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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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Politics and religion are juicy topics in two 90-minute comedies on D.C. stages  The Washington Post

“None of us has a job,” says the established senator in “Kings,” Sarah Burgess's savvy process play about the sausage-making of politics. “We are all in a ...

In post-Soviet lands, theology and politics are hard to disentangle  The Economist

IN MOST Western democracies, including those like Denmark and England which for historical reasons have a state church, the fortunes of this or that form of ...

How RE teachers see religion – and why it can be bad for pupils  Phys.Org

Wherever you stand on Cliff Richard, his 1988 number one, with its message that "Christmas is love, Christmas is peace" and "a time to rejoice in the good that ...

Christianity CRACKDOWN: City CANCELS CHRISTMAS to avoid ‘spreading RELIGION’

CHINESE authorities have prohibited a city's residents from celebrating Christmas and carrying out related religious activities, in what is the latest attempt to ...

'Freedom From Religion' Group Takes Aim At Camden Courthouse Wall Art  Lake Expo

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding Camden County remove two images from the county courthouse.

America's Foremost Muslim Judge | December 18, 2018 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly  PBS

America's Foremost Muslim Judge. By David Tereshchuk. It wasn't exactly a surprise for Halim Dhanidina to get a call in 2012 from California Governor Jerry ...

Canada reverses abortion rights proviso to summer jobs program  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Faith-based organizations in Canada are welcoming changes to the federal government's summer jobs program that remove language interpreted by ...

Is Christmas more about religion or culture to you? Let us know  Orlando Sentinel

We want to know from people in Central Florida how they celebrate Christmas. Has it become more of a cultural holiday, or is it more religious for you.

Religious studies alum stresses the importance of humanities and social sciences  Arizona State University

The study of religion is becoming more prominent as countries around the world continue to connect with one another. Religion plays a large role in each society ...

Church welcomes Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in Australia  Catholic Leader

Archbishop Peter Comensoli: “Our preference is that the law recognise religious freedom in a positive way as a basic, internationally-protected human right ...

Brazilian president's win leaves him in debt to evangelical bloc  Religion News Service

SAO PAULO, Brazil (RNS) — The nominees for cabinet of Brazil's new president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, are often cited to explain his stunning victory at the polls ...

Bihar School Allegedly Segregates Students On Caste, Religion, Probe On  NDTV News

A school in Bihar's Vaishali district has been alleged to have been segregating students based on religion and caste that has prompted the government to ...

Religion and climate change  New Internationalist

Don't privatize forests, educate people, writes Adesuwa Ero. In rural Nigeria, the link must be broken between religion and climate change.

Faith Corner: Christmas | Religion  The Mountaineer

We celebrate Christmas at the end of each year. Isn't it fitting to cap off the old year with a holiday that brings so much cheer? It's a celebration of.

Fayette religion resolution draws more protest  Atlanta Journal Constitution

The inclusion of a “religious freedom” resolution in Fayette County's legislative package to the General Assembly drew public pushback at the Dec. 13 Board of ...

Recovery experts set up new 'religion' in Maine that may skirt drug laws  STAT

In Maine, the "Church of Safe Injection" illegally distributes clean syringes. Branding as a "religion" may offer some legal protection.

Religion An Important Part of Most Americans' Lives  Rasmussen Reports

Monday, December 17, 2018. With the holiday season upon us, most Americans still consider their faith an important part of their life, even if they don't attend ...

Coworking Comes to Religion, Helping Churches Save on Costs  Nonprofit Quarterly

December 14, 2018; Next City. Coworking spaces have become a global phenomenon in the last eight years; in fact, by the end of this year, the number of such ...

On Religion: ‘He was ready for heaven’  Eureka Times Standard

During 60 years of friendship, George H.W. Bush went on countless trips with James Baker III, his secretary of state and a confidant so close that America's 41st ...

Tim Spector: Butter or margarine? Food religion challenged - The BMJ  The BMJ

Over a hundred academics recently signed a letter to the British Journal of Sports Medicine and BMJ editors criticising their pro-butter stance and for allowing a ...

Anti-religion sign causes controversy in Balboa Park near Christmas decorations  10News

BALBOA PARK, Calif (KGTV) - A sign near Christmas nativity displays at Balboa Park is causing some stir. It says that religion is a myth and that heaven, hell, ...

Religion Will Be on Ukraine’s Ballot  Bloomberg

With re-election in mind, President Poroshenko gets behind a new, unified Orthodox Church, separate from Moscow.

Dude Turned Dad Episode Twenty One: “Raising a Religious Child as an Atheist”  Fatherly

My son cries in his dress. Water hits his forehead. Frat boy hazing? No. He's being saved. Rory Kaufman is now a Catholic. I'm holding a camera on the alter.

Detention of 100 Christians raises concerns about religious crackdown in China  WTVR CBS 6 News

A prominent Chinese pastor and former legal scholar is one of 100 Christians detained by authorities after he was reportedly arrested on allegations of “inciting ...

Vatican committee: Church credibility at risk over sex abuse  Virginian-Pilot

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that ...

Religious CRACKDOWN: China RAIDS Protestant church as Beijing SUPPRESSES all religion

CHINESE officials stormed a children's Bible class at a Protestant church in southern China, as Beijing's regime continues to abuse its power by attempting to ...

Greed, religion and remembering an old friend.  WGN Radio - Chicago

Readers weigh in on Carmen's decision to live the true spirit of Christmas and we remember musician Pat Dinizio. ...

Why doesn't religion rank higher among sources of meaning?  Deseret News

Americans are less likely to name religion as a source of meaning or identity than other things, such as family or career. There are several likely reasons for this, ...

Religion briefs: Dec. 18  Las Cruces Sun-News

Religious events, services, classes in the Las Cruces area.

US Jesuit groups release names of priests accused of abuse  Religion News Service

(RNS) — All U.S.-based provinces of the Society of Jesus are releasing the names of clerics they say are credibly accused of child sex abuse, joining other ...

Christmas services offered in Hazelwood | Religion  The Mountaineer

Hazelwood Baptist Church, 265 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville is offering a 5 p.m. Dec. 24 Candlelight Communion *Service*.

Why we should stop using the term religious 'nones'  Religion News Service

(RNS) — On the first Sunday of Advent, I went to a holiday market in Greenpoint, one of Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhoods, that catered to a clientele mostly in ...

Does Religion Make You More Frugal at the Grocery Store? | BU Today  BU Today

Does being religious make you less likely to buy that head of lettuce in the produce section? Those may seem to be unrelated impulses, but BU-led research ...

Laura Whitmore talks us through her new documentary on religion

The television presenter and journalist's new documentary will explore British and Irish perceptions of religion in modern day society. A documentary by Laura ...

As holidays approach, a few thoughts about spirituality and religion

As the holiday season is fast approaching, I thought I would put forward my beliefs around religion, spirituality and God. Many people claim to follow religion and ...

Football is religion in the SEC, but Mohamoud Diabate brings...  The Athletic

At a place where football is often easily mislabeled as religion, the Florida-bound Diabate found himself through his true faith.

OMG - Israeli Film Finds Religion  TLV1 Podcasts

Israeli film scholar Dan Chyutin observes that Israeli film once reflected secular Israeli society, and religion appeared mainly as stage dressing. But in recent ...

How top court weighed in on freedom of religion in 2018  The Lawyer's Daily

The Supreme Court of Canada delivered two important decisions involving freedom of religion this year. On May 31, 2018 it released its decision in Highwood ...

Can religion unite Americans?  San Francisco Chronicle

Why are thousands of churchgoing Christians supporting a political agenda that would ban immigrants from our shores, ignore growing income inequality, ...

How we create our spirituality and how it creates us  The Washington Post

Elaine Pagels offers her story of spiritual discovery, love and staggering loss.

Inmate sues for marijuana use, say it's part of his religion  WVLT.TV

A South Carolina inmate is now suing the Department of Corrections, saying they violated his religious freedoms by not allowing him to smoke marijuana.

What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion  The Guardian

Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era.

How Mauritania exports religion to Saudi Arabia—And not just the other way around  Brookings Institution

Mauritania has much to offer Saudi Arabia—making Mauritania not just a recipient of Saudi Arabian outreach, but also a contributor to Saudi Arabia's own ...

Top religion stories of 2018? They happened here  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh found itself at the epicenter of religion headlines in 2018, with a grand jury report and a synagogue massacre ranked the top two stories of the year in ...

Interfaith service blesses Oklahoma Democrat Kendra Horn for her new role in Congress  Religion News Service

OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — U.S. Rep.-elect Kendra Horn, D-Okla., knelt at the front of the sanctuary as the Rev. Joseph Alsay, rector of St. Augustine of ...

Religion declining in importance for many Americans, especially for Millennials  Religion News Service

Fewer than half of Americans consider religion to be an “extremely” or “very” important part of their identity, according to a new study. The American Family ...

Indonesian app to report 'misguided' religion 'risks dividing neighbours'  Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA: Indonesia's national human rights agency said on Monday (Nov 26) it was concerned about the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta ...

Religious freedom review has opened Pandora's Box  The Sydney Morning Herald

Freedom of religion is the least important and most concocted freedom in the human rights handbook.

PW's 10 Most-Read Religion Stories of 2018  Publishers Weekly

From Zondervan's settlement on a plagiarism case to the #MeToo era's impact on Christian writing conferences, here are PW's top religion and spirituality stories ...

Chinese officials ban Christmas, crack down on those ‘spreading religion’  South China Morning Post

Father Christmas will not be visiting one northern Chinese town this year as officials there have ordered the removal of all festive decorations and banned shops ...

New types of religious state school deepen segregation  The Economist

AS THE HEAD teacher at a Hindu secondary school, Simon Arnell might be expected to have a sophisticated understanding of the religion. And one day he ...

An interfaith group finds willing partners to restore a shared watershed  Religion News Service

(RNS) — On a chilly fall day several weeks ago, volunteers from five Maryland congregations came together in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore to ...

Politics must be separated from religion says MCA sec-gen Chew - Nation  The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Politics and religion must be separated, especially in a multiracial and multi-cultural society, said MCA secretary-general Datin Paduka Chew ...

Texas GOP dispute pits religious freedom against claims of 'stealth jihad'  Religion News Service

FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) — Lisa Grimaldi Abdulkareem describes herself as a conservative Republican who believes in freedom and prosperity.

A millennial pastor in Suntree offers her thoughts on religion, youth and Christmas  Florida Today

As a 24 year-old woman, I am not exactly what most would consider the “typical pastor.” My denomination has been ordaining women for over 50 years and ...

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m  The Guardian

Missive that calls the Bible 'a collection of primitive legends' was expected to fetch only half that much.

With tears, megachurch pastor defends $200K Lamborghini gift to wife  Religion News Service

GREENVILLE, S.C. (USA Today Network) — The new pastor of a South Carolina megachurch gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for their eighth ...

America’s New Religions  New York Magazine

Political cults are increasingly filling the empty space in our lives left by the decline of organized faiths.

Exclusive poll: Most Americans say religion will live on  Axios

Almost three-quarters of Americans say they expect organized religion to live on well into the future — including 64% of 18-34 year olds, despite the decline in ...

Einstein's religious views on display at 2 New York auctions  Fox News

NEW YORK – Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime. Two Einstein ...

Why religious rules on butchering beasts make many people see red  The Economist

IT IS hard to imagine such a sizzling political issue, one that connects the welfare of children and animals with clashing notions of religious freedom, and even ...

In the religious freedom debate, the bullies are playing the victim  The Sydney Morning Herald

Above the background hum of carols in the pre-Christmas rush you perhaps caught snippets of Scott Morrison vowing to defend freedom of religion from here to ...

Veganism could get the same legal protections as religion  CNN

An angry dispute between an animal welfare charity and its former employee will be the first case in Britain to decide whether ethical veganism is a ...

Race and religion - when 'new Malaysia' faces off against old forces  Channel NewsAsia

KUALA LUMPUR: They came by car, train and buses from across the country in the tens of thousands, turning the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, into a sea of ...

A religious opening for stopping climate change  Religion News Service

“I don't believe it,” President Trump said the other day in response to a question about the federal government's latest report on climate change. ” It's “not based ...

Religious discrimination act to form part of Coalition election platform  ABC News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will take a proposal for a dedicated religious discrimination act to the next election, as he releases the findings of a lengthy review ...

Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia: Putin's Office Suggests It's Reconsidering Crackdown On Religious Group  Newsweek

A little over a year after a Russian court labeled all Jehovah's Witnesses as extremists and launched a brutal crackdown against adherents of the religious group ...

Canadians, led by millennials, show broad tolerance for religion in public life  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Canada may appear very secular compared with its southern neighbor, but a new poll suggests there is more openness to religion than appears on the ...

EU Bishops: religious freedom is a human right  Vatican News

A big anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provided an occasion for the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European ...

Religious scholars weigh risks, rewards of speaking out  Religion News Service

DENVER (RNS) — Najeeba Syeed was all set to speak about Islam and peacemaking, something the associate professor of interreligious education at ...

The danger of mixing religion and politics | TheHill  The Hill

Violence is escalating at a site where, for 165 years, Hindus and Muslims in India have fought over a plot of land less than three acres in size.

Evangelical, Muslim, Jewish. It's time we all renew our commitment to religious freedom.  USA TODAY

Religious freedom can be a divisive issue, but it's important. My group is renewing our commitment to the First Amendment, by signing this charter.

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' in which physicist rejected religion auctioned for $3m  The Independent

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein rejecting religion has been auctioned for almost $3m (£2.3m). The “God letter” was written in 1954 in Einstein's native ...

Religion Calendar  Marshall News Messenger

Wednesday, Dec. 19. Praise Watchers (Noon Day Prayer Meeting) will be at Ebenezer United Methodist Church at noon. The Will of God Family Ministries Bible ...

When George HW Bush played the religion card  Religion News Service

(RNS) — George H.W. Bush was not one to wear his religion on his sleeve. But to gain the Republican presidential nomination, he felt he had to. A New England ...

The Court’s Next Religion Case  National Review

Does the Constitution permit for a war memorial to be shaped like a religious symbol?

Americans say this is more meaningful to them than religion or health this Thanksgiving  MarketWatch

A Pew report finds many Americans put family first -- but their money and careers give their lives more meaning than religion, friends or even their own health.

Freedom from Religion Foundation Speaks on Cross Removal Request

OZARK, Mo. - The group who requested that the City of Ozark to take down the cross from its Christmas display on public property explains why they made the ...

How Religious Are Our Armed Forces?  Forces Network

Forces News looked at how faith in the British military compares to the British public.

Letter: End tax exempt status for religions  Berkshire Eagle

To the editor: In the Dec. 7 column by E.J. Dionne, he covered the addition of taxation of religious organizations and the Trump administrations exchanging it for ...

The moral inadequacy of carbon taxes  Religion News Service

Imagine this: Instead of backing a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery, President Lincoln proposes to tax ownership of human beings. “This will ...

Does Religion have a role to play in society? Pre-Inter...  Daily Maverick

Yours truly has been invited to participate in a panel discussion on the role of religion in society on eNCA's Madam Speaker with Iman Rappetti. This is me ...

A Scholar of Religion Confronts Her Own Grief  The New York Times

In her memoir, “Why Religion?,” Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.

Religion and Spirituality Book Deals: December 12, 2018  Publishers Weekly

Brazos Press returns to our roots with a book tentatively titled 'Native,' Fortress asks 'What Am I Missing,' and more.

Welcome Muslim congresswomen by dropping ban on headwear  Religion News Service

(RNS) — This month, for the first time in history, Americans elected two Muslim women to the U.S. Congress. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat who will represent ...

War between science and religion is far from inevitable  The Conversation - UK

In his 2015 book Faith versus Fact, the biologist and polemicist Jerry Coyne launched one of his many attacks on religion in the name of science: science and ...

Americans find meaning in money more than friends or religion  BBC News

Americans obtain more meaning from career and money than friends or religion, research finds.

Embracing the work of Christmas  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Across the globe, from small communities in southern India to the splendor of the Vatican in Rome to homes across Oregon, people will gather ...

Statement about acts of anti-religious violence in houses of worship  Religion News Service

By the Washington Theological Consortium Board of Trustees: A Consortium of Ten Theological Schools. The murder of eleven faithful congregants and the ...

Backstory: Australia's foremost religion journalist Rachael Kohn on why faith still matters  ABC News

After 26 years covering religion and spirituality for the ABC, Rachael Kohn is retiring and reflects on dangerous cults, disgraced sheiks and ordinary people ...

Port Allen police chief compelled religion on officers, second lawsuit alleges  The Advocate

A second former Port Allen police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging Police Chief Esdron Brown consistently forced his religion on his officer corps through ...

Religion | Religion  Elk Valley Times

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Death of missionary sparks debate over mission work  Religion News Service

(RNS) — Some call him a martyr. Others call him a colonialist. A few just call him tragically misguided. Almost everyone, it seems, has an opinion about John ...

Groups warn Indonesia app 'risks worsening' religious intolerance  Al Jazeera English

App allowing public report suspected heretical beliefs raises fears it may lead to increased persecution of minorities.

Judge: De Pere transgender rights policy violates religious freedom of churches  Green Bay Press Gazette

DE PERE - A Brown County judge has determined a De Pere ordinance barring discrimination based on gender identity infringes on the religious freedom of ...

Religious soft power in the South Caucasus: The influence of Iran and Turkey  Brookings Institution

The changing geopolitical situation in the South Caucasus has opened up new options for Iran and Turkey to influence the region.

Missions: Is it love or colonization?  Religion News Service

(RNS) — John Allen Chau's life could be summed up in two sentences, according to his family. He loved God. And he had “nothing but love for the Sentinelese ...

Jailing Muslims, burning Bibles, and forcing monks to wave the national flag: How Xi Jinping is attacking religion in China  Business Insider

The officially atheist Chinese Communist Party disapproves of all kinds of grassroots organizations as they are seen to undermine its grip on power.

Atheism and Bad Religion  National Review

In the first decade of the 21st century, New Atheism was all the rage. Students, with little appetite for Aristotle, Aquinas, or Augustine, devoured the pop ...

Religious leaders recall George HW Bush's priorities: friendship, faith, family  Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As the nation learned of the death of former President George H.W. Bush, religious leaders from across the country reacted with ...

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