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No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices

That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory

As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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US Supreme Court Is Hinting Public School Coaches Won't Have To Leave Religion On The Sidelines  Forbes

Despite the Court refusing to take the case of a coach fired for on-field prayers, its most conservative wing is drawing a roadmap to expanding how coaches can ...

Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines  Longview News-Journal

Washington Post. Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who ...

Does Religion Still Matter When We Need It Most?  WNPR News

Religious scholar Elaine Pagels , trusted the Gospel of Thomas to get her through the almost unbearably painful years after the death of her six-year-old.

Keep the faith: Bandung issues first ID cards with native religion column - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

The Bandung City Population and Civil Registry Agency in West Java has for the first time issued identity cards (KTPs) with a column for faith rather than religion.

Some anti-vaccination parents cite religious exemptions. Measles outbreaks could change that.  Washington Post

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from ...

Dicey Topics: Emily Browning talks religion, politics and bodies  Brisbane Times

The Melbourne-born actor discusses the topics we are told to keep quiet.

Make faith great again: Hollywood celebrities finally talking about their religious beliefs  Fox News

At a time where it seems like your career could be at stake if you publicly mention your religious affiliation, seeing celebrities come out of their biblical closet on ...

How To Talk About Religion If You & Your Partner Disagree, Because It Can Be Tricky  Elite Daily

In some ways, the old adage of "opposites attract" can be very true — especially when having those differences helps create a balance between you and your ...

Religion calendar, Feb. 22-March 1, 2019  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

To submit items, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate ...

Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 23-March 2  LA Daily News

Find a spiritual experience this week at religious centers in the San Fernando Valley area. Here is a sampling of this week's services and special events.

“A Kind of Religion”: Jussie Smollett and the Weaponization of Identity Politics  Patheos

No doubt you've heard the news about Jussie Smollett's downfall, an event that was both inescapable and inevitable. But you probably don't know about this:.

War Memorial or Religious Symbol? Cross Fight Reaches U.S. High Court  U.S. News & World Report

BLADENSBURG, Md. (Reuters) - When Fred Edwords first drove by the 40-foot-tall (12 meters) concrete cross that has stood for nearly a century on a busy ...

The Outlook Podcast: Religion vs Sexuality  Newshub

Dan Lake, Nick Francis, Matt Fistonich, Michael Kooge.

Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy  Brookings Institution

The discussion of Islam in world politics recently has tended to focus on how religion is used by a wide range of social movements, political parties, and militant ...

Take the religion out of regulation | TheHill  The Hill

Exactly whose welfare are cost-benefit analysts concerned with?

Religion's role in the climate emergency  Religion News Service

As faithful visitors to this space will know, I spent some time last year helping put together a coalition of religious leaders and climate scientists in Massachusetts ...

Party Seeks to Replace Religion with "Happy Sundays"  Bitter Winter

Chinese authorities offer the banal as an alternative to the sublime, as square dances and trinkets are all the Party can give to satisfy the hunger of citizens.

PW Insider 22: The Big Religion Books of Spring  Publishers Weekly

From social issues like gun control and racism, to celebrity books, finding peace, and atheism: a look at the big trends and books in religious publishing for the ...

No religion, faith will be imposed on Nigerians – Buhari  Vanguard

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no particular religion or faith would be imposed on Nigerians as he swore to defend the constitution of the land.

Governing for Christians  Raleigh News & Observer

Last week the General Assembly rejected a proposal to allow ABC stores to open on Sunday. North Carolina is one of only eight states that bar liquor store sales ...

Seg. 1: Humorists Vs. Religion. Seg. 2: Wrestling In KC  KCUR

Segment 1: A historic look at the conflict between faith and satire. From court jesters of the medieval era to comedians of the modern day, humor and religion ...

Leaked Air Force Legal Opinion Approves Religious Expression  Rewire.News

According to a retired attorney for the DOD, "When you proselytize as a necessarily send doubts to the subordinates that you oversee about ...

The Thoughtful Pastor: In too many churches, hypocrisy surrounds sexuality  Denton Record Chronicle

It has been a tough couple of weeks for religiously faithful people. Let's start here: On the front page of the Feb. 15 Wall Street Journal, we read about Pope ...

Guns, religion and climate change intensify Nigeria’s deadly farmer-herder clashes  Los Angeles Times

In Kaduna state, farmers and cattle herders have long clashed over land, but new factors mean more bloodshed. It's a central theme in the presidential race.

On Religion: 'Christian' music? Instrumental voyages into spiritual territory  Herald and News

While recording his “Beyond Nature” album, Phil Keaggy spent many hours doing three things — playing acoustic guitar, taking long walks in the woods and ...

Religion calendar of events | Calendar  Greensboro News & Record

FEB. 22. Marriage Retreat, United Forever: 6-9 p.m., also 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 23, Grandover Resort, 1000 Club Road, Greensboro. With certified facilitators from ...

Why we studied the possible links between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement  Pew Research Center

People who regularly attend a house of worship are more likely to be happy and civically engaged than those who do not, according to a new Pew Research ...

Abortion: religion and logic - Frank Salt  Times of Malta

The subject of abortion is a very difficult, delicate and a personal matter. I can never know or begin to understand what a woman goes through before making the ...

Trump just promised to help religious adoption agencies that won’t work with gay parents. Here’s what he could do.  Washington Post

At Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump introduced a family he called “inspiring to us all”: the Bucks from Michigan, who have adopted five ...

Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  Science Daily

Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, ...

When Religion Leads to Trauma  The New York Times

Some churches “weaponize scripture and religion to do very deep damage on the psyche,” one pastor says.

What Science Can Learn From Religion  The New York Times

Hostility toward spiritual traditions may be hampering empirical inquiry.

The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion  ACLU

Last week, the Supreme Court permitted the state of Alabama to execute a Muslim man, Domineque Ray, without his religious advisor present. The court's 5-4 ...

Why the retreat from religion runs through the market square in Helmsley  Yorkshire Post

The retreat from religion appeared last night to run through the market square of a picturesque town on the edge of the North York Moors. In a debate for our ...

Ofsted says schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples  BBC News

All children must learn about same sex couples regardless of their religious background, the head of Ofsted says. Hundreds of parents protested outside a ...

Fat and happy: the comforts of practicing a religion  Religion News Service

(RNS) — People who are active in their religious congregations tend to be happier, a new Pew survey finds. But that advantage doesn't extend to their waistlines ...

We are Indians, caste and religion does not exist for us: CRPF officer  The Tribune India

TheTribune: NEW DELHI: “We in CRPF identify ourselves as Indians... caste and religion does not exist,” the world's largest paramilitary force said through its ...

As Americans disengage from religion, a California institution encourages questioning  Religion News Service

OJAI, Calif. (RNS) — They come by the dozens, making their way past groves of orange trees and converging on a low-slung white house with a gnarled pepper ...

Respecting An Establishment Of Religion  Above the Law

Forcing free and independent individuals to pay for religious displays violates the First Amendment.

Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice  NPR

The Trump administration has inspired a new activism on the part of liberal religious groups. Like the Moral Majority of the 1980s, they fear an assault on their ...

Though religion and food are at loggerheads in India, a cookbook brings them together with humour

With its light-hearted focus on culture, history and cuisine, 'Bhagwaan ke Pakwaan' is an ideal read for today's divisive times.

Tulsi Gabbard: Religious bigotry is un-American  Religion News Service

(RNS) — I am proud to be the first Hindu American to have been elected to Congress and now the first Hindu American to run for president. While the headlines ...

Efforts on to introduce 'inhuman' religion in India: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee urged people not to pay heed to provocations meant to create differences among them and stay united.

Hollywood actor puts religion to test and says it led him to a relationship with Jesus Christ  Christian Post

HOLLYWOOD — Actor Kristoffer Polaha revealed how exploring and testing religion led him back to Christianity and a true relationship with Jesus Christ.

Finding the balance between religious and LGBT rights  Post Register

Fearing discrimination for their sexual orientation, some in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community have sought protection under Idaho's ...

Culture wars heat up at the Supreme Court as justices consider whether giant World War I memorial cross can stay  CNBC

The justices next week are set to hear arguments over whether a giant, four-story WWI memorial cross located in a busy Maryland intersection and maintained ...

Religion makes America give  The Week Magazine

Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Burned by a hot startup. When a well-funded big company goes bust, ...

Administration seeks to fund religious foster-care groups that reject LGBTQ parents  Washington Post

President Trump made religious leaders a contentious promise at this week's National Prayer Breakfast: Faith-based adoption agencies that won't work with ...

Religious leaders seek solutions to rights issues  Khmer Times

Religious leaders have called for inter faith communications to enable the achievement of religious harmony and that comparative study on scriptures and ...

South Carolina foster care providers can reject people who don't share their religious beliefs  CNN

Federally funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina can refuse to perform services that conflict with their religious beliefs, the US Department of Health ...

Abortion, death penalty, religion: Late-night rulings show new alliances at Supreme Court  The Washington Post

Late-night rulings that touched on abortion, the death penalty and religious rights provided new insight into the alliances on the reconstituted Supreme Court and ...

15 times people have seen religious figures in everyday items  KTRK-TV

Do you see the religious figures in these random objects?

Tax business denies service to local gay couple, citing religion  Washington Times Herald

RUSSIAVILLE — For the last four years, Bailey Brazzel has gone to Carver Tax *Service* in Russiaville to have her taxes done by Nancy Fivecoate, who runs the ...

Volunteer religion teacher accused of indecent behavior with juveniles, sexual battery  KALB News

A Prairieville man, who volunteered as a religion teacher, has been accused of indecent behavior with juveniles and sexual battery.

Indiana tax preparer refuses to serve lesbian couple on religious grounds  Washington Post

For four years, Bailey Brazzel says, she had employed the same tax preparer, Nancy Fivecoate of Carter Tax *Service* in Russiaville, Ind. Fivecoate prepared the ...

Religion, Faith and Spirituality  WCAI

A roundtable of faith leaders in The Point studio join host Mindy Todd to discuss trends in religious views and practices, and the intersection of religion.

Indepth promo: Gay issues, conversion therapy, religion in heated debate  Malta Independent Online

Gay issues, including the controversial conversion therapy, were the main topic of this week's edition of Indepth, presented by The Malta Independent ...

UTSA sociologists study the impact religion has on child development  UTSA Today

(Feb. 6, 2019) -- Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new ...

Rep. Renee Erickson seeks protections for prayer, religious speech in public schools  Wellington Daily News

Rep. Renee Erickson says she knows from personal experience that protections are necessary for students and faculty members who want to pray in public ...

China’s disdain for religious freedoms  BusinessLine

Its superpower status has allowed it to get away with persecution of religious minorities. India should leverage its soft power.

Eurovision contender showed how Israel has failed its religious Jews  Jewish Post

A beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, recently made the tough decision to give up a musical chance of a lifetime rather than risk being asked to ...

Woman claims discrimination by SC foster agency over her religion

In an AP exclusive story, the woman says she was told she couldn't be a foster parent due to her religion.

Muslim, Jewish college presidents focus on common goals with Christian educators  Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Like most college presidents, Ari Berman and Hamza Yusuf care about giving their students the best education possible in the ...

China’s War on Religion  The Epoch Times

For religious believers in China, things are rapidly going from bad to worse. And the Chinese Communist Party ...

POLL: Sidhu says terror has "no country, no religion". Do you agree?  Yahoo News

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been condemned for his remarks that terrorism has “no country, no religion”.

Men and women religious feel shame for failures on abuse  Vatican News

The abuse of children is wrong anywhere and anytime: this point is not negotiable.” This is what the leaders of men and women religious of the world ...

Steph Curry's first film project is a powerful look at race and religion after the Charleston shooting  For The Win

WASHINGTON — In one of the most powerful scenes of the new documentary Emanuel, Felicia Sanders described watching her son Tywanza, one of nine ...

Otzma Yehudit is an anathema to the normally religious  Ynetnews

Israelis for whom observance is a natural part of life cannot stomach the union between their former ideological home and the racist, hateful Kahanists; and ...

The Anti-Israel Religion

Anti-Israelism is the modern face of anti-Semitism and just as toxic. Anti-Israelism is a modern-day religion in that it demands unquestioning adherence to a ...

Why is Nigeria cracking down on peaceful religious protests?  The Washington Post

The Nigerian government appears to be taking a hard line on religious opposition — though not against the usual suspects. Even as the Boko Haram insurgency ...

After 9-year battle, Vellore lawyer gets no-caste-no-religion certificate  Times of India

A Snegha Parthibaraja, a lawyer,is the first in the country to get certified that she does not belong to any caste or religion. She said, "people wit.

Five things to know about religious freedom in the United Arab Emirates  The Washington Post

While the freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution, the government maintains tight control over where religious activities can take place.

Religious people are happier than atheists, finds study  Times of India

It seems impossible to zero down on ways that can induce happiness but there may be a way to do that - and the answer lies in your religious beliefs.

Conflict between brothers splits Uganda's thriving Abayudaya Jewish community  Religion News Service

MBALE, Uganda (RNS) — During a recent Shabbat *service* here, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu led dozens of worshippers in a prayer for unity. Women sang psalms.

Trump Administration Puts Religious Beliefs Over the Best Interests of Children  ACLU

Across the United States, there are over 440000 children in the public child welfare system. Nearly a quarter of these children are awaiting adoption with many ...

Majority-Muslim Turkey Becomes Less Religious, Poll Says  NPR

Despite a rise in religious doctrine from the government, a recent survey shows a dip in the portion of people identifying as religious, compared with a poll in ...

Bible's Jesus drawn as anime cartoon sparks fury with religious groups | Daily Star  Daily Star

CARTOON depictions of religious figures including the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus being shared on social media have sparked outrage.

Murders of Religious Minorities in India Go Unpunished, Report Finds  The New York Times

NEW DELHI — The Indian authorities have delayed investigating a wave of vigilante-style murders of religious minorities, with many instead working to justify ...

Reclaiming Religious Freedom  Center For American Progress

Last month, the most religiously diverse U.S. Congress in our nation's history was sworn into office. For proponents of religious liberty, this was an incredible ...

'Ministry has prepared me': Baltimore's new police commissioner describes religious 'calling' to take job, asks for clergy's help  Baltimore Sun

Standing before a crowd of more than 75 religious leaders at a meet-and-greet for clergy on Thursday, acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison ...

Is Religious Freedom for Christians Only?  The New York Times

Domineque Hakim Marcelle Ray wanted an imam by his side when he was executed. The Supreme Court said no.

Cdl. Burke: Pope’s declaration saying God wills ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘not correct’  Lifesite

February 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke thinks the controversial statement in a joint Catholic-Muslim declaration signed by Pope Francis in ...

In revering Trump, the religious right has laid bare its hypocrisy  The Guardian

The evangelical fortress around the president can look like a problem, but progressives can use that heresy to fight opponents.

Freedom Of Expression Always Gets Challenged When It Touches Upon Religious Beliefs: Madras HC [Read Order]  Live Law

It is one thing to make reckless and derogatory remarks against religious beliefs and it is entirely another thing to express the opinion after reading the entire ...

Fifty years later, Catholic Church reckons again with unbelief  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Fifty years after it held the world's first international conference examining the rise of atheism and secularism, the Vatican is joining forces with a British ...

Why some young Muslim women are leaning into arranged marriages  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Last month, Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch hit 1 million users around the world. The co-founders of the so-called halal dating tool claim that at ...

The Knights of Columbus Leads against ISIS Genocide  National Review

The Knights of Columbus been coming to the aid of persecuted religious minorities since the organization's founding.

Mike Pence has inserted religious considerations into setting of foreign-policy priorities  MarketWatch

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, Vice President Mike Pence has worked to put religion at the heart of key diplomatic efforts, steering hundreds of ...

Religion vs. Free Speech  Gatestone Institute

Courts and government bodies still find it hard to make useful distinctions between gratuitous, racist, or violent speech about Islam and Muslims on the one hand ...

What Religion is 'The Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond?  The Cheat Sheet

'The Pioneer Woman' star Ree Drummond sometimes mentions faith, but what religion does she practice? Here's what we know about Ree Drummond's ...

Baltimore County hires outside attorneys for religious zoning lawsuits  Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County is set to spend up to $1.5 million on private attorneys to defend itself against a series of federal lawsuits claiming religious discrimination ...

Robots to ‘be part of religious rituals’ as AI-based religions grow | Daily Star  Daily Star

ROBOTS could be part of religious rituals and help humans to bury and mourn the dead in the future, it has been predicted.

British attitudes on national identity and religious minorities not unique in EU  Pew Research Center

On issues including national identity and religious minorities, views among UK adults align very closely to general opinion across the EU.

US Muslim leaders call on China to end persecution of Uighurs  Religion News Service

(RNS) – More than 130 American Muslim leaders and scholars have signed an open letter condemning the Chinese government's continued persecution and ...

The Problem with the Latest Predictions for 'the Rise of the Religious Left'  Rewire.News

Not only are claims that the religious left is “on the rise” as old as the contemporary religious right itself, but the framing of the religious left may actually further ...

Senate panel advances bill broadening religious freedom protections  KGAN TV

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A bill aimed at protecting religious freedom is moving forward at the statehouse, despite warnings from opponents who say it could open ...

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