Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer - Review

Let me just start by saying that I loved this book. My friend redeemed herself after the last book she recommended ;) Now I introduce you to Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer....more

Bullying...Is it only for the Schools?

 Is bullying limited to the public schools only?  It doesn’t take me long to answer that question.  Of course, the answer is no.  Bullying does seem to be on the rise and it seems meaner than ever.  The video below proves it.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it.  Just know the original version of the video was over 10 minutes long and contains language so bad that none of the news can show it to you.  ...more

Silent Meditation: Spirituality for the Religiously Wounded

Some of us can't go to church anymore. Some of us straddle multiple sides of the religious fence. Some of us have difficulty defining ourselves within one specific church context....more
I love this post, and also wrote about silence - it is a wonderful gift to acknowledge and ...more

Why Homosexuality Scares Some Religious Conservatives

Rachel Held Evans, Christian blogger and author of the upcoming book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood:How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master,” has set in motion a weeklong discussion of a common debate in evangelical c...more
Another fear of homosexuality (that is really no different than whites who fear Blacks moving in ...more

While we were praying...

My family is a family of faith.  We believe in and love the Lord and strive to please Him in all that we do.  Because of these convictions, our kids are attending church, reading Bible stories with us, learning to pray, and hopefully soaking up a lot of the things that we believe.  Whether or not you are a person who believes in God, I think you might like hearing about some of the funny things that have happened in our home....more

Reading "Christianity? The First Three Thousand Years"

 This books goes back to the Christian roots in Greek culture and Judaism. It also traces the versions of Christainity that existed and still exist alongside the main stream of Christain orthodoxy. There were many ways to believe and many ways to be Christian in its early years. This book also explores the Eastern brands of Christianity that ended up being the . Eastern Orthodox Church. So far (it's really long) it is interesting to see the different modes . of belief and worship. I am learning so much. I really recommend this book. It puts a lot into perspective....more
Well, I have been missing out!  Sounds like the kind of book that shakes us out or our narrow ...more

Do you believe in God ?

I am guessing that in other countries you might be spared of answering this question since it would fall in the space marked “private” and thus not be asked at all. In India, not so. Indians pretty much ask each other anything. Nothing is considered off limits. I usually find it very difficult to answer this question whenever anybody poses it. My true answer goes beyond a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. I can’t, however, explain to people, to their satisfaction, what I mean when I say that I’m spiritually inclined but not religious. ...more
 @Isabel_Anders Very true. We need to take a fresh look at it and adapt it to today. It requires ...more

Can We 'Get Real' About Sex in Church?

A few weeks ago my close friend Tina called after a difficult week at church. Her pastor was preaching a series about marriage, and he was all about "getting real."From her perspective, "getting real" meant that he was about to talk about sex....more
 @LetThemEatGreat Totally agree with what you're saying here. I had some pretty tumultuous years ...more

In Defense of the 'Unladylike' Christian Woman

A few months ago I wrote a couple of blogs about men, women, sex, marriage, masturbation, infidelity and Christianity. They were widely read, my blog stats were happy to report. I received some great feedback, too. And a half-joking guarantee I’d never be invited to speak in church in any of the southernmost states of the U.S.A. And that’s quite okay.And then, there was this - emailed directly to me, not left as a comment on the blog:Dear Jo,...more
You should have told him that his rudeness in inquiring into the way you were parented was ...more

Yellow Witch Cancer Prayer-Pass her on to someone with cancer, Let her reach around the world!

Hello All!Below is a poem called “Yellow Witch”.   I am going to post it several times throughout this week.  I would like to see it re-blogged and sent to as many cancer patients as possible.  I want her message to help someone with cancer.  Even if 1 person out of a thousand were to receive the miracle and be healed, she will have achieved a Job Well Done.   Please, pass her along.  Help her surf the web and land on the computer of someone who needs her magic....more