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The Age Old Question: Is Freemasonry A Religion?

http://youtu.be/75gCDrOhWfg   Yes, Freemasonry Is Religion, And It’s Incompatible With Some Christian Beliefs. Here’s Why. Matt Gallagher July 21, 2014 I’ve been a Freemason for only about four years, but I’ve already done a lot of changing in my views. One view I used to have, which I think most first years have is that Freemasonry and Christianity are totally compatible. Oh the many internet arguments we enter, arguing “no, we don’t have a problem with Catholics, but the … [Read More...]

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Freemasonry, The Religion of Not Being a Religion

The following comes from a piece I wrote in 2007 on the Masonic Traveler blog. It addressed, at that time, question of Freemasonry being a religion. While the ideas may have evolved some over the years, the message in it seems to still bear some resonance in light of the question rearing its head once again. Is Freemasonry a Religion? What perplexes me is why does it matter? Why does answering the question even matter any more to the cackling hens of the I'm right your wrong neener neener … [Read More...]

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The Age Old Question: Is Freemasonry A Religion?

http://youtu.be/75gCDrOhWfg   Yes, Freemasonry Is Religion, And It’s Incompatible With Some Christian Beliefs. Here’s Why. Matt Gallagher July 21, 2014 I’ve been a Freemason for only about four years, but I’ve already done a lot of changing in my views. One view I used to have, which I think most first years have is that Freemasonry and Christianity are totally compatible. Oh the many internet arguments we enter, arguing “no, we don’t have a problem with Catholics, but the … [Read More...]

Excuses

BRYCE ON LIFE - Why are the trucks breaking down? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Down here in Florida we have a lot of problems with trucks breaking down, particularly those used for delivery or maintenance. It seems every time you make an appointment with a driver to drop something off or a workman who is scheduled to perform a task for you, they can never seem to be there on time and blame the truck for breaking down. … [Read More...]

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Joseph James – Teller of Masonic Murder Mysteries on Freemasonry and the Cinema

Joseph James is an actor and filmmaker with a long list of projects with an eye towards the fraternity. Having already produced several films with overt Masonic tones including The Masonic Map and Templar Nation, James is on the cusp of his latest release with his film The Freemason, taking us again into the mysteries upon the silver screen. In this installment of Sojourners, James gives us an insider's look at the making of his latest Masonic feature, The Freemason, replete with all the tinsel … [Read More...]

Exceptional Care Odyssey

MEGA Brands partners with Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada

MEGA Brands has pledged to donate $500,000 for new Shriners hospital while launching a limited edition Mega Bloks® Fundraising Toy. Montreal - June 6, 2014 - MEGA Brands Inc., a member of the Mattel family of companies (NASDAQ: MAT), announced the start of a new partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada. The toy maker has pledged $500,000 to the hospital's Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign and will launch a custom-made and limited edition Mega Bloks™ First … [Read More...]

Sights, Sounds and Words

The new Bible called “the book”

There was an article on NPR's Marketplace a short while ago that talked about a new high gloss slick designed Holy Bible called Bible Illuminated: The Book coming from illuminatedworld.com, whose publisher Dag Soderberg released it in Sweden to a seemingly starving audience of believers to ashamed to carry and display the good book. Sales of the book were "unprecedented" because people no longer … [Read More...]

The Complete Lodge Secretary

The Complete Lodge Secretary

Lewis Masonic is one of those publishing houses that seem to pull from a limitless well of ideas to produce work that is both timely and informative and their latest book, The Complete Lodge Secretary, is exactly that: timely and informative. To say its a must have is a difficult for anyone not sitting to the Worshipful Masters left hand side, but this jewel of a resource, written by Gordon G. … [Read More...]

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The Coaches Coach – Building Builders

The Coaches Coach by Dr. John S. Nagy from WEOFM Br. John Nagy has been a friend of FmI for a while. You may remember his from … [Read More...]

Origins of Freemasonry by Margaret Jacob

Dr. Margaret Jacob on Masonic Central

Some say that history is written by the victors.  Triumphs are in fact triumphant, and losses are only momentary set backs in a … [Read More...]

Masonic Restoration

Traditional Observance, What is it, and is it the Future of American Masonry?

"Curious about how to bring Masonry into the Tradition it came from?"  "Whats this new Concept I've heard about called European … [Read More...]

Masonic Videos

Brent Morris

A Timeline of High-Degree Masonry

From WEOFM Dr. S. Brent Morris, PM gives a video lecture from the WEOFM (Worldwide Exemplification of Freemasonry) series. I have a lot of respect for Br. Morris and think you will appreciate this presentation. Originally published on the WEOFM website on December 31, 2011. An interesting … [Read More...]

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Hip Hop Freemasons

I stumbled across this by accident, but its amusing how many views and comments videos like these pick up in their linking of Hip Hop and Freemasonry. Its like the whole genre of conspiracy and secret societies has filtered down from the mass media culture of TV and movies and into the urban hip hop … [Read More...]

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Jay-Z’s playing with us now.

So Jay-Z isn't a Freemason... but his line of Rocawear is. Not so new, but just in time for fathers day, is the Masters of the Craft T-shirt straight up with the Square and Compass. Called the Circle T, its one a few in the Rocawear line (both new and old) that's riffing off the whole … [Read More...]

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The Bee Hive

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The Knight At Ease

Steve McKim is a Master of Masonic art and he designs many good presentations. One of his latest works is called Masonic Dreams.  And from that collection here is characterization of a good friend. You can see much of the rest of McKim's artwork Stop and browse awhile.  If you ever do a … [Read More...]

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, is the title of a 60's Broadway play. It is the sort of punch line that has been repeated since day one when something unexpected crosses your path, something ironic. Well I can't say that that has ever happened to me until today.  I was reading … [Read More...]

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Prince Hall Memorial

Cambridge, Massachusetts abutting Boston is the place where a monument or memorial will be erected to the memory of Prince Hall.  The memorial will be placed on the historic Cambridge "Common" or Green near the memorial there to George Washington.  The Cambridge Common is the place where George … [Read More...]

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Sojourners

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Human Dignity and Freemasonry Nowadays

By Carlos Antonio Martinez, Jr., M:.K:. The human being represents a cosmic reality, a phenomenon of universal value with physical structure and psychological characteristics. The self-recognition … [Read More...]

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Joseph James – Teller of Masonic Murder Mysteries on Freemasonry and the Cinema

Joseph James is an actor and filmmaker with a long list of projects with an eye towards the fraternity. Having already produced several films with overt Masonic tones including The Masonic Map and … [Read More...]

A typical masonic lodge dinner

Euna Stubbs’ Meatloaf

Someone check the Old charges and see if they require us to use paper plates. I'm just back from looking at them and I don’t find any reference, so I thought perhaps I would draft my own. III. Of … [Read More...]

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Masonic Traveler

Masonic Central – Back to Basics

Join us this Sunday evening for a Masonic Central episode that is going back to the basics. We catch up on the mail bag, talk about the hot topics on the web, in the blogs, and in the news, discuss some new books on the shelf and open the forum for caller questions and comments. It was a fun … [Read More...]

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The diminshment of religious liberty.

An interesting piece in Religion dispatches titled "The Quietly Crumbling Wall of Separation." The article makes an interesting case for the diminished protection over the free exercise of religion steaming from the 1990 Justice Scalia decision of Emplotment Division v. Smith - an interesting … [Read More...]

Gabonese Grand Master of Freemasons visits the White House

I caught a quick news blurb on Nightline last night about the presidential visit of Ali Bongo to the White House. The clip was from an earlier broadcast on ABC news. The visit has touch off a bit of controversy in that the Bongo regime is fraught with government corruption and accused of … [Read More...]

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From the Edge – Tim Bryce

Evil Within Our Midst

BRYCE ON MORALITY - Have we really evolved as a species? (Click for AUDIO VERSION) To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. Of our 44 presidents, the most prolific writer was John Quincy Adams who maintained a detailed journal of his life, from boyhood until … [Read More...]

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Cultural Assimilation

When new people join companies and nonprofit groups there is a natural tendency for them to try and change the culture to suit their work habits, attitudes, and customs. Such changes are sometimes welcomed by the culture, but more often than not, it is steadfastly resisted and the person is … [Read More...]

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Managing a Nonprofit Organization

Recently I was adding up the number of Board of Directors I have served on over the years for nonprofit organizations. This includes computer societies, fraternal organizations, homeowner associations, even Little League. The number was close to 40 where I have served in some capacity or other, … [Read More...]

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Videos Media

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The Grand Leveler

Not much I can say about this video, other than to comment that it seems to really come from the heart takes a serious and respectful approach to the fraternity in a very modern and contemporary way. It definitely belongs in the sphere of the Masonic nexus of the material culture. Even if you're … [Read More...]

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“Mad” Management

Some management lessons from 1961. NOTE:  This is from my consulting practice, but also has bearing on the management of a Lodge. One of the reasons AMC’s “Mad Men” television show is so popular is that it tries to authentically depict American attitudes and moods of the early 1960′s, including … [Read More...]

filmmaker joseph james

Joseph James – Teller of Masonic Murder Mysteries on Freemasonry and the Cinema

Joseph James is an actor and filmmaker with a long list of projects with an eye towards the fraternity. Having already produced several films with overt Masonic tones including The Masonic Map and Templar Nation, James is on the cusp of his latest release with his film The Freemason, taking us again … [Read More...]

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My Brother’s Keeper – Open Racism in Georgia Freemasonry

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" The LORD said, "What have you … [Read More...]

Florida Masonic Scandal

The Other Half Of The Florida Masonic Scandal Tells All

The Beehive presents an interview with Duke Bass Fortesque. This is being presented as opinions of Fortesque and The Beehive, not as fact. Names of the Lodge and any other Florida Masons have been deliberately omitted. Freemason Information welcomes a rebuttal from either the Master of the Lodge or … [Read More...]

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Is CoMasonry the Antidote – Part 2

By: Carlos Antonio Martinez, Jr. Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 1 Read  - Is CoMasonry the Antidote part 3 SPECULATIVE ERA 1.  Alleged "Official Birth" in England: Symbolic or "Speculative Masonry" began to gradually develop during the XVI and XVII in Europe, particularly - … [Read More...]

Georgia Masonic Black Ball

Georgia Black Mainstream Mason Is Black Balled Again For The Second Time In His Masonic Journey

Sometimes lightening strikes twice – to the same spot. When it does you know that either God is in control or the fix is in. In the case of Gate City Lodge #2, Atlanta, Georgia it is definitely the latter. You might remember the articles The Beehive published in 2009 -   My Brother’s Keeper, Open … [Read More...]

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Mainstream Grand Master Of Florida Expels Wiccans And Others

The Grand Master of Florida's decision number 3 can be found on the Grand Lodge of Florida website.  The text of the document appears, as transcribed, below. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida Jorge L. Aladro Grand Master  Contact info omitted November 28, … [Read More...]

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