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Monday, January 21, 2019

Shelley Warner writes about God's sufficiency Warner and his wife Shelley came to San Diego to pastor the North Park Community Advent Christian Church at 3702 29th Street in the 1990's. Tom and Shelley Warner were one of two pastoral families that dared to live in the neighborhood where they pastored while most pastors commuted to our neighborhood for work at the church they served.

Since that time pastor Tom has gone to be with the Lord and Shelley has moved to Boise Idaho; a long way from here.

Over a period of years, Shelley had been writing stories about God's help--not just in times of trouble--but in good times too. This book contains stories of liberation from a works-oriented Christianity, stories of God's provision, stories of blessing, and stories of struggle. It is her deep hope that the insights shared in these narratives will illuminate the path for fellow travelers on their spiritual journeys.

In her new book, "A Very Present Help" from Covenant Books, author Shelley Warner is an emotionally resonant opus that shares her life experiences during a crisis in faith and family. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Senate rebukes California Sen. Kamala Harris

Senate rebukes California Sen. Kamala Harris: Censured for questioning judicial nominees about Knights of Columbus membership
Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life: Some threatened to walk out if Wuerl were present
Sacramento diocese offers myParish App: There’s even an interactive examination of conscience built in

Friday, January 18, 2019

How long should a sermon be?

People don’t hate long sermons.
They hate boring sermons. Irrelevant sermons. Impractical sermons. Uninspiring sermons. Unprepared sermons. Over-prepared sermons… You get the idea.
A bad sermon can’t be short enough, but an engaging sermon can go longer than you think.
However, before ...
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“You can’t handle the truth!”

Can We Handle the Truth About Racism and the Church?
Before racial reconciliation can happen, says Jemar Tisby, American believers need to reckon honestly with the sins of the past.
Kathryn Freeman
At the climax of the 1992 classic A Few Good Men, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) famously screams, “You can’t handle the truth!” Responding to questions from Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) about a military cover-up, he confirms his role in the scandal but maintains that the public would rather not know the ugly and gory details of his job. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby (president of the black Christian collective The Witness) adopts the posture of Lt. Kaffee, ...
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A Different Kind of Pro-Life Argument

The Likely Reason Prof. Lewis was Demoted by Steubenville

Austin Ruse

It is hard to believe that Franciscan University at Steubenville demoted Stephen Lewis from his English Department chairmanship over a single porny book he assigned to students about the Blessed Mother. You have to think there was more to it than that, and so your mind goes to Lewis’s judgment over time and therefore to […]

A Different Kind of Pro-Life Argument

John G. Brungardt

Misology is a neologism, coined by Plato, to name the hatred of argument, and not in the sense of a quarrel or domestic squabble. Misology names the hatred of logos, the hatred of reason and rational discourse. It is a commonplace in our culture today that we are deadlocked when it comes to the topic […]

The Religion of Politics

I read a number of articles in December that I haven’t had space to include. As these things go, most just fade away after a while. But I didn’t want that to happen to Andrew Sullivan’s “America’s New Religions”—yet another meta-analysis of our culture that I think hits a number of nails on their proverbial heads. After arguing that everyone is religious in one way or another, even atheists, he starts to explain why we have turned politics into religion:
Liberalism is a set of procedures, with an empty center, not a manifestation of truth, let alone a reconciliation to mortality. But, critically, it has long been complemented and supported in America by a religion distinctly separate from politics, a tamed Christianity that rests, in Jesus’ formulation, on a distinction between God and Caesar. And this separation is vital for liberalism, because if your ultimate meaning is derived from religion, you have less need of deriving it from politics or ideology or trusting entirely in a single, secular leader. It’s only when your meaning has been secured that you can allow politics to be merely procedural.
So what happens when this religious rampart of the entire system is removed? I think what happens is illiberal politics. The need for meaning hasn’t gone away, but without Christianity, this yearning looks to politics for satisfaction. And religious impulses, once anchored in and tamed by Christianity, find expression in various political cults. These political manifestations of religion are new and crude, as all new cults have to be.
Careful GR readers will note his difference with Yoram Hazony, who I quoted two weeks ago as saying that classic liberalism (not current American political liberalism) is not merely a set of procedures but a definite (and anti-Judeo-Christian) philosophy. I go back and forth on who is right about that, but for this week, I’ll side with Sullivan! How’s that for conviction? At any rate, there are many more insights in his essay.
Grace and peace,

Mark GalliMark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

Bishop releases list with names of the accused

Grief, shame, raging anger: Bishop releases list with names of the accused
Planned Parenthood to testify on illegal selling of baby body parts: Trial is set for September 2019
First classical academy in San Francisco archdiocese: Star of the Sea School trying to create virtue in students

The people of MLK's sermons, in one graphic

The people of MLK's sermons, in one graphic
Vox: Martin Luther King Jr. often used characters in his sermons. Most frequently, he spoke of politicians and activists -- often his friends, sometimes his heroes, and even his enemies.
Religion News Service: Howard Thurman, mentor to King who preached nonviolence, featured in documentary

Why this rabbi loved Mary Oliver
Religion News Service: If there was a place where Christian (and other) spirituality met Jewish spirituality, it was Mary Oliver. That is why so many priests, ministers, and rabbis are in mourning today.

Could state-guided faith be a trend of the future?
The Economist: It has emerged in different forms in both Russia and China.

Pop-culture preaching in the 1910s
JSTOR Daily: Billy Sunday was a charismatic preacher who brought in thousands to his vaudeville-inspired church services.

The church and the common good
Cardus: Can we equate the church's eternal mission with temporary politics?

Missions at 1st Presbyterian Church SD
God at Work in San Diego: A Call to Action! February 9, 2019

Help us take our “talk" of local missions to a new level and “walk" our commitment with action. Let’s get down to work in San Diego.  
On February 9, learn and work alongside others as we partner with our local missions. 
We will meet at the church at 8:00am for orientation and prayer, then head off to one of the four locations described below, finishing up at noon. 
Bring your children - they can learn about serving from a young age.  
And please, ask your friends and neighbors to join you. 
This is an opportunity for outreach as well!  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Israeli museum to drop ‘McJesus’ sculpture after protests

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