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  • Scripture For A Dead God

    Killing the Buddha
    Edward Simon
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Walt! You should be living at this hour! America is in need of you. America is in need of you because last month a man whose heart burnt with the disunity you deplored murdered nine men and women at prayer. And America is in need of you because last month our highest court sided with the better angels of our nature and recognized and legalized that persecuted love that you yourself knew. Walt, in your incarnational voice, your individual tongue which transubstantiates into all of ours, we need you once again to justify the ways of man to God, always a more noble task than the inverse. Walt,…
  • Update on Early Modern English in the Book of Mormon: One Potential Test to Identify the Possible Influence of New England Dialect on the Dictated Text

    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)
    Jeff Lindsay
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Executive Summary:I remain impressed with the detailed, data-rich work of Carmack and Skousen regarding Early Modern English (EModE) influence in the original text of the Book of Mormon. However, I've wondered if English dialects that Joseph knew and spoke could account for a significant portion of the observed EModE elements in the BOM. In exploring this issue, I have found a study on the use of the verb "be" in New England dialect showing characteristic non-standard forms that evolved after the EModE among immigrants in the United States. The article is "Invariant Be In New England Folk…
  • Egypt: Egyptian Council of Churches Greets Sisi, Egyptians On New Suez Canal

    AllAfrica News: Religion
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    [Egypt Online] The Egyptian Council of Churches on Thursday greeted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and all Egyptians on the planned inauguration of the New Suez Canal.
  • Remember the Silent Force

    Beliefnet: Beliefnet Top Features
    Guy Finley
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Question: Where do we look for the power we need to be happy and safe?Answer: Look for this power not in a person, place, possession, idea, or belief, but through the new understanding that your higher, permanent nature needs no power outside of itself in order to be in charge of an inner or outer attacker. Its strength is what I call the Silent Force. It alone can do for you what you have been unable to do for yourself.The Silent Force is the understanding that you need not answer to any disturbance within you. Any form of response to a negative state, other than to silently observe it, is…
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola: Madman or Militant Monk?

    Catholic Exchange
    Sean Fitzpatrick
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In times of insanity, only the relatively insane have the courage to be sane. In this paradox lies the paradox of salvation itself: that the seemingly mad are the ones to save the world from madness. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a knight errant for Our Lady who charged the giant windmills of his lifetime with the unconquerable valor of Don Quixote, proving himself, though often battered and bruised, a mighty champion who led an army on for the greater glory of God. In a tumultuous century for the Catholic Church, where Pope Leo X fussed as Luther became popular, and Hadrian VI fussed against…
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  • Remember the Silent Force

    Guy Finley
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Question: Where do we look for the power we need to be happy and safe?Answer: Look for this power not in a person, place, possession, idea, or belief, but through the new understanding that your higher, permanent nature needs no power outside of itself in order to be in charge of an inner or outer attacker. Its strength is what I call the Silent Force. It alone can do for you what you have been unable to do for yourself.The Silent Force is the understanding that you need not answer to any disturbance within you. Any form of response to a negative state, other than to silently observe it, is…
  • New From Oprah Winfrey: "Belief"

    Nell Minow
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Oprah Winfrey's seven-chapter series "Belief" starts on October 18, 2015. It follows some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Episodes include: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the…
  • Shining the Light

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Recently, I've had several different people in my life say the same thing to me... "You are being so much more patient (and/or nice) about this whole thing than I would be."The "this thing" that they are referring to is the problems I've run into with my tiny house and my builder.  I won't get in to the specifics, but there has been a whole slew of issues ever since it was delivered and I have been hotel and house hopping ever since.  Considering I expected to move into it about two months ago, it's definitely not the picture perfect way I thought it would go.And the fact…
  • A Prayer for an Obedient Heart

    Mark and Jill
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:Your towns and your fieldswill be blessed.Your children and your cropswill be blessed.The offspring of your herds and flockswill be blessed.Your fruit baskets and breadboardswill be blessed.Wherever you go and whatever you do,you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-6)We attended a family reunion recently and ran into a cousin who had hit the proverbial…
  • The Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach

    Angela Guzman
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    The National Football League appears to be making the same strides toward gender equality by hiring Jen Welter who is the first female NFL coach.The Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hinted towards the hiring of a female coach back in March when a reporter questioned if the league would ever hire a woman to coach. Arians responded by saying, "The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they'll be hired." The tone and open-minded response prompted rumors to circulate and eyebrows to be raised.Arians is a nontraditional coach that often thinks outside of the box…
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    Catholic Exchange

  • St. Ignatius of Loyola: Madman or Militant Monk?

    Sean Fitzpatrick
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In times of insanity, only the relatively insane have the courage to be sane. In this paradox lies the paradox of salvation itself: that the seemingly mad are the ones to save the world from madness. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a knight errant for Our Lady who charged the giant windmills of his lifetime with the unconquerable valor of Don Quixote, proving himself, though often battered and bruised, a mighty champion who led an army on for the greater glory of God. In a tumultuous century for the Catholic Church, where Pope Leo X fussed as Luther became popular, and Hadrian VI fussed against…
  • Whining on the Way

    Dr. Mark Giszczak
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    August 2, 2015 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 I once heard a travel agent say that complaining on a trip isn’t worth the trouble since it makes you and everyone who hears you more miserable than you already were. That can be a tough lesson to swallow when you have to wait on the tarmac for five hours to deplane or when your trip takes twice as long as you had planned. But one of the worst things that can happen when you are travelling is to run out of food, particularly if you are backpacking through remote wilderness.
  • Scripture Speaks: The Bread of Life

    Gayle Somers
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    The people who saw Jesus miraculously multiply loaves and fishes tracked Him down afterwards, looking for something. What was it? Gospel (Read Jn 6:24-35) St. John tells us that after Jesus fed a hungry crowd with very little food, the people who had been with Him were eager to see Him again. After a brief interlude (see Jn 6:16-24), they found Him, yet they tried to act nonchalant by asking Him, “When did You get here?” Remember, these were the people who had exclaimed, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!” (see Jn 6:14) and whom Jesus suspected of wanting to…
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    Michael Lichens
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “The more you receive Communion, the more will your love be will enkindled, your heart enlarged; your affection will become more ardent and tender as the intensity of this divine fire increases.” -Peter Julian Eymard, How to Get More Out of Holy Communion
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Saints Editor
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One of the greatest figures of the sixteenth century, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born in Spain and served as a soldier as a young man. During a long recovery from a wound suffered in battle, he began reading the Lives of the Saints as a way of combating boredom. Deeply moved by what he read, he underwent a profound spiritual conversion, and decided to devote his life to the service of God. After a year of seclusion, Ignatius went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he then spent ten years studying, beginning with Latin grammar among the schoolboys of Barcelona (a humbling experience)…
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    Phil Cooke

  • The Power of Creative, Thoughtful Design

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Steve Jobs said it very well: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” If you’ve ever doubted the ability of great design to change things, then watch this interview with Nike designer Tobie Hatfield about how a new shoe idea solved a problem. After viewing, you’ll realize […]
  • In The Digital Age, Childhood Has Changed

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    Nature Valley asked three generations what they most enjoyed doing as children.  Nature Valley is the granola bar company, and although it’s a commercial, it’s a powerful message about how technology has impacted childhood.  Expand it out, watch the spot, and let me know what you think:
  • Is It Time For You To Rise Above?

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    Do you ever get tired of dealing with idiots, jerks, egomaniacs, budgets, lack of vision, rules, deadlines, guidelines, and timelines? You could always just deal with it. In fact, you could wallow in it, and many people do. After all, it gives you some great reasons for complaining, and if you’re a complainer, then go for it. […]
  • Should Churches Produce TV Programs?

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    It’s pretty popular these days to bash local churches producing broadcast TV programs. Even megachurches with adequate budgets for media don’t escape the criticism. After all, the history of Christian television shows us that a significant number of programs through the years were downright embarrassing, and if anything, drove people away from the faith, rather […]
  • How Taylor Swift Beat Apple

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    To launch it’s new Apple Music streaming service, Apple recently offered a three-month trial to the public. Great idea. But Apple (who incidentially is worth about $729 billion) planned to not pay the artists for their music during the trial period, which means that Apple would essentially be having the artists themselves underwrite the promotion. […]
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    LCMS Pastors' Resources

  • Handbell Sheet Music To Accompany Congregational Hymn Singing

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Handbells and voices lifted in song to praise God! All the arrangements are based on hymns in Lutheran Service Book, are in public domain and are made available for free […]
  • Plumb Line

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The Plumb line image from the Amos 7:7-15 pericope. Using earth’s tilted axis as a metaphor for the warped nature of the world and the love of Christ as the standard.
  • Live Streaming Services

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    The following lists known LCMS & affiliated churches that offer live streaming of their services so you and your members can attend virtually. Note that this does not include those […]
  • Strepitus

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I’ve never been satisfied with the sound of a slamming book for a Strepitus sound in the Good Friday Tenebrae service. I like the sound of a closing grave, so I […]
  • PrayerMate Christian Prayer App |

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    So many people ask me to pray for them. With this, not only does it help me keep track of them, linking right with my address book if I want, […]
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    Frederica Here and Now

  • Welcome to the Orthodox Church: Introduction

    15 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Frederica reads the introduction to her new book Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, published by Paraclete Press.
  • Charleston

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Frederica heads home to Charleston, South Carolina, and visits the Emmanuel AME Church, the site of last week's tragic events.
  • Inside Out

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
    Frederica Mathews-Green reviews the new Pixar film Inside Out, a movie that works on both a child and an adult level—especially when it comes to telling the truth about sadness and the lessons it has to teach us.
  • The Snow Queen (Conclusion)

    4 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    Frederica reads parts five, six, and seven of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
  • The Snow Queen (Continued)

    20 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    Frederica reads part four of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale told in seven stories.
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    Religion | The Guardian

  • Indian pop video honours activist's 1940 killing of British official

    Reuters in Delhi
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    Animated film tells story of how Udham Singh shot a colonial official who had said 1919 massacre of protestors in Amritsar was justified An Indian pop group has made a music video honouring an independence activist who assassinated a British official in revenge for a 1919 massacre, at a time of renewed calls in India for reparations from Britain for excesses during colonial rule. The animated video tells the story of Udham Singh, who shot dead former British colonial official Michael O’Dwyer in 1940. O’Dwyer had said the killing of hundreds of protesters during a demonstration at…
  • I believe in an authority greater than David Cameron’s. Am I an extremist? | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

    Giles Fraser
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    In his attack on ‘non-violent extremism’, the PM forgets that had the Levellers of the 17th century not been radical or extreme, they would not have introduced England to democracy in the first placeThe Church of England is the longest-running prevent strategy in history. If not from its inception, then certainly from the end of the English civil war, the big idea of the C of E was to prevent radicalisation – precisely the sort of radicalisation that led to religious people butchering each other throughout the 1630s and 40s. Its strategy was to discourage two things: big expansive…
  • Ravignant - a slap across the face for French literature, 31 July 1961

    Denis Hart
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The latest literary enfant terrible on reviews, religion and the ‘absolutely ghastly’ writers of the nouvelle vagueOn May 3, 1942, a son was born in Paris to M. and Mme. André Widhoff of the Rue du Docteur Blanche. They already had two daughters, Florence and Bridget, but this was their first and (as it turned out) their only son. He was christened Patrick. Only the rich, the elegant, the fashionable live in the Rue du Docteur Blanche. Patrick grew into a well-mannered, upper-class little boy. He went to Mass every Sunday and spent his summers with his two sisters in the charge of…
  • Man stabs people at gay pride march in Jerusalem for second time

    Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Six revellers attacked by Yishai Schlissel, recently released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing three people at gay pride parade in 2005A religious protester armed with a knife has run amok during Jerusalem’s gay pride march, stabbing six people – one woman seriously – in the worst incident of homophobic violence in the city in a decade.According to eyewitnesses, the attacker – named by a police spokesman as Yishai Schlissel – had hidden himself in a supermarket and waited for the march to arrive. Continue reading...
  • Mullah Omar obituary

    Sandy Gall
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    Taliban leader who gave Osama bin Laden a haven from which to launch the 9/11 attacksMullah Mohammed Omar’s rise from obscurity as a minor mujahideen commander to leadership of the extremist Taliban movement was meteoric, even by Afghan standards. From 1994, when he emerged as a Robin Hood figure in the post-civil war chaos of Kandahar, until his death in 2013 aged about 53, he was the Taliban’s undisputed head. Its largely unrecognised Islamic emirate ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until late 2001, after which Omar was not seen in public. Despite his symbolic importance to his…
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    Islamic Insights » Islamic Insights | The Philosophy of Supplication

  • The Philosophy of Supplication

    Jafar Hasan
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    In our ordinary and ritualistic way of life, we often find ourselves in a state of confusion with respect to supplication. A spiritual life implies practicing the five daily prayers,
  • Imam Mahdi’s (ajfs) Calling

    Hassan Ghamlouch
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Islam rose when it planted a seed named Muhammad and it will rise again with a beautiful flower named Muhammad Islam’s status will be resurrected from this garden of roses,
  • Eid: A Day of Return

    Asad Raza
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    The word eid has its origin in the Arabic term ‘awd’ which means to return. In this sense, Eid is the day of return of man towards his Lord. After
  • Imam Ali (a) – Success on the Nights of Qadr

    Jafar Hasan
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    “By the Lord of the Kaaba, I am successful”. These were the profound words uttered from the mouth of the beloved Imam Ali (a) upon being fatally struck by the
  • Together in Selflessness: Let’s Revive Karbala

    Reza Abbas Farishta
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    In the midst of time, Believers had gathered At the call of “Hal Min Nasir,” 72 had answered Together in selflessness, their ego they had shattered They attained “Al-Mutmaina,” and
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    Lausanne Movement » Lausanne Movement - Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission

  • July 2015: Clarity, Unity, and Momentum

    Michael Oh, Executive Director/CEO
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Lausanne Movement, full of thanksgiving for God’s tremendous work of grace the past 40 years, and a recognition of 3 very special gifts God gave us moving forward—clarity, unity, and momentum. We’ve seen this emerge particularly through Lausanne’s fresh articulation of who we are and what… (Read more July 2015: Clarity, Unity, and Momentum)
  • Global Diaspora Forum 2015: Challenges and Celebration

    Sadiri Joy Tira
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    GDF 2015 was held in Manila, Philippines, on 24-27 March 2015. Challenges: The Road to Manila The road that led to the Global Diaspora Forum 2015 was not devoid of challenges. We were faced with the resignation of the former Forum Director just a few weeks before the event; we had zero funds to launch… (Read more Global Diaspora Forum 2015: Challenges and Celebration)
  • Lausanne Movement Launches ‘Health in Mission’ Issue Network to Connect Health Influencers for Global Mission

    Attila Nyari
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nagoya, Japan – 15 July 2015 – Dr Michael Soderling (USA) and Martha Mwendafilumba (Zambia) were named co-Senior Associates of the Lausanne Movement’s new ‘Health in Mission’ issue network. The network will connect Christian health influencers globally to recover the integrated practice and biblical ideas of health, healing, and wholeness in global… (Read more Lausanne Movement Launches ‘Health in Mission’ Issue Network to Connect Health Influencers for Global Mission)
  • The Cape Town Commitment on Disordered Sexuality

    Michael Oh, Executive Director/CEO
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The past few weeks and months have reminded us of the need for faithful biblical teaching and faithful biblical living. Several nations including Ireland, France, and most recently the United States, have legalized same sex marriage. In light of the ongoing challenge of what The Cape Town Commitment describes as ‘disordered sexuality’, I would like… (Read more The Cape Town Commitment on Disordered Sexuality)
  • July 2015 Issue Overview

    David Taylor, Editor
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Welcome to the July issue of Lausanne Global Analysis. Whether you are planning to read the full articles or just the executive summaries, we hope that you find this issue stimulating and useful. Our aim is to deliver strategic and credible analysis, information, and insight so that as an influencer you will be better equipped… (Read more July 2015 Issue Overview)
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    Mission Network News Headlines

  • Summer Bible camp sows Gospel seeds

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Slavic Gospel Association) Ukraine (MNN) – [Ministry leaders in war-torn Ukraine partnering with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) are sharing praise reports about summer Bible camps. What follows is a report shared on SGA’s website by a partnering pastor.] With all the tragic news from Ukraine over the past couple of years, we are rejoicing at the wonderful reports we are receiving about how God is blessing the summer camp ministries of the churches. SGA-sponsored missionary pastor Nikolai Mironchuk led a church camp in the village of Orzhev. He wrote to praise the Lord for…
  • Syrian IDPs are forgotten, ignored

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Photo courtesy Food for the Hungry) Middle East (FH/MNN) -- The Islamic State's cruel treatment of their captives has been documented for the world to see. While drownings, burnings, and beheadings by ISIS have dominated the international headlines, an equally violated group is forgotten: internally displaced people (IDP) in Syria. According to Food for the Hungry (FH), “Syria has over 12 million people in need of humanitarian need, including 7.6 million IDPs--the largest number of any country in the world,” Nearly 80% of IDPs are being housed in private areas, and around 4% are living…
  • Christian persecution gets genocide label

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    ISIS insurgents(Wikipedia) Middle East (MNN) -- Pope Francis is making news for more than his travels around the world. He's putting labels on persecution against Christians. 200 million Christians are suffering at the hands of oppressors in 60 countries. It's so bad that the Pope and other religious freedom advocates are calling it a form of genocide. However, Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs isn't sure about the label. "Genocide is such a loaded word in our society and in our culture that I almost am hesitant to use the word. But [the pope] makes a statement that it's a type of…
  • Iraqi War veterans receive while giving

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Iraq (MNN) -- When an ex-Marine asked to meet Patrick Klein, president of Vision Beyond Borders, in a local church, Klein had no idea that he was about to gain his strongest supporters in the Iraqi container project. The project involves packing a shipping container with food, hygiene products, and more to send to the hurting people of Northern Iraq. The opportunity to share the Gospel and simultaneously help the physical needs of people displaced by ISIS was too good to pass up, and Klein’s friend thought so, too. (Photo courtesy Vision Beyond Borders) The ex-Marine started by describing…
  • Budget cuts leave developmentally disabled in the cold

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    USA (MNN) -- Jesus tells His disciples in the book of Matthew that, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” Now, “the least of these” need your help more than ever. Last April, Michigan launched its Healthy Michigan Plan, which expanded the income limit for those eligible for Medicaid. It shifted state coverage expenses from Michigan to the federal government, saving the state millions of dollars. But thinking Medicaid would cover the difference, the state cut funding by more than half to services for the developmentally disabled.
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  • An Introduction to the Gospel: A Covenant Theology Primer

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    How may a sinful man approach God (Exodus 3:5)? Does God require perfect obedience to His law in order to achieve the righteousness He requires of us?"...Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? ... If you would enter life, keep the commandments." (Matt 19:15-17) "For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them (Ro 10:5). [but] The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me (Ro 7:10). "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it."…
  • Everybody is Doing It

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    If you derive your idea of "right" and "wrong" from the fact that "everybody is doing it", then your are basing your thoughts, actions and life on the ever-changing, arbitrary, subjective bent of society ... But ideas that are arbitrary only have as much authority as someone decides to give them. If someone does not embrace that view of morality as authoritative, what standard can the others appeal to in order to tell them they are wrong? They have no basis but their own self-declared authority. Instead ground your own thoughts and actions in light of God's…
  • Deeply Discounted eBooks - 7-10-2015

    10 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Reformed Historical-Theological Studies Series6 e-books from Reformation Heritage Publishing. All prices will be valid through July 11th.The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition ($2.99);Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism ($2.99);The Theology of the French Reformed Churches ($3.99); Teaching Predestination ($3.99); Unity and Continuity in Covenantal Thought ($3.99);The Spiritual Brotherhood ($3.99).Spirit-Led Preachingby Greg Heisler ($4.99)
  • Arbitrary Social Constructs Made Absolute

    8 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Our postmodern culture has its own dictionary, its own cultural constructs by which they determine what they think constitutes the moral reason, the moral purpose and the moral essence of a human being. However, these constructs are arbitrary based on nothing more than a subjective human opinion (or the collective preferences of their specific community).  Since this is the case, how is it that so many of them are morally outraged if not everyone shares their construct? Such outrage at others is really quite absurd if you can't point to an absolute standard by which we ALL OUGHT to be bound.
  • God Does Not Leave His Saints Under the Tyranny and Bondage of Sin

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    There is no man on earth who does not sin. But if the Holy Spirit dwells in you, He will cause you to grieve and repent and judge yourself over your sin and will discipline you (as a loving Father would his child) unto repentance to the conformity of your identity in Jesus Christ (1 Cor 11:31-32) ... but, because of the grace you have in Christ, you will not abide in sin nor continue in it. He loves you too much to leave you under the tyranny and bondage of of sin.IN YOUR BODYSo if you profess to be a Christian and are living with your girlfriend/boyfriend or having sex outside of the…
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  • Moran: Iran deal concedes too much, secures too little

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says he will work hard against Senate approval of the nuclear agreement negotiated with Iran - and other senators are finding that answers to their questions about the deal aren't particularly confidence-building.
  • ADF hopes for 'clarity' from high court

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Four Oklahoma Christian universities, along with a growing number of other plaintiffs, have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief from the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate. 
  • Brady suit transferred from Minn. to NY court

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.
  • Policy blocks pastor from offering scriptural counsel

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Liberty Counsel is backing a Kentucky pastor whose volunteer efforts to help juveniles with same-sex attraction ran afoul of a state policy.
  • MRC: Compliant media kowtowing to PP

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    In response to the Planned Parenthood baby-part trafficking scandal, the nation's largest abortion-provider has gone on the offensive, telling reporters not to air the undercover videos that have been released.
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    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Podcast)

  • Religion in Cuba; Women’s Mosque of America; Upanayanam

    Fred Yi
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Cuban government is showing signs of being more open to religious life in Cuba; women lead prayers and preach sermons at a new all-female mosque; and a Hindu boy’s rite of passage. The post Religion in Cuba; Women’s Mosque of America; Upanayanam appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • A Different Islamic School; Singing in a Chorus; Eid al-Fitr

    Fred Yi
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    A madrasa in Pakistan is proving that an Islamic school can offer a useful education while avoiding politics and extremism; members of the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York say singing as a group feeds their souls and creates community; and after a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day festival of food and friendship. The post A Different Islamic School; Singing in a Chorus; Eid al-Fitr appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Moving Beyond the Confederate Flag; Changing Harlem Congregation; Flying Eye Hospital

    Fred Yi
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    In South Carolina, a symbol of racial hatred and violence has been removed, but deep divisions remain, says Howard School of Divinity theology professor Harold Dean Trulear; First Corinthian Baptist Church, a historic African-American congregation in Harlem, is becoming more racially diverse; and volunteer doctors travel on a converted airplane to developing nations to perform low-cost eye surgeries and to teach other doctors to do the same. The post Moving Beyond the Confederate Flag; Changing Harlem Congregation; Flying Eye Hospital appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Religious Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Ethics of Gene Editing; Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods

    Fred Yi
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Supreme Court’s decision upholding same-sex marriage sharply divided communities of faith; a veteran community developer and urban activist advocates models of charity that let the poor thrive; and a new medical technology allows scientists to repair and replace defective genes in order to treat genetic diseases, but ethicists are concerned about the risks of gene alteration for future generations. The post Religious Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Ethics of Gene Editing; Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
  • Supreme Court Rulings; Healing Moral Wounds of War; Former Mormons

    Fred Yi
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare and recognizes same-sex marriages nationwide; philosopher Nancy Sherman says combat veterans are coming home from our recent wars with deep moral injuries as well as physical wounds; and while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responds openly to contentious issues in its history, many Mormons continue to have doubts about the Mormon past and to leave the church behind. The post Supreme Court Rulings; Healing Moral Wounds of War; Former Mormons appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
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    Religion News Blog

  • Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Religion News Blog
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers. A few years later some of his followers were convicted of infecting salad bars with Salmonella, as well as other crimes: arson, wiretapping, immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder. Full story: Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?
  • Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Religion News Blog
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    'Sister Wives' sugarcoats polygamy. 'Escaping Polygamy' shows what the lifestyle is really like. Come to think of it, that's also what Alex Gibney did in his Emmy-nominated documentary, "Going Clear,' which exposes the Scientology cult to daylight. Full story: Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology
  • Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Religion News Blog
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:54 am
    Scientology quacks urged veto of Texas mental health bill. Watch how dozens of Yazidi women and children escape from the clutches of ISIS barbarians. Why a Wheaton chaplaincy staffer quit the evangelical college: same-sex celibacy and the church. the US Bishops' Sexual Abuse Charter faces challenges. Full story: Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

    Religion News Blog
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    The people behind Facegloria -- said to be a sin-free alternative to Facebook -- want to take on Facebook, Twitter, and the world. Aimed initially at Brazil's booming 'Evangelical' movement, the service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the posting of all-too-revealing selfies, 600 banned words, and anything related to homosexuality. Full story: Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook
  • International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    Religion News Blog
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers. Here is a listing of upcoming events. Full story: International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events
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    Religion News Service

  • Confederate flags placed outside MLK’s Atlanta church

    USA Today Network
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    ATLANTA - Authorities have images of the men placing the flags outside Ebenezer Baptist Church; they say they have not ruled out hate crime charges. The post Confederate flags placed outside MLK’s Atlanta church appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Toddler killed in suspected Jewish settler ‘revenge’ attack on Palestinian home

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    The home in a village near Nablus was firebombed before dawn and graffiti in Hebrew reading "revenge" was scrawled outside, below a Star of David. Israel's prime minister called it "terrorism." The post Toddler killed in suspected Jewish settler ‘revenge’ attack on Palestinian home appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • The ‘Splainer: How do Jewish conversions work?

    Sara Weissman
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    (RNS) Jewish conversion seems to be all over the media lately. But what does it actually entail? Let us 'Splain ... The post The ‘Splainer: How do Jewish conversions work? appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Evangelicals back carbon reduction plan

    Adelle M. Banks
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (RNS) The letter from evangelicals says that 230,000 "pro-life Christians" have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the plan. The post Evangelicals back carbon reduction plan appeared first on Religion News Service.
  • Why stay? A new book looks at feminists who refuse to give up on faith

    Lauren Markoe
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    (RNS) The question each of the 45 authors agreed to ponder: “Why do you stay?” The post Why stay? A new book looks at feminists who refuse to give up on faith appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • Some Thoughts on the Discovery of Earth’s Bigger, Older Cousin

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    by Salman Hameed An artist conception of Kepler 452b (Credits: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)Hold the celebrations: We will find an even better one soon!While we wait, here are some thoughts on the newly discovered older, bigger, (badder?), cousin of Earth (you can also listen to my conversation with Monte Belmonte for our local radio station, WRSI, here):The light from the star Kepler 452 dimmed just a fraction. Then, 385 days later, it did it again. Astronomers now know that a planet - only a little bigger than the Earth - is causing the dimming as it blocks some of the light heading our…
  • A new episode of "Hamari Kainaat" on evolution of stars and HR Diagram

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    by Salman HameedHere is our latest episode of Hamari Kainaat (Our Universe) on evolution of stars. In particular, we spend time discussing the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram. It is a tool of understanding how stars function and evolve over their lifetime. We are still not done with HR diagram. I think we have at least two more episodes in the future dealing with it. In the mean time, here is an introduction on this in Urdu. For more episodes, please visit the website of Hamari Kainaat. Hamari Kainaat (Urdu) - Episode 8 from Umair Asim on Vimeo."Hamarai Kainaat" (Our Universe) is an Urdu…
  • A Saudi supercomputer joins the list of most powerful computers

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    by Salman HameedI have posted about King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) mostly from a skeptical lens (for example see Coed Saudi University for Saudi Elites?). It is a rich university (the second biggest university endowment in the world!) and that lends to the perception that it is buying its prestige. Plus, the campus is shielded from some of the more abhorrent Saudi laws (for example, the prohibition of women from driving - still!!) and appears to be catering either to the elites or to researchers from abroad. Nevertheless, KAUST is now starting to make some…
  • Time for Pluto has come...

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    by Salman HameedI have been behind on writing here (there are many many backlogged posts). But I had to say something about Pluto. So couple of things: First, here is an excellent video from Slate that shows the evolution of images of Pluto since 1930 (yes - not much until this month):Then also see this video from NYT from last week:And then finally, see this image of Pluto taken on July 12th: Pluto appearing as a world. This picture was taken by the New Horizons spacecraft on July 12th, when the spacecraft was still 2.5 million kilometers away. On July 14th, it will see Pluto from mere…
  • Mauna Kea TMT update: 12 arrested as construction vehicles are blocked by protestors

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:34 pm
    by Salman HameedPicture of protestors from Hawaii Tribune-HeraldPicture of protest from Hawaii Tribune-HeraldThe Hawaii Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on top of Mauna Kea in late August. So it was surprising this Monday to hear about the resumption of construction of the telescope accompanied by this statement (you can read it as "we will say anything to have our telescope built on the mountain") by the Chairman of the TMT board, Henry Yang: Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Yang said. "We are…
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    The Christian Pulse

  • Let Me Not Be Ashamed

    Janet Morris Grimes
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    By Janet Morris Grimes – Sometimes I wonder if God giggles under His breath at my interpretations of His words. Those same words He so carefully chose, written by the messengers He so carefully chose, so that I would never be left in the dark. He never meant for me to figure this life out by myself. So when I try, it’s no wonder I get it wrong. “Let me not be ashamed.” I’ve read these recurring passages throughout the book of Psalms hundreds of times, focusing, of course, on the parts that affect me the most. My translation of this was simple, and somewhat selfish, so my prayers…
  • Faith

    Peter Lundell
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    By Peter Lundell – God chooses to connect with us. Great! Who wouldn’t want to connect with God? But there’s a catch: He is the Supreme Creator and Master of the Universe. God is loving and forgiving. But if we fully connect with Him, He wants it on His terms. That may seem like a bummer at first, but it’s like when we were kids and mom or dad made us brush our teeth. Those of us who still have teeth are thankful we brushed. In the same way, we eventually find that God has good reasons for why and how He does things. He gives us tons of evidence to verify His existence. Sift…
  • Red, White and True

    Lynn Rebuck
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    By Lynn Rebuck – I like to dress in patriotic colors on the Fourth of July, but I may have overdone it a bit this year with my red, white, and blue attire. I had no idea how flaglike I appeared until I nearly got run up a flagpole, was saluted several times, and when I bent over to pick up a Frisbee at the park someone nearby asked a fellow picnicker, “Did a previous president pass away?” My heart is in the right place. I am a deeply patriotic American, proudly patriotic Pennsylvanian (what’s not to love about the cradle of liberty, birthplace of independence, and home of the cheese…
  • The Scrambler

    Kathi Woodall
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    By Kathi Woodall  – Summertime brings outdoor fun as schoolbooks close and amusement parks open. We recently took our two oldest daughters to an amusement park with plenty of thrill rides and good times. They rode “The Scrambler,” a ride with four cars on each of three arms that spin and weave in and out of each other. Just as the earth rotates on its axis as it also revolves around the earth, each group of cars rotates as they also revolve around the central trunk of the ride. My husband and I decided to sit this ride out and waited for them by the exit. Despite the speed and…
  • Spiritual Drought

    Nina Medrano
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    By Nina Medrano – “O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is” (Psalm 63 AMP). These past few months Texas is experiencing record drought. Churches across the State are holding gatherings to pray specifically for rain. Even secular News announcers and Meteorologists are asking folks to pray for rain. And, still no rain. On a spiritual level, I, too have been experiencing a spiritual drought-an emptiness that has left a deep crater within me, a…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

    Phil Hollows
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Back in March, we extended our support for embedded video in email marketing by adding Animoto to our roster of supported video apps. FeedBlitz continues to be the leading email marketing service with the widest range of video support — all without the hassle and expense of a specialty dedicated video email service. What is Animoto? If you’re not familiar with Animoto, one way to think about is as that it’s a little like video powerpoint. On steroids. And in an Iron Man suit. Animoto takes static content (and video too), splices it all together and makes a dynamic,…
  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
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    Religion News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Suspect in Charleston church massacre to be arraigned on hate charges

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Relatives of nine African-Americans killed at a historic South Carolina church may get a second opportunity to address the white man accused in the murders on Friday when he is arraigned on federal hate crime charges, sources close to the case said. At an earlier court appearance, family members riveted the country by expressing heartfelt forgiveness to Dylann Storm Roof, the suspect in last month's massacre at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, saying their Christian faith compelled them to rise above their grief. Friday's arraignment comes a week after a…
  • Italian anti-death penalty group honors Pope Francis

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    ROME (AP) — An Italian anti-death penalty group has honored Pope Francis with the prize "Abolitionist of the Year" for his strong position against the death penalty and other forms of "inhumane and degrading" punishments.
  • Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. On a leafy hilltop near the papal summer home of Castel Gandolfo sits the Vatican's Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, where planetary scientists mix the study of meteorites and the Big Bang theory with theology. Boasting a prestigious research centre at the University of Arizona in the United States, the institute has never shied away from asking whether there could be life on other planets and is thrilled with the discovery of an "Earth…
  • Suspect in Charleston church shooting due in federal court

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of slaying nine parishioners as they worshipped at a South Carolina church was expected in court Friday to face dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion.
  • Confederate flags placed at Martin Luther King's church

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    ATLANTA (AP) — Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't clear whether they had committed a crime.
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Ashes 2015: England v Australia, third Test, day three – live!

    Tom Davies (now) and Vithushan Ehantharajah (this morning)
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Over-by-over updates from the dramatic third Test at EdgbastonAnderson out for remainder of this Test and fourth Test at Trent BridgeAnd email or tweet @tomdaviesE17 3.07pm BST 22nd over: England 78-2 (Bell 48, Root 11) [Target 121] A change of bowling, and a change of ends for Starc, who’s on at the City End now. He’s not massively accurate initially but nor is he expensive: Bell clips him through midwicket for two but that’s the only addition to the score.Gary Naylor takes up the cudgels on the Australia v New Zealand teaser raised a few overs back: 3.02pm…
  • A bionic hand in five days: how tech innovation is changing lives

    Oliver Balch
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Assistive technology is giving disabled people more control over their lives, but businesses and charities have a long way to go on accessibility and affordabilityIn the UK, more than 11 million people live with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability, according to government statistics. More than one in four disabled people, meanwhile, say that they don’t have choice and control over their daily lives.For those who need it, a bionic limb can cost up to £80,000 and take three months to make. However, by using 3D scanning and printing, a Bristol-based start-up reckons it…
  • African rich get richer even as poverty grows and inequality deepens | Ami Sedghi and Mark Anderson

    Ami Sedghi and Mark Anderson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Campaign group criticises development strategies as research shows the number of millionaires in Africa has more than doubled since 2000Africa is now home to more than 160,000 people with personal fortunes worth in excess of $1m (£642,000), a twofold increase in the number of wealthy individuals since the turn of the century that highlights the problem of deepening inequality as some of the world’s poorest nations register strong economic growth.The combined wealth holdings of high-net-worth individuals – those with net assets of $1m or more – in Africa totalled $660bn at the end…
  • Tsipras denies 'secret plan' to take Greece out of euro – as it happened

    Julia Kollewe
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Greek prime minister defends emergency plans for Grexit: Varoufakis may have bad dress sense, but he’s no crookTroika talks begin in Athens to thrash out details of €86bn bailoutAthens stock exchange to reopen on MondayEurozone unemployment stable at 11.1%; Italian youth unemployment at record high of 44.2%Chinese shares suffer worst month in six yearsClosing summary 2.52pm BST A quick round-up of the main events on Friday. Thank you for all your comments and have a good weekend. We’ll be back on Monday. 2.37pm BST The Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotosand the economy minister…
  • Meek Mill was too late to hurt Drake with his diss track

    Tshepo Mokoena
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    By the time Meek Mill released Wanna Know, his comeback to diss tracks from Drake, he was already the punchline of too many internet memesWhat a rough week it’s been for Meek Mill. Before you scroll down to type out “who?” in the comment box, let me explain. He’s a Philadelphia rapper who’s recently been known first for dating Nicki Minaj and then for starting a Twitter beef with Drake – and it didn’t end well for Meek.In fact, you could say the whole thing blew up spectacularly in his face. Meek’s been memed to within an inch of his life and mocked on just about every social…
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Robbers leave pro-Palestine expletive at French Jewish leader’s home

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    (JTA) — Burglars daubed an anti-Semitic slogan on the wall of the home of a leader of a French Jewish community. “Dirty Jews, long live Palestine” was scrawled last week in red lipstick on the walls of the first floor apartment in Bondy, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, according to a report published Tuesday on the website of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. The watchdog identified the male victim only by his initials, A.B. After breaking a window to enter the apartment, the robbers threw clothes and other items on the floor before leaving…
  • Ohio State U to ‘eradicate’ Holocaust spoof from marching band program

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    (JTA) — Ohio State University condemned the behavior of students who wrote and distributed doggerel that ridiculed the Holocaust. The song, titled “Goodbye Kramer,” appeared in a book of parodies updated in 2012 and circulated privately by members of the Ohio State University marching band, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The lyrics, to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’, include references to Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic” and a “small town Jew … who took the cattle train to you…
  • London police arrest man suspected of accosting Jew outside synagogue

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    (JTA) — Police in London arrested a man suspected of accosting an Orthodox Jew outside his synagogue in what witnesses said was an anti-Semitic hate crime. According to Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer security service, the attacker pushed his victim before shouting racial slurs in a seemingly unprovoked incident outside a synagogue in Stamford Hill, in northeast London, on Thursday night, the Jewish Chronicle of London reported. Shomrim volunteers alerted police, who arrested the man. Separately, more than 2,000 people signed a petition asking police to protect Liverpool’s Jewish…
  • Canada purchases Iron Dome technology

    Ron Kampeas
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    (JTA) — Canada’s defense forces are purchasing Israeli Iron Dome technology. The Canadian defense ministry on Wednesday announced the purchase of 10 radar systems for $187 million from Rheinmetall, a German contractor, working with ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, Agence France Press reported. The radars, which detect indirect fire, are modeled on Israel’s Iron Dome technology. “Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and…
  • Netanyahu orders manhunt for Palestinian baby’s ‘reprehensible’ killers

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a manhunt to track down the arsonists who killed a Palestinian baby and left Hebrew-language graffiti at the site. Netanyahu said in a statement that the arson Thursday night in the Palestinian West Bank village of Duma near Nablus was “a terrorist attack in every respect.” Ali Saad Dawabsha, 18 months old, was killed when flames engulfed one of two homes that the arsonists set ablaze. His parents and 5-year-old brother were severely injured in the fire, which police suspect was started by Jewish extremists.  The Hebrew…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Wedding Homily for David and Victoria

    Matt Jenson
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    for Daniel Castle and Victoria Van Vlear, June 5, 2015 Well, Daniel and Victoria, this is it. You’ve arrived on the long-awaited day, your wedding day. Take a good look around you. Look at all these people who love you—who have led and listened to and looked out for you… When Daniel and Victoria and I met to talk about the wedding, they asked me to say some words about fairy tales. Now, there seem to be two kinds of people—people who love fairy tales, who love love, who love happy endings…and people who can’t stand them! To this latter group, fairy tales are cheap, easy, and…
  • The Metaphysics of Candlelight

    Adam Johnson
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Nature’s Distilled Sunlight Have you ever wondered why you loved candlelight? And what is so mesmerizing about the embers of a campfire? It is as though the depths of wisdom were contained in the spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows and blues, glowing and pulsing with life. John Muir, the patron saint of America’s National Park system, captures part of this great mystery: Here, we are camped for the night, our big fire, heaped high with rosiny logs and branches, is blazing like a sunrise, gladly giving back the light slowly sifted from the sunbeams of centuries of summers; and in the glow…
  • “The Holy Round of Creeds and Chants and Mysteries”

    Fred Sanders
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    I spent much of the summer in England, and perhaps that prepared me to notice this poem when I happened across it. I found it in an issue of The Churchman’s Companion from 1858. CATECHISING A True Incident And can it be the holy round Of creeds and chants and mysteries, That from the Church’s watch tower sound, Speaking in wisdom to the wise,— Oh! can it be such tones as these Like death-knells on the coffin fall, And fail alike to wound or please, Unmeaning and untuneful all? ‘Tis even so: and ears have heard, (Alas! and own’d it heard too long,) E’en the…
  • The Kingdom in Person

    Fred Sanders
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Origen of Alexandria (ca 184-254) apparently coined the word “autobasileia,” meaning something like “the kingdom in person.” It was in his commentary on Matthew 18, as he was discussing the parable that begins: “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.” Origen, who had by this time worked through a number of parables of the kingdom, seems struck by the fact that now, in this one, Jesus compares the kingdom to a king. In fact, what Origen is staring at is the Greek text whose idiom and word…
  • The Very Atmosphere Mentally Absorbed

    Fred Sanders
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    The age of the full-scale “hellenization” critique of early Christian doctrine seems to have passed, at least for now: anybody who wants to assert that the church’s early thinkers allowed the pure biblical message to be contaminated by Greek thought has to write so many footnotes qualifying the charge, answering compelling objections, making reasonable concessions, and adding nuance, that it’s hardly worth doing (See for example Chr. Markschies’ 2012 article “Does it Make Sense to Speak about a ‘Hellenization’ of Christianity in…
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    Hinduism Today Magazine

  • Adopt Students, Village Temples: Kanchi Seer

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    SourceINDIA, July 25, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Thursday exhorted Non-Resident Indians to adopt at least one dilapidated village temple and also fund the education of at least one poor student from their motherland. Quoting a sloka from the Ramayana, the Sankaracharya said one should realise that "mother and motherland are superior to heaven."They should chip in with their contributions either individually or collectively through organisations like Telugu Association of North America (TANA) or American Telugu Association (ATA) to reconstruct…
  • Daily Inspiration

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    SourceThere the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.-- Sama Veda, Kena Upanishad 1.3
  • Can Use Pictures of God for Marketing, Says India's Supreme Court

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    SourceNEW DELHI, INDIA, July 25, 2015 (NDTV): It is fine to use pictures of Gods and Goddesses for commercial products, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition that asked for a ban. "There are 33,000 crore (330 billion) Gods and Goddesses and everybody is to free to have their images. How can we say that there should be no image of God for the whole country?" Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu said.A petition had sought a ban on the use of images of Gods on products, arguing that it is disrespectful. The petitioner said he was "aggrieved" that pictures of Gods were printed on puja…
  • Thousands gather for UK Shree Kutch Hindu festival

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    SourceLONDON, UK, July 23, 2015 (by Michael Knowles, London News): Hindus from Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton and Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore celebrated Rath Yatra on Sunday, July 19. Three chariots moved through six miles of roads, including Kenton Road, Honeypot Lane, Marsh Lane and Wood Lane after starting at Kenton Temple. Kanji Kerai, general secretary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, and Nitesh Hirani, secretary of the temple, said: "The devotees were singing, dancing, playing drums, hand symbols and blowing conch shells with the spiritual…
  • Daily Inspiration

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    SourceBy practicing tolerance of those who insult us, we will feel honor and insult as the same. Just as we feel good when someone praises us, we should feel just as good when we are insulted. Stability in honor or insult is the ability to still have love for our aggressor.-- Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Spiritual Guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
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    Velveteen Rabbi

  • Tabernacle (Velveteen Rabbi)
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Tabernacle at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, built 1879. We took a ferry to Martha's Vineyard not knowing what exactly we wanted to see. Our friends with whom we were vacationing offered to watch our kid for the day, which meant we had the option of exploring as grownups -- walking as much as our feet would bear, snapping photographs of things we found interesting, stopping to read on park benches -- the way we used to do before our son was born. Our feet led us to the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, also known as Wesleyan Grove. Back in the 1800s, there was a…
  • Hortensias (Velveteen Rabbi)
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    The summer I was fifteen, I spent a month as an exchange student in a small city in Brittany. The city was called Lannion, and it was adjacent to Perros-Guirec, which was the hometown of my middle school French teacher. Each summer he took a handful of his students back to his birthplace. In retrospect, now that I have a child and live a few thousand miles away from my parents, I imagine he must have started organizing the homestays in order to help him afford to bring his kids back home. I grew up in south-central Texas, where summers last a long time, and they're hot: really hot. (I…
  • Longing, Exit 16 (Velveteen Rabbi)
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Turn hereif your heart achesif someone you loveis out of reachif a belovedis sufferingand you wishmore than anything --Turn hereif you've wantedwhat you didn't haveor couldn't haveif love overflowslike an open faucetif yearning is as closeas you get to whole. On the highway recently I saw one of those standard blue signs which reads "Lodging" and then the exit number. Out of the corner of my eye I mis-read it for a moment, and thought it said "Longing, Exit 16." Then I thought: wow, I want to use that as the title for a poem. So I did.
  • Almost Tisha b'Av (Velveteen Rabbi)
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Tisha b'Av is coming. On the ninth day of the lunar month of Av -- on the Gregorian / secular calendar, that date is coming up this Saturday -- Jews around the world will gather in mourning. We will mourn the fall of the first Temple, destroyed by Babylon on 9 Av in 586 B.C.E. We will mourn the fall of the second Temple, destroyed by Rome on 9 Av in 70 C.E. We will mourn our own shortcomings, as exemplified in the Talmudic teaching that the first Temple fell because of sinat chinam, baseless hatred -- or in the Biblical story of the scouts who, sent to get a first glimpse of the Promised…
  • Revising my sermons; revising me (Velveteen Rabbi)
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    One of the things I talked about last week at Kenyon, with my students who were there to learn how to blog, was the question of whether one is an external or an internal processor. Some people think and ponder and mull and then sit down to write and everything pours onto screen (or paper) fully-formed. Others sit down to write, and as they do, the piece takes shape. The writing is integral to the thinking. I am an external processor, for sure. I do my best thinking through writing. I suspect that this has always been true -- ever since I started writing in a cloth-bound diary at the age of…
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    Jade Mountain Buddha Hall

  • No Finger No Moon!

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I have been sitting with this small piece by Zen Master Ryokan. I love it. It has been a long time since I ventured into his work. However the other day, while passing though the library, a book as good as fell off the shelf.  And here I am – sitting with Ryokan again. You see the moon by pointing your finger. You recognize the finger by the moon. The moon and the finger are not different, not the same. In order to guide a beginner, this analogy is temporarily used. When you have realized this, there is no moon, no finger. We must not allow ourselves to imagine that the moon and the…
  • Thoughts? Beware or Be Aware

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Sometimes, most often, thoughts come in crowds. Herds of them. They get our attention but at a distance and they generally disapate if left alone. Sometimes they get closer and particularized. They move in, get closer. Get our attention. Closer still into consciousness. Seems there is not much space. They crowd in. But even with the huffing and puffing of persistent thoughts, one can sit still. Like cattle in a field getting closer and closer, eventually those thoughts lose interest. Have less energy. They just remain for a bit, then take off. Only to return. But we know their game. Then…
  • Throssel Hole Priory – As It Was

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    Here is a photograph from the monastery archive. For those who know this place you will see just what an impact the planting of the thousands upon thousands of trees has had on the general landscape. Back in 1976 this is what the land looked like from the road. There wasn’t a lane running up through the bottom field to the side of the main buildings, as now. Brr, it looks bleak. However with the trees now all grown up into a mature woodland the main buildings are hidden from view and the open land above the farm-house is now wooded. The Throssel website was relaunched a couple of days…
  • Take Heed

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Iain’s bequest: to point us in the right direction, yet you really have to look them out before they’ll invite you in. A perfect posture: not bending over backwards to gratify you – rather bending towards you, to meet you half-way. Even sunlight, brought to its knees, only half-illumines such a purpling of the blues. No impulsive gusts can fluster the playful attitude of bowed heads. It may seem that all is easy as gazing off a mossy log, but, take heed, or all you will see is flowers. June 2015 Paul Taylor In memory of the late Iain Robinson, who showed Paul this wood in…
  • Not Crying Over Spilled Milk

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    It splattered poured forth disgorged ran out sloped tumbled flowed out scattered about. Spillage, SPILLAGE! It was double cream to be exact. flipped off the kitchen counter landed upside down white liquid flowing under the kitchen unit there to go sour and smell. Did my best mopped and wiped wiped and mopped Sheet after sheet of newspaper, turning translucent sheet after sheet into the bin, into the bin. Degrease with dish soap AKA washing-up liquid water – rinse, more water-rinse dry, dryer, more dry rubbish wrapped, new liner in the bin. Cry? Not likely Rubbish to the outside bin. No…
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  • Why Your Church Needs to Listen to the Culture

    Russell D. Moore
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Early in my ministry, I found myself suddenly in the middle of a culture war, with no idea where the trenches were. I was a youth pastor, in my hometown, just down the street from an Air Force Base. Like every other evangelical youth minister, I received constant advertisements from curriculum-hawkers telling me how I could be “relevant” to “today’s teenagers,” usually by “connecting” with them through popular culture. I couldn’t do that well, though, so I just fell back on being me, and preached the gospel the best I could. There were two groups that divided the youth group…
  • God Must Be Proud of Atheists

    Herb Silverman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    My friend and fellow secular humanist, Judge Tommy Hughston, invited me to attend the Unitarian Church in Charleston on July 19. He would be coordinating the service for his visiting minister friend, Dr. J. William Harris (Doctor of Divinity). The intriguing sermon title was “God Must be Proud of Atheists.” Tommy asked me to bring a copy of my book, Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, for Dr. Harris. I, of course, was happy to attend. The Unitarian Church is atheist-friendly, but often too new-age spiritual for me. I once gave a sermon there…
  • The Startling Message of an Obscure Jewish Holiday

    Rabbi Evan Moffic | OnFaith Voices
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    A classic Jewish joke says when two Jews gather, you have at least three opinions. We are a people who prize argument. Doubt is not only tolerated. It is encouraged. When embraced with integrity and respect, doubt and argument can lead to truth. They can illuminate difficult and complex questions. Yet, sometimes differences cause division. Look at the history of Protestantism. Wars over doctrine and practice have a long and sad history. Despite our culture of argument, we Jews have had similar experiences. We remember them on the Jewish holiday Tisha B’Av, a phrase meaning “the ninth…
  • 5 Ways Western Christianity Distorts God

    Brad Jersak
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    Understatement alert: the God of Western Christianity is unpopular these days. The ‘new atheists’ dismiss our God as prudish and violent. Islamic extremists think he’s an oil-greedy hedonist. But the god they despise is not God. He’s an un-Christlike distortion — a deformed image that Western Christianity helped create. Do you bear any un-Christlike misunderstandings of God? Let’s review five examples, then recall the perfect image of God — Jesus Christ. 1. God the doting grandfather God the doting grandfather is syrupy ‘nice’ and rather naïve. He turns a blind eye…
  • Sojourn Some Place You’ve Never Been

    Galen Guengerich | OnFaith Voices
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    If we take the meaning of the word “vacation” seriously, it’s a time to “empty out” all the routine stuff of our everyday lives, to make vacant our homes and offices, maybe even our minds. My favorite vacation story comes from Garrison Keillor’s collection titled The Book of Guys. This particular story is about Wes, a Lutheran minister from Pennsylvania; it’s titled “Zeus the Lutheran.” The god Zeus, who was the father of Athena, Apollo, Artemis, and Dionysius, plus the father of Hephaestus by his wife Hera and of Eros by his daughter Aphrodite, was a guy who — how to…
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  • Why do we prefer eating sweet things?

    Connie Ngo
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Is the “sweet tooth” real? The answer may surprise you. Humans vary in their preference towards sweet things; some of us dislike them while others may as well be addicted. But for those of us who have a tendency towards sweetness, why do we like what we like? We are hardly limited by type; our preference spans across both food and drinks, including candy, desserts, fruits, sodas, and even alcoholic beverages. In this short (but sweet) animated video, we take a quick look at the science behind our preference for sweetness. Begin video transcript: Our sense of taste is unlike any…
  • Does homeownership strengthen or loosen the marriage knot?

    Caroline Ariail
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Picture a snapshot of the American Dream. Chances are, this calls to mind a house and a family. Perhaps the most enduring institutions in American society, homeownership and marriage, have shaped the economic fortunes of families in the United States since the country’s origin. So what is the relationship between the two? New research suggests that homeownership, as compared to renting, may significantly affect decisions to marry and divorce. Are single homeowners less likely to marry than single renters? What role does homeownership play in strengthening marriage and reducing the risk of…
  • Death is not the end: The rise and rise of Pierre Bourdieu in US sociology

    Samantha Zimbler
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Pierre Bourdieu would have turned 85 on 1 August 2015. Thirteen years after his death, the French sociologist remains one of the leading social scientists in the world. His work has been translated into dozens of languages (Sapiro & Bustamante 2009), and he is one of the most cited social theorists worldwide, ahead of major thinkers like Jurgen Habermas, Anthony Giddens, or Irving Goffman (Santoro 2008). That Bourdieu is one of the most prominent social theorists will come as no surprise to those accustomed to the academic scene. A more surprising fact, however, is that he is probably the…
  • Pluto and Charon at last!

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    This week I’ve been bemusing my friends by quoting Keats’ On first looking into Chapman’s Homer at them: MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold, …. Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men Look’d at each other with a wild surmise— Silent, upon a peak in Darien. I’ve been breathing that ‘pure serene’ to which Keats refers while experiencing Pluto and its…
  • Medicare and Medicaid myths: setting the 50-year record straight

    Rebekah Daniels
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Over the past half-century, Medicare and Medicaid have constituted the bedrock of American healthcare, together providing insurance coverage for more than 100 million people. Yet these programs remain controversial: clashes endure between opponents who criticize costly “big government” programs and supporters who see such programs as essential to the nation’s commitment to protect the vulnerable. Not surprisingly, many myths have emerged in the highly politicized debate about these policies. What better time to set the record straight than today on 30 July 2015, the 50th…
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    Technology of the Heart

  • What Happened on Mi'raj? The Concretization of What Can Not be Made Concrete

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Agey chino Muhammadi Nuro mon, agey chino Muhammadi Nurdhuriley bondhurey paibaasoin bondhu sereepurBehold the Light Muhammadan!O heart of mine, recognize first - the Light MuhammadanIf you seek, you shall find the friend abides he at the beauteous land ~ Kalam of Shitalang Shah I have been reading with great pleasure a new book out (Feb 2014) by Lesley Hazleton titled "The First Muslim." This is a greatly researched book and she did look at the life of the most important figure in human history from a very fresh out of the box perspective. I say out of the box because she wasn't biased…
  • Sufism & the Paradox of Self (Nafs)

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Sheikha Fatima Fleur Nassery BonninBismillaah ir Rahmaan ir RahiimIn the name of Allah, The Merciful, The CompassionateTHE PATH OF SUFISMAllah uses many different ways of awakening people from the sleep of this world and attracting them to Him. Upon awakening, people begin searching and become travellers of the path (salek). As they start their journey towards God, their thoughts and feelings shift. They begin to behave and live differently in varying degrees. This change is necessary for a person to be considered a traveller of the path. Why the change? They are now beginning to…
  • Babbling the Qur'an is Against Its Spirit. Why Qur'an is Revealed According to the Qur'an Itself - Part 3

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    # Read Previous in this Serious:Part 1: Why Qur'an is Revealed? What Allah Says in the Qur'anPart 2: Why Qur'an is Revealed? Understanding is a State ReasonIndeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur'an that you might understand. 43:3Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its lifelessness. We have made clear to you the Divine Signs; perhaps you will understand. 57:17The Reminder is Intended for People of Understanding, Not for Spiritually Deaf Dumb and BlindO people of understanding - who have attained faith!- for Allah has indeed sent down to you a Message (this Qur'an) - and an Messenger,…
  • Why Qur'an is Revealed? What Allah Says in the Qur'an? Part 2

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Here is the Previous Post: Part 1 of Why Qur'an is Revealed? What Allah Says in the Qur'an?The author of this article holds the position that those Muslims are literate must understand the meaning of the Qur'an. To insist that just making the Sound is like Reading or Reciting the Qur'an is nothing but Arrogant Ignorance. A primary reading of the Quranic verses where Qur'an Itself Explain the Purpose of its Revelation makes it amply clear that Qur'an is revealed for the following reasons:1) To Guide Mankind2) To Communicate the Ways of Past People and What Fate they Shared3) To Give Glad…
  • Why Qur'an is Revealed? What Allah Says in the Qur'an?

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    “Islam began as something strangeand will revert to being strange as it began,so give glad tidingsto the strangers.” ~ Sacred Tradition of Islam [1] The unprecedented attack by the godless, wealth-worshiping, greedy and oppressive colonialist European forces and its hegemony over every part of the globe had an extra-ordinary impact on the Muslim lands and life. For the last hundreds of year or more, the traditional lives of Muslims have been under tremendous attack both from inside and outside, their religion and their religious laws, their way of understanding and practicing Islam was…
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    Episcopal Cafe

  • Speaking to the Soul: Jesus in Hiding

    Lora Walsh
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Week of Proper 12, Year One [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.] Today’s Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 (morning) // 73 (evening) 2 Samuel 5:1-12 Acts 17:1-15 Mark 7:24-37 In today’s gospel, Jesus learns that it’s sometimes more exhausting to hide and to hoard than to open ourselves to others. At the beginning of the passage, we catch Jesus in something of an introverted moment. Upon his arrival in a place called Tyre, “He entered a house and did not want anyone to…
  • The Church of Whitmanism?

    Jon White
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ed Simon, a PhD Candidate in the English department of Lehigh University writes, in an essay at the website Killing the Buddha, about the scriptural nature of Whitman’s lifelong work, Leaves of Grass.  But not as a Christian scripture, but as a kind of post-God work of divine inspiration. In the 79th year of these states Walt Whitman received a revelation, and he recorded it in a book of sacred scripture he entitled Leaves of Grass. That we think of it as primarily a book of verse is a mistake of history, an interpretive error, for it is first and foremost a new gospel, a type of…
  • Primate of Brazil speaks out on General Convention’s passage of marriage equality

    Jon White
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, Primate of Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, recently issued a statement concerning the Episcopal Church’s recent actions at General Convention to change the marriage canon and establish trial rites in favor of marriage equality. It begins; In the light of the decisions of canonical and liturgical character taken by General Convention regarding the marriage of people of the same sex, I want to express the following words: We respect deeply the TEC’s autonomous decision because this is a constitutive feature of our Anglican Communion. The…
  • LDS Church considering alternative scout-like program

    Jon White
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Spokesman Eric Hawkins confirmed Tuesday that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “considering creating its own international program for boys, separate from the Boy Scouts of America.” This is in response to the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board to no longer ban openly-gay adults as leaders within the organization.  That decision though, left an opening for local troops to continue to ban GLBT adult participants, which many considered a loophole primarily for the benefit of LDS sponsored troops.  The LDS Church the nation’s…
  • Do Aliens believe in God?

    Jon White
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    One of Britain’s leading news sites, the Guardian, has a regular feature where questions are offered and readers invited to answer.  Yesterday’s question was; “Do aliens believe in God?”  The answers are featured in the comments section.  Much of what’s on offer consists of a back and forth between atheists and believers, though by and large, it is a very civil exchange.  A sample offering is below. Feel free to go to the Guardian’s site and offer your own take and/or share your thoughts here in our comments section.   Steve Hedger   It’s…
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    Emergent Village

  • Tips to Find a Professional for Air Conditioner Repair in Calgary

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Your air conditioning unit in your Calgary home is one of the most important elements when it comes to interior comfort. When something goes wrong, there is no question you will want to have it fixed quickly. However, with all the different air conditioner repair services out there, do you really know how to tell the best one for the repairs you need? If not, use the tips here to discover what to look for when in need of air conditioner repair in Calgary. Reputation One of the first things that should be considered is the reputation of the company in questions. Take some time to ask around to…
  • Transform Your Backyard Into A Peaceful Oasis

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    No matter the size you have to work with you can create a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing area to call your own or to share with family and friends by upgrading your backyard with a Koi pond and waterfall Imagine your own private calming waterfall with Koi fish swimming in the pond. The calming sounds of the waterfall are sure to take you away as soon as you close your eyes and listen to the sound. You will be swept away to a tropical paradise so your body and mind can relax in complete comfort. Image Credits Today, stress is ruling our lives in more ways than we imagine. Physicians have…
  • Why Call on the Professionals for Water Heater Repair and Service

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Getting up in the morning, you jump in the shower, expecting a flow of hot water to ascend upon your head; however, when you are met with an icy blast, chances are there is an issue with your hot water heater. When this happens, the first move you make – after composing yourself from the icy water – should be to call for hot water tank repair in Richmond bcfrom a professional. When you call for professional tank repair in Richmond, BC, you will reap a number of benefits, which include: Getting your tank back up and working quickly Help you save money on your energy bills Provide reliable…
  • 4 Home Improvement Projects to DIY (or Not DIY)

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    We live in a time when do-it-yourselfers are celebrated. Everybody’s online trying to figure out how to save a buck, by putting in some elbow grease rather than hiring the pros. But this is not the best strategy to take up. Without the necessary skills of personal capacity for mastery, you can leave your nice little house in worse shape than you found it. While I’m an advocate for DIY, I know when to step away and hire a contractor. Here are two times I might roll up my sleeve, and two times I definitely won’t. DON’T DIY Home InspectionThis is perhaps the most important addition to…
  • 3 Ideas for Getting Money for Home Renovations and Redecorating

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    With the emergence of Pinterest and HGTV, any old Jane or Joe can become an interior decorator or home craftsman. With millions and how-tos and tutorials found on YouTube and various home improvement sites, tasks and projects that used to require hiring a professional can now be done by your family after only a few hours of studying and planning. But while executing these plans is now easier than ever, it still takes a decent amount of money to purchase the tools and supplies you’ll need to complete your projects. So with all these new home improvement projects to try your hand at, how can…
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    Jewish Treats

  • No Holiday as Joyous

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    Tu B’Av (The Fifteenth of Av) is no longer the well-known holiday on the Jewish calendar that it was in ancient times. In fact, in Talmudic times it was said: “There were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av...” (Ta’anit 26b).On Tu B’Av, the unmarried maidens of Jerusalem would go out to the vineyards to dance together under the gaze of the unmarried men (sort of a Sadie Hawkins Day!). Each young lady would be dressed in white clothing borrowed from her neighbor so that those who came from wealthy families would not stand out and none…
  • The Burial at Betar

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    In war, a common means of humiliating the enemy is to refuse them burial of their dead (which is forbidden by the Geneva Convention). Certainly, demoralization was the goal of the Romans when they forbade the Jews from burying the dead after the fall of Betar on 9 Av, 133 C.E. And there were many dead--enough for the sages to pronounce that, “For seven years the gentiles fertilized their vineyards with the blood of Israel without using manure.”The intensity of this statement underscores the extent of the massacre that accompanied the capture of Betar. There were, of course, other…
  • Extra Joy

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bring the joy of the day into preparing for Shabbat.
  • International Friendship Day: Jonathan and David

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    In honor of today’s International Friendship Day, Jewish Treats presents the friendship of David and Jonathan. The sages state: “What is an example of the love which did not depend upon some ulterior interest? That of David and Jonathan” (Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers 5:19).It would seem natural that David and Jonathan would be friends. When David joined the entourage of King Saul, they were peers, soldiers in the court of the king. More than just peers, David and Jonathan were brothers-in-law, since David married Jonathan’s sister Michal. On the other hand, Jonathan would…
  • Fine Friends

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Don't hesitate to let your friends know how much it means to you to have them in your life.
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    Mormanity - A Mormon Blog (But Not Just for Mormons)

  • Its … It's So Easy to Overlook--Another Test Related to Language in the Original Book of Mormon

    Jeff Lindsay
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    In my previous post, I looked at the use of the word be in the earliest text of the Book of Mormon in a test to look for unique elements of New England dialect that might account for some of the non-KJV grammar that is non-standard today. My findings appears to be consistent with the views of Carmack and Skousen regarding Early Modern English (EModE) influence in the text, and showed no readily discernible signs of post-EModE New England dialect in the usage of be. However, in exploring this topic, I ran into an interesting issue that offers another possible test to identify early vs. late…
  • Update on Early Modern English in the Book of Mormon: One Potential Test to Identify the Possible Influence of New England Dialect on the Dictated Text

    Jeff Lindsay
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Executive Summary:I remain impressed with the detailed, data-rich work of Carmack and Skousen regarding Early Modern English (EModE) influence in the original text of the Book of Mormon. However, I've wondered if English dialects that Joseph knew and spoke could account for a significant portion of the observed EModE elements in the BOM. In exploring this issue, I have found a study on the use of the verb "be" in New England dialect showing characteristic non-standard forms that evolved after the EModE among immigrants in the United States. The article is "Invariant Be In New England Folk…
  • Dark Matter and Joseph Smith's Statement on the Material Nature of Spirit

    Jeff Lindsay
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    My latest post over at the Nauvoo Times (Orson Scott Card's LDS project with a good variety of writers) is "Mystery of the Hidden Cosmos: Something Big is Missing from Our Everything," wherein I use a recent cover story from Scientific American to speculate a bit. I've discussed dark matter and dark energy a couple of times here at Mormanity, but recent analysis of dark matter is making things even more interesting as the possibility of complex forms of dark matter become more plausible. Your feedback is welcome here or there.Mysterious, invisible dark matter and dark energy both appear…
  • From Hope to Despair and Back Again: The Mysterious Power of Complaining

    Jeff Lindsay
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    I have newfound respect for the marvelous power of complaining after an instructive experience in which I feel blessed and instructed by the hand of the Lord. Or call it dumb luck, if you will, for I was certainly lucky and somewhat stupid. I hope my experiences might help some of you in dealing with your frustrations, including those you may have with the Church or its leaders.I've set a goal recently to not complain about my work situation. Honestly, I have a wonderful job with opportunities, fun, and visibility beyond anything I've experienced before. They treat me well and I have so much…
  • Hannah Ronning, Missionary to China

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    I recently discussed a book that continues to inspire me, China Mission: A Personal History from the Last Imperial Dynasty to the People's Republic (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2013) that deals with the life and work of Reverend Halvor Ronning (1862-1950) and his family. I discussed some aspects of his life recently, and now wish to discuss his wife, Hannah Ronning, who is a great example of Christian love and of a Westerner falling in love with China.She was born in 1871 as Hannah Rorem to Anna and Torgrim Rorem, immigrants from Norway who settled in the prairielands of Iowa. Hannah grew up…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Christian movies, artistic integrity and damning with faint praise

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I don’t really like “Christian” movies. I’ve tried really hard to watch some, believe me. I’ve even tried to like some of them. My wife asked me to go to Fireproof when our old church screened it. I did and did my best not to make fun too much. I saw Courageous during an advanced screening and found it okay, but super-cheese (and the end part was unintentionally creepy, with all the dudes thrusting their hands up at church—it reminded me why we need to study history more). God’s Not Dead looked like a Christian revenge fantasy, so I passed on that…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersBe Resolute, Warren Wiersbe’s commentary on Daniel is free through the end of the day. Be Confident (Hebrews) is available for $1.99. Finally, When Good Men Get Angry by Bill Perkins is $3.99.Our Wilberforce momentJosh Howerton:In the last three weeks, videos of Planned Parenthood officials (the organization that performs over 40% of our nation’s abortions) harvesting and selling the body parts of dismembered infant corpses have surfaced to national outrage. See them HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Rumors are there are 8 more to come. In a nation that…
  • New and noteworthy books

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of my favorite times of the day, after coming home and greeting my family is seeing what mail has arrived. This is not because I love finding out how many bills there are each month, but because there’s often a new book waiting for me from one of the many Christian publishers out there. Here’s a look at some of the latest that have arrived:The Colson Way by Owen StrachanChuck Colson’s life reveals that there is no division between truth and love, between embracing biblical guidance and loving one’s neighbor. The Colson Way uses Colson’s legacy and wisdom to show Christians…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersEleven volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series are on sale through August 4th:Exodus—99¢Song of Songs—99¢Galatians—99¢1 &2 Thessalonians—99¢Ezra & Nehemiah—$2.99Matthew—$2.99Mark—$2.99Ephesians—$2.991 & 2 Timothy and Titus—$2.99James—$2.991, 2, & 3 John—$2.99Also on sale is Understanding Genesis by Jason Lisle for $2.99, which looks interesting.Haven TodayThis morning I’ll be on Haven Today speaking with Charles Morris about the recently released documentary, Through The Eyes of…
  • The most important word in your vocabulary (but hardest to say)

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the things I learned very early on as a believer is that people expect you to say “yes” to things. A lot of things.Possibly all the things.And the more you say yes, the more they expect you to keep it up. Now, I wasn’t entirely unfamiliar with this—I was, after all, the lord mayor of the friend zone in high school (let the overlooked brothers understand). But there’s a different kind of pressure to say yes to things at church:To say yes to taking an extra Sunday in children’s ministryTo say yes to joining the set up teamTo say yes to joining…
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    Killing the Buddha

  • Breaking Up With White Jesus

    Kaya Oakes
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    It’s December of 2014. 2am, 3am, 4am, 5am, I thrash and turn over in bed and click on my phone, know I should not click on my phone, click on my phone. And there are the messages, the emails, the notes that never seem to stop. The usual stuff women get on the Internet: you are fat, you are disgusting, you are a disgrace, you are the reason I would never send my kids to college, you are a queer lover, you make me sick, you are a shame. And then: you are a shame to the white race. D’Angelo went silent for 14 years. In December, 2014, he opened his lips again and out came an album entitled…
  • Out For Coffee

    Kelly J. Baker
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    “Coffee. Mama coffee. Hot. Burn baby,” my toddler says to me while pointing at my plain white mug. “Mama’s coffee,” I respond with a smile. He often  pretends to drink coffee from his older sister’s pink Barbie mugs. My almost-two-year-old associates me with hugs, kisses, cuddles, and coffee. This is not a surprise really, because I always seem to have a cup of coffee in my hands. Coffee is an intimate part of our daily life, a constant presence. Drinking this beverage is my ritual to get through the day. Coffee offers me some comfort, no matter what the day might bring. I read a…
  • Lower Than Every Man

    Michael Centore
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Beginning in the third century, a group of heroic monks known as the Desert Fathers fled to the remote regions of Egypt in an attempt to live the teachings of the Gospels as authentically as possible. The great paradox of the monastic literature they left us is how it can underscore our limitations even as it inspires us to transcend them. Beyond the stories of wonderworking, spontaneous healing, miracles, and month-long fasts, the harsh, uncompromising tone of so many spiritual elders can make their lessons difficult to approach, let alone internalize. Studying the sayings of the Desert…
  • Netflix Knows Me

    Mary Valle
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    I was browsing Instant Watcher last night and this crazy thing happened. There were all these movies that were literally about me! I was like “what is the Universe trying to tell me?” I don’t know is the thing. Here are some examples. This is seriously freaky. A medical apprentice in 11th-century Persia disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians. I had to disguise myself as a cleric to attend the Vatican’s latest conference on ladies. Stabbed by an ancient dagger, archaeologist Hess Green develops a lust for human blood and commences a…
  • Scripture For A Dead God

    Edward Simon
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Walt! You should be living at this hour! America is in need of you. America is in need of you because last month a man whose heart burnt with the disunity you deplored murdered nine men and women at prayer. And America is in need of you because last month our highest court sided with the better angels of our nature and recognized and legalized that persecuted love that you yourself knew. Walt, in your incarnational voice, your individual tongue which transubstantiates into all of ours, we need you once again to justify the ways of man to God, always a more noble task than the inverse. Walt,…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In Yerington

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In YeringtonIt was the best of times; it was the worst of times, 1956 and 1957 were not my best childhood years. In 1956, at age 8, I came down with rheumatic fever and was on total bed rest for a whole year.  When I returned to school the next year, I was required to lay down in the nurse’s office at all recesses for the first six months of the fourth grade. I could see all the children playing on the playground and longed to join them.  When I was finally released to go to recesses, I went absolutely crazy.  I  rejoiced on every piece of…
  • The Cracker Lady’s House Roots

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Cracker Lady’s House RootsThe question was asked recently by a Facebook friend, “ What is this cracker lady house stuff all about? I have no idea what the cracker lady house is.”  Well, the origin of the Cracker Lady goes clear back to 1977 and I was in my last year of Bible College in Tennessee.  Most of the time that I lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, I attended a very large white church.  But in my last year of college, I felt the Lord’s leading to go minister in the black church across town. Don’t ask me why He would wanted this country white girl in a black…
  • The Last Road in Yerington

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    The Last Road in YeringtonThere is a road I’ve yet to travel.  It is not the longest or the most adventurous road I’ve traveled. It is not the first time I have driven this road, but It is the last road I will ever go down.  It will start at the corner of Main & Bridge Street.    The Wells Fargo Bank will be on the left and the Copeland Lumber Company will be on the right. It might be called something else now, but when I was a kid it stood there like a big orange square Jack-o-Lantern with its black cat logo.  Every time I went by it I would count how many…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)  ...You thought it was fun to watch grocery trucks unload or hair cuts.  Mac the barber cut “Baby Face Nelson’s hair” right in that very chair. (CB) & (MB)  ---You hung out at John’s Cafe hoping a friend with a car would let you drag Main with them. (CB)  ---if you didn’t drag in a car, you walked up and down Main until your feet got tired, then return to John’s Cafe or the F&B for a coke and some 25 cent order of french fries. (CB)… You remember hearing the “dart” trucks from the…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)...You know which side of a dead cottonwood tree the edible mushrooms grow (MB)… When you are hunting, hiking or mushroom picking to close all the head gates and to pack out what you packed in. (MB),,,You love the aroma of new mowed alfalfa. (MB)...You remember the dog catcher patrolling on his 1930’s bike, but still question where the basted dogs sat. (MB)      ...You are a Giants fan who despises, no absolutely hated, the LA Dodgers.  Dodger blue makes you nauseated. (MB)...You remember when…
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    On Being Both

  • Deep Christian Roots, Interfaith Family Journey

    Susan Katz Miller
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Callaway Kleiner family photo. Today, we feature an essay from interfaith parent Erika Callaway Kleiner, MDiv. One persistent myth is that interfaith parents raising children with interfaith education must lack religious education or depth. Erika is someone with a rigorous religious education, who has thought long and hard about theology, and still chose (with her Jewish husband) to raise her children with both family religions. In this post, she explains how she got there. Being a Christian has always been an important part of who I am. I grew up in a small United Methodist Church outside of…
  • Interfaith Millennials: A Pagan and Atheist Couple

    Susan Katz Miller
    12 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    Today, we feature a guest post by writer Camille Mellin, on her perspective as a Pagan married to an atheist. You can follow Camille on twitter @Camille_Mellin. For more on religious and atheist interfaith relationships, I highly recommend the recent book In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families, by Dale McGowan. I am a Pagan married to an atheist living in New England. We are a young couple and were both stunned at how much an interfaith relationship can affect the relationship, and especially planning for parenthood. My…
  • Immersion: Interfaith Families and Unitarian Universalism

    Susan Katz Miller
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    Dramatic arrival in Portland for the UUA General Assembly Technically, I am not a Unitarian-Universalist (UU), but I spend a lot of time interacting with and thinking about UUs. I sometimes claim the labels of UU wannabe, fauxnitarian, or UU ally. In part, this feels like fate, because I was born on Beacon Hill, the birthplace of American UUism. And my book, Being Both, was published by Beacon Press, the venerable yet feisty publishing house founded by Unitarians in 1854. Theologically, I am both a unitarian (I see the mystery some call God as one, not as a trinity), and a universalist (I…
  • Rabbi Celebrates Second Bar Mitzvah with Interfaith Community

    Susan Katz Miller
    14 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Rabbi Harold White @stephaniewilliamsimages Two rabbis, two cantors, a minister, a Catholic priest, a gospel choir, a klezmer band, and an interfaith families community walk into a synagogue to celebrate a bar mitzvah. I’m not joking here. Last Saturday afternoon, my beloved rabbi, Rabbi Harold Saul White, a civil rights and interfaith family rights pioneer, in his eighties and on the verge of retirement, became a man. Again! Rabbi White lives life to the fullest. He is always seeking to experience what his teacher Abraham Joshua Heschel called radical amazement. Or to put it another way,…
  • New Pew Data on Interfaith Marriage. And Coming Soon, on Interfaith Identities

    Susan Katz Miller
    13 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    For as long as I have been writing about interfaith families, for decades now, it has been hard to get good data on the overall increase in interfaith marriage in America. This week, Pew Research released the most comprehensive report on religion in America since their 2007 report. The new report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, and much of the subsequent news reporting, focused on two angles: the rise of the “religious nones,” and the interlinking shift away from traditional forms of Christianity. But of course, my first response was to comb through the report,…
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    Franciscan Quote of the DayFranciscan Quote of the Day

  • The way dripping water changes stone

    Lee Potts
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger—these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir. Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is no need to complicate things by calling them holy. And yet these are the same activities that change lives, sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly, the way dripping water changes stone. In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking, bodily practices remind the willing that faith is a way of…
  • Not knowing

    Lee Potts
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    But a look at our tradition will show that faith is really the opposite of certitude. Rather, it is being willing to move into darkness, into not being sure. It means taking risks, allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of, having the grace to move through chancy, uncertain waters, letting go of control and trusting that God will always be there. It means living with the mystery of things, not knowing for sure what’s going to happen or that it’ll turn out okay. ~ Richard Rohr, “Out of a Prayerful Heart,” Near Occasions of Grace Tags: Darkness, Faith, mystery, Prayer,…
  • Always involved with Christ

    Lee Potts
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Article Eight of the rule directs all Secular Franciscans to stress the primacy of worship in their lives — the interior prayer of contemplation as well as the exterior liturgical prayer of the Church. The article also urges Secular Franciscans to have an active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, above all the Eucharist, and in the Liturgy of the Hours. When this article is lived fully, each Secular Franciscan will be a true worshiper, always involved with Christ and conscious of his presence in oneself and in others. ~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Follow Christ…
  • Love of God

    Lee Potts
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    That heart is free which is held by no love other than the love of God. ~ St. Bonaventure Tags: god, heart, love, st bonaventure
  • He always opted for the truth

    Lee Potts
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    [St.] Francis was enough of a realist to know that this view from the bottom would never become fashionable. Yet his commitment to littleness led him to name his brothers “minors” so that they would never fall back again in to the worldview of the “majors” (the great, the nobility). He knew that there was power in being a somebody, but that there was truth in being a nobody. He always opted for the truth, and from the example of Jesus crucified knew that the Lord would create power out of that. ~ Richard Rohr, “A Life Pure and Simple: Reflections on St. Francis of Assisi,”…
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    Amish America

  • 5 Non-Amish People Who Amish Depend Upon

    Erik/Amish America
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    The Amish, contrary to popular belief, are not self-sufficient. In one of our previous “Ask an Amish Person” posts, PA Amishman John Stoltzfus addressed this topic. John noted that “we are very dependent on the outside world, far from self-sufficient, all of us are intertwined…” It’s easy to see why some might think Amish live in a bubble. […]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…
  • Jim Cates: The Challenge of Finding Amish Alcohol Program Leaders

    Erik/Amish America
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    In a community that values outward uniformity, it can take some courage to stand out. In today’s post, Serving The Amish author Jim Cates details the challenge of recruiting Amish leaders to help guide a fledgling alcohol program for Amish adolescents. As Jim describes below, finding those leaders wasn’t easy–but was pivotal to the program’s success or […]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…
  • Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion

    Erik/Amish America
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    One of our readers recently came across some issues of the Amish publication Young Companion, dating to the early 1970s, at a local thrift shop. He’s offering the two issues pictured above in our latest giveaway. I’m calling it a “retro” giveaway, but as a look at the contents shows, most of the subject matter would probably be […]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
  • Heuvelton Amish To Nearly Double Safety Tape on Buggies

    Erik/Amish America
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:48 am
    Coming on the heels of the Wisconsin building code exemption, another conflict involving Amish appears to have been resolved last week in Heuvelton, New York (St. Lawrence County). As reported in the Watertown Daily Times, area Amish have agreed to nearly double the amount of reflective tape used on their buggies (the group in question objects to using the orange […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
  • 7 Days Of Recipes From An Amish Kitchen

    Erik/Amish America
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Ohio Amish church member Rebecca Miller takes us inside the Amish recipe book with seven meals, one for each day of the week. Of course I got hungry just reading these, and I predict the same will happen to you. Below you’ll find ideas for breakfast, dessert, “quick and easy” meals, and a Saturday night family favorite. […]Try our resources: Question on Amish culture? See the Amish Online Encyclopedia Where do the Amish live? Check the Amish State Guide Looking for an Amish business or product? Search the Amish Business Directory
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    Italian Mother Syndrome

  • An open letter to couples in the first year of their serious relationship

    Julia Rocchi
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:50 pm
    "Are you ready for the spin cycle, Larry?" "Nope. Are you?"Photo by Fabrizio Lonzini, FlickrDear committed couples who have been together one year or less,Congratulations! After much searching and wondering and wringing of hands, you have found someone whom you are 99.9% certain you want to spend the rest of your life with. I applaud you for this achievement; it is 50% attributable to your hope, optimism, and smashing good looks, and 50% to fortunate timing.I can see Year One of your relationship unfolding thus: first a period of intense infatuation where everything you discover about this…
  • Tell us in your own words

    Julia Rocchi
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    There’s a delightful moment in the musical “Guys and Dolls” when self-righteous missionary General Cartwright declaims in operatic tones to gangster Nicely Nicely Johnson, “Tell us in your own words.”She's referring to the personal story of salvation he's purporting to have. And "tell us" is exactly what Nicely proceeds to do, not just with words, but with rhyme, rhythm, melody, harmony, and a full choreographed dance routine alongside a bunch of sin-riddled gamblers.Could the character have stated his story simply, a la group therapy? Sure. But this being a Broadway musical, he was…
  • On the Charleston shootings

    Julia Rocchi
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Three weeks have passed since Dylann Storm Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, and I cannot stop placing myself in the middle of that Bible study.Bible studies provide time and space for contemplation. They offer guided meditation, academic exercise, and community bonding, all in one construct. To think that a man, a stranger, sat in the participants' midst for an entire sixty minutes before opening fire boggles my mind. Did the environment of devotion and love move him at all? Did Mother Emanuel's community sway him, even for a second, to…
  • What the world needs now ... (Do you know the rest?)

    Julia Rocchi
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Burn, baby. Photo by Mike G, Flickr.When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. -- Jimi HendrixLast week, I was walking out of the Metro listening to Fr. Paul Dressler's podcast on active, Christ-like love, and there at the escalator exit stood a melancholy man, in about his early 40s, with a container for change and a sign that read, "I have two small boys..."I can't tell you what the rest said, though, because I ran away before I read the whole thing.Such profound hypocrisy in my action (or lack thereof). I had just spent twenty minutes learning about…
  • What comes from silence

    Julia Rocchi
    28 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    The fog shifts to light ... Photo by Justin Kern, FlickrHOW TO BE A POET(to remind myself)Make a place to sit down.Sit down. Be quiet.You must depend uponaffection, reading, knowledge,skill — more of eachthan you have — inspiration,work, growing older, patience,for patience joins timeto eternity. Any readerswho like your poems,doubt their judgment.Breathe with unconditional breaththe unconditioned air.Shun electric wire.Communicate slowly. Livea three-dimensioned life;stay away from screens.Stay away from anythingthat obscures the place it is in.There are no unsacred places;there are only…
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    Paradoxical Thoughts

  • The Bible & Same-Sex Relations: A Biblical Analysis from an Incarnational Perspective

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I recently reconnected with a classmate from my high school days. Our first several exchanges focused on updating each other on what had happened in the decades since our graduation. Once we discovered that both of us had become Christ-followers, the discussion turned to sharing our respective points of view on a variety of subjects – prayer, spiritual life, the Bible – and eventually to the issue of sexual orientation. My former classmate was surprised to hear that I had a very high view of the inspiration of Scripture, yet favored the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – Postlude: “Autoimmune Church?”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    By the Rev. Ken Howard For the last week or so, I have been writing and posting a series of blog posts on the Episcopal Resurrection movement: one post on the Memorial to the Church and ten on the enabling resolutions. No small feat, that, considering that my “day job” is leading a still-growing, mature church plant. Last night I put the last post – and then myself – to bed. As I drifted off into dream land, I realized that I had two worries: That the resolutions would not pass. That the resolutions would not be sufficient.  In either case, it would be a sign that we are…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #G78 – D011: Eliminate Provinces – “Keep Calm & Defeat Bureaucracy”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:31 pm
    By Ken Howard If approved, Resolution D011 – Eliminate Provinces, will eliminate an entire layer of the Episcopal Church‘s bureaucratic structure. At first blush, this may sound like a drastic measure. And it is. It is radical, serious, far reaching…and absolutely essential. I assume that this century-old structure was set up with good intentions. I assume that there must have been a time when the provinces served a beneficial purpose in our denomination (or the system would not have survived its infancy). But IMHO, that day has passed. Bureaucracies have a way outlasting…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #GC78 – Rez D010: Clarify Officers – “Alright, Who’s In Charge Here?”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    By Ken Howard Resolution D010: Clarify Officers of The Episcopal Church, proposes to clarify the roles of the officers of the Episcopal Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and General Convention, providing clear lines of authority and accountability. By-and-large, it is a clean up, but necessary. Last Post: D013 Budget Process – “Budgeting Is No Joke” Next Post: D011: Eliminate Provinces – “Provinces? What Provinces?” Related articles Episcopal Resurrection – a series of posts on a new movement Filed under: Paradoxical Thoughts…
  • #EpiscopalResurrection #GC78 – D013: Budget Process – “Budgeting Is No Joke”

    The Rev. Ken Howard
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    By Ken Howard Budgeting is serious business. It process of budgeting needs to be clear, consistant, fair, and just. Our current canons contain a number of unclear, conflicting, and outdated budget procedures. Resolution D013: Budget Process for the Episcopal Church proposes to amend our budget process to conform with current practice regarding budget development and budget oversight. It also promoses to amend the process by which dioceses are assessed, in order to clarify that the full assessment is expected and to provide reasonable consequences for not praying the full assessment. I…
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    Life Changing Preaching and Teaching

  • I Want to Do Right but I Don’t Know How

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    This message was delivered on Friday, July 17, 2015 at our Summer Revival Worship Service by Min. Jason Todd, Bayou LaBatre, AL. 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 Listen Now:
  • Don’t Miss Out On Your Season of Salvation

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    This message was delivered on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at our Summer Revival Worship Service by Min. Jason Todd, Bayou LaBatre, AL. 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 Listen Now:
  • The Secret Place

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    This message was delivered on July 19, 2015 at our 11:00 am Sunday Morning Worship Service by Rev. Reginald Reed, Pastor of Antioch Church, Batesville, MS.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
  • Cut Off the Fat

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    This message was delivered on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at our Summer Revival Worship Service by Min. Jason Todd, Bayou LaBatre, AL. 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
  • Be Careful When Setting Up A Trap…It Could Be Just For You

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    This message was delivered on July 19, 2015 at our 8:00 am Sunday Morning Worship Service by Min. Tyrone Love, Sr. (Batesville, Mississippi)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

  • How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about a very personal concern she felt her physician was not taking seriously. What she learned led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and treatment for the growth which had been affecting the teen for years. The tools she needed to find and treat this growth came from an awareness of her fertility and natural cycles. “It wasn’t so much that I was trying to avoid pregnancy or get pregnant – it’s that there was something…
  • A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    Vatican City, Jul 31, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave. The Bachelor of Arts diploma young men receive in the seminary is now recognized as being a state title by the Chinese government. With the recognition it is now possible for seminarians who decide to quit their priestly formation to continue their education in a state university.   The news came in a brief July 23 article by Fides, the…
  • Religious sisters sue Colombian TV network for 'false' depiction of saint's life

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 31, 2015 / 12:44 am (CNA).- An order of religious sisters in Colombia is suing a national television network for producing a series that it says twists the facts about the life of the order’s founder, the first Colombian saint. Saint Laura Montoya Upegui is the subject of a new series on Caracol Television, entitled “Laura: an extraordinary life.” The first of 25 episodes was broadcast on July 29. In a statement released July 24, the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate and Saint Catherine of Sienna announced that they were suing…
  • Cardinal O'Malley denounces Planned Parenthood for disrespecting human dignity

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Boston on Wednesday lamented the harvesting of fetal organs, which is at the center of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the practice, as a failure to respect human dignity. “The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society,” Cardinal Sean O'Malley said July 29. “The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the…
  • Vatican bails on questionable anti-human trafficking initiative

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Vatican City, Jul 30, 2015 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful to its commitment against human trafficking, the Holy See has left the board of an initiative it helped to found, as questions have been raised around both its effectiveness and its chairman's possible use of the Pope to raise funds. Together with Anglican and Muslim leaders, the Vatican launched the Global Freedom Network in March 2014, hoping to eradicate human trafficking by 2020. But it has been noticed in recent days that the Global Freedom Network's representative from the Holy See, Archbishop Marcelo…
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    Blog - Faithlab

  • Spring Cleaning

    Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    The sacrifice was Never About forgiveness The sacrifice was A place markerA sign that one had TurnedThe sacrifice did not Cleanse one's soul The sacrifice did not Lift one upThe sacrifice was Merely to clean We each gave Something Something we valued And Using its blood We cleansed The sanctuary We purified The altar.Why?If we have turnedIf we have changedWhat more is there to do?Why send outA goatBurdenedFreightedWith sins Already discarded?Left behindShells of seedsAlready bursting forthGrowning…
  • The Making of Faithelement: Behind the Scenes

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Interested in how the team at Faithelement work? Here’s a look at our processes and the equipment/software services we use.Scope & SequenceScope & Sequence is curriculum-speak for “what is studied on what dates”. Faithelement and Nurturing Faith share a common scope and sequence, drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary text options. We don’t promise to always stick rigidly to their texts, and sometimes choose to broaden or use fewer verses, depending on what we think works best for a given session.Scope and sequence for the next year is usually set by the…
  • The New Faithelement

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Faithlab's online Bible study curriculum — Faithelement, is taking a leap forward this summer. The session content for June Faithelement sessions looks different, and it’s the beginning of the next phase of Faithelement. We’ve been working toward this for some time, and are excited to start rolling it out for you.Starting with June 7 content, you’ll notice a new layout and new content. Across June and July, we will roll out additional content and features as new sessions arrive.What’s New?There’s a lot that’s new or enhanced about Faithelement. Here’s a quick…
  • Bible as State Book

    Adam McDuffie
    6 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    On April 15th, the Tennessee House of Representatives decided in a 55-38 vote to designate the Holy Bible as the official book of the State of Tennessee. Tennessee is my home state, and I’m proud of it. I love everything about Tennessee, from the mountains in the East, to the hills in the Cumberland Basin, to the rivers and bluffs near my home in the West. But, I have to say, this decision by members of the state legislature leaves me scratching my head. I wonder just what they hoped to achieve through this decision. It would seem that all they’ve managed to do is make the state look…
  • Showing Up to Our Doubt

    Nikki Hardeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    John 20:19-31Oh Thomas…good ol’ Doubting Thomas. How awful it must be to have one action earn you a nickname that stays with you for the rest of history — as if it is the only the only way to describe him. It is such a poor way to remember a disciple of Jesus’ for one simple request he made. Tradition and history would have us maintain this negative view of Thomas – in part because we live in a time in which it makes us feel safe to silence those who would question what we believe. However, I’m not sure that that is how scripture would have us remember Thomas. Let’s look back at…
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    Divided Under God

  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: After Marriage Equality Case, the Christian Right is Calling for a Theocracy

    Kevin Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being” That’s the message that was quickly churned out from Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President in the form of a graphic that was shared by thousands over Facebook and other social media sites, following the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.  Huckabee, the candidate of choice thus far in polling of the Christian Right, is boldly asserting that the rules of his religion trump the laws of the United States, and should be followed in place of the laws of the land.  It certainly isn’t much of a stretch to…
  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
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    The Daily Register

  • China-Vatican Relations Take a Small, Positive Step

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS | VATICAN CITY — In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China’s government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they...
  • Women Betrayed: A New Generation Rallies Nationwide to Protest Planned Parenthood

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
    By SUE ELLEN BROWDER | They’re young. They’re articulate. They’re well-organized. And it has taken only a spark to set them ablaze: The explosive Planned Parenthood “baby parts” scandal has ignited a raging fire in the pro-life women’s...
  • If We're Serious About Defunding PP, Here's How We Can Do It

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:39 pm
    By Rebecca Hamilton | Without this bill, we face a long slog through other amendments on less important bills or a standalone bill, all of which are unlikely to make it to law. It appears that what Majority Leader McConnell has set up is a vote or...
  • A Person's a Person, No Matter How Small

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    By Ashley McGuire | “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” It sounds like a pro-life slogan. In fact, it’s just a line from Dr. Seuss’ 1954 classic, Horton Hears a Who! In the story, an unsuspecting elephant is bathing himself when he hears a...
  • The Family That Prays Together Stays Together

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    By Kathy Schiffer | The Family That Prays Together Stays Together. That was the message of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, the founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries who was best known as the "Rosary Priest." Just in time for the World Meeting of...
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    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • DOD Inspector General Issues Report on Conscience Rights in the Military

    Don Byrd
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense issued a report last week entitled  “Rights of Conscience Protections for Armed Service Members and Their Chaplains.” The report was required by the 2014 Defense Authorization Act after investigating the compliance by the Armed Forces with regulations regarding rights of conscience. The results? A few concerns were found, including a lack of available kosher and halal foods in defense facilities overseas, and a “failure to evaluate religious accommodation requests within established…
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Reiterates: Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

    Don Byrd
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    Written by Don Byrd The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier this week rebuffed state officials who requested a rehearing after the Court previously found that a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol violates the state constitution and must be removed. The Court was in no mood to change its mind. “No merit warrants a grant of rehearing.” Here are excerpts from concurring opinions: Stripping the Ten Commandments of their religious significance and characterizing them as secular and a component of the foundation of the laws of this State trivializes the sacred…
  • Video of Dr. James Dunn’s Memorial Service is Online Now

    Don Byrd
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Written by Don Byrd On July 18, Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina hosted a memorial service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. James Dunn (1932-2015), the former Director of the Baptist Joint Committee. Video of the service is now available online. I highly recommend it – a moving, beautiful, sometimes hilarious set of remembrances and meditations on a life that touched so many. Speakers include BJC Executive Director Brent Walker, Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard, Knollwood Pastor Bob Setzer, and Melissa Rogers, who read letters from President Barack Obama and former…
  • N.C. Supreme Court Upholds School Voucher System, Dismisses Religious Discrimination Claim for Lack of Standing

    Don Byrd
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Written by Don Byrd In a 4-3 ruling, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the state’s “Opportunity Scholarships” program against challenges that the voucher system violates the state’s constitution. The program allows a limited number of students in low-income families to attend private school with state funds. Plaintiffs, a group of taxpayers, argued – and the trial court agreed – that among other constitutional flaws, North Carolina’s voucher program sends public funds to private schools that discriminate on the basis of religion. The Supreme…
  • Brent Walker remembers James M. Dunn

    Jordan Edwards
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
      In this podcast, BJC Executive Director Brent Walker remembers the life and legacy of his predecessor, Dr. James M. Dunn. He shares stories from Dunn’s time at the Baptist Joint Committee in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as a few favorite quotations. Dunn passed away July 4, 2015. You can read more about James Dunn or watch his memorial service.
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    Christian Stress Management

  • Christian Prosperity Principles: Part 1

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    God wants you to prosper.Beloved, I wish that you may prosper in all things and be in good health just as your soul prospers. (3 John 2:2)If you are still doubting whether God wants you to prosper, here is another Scripture:Blessed be God Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. (Psalm 35:27)So what exactly is prosperity?Prosperity is flourishing financially, spiritually, physically and in all other ways. And how does someone prosper?There are several things that we can learn from people in the Bible who flourished in many different ways.One of these things that people who…
  • How to Overcome Opposition: Part 2

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Cyrus is another example of a person from the Bible who God helped overcome opposition because He was doing His work. We can see that God promised to precede Cyrus and destroy all opposition for He said: 'I will go before you and make the crooked paths straight,I will break in pieces bronze gates andI will cut the iron bars. (Isaiah 45:2)Therefore if you want the mountains standing in your path to be mowed down and the valleys depressing you to be leveled and the bronze gates erected to bar your progress broken down and the iron bars created to curtail your…
  • How to Overcome Opposition: Part 1

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Are you facing stiff opposition as you try to do the work of God?If you are, understand that one big way of having the opposition you are facing removed from your face is to continue working in the midst of the opposition.We can see this from Gideon who was found by an Angel of the Lord threshing wheat in a winepress. (Judges 6:11) Wheat was supposed to be threshed on a threshing floor which was a wide open space as seen in the image below from Wikimedia. This was the ideal place for Gideon to accomplish his work of threshing wheat.However, Gideon had to thresh his wheat in a…
  • Lessons from the Widow of Zarephath: Part 4

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The fourth lesson that we can learn from the Widow of Zarephath is that we must obey the word that God speaks to us through His servants.We see that when Elijah told her to first bake a cake for him from the little flour that she had before she used it to make food for her son or herself, She went and did as per Elijah's instructions. (1 Kings 17:15)The result of her obedience was that Elijah, her son and herself ate for many days for the bin of flour was not used up and the jar of oil did not run dry. (1 Kings 17:15) Therefore if a true servant of God tells you to do…
  • Lessons from the Widow of Zarephath: Part 3

    Dr. Miriam Kinai
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Another lesson we can learn from the Widow of Zarephath is that if we are facing a life and death situation, instead of preparing to die, we should prepare to live by giving to God.We can that when the Widow told Elijah about her problem of having only enough food to prepare one meal for her son and herself before they died, he told her, "Do not be afraid.First go and make a small cake and bring it to me. Then, make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, 'The bin of flour shall not be used up and the jar of oil shall not run dry until the day…
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  • Grasping Faith

    Jonathan Pearson
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    I’ve been reading through the book of Romans. A few days ago, I read Romans 3. It’s the famous chapter (Romans 3:23) where Paul outlines heavily the only way to salvation and contrasts faith and the law. He makes the case and point that only through faith is one saved through Christ. The word “faith” is used about a dozen times in the chapter and it really points out our desperation in salvation and his declaration that faith in Him is the only way. Thinking about the word “faith”… It’s hard for us to grasp in present times faith means we look…
  • Hope Of Future, Not Horror Of Past

    Jonathan Pearson
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Most people I know are really good at looking into the past. Seeing what’s happened in their life, seeing what they’ve accomplished, seeing how they’ve failed, remembering past experiences. While it’s definitely never wrong for us to look in the past to celebrate what’s happened and thank God for His faithfulness, I’ve noticed something… It’s kinda rare that we look into the past and just look on the good stuff. We often drift to past hurts, past sins, past mistakes, past failures. So, while we’re busy dwelling on the negative of the past, we often miss the opportunities of…
  • God Has The Last Laugh

    Jonathan Pearson
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
           Related StoriesHope Of Future, Not Horror Of PastGod Is At Work On The Other SideWhen All Seems Lost 
  • 8 Great Social Media Apps to Boost Productivity

    Jonathan Pearson
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Buffer  Most people that have used social media a while know this one. You basically dump all of your tweets, retweets, and links into it and it schedules them out in predefined times that you’ve set. That way, your followers never get bombarded by 3 tweets in a row. Buffer works with a host of services. Twitter, Facebook, Facebook pages, Google Plus, and more. They have a great blog too! Pablo by Buffer A free service by the people of Buffer. This allows you to upload an image and put text on top of it. It even lets you send a tweet or Facebook post from the page. It’s quick and with a…
  • 3 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Coming to Your Church

    Jonathan Pearson
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:06 am
    You do more “show” than service For the last decade or so, the church has sought to produce a show each and every week. The truth is that this worked for a previous generation that was fed up with tradition steeped in inauthentic rituals. They were eager for something that more resembled what they’d get at a concert or on the radio. Things have shifted. For millennials today, it’s not hard to find a good show or good music. Go to youtube, open up the music app on your smartphone and great sounding music isn’t far away. The “show” is no longer the winner. What millennials want is…
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    World Revival Network Blog

  • Why Premillennials Can't Have Their Cake And Eat It Too

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Almost every occasion I mention the present-day expression of the Kingdom of God, someone quickly asserts, "J.D., don't forget, the Kingdom is now, but not yet." As this phrase tumbles out of their mouth, I know they're technically leaving the door open for healings and other expressions of power. Nevertheless, it often sounds more like unbelief or a rationalization of their spiritual inactivity. I've found that, for some, the "already/not yet" has become a convenient way of acknowledging Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom without expecting any of it to invade history.I remember the…
  • Are You Seeing A Waning Of The Spirit In Your Church? If So, Could This Be Why?

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    I was raised classical Pentecostal and was often assured that believers were now living in the "dispensation of the Holy Spirit." With unknown tongues and prayer for the sick being articulated in my church, the older generation wanted to clarify what all this was "rooted in."I remember when a seasoned minister once remarked, "After Jesus died on the cross, He gladly poured out His Holy Spirit on the Church with wonderful gifts and expressions of His grace. Now we're gladly awaiting the second coming that will finally bring forth the Kingdom."Multitudes in the Spirit-filled tradition draw…
  • Who's Responsible For The 'Escalating Darkness'? - The Answer May Surprise You

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    There's a lot of talk about how brutally dark the world is becoming. Many are witnessing unimaginable attitudes and behaviors. They're distressed and bitterly decrying where things are going.In many ways I understand the great disappointment and sadness. There's no joy in humanity's sinfulness and destructive tendencies. It would  be a mistake to celebrate things that corrupt the heart and undermine what it means to be made in the image of God.However, much of religion has allowed itself to be sidetracked. In the midst of our ongoing diatribes and expressions of anger, we may be making…
  • A Foolproof Way To Tell If God Is Speaking To You (Or Not)

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    I stumbled into conflict one occasion when I wrote an article on the power of the "imagination." I had been recounting the fact that God desires to actually demonstrate aspects of His nature. In this and some other teachings, I had disclosed that Jeremiah, Amos, and Zechariah had amazing visionary experiences and how they might be a pattern for all of us to look at. Not long after my teaching was sent out, I received an unexpected email in response to it. Upon opening it, I could immediately discern that the responder was bothered by my teaching and wanted to voice his disagreement. He…
  • God's Thoughts About You Outnumber The Grains Of Sand

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I was once questioned about the viability of hearing God's voice. Obviously a little skeptical of the biblical moorings of this practice, a zealous young man wanted me to share what I understood about this outworking from the Scriptures.I explained to him that I had no desire to convince him of something that he wasn't open to receive. It is nearly impossible to persuade someone to embrace a reality that they believe is outside the scope of human experience.Nevertheless, this passionate young man persisted in his inquiry. As I carefully listened to him, I could tell he wasn't trying to be…
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    The Dude Abides

  • ‘I’m Your Muse': Consulting, Coaching, Editing, & Ghosting for Writers—Let’s Give Your Project Wings

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    “Yeah, I’m your muse. You look surprised. I’m you’re muse. You’re having trouble writing. I’m here to help.” ~ Bernadette Peters as the Muse in Woody Allen’s Alice Have a writing project, book proposal, or manuscript you’ve been wrestling with or trying to get off the ground? I can help. My consultation dance card is wide […]
  • The Sacred and the Grateful Dead: It’s (Not) Just a Box of Rain

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Grateful Dead’s music has, for half a century now, provided a virtual “third place” for fans that have discovered companionship amidst the blithe, earthy sounds, sometimes spiritually-bent lyrics, and a subculture where the prevailing ethos landed somewhere between “take it easy, man” and “let’s take care of each other. When Deadheads gather en masse for the band’s live performances—the last of which […]
  • More Than This? Looking for Your Feedback

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hello everyone, I’m crowdsourcing something very special that I hope to be able to tell you all about soon. To wit: Would you please email me ( and tell me what your reaction to this song is? “More Than This” by Peter Gabriel How does it make you feel? How do you relate? What’s it […]
  • Why Tony Campolo’s LGBTQ Reversal is Evangelicalism’s Tipping Point

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    That crashing sound you heard Monday morning was waves of change breaching the levees of the evangelical Christian world when one of its most venerable icons, the Rev. Tony Campolo, came out in favor of full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church. While his name may not be as familiar outside the evangelical bubble […]
  • To Let It God and So To Find A Way: U2, (A)Live with Grief and Grace

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Not just any band could take their fans by the hands and say, essentially, please walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We’re one, but we’re not the same; we get to carry each other … But since its inception in 1976, the band formed by four teenage boys from Dublin’s hardscrabble north side has opened a vein, sharing their most vulnerable moments and struggles with anyone who would listen.
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  • Jonah Lab

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Jonah Lab Green Sheet Click here to download the Green Sheet for the course. This includes the week-by-week outline and the homework.Jonah Text Click here in case you want an easy-to-print and interact with download of the complete text of the Book of Jonah.Historical Context of Jonah LinksGrace Commentary on Jonah’s historical background: Click here.Biblia Intro to Jonah Click hereThe Assyrians Click here.Primary Source Reference about Historical Assyrians Click herePrimary Source Historical Artifacts from Assyrian Kings Click hereCollection of Bible Dictionary Entries about Ninevah…
  • The Road

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Road So, as everyone knows, I am an emotional guy. But what makes me cry is not usually things that are sad.What makes me cry is goodness.Beauty.Recently, I heard from a friend about an interview given by Cormac McCarthy, who is, by all estimations, one of the greatest living American writers, and perhaps the best American writer of the last 50 years.I first studied McCarthy’s work when I started teaching AP English in 2003. Two of his books made the AP Reading List (Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men). Since I had not read his work, I decided to. Those two novels in…
  • Beautiful Day

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    I love San Jose I love San Jose. I mean, I really love it. It’s my favorite city in the world. And it’s my home. My kids have grown up here. The only house I’ve ever owned is here.But whenever I meet someone new, and they ask what I do, I kind of hitch up for a second. I’m not saying I’m great at reading people, but whenever I say “I’m a pastor” people sort of take a step back. And I get it. People in this area are suspicious of religion. For good reasons.Many are more than suspicious. They have seen religion at its worst, and have the sinking…
  • Casulty of Nerf Wars

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This morning. At 7:34am Even though there was no school (To honor Cesar Chavez) I awoke to a gentle tapping on my left shoulder.The form of my darling daughter Asking me If she could have Strawberry Frosted Mini-wheats.Which is a dumb question. Because why would I care At 7:34am On Cesar Chavez day.But then, behind her, Her brother, Also wide-awake on the one day he could sleep in Revealed another question“And after that,” he asked, his voice not nearly hushed enough considering the fact that his mother was still asleep about 3 feet away “Can we have a Nerf war?”So I…
  • 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…
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    ATLAH Media Network

  • Obama Is Not A Son Of Africa

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am The Manning Report Obama is the Son of Satan not The Son of Africa. (30 July 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the link 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…
  • The Manning Report – 30 July 2015

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 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 6 times, 6 visits today)
  • Trust in the Lord Hour – 30 July 2015

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a 1-hour audio broadcast archived from the live Trust In The Lord Hour. The message titled “Understanding Charity (C)” was spoken on 25 July 2015 10:00 AM Follow James David Manning on Facebook: (Visited 11 times, 9 visits today)
  • My Three Temptations By Satan

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm The Manning Report Dr. James David Manning discusses the Three Temptations by Satan. (27 July 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the link 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…
  • Obama’s Third Term

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm The Manning Report Louis Farrakhan is spiritually and sexually compromised. (27 July 2015) Please Boycott the supporters of Al Sharpton. Here is the link 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…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • Attacks in Nigeria, USA; Iranian Pastor to be Released Early; and More

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Editorial: News Digest will be going fortnightly starting this edition. This change was necessitated as it was becoming difficult to add all the Christian news around the world within the News Digest for a month. Through fortnightly editions, we intend to cover more news and thus, also raise up prayer points for our brethren who’re suffering for their faith around the world like the ones in Nigeria, Iran and Israel below. And of course, we’ll continue to cover some positive stories as and when we get them. Read the testimony of a woman who escaped from her kidnapper’s clutches by…
  • Relatives Forgive Charleston Mass Murderer; Persecutions in Iraq, Pakistan; Saeed Abedini Update

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Charleston Church Massacre: Relatives Forgive the Murderer Relatives of victims of the Charleston church massacre openly forgave the accused Dylann Roof. Nine relatives of victims came forward and offered their forgiveness, while expressing their emotions of a hurting heart. Roof sat for an hour with members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina before opening fire massacring six women and three men. He has told investigators he carried out the shootings telling them “I wanted to start a race war,” but said he almost didn’t go through with it…
  • 10 Critical Keys to Be a Blessing to Your Church!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    After serving as an Evangelist for 20 years in India, a year ago God commissioned me to pastor a church in Canada. To say what God has been doing is a blessing is an understatement. For a while, I wondered why God didn’t allow me to be a Pastor sooner. I have come to realise that I was not ready. This journey is not without challenges and mostly comes at the very cost of the death of me. Dying, almost daily is the cup of the shepherd. As I learn to love the sheep as Christ loves, I am baffled by how unconditional is God’s love for us. There are all kinds of sheep in the Body of Christ.
  • Lessons on Anointing from the Life of Elijah

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    I’d like to elaborate on a few practical things about the anointing that flows into our lives. Sometime ago I wrote about the anointing. Read the 3 Part series here. When God gives you an assignment He also gives you the anointing to carry it out. [tweet this] And it’s important for us to stay at His feet until we are empowered on high. In 1 Kings we read about Elijah, a bold man, who simply walked on the scene and without any self introduction. And He carried an unction and authority over the nation of Israel. Because He came from the presence of the Lord; His heart was synchronized…
  • Join Revive UAE With Pastor Shyju Mathew

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    When churches come together in humility and tears to seek the face of our Master, heavens must open above. We believe that God is sending Revive Nations for a time of renewal in the Middle East, starting with UAE. From 8th to 13th of July 2015, we will be in UAE hosting Tent Of Meeting leadership training and Revive Conferences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. I want to take this moment to encourage all our believer friends to share this good news to your family and friends in UAE. Tent Of Meeting is exclusive training for leaders in the ministry and we are excited to announce that candidates…
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    True Freethinker blogs

  • VIDEO: Atheist Michael Shermer & Christian Frank Turek agree!!! Contra the Graduate Queer Alliance

    Ken Ammi
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Graduate Queer Alliance proves, yet again, that liberals are not liberal but are oppressors and censors. In this case, Atheist Michael Shermer & Christian Frank Turek agree when the Graduate Queer Alliance attempted to actually stop debates at college campuses, debates such as the one upon which they engaged.
  • History of sex change reassignment and religious homosexual issue

    Ken Ammi
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    We continue, from part 1 and part 2, considering an article by Jack Drescher, M.D., who is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, wherein he complied some interesting data with regards to, as he states it within his relevant paper’s title, “Queer Diagnoses: Parallels and Contrasts in the History of Homosexuality, Gender Variance, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” which was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, April 2010 AD, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 427-460. I will add bold and underlining emphasis for emphasis. Here is a little info on the history of sex change operations /…
  • Science and transgenderism in Extant TV show

    Ken Ammi
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Within the Extant TV show’s episode “Cracking the Code” (S02E04 aired July 22, 2015 AD) reference is made to bad science (so called) in the form of junk DNA and transgenderism (in a subtle form). For more background on this show, see Extant TV show thus far (season 1 recap and symbolism). The relevant portion of the dialogues in this regard follows within the context of two characters reviewing alien and human DNA: MOLLY: What is that board over there? LAB TECH: Junk DNA. It's where either the meaning of life is hidden or simply the husks of a cornstalk. Lots of meaningless strands that…
  • Imagine no religion, and no myth

    Ken Ammi
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    We continue, from part 1 and part 2, considering the Atheist activism upon which some biased pseudo-scientists base their craft. Francis Crick also stated: People like myself get along perfectly well with no religious views.* Well, of course, he does, indeed, have religious views which just happen to be Atheistic and Darwinian religious views. Also, we may also note that thieves get along perfectly well with no police officers. Like a fish who is so used to living in water that it does not discern its existence Francis Crick lives in YHVH’s universe without admitting it. As for James…
  • Jon Stewart on FOX News Sunday: delusional or deliberately blind?

    Ken Ammi
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Jon Stewart on FOX News Sunday: delusional or deliberately blind? Jon Stewart appeared as a guest on the Sunday, June 19, 2011 AD broadcast of FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace. While a lot could be said about his various odd views, a couple of things are noteworthy. It is somewhat difficult to discern whether Jon Stewart is actually delusional or deliberately blind (or, pick your by any other name). For example, the following exchange took place: CHRIS WALLACE: Over the years, you have called us -- and we're going to put this on the screen because this is heavy stuff. JON STEWART: Please.
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    Joshua Rhone

  • Turn the page: A new chapter begins

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.1 While there are many reasons for the hiatus, busyness, by far, has been the biggest reason. At the beginning of June I resigned as pastor of the Mount Union Wesleyan Church, where I have served as pastor since August of 2007. My resignation marked the end of wonderful season of life and ministry––a rewarding and fruitful season that Crystal and I are grateful for (see accompanying pictures). [See image gallery at] When I resigned we didn’t know where we would be going or what I would be doing. We resigned,…
  • [Infographic] Flora and Fauna Hiking Guide

    Joshua Rhone
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Stay Safe and Healthy in the Wilderness by Learning All About the Animals and Plants Around You Source:
  • [Video] The Backwards Brain Bicycle

    Joshua Rhone
    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Last night, unable to sleep, I stumbled across the following video. It is worth a watch for entertainment value alone, but I cannot stop thinking about the video’s content as it relates to other topics: spiritual formation, leading both oneself and others successfully through change(s), etc. With that in mind, I would encourage you to watch the video. Then, if you are interested, I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, so that you can be notified regarding upcoming posts exploring the implications of the video with regard to such things as personal transformation,…
  • [Photos] Mount Union, PA: Thousand Steps (1000 Steps)

    Joshua Rhone
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    [See image gallery at] I’m proud of Quinton. For the last few days, Crystal and Maddie have been away. As part of our father-son time, Quinton wanted to try to best our reaching of step 700 last year. He not only made it to the top, but managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the mountainside. Good times.
  • [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve enjoyed. Books that I’ve discussed over coffee with close friends. Books that have made me think. Scary Close is the most recent of those books. And it is more than good. It’s great. Scary great. Better than Blue Like Jazz great. To be clear, I didn’t pay for…
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    Set Apart People

  • Purity and holiness

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
      Purity and holiness are two words that that have come across my path so much the last couple of weeks and not only mine. It is as if YHVH is urging His children to focus on becoming pure and holy before Him. Purity and holiness isn’t new, YHVH has always required it of us, but it is as if there is an urgency to this. We have to be pure and holy. Why is this necessary, you may wonder? Let’s see what YHVH said about purity and holiness. Purity and holiness When you study YHVH’s word, you will learn that YHVH requires purity and holiness from us. We are to become holy…
  • The Power of Words

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    YHVH gave us the ability to communicate through spoken words. These words have much power. We can hurt with our words and we can edify. Our words create our lives, in the same way YHVH created all He did, by speaking it forth. YHVH created everything with words, He spoke and it was so. We were also created this way, in YHVH’s image, and He gave us the power to use words to create our reality on earth. In a small way, we can see this when we respond with harsh words towards a friend or family member when we feel irritable. You have probably experienced how the rest of the day changes as…
  • More about faith

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
      Faith is a topic we can study over and over and every time learn something new. We have written about faith previously: Living by faith…when our faith is tested and Faith is something you do! We know that our faith will be tested and that faith without works is dead, but we want to expand on this. I have lots of questions about faith. Why don’t we as believers have the same amount of faith? Where does faith originate from? Is it something we are to work at or do we ask YHVH to increase it? Why do we sometimes have much while other times less. I sometimes experience that I lack…
  • Answered prayer

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
      Why don’t we see more miracles in the body of Y’shua? Why don’t we see more answered prayers? When we read the Scriptures, we see that YHVH is not powerless, He has been and still is doing miracles. If we don’t experience this in our own lives, it’s up to us to search for a reason why. We have written about some aspects of unanswered prayer before in The mystery of unanswered prayer. We focused mostly on spiritual hindrances. In this article, we will look at other hindrances to answered prayer.This may confront you as it confronted me. Do we really have…
  • Your life has an impact

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
      Each of us has a purpose and a role to play in YHVH’s plan. I saw a short video last week of dominoes, gradually increasing in size, that illustrated this beautifully. You may have seen it too. The biggest domino was standing almost half a meter tall and the smallest was so small it had to be put in place with  tweezers. That smallest domino was set in motion with the slightest movement of the tweezer, though it started the action of throwing over all the dominoes, even the greatest one. Even the slightest action has an effect of great significance. I want to encourage you with…
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    Thoughts from Brahma Kumaris

  • Faith in one's progress brings contentment.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Message for the day 31-07-2015Expression: Even when the situation is not according to what is expected, there is contentment for the one who has faith in his own progress. Such a person will not just sit back waiting for things to change nor will he just curse his fate. Instead he'll do his best and use all his resources in bettering the situation. Experience: The understanding that all life's situations are a training for me, automatically keeps me content in all situations. There is naturally an experience of constant progress and a feeling of having gained something from all…
  • True freedom is to be from seeing negativity.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Message for the day 30-07-2015Thought to ponder: Sometimes, we do feel bound and helpless because of certain situations or people. We try hard to escape from it, but we are not able to. We tend to think a lot about it and waste our time and energy. Hence, we are further caught up in it. On the other hand, when we make the effort of seeing and working on some positive aspect in ourselves, the situation and people, we are able to be truly free, first in our own minds. We then would be in a state of mind to find the right solution. Point to practice: Today I will invest my time…
  • To be victorious means to pass obstacles with ease.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Message for the day 29-07-2015Thought to ponder: The ones who aim to become victorious never think of not being faced with obstacles. Instead they look at each obstacle as a chance to use and express their own inner powers. So there is constant progress visible in them. Point to practice: When I am prepared for the inevitable challenges that life brings, I will not experience fear, tension or anxiety but will always be confident and fearless. Apart from actually being victorious in the situation, I also experience winning over my weaknesses and discovering new powers within…
  • To be seated on a powerful stage is to ensure right decisions are made.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Message for the day 28-07-2015Thought to ponder: A king or a judge is seated on a seat, weighs the pros and cons and only then makes decisions. In the same way while making any important decisions, I need to set myself on a powerful stage of confidence and self respect. Being in this stage, I need to look with detachment and make the decision. Even if I have already acted impulsively, I need to re look. Because decisions made with the wrong state of mind are usually wrong too. Point to practice: Today I will first check the quality of my thoughts before I make any important…
  • To believe that destiny is in my hands is to create a positive future for myself.

    Premanandhan Narayanan
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Message for the day 27-07-2015Thought to ponder: It is easy to blame destiny when something goes wrong. But instead of just blaming, if we begin to understand that 'today is past for tomorrow, we will be able to act accordingly. With every action that I am doing today, I am creating a future for myself. I need to pay attention to do such actions which will create a better future for myself. Point to practice: Today I will do something that will help me build a better future for myself. I will initiate one positive action that I will sustain. I will do this with the belief that…
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    Bible Knowledge

  • Fast Food And Relationships

    Mike Bradley
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Fast Food And Relationships One of the most common sights in today’s modern world are the fast food restaurant. They’re just about everywhere, and practically everybody’s eaten fast food in some form or another. It’s not even that fast food is a new thing – historical records show that there were forms of fast food in Ancient Rome, and likely also in earlier cultures. While there are some concerns about how healthy fast food is, it fits exactly in today’s hectic lifestyle. People don’t really have the time to prepare fresh food on their own, and sometimes…
  • Pulling On A Band-aid

    Mike Bradley
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Pulling On A Band-aid One of the memories I have from my childhood, one of the scenes I remember was often repeated, is of getting all manners of minor scrapes and scratches. Like any active child, I would get them from playing, or exploring, or a host of other different adventures I had. And the one who would have to patch me up, would invariably be my mother. A little antiseptic, maybe a quick wash with soap and water, and, often, a band-aid, and everything was better. All patched up for the next adventure. And while this is starting to sound like an advert, let me assure you that I do have…
  • The Promise Of God’s Protection

    Mike Bradley
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    The Promise Of God’s Protection One of the ways that God shows His love for us are his many promises to keep us from harm, from loneliness, from evil, from our enemies. Let’s go through just a few of these now: Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 59:1 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear,” Matthew 10:29-30 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the…
  • 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…
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    Tony Agnesi

  • FGG-084 Girls with Purple Hair

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    As I approached the scene, I couldn’t help but notice that cars were swerving to avoid the driver, who lay in pain in the middle of the street, and his bike that was now a twisted mess. No one was stopping to help! In this podcast, Tony discusses unlikely hero’s, girls with purple hair! Scripture: “Therefore, … Read More →
  • Reluctant Acceptance

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. –Hebrews 13:2 Why are we as a society so reluctant to accept the differences in others? Why is there a need to judge others, those that are different in our eyes? We shun the disabled or disfigured, those with mental health issues or … Read More →
  • FGG-083 That’s Not Who You Are

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    As I sat there, a male technician came out to the waiting room and in a loud clear voice said, “The colon cancer!” He repeated himself, “which one of you is the colon cancer?  A few seconds passed before I realized that he was referring to me. As my anger grew, I rose to my … Read More →
  • The Gnat and the Camel

    19 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. [But] these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!” -Matthew 23:23-24 Do … Read More →
  • FGG-082 The Devil on My Shoulder

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    I remembered as a kid the cartoon that depicted the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil is whispering in one ear and the angel in the other. The devil is suggesting sin and the angel suggesting goodness.  In this podcast, Tony discusses good and evil. Scripture: Consequently, brothers, we … Read More →
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    A Catholic Newbie

  • When Your Husband or Wife Hasn’t Converted

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    I know many who struggle with a husband or wife who hasn’t converted to Catholicism or who may be Catholic but their heart hasn’t been converted. This is a difficult cross to bear and takes time, prayer and patience. I am previewing a copy of Intimate Graces (Ave Maria Press, 2015) by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) […] The post When Your Husband or Wife Hasn’t Converted appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • Catholicism through a Convert’s Eyes: Win 2 FREE Catholic Books!

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    As days pass and we become comfortable in our Catholicism and the sacraments begin to feel more like a routine and less like an encounter with the living God, it’s time to shake ourselves out of that lukewarm sleep and remember WHY we are Catholic. As a convert myself, I find it often helps to […] The post Catholicism through a Convert’s Eyes: Win 2 FREE Catholic Books! appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • 9 Inspirational Contemporary Christian Songs to Brighten Your Day

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    I have found some of the greatest joy in listening to Contemporary Christian music. It is so uplifting and such a dramatic contrast to flipping on any other mainstream station where it seems within just a few songs you (and your kids) must listen to songs about sex, using curse words and worse. See my […] The post 9 Inspirational Contemporary Christian Songs to Brighten Your Day appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • How to Read Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    OK, Catholics (and ALL people for that matter), you already know this, but I’m here to remind you that you NEED to read Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter On Care for Our Common Home. Why? Sure, you can read everyone else’s summaries, but you need to read Pope Francis’ words for yourself, rather […] The post How to Read Pope Francis’ Laudato Si appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
  • The Perfect Book for July 4th: The American Catholic Almanac

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    When learning about Church history and the saints, sometimes we forget that our own country has its own lofty Catholic history. While it may not date back hundreds or thousands of years, there are some amazing people and events that have taken place right here in the United States. This July 4th is a great […] The post The Perfect Book for July 4th: The American Catholic Almanac appeared first on A Catholic Newbie.
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    Dr. Andrew Sargent

  • Another 3 Reasons Every Christian Leader Should Learn Biblical Languages

    Andrew Sargent
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    From Don’t allow self-defensive thoughts like, “So, everything I’ve done for X  years was a misguided waste?” “So, I’m not good enough?” “So! You think I can’t properly interpret the Scriptures in English?” prevent you from taking that next vital step in your dedication to radically improving your knowledge of Scripture. Here are 3 more ways that learning biblical languages can enhance your ministry. 4.     Learning biblical languages will improve your ability to use commentaries. Even if you don’t become a language…
  • A Biblical Theologian in a Systematic Theology World

    Andrew Sargent
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I passed inspection for receiving my ministerial license, the individual responsible for my review spread out, like a row of piano keys, the many pages of answers I gave to the theological questions I was asked to address in the process. He ummm-ed a bit, scratched his cheek, rubbed the back of his head, and said (I paraphrase as close to true as I can), “I’m not sure I’ve ever received answers to these questions quite like this. (stuttering a bit) Now, now, now… I think you are right… but I’m not exactly sure what to do with them.” Thus began…
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Hebrew Poetry

    Andrew Sargent
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Poetry, by definition, is usually regarded as distinct from another category of writing called Prose. To express it simply, Prose is normal writing. It reflects the speech patterns of typical daily conversation, even if a bit more planned and carefully refined. Poetry then is an alternate way of writing that some have called sublime language or speech that is focused on the use of meter, rhythm and emotive imagery. Even though there is no end to the debate over exact definitions of poetry, one may rest assured that if you spoke in poetry to everyone at a neighborhood barbecue, they would…
  • 3 Reasons Every Christian Leader Should Learn Biblical Languages

    Andrew Sargent
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I realize that the second someone makes a statement like, “Every Christian leader should learn biblical languages,” feelings of condemnation erupt. “So, everything I’ve done for X  years was a misguided waste?” “So, I’m not good enough?” “So, I can’t properly interpret the Scriptures in English?” If I give the answers, “No.” “Kind of.” “Yes, on some level,” I’ll only make matters worse for myself, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll list 3 ways that learning biblical languages can…
  • The Meme Wars: What Ought the Role of the Church in Society Be?

    Andrew Sargent
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    If I had to describe my rather short life on social media, I would depict the bulk of it as “THE MEME WARS.” Since you are reading this online, I doubt I have to explain to you that memes are those pictures that people post with snappy little sayings on them that range from being vulgar to sarcastic to sentimental. One might also call social media “The House of Flying Blogs.” Where those provoked by any number of issues pass around articles that deliver devastating blows to the ideological self-defense mechanisms of their political, religious, or social opponents. It is the place…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Fear of the Lord

    Fr. Peter
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      I read a lot of blogs by a lot of different people.  I read history blogs, news blogs, religious blogs, and some fun stuff.  I recently came across this daily devotional blog that had a post about the fear of God.  The writer of the blog post, the Rev Richard Floyd said that fearing God […] The post The Fear of the Lord appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Miracles Are All Around Us

    Fr. Peter
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Gospel of Matthew 14:14-22 At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and […] The post Miracles Are All Around Us appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What I did on my summer vacation

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    When I was in elementary school, we always had this first day of school ritual of telling the class what we did on our summer vacation.  One by one my classmates would rise and tell of their adventures to Disney World, the beach, or some other fascinating place.  We would listen attentively and then move […] The post What I did on my summer vacation appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • You are a Royal Priesthood

    Fr. Peter
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the daily Bible study work that I am presently engaged in, (sign up here) the focus is on the First Letter of St. Peter.  At the present time we are working our way through the second chapter and the focus is on the calling of all Christians to the priesthood.  For some this is […] The post You are a Royal Priesthood appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Danger of Discussion

    Fr. Peter
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    More and more we see that discussions, any debate will soon end in some sort or rant or disagreement.  Watching the TV “news” programs, one wonders how anyone can understand anything with everyone yelling at each other.  No one listens anymore to anyone.  We have our mind made up prior to the discussion and nothing, […] The post The Danger of Discussion appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Swami Mukundananda

  • In the Indian culture, we all have heard hundreds of times since childhood that we need a Guru. But is there any definition of who a true Guru is?

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The word “Guru” has now been adopted by the English language as well, and so we hear terms such as Marketing guru, Economics guru, Finance guru, etc.  However, when you refer to the true Guru, you are enquiring about the spiritual connotation of the word as described in the scriptures.  The meaning of the word “Guru” is:Gu shabdastvandhakarasyat ru… ( Advaya Tarakopanishad 16)   “The syllable “gu” means “darkness,” and “ru” means “to destroy.”  Hence, one who dispels the darkness of our nescience, and brings us to the light of true wisdom,…
  • What is The Right 'age' to start your devotional practice?

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    "Having attained the human form, we do not realize how precious it is. We indulge ourselves in material pleasures for sensual gratification. We devote our full attention to our family and their needs. When somebody asks a little boy/girl to do devotion, he/she replies – this is not the age to start devotion. There is still time and we can do that when we are old. When you ask a young person to do devotion, he/she flatly refuses and says that it is for old people and life is for enjoying.When you ask a middle age person to do devotion, he/she replies that there is still time for it after…
  • Importance of Human Life!

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    This human form is like a full moon night which will soon be over, and again the dark night will come. You are sleeping in ignorance, unaware of the fact that the passage of time is continuously shortening your life…You are not willing to leave your sleep, even though you are perpetually being beaten by the objects of your desires.  Once the opportunity to redeem yourself in this human form is missed, you will have to rotate in the cycle of life and death in 8.4 million forms of life. Then you will rub your hands helplessly and regret…..Kripaluji Maharaj says, ”Listen to the…
  • The way to peace of Mind!!

    8 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    In today’s world with our fast paced lives amidst stress and anxiety, if there is one thing we all long for, it is peace of mind. For most of us peace of mind has become a cherished ideal that seems far-fetched. We dissipate a large part of our time and energy in seeking favorable circumstances that will lead to peace and tranquility of the mind. But our own experience tells us that circumstances conducive to our mental peace rarely become a reality. So what is the way to peace? Firstly understand that internal peace is never a product of external circumstances. It is a product of…
  • Many a times in our Life we come across so many mishappenings with us, during those conditions we actually do not realize the grace of God but after somewhere we realize that it was for the betterment of us. Then how can we realize the grace of God during those unfavourable conditions because momentarily obviously we get panic….?

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Well that is Positive Thinking that you see a positive aspect in everything. We want situations to be favourable to us always! and when situations are not favourable then our natural reactions are like as you said we start getting panic.-However if we bring this piece of knowledge in mind at that time that an unfavourable condition is an opportunity to rise higher. -Swami Vivekananda said “Life is an continuously unfoldment of a being under circumstances tending to press it downwards”. So whenever there is an unfavourable situation if we look on it as a opportunity, as a stepping stone…
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    E-graphX Renaissance Blog

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Terror (Verneda Lights)
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Illustration by aitoff / Pixabay Sunday mornings are warm, sepia-toned memories. Our getting-ready-for-Sunday-School ritual ran like clock work with 7 kids spinning in their own orbit yet never getting in anyone’s way. Taking curlers out of my hair, I’d sit and listen to the Sunday morning radio line up of local talent on a portable AM radio I bought from Edwards 5 and 10 cents store. A warm breeze blowing purple floral curtains carried the raspy music of a local acapella Gospel quartet called “The Heavenly Four.” If I remember correctly, the lead singer, named Phyllis…
  • Encourage & Build One Another (Verneda Lights)
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    cherylholt / Pixabay I’m so grateful for technology, because it makes it easy to say kind words or donate money that helps someone who’s down, in dire straits, or championing a worthy cause. Lies and deceit are also made easier on the ‘Net, but the potential for good is something we can use to build one another up instead of tearing each other down. The word for today is ‪#‎encourage‬. Do it for the next person you meet. It’s a powerful way to keep love alive. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians…
  • The Word for Today Is: (Humble Yourself and) #Pray (Verneda Lights)
    11 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    View image | Prayer is a powerful weapon. and a citadel of hope. Because prayer changes things, two of the most important things you can do in life are to thank God for His goodness and plead for His help. But prayers from proud, selfish, lips go no where. Next time you think Heaven’s ear is made of brass, consider the state of your own soul. Humble yourself, repent, pray, and seek God’s face. Then watch how things change. The word for today is #pray. May you do it often and in humility. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,…
  • Choose the Road to Somewhere (Verneda Lights)
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Caution infernal traffic (Photo credit: Duncan) Everyday is a crossroad where we chose which way to go. Every day you wake up, there are two ways to decide which path(s) to take: You can rely on your ability to reason, or you can ask the Lord and choose to walk by faith. The problem with relying on reason, is that making right decisions depends on having perfect knowledge and understanding of all facts past, present, future. This is impossible for humans. Asking the Lord to help you choose the right road, is the perfect but least comfortable way to make a decision. It’s perfect, because…
  • Everybody Has a Gift From God (What’s Yours?) (Verneda Lights)
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    …But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 geralt / Pixabay While straightening out kitchen cabinets, I came across a jar of home-made Kosher dill pickles nestled among a jar of preserves. The preserves and the pickles were made by a neighbor, who regularly gifts us with her dazzlingly packaged, mouth-watering goodies. I didn’t waste any time opening the jar of Kosher dills, closed my eyes, and blissfully crunched away, careful to catch the juice with a paper towel. Some gifts are obvious, and still others are like…
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    Catholic Girl Problems

  • Apostacy in the Church - Part I: Born Again Catholic

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Disclaimer: What I am about to write might trouble some of you, but nevertheless, I must speak. Do not think I write the following without much prayer and reflection, for offending God is my only true fear. The Spirit has taught me much over the past several months, mostly happenstance, and in spite of His enlightenment, I still pray to God and His holy Mother I not be misled. For everything I’m about to say (in a two-part series, for I’ve determined there is too much to say in one post, and the human attention span is limited) came as a shock to me. Truth be told, I’m still digesting…
  • The Anti-Christ is Here

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    When I was seven, I was snooping through my mother’s stuff, when something caught my eye.The book was titled The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance Cumbey. To my innocent mind, rainbows were a wonder to behold, and I could not fathom anything dangerous about those glorious bursts of colors in the sky. The book’s cover, however, begged no alternative. A circle of red, yellow, green, orange, and blue sat front-and-center, while various symbols decorated the circumference…Symbols of the occult, I would later learn.For the time being, however, I was young and naïve. Life and all…
  • The Truth of The Assumption

    10 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    The Assumption.Both a Church teaching and mystery of the Rosary, the Assumption proclaims the body of the Virgin Mary was taken up – assumed – to heaven upon her death, where after her soul and body were once again made one. Put another way, Mary is the only saint in heaven who also possesses flesh. When the world would declare the body something to be defiled and useless, God – through His Church – demonstrates the sacredness of the body via the preservation of His most beloved and loyal subject…Mary. While all the Rosary mysteries require faith to believe, the Assumption seems to…
  • Dauntless

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Spring Retreat for the youth group is two weeks from yesterday, and as usual, I am speaking.I also haven’t prepared a single word.Hence, this blog post. I am hoping some good, old-fashioned free-style writing will spark some ideas or inspiration on the chosen topic…the movie, Divergent. Based upon the popular book series, the film tells the story of a futuristic society divided between five “factions:” Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Upon their sixteenth birthday, each person must undergo a…
  • Eyes Wide Open

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    For months, I drove the same route to work without a second thought. I passed the same gas stations, crossed the same bridge over the same river, and calculated the remaining distance against the time displayed on my radio’s clock. My autopilot performed the actual driving while my conscious mind mulled over the day ahead, what stresses I would encounter, and how many days were left until Friday, sweet Friday. The commute was familiar, monotonous, and so robotic, I wonder how I ever saw it…The sign read “Acworth Lodge 176,” followed by a phone number and blurb advertising their…
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    Funny Whatsapp Status 2015

  • 55 Funny WhatsApp Status 2015 Collection

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Funny Whatsapp Status 2015: Whatsapp is one of the popular IM application that allows you to chat with friends and family. Funny whatsapp status allows you to potray yourself in a humorous mood.So, here we bring you the best collection of 55 funny whatsapp status 2015.Funny WhatsApp Status 20151. It's true that the early bird gets the worm but definitely the second mouse gets the cheese.2. When you remix a remix, it becomes normal.3. Stop making eye contact while eating a banana.4. God's creative... Take a look at me.5. Drinking fanta doesn't make you fantastic.6. I Prefer WiFi to Wife.7. You…
  • Download Friendship Day HD Images with Quotes 2015

    21 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    Friendship Day 2015 will be celebrated on 2nd August and it is a auspicious day to make your friends feel special. You can directly wish happy friendship day 2015 or use a friendship day image from our collection of friendship day hd images.We bring in the best friendship day hd images with quotes so that you can send happy friendship day 2015 wishes to your friend with a quote on it as well.So, here we go with the best friendship day hd images 2015.Friendship Day HD Images with Quotes 2015 friendship day 2015 hd images friendship day hd images with quotes friendship day images…
  • Happy Friendship Day Images Download 2015

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Friendship Day 2015 will be celebrated on August 2nd this year and it's a great occasion to make your best friends feel special. People greet their friends a very happy friendship day verbally or with the help of friendship day images.So, here we bring in the collection of best happy friendship day images 2015. You can download friendship day images for free from here. All you need to do is to choose your best friendship day image, right click the mouse button and select 'Save images as...'So, here we go with the best friendship day images collection.Happy Friendship Day Images Download…
  • Happy EID Mubarak Wishes in English 2015 Collection

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    We wish all the readers a very happy eid mubarak 2015. Muslims all over the world, on this day, offer EID prayers and greet everyone through EID Mubarak wishes.So, here we bring in the collection of best EID mubarak wishes in english 2015. You can freely use these EID mubarak wishes download to greet your family and friends this EID.EID Mubarak Wishes in English 2015Wishing you a very happy andPeaceful EID 2015.May Allah accept your prayersand good deeds.Wishing you an EID that bringsLove and Happiness in your lives.I wish you a happy and prosperous EID.May all your wishes come true andyour…
  • Cool EID Mubarak SMS for Best Friend Collection

    12 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    EID Mubarak 2015 will be celebrated on 18th of July and Muslims on this day offer EID prayers and greet Happy EID Mubarak to everyone.Ofcourse EID 2015 celebrations gets doubled when you have your best friend with you on this EID. So, to celebrated EID 2015 with your friends, we bring you the cool collection of EID Mubarak SMS for best friend.You can use these EID mubarak SMS for best friend to make your friend feel special on this EID. Alternatively you can also send him EID Mubarak wishes, EID Mubarak Wallpapers, a few Animated EID Pictures or EID Mubarak SMS in Hindi and EID Mubarak SMS in…
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    Uncompromised Men

  • This Dude Just Scared Away A CHARGING Bear! Watch To Learn How

    Jacob McMillen
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Swedish filmaker Ralph Persson was shooting film on a snow covered road in the forest, along with his wife, when the man found himself being charged by a bear. The incident is captured in first-person by Persson’s camera as well as third-person by that of his wife, and it’s simply amazing to watch. When asked about the incident by the Hela Halsingland newspaper, as reported by UPI, Persson said, “I screamed as much as I could and made myself very big.” He also stated that he didn’t trust the “lie down and play dead” defense, opting instead to mimic the…
  • Documenting The Miraculous

    Jacob McMillen
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Some of the community here at Uncompromised Men believes in the supernatural movement of God working in modern times. Some probably do not. That’s okay. We certainly see a miraculous God in scripture, and we know that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), but many of us have probably never witnessed something undeniably miraculous in our own lives. Is this a sign that God no longer works this way? Or is it perhaps the result of our failure to, as Paul describes, “eagerly desire the greater [spiritual] gifts” (1 Cor 12:31)? In the above…
  • 15 Manliest Movies of The 21st Century (Obligatory Clickbait About You Loving #3)

    Jacob McMillen
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This last week, we got to see what could possibly be the manliest trailer of all time. And that got me thinking. We’ve all seen the “manliest movies of all time lists”, but what about since 2000? What are the manliest movies to have come out in the last 15 years? Fortunately, there is a lot of great material to choose from. Unfortunately, for the purposes of condensing a list, there is a LOT of great material to choose from. Accordingly, I created a big list of movies based on manliness, and then selected the best 15 based on their actual quality as standalone movies. So…
  • The Manliest Trailer of All Time

    Jacob McMillen
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I don’t even know where to begin. How epic is this teaser trailer for the new movie Revenant? For starters, any time I see Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be in a movie, I’m intrigued. I haven’t enjoyed all of his movies, but 4 out of every 5 movies he does are instant classics. Plus we have insane wilderness shots. Mountains. Forests. Rivers. We have incredible, wide-angle battle shots. We have a first-person perspective of a freaking grizzly bear attack. We have a fight for survival. We have an almost random interlude of a pioneer and Native American laughing as they try to…
  • 8 Life Delusions Most Men Buy Hook, Line & Sinker

    Jacob McMillen
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    Last week, I asked our community here at Uncompromised Men to share what they considered the top delusions we men tend to buy into. As I sorted through response after response, I noticed several themes developing – a core set of delusions that nearly ever response touched on. So here they are – a collection of community-identified delusions (with a few of my own added in) – 8 delusions that most men (obviously not including you) have bought hook, line and sinker. 1. You will naturally be an amazing or awful father. It seems like around half the pre-fatherhood guys I talk to…
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    Safe @ Church

  • Texas man charged with planning Columbine-style attack on youth group

    Alan Hughes
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A 19 year old Texas man was recently arrested over threats he made against his church via Facebook. The incident raises some points worth discussing.   Nicholas Amrine had been attending Convergence Church in Fort Worth for the past year. On May 31, 2015, he attended the student ministry for the last time. Church leaders asked him to not return because of his age and his “recent erratic behavior”.   On June 3, Amrine posted on Facebook:   “All the kids that forgot about me are going to get what they deserve. I may have been hesitant in the past but next time u see me…
  • Lost child procedures

    Alan Hughes
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Sometimes lost children are actually hiding A few months ago, I asked readers to answer a short survey to help me learn how to do this better. (If you’d like to take the survey, it’s still available) One of the things readers said they wanted was articles about developing policies and procedures. I thought I’d share the process we have in place for a lost child. Fortunately we haven’t had to use this process. Hopefully we won’t need it. But it’s there if we do. Notice that the steps are short and direct. This isn’t the time for complicated books. Also notice that other…
  • It’s all about the basics

    Alan Hughes
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 pm
    I ended up in a meeting with our lead pastor the first Monday after the Charleston church shooting. At one point, of course, the events in Charleston came up. Part of the conversation made me think back to something I learned in high school football. One time we played a team from out of state. Each time their offense came to the line, their guys would line up and, as they went into their three-point stance, they’d slap their thigh pads in unison. It was noisy, cool and, to be honest, kind of intimidating. Of course we tried to adopt that move. After all, it looked/sounded cool. Problem…
  • Charleston church shooting stuns city and nation

    Alan Hughes
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    Source: Wikipedia Commons The church security world got another jolt today. By now, you’ve likely heard of the tragic events in Charleston, SC. A man entered the 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat with parishioners in a prayer service for little while (up to an hour according to some sources) and then opened fire on the church. In the end nine people, six women and three men, laid dead. One woman was reportedly let go after being told that she was to tell people what happened. The suspect is described as clean-shaven and approximately 21 years old with sandy…
  • What if we listened?

    Alan Hughes
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    I heard a story recently that made me stop and think about how we may deal with others. A long time employee of a company was undergoing a truckload of stress. His spouse was terminally ill and he was trying to care for her. His car broke down and he was riding a bicycle to work while his car was being fixed. He tried hard, but was a few minutes late a few times. His past attendance record had been spotless. He was a loyal employee that had excellent job performance through the years. The man was called into a meeting with his employer and his union representative. Neither one gave the man…
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    Acton Institute PowerBlog

  • McKibben: ‘Thatcher and Reagan Summon the Worst in Us’

    Bruce Edward Walker
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    Bill McKibben’s New York Review of Books essay on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, has prompted two previous posts by your author (here and here). Working through the review has helped identify McKibben’s affinity for liberation theology and his outlandish claim that Pope Francis shares this affinity. Read more on McKibben: ‘Thatcher and Reagan Summon the Worst in Us’… The post McKibben: ‘Thatcher and Reagan Summon the Worst in Us’ appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: Bill McKibben, Climate-Change Opportunists, and the Pope’s Encyclical Bill…
  • PowerLinks 07.31.15

    Joe Carter
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine -U.S. appeals court Dan Levine, Reuters Throughout human history, people of all cultures have sought freedom. Some have emphasized inner spiritual or emotional freedom, and others freedom from external restraints, such as slavery or political freedom. Read more on PowerLinks 07.31.15… The post PowerLinks 07.31.15 appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: PowerLinks 05.21.15 PowerLinks 05.17.13 U.S. State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons 2015 Report
  • Will the Catholic Church Eventually Embrace Democratic Capitalism?

    Joe Carter
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Pope Francis hasn’t been shy about showing his disdain for capitalism and. During his recent trip to Latin America, for example, the pontiff said the the unfettered capitalism is “the dung of the devil.” Read more on Will the Catholic Church Eventually Embrace Democratic Capitalism?… The post Will the Catholic Church Eventually Embrace Democratic Capitalism? appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: Conscious Capitalism and the Higher Purpose of Business Will Pope Francis Go Left on Economics? Obamacare vs the Catholic Bishops
  • Bill McKibben, Pope Francis, and Liberation Theology

    Bruce Edward Walker
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    On Tuesday, I dealt with approximately the first third of Bill McKibben’s New York Review of Books’ essay on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical. Today, I review the middle third, which includes McKibben’s alarming defense of liberation theology and his claim that this discredited ideology is embraced by Pope Francis. Read more on Bill McKibben, Pope Francis, and Liberation Theology… The post Bill McKibben, Pope Francis, and Liberation Theology appeared first on Acton Institute PowerBlog. Related posts: Audio: Rev. Robert A. Sirico on Pope Francis and Service to the Poor Audio:…
  • USCCB’s Misunderstanding of Economics

    Mike Raths
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called for supporting just wage public policies. While the religious leaders genuinely concern for the poor, they display a deep lack of understanding of basic economic principles, namely the law of supply and demand. Supply and demand directly determines the price (wages) of labor. A price higher than the market price leads not to higher wages, but higher unemployment. Read this article for a more detailed discussion of the ill-effects of minimum wage laws. Read more on USCCB’s Misunderstanding of Economics… The post…
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