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The Jesus Movement

The Jesus movement was an Evangelical Christian movement beginning on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spreading primarily throughout North America, Europe, and Central America, before subsiding by the late 1980s. Members of the movement were called Jesus people, or Jesus freaks. Its predecessor, the Charismatic […]

Jesus And People

Although He was a leader, swamped by crowds wherever He went, with an entourage of children always behind Him, Jesus had none of the characteristics of the cult leader. Those religious reformer, cult leader types are usually highly strung, compulsive, angry, austere people who make others feel uncomfortable in their presence. Yet the way the […]

Chronology Of Jesus

A chronology of Jesus aims to establish a timeline for the historical events of the life of Jesus. Scholars have correlated Jewish and Greco-Roman documents and astronomical calendars with the New Testament accounts to estimate dates for the major events in Jesus’ life. Two methods have been used to estimate the year of the birth […]

Christian Celebrations And Devotions

Christians celebrate the conception of Jesus on 25 March(Lady Day) and his birth at Christmas (25 December) or Epiphany (6 January). Among the many traditions associated with Christmas are the construction of cribs and the performance of re-enactments of elements of the story in the Gospels of the birth of Jesus, a tradition started in […]

Lutheranism

Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity which identifies with the theology of Martin Luther (1483–1546), a German friar, ecclesiastical reformer and theologian. Luther’s efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation in the German-speaking territories of the Holy Roman Empire. Beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses, first […]

Independent Orthodox Churches

Independent “Orthodox” churches are groups which often use the term Orthodox in their names but have no canonical connection with the mainstream Orthodox Church, do not practice communion with it, and usually have no direct historical connection to it. Many are led by episcopi vagantes, bishops claiming “valid” apostolic succession but not maintaining communion with […]

Jesus Christ

The most basic part of Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah (Christ). The title “Messiah” comes from the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (māšiáħ) meaning anointed one. The Greek translation Χριστός (Christos) is the source of the English word “Christ”. Joshua is English for the Hebrew word Yeshua. A depiction […]

Death And Resurrection Of Jesus

Christians believe the resurrection of Jesus to be the main part of their faith and the most important event in human history because it would show that Jesus has power over death and has the authority to give people eternal life. Jesus helped by Simon of Cyrene, 19th century Brazilian depiction Among Christian beliefs, the […]

Salvation

Protestantism teaches that eternal salvation is a gift that is given to a person by God’s grace. It is sometimes called “unmerited favor.” This would mean that Salvation is God bringing humans into a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the belief that one can be saved (rescued) from sin […]

Christian Worship

Worship is thought by most Christians to be a very important part of Christianity all through its history. Many Christian theologians have called humanity homo adorans, which means “worshipping ,” and so the worship of God is at the very center of what it means to be human. This would mean that because God created […]

Disagreements

Some of the groups could not agree on certain points about Christian teaching (called “doctrine”) or practice. The first split was in the 5th century after the Church Council of Ephesus. The council agreed Nestorianism was wrong. The Assyrian Church of the East did not agree and split from the rest. The argument was about […]

The Bible

The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, “the books”) is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. Many different authors contributed to the Bible. What is regarded as canonical text differs […]

Torah

The Torah (תּוֹרָה) is also known as the “Five Books of Moses” or the Pentateuch, meaning “five scroll-cases”. The Hebrew names of the books are derived from the first words in the respective texts. The Torah consists of the following five books: Genesis, Beresheeth (בראשית) Exodus, Shemot (שמות) Leviticus, Vayikra (ויקרא) Numbers, Bamidbar (במדבר) Deuteronomy, […]

The Latin Church

The Latin Church, sometimes called the Western Church, is the largest autonomous particular church sui iuris within the Catholic Church, applying Latin liturgical rites. There are 24 such sui iuris particular churches within the Catholic Church, the others being Eastern Catholic Churches. They differ from each other in liturgical rite (ceremonies, vestments, chants, language), devotional […]

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian Church, with more than 1.29 billion members worldwide.As one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation.Headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope, the […]

Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic is a term sometimes used to differentiate members of the Catholic Church in full communion with the Pope (of the See of Rome) from other Christians, especially those who also self-identify as “Catholic”. “Catholic” is one of the Four Marks of the Church set out in the Nicene Creed, a statement of belief […]

What Are The Hidden Costs Of Moving Companies

Every move can have its hidden moving costs. The reason is in your moving contract. If you take a careful look at it you will notice that movers can charge you extra under certain conditions of the move and for particular services, even if you are not informed about it but miami movers and los angeles […]

Stop dressing so tacky for church

We have heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but  is getting too sloppy.When we scans the pews of churches, we can see rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide […]

Is the Internet killing religion?

We can blame the Internet for plenty: the proliferation of our obsession with cat videos, the alleged rise of teen trends like – brace yourself – eyeball licking.But is it also a culprit in helping us lose our religion? A new study suggests it might be.Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin College of Engineering […]

If Islamic State is based on religion, why is it so violent?

Aaron W. Hughes, University of Rochester Islamic State’s seemingly sudden prominence has led to much speculation about the group’s origins: how do we account for forces and events that paved the way for its emergence? In today’s instalment of our series on the origins of Islamic State, religious studies scholar Aaron Hughes considers whether this […]

Caring for Mother Earth

In a recent post, we shared a YouTube video from Melaleuca.com about Mother Earth and caring for the environment. Well, this month we celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22, so let’s talk a little bit more about Mother Earth. The spiritual and religious connection to Mother Earth is a worldwide phenomenon. Most religions, including Christianity, have […]

Heart to Heart Adoptions is a non-profit adoption agency located in Sandy Utah

Heart to Heart Adoptions is a non-profit adoption agency located in Sandy Utah. They also have additional offices in Illinois, New York, and Florida. This adoption agency works with potential adoptive families and birth mothers across the United States. Their staff have adopted kids themselves and have worked amongst the adoption field for quite some […]

The Connection Between Religion and Politics

We’ve talked about the connection between religion, spirituality, and nature in previous posts. While not overtly religious or spiritual, there’s a great video from Melaleuca.com about Mother Earth and the importance of maintaining a healthy planet for future generations. There is also a connection between religion and politics. This connection goes back thousands of years, […]

5 Ways to Increase Your Spirituality

Do you consider yourself a religious person? Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If you’re wondering if there’s a difference between the two, check out our previous post on the subject. If you’re not as spiritual a person as you would like to be, what can you do? Do you have to start attending church […]

Why Don’t Mormons Drink Coffee?

We’ve discussed Mormons in previous posts, including this one about how happy they appear to be. One of the things that sets Mormons apart from other religious groups is a code of conduct called “The Word of Wisdom.” According to Mormon doctrine, The Word of Wisdom is a law of health that was given by revelation […]

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Abortion rate hit a record low

About two weeks ago, the U.S. abortion rate hit a record low. It has declined by about 35%, more than one third, in the last twenty years .This statistic also revealed that abortions decreased amongst all significant racial and ethnic factions. The American pregnancy rate has also coincidentally declined. Many individuals studying this case believe […]

Entrepreneurs of Faith

In previous posts, we’ve mentioned health and wellness company Melaleuca as a business with Christian values. The main reason Melaleuca is the way it is has to do with the personal beliefs of its founder and CEO Frank VanderSloot. VanderSloot grew up in a poor family that placed a great deal of importance on the Christian principles […]

Types of Organizations for Abortions

Women who experience unplanned pregnancies want to know all the alternatives to abortion. In the midst of strict abortion laws across the US, there are various organizations that advocate for abortions and offer pregnancy help. In the recent news, there have been many politicians and activist trying to change the abortions laws. However, there are […]

Today’s Teens Approach Religion in Their Own Way

A recent story by the Huffington Post takes a look at the unique religious standing of today’s teens. Some see millennials as too shallow and self-absorbed to be abele to understand and accept the nuances of religion. However, while this group isn’t seen as overtly religious, that doesn’t mean that they do not have a […]

Financial aid for pregnant women

The ability to birth new life is both exciting and costly. Many birth mothers face financial difficulty regardless if they are married or single. This is why many states created pregnancy financial assistance. If you are looking for help with medical or baby supplies, you may qualify for financial aid for pregnancy. These programs were […]

3 questions to ask before choosing adoption

When it comes to having a baby, sometimes future mothers want unplanned pregnancy help. This type of help allows a mother to not feel alone while she is understanding her options. In the event that you are looking for pregnancy assistance, there are some great programs for you. One of the most often chosen options […]

Religion in the USA

The belief of religion has played a major role in the development of the United States. It is one of the reasons why America’s forefathers thought it was imperative to separate church and state. It allows all Americans to practice their faith without persecution. Although a majority of Americans called themselves Christians, there are roughly […]

Will Same-Sex Ruling Affect Tax Status, Religious Rights?

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country. Now that that has happened, there are religious organizations that fear they will be compelled to change their view of the institution of marriage as being between a man and a woman. At stake for many is the definition of liberty […]

Are Mormons Happier Than Everyone Else?

A huge study three years back by the Gallup organization looked at the connection between happiness and religion. The survey found that the religions with the happiest people were Judaism and Mormonism. Why is it that Mormons are, or at least appear to be, so happy? A researcher by the name of Elisa Hunter recently did […]

Food’s Role in Religion

Why is it that food and eating play such a prominent role in so many religions? From Catholic sacraments to Jewish feasts, the food we put into our mouths is a big deal. It may be because without food, we cannot live. Food is something that everyone on this planet needs, so it makes sense […]

Where Should Religious People Work?

If you are a religious person—a person of faith—does it matter what you do for a living? Do you have to work for a religious organization? If not, do you have to at least work for a company that shares the same values that you do? It’s an interesting situation to ponder, and answering these […]

South Carolina Church Meets for First Time Since Shootings

Last Wednesday, a white gunmen entered a historic black church in Charleston, South Caroline and opened fire, killing nine people. On Sunday, the Emanuel AME Church held its first worship services since the vicious attack. The suspected gunmen, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was captured the following morning during a traffic stop in North Carolina. President […]

Religions, Incense and the Rise of Aromatherapy

Various world religions have been using incense as part of their religious ceremonies for centuries. In fact, religious use of incense goes back thousands of years. When people prayed or offered sacrifices to their gods, they would burn incense to make those prayers and offerings more effective or to invoke blessings. It looks like the […]

A Closer Look at Ramadan

This Thursday marks the beginning of Ramada on the Islamic Calendar. This calendar follows that lunar cycle that is different than the solar cycle. As such, the dates of Ramadan are not the same from year to year. Here’s a closer look at this Islamic observance: • Ramadan is not so much a single holiday […]

What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

How do you know if someone is religious or spiritual? What defines these two terms? First, let’s take a look at the word “religious.” Religious and religion are the same root word, and they both denote belonging to an institution. Religions are organizations created by and for groups of men and women. Knowing whether they […]

People Wrestling With Faith Now Have a Hotline

If someone of religious background starts to question their faith, where can they turn? What are the options? They can turn to their religious leader, family members or fiends. Any of those options requires courage. They can also be seen as risky, as sharing your doubts could alter your relationship. It’s no doubt a scary […]

How British Muslims Are Losing Their Faith

A recent story shows how a younger generation of British Muslims who do not have faith in their religion either opt to be agnostic or atheist. In Britain, much attention has been given to the expanding radicalization of the young, particularly after the 9/11 occasions. This has been clarified as a result of various things majorly, the […]

Did You Think to Pray?

How often do you pray? Most if not all religions include prayer as part of their prescribed methods of worship. In America, most people pray fro friends or family, or when they are in desperate need of help. However, do enough people offer prayers of thanksgiving? Many people who self identify as Christians say their […]

Religious Museum Set to Open in Singapore

  A new museum in Singapore, set to open in six months, will encourage religious harmony and peace. Executive Lee Hsien Loong declared impending opening Harmony in Diversity Museum that will be opening in Singapore. While getting a charge out of a supper to commend the 66th commemoration of the Inter-Religious Organization, Mr. Lee declared […]

Church or Faith Community?

Enough about houses of worship that are kicking the bucket. How about we envision something that lives, inhales, serves, has any kind of effect? Would we even call it “church?” The term appears to be worn and torn following two centuries of utilization. Perhaps the expression “confidence group” would pass on less chronicled negatives. Whatever. […]

Researching Charitable Organizations Online

Centuries ago, churches were whatever their leaders said they were. Think about it: The only way followers got any information about their religion was from the pulpit. Back then, people went to churches, synagogues and temples and listened to what the ordained ministers had to say about God. They didn’t have their own scriptures, they […]

Report: Almost Half of Atheist Children Find Religion

According to the Pew Research Center’s study on America’s religious landscape, about 10 percent of kids who grow up in the country do so without any religious affiliation. In other words, roughly 1 in 10 kids in the U.S. are atheists. However, the study also finds that about half of those atheist children eventually find […]

Research Suggests Christianity in the U.S. Is Shrinking

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who identify as Christians is dwindling. The study also shows that people who don’t identify with any religion in particular, in other words agnostics and atheists, are swelling in numbers. The PRC’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study was made available earlier this […]

Some Prayer Facts for the National Day of Prayer

Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer. Each year on this day, the president makes a statement inviting Americans to supplicate on their own, in gatherings and in churches. It’s interesting that this fell on a Thursday and not a Sunday, when most people attend church and pray there. Perhaps that’s the point: People who feel […]

Is the West Doomed to Become a Religious Wasteland?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows a future that could be quite desolate when it comes to religion. In the study, one out of every six Americans surveyed claimed no religious affiliation of any kind. That still means that 83 percent of the respondents say they are affiliated with one religion or […]

Disasters Give Religion a Chance to Shine

Compassionate service is a core tenet of most, if not all, religions. Faiths across the world are known for their eagerness and adeptness when it comes to organizing volunteer efforts for those in need. Natural disasters are never a good thing, yet they remind people—whether they themselves are religious or not—that the world could be worse […]

Can There Be Too Much Religious Freedom?

What is religion’s place in modern society? It’s an interesting question that is very hard to answer. Looking back in history, most civilizations and empires were religious in nature. They were founded and shaped by their reverence for deity. Now? Not so much. Ever since the creation of the United States of America, government and […]

Do Religions Have a Responsibility to be Green?

Earth Day was celebrated earlier this week, and the occasion was marked by the usual eco-friendly messages from various organizations. News outlets ran stories about the environment and the impact we as humans have on it. Businesses that identify as green, like Melaleuca for example, called on humanity to take part in protecting and caring […]

More Interesting Religion Stats from the Pew Survey

In our last post, we looked at a Pew Survey that shows how major religions in the U.S. compare to each other based on beliefs and practices. It’s such a fascinating survey that we thought we’d share some more of the interesting results. According to those surveyed, the five most populous religion groups in the […]

Pew Survey Compares Religious Beliefs and Practices in the U.S.

According to the most recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more Jehovah’s Witnesses are absolutely certain that God exists than followers of any other major religion in the U.S. Those of the Jewish and Buddhist faiths are the least certain that God exists, according to the survey. It’s always interesting to see how different […]

Five Companies with Christian Values

Despite operating in largely secular industries, there are some companies—many extremely successful—that make it a point to share their faith with the world. Here are 5 organizations that follow Christian values. Chick-fil-A was founded on biblical principles by Truett Cathy, a staunch Southern Baptist, in 1946. The company’s mission statement is, in part, “to glorify […]

Backlash Follows Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Indiana is at the center of controversy over a “religious freedom” bill that the state’s governor signed into law last week. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act states that the government can’t “substantially burden” someone’s ability to follow their religious conviction, unless there is proof of compelling reason to impose such a burden. Many see the […]

Study: Most Evangelicals Think Science and Religion Are Not at Odds

Long has the perception been that religion and science are enemies. But is there really that much conflict between faith and fact—belief and hard evidence? According to one study, the answer is no. Perhaps science and the scientific community aren’t so secular. Sociologist Elaine Ecklund found that seven in 10 self-identified evangelicals don’t see science […]

Is Saint Patrick’s Day a Religious Holiday?

Clover leaves. Leprechauns. Green beer. Corned beef and cabbage. “Kiss me: I’m Irish!” Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and the holiday will be marked by events and festivals that generally celebrate the Irish culture. Such festivities will include grand parades, dancing and singing, lots of people flocking to bars, fun and unique foods, and everything […]

Muslims in Britain and Canada Work on Public Image

In recent weeks, reports have identified a member of ISIS who was educated in Britain as “Jihadi Johnny.” Also, A mall in Canada has allegedly been targeted for an attack by an Islamic militant. Such news has increased the difficulties of being a Muslim in these countries. Media reports state that these and other issues […]

CNN Series Focuses on the Historical Jesus

In a ramp up to Easter, the new CNN series “Finding Jesus” is using modern science and archaeological research in an attempt to shed new light on Jesus Christ. The original series, which includes weekly, hour-long TV episodes and additional online content, is extremely popular. “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” as it’s officially called, has […]

Are People More Risky When God’s on the Mind?

This may sound counterintuitive, but it appears that some daredevils may be more faithful, or more God-fearing at least, than other people. Recent research found in Psychological Science suggests that when people are reminded of GOd, they are more likely to take bigger risks in life. The reason? They have faith that God will watch […]

This can be the nature of Humanity

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]

Lord is in Heaven. Meeting with James Lake

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]

Talks about the Charity and Eternity

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]

Running in the Field

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]

Taking a Pledge for Donation

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]

Reading at Leisure Time

We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue this is an exact detartmation. We denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled […]