Monday, December 11, 2017

Why do we call Jesus the Messiah?

Why do we call Jesus the Messiah?

'Messiah' used to refer to a political king. Scripture scholar John J. Collins explains we got from there to Jesus Christ.

Prayer must lead to practical solutions

Thoughts and prayers aren't solving this nation's problem with gun violence.

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Sleep in heavenly peace? Jesus was born in anything but.

Christmas happens in the here and now, among those for whom there is no room at the inn.
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Pixar finds success in a kid-friendly movie about death

'Coco' celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead.
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Are Christian Men More Abusive?

Beautiful Word: The Story of the ESV Illuminated Bible
Renowned designer Dana Tanamachi brings modern illustrations to the ancient text.
Interview by Kate Shellnutt
Centuries before Christians searched Scripture on illuminated digital screens, the Word of God was "lit up" with masterful calligraphy, colorful illustrations, and gold and silver filigree in the illuminated Bibles and manuscripts of the Middle Ages. A new Bible edition from Crossway offers contemporary readers a glimpse of that classic style in an English Standard Version (ESV) Bible glimmering with hundreds of hand-drawn gold illustrations. continue reading >>

Evangelicals and Domestic Violence: Are Christian Men More Abusive?
A sociologist looks at the data on domestic abuse against women.
The Exchange
How Can We Cultivate a Sense of 'Belonging' in Our Gospel Witness?
Belonging is one of the great longings of the human soul.

Former priest found guilty of murder

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A Code of Ethics and Values for a Sex-Obsessed Culture

A Code of Ethics and Values for a Sex-Obsessed Culture

How do we create a culture-wide ethic of dignity and mutual respect when we've never had one? The Christian understands this is impossible until we recognize that all human beings – male and female, of every tribe and tongue, ability and circumstance – stand in equality as created beings made in the image of God. Each is endowed by the Creator God with the dignity of rights that no one may assault. 

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A mind-bending translation of the New Testament

A mind-bending translation of the New Testament
The Atlantic: David Bentley Hart's text recaptures the awkward, multi-voiced power of the original.

How religious fear is shaping the culture war
The Daily Beast: A new study sheds light on how and why religious groups feel targeted in America today, and the implications for politics may not be what you think.

Why I can no longer call myself an evangelical Republican
The New York Times: Peter Wehner says that preserving his identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped his life.

Where do Roy Moore, Doug Jones attend church?
The Birmingham News: Religion and churches will play a large role in determining the outcome of Tuesday's election.
The New Yorker: Roy Moore and the invisible Religious Right

After a century, the largest Catholic church in North America is complete
Religion News Service: After 100 years of construction, thousands of worshippers Friday witnessed the blessing of the Trinity Dome, the final architectural element of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Rage of the New Puritans Is Sweeping America

Time is Not on Europe’s Side

William Kilpatrick

The Pew Research Center is out with a new study of Europe’s growing Muslim population. The first thing to notice is that Pew’s estimate of the current Muslim population for several countries is not much different from estimates of ten years ago. For instance, Pew says that the current size of the Muslim population in […]

The Rage of the New Puritans Is Sweeping America

John Horvat II

The announcement that the “Silence Breakers” have been named “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine has catapulted the sexual harassment scandals into the national spotlight. Sexual assault in the workplace has taken on crisis proportions. Many are saying that men and women will soon revert to minimizing contact among themselves. They fear a new […]

In US, abortion rates reach new low

o   This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year.
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Our Father is poorly translated

Dean of Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University dismisses ‘war on Christmas’: In video, Fr. Kevin O’Brien says, “I don’t think Jesus would care much about whether we say Merry Christmas or not,” and counsels respect for other faith traditions
Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated: Takes issue with the phrase "lead us not into temptation" because “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall"

Friday, December 8, 2017

Approve of Christ–Or Adore Him?

Do You Mildly Approve of Christ–Or Adore Him?

Jesus provoked only three responses when he walked the earth: hatred, fear, or adoration. And yet many who profess to be Christians today respond only with mild approval at best. Why is that, and what can we do to awaken the world–and ourselves–to the uniqueness of Christ? Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) astutely dissects the contemporary lens of the gospel (particularly in Europe) from philosophical, cultural, and biblical viewpoints to bring clarity to our myopic vision and praise to the one who is greater than all.

Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change

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