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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Excerpt | Theology Jonathan Edwards Taught More Than Just an Angry God

Excerpt | Theology
The Puritan preacher’s theology actually depends on God’s love, not God’s wrath.
Oliver D. Crisp and Kyle C. Strobel
Popular caricatures of Jonathan Edwards’s theology focus almost solely on divine wrath, usually in reference to his infamously titled sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” A deeper read of his theology, however, discovers instead that God’s love is the impetus for Edwards’s ...
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Nigerian Christians Are Exhausted from the Terror

How the church in Africa’s largest Christian—and Muslim—country is trying to emulate Christ in their response to unrelenting violence.
CT Editors
Nigerian Christians have had enough. Thousands took to the streets this week after an attack during a church service left nearly two dozen dead last month. Among the victims were two priests, spurring Catholic leaders to protest the government for failing to do enough to protect the Christian community. ...
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Domestic violence in the church: When women are believed, change will happen

Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson removed as president of Fort Worth seminary as accusations grow
The Dallas Morning News: After a marathon closed executive session that lasted into the early morning, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has ousted Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson as president.
The Washington Post: Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report alleged rape to police and told her to forgive assailant, she says
Religion News Service: Paige Patterson has resigned. Imagine if he were Tim Cook.

Domestic violence in the church: When women are believed, change will happen
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The insistence by many public Christian voices that churches are safer places has blinded many to what was, and is, occurring in their midst.

Is stewardship ethical?
Insights: A strange question, but maybe one worth considering, says David P. King.

Michael Curry's sermon: Why the critics don't get it
Christian Today: Aside from the depressing tendency of Christians to be negative about everything that makes people happy, the reaction of some critics shows how little they understand about how these public occasions ought to work.
Christian Today: Preaching Michael Curry-style: How long should a sermon be?

Fuller Theological Seminary leaving Pasadena and putting campus up for sale
The Los Angeles Times: Fuller is acquiring downtown land in the eastern San Gabriel Valley city of Pomona where it will build a more accessible campus with lower surrounding housing costs.

Beware of the Beria Method

Mob Justice at Providence College

Anthony Esolen

I wrote the following several weeks ago, and decided to wait on it. Meanwhile, something has happened to the young man in question, something worse by far than what I have described here. So here goes: I have just learned that the Women’s Studies Program at my old school, Providence College, does not take rape seriously. Or […]

Beware of the Beria Method

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky

Lavrentiy Beria, the infamous head of the Soviet secret police created his own realities in his service to the Communist Party. He boasted to Joseph Stalin: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” Beria did not allow facts to disrupt the process leading to his murderous goals. Fairfax County (Virginia) law enforcement is conducting a […]

Bigger? Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice

How the president on the other side of the Moral Majority ended up invited to its unofficial headquarters.
William Ringenberg

20 Cuban Pastors and Spouses Killed in Plane Crash

Nazarene officials say ‘God is still in control’ after regional leaders die on the way home from Havana retreat.
Morgan Lee
A group of Cuban church leaders died in a plane crash Friday on the way home from a denominational retreat in Havana.
The ten married couples, several of them co-pastors, from HolguĂ­n in East Cuba, had spent three days at a Nazarene seminary in the island’s capital. They sang and prayed ...
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Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood Cheers

Local body of Christ heartbroken by Jerusalem embassy move and Gaza border violence.
Jayson Casper
Hanna Maher’s wife is nine months pregnant, due any day now, with only four hours of daily electricity. Her two older boys scurry about in the dark, kept ignorant by parents about the dead at the border.
But it is hard to be ignorant in Gaza.
A Norwegian charity estimates 56 percent of children ...
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Pro-life evangelicals are celebrating another move by the Trump administration to cut federal funding for abortion.
According to reports, the White House is expected to announce new regulations prohibiting Planned Parenthood and other entities that make abortion referrals from receiving grant money through ...
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God Hates Gun Violence

God Hates Gun Violence
God Hates Gun Violence
We American Christians have a biblical call to reduce firearm deaths in our land.
Mark Galli
Violence enters the human story from nearly the beginning: “While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” (Gen. 4:8).
The Genesis narrative notes that violence soon becomes endemic. In a mere two chapters, we read, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence” (Gen. 6:11). And “God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going ...
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Ninja priest?

Among the contestants on season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, there’s one who stands out.
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