The last post was about preparing for a ceremony, so I'd like to say a little more about Buddhist rituals and ceremonies. Yes, Buddhists have a lot of rituals and ceremonies. Why? Are they necessary?... Read Full Post
First off, let me apologize – my intention is to do this every week, but work has been challenging. Anyway – fresh start and all that. read more
John Dere at the Christian Post's Crossmap blog has some advice for Christians who have atheist friends... Which is strange because, once you hear the tips, it becomes pretty obvious that Dere has no atheist friends. 1) EXPECT CRITICISM. Don’t...Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, I wrote about The Hotline Project, a phone number where anyone having religious doubts could call in to talk to a trained, trusted individual: Anyone who read about the project would know that it was not-at-all about converting people to atheism. Show More Summary
Brazil vs Mexico takes place in the Confederations Cup 2013 soccer tournament on Wednesday, with Brazil looking to potentially dump Mexico out of the competition and win their second consecutive game.
Roy H. Williams hits the nail on the head. Again. Here's a bit, then read (or listen) to his Monday Morning Memo.A person capable of creating is happiest when they are creating.Artists create visual and auditory artifacts that affect our thoughts, moods and attitudes. Show More Summary
This week’s Contemplative Photograph of the Week, provided by seeingfresh.com, is by Mark Bessoudo. As Seeing Fresh’s curator Andy Karr puts it, “It shows what happens when the universe aligns perfectly with your perception. It’s a great example of fresh seeing.” Contemplative photography is a method for working with the contemplative state of mind, seeing the world [...]
A Texas megachurch pastor, whose 'Aviation Department' advised him that upgrading the blades on his helicopter would save his church $50,000, recenlty caused an uproar for asking his congregation to help finance the upgrade with $52 'favor seeds.'
Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 20, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in...
Televangelist and host of the long running program "The 700 Club" Pat Robertson recently stated that his military training was not that demanding in part because he was male.
The former pastor of Second Baptist Church in Union City, Tenn., and a woman he is accused of having an affair with have been charged with plotting to poison his wife during her mission trip to Honduras. The Christian minister, who served the congregation for 15 years before quitting in February, was supported by his wife as he answered to the charges in court.
ObamaCare in California is being used to build Democratic Party enrollment. The lion's share of $900 million of taxpayer money is committed to "outreach," which includes money to the NAACP and other organizations to door-to-door canvass to register people to vote.
The U.S. Senate voted against building a 700 mile double-tier border fence that Congress already authorized to build seven years ago.
An radical Islamist doctor in Nigeria decided that administering the polio vaccine in his country was part of a Wester conspiracy theory to cause infertility. His campaign to end polio vaccinations influenced 23 other Muslim countries, bringing misery to millions of people.
Here is the talk from yesterday by the executive director of ICEL from the Sacred Music Colloquium. It covers lots of biographical material and concludes with an update on the new translation of the Divine Office. Life-long learningShow More Summary
A video of a fox with its head stuck in a jar has gone viral on the Internet this week, sparking a range of reactions from concerned animal lovers, as well as some who simply find the photo comical.
After so many years of working in the world of Catholic music, I finally experienced what I had long hoped and prayed for: a complete, ready-to-sing package of chanted music for the ordinary form of Mass that sounds solemn, integrated, and is manageable by any parish choir. Five years ago, none of this music existed. Show More Summary
Recently, the Huffington Post re-published an Associated Press article on Sufi resurgence in Somalia. Following the withdrawal of the armed militant group Al-Shabab from the country’s capital of Mogadishu, Somalis are once again allowed to engage in Sufi practices without fear of death and violent repression. The article paints a landscape of men and women [...]
Christian Rock Band Hillsong United will finish their summer tour "Welcome Zion" on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks to a new app, fans around the world can live-stream their last two performances.
Last night's organ recital by Charles Cole (NLM blogger!) was truly a revelation. The organ at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake with Cold (London Oratory) at the held provided an experience you simply cannot obtain outside a venue like this. Show More Summary