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Halloween: Holiday in Need of Renovation

Halloween: Holiday in Need of Renovation
Given its pagan roots, some think it evil. We disagree and examine its deeper meaning, religious roots, and contemporary significance, including practical ideas on how to celebrate it today.
Renovating Halloween

Halloween: A Pagan Perspective
One reader reacted strongly to my halloween piece. Since her retort was so well written and so thoughtful, I’ve included her entire rebuttal here.


Bible Atlas

Bible Atlas
A complete atlas to the Bible featuring high quality maps covering all the place names one is likely to encounter in reading the text. This is an essential tool for anyone wanting to follow, and make sense of the scriptures of the Hewbrew Bible as well as the New Testament.  Bible Atlas


How Can I Help Victims of Natural Disaster Like Maria?

Here is a list of trusted and highly rated disaster relief agencies. Their websites give specific instructions on how you can help.

 


God and the Hurricanes

God and the Hurricanes
Does God control the path of hurricanes as they threaten the coast of the US each fall? As one tracks a major storm like Irma, and anticipates a possible landfall on the US coast, the question arises with greater intensity. So how about it?

Then, having seen the damage of such storms, including Harvey, the only question remaining is … how can I help?

Check out these respected relief agencies where you can contribute now!


The Bible and Science

Behind many topics debated in our current culture wars lies the larger question of the relationship between the Bible and modern science. In my view, wisdom comes not in choosing the Scriptures over Science, but rather in taking the insights of both with equal seriousness. The Bible and Modern Science


The Most Inspirational Prayers

My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer. Here you will find prayers for healing, prayers for use at mealtime and bedtime. While I have no scientific measure of how inspirational a  prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world’s most favorite.  Inspirational Prayers


Prayers for Children

At mealtime, bedtime, anytime …. the best way to introduce the practice of prayer to your children is the integrate prayer seamlessly into your own daily life, especially those times you spend with your children. To help get you started, we’ve selected out favorite prayers suitable for use with your children. Read more …


Top Ten Verses of the Bible

Given sufficient time to study just ten passages from the Bible, these are the passages I would select. Among these are some of the most memorable and most popular, but mere popularity is not the main reason for selecting these. Here, then, is my “best of the Bible” list, and why I selected each passage. Here follows the list in chronological order. Read more …


A Text for Today: The 23rd Psalm

In this time between war and peace, between birth and death, between the people we are and those we’d like to become, I can think of no better map for navigating the difficult passages of life than the 23rd Psalm. It marks a passage through time, not just for each of us personally, but for entire communities and nations. The Lord Is My Shepherd: The 23rd Psalm for Today


Prayers for a Birthday

Prayers for a friend or loved one, for a child, and for yourself on a birthday.  See them here.