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Coming soon: Reb Zalman's glorious new translation of psalms

Many years ago I wrote a post about new translations of psalms, and one of the translations I referenced was from my teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a.k.a. Reb Zalman. His creative, heartfelt, pray-able, earth-conscious renderings of psalms weren't published anywhere...

I’m Pretty Sure This Child is an Atheist…

I know we like to argue over whether or not babies and toddlers should be considered atheists and I know Richard Dawkins has spoken out against the religious labeling of children, but I think I've found a legitimate young atheist:

Wednesday Link List

Promised you last week when we did a feature on Kevin Frank there would be one more panel in it for you (see Genesis 8:20) … Time once again for things on Christian blogs and news feeds you may have missed and some you’ll now wish you had. Though still imprisoned — and now hospitalized […]

Morning Roundup 4/22/14

Christian Movies; Theological Education; Pastors Unite Despite Division Christian Movies at the Box Office—Box Office Mojo I'm just fascinated at the success of God's Not Dead. Take a look at this list. I've had the author of the book,...Show More Summary

Why Developing the Skill of Drawing Is So Necessary for the Artist - And Where You Can Learn to Do It Well

All figurative Christian art, and especially sacred art, is a balance between natural appearances and idealisation. Idealisation is the controlled distortion from natural appearances that enables the artist to communicate invisible truths.Some...Show More Summary

Growing Up In an Apocalyptic Cult — One Woman’s Story of Sex and Insanity

What's it like to grow up in a cult? Flor Edwards (below), over at the website Narratively, sheds some light with a long personal story that is both fascinating and tonally flat -- as if her childhood, overshadowed by apocalyptic messages...Show More Summary

Florida Cops Order Live Jesus-on-the-Cross to Come Down

Inflict some gruesome wounds on a guy and publicly hang him from a gallows -- or roast him over a fire in a park -- and hardly anyone will think that's bring-the-family fare. But put a crown of thorns on his head and nail him to a cross...Show More Summary

The Fierce Urgency Of Easter

Each Easter we are given the opportunity to decide whether or not we will walk in a world of darkness or embrace the light of God which offers a path toward salvation for all people, regardless of faith tradition. We must embrace our calling as people of faith with the same fierce sense of urgency (a phrase often used by Martin Luther King, Jr.) that Jesus embraced his.

Dharma Connect: Four-Star Buddhism

5 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier, but the food tastes better, he says. read more

Experiential Learning: Teaching Race, Religion, and Ethnicity

By Karen Johnson. It is Palm Sunday in the heart of Chicago’s Austin community, a west-side inner-city neighborhood. Children welcome the congregation into the gym, one dressed as Jesus riding on a donkey (for all you Color of Christ fans, Jesus, in this case, is black). Show More Summary

British Muslims to the World: We are Happy

Muslims. Dance-off. I didn't think I'd live to see those two things juxtaposed. But what's happening on both sides of the Atlantic seems to be just that. After release of the notorious 'Somewhere in America' by a group of hipsters (called Mipsters featuring all women), the Brits have come out with their own rendition...

God is still #1 for the nun who wants to have fun

ROME — Who would have thought there could be room for God in a Cyndi Lauper song, much less her 1983 hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” But 25-year-old Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia found it when she pointed and looked up to heaven as she sang: “Oh daddy dear, you know you’re still number […]

A Glance at Auschwitz and Blessed John Paul II

By Emily Antenucci OSWIECIM, Poland — Imagine you are standing, eyes closed, in a field stretching for miles. It’s green with grass and trees, colorful with flowers, the air filled with the songs of birds chirping their favorite tune. Now you open your eyes and you see: debris, which is burnt black and stacked tall […]

Any birthday surprises in store?

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has yet to reveal what retired Pope Benedict has planned for his 87th birthday today. It will definitely be low key and most probably include a friendly phone call from Pope Francis, who is always picking up the phone on people’s birthdays. While Pope Benedict usually liked to keep celebrations […]

Wednesday Link List

I’m writing this assuming everyone survived the prophetic implications of the blood moon, but maybe the April 15 income tax deadline is a form of judgment. With the movie version set to release, a now 14-year-old Colton Burpo affirms the story on which Heaven is for Real is based. Jamie Wright notes correctly that the […]

What Do These Have in Common? Blogging as Scholarship, Last Kind Word Blues, and Major New Book on American Catholics and American Presidents 1960-2004

Paul HarveySince a few of our folks are taking a well-deserved break from blogging this month during a particularly busy time of the semester, I've collected a few disparate items of interest for you here just to keep your blog reading...Show More Summary

Satan as a Mashup: Today’s Devil Combines Zoroastrianism, Greek Mythology, and Lots of Artistic License

The satan of the Old Testament was merely a not-especially-powerful angel in God's employ, tasked with correcting and disciplining sinners. A millennium or two later, that supernatural being had morphed into humankind's most-feared enemy -- so evil, cunning, and potent that he could outwit the Creator Himself. Show More Summary

Four eclipses; four worlds; four holidays; four holy perspective shifts

A Jewish Renewal perspective on the tetrad of lunar eclipses, by rabbinic student David Markus and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. We in North America are about to experience four total lunar eclipses in a row which, incredibly, will coincide with Pesach...

Giving History the Johnson Treatment

By Michael Hammond Lyndon Johnson delighted in using power to accomplish his goals. He was famous for his ability to leverage any advantages he held over his opponents, whether that was a majority vote in Congress, or his 6 foot 4 inch frame. Show More Summary

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