vice-President, Evangelical Environmental Network, 202-352-9920 FRANKLIN, Ind., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Statement by the Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network: We are pleased that Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, scientific advisor to the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), has been named TIME's 100 most influential people in the world (time.com/70881/katharine-hayhoe-2014-time-100/). Dr. Hayhoe demonstrates that a person of Source: Evangelical Environmental Network
  • Movie 'About Miracles' Wins Platinum Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston Film Festival

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Contact: Kevin Shearer, Lifestreams Media, 321-396-2280 ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "About Miracles," a documentary film produced by Lifestreams Media, won a Platinum Remi Award at the 2014 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the second award garnered by this made-for-TV movie. About Miracles tells four true stories about modern-day miracles.  Told by the actual people involved and featuring gripping reenactments, the film is striking a ch Source: Lifestreams Media
  • A Special Message from the Child of Chelsea Clinton and Husband Marc Mezvinsky

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Contact: Rev. Bill Keller, Liveprayer.com, 727-420-7005 ST PETERSBURG, Fla., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rev. Bill Keller, the world's leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of Liveprayer.com with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the daily devotional he has written every morning for 15 years on the issues of the day from a biblical worldview, is sharing a special message from the new baby of Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky. A special message fr Source: Liveprayer
 
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • Toxic Charity

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

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

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

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

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

  • The hypocrisy of Tony Blair's Middle East vision | Arun Kundnani

    Arun Kundnani
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Blair's simplistic formula for tackling radical Islam is leading him to support some of the most oppressive forces in the regionTony Blair's speech this week at Bloomberg in London reveals a growing support for authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. A decade ago, Blair was justifying wars in the Middle East on the grounds that they would launch a democratic revolution and sweep away Arab despots. In his latest speech he embraced Arab despots whose regimes, he says, are necessary bulwarks against Islamism. Blair's change in emphasis reflects a wider shift in neoconservative thinking over…
  • Modi draws huge crowds as election campaign moves to Varanasi

    Agence France-Presse in Varanas
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi 'overwhelmed' by support as he enters contest to become holy city's MPIndian election frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was overwhelmed on Thursday by a huge show of support in Varanasi as the Hindu nationalist leader entered the contest to become the holy city's member of parliament.The streets of the ancient city on the banks of the river Ganges were flooded with people keen to greet or at least glimpse the rightwing Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader as he came to file his nomination papers. Continue reading...
  • Syria anti-terror plan slammed by parents and community groups

    Helen Pidd, Vikram Dodd and Sandra Laville
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Police asking people to snoop on relatives criticised as unworkable and unrealistic, as 'police are not the Samaritans'A government campaign to urge Muslim women in Britain to tell the police if they suspect their sons are planning to travel to Syria to fight or help the war effort has been widely criticised for targeting the wrong people. Continue reading...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury portrait unveiled at Auckland Castle

    Maev Kennedy
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Justin Welby pleased with painting by Roger Wagner which will hang in throne room at his former home in County DurhamA portrait of Justin Welby has been unveiled at Auckland Castle, the medieval palace that was briefly his home during the short period he spent as bishop of Durham, as part of his meteoric rise through the ecclesiastical ranks to become archbishop of Canterbury.The portrait by Roger Wagner shows Welby grave and thoughtful, holding a cross made of medieval nails salvaged from the roof timbers of Coventry Cathedral, after the church was almost entirely destroyed in the blitz…
  • Must the Catholic church dehumanise John Paul II to make him a saint? | Sophia Deboick

    Sophia Deboick
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sadly, the process of canonisation seems to require stripping the former pope of his personality, to fit the sterile mould of a saintWhen John Paul II is canonised on Sunday, it will be as much a result of his own actions on earth as any heavenly intercession. In streamlining the canonisation process during his pontificate, reducing the number of miracles required to prove that the candidate is reliably in heaven (all that canonisation amounts to), John Paul unwittingly made it possible for himself to be made a saint a mere nine years after his death. Two miracles the apparent cure of a…
 
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    IslamiCity Articles

  • Whitewashing Beijing's Repression in Xinjiang Won't Do the Tricks

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    A second massive Hanification in the form of systematic colonization took place in the 1990s soon after the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Mindful of the emergence of the Central Asian republics, the CCP offered an attractive economic incentive program to the poor Han-Chinese to transfer them from the underdeveloped areas of the country.
  • Survival Is the Saudi Key Word

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    The US pillar of Saudi security now seems to be in doubt as the United States stands unable to meet Saudi expectations on almost all the most critical issues in the Middle East, from the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Saudi-Iran conflict and the ongoing bloody conflict in Syria ...
  • The Return of Jesus

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    As we can see, the return of Jesus to the Earth will be a truly magnificent event, surrounded by truly magnificent incidents, so magnificent that one may find it even fantasy-like. Jesus will come at a time when the world is in true need of Divine Help. Indeed this Divine Help will come with Jesus ...
  • Jesus Through a Muslim Lens

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Jesus of Nazareth is the most widely revered religious figure in the world ..
  • Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The 'Stable' West Bank Dilemma

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    The bewilderment would stem from the fact that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory. Its population is held at gunpoint; they have no freedom, and enjoy no rights. Their land is seized by force to make room for more settlements ...
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    L.A. Times - Religious News

  • Architect Polly Osborne's philosophy: Green is good

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Nature plays an important role in architect Polly Osborne's designs. Her commitment to environmentally aware architecture has won her many awards.After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says.
  • Reliving the Seder story, in old ways and new

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    To Ron Wolfson, who has worked to attract new generations to Judaism, the Seder represents the most meaningful of traditions – a time to recall freedom from slavery and reinforce deep connections.A votive in a glass holder, etched with the Star of David and the words "In memory," sits on the granite table.
  • Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins

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

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

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

  • God’s Not Dead film: the full picture?

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    USA (MNN) -- Christians are raving about the movie, God's Not Dead. Many have been encouraged in their faith. Its popularity has provided a unique platform for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to talk about secular universities as a mission field. Greg Jao of InterVarsity says, "God's Not Dead tells one story about the university, but the other... Read more
  • Outreach continues in Papua New Guinea despite crises

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Papua New Guinea (MNN) -- Parts of Papua New Guinea are dealing with strong earthquakes, aftershocks, flooding and now, landslides. New Tribes Mission has a strong presence throughout the archipelago, and thankfully, Jim Tanner says their team has not been affected by any of the disasters. "Our people are able to get in and out... Read more
  • Ukraine-Russia conflict broken down

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ukraine (MNN) -- Russia has declared war on western policy and ideology that's having an impact on the Church. A Russian Ministries supporter says Ukrainian ministries are being marginalized by Russian Christians. Ukrainians aren't welcome to conduct seminars in Russia. A Web site for children is now "questionable" because it originates in Ukraine. Despite that,... Read more
  • Christ the only hope for Iraqi Christians, Syrian refugees

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Iraq (MNN) -- Iraqi Christians are facing the potential of yet another exodus. Steve VanValkenburg of Christian Aid Mission, your link to indigenous missions, explains: "When they've had people in their family killed or maimed, they feel they have no other option but to leave. What's ironic is some have gone to Syria, and now... Read more
  • New ‘JESUS’ film is now available

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    USA (MNN) -- The most-viewed and spiritually impacting film in the world is now available in HD. In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, the JESUS film has been re–mastered in high–definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby surround sound. JESUS film leaders hope this will open new doors to a whole new generation... Read more
 
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    Monergism.com Blog Feed

  • How Do I Know I am Saved?

    john_hendryx
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    If you claim Christ is your king and you are His subject, how is it that He came to occupy the highest place of your affections and trust and that throne atop your heart?Prior to your redemption, the flesh and Satan quietly possessed your greatest affections, and like the rest, you were Satan's slave, his vassal. And since he reigned over your heart (and was much stronger than you) how did this transformation to Christ take place? How did you escape from the captivity he had over your heart? There is no doubt that Satan would have never willingly relinquished his reign of power over you. And…
  • My Sin Makes Me Worry If I am Really Saved

    john_hendryx
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Once in a while I will receive an email like the following from someone who is worried that some sin they have committed may have crossed the place of no return to God's favor.Visitor: Even after I was sealed for the day of redemption, I still have sinned against God. I continue to fight addicting sin(s), and though most of the time I defeat the sin, sometimes I foolishly give in to it. I'm so sorry that I have given in to foolish and sinful lusts, and all I want to do is to cast away those actions forever, and to be forgiven, and sin no more. But I don't know if I am saved anymore, because I…
  • Question: How can I know if I’m elect?

    john_hendryx
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Question: How can I know if I’m elect?Response: First of all, the Bible does not teach justification by election, but that our just standing before God is by grace alone in Christ alone as evidenced by our faith. Election does not save but is a blueprint of what God intends to do in time in Jesus Christ. If you are a sinner who has cast aside all self-righteousness and trusts in Jesus Christ as your only hope for salvation, you can know, based on God's certain promise that He has done a work of grace in you, that your sins are forgiven and are, therefore, counted among the elect.God…
  • Cabinet of Jewels : Touchstone of Sincerity: A test of sincerity; examination of one's profession of faith in Christ. by Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

    john_hendryx
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Available in .ePub, Kindle .mobi and .pdf formatsThe first great work that men are to attend to in this world is the eternal safety and security of their souls; the next great work is to know, to be assured, that it shall go well with their souls for ever. A man may have grace, and yet, for a time, not know it; he may have a saving work of God upon his soul, and yet not discern it; he may have the root of the matter in him, and yet not be able to evidence it. Many, whose graces are weak and much buried under fears, doubts, strong passions, prevailing corruptions, or diabolic suggestions, are…
  • Calvin on the Active Obedience of Christ

    john_hendryx
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    "Now someone asks, How has Christ abolished sin, banished the separation between us and God, and acquired righteousness to render God favorable and kindly toward us? To this we can in general reply that he has achieved this for us by the whole course of his obedience. This is proved by Paul’s testimony: “As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience we are made righteous” [Romans 5:19]. In another passage, to be sure, Paul extends the basis of the pardon that frees us from the curse of the law to the whole life of Christ: “But when the fullness of…
 
 
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    Religion News Blog

  • Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Religion News Blog
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. Full story: Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch
  • Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

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

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

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

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

  • Quote of the Day: Jack Jenkins

    Ron Ribiat
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    “God promised that God wouldn’t do this again, make the flood. But God didn’t say that we couldn’t do it to ourselves.” – Jack Jenkins, senior writer at the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative of the Center for American Progress, on how the staunch environmental message of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” movie accords with Scripture.The post Quote of the Day: Jack Jenkins appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Quiz: Are you as Bible-smart as you think?

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Do you really know your Scripture? Test yourself with questions like the American Bible Society's survey.The post Quiz: Are you as Bible-smart as you think? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Obama: Pope Francis ‘makes us want to be better people’

    David Jackson
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    (RNS) Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual "100 most influential people" issue and asked the president to write a tribute. Obama lauded the pontiff for his "message of inclusion" and his many acts of kindness.The post Obama: Pope Francis ‘makes us want to be better people’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture

    Cathy Lynn Grossman
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    (RNS) Many Americans overestimate their Bible knowledge, missing key points on critical issues.The post Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Pope Updates * Reality TV Nuns * ‘Top Chef’ Jesus? Thursday’s Roundup

    David Gibson
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    So did the pope talk to that woman in Argentina? Yes, but did he say what she said? Four popes at Sunday's canonization? John Paul, sex educator. Southern Baptists talk sex, face abuse critiques. A lifeline for the Religious Left? The post Pope Updates * Reality TV Nuns * ‘Top Chef’ Jesus? Thursday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Carl Sagan's daughter on lessons about life and death

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    by Salman HameedIn Carl Sagan's last book, Billions and Billions, he had an amazingly powerful article titled In the Valley of Shadows. He wrote the article when the doctors had told him that he had 3-months to live. And yet, the chapter is honest about his desire to have an afterlife and the reason why he might think otherwise. But ultimately, it is about the celebration of the life we have. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the piece:I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to…
  • This is fantastic! Here is the first episode of "Your Inner Fish"

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    by Salman HameedWhen it comes to science documentaries, all of the attention is currently focused on the new Cosmos. This is good. But in all this, people might be missing a superb series on PBS called Your Inner Fish. It is based on the excellent book of the same title, and the show is hosted by its author, Neil Shubin. What I like about the show is that there is an enormous emphasis on "how" we know what we know about evolution. Shubin is well known for his discovery of a flat-headed fish named Tiktaalik which is considered to be the transitionary animal from water to land.
  • Public astronomy flourishing in Pakistan

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

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

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

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

  • Nexus 6 Release Date, Specs Rumors: Features to Include 20MP Camera With Fall 2014 Launch?

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Nexus 6 is one of the most eagerly awaited smartphones for this year. The popularity of the Nexus 5 surprised some people, but now the future sales for its successor are touted to be even greater. According to rumors, the new device will be out sometime in the Fall of 2014, and various rumors of the specs, features and price have suggested it could sell for less than $100!
  • Raising Kids in Just 18 Summers

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    My dear friend Michelle Cox has written a novel that every parent in America needs to read. It's called, "Just 18 Summers." She reminds us that we have just 18 summers before our children leave home. Just 18 Summers.
  • The God of Hollywood

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Like many others, I have been paying close attention to the lively debate that the recent parade of faith-friendly movies has ignited among Christians. It has been particularly interesting to me because I know personally, and respect in equal measure, many of the persons who have been widely quoted on both sides of the impassioned arguments. I offer the following thoughts in hopes of adding constructively to what has already been said.
  • Jim DeMint Does Know His US History on Slavery

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn't know his US history.
  • Take This 1-Minute Test to See If You're Not Getting Enough Sleep (VIDEO)

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    We usually shrug off sleep deprivation, but it can really mess with your mind. See how.
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  • Start Spreading the News!

    Hally Franz
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Hally Franz – The 8th Annual Walk for Missions was introduced yesterday at my daughter’s school. The kick-off assembly included a student drama depicting how to properly solicit sponsors, a rousing song with dance moves led by students, the reveal of prizes for most laps and most money, and, most importantly, an explanation of the six mission projects the children will walk for. Among them were an individual and one family serving in mission fields around the world, an inner-city center serving impoverished families while sharing the gospel, a Christian camp for deaf youth, a team of…
  • A Wise Young Man

    Peter Lundell
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Peter Lundell -     The world we live in is good at caring for the disabled, and they get lots of government benefits. But rarely do I see anyone learning from them. I was invited for supper, where I met a young man named Justin. He has Downs Syndrome. Such people used to be called mentally retarded. Now they’re referred to as developmentally disabled. But no one ever calls them character advanced. Justin was positive and enthusiastic about everything he did and said. When I smiled at him, he beamed. And he’d give a thumbs up. He took it upon himself to clear two large tables…
  • A Day on the Freeway

    Peter Lundell
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Peter Lundell -    February 19, 2014. 2:30 p.m. 57 Freeway northbound, right lane. 65 mph. Siren behind me but nothing in the rear-view mirror. Out of nowhere—a white four-door sedan careens across four lanes right at me. About to collide, I slam the brakes. The madman clears my front bumper by inches. He barrels up Pathfinder exit and looks back. Flashing lights in the mirror. The siren. A highway patrol car veers across the lanes right behind me, misses the exit and tears up the embankment beside the exit, bounces over the curbs, and keeps charging after the lawbreaker—who…
  • Eternal Prizes

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

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

    JSingh
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: Former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna today lashed out at the SAD-BJP alliance for distorting Captain Amarinder Singh’s statement on Jagdish Tytler with an eye on political gains. Sarna said Amarinder had merely narrated the eyewitness account after visiting the relief camps of the 1984 genocide victims. “He had not given a clean chit to anybody,” he said. He asked whether Parkash Singh Badal had visited any camp of the genocide victims. He said Amarinder was the only leader who not only quit the Lok Sabha but also the Congress. Alleging that BJP…
  • Akalis protest over Capt Amarinder’s ‘clean chit’ to Tytler

    JSingh
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    New Delhi: A large number of SAD workers protested outside the Congress headquarters here on Monday over former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh giving a “clean chit” to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 Sikh genocide. Capt Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, told a television news channel in an interview that Tytler’s name in the 1984 genocide came up only when he was fighting Madan Lal Khurana in Delhi’s poll. “We will meet the Election Commission and complain about Amarinder Singh’s remark. We are…
  • SAD to reopen ’84 genocide cases

    JSingh
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Bathinda, Punjab: With 1984 Sikh genocide back as a poll issue in Punjab, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Monday latched on to the emotive issue by promising to reopen the cases after three decades. Riding high on the hope of the NDA forming the government at the Centre, the party’s poll manifesto released on Monday added more ammunition to its 2009 promise of setting up special courts to punish the 1984 guilty. It has now promised action on complaints on which no action was taken. Taking a leaf out of the book of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party that had set up a special investigation…
  • SAD manifesto misleading: Bajwa

    JSingh
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Gurdaspur, Punjab: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and sitting Gurdaspur Member of Parliament Partap Singh Bajwa today described the SAd manifesto as “contradictory, misleading, repetitive and yet another attempt to befool the people.” Bajwa said though the manifesto spoke of preserving and promoting the interests of minorities, its main agenda was making Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister. The PPCC chief said while Modi was yet to own moral responsibility for the 2002 Gujarat genocide, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had…
  • Congress slams SAD-BJP alliance for attempting to polarise people

    JSingh
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Amritsar, Punjab: The Cong ress on Sunday lashed out at the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for trying to polarise people along the communal lines by “blowing up issues out of context”. The party also condemned a demonstration organised by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and the All India 84 genocide Victims Relief Committee outside the Congress office here on Sunday in protest against Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh’s statement “giving clean chit to Jagdish Tytler” in the 1984 genocide case. In a joint statement, senior Congress leaders Rana…
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  • Ministry myths

    Carol Howard Merritt
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In a recent interview, someone asked me, “What did you write in Tribal Church that you regret? Is there anything that you would change?” The question reminded me of the fact that we’re always predicting and observing things that may not prove to be true a few years later. Here are three myths that I often hear about ministry that I question. read more
  • Conversations at the hospital

    Steve Thorngate
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week I’ve spent some time with my five-month-old daughter in the lounge outside a hospital’s intensive care unit. It looks like the person we’re here to see will make a full recovery. But hanging out here means rubbing shoulders with other people whose loved ones are not so fortunate.The default position is to respect other people’s privacy, but some people want to talk. read more
  • New today: A different way to pray, Years of the evangelicals, I don’t want a patron

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today’s Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Years of the evangelicals

    Steven P. Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Long before Sarah Palin met CPAC and the Duck Dynasty clan discovered A&E, George Gallup Jr. famously declared 1976 the “Year of the Evangelical.” Subsequent commentators often pluralized “evangelical.” They might have done the same for “year,” too. In many years hence—1980, say, or 2004—it was 1976 all over again, to judge from the headlines. Those election years highlighted the Christian Right, a force that was not on Gallup’s radar screen back when Jimmy Carter was the prototypical evangelical in public life. The years of the evangelicals were not only…
  • I don't want a patron

    Carol Howard Merritt
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently spoke at a stewardship conference. I always learn a tremendous amount when I speak, and that conference in particular was full of insightful people who inspired me to think theologically and practically about stewardship. read more
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  • What Pope John Paul II could have learned from Sinead O'Connor

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    It was Oct. 3, 1992, when Sinead O'Connor sang a haunting a capella cover of Bob Marley's "War" on Saturday Night Live, in which she replaced the word "racism" with "child abuse" and tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II while singing about the victory of good over evil. O'Connor was pilloried tabloid to tabloid in perhaps the last collective utterance by ethnic outer-borough Catholic New York. The reaction was epitomized almost perfectly on the following week's show, when Joe Pesci held up a taped-together picture of the Pope and said he…
  • Pope Francis in hot water over 'personal' phone calls

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough. The spokesman said media reports about the phone calls have been "a source of misunderstanding and confusion". The statement follows reports about a phone call that Francis apparently made to a woman in Argentina who had complained her parish priest would not grant her Holy Communion because she had divorced and remarried. Francis was quoted by the woman's husband as saying that the issue was being…
  • Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial before canonization

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland on Wednesday, days before he is to be made a saint. Police fenced off the memorial in the center of Krakow as municipal workers tried to remove the paint, a Reuters reporter said. John Paul, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, will be canonized on Sunday and remains for many Catholics a towering model of faith and commitment.
  • Rome braces for pilgrim crowds at pope saints ceremony

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event -- the double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. "It will be an event of global significance," Rome mayor Ignazio Marino said in the run-up to the ceremony that will confer sainthood on the two late pontiffs. Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican agency for pilgrims, on Wednesday said: "This is an event that Rome has never seen in its history -- the canonisation of two popes in the presence of two living…
  • In eastern Ukraine, religion is another battleground

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the split between nationalists and pro-Russians extends to religion, with sharp divides appearing between churches tied to Moscow and those that want to keep the country united. "We should say thank you to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, who helped us to understand that we are Ukrainians. The aggression against Ukraine has helped reinforce our identity," said Father Tikhon, a 43-year-old priest of the local Greek Catholic church. The "aggression" he refers to includes the seizure of government…
 
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  • Ukraine: government troops move against pro-Russian separatists - live updates

    Mark Tran
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Ukrainian troops move into Slavyansk and Donetsk Obama warns of new sanctionsRussia says Geneva deal 'to be implemented in steps'Read a summary of key events so far 4.47pm BST Meanwhile, to the west:Commander of @NATO's Allied Joint Force Command Naples met with Romanian Defence Officials: http://t.co/W5DIlRSZ4N pic.twitter.com/hCC3XEHg5l 4.17pm BST 4.07pm BST Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said that events in Ukraine raise serious questions about the legitimacy of a Ukrainian presidential vote set for May 25. "There is no doubt that such a development as criminal actions by those in…
  • Hubris, chemistry and Susanna Reid: welcome to ITV's 'new' breakfast show

    Marina Hyde
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    If aspects of Good Morning Britain sound strangely familiar, that's probably because they are. Take the presenters and title for a start Idea for a novel: The Damned Sofa, in which the ill-fated, short-lived tenure of any number of presenters in the ITV breakfast slot is imagined in forensic literary detail by a highly acclaimed writer. A movie adaptation will obviously follow, in which Michael Sheen is slated to play Kate Garraway.And so to the dawn of yet another era in the storied history of what ITV sticks between its 5.05am repeat of The Jeremy Kyle Show and its 9.25am repeat of The…
  • Kate and Prince William in the megamix, plus more unexpected celebrity DJs today's breaking pop culture news

    Kate Hutchinson
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    All the best of the day's pop culture news (and some of the worst) in one scrollable place.Come back for the most unexpected celebrity DJs, the riot grrrl revival, Sin City and more.Plus tunes, videos, GIFs and gags.Don't make us feel lonely: tweet us @guideguardian or in the comments below. 4.47pm BST What do you do when you've got too much time on your hands, a love of Star Wars, and an ability to make noises with your mouth? You overdub Star Wars with all your own sound effects, of course. 4.29pm BST It's Shangaan Electro innovator Nozinja's first release for Warp Records. It will most…
  • Will Tory plans kill onshore wind in the UK?

    Karl Mathiesen
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Energy minister Michael Fallon says the UK has enough onshore wind. Will new plans to pull subsidies and change planning permission mean the end of the industry?Join the debate. Post your views in the comments below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet @karlmathiesen 4.33pm BST Prime minister David Cameron has weighed into the debate, telling Sky News this is not the end of onshore wind but we "won't see lots of new large-scale wind farm developments"."Onshore wind has an important role to play in generating electricity in our country. We want a varied supply…
  • Copenhagen fashion summit - live blog

    Laura Paddison and Hannah Gould
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Leading voices in fashion and business discuss the industrys social and environmental responsibility and solutions on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh 4.42pm BST Footage from the sustainable fashion runway show. 4.42pm BST The full audio of my five minute interview with Bangladesh Accord executive director Alan Roberts, who spoke about the progress made in the year since the Rana Plaza tragedy, the media's role in making consumers care and how the tiff between the Accord and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has been stirred up by the press.
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  • Israel’s security Cabinet has no response to Palestinian unity accord

    Marcy Oster
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An emergency meeting of Israel’s security Cabinet failed to arrive at a response to the unity accord signed by Palestinian factions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the meeting on Thursday, a day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas, considered a terrorist organization in both Israel and the United States, signed their agreement. The meeting ended without a conclusion, the Times of Israel reported. Following the signing of the agreement in Gaza, Israel canceled a planned meeting with Palestinian peace negotiators.
  • New Holocaust curriculum in Israel to begin in kingergarten

    Marcy Oster
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will teach the Holocaust in the country’s schools beginning in kindergarten under a planned curriculum released by the Education Ministry. The curriculum, which appears on the ministry’s website, is titled Bishvili HaZikaron, or Memory is for me. It was released several days before the start of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Experts from the Education Ministry and the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem designed the program. The curriculum committee included Holocaust experts, educators, psychologists and educational…
  • Jews for Jesus video shows Jesus being sent to Nazi gas chambers

    Marcy Oster
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    (JTA) — A Jews for Jesus video showing Jesus in the selection line at a Nazi concentration camp has spurred criticism “as a cynical abuse of the Holocaust.” The video, titled “That Jew Died For You,” was posted earlier this month on YouTube by the messianic organization and has garnered more than 1.1 million hits. In the three-minute video, Jesus is shown carrying a cross as a Nazi officer standing at the gates of Auschwitz sends him to the gas chambers. “Just another Jew,” the officer says. “The Jews for Jesus video is a cynical abuse of the…
  • Report: Starbucks to buy 10% stake in SodaStream

    Marcy Oster
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Starbucks is in advanced talks to buy 10 percent of the Israeli home soda machine company SodaStream. Shares of SodaStream jumped more than 10 percent following the report Wednesday in the Israeli business daily Globes, which said an announcement of the purchase is expected “soon.” The company value is $1.1 billion. Neither company would comment in the media on the report. Starbucks left the Israeli market about a decade ago after Israeli customers indicated their preference for purchasing their coffee from other companies. SodaStream had been in the news…
  • Separatists confirm hostage-taking of American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky

    Marcy Oster
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    (JTA) — Pro-Russian separatists from Ukraine confirmed that they are holding American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky hostage. Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the separatist head of the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk, told reporters on Wednesday evening that Ostrovsky had been detained since Tuesday for reporting false information, Reuters reported. Ponomaryov has appointed himself “mayor” of the town. Ostrovsky has been covering the conflict in Ukraine in recent months for the VICE News website. In a statement, the website said, “VICE News is aware of the situation…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • What You Can Learn from Calvin and Hobbes about the Message and the Medium

    Fred Sanders
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Anybody who has a message that they care about communicating should pay attention to the great lesson taught by Calvin and Hobbes: The lesson is that not every message can be communicated in every medium. Yes, I mean Bill Watterson’s comic strip about the tiger and his boy, not the theologian and the philosopher. The confusion between the cartoon and the thinkers is excusable, because the strip was named after the thinkers, of course. Watterson has said that the title was “an inside joke for poli-sci majors.” Watterson was himself a political science major in college, and…
  • Layers and Layers of Biblical Witness

    Fred Sanders
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    I recently ran across a helpful list of layered biblical passages; passages that are themselves summaries, or theologically-informed overviews, of previous sections of Scripture. Some of them you can recognize from a glance at the chapter and verse; others you’ll need to look up. Here’s the list w/links and memory-jogging snippets: Deuteronomy 6:20-25  What to tell your kids about the Exodus events. “‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out…” Deuteronomy 11:1-17  “You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge,…
  • We Can See the Meaning, Though We Cannot Exhaust It

    R.A. Torrey
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: ~Ephesians 1:8, 9 Verses 8-10 take us into very deep water, but the water is clear and we can see the meaning though we cannot exhaust it even by long meditation and reflection. In verse 7 Paul has just spoken of “the riches of His grace.” He now goes on to say that God made this grace “to abound toward us.” God has provided for us no trickling rivulets of grace, but great rivers –yes, an infinite ocean…
  • Surfers Defeat Strunk & White!

    Matt Jenson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    The New York Times called Strunk & White’s Elements of Style “as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility.” It is a strong book, written with the same economy and sturdiness it calls forth from would-be writers. It is even a delight to read, at once funny and sage. But once, it is wrong. In the final chapter on style written by William Strunk Jr.’s student, E. B. White–famous for Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, and one of our finest essayists–White counsels writers to “prefer the standard to the…
  • Introducing The Common Room

    Scriptorium Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    We are delighted to introduce the first episode of The Common Room, a conversation among the faculty and friends of Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. Conversations will include book projects by members of the faculty, introductions to the texts you’ve never read but have always wanted to, and whatever other subjects happen to be of interest.  Our aim is to provide snapshots of important discussions and interactions that are both formative and enjoyable as well. For the first episode, Greg Peters and Matt Jenson take up the relationship between Protestantism and…
 
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • India Court Recognizes Transgender People As Third Gender

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    SourceINDIA, April 15, 2014 (BBC): India's Supreme Court has recognized transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. "It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female. It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities. According to one estimate, India has about two million transgender people. Campaigners say they live on the fringes of society, often in poverty, ostracized because of…
  • Two More BAPS Mandirs Open In Australia

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    SourceAUSTRALIA, March 1, 2014 (The Indian Sun): Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the newly reconstructed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney was officially inaugurated with Vedic rituals by Sadguru Sant Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, a senior BAPS sadhu, and the State Premier of New South Wales, the Honorable Barry O'Farrell, on Sunday, 9 February 2014.The murti-pratishtha ceremony marked the climax of the four-day Mandir Mahotsav. The murtis, previously sanctified and consecrated by His Holiness Pramukh Swami…
  • India's Women Sadhus Form All-Female Group

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    SourceINDIA, March 1, 2014 (Global Post): Female sadhus, or holy Hindu women, have broken away from tradition and formed a new all-female group in India that they hope will end male domination of spiritual practices. In the northern city of Allahabad a group of women sadhus formally established their group or akhada, holding ceremonies on the banks of the River Ganges which is considered sacred by Hindus. Mahant Trikal Bhavanta, a leading woman sadhu, told AFP late Friday that the all-women akhada was believed to be the first in the history of Hinduism in India. An akhada is a group of sadhus…
  • Hindus Mark New Year WIth Color

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    SourceBARBADOS, March 17, 2014 (Nation News): Dashes of blue, red and white powder painted a kaleidoscope of celebration, as Hindus and people of Indian descent in Barbados marked Phagwa yesterday. The festival of many colors signalled the beginning of a new year on the Hindu calendar, as well as the victory of good over evil, Pandit Thakoor Prashad explained to the Daily Nation at the Welches temple where the event was held. "Barriers are broken and all enmity is gone and everyone becomes friends," he continued.Prashad reported that local celebrations were growing. Fifteen undergraduate…
  • Daily Inspiration

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    SourceThe way to freedom is a way of silence--of silent resolve and silent service.-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission
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    Hindu Blog

  • Akshaya Tritiya 2014 Date

    Abhilash Rajendran
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Indradhanus – The Bow of Indra – Indra Dhanus in Hindu Religion

    Abhilash Rajendran
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    Indradhanus is the bow of Indra, the king of Devas, in Hindu religion. It is also the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Matsya Purana in Hindi – Read Matsya Puran Online

    Abhilash Rajendran
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Matsya Purana is one of the most important Puranas. Stories about various incarnations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Varuthini Ekadasi

    Abhilash Rajendran
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Varuthini Ekadashi is observed during the waning phase of moon in March/April. In 2014,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Knowledge from Bhagavad Gita

    Abhilash Rajendran
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Giving up all desires born of the will, withdrawing the senses from every direction by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Daily April poem: inspired by masonry

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    CAESARIA MARITIMA The vaults of the sky arched overhead.Beneath, men on scaffolding tucked blocks of sandstone tight. Once the keystone took its placethey hauled the wooden bolster freeand the stones stayed taut.Pressure makes them motionlesseven after two thousand years --empire crumbled to dust, Iudaeaa forgotten name on mosaic maps.Armies came and went, cameand went like the waves. Today, tourists in Kelty hatspose where chariots used to thunder.The Slavic fishermen are gone,their houses leveled and rebuilt.Now a town on top of the ruinsof a town on top of the ruins.A few kilometers away,…
  • Recent reading about Palestinians and Israel

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my Israeli friends on Facebook alerted me to a recent AP article: In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates. Here's how it begins: BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) - The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other. But there was a crucial difference that helped to shape each boy's fate: One was Israeli, and the other Palestinian. The tale of the two teens provides a stark example of the vast…
  • Daily April poem: instructions for drawing a map

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    MAP AND TERRITORY Draw the lines firm: give no doubt where the boundaries between us and them. Your choice of alphabet will locate you on one side or the other. Think of the man walking for seven years from where the human story began. "I forget the names of towns without rivers." He wakes in the morning to the footprints of desert beetles. As we told the story of the Exodus he took ship across the Red Sea on a Syrian vessel full of mourners. Hardboiled eggs rolled on their plates. Will he climb the Harei Yehuda or the Jibal al-Khalil? Overhead, cranes following his routechivvy him with…
  • Daily April poem: à la New York school

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    NOT EXACTLY NEW YORK SCHOOL It's the twenty-first of April (and the same in Nisan, though more than three thousand years separate the Gregorian calendar from the Jewish one) also the seventh day of Passover, sixth day of the Omer, Patriot's Day though only in Massachusetts, Marathon Monday though only in Boston, city of duck boats and blooming tulip magnolias, Charlie cards and the neon CITGO sign, where I first closed my eyes in rapture over creamy North End cannoli, hint of pistachio on the tip of my tongue. What kind of New York School poem mentions Boston? Do I betray the cramped Lower…
  • Coming soon: Reb Zalman's glorious new translation of psalms

    rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Many years ago I wrote a post about new translations of psalms, and one of the translations I referenced was from my teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a.k.a. Reb Zalman. His creative, heartfelt, pray-able, earth-conscious renderings of psalms weren't published anywhere in print, but there was an audio cd available through the ALEPH store, and I loved hearing him speak the psalms in his own inimitable language. Now, during the Omer this year, there's a project afoot to fund a print edition of Reb Zalman's renderings of the psalms. Here's a short video -- featuring, among others, Father…
 
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • Build a Stupa

    Mugo
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Tiny House in the forest…. So delighted to stumble upon this tiny work-site shed on wheels while out walking the other day. It is clad all over in wood unlike the ones you see next to holes in the road and building sites in Germany. I guess they are the generic ‘site hut’ where workers brew up and generally commune. I could have put it in my pocket and taken it home! I loved the image so much I’ve used it on my Twitter front page. The hut is calling as a hermitage hut for reflection, rather than it’s real life use. Speaking of hermitages… As mentioned in…
  • Awakening Space and Time

    Mugo
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Forest, for as far as the eye can see. These past days, or is weeks now, I’ve had the space and opportunity to do some spiritual reading. This book fell off the shelf at me: Visions of Awakening Space and Time – Dogen and the Lotus Sutra by Taigen Dan Leighton. Zen Master Dogen quotes from the Lotus Sutra regularly in the Shobogenzo and clearly he holds this sutra in high esteem. For example it was Dogen, apparently, who added The Lotus Sutra at the end of the recitation of the Ten Buddhas which is spoken during formal meals and during a number of other ceremonies we do. The Lotus…
  • Holy Days Of Obligation

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

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

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

  • Why I Want to be Culturally Evangelical

    Michael Harris
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    “I mean, we’re culturally Jewish.”   “But you met on a JDate!” I yell, drink in hand. “Don’t you guys take your religion pretty seriously?” “Yes and no. It’s our tradition. And we definitely believe, but it’s just . . . less literal, you know?” Yeah. I do. I’ve heard this kind of thing a lot from my Jewish friends. Even if you don’t buy it all, you can still remain in the community. A.J. Jacobs writes that he is “Jewish like The Olive Garden is Italian.” I wish Evangelicals were as adaptable. Even though I’m no longer a Christian by doctrine, I’m…
  • What Is a Saint?

    James Martin SJ
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Mother Teresa statue in Kolkata. The saints offer us encouragement, like the runner just ahead of us in the race, urging us on and reminding us to pace ourselves. This is true not simply when we are sick or discouraged but also when we’re leading healthy, active lives. When I’m busy, I remember Thomas Aquinas, the thirteenth-century multi-tasker; the man who employed three scribes to take down his notes simultaneously reminds me that prayer is as important as work. When I write, I remember Thomas Merton; the famous writer reminds me that fame is not the reason one writes. When I work with…
  • An Ayatollah’s Gift to Baha’is, Iran’s Largest Religious Minority

    Michael Karlberg
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    On April 7, through a courageous and compassionate gesture, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani stood as a champion for the dignity and rights of Iran’s most oppressed religious minority – the Baha’is. On that day, Ayatollah Tehrani announced on his website that he had created a work of illuminated calligraphy based on a passage from the writings of Bahá’u'lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. He then offered his exquisitely rendered work of art to the Baha’i community as a token of respect and support. Baha’is constitute the largest non-Muslim religious…
  • Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

    Herb Silverman
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Atheists bad, Christians good. That’s my four-word summary of God’s Not Dead. This anti-atheist movie would be more effective if it didn’t portray every atheist as smug, angry, selfish, obnoxious, and unhappy. In contrast, nearly every Christian is kind, happy, generous . . . well, you get the idea.   The movie’s two protagonists are atheist philosophy Professor Jeffrey Radisson and Christian student Josh Wheaton at fictional Hadleigh University. Professor Radisson is a bully who on the first day of class uses his bully pulpit to require that each student sign a “God is dead”…
  • Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

    Ann Memmott
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    With 1 in 68 people on the autism spectrum, most churches will encounter a number of people of various ages and backgrounds who are autistic. I am autistic and a Christian, and my faith is a very important part of my life. As a child, I had little use of language and was very “typically autistic.” But as an adult, I learned to use language, and now I teach churches worldwide about autism. I work with leaders from the Church of England, and I wrote their national autism guidelines at the request of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, who realized what gifts autistic…
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  • Vaccines: thoughts in spring

    Alice
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Janet R. Gilsdorf Every April, when the robins sing and the trees erupt in leaves, I think of Brad — of the curtain wafting through his open window, of the sounds of his iron lung from within, of the heartache of his family. Brad and I grew up at a time when worried mothers barred their children from swimming pools, the circus, and the Fourth of July parade for fear of paralysis. It was constantly on everyone’s minds, cast a shadow over all summertime activities. In spite of the caution, Brad got polio — bad polio, which further terrorized our mothers. It still haunts me. If,…
  • An intriguing, utterly incomplete history of Louis Armstrong

    OwenK
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    April is Jazz Appreciation Month, honoring an original American art form. Across the United States and the world, jazz lovers are introducing people to the history and heritage of jazz as well as extraordinary contemporary acts. To celebrate, here are eight songs from renowned jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Armstrong‘s catalog, along with some lesser-known facts about the artist. Heebie Jeebies (1926) One of Armstrong’s first recordings as bandleader was a series of singles released under the name Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, which were later regarded as a watershed moment in…
  • New perspectives on the history of publishing

    Alice
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    There is a subtle shift occurring in the examination of the history of the book and publishing. Historians are moving away from a history of individuals towards a new perspective grounded in social and corporate history. From A History of Cambridge University Press to The Stationers’ Company: A History to the new History of Oxford University Press, the development of material texts is set in a new context of institutions. The University processes in fron of the Sheldonian Theatre and Clarendon Printing House, 1733 (William Williams, Oxonia depicta, plate 6). Recently, Dr Adam Smyth,…
  • Mini maestro mystifies me

    Charley James
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Siu-Lan Tan Sometimes you think you can explain something, and then it turns out you really can’t. This remarkable video was posted last year but only went viral in the US in the last few weeks, approaching 5 million hits in a short time. When I first saw it, I was immediately enchanted. Click here to view the embedded video. Dubbed by the press as ‘the Mini Maestro’ (although to be correct, she would be a maestra), the video shows little Lara Glozou with a church choir in Kyrgyzstan. She’s the young daughter of one of the choir members and often attends rehearsal.
  • The amoeba in the room

    Kirsty
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    By Nicholas P. Money The small picture is the big picture and biologists keep missing it. The diversity and functioning of animals and plants has been the meat and potatoes of most natural historians since Aristotle, and we continue to neglect the vast microbial majority. Before the invention of the microscope in the seventeenth century we had no idea that life existed in any form but the immediately observable. This delusion was swept away by Robert Hooke, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, and other pioneers of optics who found that tiny forms of life looked a lot like the cells that comprise our own…
 
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Qur'an, Realities of Time and Other Dimensions - Part 2

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    alif-lam-meemAlif Laam MeemdhālikaThatl-kitābu(is) the Booklā raybano doubtfīhiin it,hudana Guidancelil'muttaqīnafor the God-conscious.alladhīnathose whoyu'minūnahave faithbil-ghaybiin the unseen reality...~ The Qur'an 2:1-3 ~AL-GHAIB - THE UNSEEN TRANSCENDENTAL REALITYReligion has always affirmed the existence of unseen transcendental worlds which exist beyond (normal) observation and, hence, scientific enquiry, in dimensions of space and time other than our own, and has always required of believers that they believe in these unseen worlds.When Dajjāl or the False Messiah is in…
  • Qur'an and the Realities of Time

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Wa nazzalnā And We sent down 'alayka to youl-kitāba the Book tib'yānan (as) a clarificationlikulli of everyshayin thing THE QUR'AN AND PASSAGE OF TIMEThe very essence of time as divinely taught in Sūrah al-Kahf of the Qur’ān is that it is complex and multi-dimensional. There is a multi-dimensional movement of time as it passes through the ages. Only the faithful and righteous are endowed with Nur (i.e., light) which gives them the capacity to penetrate the reality of time. In a very famous Sūrah of the Qur’ān (i.e., al-‘Asr) named after time,…
  • Poetry and Truth from Daniel Ladinsky's Rendition of Hafiz

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

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

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

  • An Insurmountable Obstacle

    Sarah Boerner
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know it’s estimated that in 2011-1012 about 7.1 billion people were considered chronically undernourished? Or did you know that the estimated number of orphans world-wide is around 1.5 billion? Statistics like these are often employed to raise awareness and are often effective in alerting an audience to the magnitude and importance of a problem. However, they can also have the unintended effect of overwhelming an audience. In light of solving a problem that seems hopeless, how are we supposed to respond? a) walk away Even when faced with a small problem, it’s tempting to leave it…
  • Simon, Who Is Called Peter (Free Sample Excerpt!)

    Mackenzie Mulligan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You probably don’t know this, but I wrote a book! Simon, Who is Called Peter has just been published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, and it’s also available through Amazon. I’m super excited about it, and I’d love for you to give it a read. If you’ve ever wanted to get a human picture of Jesus’ most notorious disciple–if you’ve ever wanted to get inside the head of the man who walked on water, fished for men, denied Jesus three times, and served as a key foundation for Christ’s church–then you should definitely give it a read. Not…
  • Death, Thanksgiving, and the Resurrection

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

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

    Sarah Boerner
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “to everything there is a season” and the current season we are in is Lent. But most of the conversations I’ve had about Lent miss the underlying meaning of this season and focus only on what’s been given up. While Lent does incorporate the practice of giving up, also called fasting, the underlying purpose of Lent is to set apart a time for the purpose of grieving. So when I’ve been asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?” I’m not upset because I know one part of Lent is the practice of fasting, but another part of me also feels the loss in…
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    Evolving Beings

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Celebrating our seventh year at Episcopal Cafe

    Jim Naughton
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Episcopal Cafe began publishing just a little over seven years ago, on April 19, 2007. April 19, 2014 was Holy Saturday, so we decided to delay marking our anniversary for a few days. The Cafe had been preceded by The Blog of Daniel, a blog I launched in early January 2006 when I was canon for communications in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to discuss the short-lived NBC television show and Daily Episcopalian, the name I gave the blog when the show closed and the topics under discussion turned toward the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion and spirituality. Daily Episcopalian…
  • Resurrection

    Ann Fontaine
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
  • Virginia Bishops "step up" in amici brief

    Kurt Wiesner
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The Friends of Jake blog rejoice over the Virginia Episcopal Bishops (Diocese of Virginia and Southern Virginia) joining a multi-faith group in an amici brief in the marriage case in Virginia: This is what they pulled from the brief: Amici curiae represent a broad range of religious stakeholders who support equal treatment for same-sex couples with respect to civil marriage. While Amici come from faiths that have approached issues affecting lesbian and gay people and their families in different ways over the years, they are united in the belief that, in our diverse and pluralistic society,…
  • Christian ecofeminist theology today

    Kurt Wiesner
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Erica Lea offers a thoughtful reflection in Christian Feminism Today: "Gaia, Sallie McFague, and You Walk into a Bar...Christian Ecofeminist Theology Today". Lea begins: Gender equality and environmental stewardship come from a shared root that affirms the dignity of all creation. A basic tenet of feminism is that women are equal with men. This concept is applied in a number of spheres— politics, law, psychology, religion. A basic tenet of Christian feminism is that God creates all people, including gender identity, to have equality in the Kingdom of God through God’s love as expressed in…
  • Evangelical pastor for full inclusion

    Kurt Wiesner
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Ken Wilson's new book, "A Letter to My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor's Path to Embracing People who are Gay, Lesbian and Transgender into the Company of Jesus" is discussed in an interview with Religion Dispatches' Candace Chellew-Hodge. From the interview: Q: So, how are you living out your new idea of accepting LGBT people into your own congregation, based on your study of Romans 14 and 15 that calls for acceptance of everyone even when there are deep disagreements? Right when I was ready to "cross the Rubicon," so to speak, on this issue with my congregation, I received an email from…
 
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    Jewish Treats

  • Curse You - Not!

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    In a perfect world, one would never feel such intense anger at another person that one would actually wish them harm. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world.When emotions run high, some people are able to maintain their calm, while others may take action against the perceived enemy. Somewhere in the middle of these two responses is the reaction of uttering a curse on the other party.  While “uttering a curse” sounds very much like magic and voodoo, a curse is simply the opposite of a blessing. Whereas a blessing is a prayer that good things befall others, a curse is a prayer that…
  • Positive Energy

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Try to think kindly of other people, even when they upset you.
  • What Not To Buy

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    The joyous holiday of Passover is now over. While one’s instinct might be to immediately run out to the supermarket and restock the pantry shelves with bread, snacks and all the desserts that were missed over the holiday, it is important to be aware of the issues that apply to buying and selling chametz (leaven products) that might have been owned by a Jew over Passover.The Torah’s instructions for the celebration of Passover state: “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses” (Exodus 12:19), which is understood to mean that Jewish homes must be free of…
  • Cautious Shopping

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Be careful in choosing the foods you purchase immediately after Passover.
  • Mimouna

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Jews rejoice on Passover to celebrate their redemption from slavery in Egypt. Because of Passover’s connection to redemption, there is much hope that the final redemption will soon be at hand (thus the inclusion of Elijah’s cup at the Seder). At the end of the week-long holiday, on the day after Passover, in order to prolong the rejoicing and, many say, as a means of asserting their faith in the final redemption, Jews of North African origin celebrate a unique holiday known as “Mimouna.”While some have suggested that the name Mimouna derives from ma’amoun, the Arabic word…
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Mormon's Codex: Rich Support for Book of Mormon Plausibility

    Jeff Lindsay
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I just finished John L. Sorenson's monumental work, Mormon's Codex (Provo: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2013). The reading took longer than I expected, but it was worth it. I will have more to say about it in the near future, but here's an initial review.Sorenson's work will be viewed by many as an attempt to prove and defend the Book of Mormon using numerous random parallels and weak threads. This view both fails to grasp the value of exploring many dimensions of a physical and cultural setting when trying to evaluate a fragmentary record from an allegedly ancient source. Sorenson's work does…
  • A Video to Share for Easter: Because of Him

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Tomorrow, like every Sunday, live every day of our lives if we're wise, we will remember the greatest victory of all time, the only one that really matters because it is the one that gives true meaning to life. We will remember the moment that put an end to endings and gives us the hope of clean slates, new beginnings, and ultimate joy. We will remember and worship Him, Jesus Christ.This video comes from the Church's Easter website, Because of Him at http://easter.mormon.org/. 
  • The Arabian Peninsula: The Roots of a Remarkable Adventure in Understanding the Book of Mormon

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

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

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

  • Who are the false teachers?

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The whole concept of false teachers and false teaching is one that makes many Christians squirm. We don’t like to think about the idea that there are people who are actively trying to deceive believers, to turn them away from the truth of the Christian faith. But all one has to do is look around at a Christian bookstore and you can see it—deception is present. So who are they? Anytime someone writes on this topic, it’s tempting to name names. Tim Challies has been profiling a number of them over the last several weeks, for example, looking at false teachers throughout history…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Holy Relics: The Church Pew Martyn Wendell Jones: Unlike the Lord, they are hard and unforgiving. Wherever two or three hundred are gathered, there they will be also. The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head, but his followers will have somewhere to rest their behinds, even unto the end of the age. Evangelical church pews are a sign of our identification with the Christian Church universal because they are not unique to our houses of worship. Austere, they stand in sanctuaries all over the world, colors changing with those of the available materials for building them in different countries…
  • The glamor of God-honoring grammar

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my favorite books you’ve never read is The Gospel and the Mind by Bradley Green (which I reviewed a looong time ago). This book didn’t exactly light any fires on the sales charts, but man, did it ever pack a wallop. Why? Because it makes a connection that once seen, you can’t unsee: The farther we get from the gospel, the more impaired our thinking becomes. Green demonstrates this by appealing to history, theology and philosophy, showing that the Christian faith encourages a rigorous intellectual life. But when the gospel is set aside and eventually abandoned, our…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I Love My Black Letter Bible Matt Smethurst: I recently heard a remark that only in Jesus do we see God “as he is.” While this statement may sound profound and even have a ring of truth—Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15; cf. Heb. 1:3) and the point of the biblical story (Luke 24:27, 44)—it is finally misleading since it does not reveal the whole picture. The Lord’s self-disclosure was not exhausted by the Son’s earthly life. Jesus’ appearing neither nullified the revelation that came before (Matt. 5:17-18) nor rendered…
  • Evangelism by Mack Stiles

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Our church has always been very clear on stressing the need for evangelism. Whenever our local missions pastor preaches, it almost always turns into a sermon on evangelism (especially when he’s trying not to). We have a local missions team that goes out every week to open-air preach and interact with individuals on the streets of our city, sharing the gospel at every opportunity. But then, about a year ago, we did something really bold: we took all of our small groups through a personal evangelism workshop. And the response? *crickets• I was a small group leader at the time,…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Mystics Wanted. Apply at #mystex

    Mary Valle
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    In Barbara Ehrenriech’s new book Living With a Wild God, she discusses a mystical experience she had as a teenager that affected the rest of her life in unexpected ways. In honor of KtB founder Jeff Sharlet’s interview with Ehrenreich, published as this week’s feature, we would like to launch the #mystex tag. Have you had a mystical experience? Please feel free to chime in via #mystex–wonderful, scary, unwanted, thrilling or even run-of-the mill cosmic happenings are welcome. Or, if you like, discuss a mystical personage of the real or fictional variety. #mystex data will be…
  • “It’s The World That’s Strange”

    KtBniks
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Note: This is an edited transcript of a Brooklyn By The Book event that took place Wednesday, April 9, in honor of the publication of Barbara Ehrenreich’s latest book, Living With A Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for Absolutely Everything. The public conversation was sponsored by Community Bookstore, The Brooklyn Public Library, and Congregation Beth Elohim. We are grateful to them, and to the book’s publishers for permission to print it here. —Eds. Jeff Sharlet: There is some discussion in this book of what might be called a “mystical experience.” You write…
  • Thank You, Zadie Smith

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

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

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

  • Heaven is All-American

    Mary Valle
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Heaven is for Real isn’t about young visionary Colton or angels or even God. It’s about Rev. Burpo’s ongoing exisential crisis.
  • Spiritual Unplugging, Or What to Do When There is Wifi at the Ashram

    Matt Hamilton
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A wired journalist finds himself reaching for his phone during silent meditation—and stops to reflect on the deeper meaning of that reflex.  
  • A Good and/or Bad Friday

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

    Myev Rees
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Duggar daughters' message is clear and stark. Ladies: Men can be frightening and dangerous. Your best defense is preventative. Turn inward and make yourself a Godly woman worthy of a Godly man…or risk abuse.
  • Why Christians Should Not Host Their Own Passover Seders

    Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When people learn that, as a lifelong and practicing Christian, I am married to a Jewish man and that we practice both religions in our house, I often become the safe person to ask about Judaism. I like this advocate role for the opportunity it gives me to gently encourage folks to look at ways in which their privilege as a member of a majority population can sometimes cause them to cause offense.
 
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    On Being Both

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Years After the Japan Tsunami

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientology Volunteer Ministers join the people of Japan in honoring those lost in the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.Scientology Volunteer Ministers from around the world join the people of Japan in March to remember the 2011 tsunami and the nearly 19,000 dead...
  • Bridge Publications Wins Sixth Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council announced in March that Bridge Publications has once again earned the coveted Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award.For the sixth consecutive year, Bridge Publications, publisher of the religious...
  • Church of Scientology Honors Los Angeles Volunteers at Disaster Response Conference

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Volunteers from across Los Angeles County met today at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Church of Scientology for a disaster response event in honor of National Volunteer Week. They were briefed by leaders in the Los Angeles disaster response community...
  • Church of Scientology of Moscow 20th Anniversary Celebration

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Moscow Scientologists mark a milestone—two decades of service to the Scientology community in the Russian FederationReligious and civic leaders and representatives of numerous humanitarian organizations gathered at the Church of Scientology of Moscow...
  • Art Exhibit Helps Fund Humanitarian Programs

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville hosts exhibit of artist Lucille Femine, proceeds to help fund Church-supported humanitarian programs. Throughout the month of March, the Church of Scientology & Celebrity Center Nashville, located at...
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    Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Church’s Missionary Mandate | Friends of Little Portion Hermitage

    Lee Potts
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    The proclamation of the Word of God has Christian conversion as its aim: a complete and sincere adherence to Christ and his Gospel through faith. Conversion is a gift of God, a work of the Blessed Trinity. It is the Spirit who opens people’s hearts so that they can believe in Christ and “confess him” cf. 1 Cor 12:3; of those who draw near to him through faith Jesus says: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” Jn 6:44. From the outset, conversion is expressed in faith which is total and radical, and which neither limits nor hinders God’s gift. At the same…
  • In ways we do not completely understand

    Lee Potts
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    As Christian women and men, we recognize a future that is not limited to our present condition. While we should work to alleviate suffering in the world and in our own lives, its eradication is impossible. In light of the Gospel and Francis’s instruction, we recall that God remains with us and works through us in ways we do not completely understand. It is by trusting in the Lord that we are able to bear all in peace. ~ Daniel Horan OFM, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith Tags: Daniel Horan, francis of assisi, suffering, understanding
  • Totally centered on Christ

    Lee Potts
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    If there is a word which does complete justice to Franciscan theology and spirituality, it is ‘Christocentric,’ and they have this as their distinguishing feature, because the faith and holiness of St. Francis were totally centered on Christ. In Jesus Christ the revelation is made to us of what the world, as a whole and in all its parts, means to God. ~ Eric Doyle, “Saint Francis of Assisi and the Christocentric Character of Franciscan Life and Doctrine” (Franciscan Christology) Tags: Christ, Christocentric, franciscan, Franciscan Christology, Jesus Christ,…
  • He was the saint of excesses

    Lee Potts
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    The life of the Poverello (St. Francis) may seem more cheerful and more peaceful than that of some of the other saints. But truth is he was the saint of excesses: excess in sacrifice, excess in love: and it was by reason of his excesses that he held to the happy medium, because his disregard for moderation worked both ways, just as a scale insures better equilibrium the longer it is on both sides. Francis is the saint of excesses and yet he is the saint with a smile, because he always fused the two. For him, penance was love, and sorrow ‘perfect joy.’ Using this standard, folly…
  • With this joyful certainty in our hearts

    Lee Potts
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness. With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord! Pope Francis,…
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    Amish America

  • Measuring Amish Wealth and “Poverty”

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Do “classes” exist in Amish society? How is wealth distributed? Do Amish use food stamps? A new study in the latest JAPAS addresses these questions in the Holmes County Amish community (“Amish Economic Transformations: New Forms of Income and Wealth Distribution in a Traditionally “Flat” Community“, by Amyaz Moledina, David McConnell, Stephanie Sugars, and Bailey Connor). By tapping public data including Census info and real estate […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the…
  • Why Do Criminals Target the Amish?

    Erik/Amish America
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Too often, we hear stories of criminals seeking out Amish victims. Their crimes include: burglary when homeowners are known to be absent (eg, Sunday morning) swiping cash from roadside stands (both manned and unmanned) assault and robbery Last Thursday, Amish once again fell prey to wrongdoers, this time in Lawrence County, Tennessee. One woman has been […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • Amish Communities in Nebraska

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

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

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

  • Catholic by Choice: Read an Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Promise of Easter

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Good Friday Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Monthly Service – 4 May 2014

    SCOAN London
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The monthly service on 4th May 2014 is coming up soon! Join us at the University of West London (Paragon House) at 11am. There will be a time of mass prayer with Prophet TB Joshua on the video screen and an opportunity to pray for your nation. Bring your nation’s flag as a point of contact! Email uk@scoan.org for details and directions.    
  • Easter Service – 20 April 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope's public…
  • Gosnell movie fundraiser tops $1.2 million

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 24, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fundraising campaign to create a movie about the notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has surpassed $1.2 million in donations, more than halfway to its goal. “We have to keep the momentum going,” film producer Phelim McAleer said at an April 22 briefing at the Heritage Foundation. The filmmaker considers Gosnell “the biggest serial killer in American history.” In May 2013, Gosnell was convicted of three first-degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive after his failed…
  • Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims from across the globe will gather at San Marco al Campidoglio in Rome. The Church is one of 11 Roman parishes that will hold prayer vigils ahead of the canonizations. In addition to the parish dedicated for English-speaking pilgrims, San Angese in Agone will have a vigil in Polish; San Anastasia in Portuguese; Santissimo Nome di Gesu all’Argentina in Spanish; San Andrea della Valle in French; and San Bartolomeo…
  • Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    San José, Costa Rica, Apr 24, 2014 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis. Mora was cured of a brain aneurysm in 2011 thanks to the intercession of the then-recently beatified John Paul II. The approval of this miracle allowed John Paul’s path to sainthood to move forward. In statements to the newspaper “La Razon,” Mora said that she is preparing to travel to the Vatican to…
  • Easter celebration strengthens Vietnamese migrants in Thailand

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Bangkok, Thailand, Apr 23, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA).- Scores of Catholic migrants from Vietnam gathered across Thailand on Sunday to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with the traditions of their homeland. In Bangkok, more than 1,500 Vietnamese youth gathered April 20 for Mass in their own language at Chair of St. Peter parish, said by Fr. James Hanh Vu, a Dominican. “This has been tremendous … and was perhaps the largest gathering for the Vietnamese Catholic youth in Bangkok and the surrounding areas,” Fr. Anthony Le Duc, SVD, the city's chaplain for ministry to…
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    Faithlab

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

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

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

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

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

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

  • God Does Not Only Work Through Rainbows

    Matt
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it may sound a little cheesy, the truth is that the most beautiful rainbows often find their full glow after the most tumultuous storms.  Here is a less cheesy and more vulgar illustration, have you ever noticed that while feeling really horrible at your stomach, if you actually ‘get sick’ things seem to feel significantly better for a bit?  I didn’t want to leave anyone out… whether a rainbow watcher or someone intimately familiar with nausea, you get the idea. However, I’ve come to find that I miss out on so much of what God wants to teach me if I am consumed with the…
  • Parenting: Leveraging Literature for Spiritual Growth

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

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

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

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

  • The Mystery and Mission of Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Last Shall Be First: The Women at the Cross and Tomb

    shawna
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The past few years I have been on a mission to write, preach, and teach the women of Holy Week back into our Holy Week liturgies, practices, and Scriptures. In this post we’ll learn about the women at the cross and tomb in Mark. Women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. They had followed him and ministered to him when he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. That evening, because it was the Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph…
  • A Good Friday Reflection from Cynthia Bourgeault

    shawna
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    All four gospels insist that when all the other disciples are fleeing, Mary Magdalene stands firm. She does not run; she does not betray or lie about her commitment; she witnesses. Hers is clearly a demonstration of either the deepest human love or the highest spiritual understanding of what Jesus was teaching, perhaps both. But why, one wonders, do the Holy Week liturgies tell and re-tell the story of Peter’s threefold denial of Jesus, while the steady, unwavering witness of Magdalene is not even noticed? How would our understanding of the Paschal Mystery change if even that one sentence…
  • The Last Shall Be First: The Women of Holy Week

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

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

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

  • 15 Lessons From Living With A Pregnant Wife

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    My wife and I met our first child a couple of weeks ago. It’s been a crazy ride full of ups and downs and little lessons. Not long after my wife got pregnant, I started keeping a list called, “Lessons From Living With A Pregnant Wife.” While I kind of forgot about the list at times over the last 9 months, I still did a pretty good job of capturing things as they came. Here you go, 15 lessons from living with a pregnant wife… Smell is no longer one of the senses, but an obsession instead.. Smells that used to be good are suddenly sickening… Wonder if it works the other way…
  • Life Lessons From Twitter

    Jonathan Pearson
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    Less can be more You only get 140 characters Like in twitter, sometimes less is more. I’ve learned this lesson in many conversations I’ve had recently. You see, I like to talk. I’m learning, though, that sometimes I can learn more by saying less. Just listening can go a long way in us learning and others understanding that we care. More isn’t always better More followers can mean more spam On twitter, more followers doesn’t always mean a better experience. Many times gaining massive twitter followers means that we have spam bots following our account. If you’ve ever gotten an…
  • 3 Lessons About Love From The Birth Of My Son

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

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

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

  • How To Turn Thousands Of Muslims To Christ

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I love reading stories from the great revivalists and evangelists. In fact, I own a number of books that recount wonderful healings and breakthroughs. Many of these are the kind of inspirational stories that make you want to get up and do something incredible for Jesus.I recently pulled out a little volume called "Miracles" by the late R.W. Schambach (1926-2012). This book was originally published in the early sixties and recounts some of his experiences under salvation-healing evangelist A.A. Allen (1911-1970) and when he later launched his own ministry. This is an exciting little book that…
  • Why A Demonized Woman Cried, "Jesus Is Victor!"

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

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

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

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

  • The Poem That Inspired Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Pinched Nose Nigro Confesses He Is Inferior

    agentDave001
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Pinched Nose nigro Confesses he is Inferior.Recorded 23 April 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us No visits yet
  • New World Order, Flight 370 To Introduce Extraterrestrial Life

    agentDave001
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    New World Order, Flight 370 To Introduce Extraterrestrial Life. Recorded 23 April 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
  • Trust In The Lord Hour – 24 April 2014

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The Pulpit of Power message title: “Expedient: To Cast Out Demons Pt. 2″ preached on 19 April 2014 at 11:30AM EST. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898 (Visited 11 times, 6 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 23 April 2014

    Jattira
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/ATLAHWorldwide/150345810898 (Visited 141 times, 48 visits today)
  • White Men Sexually Attracted To Black Men In Harlem

    agentDave001
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    White Men Sexually Attracted To Black Men In Harlem. Recorded 22 April 2014. “ATLAH: THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID.” Anointed to establish families, churches and businesses, unlike any the world hath seen. Indeed the final product of the land, ATLAH, will boast of being the seat of the world’s banking, business, and education centers. Love us or hate us? Please Support Us (Visited 87 times, 36 visits today)
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    Public Religion Research Institute

  • Catholics vs. Evangelicals

    PRRI
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Last week in The Atlantic, PRRI’s Robert P. Jones explored the challenges faced by Pope Francis who appears open to wooing white evangelical Protestants aligned with his views on cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. That said, the Holy See’s call for economic justice complicates this relationship.
  • The Morning Buzz | Watch Out for That Asteroid!

    PRRI
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Today's Buzz reports Republicans haven't mentioned Earth Day in Congress since 2010, 26 meteorites hit Earth between 2010 and 2013, SCOTUS upholds Michigan's ban on taking race into account when considering college applicants, Republicans face demographic challenges in the 2016 presidential election, and a possible link between Internet usage and religious disaffiliation.
  • VIDEO: CBS Features PRRI Survey in Interview with Baptist Leader Russell Moore about the Future of Evangelicals in America

    PRRI
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    In a recent interview with Russell Moore, CBS Sunday Morning featured a PRRI survey that showed young people are more likely to leave church over teachings about and treatment of LGBT people. Moore, the new leader on ethics and policy for the Southern Baptist Convention, discusses how the churches must adapt to declining membership and increasing secularization in the country.
  • The Morning Buzz | Cities and States Fight Economic Inequality with Minimum Wage Hikes

    PRRI
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Today's Buzz looks at how many people from each state ran in the Boston Marathon a year after the deadly bombing, Americans who are skeptical about the Big Bang Theory, how states and cities are establishing their own minimum wages, the drop in acceptance rates at prestigious colleges, sad desk lunch, and the lime industry shortage in America.
  • The Morning Buzz | Where to “Get Away from It All”

    PRRI
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Today's Buzz examines New Hampshire's Senate deadlocked on vote to repeal death penalty, states' funding increases for pre-K programs, so many twins, the timing of unemployment, the connection between oxytocin and religion, the places in America where no one lives.
 
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  • Are Signs & Wonders Following You?

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    It is my joy to introduce my son in the Lord, Prophet. Chethan Henry. He and his wife Nimmy are passionate Jesus lovers. Presently he Pastors a church in Bangalore, India. Enjoy the post.  The Bible says that Jesus preached the Word, and He healed the sick and cast out demons. (Matthew 4:23) Then again we read, the apostles preached the word “The Christ Jesus” and in His name they healed the sick and delivered the demon possessed and did many signs and wonders. (Luke 9:2, Acts 19:12) Now Jesus also said “If you believe in Me you will do much more greater works than…
  • 4 Ways You Can Help Your Leader Today

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

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

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

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

  • Visit of Dr. Ulrich Berk to SSRF Spiritual Research Centre

    Sean
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    On 15 Apr 2014, Dr Ulrich Berk visited the SSRF Spiritual Research Centre along with Hindu priest Achal H. Apte from Mapusa, India. Dr Berk, from Mblingen, Germany, is a PhD in Philosophy, former professor at the University and the President of German Association for Homa therapy and is an expert in Agnihotra. He has been performing the Agnihotra ritual for the past 35 years and is an ardent advocate for the ritual. He has been conducting research on the Agnihotra ritual and how it positively affects our environment. In fact he is the co-ordinator of all research on Agnihotra worldwide. He…
  • Spiritual Researchers from “Living Unitedly” organization visit the SSRF Spiritual Research Centre

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

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

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

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

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Johannesburg’s George Khoza Secondary School was were an accused boy went to school; the crime was the alleged murder of two Dobsonville, Soweto girls: Thandeka Moganetsi, 14 yrs and Chwayita Rathazayo, 15 yrs. Recently, the boy was ushered...
  • Noah movie and a great deluge-worldwide flood discussion

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    The movie “Noah” has brought along with it much discussion; primarily because it had nothing to do with Noah. It did, however, have much to do with Gnosticism, the New Age (by any other name), Kabbalah, etc.In...
  • Book review: “Blood Moons Lunacy” by James P. Holding

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    “Since history has been recorded we have had records of how humans have divined alleged prophetic truths from events that occur in the heavens”—J.P. HoldingPublisher: Tekton Apologetics (March 23, 2014 AD)Sold by: Amazon Digital...
  • Did Adolf Hitler hate Darwinism?

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    “We are the joyous Hitler youth,We do not need any Christian virtueOur leader is our saviorThe Pope and Rabbi shall be goneWe want to be pagans once again”—song sung by Hitler youthA fellow Examiner posted...
  • Satanic crime - cannibalism by Mexican Knights Templar drug cartel

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

  • 8 more shocking things you didn’t know about the Biblical Noah’s Ark story (that the movie totally got wrong)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Greetings from Jerusalem

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

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

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

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

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

  • The one who is free from carelessness is the one who is constantly enthusiastic.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: Sometimes we do find ourselves in situations where we have no enthusiasm to continue with what we had started with a lot of enthusiasm. We do continue with what we are doing but not with the interest that we had started with-to the extent that we sometimes even give it up. Solution: We need to check the real reason for our lack of enthusiasm, which could be our own carelessness. When we make sure that we pay special attention to what we are doing and don't let carelessness set in, we will be constantly enthusiastic till we complete the…
  • True service is to be free and make others free from obstacles.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: When we are involved in a task, we totally think about ourselves irrespective of what effect it has on others. Such an attitude sometimes takes on the form of selfishness to the extent that we become an obstacle for others. Solution: We need to check ourselves whenever we are involved in a task if what we are doing is effecting others positively or negatively. Whatever we do, only if there is benefit for us as well as for others, can we call it truly successful. Soul Sustenance Self Realization (cont.) People affected by anger…
  • Where everything is done according to the right method there is success.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: When we don't achieve success we sometimes do get tempted to opt for a short cut method, which might bring us temporary success, too. But in the long run we find that it isn't be so beneficial after all. Solution: Whenever we are involved in a task specially if it is a difficult one we need to make sure that we are following the right method. Whatever is done according to the right system will surely be successful. Soul Sustenance Self Realization The soul, originally a star-like living energy point of perfect peace and…
  • The right solution is found by the mind which is free from worry.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Expression: No matter how hard one worries about a problem, there can be no solution found. When the mind is free from worry, it is able to be calm. Then there will be no struggle but very naturally the right decision is made, which would be for the benefit of the self and that of others too. On the contrary, a mind that is worried would make decisions that are harmful, even after a lot of thinking and rethinking. Experience: When I keep the mind free from worry in the most difficult situation, I am able to experience inner calm, inspite of the outer disturbance,…
  • To be obedient to God means to have a right to His inheritance.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Message for the day Projection: We sometimes find ourselves feeling low and unenthusiastic. We tend to blame the situations and the people around which makes us feel even more dull. At such times we expect and seek God's help and power but experience no help from him. Solution: We need to realise that we don't have to ask God for power or blessings but have a right to them. Before we perform any task we need to ask ourselves if God will like what we are doing. If we do everything according to God's wishes that means we are obedient. Such obedience will get us the…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • Resurrection Sunday

    Chris
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Resurrection Sunday Easter is one of the most important, if not the most important, holidays on the Christian calendar. As the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a celebration of one of the a core beliefs of Christianity all over the world, and with almost no exceptions, all Christians do celebrate this day in one form or another. The actual date is sometimes a source of some controversy, as the “true” date of Jesus’ resurrection has been lost over the centuries. Easter today is celebrated on a date selected by the early Church, a day once used to honor a…
  • Good Friday Reflections

    Chris
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Good Friday Reflections Today, on Good Friday, Christians of every denomination all over the world remember Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross. Many will use it as a time of reflection and personal sacrifice. Some will do this in the privacy of their homes or rooms, sharing this time with only their close friends and family. Others seek out groups of fellow believers, and may even go on pilgrimages of sorts. Some may take part in what others would see as odd practices in order to express their faith. Personally, I prefer a more simple approach to my reflections on this day, though…
  • The Truth About Worship

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

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

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

    matchewokneel
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    A week ago, I was involved in a discussion with some lovely fellows for the Faith and Skepticism podcast on the resurrection of Jesus and whether it is something we can say really happened two thousand years ago. The podcast is about 90 minutes if you are interested in hearing it in full (and seeing what I look and sound like). My reason for bringing this up is that, during this discussion, it was brought up numerous times that the individuals involved in supporting that the resurrection had happened also stated that the gospels were accurate, eye-witness accounts. They also brought up…
  • Noah

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

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

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

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

  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-5

    deerfield
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
      Subtopic: “The danger of false prophets” Text: Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. We have established who Jesus is as our savior and we have established that there is a process to making him our Lord. I acquainted the process of Lordship to the parenting process. Even as a parent has full control or lordship over a new born baby so also Christ is our spiritual parent when we are born again and like the new born baby we need him to…
  • “The Lordship of Christ” p-4

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

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

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

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

  • Girl Murder In Church for Changing Faith

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

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

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

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

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

  • Prayer for the Day

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dear Father, you are merciful and kind. Help me find it in my heart to be mericful and kind to others as you have been with me.
 
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    Tony Agnesi

  • That was Yesterday

    tonyagnesi
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  Now get up … Read More →
  • Close Personal Relationship

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

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

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

    tonyagnesi
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 Every week, when I tee it up with my buddies, we have an unwritten rule that everyone get a mulligan.  A mulligan is basically a do-over, a second chance to redeem … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • Smartphones, Mopeds and Cars That Turn Heads are Not the Way to Happiness, says Pope

    Lyn
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    As my family prepared to go to Disney World for spring break, our first real family vacation, I warned my son, who is prone to depression after any significant, fun event (a visit to his grandparents, birthdays, trips), that happiness is fleeting. It’s a tough lesson to learn – and one that I think many […]
  • Welcome to all the Catholic Newbies joining us tonight!

    Lyn
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Congrats and welcome to all the RCIA candidates and Catholic newbies who will be joining the Church tonight. Praying for you and so happy to have more soldiers bringing souls to our Lord! It was one year ago tonight that I joined the Church and I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I am […]
  • Join the Divine Mercy Novena

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

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

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

  • Dead Men Walking

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guess what. You are already dead… you just haven’t stop moving around yet. You might finish your life’s journey today or a year from now, or 100 years from now, but you are already a “Dead Man Walking.” This is an important fact to know. Once you fully embrace your own mortality, you need to ask yourself a few important questions. What will you do, what will you sacrifice, what will you give up or take on, or take from others to increase the time you have remaining to you? Would you kill another person to gain another year of life? Would you bankrupt your family…
  • Did God Invent Covenant?

    Andrew Sargent
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    So you are reading a prophetic vision story in the Bible, perhaps say, 1 Kings 22:19ff, and God appears sitting on a heavenly throne. Have you ever asked yourself the question… “Who invented the throne… God or People?” For that matter, who invented the chair? Did God sit in a chair with his immaterial awesomeness for eternity past, or did people invent chairs only to have God look down and say, “Now, THAT looks comfy… gotta get me one of those.”? One might ask, does the prophetic vision picture God on his throne because thrones already signify…
  • Finding Covenant in a Lost World: A Fairytale

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Once upon a time in a far away land, people made covenants. They were very happy with their covenants and everyone understood them. These covenants were so powerful in their message and work that the great God of the land, Yahweh he was called by those who knew him best, chose to make covenants himself, choosing a special man and a special people as covenant partners to fulfill his purposes in the world. Years passed and the covenants of the people changed forms. In fact, these covenants changed so much that there came a time that when the documents that recorded the old covenants with Yahweh…
  • A Baptism in Confusion: 3 Baptisms in Mark 1:2-13

    Andrew Sargent
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In our last episode, we introduced the bare bones essence of water baptism as an ancient covenant ratification act saturated with typical death imagery and corresponding OT interests in ordeal (the divinely ordained safe passage through the maws of death, representing divine election and/or divine decrees of innocence).  Now, that was a mouthful… or an eyeful as the case may be… unless you move your lips when you read. Baptism was a special cleansing rite used to initiate people into a new religious community, whether it is women into Judaism, or the already circumcised male into…
  • Good Friday: Hindsight is 20/20

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

  • Family Research Tour ~ Maine

    Fr. Peter
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    At the time of this writing I am in Machias Maine on the last leg of my three day family research trip.  I began this journey on Tuesday in York and have slowly made my way North West visiting small towns and cemeteries along that path my ancestors took prior to coming to Massachusetts. My brothers and I have been engaged in genealogy work for the last 30 or so years and, like most genealogists, we go full speed ahead for a while and then back off, now we are back on the trail and we are having a difficult time finding two generations, well one generation anyway.  So I have come to Maine to…
  • Pascha Encyclical of Archbishop Nicolae

    Fr. Peter
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    PASTORAL LETTER ON THE FEAST OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION 2014 † NICOLAE by the mercies of God Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas To our Beloved Clergy and Orthodox Christians peace and holy joy from Christ the Risen Lord, and from us hierarchical blessings. I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come (The Creed). Most Reverend Fathers, Beloved Faithful, Christ is risen! For 2000 years we have greeted one another on this holy morning with these words, which proclaim a great miracle, the victory of life over death, a miracle that…
  • Sunday Links Roundup

    Fr. Peter
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Here are links to a few things I have been reading this past week. Boston 1775 ~ The “No King But Jesus” Myth The Junto ~ Yes, Virginia, there was an American Enlightenment The New York Time Opinionator ~ Passover in the Confederacy Sons of the American Revolution ~ Dedham man to get belated recognition for service in the Revolution Glory to God for all Things ~ Judas Loves Money Emerging Civil War ~ ECW Weekender: The Civil War Horse Memorial Boston 1775 ~ William Dawes Tells a Good Story The Way of Improvement Leads Home ~ “Is Blogging Scholarship?” The Video is…
  • The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

    Fr. Peter
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing.
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Here is a list of the most read posts this past week at Shepherd of Souls Heartland ~ A Review 10 Tips for Holy Week and Pascha Sermon ~ Take up Your Cross Southbridge in the Civil War 1861 Holy Monday ~ Bridegroom Matins Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours Great and Holy Wednesday ~ The Hymn of Kassiani Great and Holy Friday ~ Taking Down from the Cross Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Great and Holy Friday ~ Lamentations at the Tomb The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology BeliefsReal Scientology Beliefs

  • Skrillex Labeled as Scientologist—But He Isn’t

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Risen Lord

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

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

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
     "And he saw them toiling in rowingfor the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them" Mark 6:48This is one of those scriptures that will change your life.To more fully understand this passage lets give a little bit of background, and give it a setting. King Herod had just ordered the death or John the baptist. John was the forerunner for Jesus Christ. In my mind, Christ and John knew each other well, and John understood our saviour and his role better than possibly any man on earth at the time. When Christ heard about…
  • Of Ships, Seas, and Storms

    6 Mar 2014 | 11:06 am
    Like a... Dish. One of my favourite stories in the Book of Mormon is in the first few chapters of Ether. In this story there is a man known as the Brother of Jared. The Brother of Jared and his family were commanded by God to travel across the ocean. He was instructed by the Lord on how he should build boats to travel across the ocean. These boats were supposed to be air-tight, like a dish. The sides of the boat were tight, and so was the roof, so that it was like a barge. These barges were completely air-tight so they were submersible. They had plugs in the top so they could get…
  • "Why do we fall Bruce?"

    27 Feb 2014 | 7:07 am
    Falling hurts. Failing is bitter. No one likes it. The mere presence and possibility of failure and rejection prevents most of humanity from meeting their potential. Think about it. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? If someone came along and removed failure from the equation, what would you do with your life? What keeps you from doing that? Fear.Let me be perfectly clear and honest. People fail. I'm going to fail, you're going to fail, everyone does. Quite a few times actually. Failure breeds doubts, fears, and discouragement. We know that we're human and prone to make…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Jesus Is Your Best Friend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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