Separation of Church and State Should Not Be Absolute

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GOP Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum recently made the sweeping claim that “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”  He added that John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion “makes me throw up.”  Kennedy had called for an absolute separation in September 1960. Prominent [Read More...]

Great Lent – Walking with Fools for Christ

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The Eastern Orthodox Church does not celebrate Ash Wednesday.  Preparation for Pascha (Easter) formally begins on “Clean” Monday, February 27th.  It marks the start of Great Lent or the Great Fast in the Orthodox calendar.  During every Great Lent there is hope that the days leading up to Pascha are restorative and transformative.  This year [Read More...]

Elvis has left the building!

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The bus left.  The train departed.  The horses fled the barn.  Elvis has left the building!  Increasingly, more of the faithful are ignoring religious leaders due to false humility, being out of touch, or just getting it wrong too many times and not having the security to admit it. As I’ve observed many times in [Read More...]

Eastern Orthodox Power Politics

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Orthodox theologian and philosopher Fr. Alexander Men said that the use and pursuit of power is one of the most corrupting forces in humankind.  Its misuse and manipulation is seen at the workplace, in relationships, within families, and unfortunately among high ranking church officials of all denominations. Those with the experience of seeing secular political [Read More...]

Closed for Christmas

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Almost 10% of churches surveyed nationally will close this Sunday because of Christmas.  Although some denominations have a different understanding of the Sabbath than the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, it’s still worth exploring the overall impact it could have on faith.  Specifically, what message does it send?  What is the perception?  Does it suggest [Read More...]

Obama's War on Religion

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Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is airing a new campaign ad pledging to stop President Barack Obama’s war on religion.  The Governor’s ad laments that gays can serve openly in the military (to die for their country by the way), but kids can’t pray in schools or celebrate Christmas. The Governor makes [Read More...]

War on Christmas – Call to Deeper Faith

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The McCarthy like putsch to derail Christmas has become an annual obsession.  Some Christians accuse atheists and humanists of attempting to deny Christians the joy of a co-opted Pagan holiday that promotes the nation’s addictiveness to consumerism. The non-religious will put up billboards challenging the faithful. “Christmas is a myth” billboards are making their way [Read More...]

Salvation Army Goes Credit

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Credit cards are a way of life.  Non-profits, faith denominations, and religious stores selling dashboard figurines of Jesus and the Madonna take plastic.  The Salvation Army, one of the most efficient charities when it comes to keeping administrative costs down, is testing the use of credit card donations by mobile devices. Understandably, the Salvation Army [Read More...]

Ethics and Faith Among Bankers

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In a new report published by the London based St. Paul’s Institute corporate responsibility is an illusion, morality among bankers has dropped sharply, and a sense of duty to the community has eroded. According to Stephen Bates of The Guardian, the report questioned “500 bankers and other financial sector workers about the ethics of business [Read More...]

Sophia's Call Regarding Global Warming

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Holy Sophia (the Holy Spirit), seems to be at work again. As reported on October 30th, Richard Muller, a scientist and long-time skeptic of global warming has experienced a revelation that will benefit the world. Based on his own study, funded in part by the conservative Charles Koch Foundation, he concluded that earth is 1.6 [Read More...]

Another Teen Suicide

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It happened again.  A gay teen took his life.  This time it occurred in Ottawa, Canada. Jamie Hubley, 15 years old, decided to end it all on Friday, October 14th.   Like thousands of other LGBT and Searching young people he felt alone, isolated, and made to feel ashamed by society.  Based on his postings as reported [Read More...]