Is Christ divided? No; He is Christ United in Mid-City

1 Corinthians 1:13

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Why evangelicals love Donald Trump

Pope Francis and Donald Trump meet at the Vatican
The New York Times: Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the Vatican on Wednesday for the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders, who symbolize starkly different views of the world.
The Atlantic: The pontiff versus the mogul

Strong leadership and 'making straight what has been crooked'
Baptist News Global: More than any leadership strategy, book, resource or plan, the most important thing a leader needs to be successful in her work is character, says the Rev. Amy Butler.

Martin Luther: Father of protest songs?
BBC: The reformer's music forged a path for We Shall Overcome and Give Peace a Chance.

Shame, guilt, and fear: what 1,000 Americans avoid most
Christianity Today: Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience.

Why evangelicals love Donald Trump
The Economist: The secret lies in the prosperity gospel.

How Government Support Saved Me

The Church's Three-Part Harmony
Why evangelical, sacramental, and Pentecostal Christians belong together in one body.
Michael Bird
Christ prayed that his followers would be one (John 17:11, 22). But the global church is clearly and deeply divided — the Catholics broke from the Orthodox, then the Protestants broke from the Catholics, and now the Protestants are endlessly divided among themselves. American evangelicals are currently engaged in some soul searching about what precisely constitutes an "evangelical" — and whether that designation is even worth keeping.continue reading >>

How Government Support Saved Me
Signing up for food stamps changed my view of poverty in America.
'The Most Hated Woman in America' Remembers a Culture War Without Heroes
Netflix's Madalyn Murray O'Hair biopic explores the divisive legacy of one of the country's most influential atheists.
The Exchange
The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs
Lessons from a Small Town Pastor
CT Pastors
Our Top 9 Resources on Calling
Here's help to understand God's voice, to live it out, and to help others do the same.
The Exchange
20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky'
Saving Our Faith from a Culture of Fear

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rumors of the death of Trinitarianism

We Actually Don't Need a Trinitarian Revival
Attempts to teach a 'better' understanding of the Trinity may do more harm than good.
Rumors of the death of Trinitarianism, even rumors of its dearth, have been grossly exaggerated. This is not to ignore the problems, failures, errors, and weaknesses that sometimes attend it. We don't need to suppress any evidence in order to reject the drastic diagnosis. When I look around churches and the theological scene today, I see areas of weakness and suggestions for how evangelical Christians in particular can enter into our Trinitarian birthright more fully, more fluently, and more fruitfully. But I have never been able to embrace the idea that the state of the doctrine of the Trinity i continue reading >>

CT Magazine
What Science Says About the Age of Accountability
The latest research on good, evil, and infants.
Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most
Churches may be emphasizing the wrong selling point of the gospel, suggests LifeWay.
Christian History
Jarena Lee
Trailblazing African American Preacher and 'self-made' woman.
The Exchange
Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting.

A religious revolution is taking place in Ireland

Manchester: What kind of person does this?
Religion News Service: Whoever he was, the Manchester terrorist decided that the culminating act of his life should be the murder of children at a rock concert, David Gushee says.

A religious revolution is taking place in Ireland
The Irish Times: Ireland's growing secularization provides an environment where newer churches can thrive.

What does repentance look like for the white church?: A conversation with Lisa Sharon Harper
Religion Dispatches: Sojourners' chief church engagement officer discusses how evangelicals of color operate within white spaces and how, or if, evangelicalism can be redeemed.

Rowan Williams: Britons are peering into the abyss after Brexit vote
The (London) Guardian: Former archbishop of Canterbury warns of dangers of disillusion with political process and of "messianic leadership."

Texas lawmakers revive 'bathroom bill,' OK religious refusal of adoptions
NPR: Texas legislators advanced a version of the divisive "bathroom bill" regulating transgender students' restroom access and passed a law that would allow publicly funded adoption agencies to refuse to work with would-be parents based on religious objections.

El Salvador’s first cardinal surprised by selection

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Israeli settlers weren’t always so religious

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Greatest Threat to the Church Isn't Islam — It's Us

The Greatest Threat to the Church
Isn't Islam — It's Us

A leading Nigerian theologian believes the real danger to Christianity in Africa is in the church.
A good pickpocket works with a partner who will distract the "mark" while the pickpocket steals his wallet, camera, or passport. Sometimes the distraction will be an unwanted conversation, an aggressive sales pitch, or an "accidental" collision in a crowded area — at which point the pickpocket does his work. Right now, Christians are being swindled.continue reading >>

Pew: Black Protestants Show Strongest Support for Paid Maternity Leave
A look into Christian views on paid leave and how the church can help new parents.
Kate Shellnutt
ICE Deports Christian Who Fled Persecution Back to Indonesia
Man who sought asylum in New Jersey church caught up in 100-day surge in non-criminal arrests.
Morgan Lee
The Exchange
Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There's No Other Way
We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.
David Jones
One And Done: Why Small Church Discipleship Is Always A Moving Target
In a small church, it doesn't take long for everyone who's interested in a specific discipleship program to finish it.
Karl Vaters

Disarm Hate: A Musical Response to Gun Violence


With what seems like a never-ending barrage of political missteps and gaffes, it can be hard to keep focused on the issues that matter. Take gun control, for example. It seems like the only time it’s ever really an issue for the suits in Washington is when something really tragic occurs. 
The fact that Disarm Hate: A Musical Response to Gun Violence isn’t coming immediately on the heels of a tragic shooting incident is precisely what makes it so important. Rather, San Diego Pro Arte Voices—a local chamber choir—is holding a special concert on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day, naturally) in order to help fund an ongoing recording project centered on gun violence. 
“After countless mass shootings over the past years—Virginia Tech, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino, Orlando… there are too many to list—I found myself searching for how to feel and how to make sense of it all,” says Pro Arte Voices Artistic Director Patrick Walders. “The overarching feeling was helplessness. What could I do?”  
What he did, along with the help of eight composers from all over the U.S., was orchestrate new music that tackled the issue of gun violence. Once it is finished, the completed album will feature these new compositions, which are categorized in what Walders calls the “human emotional responses while processing acts of gun violence”: Shock and Anger, Grief and Sorrow, and lastly, Hope and Healing.
“Music and poetry can help bring healing to the soul,” says  Walders. “This commissioning and recording project has the ability to reach people around the world who seek hope, healing, inspiration, empathy, sympathy, company and a common thread within humanity.”
The Disarm Hate concert, which will be held at 4 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church (1050 Thomas Ave.), will include some of these compositions as well as guest speakers from the Brady Campaign in between the music. The concert is free, but donations for the ongoing recording project will be welcomed. See for more info.

The second coming of televangelist Jim Bakker

What Trump missed in his address on tolerance -- American Muslims
The Conversation: Unlike previous presidents, President Trump has not linked rhetoric of religious tolerance with recognition of the large, vibrant Muslim community in the U.S.

Franklin Graham is the evangelical id
The Atlantic: The famous preacher's son embodies all the contradictions of Trump's America.

To the university, with love
Commonweal: Paul Griffiths on why I resigned from Duke.
Religion News Service: Diversity trouble at Duke Divinity

The second coming of televangelist Jim Bakker
BuzzFeed News: Thirty years after a very public fall from grace, televangelist is back to shill food for the apocalypse and preach about God's choice to lead America: Donald Trump.

Francis names five new cardinals, including associate of Oscar Romero
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis named five new cardinals Sunday, again diversifying representation in the most select body of Roman Catholic prelates.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pregnant at 18 Punished by Christian School

The Christian school that Maddi Runkles attends in Maryland barred her from participating in graduation ceremonies and removed her from her student council position because she is pregnant.
Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.


A high school senior's story sheds light on a delicate issue: how Christian schools, which advocate abstinence until marriage, treat pregnant teenagers.
Students at the University at Buffalo gathered ahead of an appearance there this month by Robert Spencer, a conservative author and blogger.
The Conservative Force Behind Speeches Roiling College Campuses


The Young America's Foundation, a well-funded group based in Washington, is on a mission to "restore sanity" at schools by deploying provocative speakers.
A protest in Miami this month against the possibility that Haitians in a United States residency program will lose their temporary protected status after its July 22 expiration date.
58,000 Haitians in U.S. May Lose Post-Earthquake Protections


American officials are weighing whether to extend a special residency status that was granted after a 2010 disaster but could expire in July.