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  • The Necessity of Forgiveness

    Fr. Peter Michael Preble
    Fr. Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The last of the preparatory Sundays in the Orthodox Church is the Sunday of Forgiveness.  This is the Sunday that we call to mind the expulsion of our first parents from paradise and the Icon of this day depicts Adam and Eve sitting outside of the closed doors of paradise weeping for what they have […] The post The Necessity of Forgiveness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The death of 16 nuns and the allure of terrorism (COMMENTARY)

    Religion News Service
    Dale Hanson Bourke
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The "Dialogues of the Carmelites" shows the price that is paid when truth is not spoken to power and a sense of injustice makes unholy acts seem somehow noble. The post The death of 16 nuns and the allure of terrorism (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Vatican condemns leaking of documents showing power struggle

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    The Vatican on Friday condemned the leaking of documents that according to a media report show a power struggle in the Holy See over economic reforms and excessive expenses by the cardinal charged with carrying them out. L'Espresso magazine said it had seen minutes of meetings and emails showing mostly Italian cardinals felt that Cardinal George Pell had accumulated too much power. Pell is an outsider brought by the pope to Rome from Australia to oversee the Vatican's often muddled finances after decades of control by Italians. Pope Francis was given a mandate by the cardinals who…
  • Catholic school quits Boston St. Patrick's parade over gay marchers

    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which traditionally sends its marching band to the South Boston route, said on Friday it would withdraw following a decision by the Allied War Veteran's Council, the parade's organizers, to admit a group of gay and lesbian veterans called OutVets to participate. "It would appear we were condoning it." For decades…
  • Gays Are Oppressing Christian Florists, and Other Dishonest Arguments

    Religion Dispatches
    Eric C. Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    A couple weeks back, I wrote a post suggesting that conservative Christian “rights” arguments are largely dishonest, in that they usually assert illiberal claims disguised in liberal language. In particular, I was referring to Andrew Lewis’ suggestion that same-sex marriage opponents should grant every child a “right to a mother and father.” Some political scientist friends took me to task for this, arguing that such claims are at least reasonable, and that audiences are free to take or leave them. They noted further that convenient framing is standard procedure in public advocacy,…
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  • Zambia: Holy Bible Translation to Local Languages On Course

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    [Times of Zambia]Since the publications of the original manuscripts of the Bible, originally written in Hebrew and Greek (with a few sections in Aramaic), the holy book has gone through several translations.
  • Zimbabwe: Come Out of the Cave of Fear

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    [The Herald]In the past weeks we discovered how the favour of God is stirred by faith; when we mix the word of God with faith -- great and impossible things take place.
  • Botswana: SDA Hospital Not Distribution Point for Contraceptives - Official

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    [Botswana Daily News]Kanye -Kanye Seventh Day Adventist Hospital general manager has explained to Kanye Administration Authority (KAA) full council meeting that the facility is not a distribution point for contraceptives such as condoms as deemed by some members of the society.
  • Nigeria: Honour for a 'Meticulous' Clergyman

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    [This Day]The show of love for Pastor Olufemi Adebiyi, the newly promoted Assistant Provincial Pastor of the newly created Province 49 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was first demonstrated when he announced his exist from the Holiness Zone where he was Zonal Pastors for a few years last November. All the pastors under his watch did not only converge to shower encomiums on this gentle and unassuming man of God whom many see as a spiritual father and father figure, the parishioners from all the zones t
  • Nigeria: Cleric Warns Religious Leaders Against Involving in Politics

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    [Independent (Lagos)]Osogbo -A clergy, Evangelist Emmanuel Toluwase Akeredolu, has warned Christian leaders to distant themselves from partisan politics, as the nation prepares for the next general elections.
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  • Are You Truly Loved?

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:47 pm
    It is late and the moon peaks out slightly from the dark sky. I toss and turn and then grab for my phone. I shouldn't leave it resting on the bedside table. A poor habit which makes it even more difficult to find sleep each night.I start typing column notes into my phone. I do this frequently since the solitude of divorce ushers endless thoughts in the quietest time of my day. I furiously tap the keys of my phone. My first few words..."I now realize that divorce is not a loss."Not only did I disappear while waiting for the man I married to reappear, but I gave far too much to…
  • Every country's authority will weaken, causing formal and informal disintegration

    Harry J. Bentham
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Les maux de la résistances sont grands, je le sais, mais de la résignation ne sont-ils pas mille pire !The evils of resistance are great, I know, but of resignation are they not a thousand worse!Prosper-Olivier LissagarayStratfor recently made a "prediction" about Russia's future.We expect Moscow's authority to weaken substantially, leading to the formal and informal fragmentation of Russia.— Stratfor (@Stratfor) February 24, 2015The Russian Federation's authority will weaken. Eventually, it will cease to exist as a polity. This prophecy, or forecast, as…
  • Sentient Robots: Is Chappie Sci-fi or Reality?

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    His child-likeness viewed the world as honest, and pure. Meet the fictional humanoid Chappie in the thought-provoking film directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver (Michelle Bradley), and Sharlto Copley as the self-aware, child-like robot. Chappie comes into this world like we all do as a blank slate learning to paint, draw and enjoy music. Violence confuses the first self-aware robot, as he navigates the crime society of Jo’burg after being programmed to start life at infancy. The fictional world is already governed by autonomous police androids, the Scouts,…
  • Tribute: Leonard Nimoy

    Nell Minow
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We mourn the loss of Leonard Nimoy, who created one of the most iconic characters of all time, "Star Trek's" half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock, with pointed ears and angled eyebrows perfectly designed to convey a wry sense of irony.  The storylines of the original "Star Trek" were provocative political and cultural allegories, but the heart of the show was the reflection of the internal struggle we all try to reconcile: fire and ice, Athenian and Spartan, id and superego -- between the passionate, impetuous Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and the cerebral, deliberate Mr.
  • contrasts and contradictions (or not...)

    Britton Gildersleeve
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    the author'sSee the snow outside? It's inches -- nothing for Boston (they should be so lucky!), but a big deal for Oklahoma. And more to come, the weather folks predict.  A cardinal is on one feeder, a vivid splash of colour in a drab landscape. His mate sits in the hanging platform feeder beside him, less colourful but just as hungry.Inside, however, the fragrant steam of tea curls through the breakfast room, and the orchids & amaryllis bloom like a mad colourist's dream: orange, white, red; the splash of lavendar against a yellow blossom. All against  a far backdrop of white & grey, and…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • St. Albinus

    Saints Editor
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Albinus, also known as Aubin, was born to a noble family in Brittany. From his youth Albinus was fervent in his piety. He decided to be a monk, and so in his twenties entered the monastic life at a place then called Cincillac. (Later the name was changed to St. Aubin’s in his honor.) At Cincillac, he became a model of virtue. Albinus was a very humble man, but also very courageous in his defense of his faith and in proclaiming truth. In 504 he was chosen Abbot. After twenty-five years as Abbot, Albinus was made Bishop of Angers. The custom during Albinus’ time allowed for…
  • Pope St. Gregory II

    Saints Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Gregory was born in 669 in Rome. When he was just a young man, he was so pious that he caught the attention of Pope St. Sergius I. Pope Sergius ordained Gregory a subdeacon and Gregory ended up serving under the next four popes in different roles. Under one pope he served as treasurer of the Church; with another, he served as librarian. He also accompanied Pope Constantine to Constantinople for talks with Emperor Justinian II. In the year 715, when Constantine died, Gregory was chosen to replace him in the office of the papacy. During his reign he worked to correct abuses, end heresies, and…
  • What is Heaven?

    Catholic Answers
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    Then Cardinal Ratzinger, in his book, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life, published in 1988, warns against depicting heaven as an extension of this life prettied up with depictions of “lions laying down with lambs,” and eternal picnics. Not only do we have the real problem with the fact that most of the world lives in abject misery, materially speaking—we forget that living in our modern United States of American where “the poor” often means not being able to afford all 2,000 cable channels—but we also must remember that lions, lambs, and picnics get boring after a few million…
  • A Johnny Cash Lent

    Michael J. Lichens
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    For you partake of that last offered cup, Or disappear into the potter’s ground. When the man comes around. -Johnny Cash, The Man Comes Around  Yesterday would have been Johnny Cash’s 83rd birthday. In years past, when I was thin enough to fit into it (thanks food binges and booze!) I would wear my black suit on that day and find a bar to toast the man. This was especially effective at the Waterloo in Louisville, CO which is a giant memorial to The Man in Black. To say the least, the man has had a rather large impact on my life. Of course, I heard him in childhood due to my dad’s…
  • God From God: The Courage of St. Leander

    Cari Donaldson
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    …God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father… We utter those words at every Mass, words as familiar as the backs of our own hands, and sometimes just as taken for granted.  Intellectually we know that every word of the Creed is there for a purpose.  We know that saints have given their lives defending the truth of those words.  But without the point of reference history gives us, a dry, academic understanding of the Creed fails to burn it very deeply into our hearts. It is St. Leander of Seville that we have to thank for…
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    Phil Cooke

  • Mr. Spock And The Joy Of Working With Real Stars

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Years ago, I produced and directed a documentary film and hired Leonard Nimoy to narrate the project. At the time he was at the peak of his career and had done the Star Trek TV series and released a number of Star Trek movies as well. As a result, his agent put me through the […]
  • Be Honest: Are You Addicted to Being Online?

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    The American Psychiatric Association is focusing more and more attention to our online behavior – some might say “addiction.”  For instance, they’ve officially recommended “Internet-use Gaming Disorder” for further study.  I’m a contributor to Fast Company magazine, and they recently did a reader poll and discovered that 47.5% of their readers admitted to feeling addicted to […]
  • Are Creative People More Easily Distracted Than Everyone Else?

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Over the last year, more and more books are being published that deal with how creative people handle the distractions of modern living in a hi-tech age. Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings recently reviewed the book “The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius” by neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen. Toward the end of the review she […]
  • Five Ways To Score A Meeting With Someone Important

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    We all want to get advice, pitch our ideas, ask for a job, or otherwise meet someone we admire. But chances are, that person is out of your orbit. So what are the secrets to scoring that important meeting? While everyone is different, and there are no guarantees, here’s five techniques that should help you […]
  • Stop Believing Talent Is Something You’re Born (Or Not Born) With

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Far too often, we give up projects and even careers because we’re convinced we just don’t have the talent. “I wasn’t born with the gift of writing.” “I’m not a good public speaker and never will be.” “I not a born leader.” But recent research has dramatically disproven the idea that talent is innate. A […]
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    Christian Newswire: All Releases

  • Freedom Climb Applauds Passage of 'End Slavery Act' by US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Contact: Michele Nadeem-Baker, 617-818-1223 ATLANTA & ARUSHA, Africa, Feb. 28, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- As the Freedom Climb starts up Mt Kilimanjaro to fight human trafficking by raising awareness, and raising funds for 55 ending slavery OM projects, they pause to applaud US Committee passage of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act 2015 and support Shine A Light on Slavery Day (photo). "On this eve of our ascent up the world's highest freestanding mountain we are further Source: Operation Mobilization
  • Pastors Nationwide Support Kent Hovind and Judge Roy Moore

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Contact: Dr. Greg Dixon, 317-414-3478; Pastor Wiley S. Drake, 714-865-8132 OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Feb. 28, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted from the Unregistered Baptist Fellowship Meeting, held February 23 and 24, 2015 at Victory Baptist Church in Okeechobee, Florida. Kent Hovind Resolution Source: First Southern Baptist Church
  • Launches with Inaugural Fan-Based Christian Music Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Offers Seven Genre Specific 24/7 Radio Stations and 39 Artist-Driven Award Categories Contact: Rick Welke, 984-244-2440 NASHVILLE, Feb. 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- FreQ Media launches it's second website at that immediately offers up 7 distinct radio streaming channels for all Christian music fans. also offers up it's entry into the music awards scene as it debuts it's inaugural "My Christian Hits Awards" via the website that will be decide Source: FreQ Media
  • Bishop Joseph Garlington to be Honored at Jerusalem Banquet, Joins Growing List of Notable Leaders Receiving Eagles' Wings Award

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Contact: Joshua Ogle, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058 NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop Joseph L Garlington, Sr., known worldwide as one of the most influential leaders in modern evangelicalism, will be honored at the upcoming Jerusalem Banquet sponsored by Eagles' Wings. The Jerusalem Banquet, to be held at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City on June 4, 2015, is a strategic gathering of Jewish and Christian leadership from across the nation. Garlington is th Source: Eagles' Wings
  • Pastor Bent (Benjamin) Altschul of Great Among The Nations Ministry, Delivers Seven Revival Message Events Throughout Paris France

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Contact: GATN, 310-338-1021 PARIS, Feb. 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pastor Bent (Benjamin) Altschul, holocaust survivor and evangelist shares life-transforming testimony during recent evangelical events. Clergy, alongside laymen, interacted with lively dialogue and testimonies while Pastor Altschul lead the discussion searching the meaning of the parables of Jesus with regard to the prophetic time we live in today. Explaining the meaning of the signs of the time, Pastor Altschul Source: Great Among The Nations
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    Company of Prayer - Daily Prayers

  • Lord, protect us from ourselves, and each other

    Company of Prayer
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Cash-squeezed privately held companies are facing another threat in this struggling economy: rising employee fraud. Employees engage in check forgery, petty-cash theft; Managers sometimes mistakenly blame lower sales instead of foul play.- Simona Covel, The Wall Street JournalSmall Businesses Face More Fraud in Downturn
  • Let us move positively forward today as the pieces of our particular plan fall into place

    Company of Prayer
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    We are walking in a ticker tape parade. That’s all that’s going on. Some pieces of confetti read ‘great calves,’ some ‘chronic sinus,’ some ‘no noticeable hair loss,’ some ‘multiple sclerosis,’ and some ‘third finger amputation.’ Don’t judge your neighbor by what pieces fall on his or her shoulder. Don’t think you are cursed or ‘blessed’ by what pieces fall on yours.- Hugh PratherSpiritual Notes to Myself: Essential Wisdom for the 21st Century
  • That we appreciate and enjoy each other’s presence along this journey, we pray

    Company of Prayer
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.- Hebrews 13:2
  • Let us continue to take pride in the work that we do for the benefit of others

    Company of Prayer
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Pope John Paul II went to daring lengths in asserting that the modern business process ‘throws practical light on a truth about the person which Christianity has constantly affirmed.’ That truth is this: the Creator made the human person to work in community and to cooperate freely with other persons for the sake of the other person.- Michael NovakBusiness as a Calling
  • Lord, may I hear your response to my plea that you hear my prayers

    Company of Prayer
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Prayer, rooted firmly in where-we-are, yet striving for where-we-long-to-be, is the expression of God’s call to us–and our response.- Margaret SilfClose to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • A search for identity draws jihadis to the horrors of Isis | Kenan Malik

    Kenan Malik
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
    They are as estranged from Muslim communities as they are from western societiesFirst it was Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, three schoolgirls from Tower Hamlets who smuggled themselves to Syria during their half-term holiday. Then it was “Jihadi John”, the Islamic State executioner who was unmasked by the Washington Post last week as the Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.The stories of the three schoolgirls and of Emwazi are very different. But the same questions are being asked of them. How did they get radicalised? And how can we stop it from happening again? These…
  • Nations flourish when people enjoy a sense of belonging

    Mona Siddiqui
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Liberal democracies can flourish only when people feel that for all their differences, they have a stake in the well-being of the country they call homeWe don’t do religion well in public debate and we have certainly lost our way when it comes to Islam. Between the Muslim apologists crying out “Islamophobia!” every time there is an Islam-related story and those who see the growing Islamisation of Europe everywhere they go, there are multiple realities which simply get dismissed or ignored.A recent poll by the BBC asking Muslim respondents about their loyalty to Britain created…
  • Muslim Day in Oklahoma stresses political engagement despite growing anti-Islamic sentiment

    Associated Press in Oklahoma City
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Amid rhetoric from protesters and some legislators, event at state capitol meant to engage state’s estimated 40,000 Muslims in community discussionsA group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state capitol for Friday’s first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived.The event was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a means to foster civic engagement among the state’s estimated 40,000 Muslims. Continue reading...
  • Mohammed Emwazi's university refuses to cancel hardline preacher talk

    Josh Halliday, Aisha Gani and Kevin Rawlinson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    University of Westminster suspends all student union events deemed sensitive just days after ‘Jihadi John’ was unmasked as a former student and amid controversy over attendance of controversial preacherThe university attended by Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as “Jihadi John”, has suspended any student union event deemed “sensitive” a day after his identity was revealed.The University of Westminster’s decision came amid confusion over when and if an event entitled Who is Muhammad? – originally scheduled for Thursday night and due to feature a controversial…
  • Mohammed Emwazi triable in British courts for war crimes, say prosecutors

    Vikram Dodd
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    Londoner known as ‘Jihadi John’ could be tried using videos of David Haines, Alan Henning, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff murders, and for other crimes Prosecutors and detectives have been working on building a criminal case against Mohammed Emwazi, 26, for potential offences of war crimes and multiple counts of murder, the Guardian has learned. The the Islamic State militant dubbed “Jihadi John” has featured in seven propaganda videos claiming responsibility for the beheadings of hostages from Britain, the US and other countries.If he was to say ‘I was just the front man’,…
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    Go Connect

  • 3 best practices when giving to someone in need

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    We have all experienced a time when someone asks us for a handout.  It is more common in the city, but not absent from the burbs.  Just the other day someone approached me in my hotel’s parking lot as I was loading my bags into my car. Instinctually, I was presented with two options, to […] The post 3 best practices when giving to someone in need appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Engaging Working Poor

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suburban areas of cities are the place to live if you want to avoid crime, homelessness, and drugs.  This is a delusional point of view.  Before we get into the meat of this paper, we will define some terms for clarity.  So who are ‘suburbanites’ – The proper definition from is ‘A person who […] The post Engaging Working Poor appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Can Poverty be Beaten?

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    All of us come face to face with poverty on a daily basis. Well that may change here in Clark County with a recent decision from our commissioners to ban solicitations in areas near traffic. Regardless of what you think of this action, I am sure you wonder what the right thing to do is. Do I […] The post Can Poverty be Beaten? appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Thank you Go Connect

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    My wife and I have been so inspired by Go Connect.  Thank you for pushing us to live beyond what we think we can do and serve in our own neighborhood.  Thank you! Steve from Washougal The post Thank you Go Connect appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Advocating for the Vulnerable

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We offer outreach consulting services to help churches as they develop plans and relationships with the community around them. The post Advocating for the Vulnerable appeared first on Go Connect.
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    Lausanne Movement » Lausanne Movement - Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission

  • Small Group Resources (3-10 Sessions)

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Small group resources are available in print, DVD, and online. They are also suitable for personal study. Resources include teaching and discussion material on topics such as giving, servant leadership, why Jesus died, and critical issues facing the world. We have suggested some session lengths below based on chapters or sections in the resources; however, please use the materials freely to fit your context. Three sessions Four sessions Six sessions Ten sessions Flexible sessions Three Sessions Giving for everyone How do we decide what to give? What principles should govern the way we give?
  • Resources for Your Local Church

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Over the past 40 years, Lausanne influencers and networks have produced many rich resources related to global mission. We would like to highlight some that may be useful for local churches and leaders. This section will continue to be expanded as new resources for local churches become available. Subscribe to the Global Mission Resource Newsletter to learn about additional resources. Global Mission Sunday Launched in celebration of Lausanne’s 40th anniversary, Global Mission Sunday is a way to connect your local church with God’s global mission and introduce your congregation to today’s…
  • translation test

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    translation test The post translation test appeared first on Lausanne Movement.
  • Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians Envision Reconciliation

    Sarah Chang
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians met together in Limassol, Cyprus, 26-30 January 2015 to discuss, pray, and work towards reconciliation. The Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine (LIRIP), an initiative of the Lausanne Movement, hosted the conference. Its vision is ‘to promote reconciliation within the body of Christ and our wider communities in Israel and Palestine by creating a network that encourages, under the auspices of the Lausanne Movement, models of gospel-based, Christ-centered reconciliation that will have prophetic impact in relation to the…
  • A Once-in-a-Generation Gathering

    Sarah Chang
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Among the 3,000 nominees for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG2016) is a young pastor from Sierra Leone named Matthew Brima. I spoke with him several weeks ago to learn more about what is happening on the ground with the Ebola outbreak and to have the opportunity to pray with Matthew. Matthew had written to me a few months before that he would be trying to mobilize churches in Sierra Leone to join in Lausanne’s Global Mission Sunday despite their life and death struggles with Ebola. Four local pastors, Matthew’s friends, did what they loved and felt called to…
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • ISIS attacks, scores of Christians held hostage

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Syria (MNN) -- The Assyrian Human Rights Network says the Islamic State terror group is sweeping through villages in Syria and taking more Christians hostage. As of noon on Thursday (EST), ISIS was holding 262 Assyrians, but a report an hour later indicated another village was attacked and scores more Christians kidnapped, bringing the estimate to 350 and counting. (Video screen shot AINA) Todd Nettleton, spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, says the numbers won't always agree from story to story because it's fluid situation. "Some of that, I think,…
  • Believers hungry for Bibles in closed country

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo by Vision Beyond Borders) Southeast Asia (MNN) -- It seems that persecution often goes hand-in-hand with the growth of the Christian Church. This is how it is for a closed country in Southeast Asia. So exponential is the growth that there aren't enough Bibles to keep up with the number of new believers. Vision Beyond Borders plans to send 30,000 Bibles into the country. Patrick Klein of Vision Beyond Borders says that people are abandoning Buddhism and animism to follow Christ in pursuit of truth: "We're seeing incredible growth among the Church. Even though there is persecution in the…
  • The power of a changed life

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo Courtesy to The Missions Blog) Taiwan (MNN/SEND) -- How much theological training do you need to introduce someone to Christ? There is no requirement; your life speaks louder than your words. Wai Jing is preaching the gospel with her life. Gary and Mabel Meades, workers for SEND International, met Wai Jing in April of 2008 at Dongshi Baptist Church in Taiwan. She was dependent on illegal drugs and heavy prescription medications. Wai Jing started attending a regular Bible study held by Mabel and eventually gave her life to Christ. Gary and Mable asked supporters to pray for real change…
  • Foreign funding changes concern Christians

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Narendra Modi addressing crowd.(Image taken from Narendra Modi's personal feed on Flickr) India (MNN) -- Religious oppression has become so obvious in India that even Prime Minister Modi, a Hindu nationalist, is addressing it as a problem. However, indigenous Christians are telling Christian Aid Mission, your link to indigenous missions, that their biggest concern isn't persecution. Instead, foreign funding changes are "top-of-mind" for many believers. "The government might change their regulations about receiving foreign funds," explains Christian Aid's South Asia Director, Sarla Mahara. "If…
  • Flannel February helps young women

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Global Aid Network USA) International (MNN) -- Awkward situations call for creative solutions. Global Aid Network (GAiN) reports that many girls in third world countries have to drop out of school when they hit puberty because of inadequate water, sanitation, hygiene, and harsh taboos. These young girls are discriminated against and are losing dignity. In response, GAiN volunteers are creating feminine product patterns out of flannel, declaring this month as “Flannel February.” Dana C., one of the pattern creators, told GAiN, “When you meet a young girl or woman at such…
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    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

  • New Report Examines Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities Worldwide

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Media Contact: Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager 202-419-4372,   Washington, Feb. 26, 2015 —  Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, but roughly a quarter of the world’s countries are still grappling with high levels of religious hostilities within their borders, according to the Pew […]
  • Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Social hostilities toward religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices remained level. Harassment of Jews, however, reached a seven-year high.
  • Restrictions and Hostilities in the Most Populous Countries

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Explore the levels of social hostilities and government restrictions on religion in the world's 25 most populous counties since 2007.
  • Regions and Countries

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Government Restrictions by Region The median level of government restrictions on religion increased in two of the five regions (Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa) and decreased in two regions (Middle East-North Africa and Europe). It stayed the same in the Americas. In the latest year studied, the Middle East and North Africa continued to have the […]
  • Appendix 1: Methodology

    Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    This is the sixth time the Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.44 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports, although it includes one new analysis, which is discussed below. Pew Research uses two 10-point indexes – the […]
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism; India’s Sacred Cows; Women’s Purim

    Fred Yi
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    US Muslims pursue programs to counter extremist recruiting; the age-old Hindu reverence for cows in modern India; and Orthodox Jewish women take more of a leading role in Purim festivities. The post Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism; India’s Sacred Cows; Women’s Purim appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • White House Summit on Extremism; A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Churches in Pubs

    Fred Yi
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council on terrorism, religion, and violent extremism; more of our conversation with the former chief rabbi of the UK; and churches talk theology and worship with beer on tap. The post White House Summit on Extremism; A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Churches in Pubs appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Church Economics Prize; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Preparing for Losar

    Fred Yi
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    A United Methodist church in Brooklyn offers an award for the best explanation of why the U.S. economy is doing so poorly; Britain’s former chief rabbi leads a global effort against religious extremism and violence; and Tibetan Buddhists make their spiritual preparations for the new year, the Year of the Sheep. The post Church Economics Prize; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; Preparing for Losar appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Vaccination Debate; Inoculation Ethics; Homeless Female Veterans

    Fred Yi
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    A conversation about the US measles outbreak; parents who refuse to vaccinate their children based on personal beliefs; and an organization called Final Salute that meets the needs of homeless women veterans and their children. The post Vaccination Debate; Inoculation Ethics; Homeless Female Veterans appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Science for Seminaries; India’s Slum Dwellers; Thomas Merton

    Fred Yi
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A new program encourages seminaries and divinity schools to teach more science; a community organizer helps improve living conditions for the very poor in India’s sprawling slums and around the world; a famous Trappist monk, poet, activist, contemplative, and prolific writer would have been 100 years old this year. The post Science for Seminaries; India’s Slum Dwellers; Thomas Merton appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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  • Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Religion News Blog
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists? Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March. Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 other criminal charges. Plus: cult expert Steve Hassan's YouTube channel. Full story: Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead
  • Religion News for busy people

    Religion News Blog
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the 'prophetess' with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers. Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles? Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world. Many more religion news items... Full…
  • RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    Religion News Blog
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets. Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more. Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking ever be ethical? And why does Playmobil love Martin Luther? Full story: RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People
  • Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup

    Religion News Blog
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    'Sex rabbi' Eliezer Berland faces extradition from the Netherlands. A religious pirate radio broadcaster has been ordered off-the-air. And: what's up with yoga's popularity? Also: information about the International Cultic Studies Association's annual conference. Once again a Scientology front group has been discovered infiltrating schools to promote the cult's quackery. Plus: the Scientology business is in full damage-control mode over Alex Gibney's documentary exposing it to daylight. Meanwhile, it is using the dirty tricks its founder proscribed for dealing with critics. Speaking of…
  • Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?

    Religion News Blog
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Observers believe the polygamous FLDS cult, whose 'prophet' is serving a life sentence, will soon move thousands of its followers to South Dakota. Thought to house 300 people now, the compound is seeking to significantly expand its water usage permit. Full story: Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?
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  • The Occasional Pilgrim: Sinan Pasha Mosque (Photos)

    Kimberly Winston
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Occasional Pilgrim is an online feature from the staff of Religion News Service, highlighting pilgrimage destinations from around the world. In the heart of the Balkan city of Prizren, on the banks of the Bistrica River, stands the majestic Sinan Pasha Mosque, a relic of the newly-minted country of Kosovo‘s Ottoman past. Built in […] The post The Occasional Pilgrim: Sinan Pasha Mosque (Photos) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Leaving your religion? Now, there’s a hotline to help

    Kimberly Winston
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    (RNS) A new crisis hotline launches Friday for those caught between faith and atheism. Its motto: "When faith is on the line, so are we." The post Leaving your religion? Now, there’s a hotline to help appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • 7 ways universities can begin to challenge anti-Semitism on campus

    Jeffrey Salkin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    (RNS) Once upon a time, there were red lines between criticism of Israel's policies, denial of Israel's right to exist, and full-blown anti-Semitism. Those lines have increasingly blurred, and in some cases, they have disappeared. The post 7 ways universities can begin to challenge anti-Semitism on campus appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • The death of 16 nuns and the allure of terrorism (COMMENTARY)

    Dale Hanson Bourke
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The "Dialogues of the Carmelites" shows the price that is paid when truth is not spoken to power and a sense of injustice makes unholy acts seem somehow noble. The post The death of 16 nuns and the allure of terrorism (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Theodore Hesburgh’s private faith in the public square (COMMENTARY)

    Michael Wear
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    WASHINGTON (RNS) The institution that Theodore Hesburgh built in South Bend, Ind., stands as a testimony to the embrace of the public square and private faith that he modeled in his own life. The post Theodore Hesburgh’s private faith in the public square (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Saturday Video: NOVA episode on Hagia Sophia

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    by Salman Hameed
  • Third episode of SkA: Water and the Search for Life on Mars (Urdu)

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:53 pm
    by Salman HameedIn this episode of Science ka Adda, we discuss the recent results from Curiosity rover suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars. In fact, conditions on Mars - four billion years ago - may have been more suitable for the origins of life than even the Earth. If so, then life may have originated on Mars and may have seeded the Earth. If that is the case, then may be we are all ultimately Martians! This episode features original musical composition by Umer Piracha dedicated to Curiosity rover. For more SkA, visit and for more detailed discussions…
  • Science and Religion in Medieval Islamic Societies: A lecture by Dr. Nahyan Fancy on Feb 26th

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Our next Science & Religion lecture at Hampshire College is this coming Thursday, February 26th. Our speaker is Dr. Nahyan Fancy and he will be talking about science in medieval Islamic societies. Back in 2013, I had highlighted his fascinating book on Ibn-Nafis' work on pulmonary transit of blood. We are excited to have him here and if you are in the area, join us for the talk.Here are the details:------------------------------------------------------------------------Hampshire College Lecture Series on Science & Religion PresentsRe-examining the Science-Religion Dichotomy in…
  • Saturday Video II: The story of Pangea and Alfred Wegener

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is a wonderful 7-minute animation on the life of Alfred Wegener and his idea of continental drift that transformed 20th century geology. Enjoy!
  • Saturday Video: E.O. Wilson on "What does E.T. really look like?"

    21 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    by Salman HameedSpeculative? Yes, but then how can it not be? However, here is a smart way of thinking about possible types of extraterrestrial intelligence. E.O. Wilson, of course, gives a short lesson here on group selection as well. Enjoy!
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  • Bhai Surat Singh taken away by Punjab Govt, family members detained and blanket ban on all journalists

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Bapu Surat Singh ji being taken away for illegal detainment by Punjab police in 1980’s. Ludhiana, Punjab: Surat Singh Khalsa, 75, on a strike for the past 42 days demanding release of Sikh prisoners, was on Thursday detained by the Ludhiana police at the civil hospital. Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar  visited Surat Singh at his house on February 8 and demanded him to end his no-solid-food strike. They made decision that police must forcibly take him to the civil hospital for treatment but he refused medical examination or…
  • Netizens tweet #No66A as government insists that the internet needs to be censored

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Delhi, India: When the previous Congress-led government started using section 66A of the Information Technology Act to suppress dissent, it received plenty of flak from the opposition. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s supporters compared the government’s actions to strategies implemented during the Emergency and the leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley told Parliament that this amounted to excessive censorship. But over the last few months, it has become clear that Jaitley’s government is going to defend the same provision in the Supreme Court. Reports on Thursday made it clear…
  • British Army examines plans to create a Sikh regiment

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    London, UK: The head of the British Army is looking at proposals to recreate a Sikh regiment, a minister has said. The Chief of the General Staff is examining the feasibility of a Sikh unit, including the possibility of a reserve company, and it “may well have merit”, Mark Francois told the Commons. A new unit would inherit many of the “proud traditions of Sikh regiments” from the Army’s past, he said. Thousands of Sikh soldiers served in the British Army in the 19th century and in the First and Second World Wars, and 10 Victoria Crosses have been won by soldiers serving in Sikh…
  • ‘Nobody asks us why we took up arms’: former Assamese militant

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Bijay Singh Lakhra has closely witnessed violence for most of his life. He was just 12 in 1996 when bloody clashes erupted between the adivasis and Bodos in Assam, spawning a new chapter of distrust and fear between the communities. Two years later, the state was thrown into another spiral of bloodshed. These events left a lasting imprint on Lakhra. By the time he was 21 he had decided that the only way to protect his community of adivasis and bring justice to it was by violence. In 2005 he formed the militant group Adivasi People’s Army along with four others. Although a relatively small…
  • SGPC wants Sikh representative in India Film Censor Board

    21 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Religious body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has demanded the inclusion of a Sikh representative in the Censor Board. This comes in after the recent Censor Board certificate to the film starting the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
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  • Email Marketing 101 – Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 1

    Phil Hollows
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Why Email When you think about building your site for the first time, you’re probably also thinking about your Facebook presence. After all, that’s where the people are, right? OK, that makes sense at a superficial level. But there are two problems with emphasizing platforms like Facebook instead of your own site and your own list: Facebook owns Facebook. Building your online presence on someone else’s digital turf which they adjust to please themselves (and not you) is risky. Facebook stinks for engagement. “Stinks” – a bit strong, you say? Well, according to…
  • Superbowl XLIX: On Luck, Preparedness and Execution

    Phil Hollows
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    [Bear with me -- this isn't a sports piece] Wow – that was quite the game. As a Patriots fan living in New England I was very, very vested in the outcome, and I’m obviously happy with the result. But it was a darned close call. As those last few plays unfolded, there was the amazingly lucky catch that put the Seahawks at 1st and 6. Then, out of nowhere, New England got “lucky” twice: Firstly, when Seattle tried an unnecessarily high risk play just to waste time, and secondly when the rookie intercepted the ball, effectively securing victory for New England. Three…
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  • Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.
  • Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalization

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society.
  • Vatican's finance czar defends spending by his office

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months.
  • Catholic school quits Boston St. Patrick's parade over gay marchers

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which traditionally sends its marching band to the South Boston route, said on Friday it would withdraw following a decision by the Allied War Veteran's Council, the parade's organizers, to admit a group of gay and lesbian veterans called OutVets to participate. "It would appear we were condoning it." For decades…
  • Vatican condemns leaking of documents showing power struggle

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    The Vatican on Friday condemned the leaking of documents that according to a media report show a power struggle in the Holy See over economic reforms and excessive expenses by the cardinal charged with carrying them out. L'Espresso magazine said it had seen minutes of meetings and emails showing mostly Italian cardinals felt that Cardinal George Pell had accumulated too much power. Pell is an outsider brought by the pope to Rome from Australia to oversee the Vatican's often muddled finances after decades of control by Italians. Pope Francis was given a mandate by the cardinals who…
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  • England v Sri Lanka: Cricket World Cup – live! Simon Burnton and Vithushan Ehantharajah

    Simon Burnton and Vithushan Ehantharajah
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Sri Lanka hammer England by nine wickets, chasing target of 310Thirimanne carries his bat for 139, aided by Sangakkara’s 23rd ODI hundredEarlier, Root became England’s youngest ever World Cup centurion 5.49am GMT England just need to win their remaining games - Bangladesh and Afghanistan - for a quarter-final place.That’s the thing about this brilliant and definitely not flawed format - you don’t even really need to earn your place in the knock-out stages. 5.46am GMT “We certainly lost it with the ball,” says Eoin Morgan. “I was happy with the score at half-time. We probably…
  • Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers targets top-four ahead of Manchester City game | Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Manchester City and Liverpool both lost in Europe in the week but City have had 48 hours more to recoverLiverpool must have felt they had one hand on the Premier League trophy when they defeated Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield last season. It was the 10th successive victory in a sequence that began with a demolition of Arsenal and included handsome wins over Manchester United, Southampton and Spurs, and by mid-April even the most hardened sceptic had to admit that Liverpool were looking worthy champions.The stakes are not quite so high this time round, with City five points off Chelsea’s…
  • Dylan Tombides’s heart-rending life story receives a fitting tribute | Daniel Taylor

    Daniel Taylor
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Saturday saw the launch of the Dylan Tombides foundation, in memory of West Ham’s young Australian, who fought to forge a career while fighting an ultimately losing battle with testicular cancer• Dylan Tombides honoured by moving tributes at West HamAt West Ham they tell a story about the days when Dylan Tombides was locked into that excruciating chain of treatments, operations and grievous setbacks that is probably a good place to start if we want to understand why there are so many people at Upton Park who talk about him with a sense of awe.He had been diagnosed with testicular cancer…
  • France 13-20 Wales: Six Nations 2015 – as it happened | Scott Murray

    Scott Murray
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Dan Biggar’s brilliantly worked second-half try was the difference as Wales deservedly won an entertaining, if undistinguished, encounter in Paris. 6.41pm GMT After a scrappy period in the midfield, it’s all over! Four in row for Wales against France! And their Six Nations dream is still alive. The home support meanwhile fill the Stade de France with the most piercing cacophony of whistling. An exciting if not particularly distinguished game. Wales deserved their win, playing their usual power game, kicking well, a glorious passing move proving the difference. France ... well, France need…
  • Football League: your thoughts | Rob Bleaney

    Rob Bleaney
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Jermaine Pennant returns to English football with a bang, riot police are called in to deal with furious Millwall fans and Coventry City shock MK Dons after sacking Steven Pressley as manager• Middlesbrough missed the chance to capitalise on Derby’s shock 2-0 defeat at Fulham and go top of the table when they went down by the same scoreline at Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu, who scored twice at the Riverside earlier in the season and the winner in the home game against Boro last year, converted a 52nd-minute penalty to open the scoring. The on-loan Manchester United striker Will Keane…
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  • Jewish groups line up to slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    Ron Kampeas
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:16 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A wall-to-wall array of Jewish groups condemned an ad accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in Washington hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as the Sabbath ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad. The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting,” the Anti-Defamation League called it “spurious and perverse”,…
  • UCLA student government member questioned about Jewish identity

    Gabe Friedman
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    (JTA) — A member of UCLA’s student government was asked in a hearing whether her Jewish identity presents a conflict of interest. During a Feb. 10 hearing, four student government members at the University of California Los Angeles questioned Rachel Beyda’s ability to make unbiased decisions on cases in which the Jewish community had a vested interest while being an active in Jewish organizations on campus. “What followed was a disgusting 40 minutes of what can only be described as unequivocal anti-Semitism during which some of our council members resorted to some of the oldest…
  • Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83

    Gabe Friedman
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Leonard Nimoy (L) and wife Susan Bay arrive at the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) (JTA) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek,” died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of death was end-stage chronic pulmonary disease, the New York Times reported. He was 83. Nimoy’s Spock has proved to be one of the most famous television characters of the second half of the 20th century. Nimoy said that he based the…
  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    (JTA) — Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state. Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site reported on Friday. Friday’s symbolic vote does not change the position of the Italian government, which, like other European countries, still supports a negotiated two-state solution. Ireland, Britain, France and the European Parliament held similar votes toward the end of last year. Sweden went…
  • Politician for French National Front says Jews blocking his musical career

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    (JTA) — A French amateur singer affiliated with the far-right National Front party said his musical career is being blocked by Jews because he is not part of their clique. Xavier Sainty, a candidate for National Front from the central Allier region in the upcoming regional elections, made the statement on social media earlier this month, the Liberation daily reported on Wednesday. “Even in show business I am blocked in all directions, and a Jewish producer, ‘Patrick Jaoul’ told me to my face: ‘as you’re not Jewish you’ll never be on television or the radio and you’ll be…
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  • God, Science & The Big Questions

    Scriptorium Admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    The Torrey Honors Institute recently partnered with Biola’s Apologetics department to host a discussion on God, science and the big questions between J. P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, and John Lennox, moderated by Hugh Hewitt. Enjoy this discussion. The minds are keen, the wits sharp, and the ideas vibrant. From Biola University: Join us for this fast-paced, wide-ranging and supremely stimulating discussion among some of the finest thinkers in the Christian world. Nothing is off the table as they discuss science vs. Christianity, arguments for God, the decline of Darwinism, radical…
  • Lent with Benedict

    Greg Peters
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    The word “lent” is of Anglo-Saxon origin and literally means “spring,” though the practice of observing a 40 day period of preparation for Easter goes back to the time of the early Church and was a fully developed liturgical season by the twelfth century. In short, Lent is our own imitation of Christ’s journey into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan – it is our own form of bearing the yoke of Christ and feeling pain and discomfort like that experienced by Christ as he faced temptation and deprivation. Further, it is a season in which we give ourselves over in particular to…
  • “The Trinity and Our Moral Life”

    Fred Sanders
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:51 am
    I don’ think I’m giving away any surprise endings if I share a couple of key paragraphs from a 1963 book, Ceslaus Spicq’s The Trinity and our Moral Life According to St. Paul. After an introductory chapter on “the necessity of a revealed morality,” Spicq organizes the key chapters thus: Ch. 2   From the Father Ch. 3   In Christ Jesus Ch. 4   By the Holy Spirit and it’s near the end of that fourth chapter that he gives this summary: Pauline morality has an easily discernible Trinitarian character. The Father, having taken the initiative in salvation out…
  • Because of Fairies

    Matt Jenson
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Recently, I spent twelve hours discussing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with sophomores in the Torrey Honors Institute. (What a job!) I love this play more and more. It’s easy to miss its richness–it’s such a romp! Here’s the thing that struck me in reading the play this time, and it’s a line that I began each class with: Sometimes thing just work out. Somehow, and Lord knows how, we inhabit a cultural moment in which we distrust narratives of resolution and reconciliation. Our cynical eye sees goodness and knows–it just…
  • Relationship Status: Best Friends with Myself

    Adam Johnson
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    This week I had the opportunity to spend 12 hours discussing the topic of friendship with my students, guided by Aristotle’s work on the subject. While we found much that he says to be rich and helpful, one particular insight led to hours of fruitful discussion. The claim is as follows: “The defining features of friendship that are found in friendships to one’s neighbours would seem to be derived from features of friendship towards oneself.” (Ethics, 1166a) Before discussing this passage, I had asked for stories about my students’ best friends, and amid a banquet of reminiscences…
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  • Holi brings Unity in Fiji

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:29 pm
    SourceFIJI, February 28, 2015 (by Shayal Devi, Fiji Times): As thousands of Hindus in Fiji prepare to celebrate Holi on March 6, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has called on devotees to work towards fostering unity among in communities. President Jay Dayal said Holi was one of the most joyful Hindu celebrations."Though there are many customs and traditions associated with Holi, the essence remains the same and can be expressed in three common themes," Mr Dayal said."This includes reconnecting with nature in gratitude for the blooming of spring and bountiful harvests, celebrating the victory of…
  • Globalizing Black History Month: Recalling the Professor and the Punjabi Lion

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    SourceUSA, February 24, 2015 (By Murali Balaji, Huffington Post): A long forgotten part of the global exchange is during the periods between the World Wars, when African American activists and intellectuals had frequent interactions with counterparts in other parts of the world. In this spirit, it should be noted that long before Mahatma Gandhi's activism inspired the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders, another transatlantic relationship would play a significant role in shaping African-American thought: the close friendship between W.E.B. Du Bois and Indian freedom fighter…
  • Daily Inspiration

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    SourceLove gives and gives and gives and seeks no return. Therefore, love has nothing to lose--and consequently, nothing to fear.-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission
  • Hindraf seeks Urgent Meeting with Chief Minister on Demolition of 100 Temples in Malaysia

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    SourceKUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA , February 24, 2015 (Freemalaysia Today): Hindraf Makkal Sakthi is seeking an urgent meeting with Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali on a reported 100 Hindu temples in the state which have purportedly been earmarked for demolition.The NGO maintains all these temples in Selangor were legally built. The meeting follows a public admission by Selangor Exco V. Ganapathi Rao that some 100 Hindu temples, older than the recently demolished 60-year-old Sri Kottai Munisvarar Nageswary Temple, would be demolished by the state government. He did not state the reasons for the…
  • Why, to Many Critics, Mother Teresa is Still no Saint

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    SourceINDIA, February 26, 2015 (by Adam Taylor, Washington Post): Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work, has been dropped into modern India's religious debate after the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) criticized the intentions behind her work. "It's good to work for a cause with selfless intentions. But Mother Teresa's work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said at the opening of an orphanage in Rajasthan state…
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  • More light (Velveteen Rabbi)
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    I snapped this photograph out of our bedroom window yesterday morning. The giant mass of ice at the right of the frame is a series of icicles -- some of which are far taller than I am! -- which have begun to merge into a rippling wall of ice since we've had a few slightly warmer days. I love the delicate pink of the icicles washed by the first rays of morning sun. That color only lasts for a moment. One of my strategies for surviving a long (and this year, both very-cold and very-snowy) winter is trying to find the beauty in the world around me. At this time of year, that might mean admiring…
  • Preparing for a funeral in all four worlds (Velveteen Rabbi)
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    When I hear news of a death, I feel as though I'm clicking into a higher gear. Life gets faster, details sharper. Everything extraneous falls away. On a practical level (in the world of assiyah) there are so many things which need to be decided: when will the funeral be held? How many nights of shiva does the family wish to observe? Is the obituary drafted, have family members been notified...? On an emotional level (in the world of yetzirah) there's a heightened sense of awareness. It's as though a sense-organ which usually lies dormant has been wakened. How do the family members seem to be…
  • Praying in the nursing home (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    When I arrived at the nursing home with my guitar and a pile of prayerbooks, they kindly gave me a bellhop's cart. Better yet, they provided a staff person who could lead me through the labyrinth to the right elevator which would take me to the hallway nearest to the private dining room. In that room there is a china closet with  wine glasses inside, and a window with a distant mountain view. Aside from the speaker mounted in the corner, periodically blaring announcements, it feels almost like a home. We'd never done this before -- bringing the service in to the nursing home. I have one…
  • Spreading a little bit of hope (Velveteen Rabbi)
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    The world is full of terrible news, including news about inter-religious mistrust, hatred, and violence. And since it's Adar and we're supposed to be joyful, I thought I'd signal-boost a few hopeful things which have come across my transom recently. First is a small one -- a reminder that there are individuals out there who buck trends of mistrust between different religious communities: MOROCCO: Lahcen, Berber Muslim from Arazan has kept a promise for 70 years to clean the grave of his Jewish friends. — Children of Peace (@ChildrenofPeace) February 19, 2015 I…
  • It's Adar! Let's be happy! (Velveteen Rabbi)
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Chodesh tov -- happy new month of Adar! This is the month of which our sages said, "When Adar enters, joy increases." In light of that, here's a setting of the c. 11th century hymn "Adon Olam," which is part of traditional daily prayer and which we sing at my shul every single Shabbat, set to the melody of Pharrell Williams' 2014 hit "Happy."  (Speaking of which -- if you missed Ethan's piece in The Atlantic last year, YouTube Parody as Politics: How The World Made Pharrell Cry, it's worth reading. And there are some amazing international "Happy" videos at We Are Happy From -- the one I…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • The Cherry Blossom Blooms….

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    Cherry Blossom blooming. The kind woman who made it possible for me to stay on Cortes Island left some twigs of Cherry Blossom in a vase. She said, ‘I hope they bloom by the time you leave’. They have as you can see. And the sun shafts in the windows of the house by the beach while I pack to return to Victoria via Gabriola Island. Rev. Alicia is on the move too. 24 years ago she came to Throssel to be a monk. I admire the Reverends up-beat optimism conveyed in this post. I’m glad you became a monk and glad to be part of your journeying onwards. Good fortune to all on this…
  • Old Growth – Memory, Like a Movie!

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:34 pm
    My start point was at the top left hand corner of the map seen below. Thanks to and all the folks who maintain the trails. Phew! I am so glad to look at the map of the trails I walked late last afternoon. It would have been kinda handy to have had it in my hand at the time! From my understanding, and befuddled mind, I must have walked all around the edge of the map! It was over two, and nearer to three, hours I was on my feet deep in the magical mossy old growth forest. It was getting dark by the time I completed the walk and I was definitely getting anxious considering I…
  • Join Me Here

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:23 pm
    From the bottom of the garden of the house where I am currently staying. Early morning mist clearing. Then later in the afternoon at a massive 200 ft above sea level. View from Sally Rock. I’m so very fortunate to have five nights in a cabin on Cortes Island offered me where the sun is shining out of a clear blue sky and a sighting of Dolphins said to be a sign of good luck! It took me around six hours by road and two ferries from Victoria to reach the island and by the time I got here I really felt like I was on an adventure. Over the desk where I am typing is the following quote: Out…
  • Words In Repose

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Words sing from my heart Unformed. Like air in the feathers of a bird in flight. What Joy! Words can land Take form. You said where there’s wind there’s ‘hot air’. Hum, what’s that mean? The bird folds her airy wings? Hot air condenses Onto the cool page? Ah! Rest, repose. Anyhow This is a start standing in the kitchen making marks. Need, lunch. This is for Gerry with unbounded gratitude for your writing encouragement. Yes. OK. You said I have an ‘ear’ for words, I bow to your long life experience. I heard you, every word. And saw your smile too.
  • A Place To Sit

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    [The following article first appeared in the Spring 1992 (volume 19, number 1) issue of The Journal of Throssel Hole Priory. Used with permission.—ED.] 21st February, 2015. Now I’m republishing this post again. My thoughts of gratitude to all those who have hosted me in Victoria, B.C. Canada these past two weeks. The place in which we truly sit Is within our own body and mind. Since body and mind embrace the Universe, Nowhere can this place be found. When we approach our sitting-place we do so as we would the altar, with great reverence and respect. We bow to it, turn, and bow to the…
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  • Clarity about ‘the gay thing’

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes, we say what we don’t really mean. ‘You look really tired’, for example, when we mean to be caring rather than disparaging of appearance. ‘I thought you were older than that!’ when we mean to applaud maturity rather than further disparage appearance. And so it is with the gay thing. The accidental difference between what people are saying or writing, and their intended meaning, is becoming perplexingly polarized. It’s becoming an issue because respected news sources with style guides to guard the objectivity of their reporting are straying away from neutral. And this, in…
  • Emily Brontë, narrative, and nature

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Are you following along in the Oxford World’s Classics Reading Group? What new insights have you gained on the windswept moors? To take a closer look at how Emily Brontë uses nature to convey narrative, we present the following extract from Helen Small’s introduction to Wuthering Heights. We hope this provides some further insight as you continue reading. Catherine’s removal from the plot (other than as a haunting presence in the background, much less potent hereafter than the waif-like child ghost whose wrist Lockwood rubs back and forth across the broken window glass till the…
  • Five Biblical remixes from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Ayana Young
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Civil Rights icon Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also a theologian and pastor, who used biblical texts and imagery extensively in his speeches and sermons. Here is a selection of five biblical quotations and allusions that you may not have noticed in his work (in chronological order). “And there is still a voice saying to every potential Peter, ‘Put up your sword.'” Following the Detroit Walk to Freedom in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, King spoke to a huge audience at Cobo Hall. In the speech, he encouraged the crowd to support and employ methods of non-violent…
  • Rebel Girl: Lesley Gore’s voice

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    In 2005, Ms magazine published a conversation between pop singer Lesley Gore and Kathleen Hanna of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna opened with a striking statement: “First time I heard your voice,” she said, “I went and bought everything of yours – trying to imitate you but find my own style.” Despite being two singers known for very different genres – they’re icons of 1960s teen pop, and riot grrl and feminist dance-punk, respectively – Gore and Hanna do have strikingly similar singing voices. In her 1960s recordings, Gore’s voice sounds distinctly…
  • Wolf Hall: count up the bodies

    Hannah Paget
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Historians should be banned from watching movies or TV set in their area of expertise. We usually bore and irritate friends and family with pedantic interjections about minor factual errors and chronological mix-ups. With Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the sumptuous BBC series based on them, this pleasure is denied us. The series is as ferociously well researched as it is superbly acted and directed. Cranmer probably didn’t have a beard in 1533, but, honestly, that’s about the best I can do. In any case, criticising historical fiction for being fiction is…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • Make Me Less of Me and More of You

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:23 pm
    One night, closer to the dawn, the following prayer came to a dervish:O Allah, please make me less of me,And more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the moon waxing and waning, so he further prayed,By the moon and its journeying,O Allah, please make me less of me,and more of You.There is nothing more real than You.There is none who is real other than You. And the imagery that came to his heart is the imagery of the blazing sun, which by it's every single ray, becomes less and less for…
  • On the Reality of this World ~ Imam Ali

    4 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) said: "The world is a corpse. Whoever seeks it is a dog."Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) said: "The pomp and glory of a vicious life is to me worth less than the sneeze of a goat.""O world, are you offering yourself to me? Do you desire me? Never! Never! Deceive someone other than me, I have divorced you for the third time, so that you cannot return to me (metaphorically, of course; he is alluding to the fact that, in Islam, the third divorce is final) your life is short, the existence you offer is base, and your danger is great. Alas for the scarcity of sustenance (good…
  • An Important Reminder / Antidote to Our Self-Importance Delusion

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

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

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

  • Speaking to the Soul: Lent and Wilderness

    Ann Fontaine
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:28 pm
    On this day in 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed the law establishing Yellowstone National Park in what is now Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. With this action, for the first time, the United States government set apart a large wild space, and declared it sacred. We declared that this beautiful place would not be seen as merely something to be used—that we wouldn’t look at the forests and geysers, and start calculating how much value we could extract for them on the open market, but would instead declare the value of these things merely in their beauty and existence.  In setting aside…
  • 10 Predictions about the future of the church

    Ann Fontaine
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Carey Nieuwhof gives 10 Predictions About the Future Church and Shifting Attendance Patterns: This post is part 4 of a 5 part series on why people are attending church less often. Here are the other parts of the series (including two in-depth leadership podcast interviews): 3. The gathered church is here to stay Read the comments on this blog or any other church leader blog and you would think that some Christians believe the best thing to do is to give up on Christian gatherings of any kind. This is naive. While some will leave, it does not change the fact that the church…
  • On being priest to a murderer

    Ann Fontaine
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    11 Alive, Atlanta television station interviews the Rev. Cathy Zappa who is priest to convicted murderer, Kelly Gissendaner. Gissendaner is scheduled to be executed Monday: Rev. Cathy Zappa is the first to admit she feels helpless. She said there is little she can do to comfort Kelly Gissendaner, a woman who has become her friend. Gissendaner is schedule to be executed by the state of Georgia Monday for masterminding the murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner. “She has changed,” said Rev. Zappa. Rev. Zappa met Kelly four years ago when she was teaching theology to inmates. She…
  • Beyond Vestries? Is it time to change parish governance

    Ann Fontaine
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices (ECFVP) asks is it time to get rid of vestries? A friend recently quipped “I don’t believe vestries are needed for the church today.” He said it as a hyperbole, something to spark conversation, and if for no other reason than it might do that – actually spark a conversation and actually lead us to seriously re-consider our conventional working model – I’ll go along with it. If you’d like a more palatable post, though, let me say that vestries, alone, are no longer needed for the church today. … The … organization can keep…
  • Episcopal Church 2016-18 budget hearings to begin in Provinces and online

    Ann Fontaine
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Continuing the sometime Saturday series on items to come before General Convention 2015: The Program Budget and Finance Committee of General Convention is preparing a series of hearings on the 2016-2018 budget for the Episcopal Church. From Episcopal News Service: The Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) left its three day meeting here ready to listen to the church’s opinions about which work ought to be done on a church-wide level in the next three years and how to pay for that work…. PB&F prepared itself for the listening…
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    Emergent Village

  • Three Great Ways To Save On Bathroom Maintenance

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    These days, many homeowners are interested in whipping their bathrooms into excellent shape. One of the most important things you should do to realize this objective is invest in bathroom maintenance projects. This way, you can keep everything in working order while simultaneously ensuring that your bathroom is aesthetically appealing. In many cases, people do not invest in ongoing bathroom maintenance projects because they believe doing so will be too expensive. Yet tending to bathroom maintenance does not have to be an expensive endeavor. Here are three great ways to save on your bathroom…
  • 5 Hacks for Everyday Kitchen Items

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Your appliances have hidden uses If you are like most people, you probably have a kitchen cupboard full of single-use appliances that you use about once a year. You also probably can’t afford to give up any more counter space to another addition to your kitchen. Check out these hacks to see if you can get more use out of some of the kitchen gadgets that you already own. Coffee Grinder Turned Spice Mill Everyone knows that freshly-ground spices just taste better than the dried and bottled variety. If you have a coffee grinder on hand, roast your whole spices and give them a whirl. You will…
  • Spring Clean your Garden

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    As the days begin to grow a little longer, the promise of some sunshine (however weak) is enough to get us up and outside after a long, dark winter. Whilst the weather is still changeable, we can spend more time outdoors and get the garden in good shape for the summer. Swell UK have a broad range of pond essentials from pond filters to pruning scissors to see you and your garden through every season. February Planting can’t begin with earnest as frost is still very likely, but you can plant some bulbs and keep them in the greenhouse until the spring arrives. Think about planting lettuce and…
  • Give Your Kitchen a Minimalist Vibe with these 4 Easy Steps!

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Have you lost your passion for cooking? Take a quick glance at your kitchen. Sometimes, the main reason why you are not too interested about making your own dishes is that your kitchen is disheveled and messy. If your knives and other kitchen utensils are not properly organized in one shelf, you will spend more time in looking for them rather than actually using these tools.  Depending on the size and the state of your cooking area, you might need a lot of time to clean and organize it. However, all your efforts won’t go to waste. Once your kitchen is tidy, you can surely enjoy preparing…
  • Cleaning your rugs and carpets

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:23 pm
    New York is a demanding town. It’s the nation’s premier cultural environment. It’s the largest city in our nation and, in many ways, still its most prestigious. While Los Angeles is known for its glitz and tinsel, and Las Vegas for its razzle and dazzle, New York is known as the dwelling place of our nation’s most sophisticated and hard to please cultural critics. And their critical skills don’t shut down when the curtain falls for the night on Broadway. New York is the nation’s premier center of fashion, and this very much includes even the decor in their…
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    Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Re-Marriage in the Orthodox Church

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    In light of the debate in the Roman Catholic Church about divorce and re-marriage, Fr. Tom offers the Orthodox view of this topic as well as an explanation of the fundamental difference in how marriage is viewed in Orthodoxy. We are so happy to have Fr.Tom back recording podcasts. Please continue to pray for him.
  • Bishops - Part 57: Anton Chekhov

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Today Fr. Tom speaks about the famous author Anton Chekhov from 19th-century Russia.
  • Bishops - Part 56: St. Philaret of Moscow

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

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

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

  • The Sabbath of Remembering

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    This Shabbat is Shabbat Parashat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering.The Torah portion that is read as the Maftir (additional) portion, after the conclusion of the regular weekly Torah reading, commands the Jewish people to remember that the nation of Amalek attacked our weak, tired and elderly shortly after the Jews crossed the Red Sea (Deuteronomy 25:17-19). Therefore, there is a mitzvah to destroy Amalek. Parashat Zachor is always read on the Shabbat before Purim.The Amalekites traveled many miles in order to attack the Jewish people from behind, attacking the weak…
  • Aishet Chayil and Esther

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    On Friday nights it is customary to sing a selection of verses from the final chapter of the Book of Proverbs (31:10-31) known as Aishet Chayil, A Woman of Valor. At this time of year [pre-Purim], one particular Jewish heroine stands out: Queen Esther.Which verse of Aishet Chayil best defines Esther? Here are a few selections:1) Proverbs 31:17She girds herself with strength / and invigorates her arms.Even after hearing of Haman's plan to kill the Jews, Esther was hesitant to appear unbidden before the king (an action punishable by death) and beg for mercy. But Esther girded…
  • Hearing It

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Try to hear the portion of Parashat Zachor read this Shabbat.
  • Haman's History

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    According to the narrative in the Book of Esther, Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people appears to have been instigated by the fact that Mordechai refused to bow down to Haman. Talk about an extreme reaction! What was it about Mordechai that so angered Haman?The sages asked a similar question and noted that “the explanation is in the dictum of Rabbi Hisda, for Rabbi Hisda said: The one came [to the court] as a counselor and the other as an envoy. Rabbi Papa said: They also called him [Haman], ‘The slave who was sold for loaves of bread.’” (Megillah 14b/15a).To understand…
  • One Week Until Purim

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mark your calendars and plan a Purim celebration.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • How Did Joseph Do What He Did in Translating the Book of Mormon? Further Evidence for Early Modern English Influence

    Jeff Lindsay
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The mystery of Early Modern English (EModE) grammar in the original text of the Book of Mormon just became more interesting with Stanford Carmack's latest in-depth analysis, "The Implications of Past-Tense Syntax in the Book of Mormon" at Stanford explores the pervasive and archaic use of "did" in the Book of Mormon, particularly the "affirmative declarative periphrastic" did, or ADP did. Brace yourselves for some intense grammar and loads of intriguing data showing that the unusual usage of this grammatical form in the Book of Mormon strongly differs from the King…
  • Connecting Some Scattered Book of Mormon Dots

    Jeff Lindsay
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Those who enjoy puzzles, mysteries, and conspiracy theories might find some aspects of the Book of Mormon to be more rewarding than The Da Vinci Code or other modern thrillers. With a complex web of internal and external clues to decode, the mystery of Book of Mormon evidences can yield impressive results when one does the work to connect the many dots before us.Here's an example of some recent random dots mostly linked to Alma 17-19 that I considered recently. There may be interesting connections, though not all of the leads end up being meaningful.Let me begin with an exciting breakthrough…
  • Friend of the Slain Muslims in North Carolina: An Example of Calmness, Courage, and Kindness in Grief

    Jeff Lindsay
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
    On Wednesday morning at a technical conference I attended in Miami, the female CEO of an impressive nanotech company from North Carolina gave the first presentation of the day, a departure from the printed schedule. She appeared to be Muslim since she was wearing a hijab (a traditional head wrap). The presentation had been moved up since there was an emergency that required her to fly back to North Carolina right away.She gave one of the more interesting presentations, but was somewhat quiet and subdued, I felt. She then excused herself and left swiftly instead of taking any questions. The…
  • What About Those Who Can't Sing?

    Jeff Lindsay
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    For some people, singing is a challenging part of worship. For those who feel they can't sing well or who fear to sing around others, music can sometimes be a barrier rather than aid to worship.This was a challenge for me in my early days. I think part of the problem was that toward the end of my second-grade year in Boise, Idaho, my teacher worked with school officials to get me instantly promoted to third grade. They told my parents I needed to move up a grade because I was so smart. Mom and Dad were so proud of me. But there are other theories. Perhaps my sweet second-grade teacher was…
  • The Increasingly Interesting Liahona

    Jeff Lindsay
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    In an earlier post here at Mormanity, I discussed an intriguing aspect of the temple that Nephi built. I am especially indebted to a chapter from Kevin Christensen, "The Temple, the Monarchy, and Wisdom: Lehi's World and the Scholarship of Margaret Barker" in the Glimpses of Lehi's Jerusalem by John Welch, David R. Seely, and Jo Ann N. Seely (Provo: Maxwell Institute, 2004), and to Don Bradley's presentation, "Piercing the Veil: Temple Worship in the Lost 116 Pages,", 2012. In that post, I noted how these LDS scholars help us recognize that the Nephites had sacred relics for…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersToday’s the last day to take advantage of these Kindle deals from Crossway:Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung—99¢The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper—$1.99Wellness for the Glory of God by John Dunlop, MD—$1.99Imagination Redeemed by Gene Edward Veith Jr. & Matthew P. Ristuccia—$2.99What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert—$2.99Also on sale are:Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions by Ken Ham—$3.49If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?—$2.99All the Names in the Bible—$2.99Everyone’s a Theologian by…
  • Freebie Friday: Reformation Study Bible giveaway

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of my favorite study Bibles is The Reformation Study Bible produced by Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust (which is now available for pre-order). We’ve used it for several years at my house, and have always profited from doing so. So when I learned Ligonier was completely revising this resource—and had enlisted the aid of 75 faithful theologians—I was excited. And the new edition, which releases in just a couple of weeks looks pretty spectacular—not the least because it includes numerous historic creeds, confessions and catechisms within its pages!Today, I’m…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday, the Internet was going insane about llamas and a dress that changes color. My wife captures them both:You’re welcome, Planet Earth. Now, on to $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a number of great resources for sale, including:The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond (Hardcover)The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven Lawson (ePub)The Spirit of Revival: Discovering the Wisdom of Jonathan Edwards (ePub)$5 Friday ends at 11:59:59 tonight.More, But Not Less, Than a CarpenterTom Nelson:I don’t know why I didn’t see it for so long, but…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersHere are a couple of deals that are ending today:The God Who Justifies by James White—$2.99The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson—$3.99ISIS burns 8000 rare books and manuscripts in MosulThis is very sad:While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.How to Memorize (Almost) AnythingJoe Carter continues his series on…
  • Romans 8-16 For You

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    By now, if you haven’t checked out the growing God’s Word For You series of devotional commentaries from The Good Book Company, I honestly don’t know if anything I say about the latest edition, Timothy Keller’s Romans 8-16 For You, will convince you.Nevertheless, you really should check them—and this volume in particular—out.Like Romans 1-7 For You and the other volumes in this series, Romans 8-16 For You offers readers an engaging, thoughtful and practical look at one of the most contentious books of the Bible. And more specifically, one of the more…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • The Perpetuation of Prejudice: The Chapel Hill Shootings

    Lauren Sutton
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    The wind is bitterly cold and blows sharply in the night. Somewhere above us, a bird caws a long and solitary cry that echoes across campus. Thousands of students, faculty, and town residents huddle together trembling, with heads bowed and hands shielding the tiny flame of their candles. Despite the vast number of people at the vigil, it is completely silent. So silent, in fact, that I can hear the wax of the girl’s candle beside me as it hits the ground, leaving blood red splatters. The town of Chapel Hill has long been known as an accepting environment, a haven for diversity. A home to…
  • Kingsman: The One-Percent Apocalypse

    Kelly J. Baker
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    I went to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service the day after Valentine’s Day. My husband and I were eager to see a movie, any movie really, that didn’t involve talking animals. The choices were limited for those us who refuse to engage Fifty Shades of Grey, so we settled upon Kingsman because it was the only film that seemed unlikely to offend either of us. Kingsman appeared to be yet another dumb-yet-entertaining action flick. After all, there were secret agents and agencies, a nefarious villain and his deadly female sidekick, slick fight scenes, and cartoonish violence. The beginning of…
  • The Buddha Loves Boundaries

    Daisy Hernandez
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    To be fair, Pema Chödrön is not to blame for what happened. It was the late nineties and she was writing about starting right where you are and the brilliant wisdom of having no escape. She was sweet and kind and suggesting that we stop running from the pain and simply be with it. But I misunderstood her. The first time I came across Pema Chödrön’s writings I was in college and working at a local public library in Fairview, a dot of a town in northern New Jersey. The library was tiny: four book cases, two tables, one bathroom the size of a hall closet. There, among children screaming…
  • Pope’s Magic Number of Children: Major Clue Revealed

    Mary Valle
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    Pope Francis has come out in favor of siblings. “Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself,” he said, adding To grow up in a family alongside other children is a profound human experience that reaches its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, who became our brother and made us all children of God the Father. I had to discuss this with fellow KtB editor Kaya Oakes, who recently wrote about the puzzle of  “Vati-math.” In light of the Pope’s statements that Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits, but also that not having children was selfish, she asked “what…
  • Ashley Wednesday

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Read more from Ashley in her new e-book You Were Strangers, just $2.99! “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 resurrection. After the ashes, Communion. After the bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, it’s a relief to move on to bran flakes and coffee. But you’ve got a charcoal-colored cross on your forehead. You forget and then remember: you’re dying.” –Leaves of Ash, Ashley Makar You forget, and then remember. Ashley Makar, Killing the Buddha editor and one of the…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Baseball and Mosquitoes

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Baseball and MosquitoesIt was one of those hot dry-your-eyeballs-out kind of days and I was board.  My nine year old mind decided to go visit my friend Rebecca, who lived across town, which in reality was only about four blocks away, but to me seemed quite a distant.  Rebecca was a few years older than me.  She was a sandy-haired Alabama girl with a Southern accent, which made her a weird bird to us Nevada kids.  She was constantly putting on chap stick, because the dry Nevada air caused her lips to chap and split. We became acquainted through our mothers.  My mother…
  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

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

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

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

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

  • #TeachAcceptance and the Fight for the Soul of SF’s Catholic Schools

    Patricia Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Despite media reports to the contrary, it doesn’t appear that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is backing down from his attempt to dictate the private morality of teachers in San Francisco Catholic schools or from his effort to exempt them from federal anti-discrimination protections. The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that Cordileone will abandon his proposal to declare all teachers at Catholic schools in the diocese “ministers,” which under the Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision would apply the “ministerial exemption” from federal labor laws to all…
  • Gays Are Oppressing Christian Florists, and Other Dishonest Arguments

    Eric C. Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    A couple weeks back, I wrote a post suggesting that conservative Christian “rights” arguments are largely dishonest, in that they usually assert illiberal claims disguised in liberal language. In particular, I was referring to Andrew Lewis’ suggestion that same-sex marriage opponents should grant every child a “right to a mother and father.” Some political scientist friends took me to task for this, arguing that such claims are at least reasonable, and that audiences are free to take or leave them. They noted further that convenient framing is standard procedure in public advocacy,…
  • Netanyahu’s (Republican) Esther Moment

    Sarah Posner
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the upcoming Purim holiday to justify the need for his speech to a Joint Session of Congress (minus several of them) because the modern-day Persia wants to destroy the modern-day Israel. In an interview on an Israeli radio station, Netanyahu said (via Ynet): We are on the eve of Purim, and we remember the attempts in Persia back then to destroy Israel. Today, in the same Persia, there is a regime that engraves the destruction of the Jewish state on its flag. Let’s face it, though, Netanyahu did not say this for the benefit of…
  • US Names Int’l Envoy for LGBT Rights; Marriage revolution spreads in Mexico; Scott Lively Warns World of Anti-Christ; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    The U.S. named career foreign service officer Randy Berry its first-ever envoy for LGBT rights this week. IGLHRC welcomed Berry’s appointment, saying “The U.S. envoy can contribute to a new era in which the conscience of governments everywhere can be focused on the destabilizing impact of prejudice and abuse that inflicts suffering on millions worldwide.” Also commenting was Ugandan LGBTI Activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera:We join the US in welcoming the newly appointed LGBTI envoy. It’s not going to be easy inviting Mr. Berry to countries where human rights of LGBTI people are not…
  • Pat Robertson Warns Yoga Will Have You Speaking Hindu

    Andrea R. Jain
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Pat Robertson, the notorious and influential television evangelist and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, is not new to the yogaphobic maelstrom that has been brewing for as long as Western Europeans and North Americans have been familiar with yoga. In the last couple of decades, largely in response to the widespread popularization of yoga, yogaphobia has shot to mainstream attention as socially conservative, high-profile Protestant evangelicals and Catholics have voiced unnerving warnings to Christians about how yoga threatens their religious commitments and could even lead to…
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    On Being Both

  • Let Us Check More Than One Religion Box

    Susan Katz Miller
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Imagine for a moment that you are a teenager, arriving at college for your first year, and that you come from an interfaith family. Perhaps you were raised in one religion, but now, you feel drawn to explore the other religion in your family background. Or perhaps you were raised with both religions, and plan to stay connected to both. Or perhaps you were raised with neither religion, but now plan to explore both family religions, or all religions. Now, imagine you are handed a survey and asked to choose one religion, and only one religion, as your identity. Your only other choices are to…
  • Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage

    Susan Katz Miller
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
      Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Samson, Joseph, Esther, Solomon. What do they all have in common? They were intermarried.   Thus begins Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage, a comprehensive and compelling exploration of the formative effects of intermarriage in Biblical times. This book provides a very readable guide to the history of intermarriage in the mixed multitude of cultures and practices and beliefs coalescing gradually, over centuries and millennia, into the people Israel. The authors conclude that the “early willingness to reach across tribal and ethnic…
  • Interfaith Families, Jewish Communities: Spring Thaw

    Susan Katz Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Do you hear a rumbling, creaking, sighing noise, like an iceberg melting? That’s the sound of policies designed to freeze out interfaith families, shifting and groaning as they thaw. Since the release of the 2013 Pew Research report on the Jewish American landscape (and the publication of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family), I have been predicting a warming trend in engaging with interfaith families. Just in recent weeks, I note at least four new efforts by the Jewish community to include or acknowledge interfaith families: 1. A Conservative Jewish rabbi considered…
  • A Catholic, a Muslim, a Jewish Education, an Interfaith Family

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

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

  • This moment changes everything

    Lee Potts
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The moment of Profession is a specific moment. It doesn’t just happen. It is prepared for and is joyfully anticipated. It is specific, so that we know exactly what is happening and why. It is a moment not to be forgotten, whose impact is transformational and dictates all we do and say from the moment of profession on. Fr. Felice [Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap in Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment says that it is the “foundational moment in the identity of the Professed.” This moment changes everything. ~ Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M., “Profession and the Secular Franciscan:…
  • The people who are supremely free

    Lee Potts
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The world seeks freedom in the accumulation of possessions and power. It forgets that the only people who are truly free are those who have nothing left to lose. Despoiled of everything, detached from everything, they are “free from all men” (1 Corinthians 9:19) and all things. It can be truly said that their death is already behind them, because all their “treasure” is now in God and in him alone. The people who are supremely free desire nothing and are afraid of nothing. All the good that matters to them is already guaranteed them by God. They have nothing to lose and nothing to…
  • Living out the promise

    Lee Potts
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    You ask how you can live a life of poverty while in the world? Well, if you can let go enough of self so that the life of God may live in you — so that you can truly belong to Him, you will be exercising the highest poverty. You will also be living out the promise of obedience by quieting your own voice enough to be able to hear what the Lord has in store for you. ~ Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M., “Profession and the Secular Franciscan: Theological and Liturgical Foundations” (FUN Manual) Tags: Fr Richard Trezza OFM, FUN Manual, obedience, Poverty, quiet
  • Love, and only love

    Lee Potts
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    No circumstance in the world can ever prevent us from believing in God, from placing all our trust in him, from loving him with our whole heart, or from loving our neighbor. Faith, hope, and charity are absolutely free, because if they are rooted in us deeply enough, they are able to draw strength from whatever opposes them! If someone tried to silence our faith by killing us, our deaths would be the best possible proclamation of our faith! Love, and only love, can overcome evil by good and draw good out of evil. ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom Tags: god, Interior Freedom, Jacques…
  • Please pardon our appearance

    Lee Potts
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    We decided to update the look of FQotD so it might not look very nice while we’re changing things. Please bear with us, we’ll be done fooling around as soon as possible. No tags for this post.
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    Amish America

  • Bergholz Resentencing Coming Monday

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    Bergholz leader Sam Mullet is hoping to be granted freedom this coming Monday, March 2. That’s the date set for resentencing following the overturning of hate crimes convictions in August. The prospect no doubt concerns Amish in Ohio and elsewhere fearful of repeats of the beard-cutting attacks of 2011 (or worse). Mullet’s attorney says that “Mullet’s only wish is […]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…
  • Lancaster Fire Company Events – 2015 Calendar

    Erik/Amish America
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    You can find schedules for the 2015 Lancaster County mud sales in various places, including the one we posted here a few weeks ago. But I haven’t seen a full-year schedule listing all the other Lancaster County fire company events–breakfasts, “Amish wedding meals”, ox roasts, bluegrass concerts, oyster suppers, and other happenings. Thanks to the work of reader […]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…
  • 5 (More) Reasons Why The Amish Fascinate Us

    Erik/Amish America
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:58 am
    Why are we so interested in the Amish? I thought about this the other day. You see, I have Google set up to spit out stories which contain the word “Amish”. The article I’d landed on had a passing mention of “Amish Country”. But–surprise–it turned out to not be about the Amish at all. This wasn’t the first […]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
  • Hutterite Clothing

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:53 am
    How do Hutterites dress? How does Hutterite clothing compare to that of the Amish? What are the differences in clothing across the three Hutterite groups? On our recent Hutterite questions post, some of you were curious about Hutterite clothing. Hutterite Diaries author Linda Maendel answers these questions and more in today’s post. — Hutterite Dress Hutterites, like the Amish, […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish…
  • How Amish Defuse Conflict By Moving

    Erik/Amish America
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:54 am
    Amish people aren’t afraid to move, and do so for different reasons. One of the main reasons is in response to material progress–or “drift”, a word used by those who frown on too much change happening too quickly. The three Amish congregations at Yoder, Kansas, are rather progressive, permitting technology use other Amish do not, […]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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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • Reflecting on Lent: Mortality and Martyrdom

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    by Ken Howard I still cannot speak of this without a misting of my eyes and a twisting of sorrow in my heart… I woke up yesterday to the news of 21 Coptic Christians executed for the “crime” of being “people of the cross” – brutally murdered in the name of “God” by men who pretend to be brave and heroic while covering their faces in a way that can only be described as cowardly. And as I looked at the picture of those 21 men, forced to kneel at the feet of their soon-to-be executioners, I realized that if ever I am tempted to think that we as Christians face persecution in this…
  • When a moment’s significance does not compute

    The Rev'd Curtis Farr
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    By The Rev’d Curtis Farr I was tremendously unprepared to visit the Holy Land. Logistically, my plans were resolute—the two-week course on “The Palestine of Jesus” was absolutely all-inclusive, and I even had purchased travel insurance for my airfare. The latter ended up being an expensive mistake, but that is beside the point. I was prepared, and yet I wasn’t. Despite being surrounded by thousands of years of history—all of which is particularly relevant to my vocation—I felt as if I was unable to register the significance of walking on that ground, and it made me angry. I…
  • A Jewish-Christian marriage ceremony, a Washingtonian article, and a Reflection on Modern Culture

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

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

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

  • A Word of Comfort

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Joe H. Todd.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • The Power of the Tongue

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:44 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Missionary Lorrie Bentley.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • It’s Time to Move On

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Rev. Chenier Alston of Chicago, IL.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • All I Need is Word From the Lord

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at our 8:00 am Worship Service by Min. Robert Armstrong of Betesda M.B.C..Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
  • Winning with a Bad Hand

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:08 pm
    This message was delivered on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at our 11:00 am Worship Service by Min. Maurice Drane.Send us your email to or call 414-372-8568 to let us know how this message has helped you. For additional information please visit our website at
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    CNA Daily News

  • Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to drop new album for Easter

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Kansas City, Mo., Feb 28, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new album by the hit-making, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. “Many people do not realize that the Easter season lasts well beyond Easter Sunday – for a full 50 days in fact! Hopefully our recording will help bring many to a fuller awareness of the the Easter season in its entirety,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the community, told CNA. The nuns' new album, “Easter at…
  • Pope puts family at the center of social justice

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Vatican City, Feb 28, 2015 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with the Confederazione Cooperative Italiane (confederation of Italian co-operatives) Pope Francis called for the “globalization of solidarity” which places the dignity of persons and families at the center of social justice. “To globalize solidarity,” the Pope said during the Feb. 28 gathering, “means thinking about spiraling unemployment, the constant tears of the poor,” and “the need for real, integral progress for the person,” not just in terms of income. First founded in…
  • The Pope who became a pilgrim: Benedict's resignation remembered

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Vatican City, Feb 28, 2015 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world. “We always know that Pope Emeritus Benedict is present in the Vatican, with his prayers,” said Fr. Scott Borgman, English-language official for the Pontifical Accademy for Life. This presence, he told CNA in a Feb. 10 email interview, “is a very reassuring affection which we experience often.” At…
  • Will there be an ecology department at the Roman Curia after reform?

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    Vatican City, Feb 28, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming presentation of a Vatican-sponsored Pan-Amazonia Network may shed light on how a possible curial office for human ecology would work, if curial reform is shaped as it was presented at the Feb. 12 consistory. The Ecclesial Network of the Pan-Amazonia was established Sep. 9-12 in Brazil with the aim of fostering a new approach to climate, and will be presented in the Vatican March 2. The network involves the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Caritas Pan-Amazonia, the Department of Social Justice of the Latin American…
  • Oil company hit man has Archbishop Cordileone in his sights

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:20 pm
    San Francisco, Calif., Feb 27, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to indigenous people for the company’s alleged pollution damage to the Amazon. Now he’s been hired to attack San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He even wants Pope Francis to do his work. “Everyone is praying that the Pope will remove the San Francisco Archbishop and these priests,” Singer said in a Google+ post on Feb.
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    Divided Under God

  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

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

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

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

  • Still in The Storm

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  (Psalm 46:10 ESV) I love this truth. We live amidst the swirling storms of many different circumstances. We exist every day within many different relationship dynamics. Those we work with can bring stress and anxiety… parenting will often bring stress and anxiety… all this amidst the pace of life that we live can find us pretty beat up at times. Do you know how to be still? The promise is that God will be exalted amidst any and all circumstances. There are no storms outside of His…
  • Marriage: Beauty in Diversity

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You will often hear someone refer to a person they are planning to marry as someone with whom they have much in common. This idea seems to be rooted deeply in our culture when we begin to talk about finding that special someone with whom we will spend the rest of our life. We often spend those initial stages of discovery focused on how alike we are and then shortly after the wedding day the conversation changes to how different we are. We go from having everything in common to not even speaking the same language almost overnight. There has to be a Hollywood romantic comedy to be found in that…
  • What You are Hiding Will Destroy You

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is so simple and obvious that I feel stupid writing about it.  On the other hand, we all (including myself) must be pretty ignorant because it is a pattern which populates the stories that surround us on a daily basis.  We have no shortage of news around devastated homes, marriages, and friendships.  Further, this is definitely not an inside the church versus outside the church type of reality.  The truth is that we see an unfortunate steady flow of implosion stories within the church. Walk in light and invite others with you. The reason we are seeing this is so simple to identify and…
  • A Healthy Church of Healthy Relationships

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

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

    Jann Cobb
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    Sometimes it feels as though there are things almost within my grasp and yet not close enough. It is as if they are just beyond the trees! The moments when I'm standing on my tippy toes and I'm trying to reach but my 5 foot 4 inch body is only so tall and that cabinet that I thought I could reach into is out of bounds! I can't, no matter how much I stretch, reach, wiggle and jump! I just can't seem to reach that object that I want so badly.Inevitably I need assistance, I need to get a chair, a ladder, or one of those really cool gizmos that you click a button and it…
  • It is Well

    Jann Cobb
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    What is he doing with his coat unzipped in this kind of weather? There he was, not dressed well for the weather that was way below 20°. On this day it was only 1° There he stood in his snow boots, hat, warm jacket that was completely unzipped with no gloves or mittens on his hands. Staring at him I had so many questions.Where's your mama? Aren't you cold? Why do you come so unprepared when the weather is so freezing? How is it that for you?Deeper questions came into my mind as well.  They made me think of moments that I felt cold and alone unable to take…
  • One of those days

    Jann Cobb
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Yes it is true, children say the funniest things!I am a teacher and that means that in any given day a young student may say something that is politically incorrect for adults but hysterical to hear.Yesterday with a room full of students one student asked to use the restroom. I gave permission and was working with students when I noticed that the bathroom door was open. Where did he go I wondered. It would not be unusual for this student to leave the room and use the bathroom in the hallway. I asked the class if they knew where he had gone.  Just then a voice rings out from the…
  • It has been a long night

    Jann Cobb
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    I awoke to my husband leaning over the bed, staring at me. He was in pain, no words were necessary, his forlorn face told it all. That and the fact that he was holding onto his stomach. “What’s wrong?”, I managed to mumble.Immediately I went onto the WebMd to look up his symptoms and try and discover what might be wrong. At first it was a horrible diagnosis, but then I found my way to Gall stones. Everything fit his description of the pain. For the next 7 hours, I listened to him toss and turn, get out of bed and back in, painful sounds of discomfort that I could do nothing about.We…
  • Free at Last

    Jann Cobb
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1There has been much said about what Christians should and shouldn't do. I am grateful for God who has given us the gift of choice. When we were forgiven of our sins we were set free from the power that they hold on us.Think about that. Sin has no, absolutely NO power on us because of Christ's sacrifice. Why then do we place ourselves willingly back into it's grasp. It is as if we say, "I miss you, come and play!" We know that…
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    The Daily Register

  • What Happens When an Orthodox Christian Converts to Catholicism, Born to Rest in Truth, and More!

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    By TITO EDWARDS | Reactions Every Eastern Orthodox Convert Has When Joining the Catholic Church by Maryam Gregory of Epic Pew - When Raising Kids: First Place the Oxygen Mask Over Your Own Mouth – Ed Rogers, Psyched Catholic Born to...
  • 3 Apps for Lent…and Beyond

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    By Sarah Reinhard | According to, school, chocolate, and Twitter are the top three things people on Twitter are giving up this Lent. Taking a look at the top ten, I can’t help but note there are two themes: food and technology, with...
  • ‘Baby Box’ Shows God’s Love

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    By Lori Hadacek Chaplin | The Drop Box (, released March 3-5) is a documentary offering a profound testament to the dignity of every human life — even those lives society deems expendable. This well-made film shows sadness, deep...
  • Lent Transfigures Us

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    By Tom and April Hoopes | User's Guide to Sunday, March 1 | Sunday, March 1, is the Second Sunday of Lent (Year B).   Family This is a good week to remind everyone of his or her Lenten commitment. April writes each family member’s Lenten...
  • Allegations of High Spending at Secretariat for Economy 'Completely False'

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    By Edward Pentin | Allegations of high spending by the Secretariat for the Economy are "completely false" and claims Pope Francis and Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat, have discussed such matters are "complete fiction", the Vatican...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Pew Report: Restrictions on Religion are High in 39% of Countries

    Don Byrd
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Pew Research Center has released its annual report on trends in religious restrictions and hostilities. The good news, such that it is, is that countries with high levels of social hostilities involving religion fell from 33% in 2012 to 27% in 2013. Countries with high government restrictions on religion likewise dipped, from 29% to 27% in 2013. But overall the religious liberty picture across the world reveals that a large portion of the global population does not enjoy true religious freedom. Here is an excerpt from the report: Looking at the overall level of…
  • BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

    Jordan Edwards
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    By Bob Allen / Baptist News Global This is an abbreviated version of the story. For the full story, click here. In a closely watched case argued Feb. 25, a Baptist religious-liberty group urged the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Muslim woman to wear a religious head-covering to work. The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based organization representing a distinctly Baptist defense of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, is among a number of religious and civil-liberties groups siding with a Muslim teenager denied a retail job at Abercrombie…
  • Report: Supreme Court Seems to Favor Muslim Woman in Hiring Discrimination Dispute

    Don Byrd
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Supreme Court this morning heard oral arguments in the case of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (see the BJC’s page on this case here). I will have more reaction later today after the transcript of the questioning is made available. In the meantime, the Washington Post’s Robert Barnes reports the justices seemed skeptical of Abercrombie’s argument: Several justices said there was no evidence that Elauf believed wearing a head scarf violated the company’s “Look Policy,” which said that the company promotes its East Coast collegiate…
  • BJC: Supreme Court should affirm religious accommodation, let Muslim woman wear hijab at work

    Cherilyn Crowe
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Baptist Joint Committee, diverse coalition support workplace religious accommodation in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch February 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cherilyn Crowe | Phone: 202-544-4226 | Cell: 202-603-1663 | WASHINGTON — In a case heard at the U.S. Supreme Court today, a diverse coalition is standing up for workplace religious freedom, noting that employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate the religion of employees and avoid discrimination against prospective employees. The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) joined the General…
  • Preview of Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Abercrombie Employment Discrimination Case

    Don Byrd
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Written by Don Byrd Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. The EEOC claims the clothing retailer violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman, Samantha Elauf, by denying her job because of her religious headscarf. Abercrombie counters that they were not aware Elauf was wearing the scarf for religious purpose because she did not explicitly inform them. The Court has taken the case to address a very specific legal question: Must the prospective employee specifically request a religious accommodation? Or…
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  • Why Are You Afraid?

    Jonathan Pearson
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:41 am
    And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26 ESV) “Why are you afraid?” The disciples had seen the past work of Jesus. They had been there for the miracles that he had done. Yet, when it came to something beyond their control yet so in God’s Son’s control, they panicked. To make matters worse, it’s like they were surprised later on in the text when they said, The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”…
  • 6 Ways A Project Manager Like ToDoist Can Maximize Your Impact

    Jonathan Pearson
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love productivity. I don’t really know where it started. I guess somewhere along the line I had more to do than time to do it so I decided I had to get myself in gear. Over the last few years, I’ve used countless apps, ideas, software, and programs to try to manage the projects and contexts that I work in. I’ve learned a few things over that time. One of the biggest things I’ve learned about productivity is that you’ll never get anything done if you spend all of your time backtracking because you forgot what you were doing in the first place. Here are 6 ways a project manager can…
  • 3 Reasons To Not Turn Your Phone Off In Church

    Jonathan Pearson
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Okay, the title may have just been meant to get your attention, but there are a few great things we can do with our cell phone or tablet while we’re in church. Don’t forget, our electronic devices are tools. We should never let them become distractions or detractors, but they can be useful. Here are 3 things to do with your smartphone while you’re sitting in church this Sunday… Follow along with scripture. I honestly rarely pick up a Bible anymore. I read during my mornings with God, study for sermons, and research for writing with electronic Bibles. I recommend this…
  • Young Leader: Climbing The Ladder Shouldn’t Be Your Goal, Here’s Why

    Jonathan Pearson
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    Every leader wants more. It’s part of what makes us a leader in the first place. The same thing that gives us the drive to dream dreams, cast vision, and go further is the same thing that makes us want more… want bigger. It’s not a bad thing. The pursuit of more. It’s just a bad thing when it becomes the main thing. One of the things that I’ve been learning as a leader who’s beginning to get a little older and wiser… Don’t seek to climb the ladder. Why? Shouldn’t you want to do your best and stretch yourself? Absolutely. Let those be your goal. Let your goal be the…
  • 5 Simple Facebook Tips for Businesses and Churches

    Jonathan Pearson
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I see it all the time. A Facebook profile that should be a page. A Facebook page that is dormant or only posts things that are also posted on someone’s profile. For a lot of people, this may not matter that much. For a church or business that’s using Facebook as a key part of their advertising and marketing strategy, it matters. As I’ve looked around Facebook and seen the pages I like and follow and as I’ve talked with other churches and learned along the way, I’ve come to some conclusions about Facebook and social media. Some conclusions about how to best utilize it and how to make…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • The Shocking Reason Why Americans Can't Connect

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    The value of community isn't readily understood in America. It's not only foreign to our experience, it's largely outside our frame of reference. Whenever "group-mindedness" is brought up, some are convinced that it's an encroachment on our freedoms. A fierce bent toward Individualism colors our worldview. In fact, an ongoing quest for personal autonomy under-girds our culture and value systems. It not only shows up in our language, but also in our school curriculums and reward systems. It literally permeates the world we live in.  Some of this thinking could be traced back to…
  • What Happens When You Don't Prevail In The Promise?

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    When the Word of God emerges, it always transforms things and positions us for greatness. For each of us, “revelation” becomes a powerful call to exploration and activation. As soon as we hear the decrees of Heaven, we should begin to seek out what God is saying. The Word should always compel us to act and move forth in confidence.Yet as the Word is established in our lives, it is often tested. The promises of God seldom emerge in a vacuum. This can be quite difficult, but the promise often comes to its fullest realization in the midst of challenge and opposition. Reflecting on this,…
  • Is It Wrong For A Christian To Meditate?

    10 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Although Christians claim to value the Bible, many struggle reading it. Individuals have told me on more than one occasion, "J.D., I just don't understand what it's saying. Where do I even begin?" One person recently declared, "I don't think I could ever understand or apply the Bible the way my pastor does."In many ways, we've made study more difficult than it has to be. Some are under the impression that the goal is the systematization of facts and rules. They believe that the Bible is a compendium of information to be memorized and cross-referenced. Yet, that's not what it is. The…
  • Is It Time To Unpack Your Rapture Bags?

    5 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    A few years ago I was having a friendly dialog with an aging Assemblies of God pastor. Knowing something of my background; he questioned me on my views of the Kingdom of God. He said, "Now, J.D., you know that God's Kingdom isn't really in this world. It's up in heaven." Then he quoted the following passage from the Gospel of John:“My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).After he finished his exhortation, he insisted that I…
  • Does God Purposely Withhold Truth?

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    God sometimes operates in ways that aren't easily understood. While this ambiguity can be quite unsettling for us, the Lord has no qualms with guiding through the whispers and nudges. In some cases He's actually inviting us to see through a glass darkly. A lot of churchgoers have difficulty with this. They honestly don't think it's the way that things ought to be done. What it comes down to is this: they don't like to deal with the nebulous. They want truth to be explicit. After all, no one has time to wrestle through the night to get a blessing, particularly when there's so much going…
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  • There is no other stream…

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    An excerpt from The Silver Chair by C.S. LewisThe birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small, persistent sound, which seemed to come from a good distance away. She listened carefully, and felt almost sure it was the sound of running water. Jill got up and looked round her very carefully. There was no sign of the lion; but there were so many trees about that it might easily be quite close without her seeing it. . . . But her thirst was very bad now, and she plucked up her courage to go and look for that running water.The wood was so still that it was not…
  • The First Time I Met Martin Luther King, Jr…

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

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Six40 Disciple Core MaterialClick here for the downloadable PDF of WestGate’s new Six40 Disciples Core Material.
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Wild Bill For America: Obama Face Off

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Wild Bill for America on the Manning Report. (20 Feb. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “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…
  • Dr. Dino On The Manning Report

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Dr. James David Manning Interviews Dr. Dino Kent Hovind . (3 Feb. 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the links below: Here is the list of GE products. Donate here to have MSNBC fire Al Sharpton: “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…
  • The Manning Report – 27 February 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 27 February 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the Trust In The Lord Hour. Host: Dr. James David Manning This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The Message Title : “Daniel The Seer”. Spoken on 21 February 2015 at 11:30 AM. Check Out Dr. James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 15 times, 12 visits today)
  • The Manning Report – 26 February 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    This is a 3-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Manning Report broadcast with Dr. James David Manning. Check Out ATLAH Worldwide on Facebook:<a href=”″></a> (Visited 132 times, 48 visits today)
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Tapping Into Favor Through Mercy

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesDear friends, I am back in Montreal from powerful meetings in India last month. And I want to thank all our partners and friends for your prayers and support. Meanwhile, in this post I’d like to continue the study we have been doing on favor. Before we get into it, let me remind you that “The greatest favor we can have is the grace to see His face.” [tweet this] We Cannot Understand Favor Without Understanding Mercy. If we were to honestly look at us, we’re not worthy. It’s not that we pray like we…
  • Possible Site of Jesus’ Trial and a Papyrus With Words from Mark’s Gospel Found; Man Wakes Up After 12 Years and More.

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Snippet: Attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, India; Faith growing stronger in Niger; Air crash kills 46 church members; Possible site of Jesus’ trial and a papyrus with words from Mark’s gospel found; man wakes up after 12 years. Editor’s Note: Make no mistake, we live in tough times, but we can take comfort in the fact that amidst these storming seas comes One who walks on water and calms the waves. And onto this Jesus is where we put our hope as we pray for churches and believers who face threats every time they wake up. Continue to pray, church! If you come across any news on the…
  • What Attracts God’s Divine Favor? #DivineFavor Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesI’m believing the Lord for 2015 to be the year of divine favor. How about you? I challenge you to read this post with fresh expectation and hunger. God is glorified through people who are hungry for His presence. [tweet this]. He is not moved by your experience, your family name or how many years you’ve been attending your church. If you are not hungry for God, He cannot anoint you. His anointing flows to those that revere Him and seek His face. The Time of Favor is Provoked by 2 Things: See Psalm 102:13 ESV “You…
  • Tapping Into God’s Divine Favor

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesThis new year is special for me because it’s the first time that it’s not just about what I’m walking into in this new year, but it is also about what lies ahead in my role as a pastor as I lead my church and also to know what God has in store for my generation in 2015. You can do one of two things: Read this post like any other or receive this as a Word of God into your life. How you receive it is how it will explode. When you celebrate what God is speaking to you, it will explode. [tweet this] Can I share it how I…
  • Persecutions Continue in Iraq, Kenya, Sudan; Thousands Celebrate Dr. Myles Munroe Life; Muslims Protect Christians

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


    19 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Referring to the new Morning water as an upgrade to the former anointed water, TB Joshua proceeded to demonstrate the higher level of anointing present in the morning water, which according to him surpasses its predecessor, the anointed water. This he not only boldly asserted, but also went ahead to prove by administering it to […]

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

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

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

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

  • What Are The Spiritual Blessings In Heavenly Places?

    Pastor Duke Taber
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The post What Are The Spiritual Blessings In Heavenly Places? appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries. Today I want to share with you what I see as the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places that the Apostle Paul talks about in the book of Ephesians. Many people try to make more of this scripture than what it says. They make it out to be every conceivable blessing they can think of, but is that really what […] The post What Are The Spiritual Blessings In Heavenly Places? appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • 5 Ways To Make Your Church More Interactive

    Pastor Duke Taber
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    The post 5 Ways To Make Your Church More Interactive appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries. Every generation in every culture has some type of unifying factor that makes them unique. This is something that resonates across the entire generation that they might not consciously recognize but they respond to all the same. With today’s millennial generation I believe that factor is interaction. Our teaching methods have adopted interactivity as part of the program. Our social […] The post 5 Ways To Make Your Church More Interactive appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • Why People Need The Guarantee Of Forgiveness In Your Church

    Pastor Duke Taber
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    The post Why People Need The Guarantee Of Forgiveness In Your Church appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries. In my article on the guarantee of love in the church I shared the story of how we had a fallen pastor come to the first church I was every a part of and how the man found forgiveness. Why did he come to our church? The answer is obvious. He needed to find forgiveness for what he had done. The […] The post Why People Need The Guarantee Of Forgiveness In Your Church appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
  • The Guarantee Of Acceptance – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    The post The Guarantee Of Acceptance – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries. Pastor Duke Taber shares with The Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. what it means to extend the guarantee of acceptance to everyone that we come in contact with. Learn the difference between acceptance and affirmation in this audio sermon. Help Us Reach The World Each year Pastor Duke Taber reaches hundreds of thousands of people with the good […] The post The Guarantee Of Acceptance – Audio Sermon appeared first on…
  • The Guarantee Of Love – Audio Sermon

    Pastor Duke Taber
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    The post The Guarantee Of Love – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries. Listen to Pastor Duke Taber explain why the church needs to guarantee love to each and every person who comes into contact with people who are part of the church. This sermon was shared at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. Help Us Reach The World Each year Pastor Duke Taber reaches hundreds of thousands of people with the […] The post The Guarantee Of Love – Audio Sermon appeared first on Duke Taber Ministries.
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  • Atheist Richard Carrier is a polyamorous dog

    Ken Ammi
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Atheist Richard Carrier is a polyamorous dog - Within criminal investigations there is a well known concept of “follow the money.” Well, when dealing with Atheist males it is often a case of “follow the erection.” The Bible’s book of Roman... [Worldview and Science Examiner]
  • VIDEO: The most disturbing Illuminati photo shoot I have ever seen

    Ken Ammi
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I find it disturbing due to its blatant and simplistic in your face honesty. The shoot follows a woman through the decades. The “men in black,” as it were, use her up while they stay young. For some reason, one is depicted as being wheelchair bound—unless it was hers and when she is dead and gone they just use it as a chair—and the baby represents the next generation of Illuminati slaves. You can view the full sized images used herein as well as those used in the article below and many others here. See my article, on another shoot from the same magazine, “Illuminati occult fashion…
  • VIDEO: The Occult Philosophy by Michael Hoffman (NWO exposed)

    Ken Ammi
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
  • VIDEO: John Dies at the End movie - clean version

    Ken Ammi
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Found a “clean” version of “John Dies at the End” which is a movie written by David Wong aka Jason Pargin and directed by Don Coscarelli. This version contain the original monstrous blood and gore and has had he expletives muted and nudity edited out. The IMDB notes: “A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?” This version contain the original monstrous blood and gore and has had he expletives muted and nudity edited out.
  • VIDEO: Hidden in plain sight; occult hints in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” 2009 AD (NWO exposed)

    Ken Ammi
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    "The Dunwich Horror" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft that was written in 1928 AD (and published in the April 1929 AD issue of Weird Tales); the video clips herein are from the 2009 AD movie, you can find the 1970 AD version of the movie here.
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  • Reply to an Atheist on the terms Freethought and Atheism

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Herein we conclude, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7, considering objections raised by an Atheist from “The Skeptic Arena” who goes by the pseudonym “Neo” with...
  • Ancient soul catchers

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Thomas R. Horn makes to interesting statements regarding ancient magickal practices as follows:…the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel made an important statement about the "magic bands" (kesatot)…[that] were used to capture (magically...
  • Abortion’s Arguments: Pro-Abortionists in their own words, part 1 of 3

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Here we simply present a succinct version of the stories of two women who had abortions. As retold in the article “When One Is Enough,” a woman who was pregnant with triplets and chose “get rid&rdquo...
  • Atheist Richard Carrier is a polyamorous dog

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Within criminal investigations there is a well known concept of “follow the money.” Well, when dealing with Atheist males it is often a case of “follow the erection.” The Bible’s book of Roman...
  • Celebrity worship as modern idolatry

    Ken Ammi, Worldview and Science Examiner
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    How many people have you heard say “I love…” and fill in the name of a celebrity; a person they have never met and only know via media?Celebrities of various sorts—sports figures, actors, musicians...
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    Joshua Rhone

  • Mile… Mile & a Half

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    I struggle with insomnia. The last few weeks have been particularly challenging. Usually, I try to take advantage of my sleepless nights by reading, researching and writing. The other night, I felt like a member of the walking dead, so I perused Netflix for something to watch. While perusing I stumbled upon Mile…Mile & a Half. (The film can also be streamed via Amazon). The film follows’a group of artists who] leave their daily lives behind to hike & record California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 219 miles stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.’1 Over the span of…
  • [Book] American Methodism: A Compact History (Chapter 3: Print, Nurture, Missions)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    I’m currently reading American Methodism: A Compact History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt. In recent posts, I looked at the book’s Introduction, Chapter 1 & Chapter 2. Today’s post looks at Chapter 3, the years 1816-1850s, and the role of print in Methodism’s efforts to nuture congregants, train preachers, etc. Nathan Bangs & the journey of Methodism from side street to main street The year 1816 was significant for American Methodism. Francis Asbury died on his way to General Conference. The Methodist historian Nathan Bangs, who eulogized the…
  • [Book] American Methodism: A Compact History (Chapter 2: Reforming the Continent and Spreading Scriptural Holiness)

    Joshua Rhone
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    I’m currently reading American Methodism: A Compact History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt. In recent posts, I looked at the book’s Introduction and Chapter 1. Today’s post looks at Chapter 2 and reforming of the continent and the spread of scriptural holiness.’ Reform From 1792-1816, Methodism wrestled with issues of identity. While the issues were many, and while they were wrestled with in a myriad of ways, to get a sense of the identity issues facing Methodism at this stage of her development, we need look no further than the Christmas Conference…
  • [Photos] Ice, Ice (Baby)

    Joshua Rhone
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
      These were shot with a Nikon D5200. I experimented with the settings, shooting manually vs. auto, and an inexpensive macro lens that I picked up.
  • [Book] American Methodism: A Compact History (Chapter 1: Revolutionary Methodism)

    Joshua Rhone
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    I’m currently reading American Methodism: A Compact History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt. In a recent post, I looked at the book’s Introduction. Today’s post looks at Chapter 1 and what the authors refer to as ‘Revolutionary Methodism.’ An attempt to bring order The era of Revolutionary Methodism (1769-1784) was characterized by growing pains and adaptation, as Wesleyan-Methodism sought to (re)define its identity within the North American context. Methodist societies had already been established. However, at this point, these…
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    Set Apart People

  • The sixth year, a year of preparation

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    We are currently in the twelfth month of the fifth year of this sabbatical cycle. The sixth year will begin in a couple of weeks time. This sixth year is a year of preparation. Just like we have the weekly Sabbath with the sixth day as the preparation day, we have the Sabbatical year, the seventh year, with the sixth year as a year of preparation. So this year when the barley is found aviv and the new moon has been sighted, we will start to prepare for the Sabbatical year which starts 1 Aviv 2016. The purpose of this article is to be a practical guide as to what we are to have in place before…
  • When do you swap love for a strong rebuke?

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    In an earlier post we addressed the communication style we need to follow when trying to spread the Gospel to others.  We highlighted the need to be gentle, act in love and stay composed during the conversation.  We mentioned the case studies in Scripture where Y’Shua was spreading the Gospel.  In these instances, Y’Shua treated the other party with love and respect.  But this was not always the case.  He even called people a brood of vipers! So now we ask: “When are we allowed to raise our voices and discipline others?” This is a sensitive topic and can easily go…
  • Cleaning out the leaven…being prepared

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
      In a few weeks time we will be celebrating the Passover , the feast of First Fruit and the Feast of Unleavened bread. It is time to start preparing our homes and our hearts for this time. We prepare by removing leaven from our homes, both physical and spiritual. You may think that we still have plenty of time to do this, but you also know how time flies and how busy we all are. We always think there is plenty of time left, spiritually as well, but is this true? Our lives are not our own, and can be cut short at any time. Will you be ready when that happens, will I? Have you considered…
  • Seeing the best in others

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It is important how we see people, for this will determine how we act towards them. I once heard a little story about a man whose car broke down in a rural area. As he was walking to the nearest house, which was almost a kilometer away, he was wondering if this farmer would help him by lending him a tool to fix his car. As he continued on, he convinced himself that this farmer would probably not want to help him. So much so, that when the farmer opened the door, he did not even ask for the tool, but instead shouted at him that he can keep his stupid tool. I can relate to this, maybe you can…
  • Defending your faith!

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Every day we are in contact with people that think and believe differently than us. Sometimes we are given the opportunity to discuss our beliefs with them. When this opportunity presents itself, what do you do? Let us see if we can use the Scriptures to come up with a good approach to making the best use of the opportunities that are presented to us. These opportunities are not all alike. Some come from people that are really interested and other simply come from people that want to argue. The interested people can further be divided into those that are seeking for answers in order to…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • How Much Are You Willing To Trust God?

    Mike Bradley
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    How Much Are You Willing To Trust God? There’s a story I heard about a young woman who worked for a loan company. As a Christian and a lover of our Lord Jesus Christ, she would always look for and take advantage of any opportunities to share the gift of salvation with those who needed to hear it. She had few friends, but was well loved by those who knew her, as she allowed God’s love to flow through her and into everyone she came into contact with. And whether it was someone she knew, or a stranger she just met, she allowed the burden in her heart to serve and to share to anyone…
  • With A Grateful Heart

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

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

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

    Bible Knowledge
    19 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Condition Of The Heart The Bible was written as a mirror to us, to show us who we truly are and who we are when no one in watching. It’s the same place that God speaks to us from and shows us what he will do. A couple of day ago I bumped into this scripture and it brought me to a place of reflection and started gauging where I’m and who I was. Matthew 13:15 (KJV) “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed” And while that was in my mind I started thinking of of this 1 Timothy 4:2 (KJV) which says…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • Finding God’s Grace Radio-Week of February 23, 2015

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Our guests on this broadcast are Dr. Peter Kleponis, a licensed Clinical Therapist and author of the book, Integrity Restored, Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle against Pornography.  We will discuss the epidemic of Internet Pornography and what can be down to help those who are addicted. In the first two segments we talk with … Read More →
  • FGG-062 Healed Not Cured

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    In this podcast, Tony discusses the difference between being healed and cured.  He talks about the paralytic and his encounter with Jesus from Luke’s gospel.  As we live our lives, with the trials, diseases, and infirmities we might experience, it’s OK to pray for a cure, but more importantly, let’s pray for healing! Scripture: One … Read More →
  • Even Now

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Yet even now—oracle of the LORD—return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God, For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment. –Joel 2:12-13 There is something very appealing about … Read More →
  • Finding God’s Grace Radio-Week of February 16, 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Finding God’s Grace Radio program for the week of February 16, 2015.  Our guest include Dr. Marcellino D/Ambrosio, author of the book, 40 Days, 40 Ways, A New Look at Lent.  In segment one of the program Tony discusses making this your best lent ever with suggestions from Dr. Italy. In segment 2 of … Read More →
  • FGG-061 You Give Love a Bad Name

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    As I pulled into my office parking lot, I was approached by a man with a gasoline can.  “Hey man, can you help me with a few dollars for gas?” He asked. “No,” I replied hurriedly, as I made my way into the office.  What he didn’t know, is that he has approached me three … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • 11 Ways to Work the Rosary into your Busy Day

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    As we get into the heart of Lent, I highly encourage you to make praying the rosary daily a priority in your life. If you just don’t think you’ve got 20 minutes to sit down and ask for Mary’s prayers as you reflect on the life of her Son, let me find 20 minutes for […] The post 11 Ways to Work the Rosary into your Busy Day appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • A Catholic Approach to Dealing With Difficult People

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Isaiah, Part 4: Knowing when a Prophetic Sermon Starts and Stops

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Okay, so we’ve established that reading the books of the writing prophets is hard. They wrote in poetry; they make casual reference to cultural practices of which the modern reader is completely ignorant; they preach to their own people about events that are happening around them, without feeling the need to articulate exactly what those events are. In short, those guys were a pain. Unfortunately, they were also brilliant, insightful, and divinely empowered… so you kinda gotta read ‘em. Another thing that makes these books hard to read for modern readers (Yes, I’m talking about…
  • Getting Isaiah, Part 3: What the Figure is He Talking About?

    Andrew Sargent
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Okay, so the Prophetic books in Scripture are both awesome and awfully difficult to understand. They have a pesky habit of preaching under divine inspiration about events that they never explain… they didn’t need to; their original audience already knew all about it. Another difficulty that plagues their pages is an element of good poetry—various figures and imagery. The prophets make wonderfully subtle references to common cultural elements of their own world. Since they shared this world with their original audience, their first hearers or readers got it. We, however, live in a…
  • A Word Concerning the Political Christian

    Andrew Sargent
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In MacArthur’s commentary on Titus, we find a complex tirade of sorts against the political Christian who involves himself or herself in an attempt to effect culture in America by getting involved in the affairs of the community. I do not propose to represent all of MacArthur’s thinking on this score in one small quote, the discussion is long and complicated, but this quote reflects a lot a comments that I read from Christians on social media and it is this attitude that I wish to address here… basically suggesting that political involvement is a compromise of the Christian mission to…
  • Getting Isaiah, Part 2: Twelve Events Standing Behind Every Prophecy in Isaiah

    Andrew Sargent
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my last post, I introduced the background to the book of Isaiah in vague pictures designed to capture the essence of the political, social & religious dynamic at work in his world. This portrait is an essential part of understanding the many prophetic sermons recorded in the book of the same name. Assyria has arisen to re-assert its horrible dominion over the ANE (Ancient Near East), smaller nations are panicking and trying to either pressure each other into a unified effort against Assyria, or to remain free from such pressures, or to plot a easy of an “enslavement” as a vassal…
  • Getting Isaiah Part 1: The Problem with Getting Isaiah

    Andrew Sargent
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Let’s be honest. Reading “The Prophets” is hard. Well, reading them isn’t hard, at least not in translation, but understanding them is. I’m talking about books like, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and The Book of the Twelve… what we like to call “the minor prophets.” These books are victims of a common condition among Christians that I like to call, “I-have-no-idea-what-they’re-talking-about” syndrome. It is an understandable psychological disorder brought on by the fact that these prophets chose to write mostly in poetry, and to assume a great deal of knowledge on the part…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • MiniCast: Created in the Image and Likeness

    Fr. Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    In this Lenten MiniCast Fr. Peter discusses how all of humanity is created in the Image and Likeness of God. The post MiniCast: Created in the Image and Likeness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Necessity of Forgiveness

    Fr. Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The last of the preparatory Sundays in the Orthodox Church is the Sunday of Forgiveness.  This is the Sunday that we call to mind the expulsion of our first parents from paradise and the Icon of this day depicts Adam and Eve sitting outside of the closed doors of paradise weeping for what they have […] The post The Necessity of Forgiveness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: The Dangers of Pornography

    Fr. Peter
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    In this episode Fr. Peter discusses the Ten ways that pornography damages your brain. The post Podcast: The Dangers of Pornography appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • An Introduction to Great Lent

    Fr. Peter
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Alexander Schmemann When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is the preparation for the “fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation.” We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand […] The post An Introduction to Great Lent appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Why I Do Not Give Up Social Media for Lent

    Fr. Peter
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    In the Orthodox Church, the first day of Great Lent falls on a Monday and is called Clean Monday.  This is the day that the fast begins in earnest, and the journey towards Pascha has begun.  On Sunday night, we serve the Forgiveness Vespers and at the conclusion of the service we ask each other […] The post Why I Do Not Give Up Social Media for Lent appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Real Scientology Beliefs » Real Scientology Beliefs

  • The Scientology Superbowl Ad 2015

    Alex Rodriguez
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you’re in a city that played the Scientology Commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl, then you probably saw the Scientology Commercial this year during the Super Bowl XLIX too. The 2015 Ad showed in these cities (and probably more that I don’t know about): Washington D.C. Nashville, Tennesse Sacramento, California Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Seattle, Washington Cincinnati, Ohio Denver, Colorado Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas New York City, New York I already explained the meaning of the 2014 commercial in my post:…
  • Happy New Year Wishes – Map Your Future

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

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

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

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

  • Failure: Requisite for success

    14 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    I have been continually fascinated by success. By what is is, how our views and beliefs about ourselves and the world shape it, and most importantly, how we obtain it. It involves a great deal of self-analysis, goal setting, planning, and of course work. But there is an important aspect involved in the process of becoming whatever it is that we desire to be that causes us to fail. It causes us to fear our potential. That is failure.   6 For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of…
  • Growth

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    The past few weeks I've been thinking a lot about the way we learn and grow. As missionaries we exercise for thirty minutes. I'm no body builder, but I've noticed that day after day I've gotten a bit stronger. My companion has a pull-up bar and so at the beginning of the month I started doing pull ups and chin ups each morning and evening. At first it was really hard and I couldn't do very many, but I kept at it, day after day, and it seemed to get easier. I could do more and more and I continued getting stronger and stronger. Now the pull up stays the same. Whether I can do one or…
  • Exact Obedience

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

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

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

  • He’s an On-Time God (Yes He Is!) (Verneda Lights)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    He’s an On-Time God (If video does not immediately appear, please refresh your page.) Some people get frustrated with God’s timing. They think that He takes too long to take care of business. But that is not the case. 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV) says: 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. The Lord is patient, even with those who do wrong. Even when we do wrong. In His patient, perfect, timing, correction and punishment are just.
  • The Love of Money (Verneda Lights)
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Avarice, (extreme greed or all a consuming desire for material gain), is one of the seven deadly sins, and rightly so: When your desire for riches consumes you, you will do everything within your power to get it. You will lie, cheat, steal, develop evil schemes, murder, rape, plunder, etc., regardless of consequences to others or even yourself. To value money above all is against the will of God. As today’s verses state: People who love money, “have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The word for today is #money. Beware! 1 Timothy 6: 9-11 says:…
  • A Time for Peace (Not Vengeance) (Verneda Lights)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
        The United States of America has long lingered at the cross roads of racial aggression. For centuries, Presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, governors, mayors, judges, teachers, administrators, parents, pastors, and captains of industry have conspired to oppress and exploit black and working class citizens. This is not just my opinion. This is an established truth that we all must deal with. Yet, the shadow of the cross falls even at the cross roads of racial aggression. Racial hatred is a sin, and Christ died to wash all sin from the human heart. The deaths of unarmed black…
  • No Other Help I Know (Verneda Lights)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    “No Other Help I Know,”* written by Charles Wesley, is a song often heard in African-American churches. It was my father’s favorite hymn. As a matter of fact, it was the only hymn I ever heard him quote. I can see and hear him now, lifting his hands in moments of deep distress that required prayer, saying: “Father, I stretch my hands to Thee, No other help I know.” These words are among the first that come to mind as I ponder the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, died at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.  We can…
  • Do You Fear Betrayal? (Verneda Lights)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Betrayal is one of the worse feelings in the world. It’s a painful rite of passage that’s more certain than death and taxes if you live long enough. Unfortunately, some people are haunted by betrayal. Abandonment is one of the worst forms of betrayal. Discarding children like trash immediately after birth, is particularly cruel. Elder family members left to die alone at home or in nursing facilities is equally horrendous. It is proven that those who are physically most vulnerable are most likely to be neglected and abused. Abandonment of children and elders extorts a staggering price on…
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  • One Day

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Jordan Maxwell: the Importance of Words “You need to understand words and terms. Because I believe there is a divine presence in the Universe that men call God and one day that divine presence is gonna move on the Earth, and we’re going to see freedom come back to this world. And when it does, […]
  • Kabbalah Ancient Magic

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

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

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

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

    Kirstyn Goodman
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I’m going to come out there and tell you up front that what I am going to talk about today is something that I struggled with for YEARS. Some days, I still struggle with it. My flesh fails, but my God is strong and overcomes my flesh. Perfection is something I desired my whole life. I get frustrated when life doesn’t fall in line and my ducks aren’t perfectly straight in their rows. My transcript better have A’s across the board. My to-do list is miles long and when I don’t complete it in 12 hours I feel like an utter failure. I sleep late and I’m in a depressive state all day out…
  • She’s Mine

    Kirstyn Goodman
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” – ­Hosea 3:1 One of my mother’s favorite movies to watch is Pretty Woman. She used to never let me watch it with her but then one evening during the summer I turned sixteen, she patted the spot next her on the couch. I watched as Richard Gere whisked Julia Roberts away on his jet plane to dinner and an opera. My mother just about lost it every…
  • Peace in the Storm

    Kirstyn Goodman
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Let’s take it back a thousand years and look at a story of a little boy. This boy was on an annual trip with his parents. He was 12 years old, so he had been on this trip several times. They were visiting a town for a festival known as the Passover. After the festival was over, the family went home….without the boy. This boy decided to stay behind. If you haven’t guessed, his name was Jesus. His parents searched for him “in great distress” for three days and finally found him in the temple, “sitting among the teachers and asking them questions.” Let’s put ourselves in the…
  • Insane Faith

    Kirstyn Goodman
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.”                                 Acts 26:25 Christians get a bad rap in today’s society. “Just buy this top! Yeah, it’s a little low cut, but you looked so cute in it!” … “There’s nothing to worry about, it’s commonplace to do that with your boyfriend these days.” … “Why don’t you like that song? It’s so realistic to what young people are doing these days!” Sometimes it’s easy to give into the peer pressure that “everyone is doing it,”…
  • What is the Trinity?

    Kirstyn Goodman
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What is the Trinity? – Michelle, 25 Whew. This is a tough one. On the one hand, I KNOW what the Trinity is, but when I went to write this post, I came up with nothing. So I did some research. This website does a wonderful and thorough job of explaining the trinity. Check it out here: I learned some new and interesting stuff this evening. This is one of the reasons I love writing this blog! I learn and grow right along with you!! In Him, The post What is the Trinity? appeared first on Under Construction.
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  • The Tragic Bottom Line Of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “Principled Love”: What “Respecting The Disfellowshipping Decision” Really Means

    Misha Anouk
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Today I realized what the “principled love” of Jehovah’s Witnesses, i.e. “respecting the disfellowshipping decision” really means: Our families and former friends would rather spend eternity without us than spend the rest of their lives with us (and thereby risking their paradise hope). I rest my case Recommended Reading regarding the ‘shunning policy': Watchtower: Families Can Show […] Continue reading The Tragic Bottom Line Of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “Principled Love”: What…
  • Dear Excommunication does not have to mean ‘no communication’. Regards, Catholic Church

    Misha Anouk
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Let us not mince words: The shunning policy is no holds barred emotional blackmail through social isolation (read our in-depth analysis of the FAQ von shunning). Watchtower apologists often reference the Catholic Church’s excommunication practice to emphasize that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not that much different from other christian denominations. While that is quite a turd of an argument in […] Continue reading Dear Excommunication does not have to mean ‘no communication’. Regards, Catholic…
  • Yes, it is a big deal that the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is now a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Here’s why.

    Misha Anouk
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! The “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe who killed 13 women has become a Jehovah’s Witness. This is a little rant about why I feel it is wrong [warning: explicit content]. Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe’s baptism as a Jehovah’s Witness has yet to be verified. But for now we do know for sure he has been associating with Jehovah’s […] Continue reading Yes, it is a big deal that the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is now a baptized Jehovah’s Witness. Here’s why. by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post…
  • 10 Thinking Patterns Of Jehovah’s Witnesses That Actually Crush Their Mental Strength

    Misha Anouk
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:21 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! This post was inspired by and has been adapted from a piece I originally found on Psychology Today that was penned by Amy Morin, who is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. To view the original, please visit this site. I have applied the general thoughts found in this […] Continue reading 10 Thinking Patterns Of Jehovah’s Witnesses That Actually Crush Their Mental Strength by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - International…
  • “I went to a judicial committee meeting and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” (Cartoon)

    Misha Anouk
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    Follow JW Alumni on Facebook and Twitter! Appeared originally in Snooze #1. If you want to subscribe to our illustrated weekly Snooze! go here. Also, the T-Shirt is available as a T-Shirt. Continue reading “I went to a judicial committee meeting and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” (Cartoon) by Misha Anouk / JW Alumni. This post appeared originally on JW Alumni - International Alumni Association of Former Jehovah's Witnesses
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