Category Archives: Other Religions

Praying to Mary

A Roman Catholic friend sent an email asking people to pray the Hail Mary for the Pope.  I explained that I would be happy to pray for the Pope, but I could not pray the Hail Mary. I didn’t want … Continue reading

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What IS a Christian Anyway?

A special memory from my years doing jail ministry: A female inmate asked me the question, “What IS a Christian, anyway?” I decided to let the other women in the group offer an answer to her question. One said, “A … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Cross and the Holy Spirit

A memory from ministering to incarcerated teens: Many incarcerated minors call themselves Catholic, even though they may be unchurched. They are proud to show their tattoos of rosary beads, the Virgin Mary or the crucifix. They are quick to make … Continue reading

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Religion vs. Christianity

There are perhaps hundreds of religions in the world today, but the five major religions are: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.  It has been said that true Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with a risen Savior. … Continue reading

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Are You Catholic or Christian?

Pope Francis is often in the news these days.   Reading about him may cause people to reflect on their own spiritual condition, and that’s a good thing.  A young woman even asked me, “Are you Catholic or Christian? I said, … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons We Know the Bible is True

As a former volunteer Bible study facilitator in our local jail, inmates have asked,  “Just because you say the Bible is true, how do we know for sure?” I appreciate people who are thinkers. After all, who am I?  So … Continue reading

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Muslim Searching for Truth

Recently while traveling, I became acquainted with the manager in our hotel gift shop. He said he was a Muslim from Morocco. I asked him a few questions about his country and about his faith. He said he used to … Continue reading

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The Appreciation Brunch

I was invited to the annual appreciation brunch for volunteers who work with incarcerated teens. They had asked, in advance, some of the volunteers to share what they do with the incarcerated youth, although nobody asked me.  There were professional … Continue reading

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Praying on the Phone

Tonight I received the following joyful email from a long-time friend: “My coworker, Julie, is not a believer. Her sister, Mary Lou, has pancreatic cancer and it appears she does not have long to live. Understandably, Mary Lou is anxious … Continue reading

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Every Trip a Mission Trip

Just think — a river cruise mission trip!  What a privilege and joy to accompany our friends, Cheryl and Ken on such an adventure. Frankly, whenever Cheryl and I are together, it’s always a mission trip! The cruise director said she was … Continue reading

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