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Did a Baptist Preacher’s Online Bullying Drive a Teenager to Suicide?

Ergun Caner is the alleged evangelical con man who pretended to be a defected ex-Muslim terrorist from Turkey and was the dean for Liberty University's seminary until his actual past as a non-Muslim Swedish immigrant was exposed about a year ago. Show More Summary

Exploring the Problems in Producing a Good Islamic Children’s Book

Given the fact that there are not enough Muslim professionals in the Arts, and the lack of a sizeable market to support their work, it stands to reasons that editors, writers, illustrators, musicians and others will only be part time in their work. Show More Summary

So Much More to Sex than 'Fifty Shades'

Society overlooks true intimacy when we idolize the pleasure of steamy sex. E.L. James' erotic series has resonated with millions of readers, with over 100 million copies of her book sold worldwide and overwhelming attention given to the trailer for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Show More Summary

A Christian Response to Fifty Shades of Grey: Reviewing Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

The trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey is out, and at my day job as a bookseller (all opinions are mine, not my employer's, etc), I’ve seen more copies of that book go across the checkout desks this past week than I’d like to admit. It’s having a surge in popularity and people are eagerly anticipating the Valentine's Day 2015 release of the film. Show More Summary

Morning Roundup 7/31/14

Not Another Charity Case; Family Tree; Mental Illness Not Another Charity Case—Ruth Moon Ruth Moon has a great story on gender violence, including some of our LifeWay Research data. Our Family Tree—Movement Church My friend George Bullard passed on this video from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Show More Summary

Satanism and Scholars of American Religion

John L. CrowThis week the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision has brought Satanism into the national conversation, again. Satanism has been in the news repeatedly over the last year for a variety of reasons. Looking at the news coverage has allowed me to identify something I have been struggling to articulate. Show More Summary

NJ sells its lottery with Double Dharma-Burger allure

Thanks to the ever-eagle-eyed Sam DeWitt for pointing out this New Jersey Lottery commercial, which makes odd references to both Tibet and a “Zen guru” — whatever that is:

Wednesday Link List

By the look of it, this “internet” thing could be really big someday. Here’s this week’s highlights: Christian groups are asking a top rated cable network to call off the series Black Jesus, scheduled to debut a week tomorrow. When an evangelism team blitzes nursing homes, residents know they can’t defer the decision for ten […]

Gender and How We Evaluate YouTube Videos

Jaclyn Glenn When a man makes a YouTube video, it seems like the audience tends to focus more on his content and how he expresses himself than they do on his appearance. Yes, I recognize that this is a generalization and that there are certainly exceptions. Show More Summary

Crescent Chronicles | A Brief History of Moonsighting in North America

The city of Toronto has many distinctions; the CN Tower, Skydome – the crack smoking escapades of its mayor – just to name few. One distinction, unbeknownst to many, is the city's unique position in Islamic history. Toronto is one of...Show More Summary

Ramadan Fundraising: Tackling The “MY CHARITY ONLY” Stance

As I write this post, it is the last Jumuah of Ramadan, the 27th fast here in London. The new moon of Shawwal is almost upon us. As with every previous Ramadan, the month has been witness to a great rise in the amount of time and money spent in the cause of Allah. Show More Summary

A Date with Obama| The White House Iftar: Inclusion or Delusion

The White House Iftar —An opportunity to honor American Muslim achievements or an attempt to whitewash U.S crimes in Muslim countries by painting a flowery picture of their relationship with the American Muslims? The first White House Iftar was held in 1805 by Thomas Jefferson for Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from Tunis. Show More Summary

The Church and World War I - “Echoes of the Great War” by Catholic News Service

As I watched this excellent documentary from Catholic News Service, I was reminded particularly by the second half (from 9:00, discussing the aftermath of “The War to End All Wars”, and its impact on culture and society) of a very interesting paper given by Dr Alcuin Reid at the CIEL Conference in Rome several years ago. Show More Summary

The Ways I Walk

last monthReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

By habit, I am a fast walker. When I'm on the sidewalk, I usually behave as though I'm in a hurry. I can utterly destroy a pair of work boots within six months. read more

Group That Evangelizes to Young Children Comes Under Scrutiny From Activists and Media

A couple of weeks ago, Hemant blogged about a international organization called the Child Evangelism Fellowship that thinks it's cool to indoctrinate kids as young as four with talk of hell and damnation. CEF had picked relatively godless...Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

Each week, I get paid to write teasers for some great online resources, as well as some quirky ones. After 40 years as a writer, Philip Yancey looks at The Golden Age of Publishing. Analysis: Some hints as to a recent survey showing that the love Evangelicals have for Jewish people is not reciprocated. Someone […]

A high vantage point

last monthReligion : Erasmus

Russia has outdone America in its zeal to proclaim the faith in heavenly places

MuslimKidsMatter | How Can a Kid Take Advantage of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan?

Alhamdulillah, we have entered the last ten days of Ramadan.  Isn't it amazing that we are privileged to live during the most blessed nights of the entire year?  We all have the opportunity.  Now we have to decide what to do with it....Show More Summary

This Is What Religious Indoctrination Look Like, Courtesy of a Christian Summer Camp

When little children throw their hands in the air, stream tears down their faces, and attempt to speak in tongues at the behest of adults around them, is it out of sincere religious conviction or peer pressure? The correct answer is: Who cares; You should be horrified by this:

You Cannot Serve God and Gridiron

Elesha Coffman"We determine to follow the line of principle and refuse to compromise with the world," declared the young president of a small Christian college. The year was 1925, the small Christian college was the University of Dubuque, and the issue on which the president refused to compromise was football. Show More Summary

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