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suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.23.2012
How about Jacob, Jacobi or Jacobson? You probably don't think about it but the ethnic roots of Jacobs go back to ancient Israel. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob”, whose name later became “Israel”. Once you find your Israelite ancestors, you can further your research...
steven-belanger's picture
Nov.19.2012
  Photo: Todd Akin's official 109th Congress photo, from his Wikipedia page.     [This entry is the second half of the most recent one, below, posted a few days ago.]   So, a few things:   According to his Wikipedia page, Akin graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute...
steven-belanger's picture
Nov.12.2012
Photo: Todd Akin's official 109th Congress photo, from his Wikipedia page.   And so this begins a long series of blog entries chronicling the recent election.  There's a lot I want to go over here, including, in no order, why Obama won, why Romney didn't, the election results, the nine...
sheila-english's picture
Oct.30.2012
 Have you every wanted to slip into the minds and bodies of Biblical characters? Do you yearn to breathe and fully experience scripture and the impact of Christ's presence? Now, you, the avid reader of all things faith-oriented, have the opportunity to do just this. Anita Higman's recent...
sherry-parnell's picture
Oct.30.2012
Halloween.  It’s the time of creepy monsters, ghosts, and goblins.  It is also the time when theaters feature the newest horror films and television replays the classic ones.  Thrillers allow us to experience what happens when the unimaginable mingles with the mundane.  And...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.08.2012
You'll find pomegranate art throughout Israel. The ancient Jews believed the fruit represented fertility. Be fruitful and multiply it says in the Old Testament. Pomegranate seeds will sprout readily in the right environment so I understand how they became such a symbol for fertility and there are...
gregory-norfleet's picture
Sep.11.2012
I've heard of Christians, conservatives and Republicans all called "closet homosexuals" or "closet racists" or "closet bigots" -- fill in the word -- misogynists, extremists, radicals. Why do they never accuse someone of being a "closet Christian"? Clearly the accusations above are to lead the...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.04.2012
For the ancient Israelites a "Judge" was to whom the people turned to solve their differences and a Judge had enough power to act as intermediary leader in time of war. All the Judges were men except for one ... Deborah. If any of your ancestors have the name Deborah it may be that they had an...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.24.2012
Mahatma Gandhi would have been pleased to find a Hollywood star snuggling his words. Known for his penchant for white women, he was their knight in spiritual armour. It is, therefore, not surprising – although a bit amusing – to discover that he is the 'other man'. Here is a snappy report...
damola-curtis's picture
Aug.16.2012
  If you have given your heart to Christ (and many Christians have not!), you are, right now, a citizen of heaven. You move in the presence of Christ, who sits at the right hand of God. What does that mean for the average Joe (which I like to consider myself)? It means that we have to realize...