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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Churches Can’t Choose ‘Neutrality’

In the Face of Moral Crisis, Churches Can’t Choose ‘Neutrality’
How Civil War–era churches that avoided taking sides on slavery ended up siding with its supporters.
Paul Harvey
In antebellum and Civil War–era America, churches and denominations along the border between North and South voiced what would have been considered “moderate” opinions on slavery. But as April Holm shows in A Kingdom Divided, neutrality was attractive but never really neutral. It was a political choice like any other. Border-region evangelicals were not proslavery ideologues; neither were they abolitionists. Mostly, they believed churches should focus on “spiritual” ...
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The surprising power of questions

Evangelical leaders discuss future of their movement in Trump era
Religion News Service: About 50 evangelical Christian leaders gathered early this week to discuss the future of evangelicalism amid concerns their movement has become too closely associated with President Trump's polarizing politics.
Religion & Politics: How do evangelical colleges keep the faith?

What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it
Washington Post: The conflict at the Northwest Washington church reflects a modern debate about racism, which often surfaces in less overt ways that can be open to interpretation.

Muslims in America: Immigrants and those born in U.S. see life differently in many ways
Pew Research Center: Immigrants tend to have secured a stronger socioeconomic foothold than U.S.-born Muslims, and they generally express more positive opinions about their place in America.

There's no shame in merging
Inside Higher Ed: To confront the facts and take action is wiser than to be nostalgic about a bygone era, a university professor and leader argues.

The surprising power of questions
Harvard Business Review: Much of an executive's workday is spent asking others for information. Yet unlike professionals who are taught how to ask questions as an essential part of their training, such as litigators, journalists and doctors, few executives think of questioning as a skill that can be honed.

Secular Superficiality Versus the Rootedness of Culture

The Heresy of Hell as Self-Inflicted

Charles Robertson
 

The brouhaha that erupted last month over the latest Scalfari interview with Pope Francis concerned whether the Holy Father really believes in the existence of hell. The Vatican press office was quick to deny Scalfari’s claim. Yet the controversy overshadowed only briefly a more contentious and longstanding debate in theological circles over eternal punishment. Since Pope […]

Secular Superficiality Versus the Rootedness of Culture

Anthony Esolen
 

The other day we Americans were informed by National Public Radio that it was Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus did not have to go to hell or purgatory, but rose straight into heaven. It is like saying that Christopher was named Columbus after the capital of Oklahoma, or that Joan of […]

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday: Pope Emeritus spent his birthday, April 16, in the Mater Ecclesia Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives

Catholic school in Sacramento has special program to prevent bullying: At St. Mary School, 'peace managers' help resolve conflicts between students before they get out of control

Maronite Church: Stop the online “doctrinal brawls”: Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï: Those who use social media, writings, teaching and any other activity to spread content incompatible with the doctrine of the Church are sinning against Christ

10 Bible Translations You’ve Never Heard Of

10 Bible Translations You’ve Never Heard Of
Why we should read lesser-known versions of the Bible.
Jost Zetzsche
English readers have access to more translations of the Bible than readers of any other language. The American Bible Society estimates that there have been around 900 full and partial biblical translations into English. Naturally, that staggering number isn’t readily available, but you can easily order more than 50 different translations in your favorite bookstore, and many more can be found in used bookstores and libraries.
These numbers bear witness to the remarkable treasure available to ...
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How Freedom Became an American Idol

10 Bible Translations You’ve Never Heard Of
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Why we should read lesser-known versions of the Bible.
Jost Zetzsche
Popular blogger and pastor Trevin Wax discusses how a marginalized church can actually be more effective.
Interview by Drew Dyck

Where the Amish go on vacation

'Is my dad in heaven?' little boy asks pope
Catholic News Service: Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Francis' parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish on Monday it was Emanuele's turn.

On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Religion News Service: For most people April 19 is just another springtime day on the calendar. But it is deeply embedded within Rabbi A. James Rudin's personal memory bank.

Where the Amish go on vacation
The New Yorker: Pinecraft, a small, sunny neighborhood in Sarasota, is a place of brief leisure for people who consider work to be sacred.

'I have made serious mistakes,' says pope. 'I ask forgiveness.'
Religion News Service: Francis from the beginning of his papacy has admitted that he is a sinner like every other Christian. He made a mistake, corrected it, asked for forgiveness. That is what it means to be a Christian, Thomas Reese says.

'That is a start': Indiana church collects semi-automatic weapons, bump stocks to be melted
Indianapolis Star: Members of a Crawfordsville church who felt compelled to act in the wake of the Parkland school shooting are asking gun owners to give up their weapons in exchange for gift cards.

People who were homeless find housing


Housing alone can't heal the wounds of homelessness. That also takes community. Just outside Austin, people are finding both at Community First! Village.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Westminster Confession

The Westminster Confession
The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, the Directory for Public Worship, With Associated Documents
Professor John Murray noted: ‘The Westminster Confession is the last of the great reformation creeds. No creed of the Christian church is comparable to that of Westminster in respect of the skill with which the fruits of fifteen centuries of Christian thought have been preserved, and at the same time examined anew and clarified in the light of that fuller understanding of God’s word which the Holy Spirit has imparted.’

This volume contains the Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the other principal documents to come out of the Westminster Assembly. The text is newly typeset, and biblical references are given in full. Later American revisions of the Westminster Confession are included in an appendix.

Lucifer’s Game

Lucifer’s Game

Bob Sullivan
 

In generations past, the great majority of American children were raised by their mother and father, who lived in the same home. In such a culture, the rest of the community had little to do with the rearing and nurturing of the children. The bulk of the child’s maturation was due to the decisions and […]

“The Deepest Truth About God”

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
 

“The deepest truth about God and the salvation of man shines out for our sake on Christ who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation.” ∼ Verbum Dei, #2, cited in Placuit Deo I, 1. Several weeks ago, Clifford Staples called my attention to a recent document from the Congregation for the […]