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Friday, May 17, 2019

Detroit archdiocese cancels sporting events on Sundays

Over 12,000 soldiers from over 40 countries are set to arrive in Lourdes, France on Friday as part of the 61st Annual International Military Pilgrimage.
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Religious reaction to abortion ban: Some activists waited decades for this

Abolish the priesthood
The Atlantic: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy -- and take the faith back into their own hands, says James Carroll.

Today I am thinking about May 17, 1954, and white Baptists then and now
Baptist News Global: White Baptists were, by and large, not pleased about ending racial segregation. Now, many of those passing abortion bans are white Baptists too.

Religious reaction to abortion ban: Some activists waited decades for this Clergy protest leaders had a dream that the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide would be struck down. Three decades later, they are closer than ever to that dream.

Why I ditched the evangelical persecution complex
Sojourners: It wasn't until Kevin Singer started making friends with people of minority religious traditions that he began to reevaluate the premise that devout Christians are an endangered species in America that require special protection.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right -- the Bible denounces high interest rates
Newsweek: The Bible has a lot to say about money lending with high levels of interest and usury.

The Elusive Presence Begins by Mark Galli

The Elusive Presence Begins

As I announced last week, I’m beginning a weekly column on what I believe is the fundamental crisis in American Christianity, and in evangelical Christianity in particular. As I note at the beginning of my piece, this larger problem is not just “out there” but “in me” as well. So it’s not so much a jeremiad so much as a series of reflections on the crisis we all share. Over the next few weeks I also explore the way forward.
There’s ‘Persecution,’ and Then There’s Persecution
Vice-President Pence, in his commencement address at Liberty University, warned students that as they go out to live and work in contemporary America, they will be persecuted for their faith. John Fea, professor of history at Messiah College, essentially says, “Maybe, but consider Christians in other parts of the world.” He’s right of course. (The BBC recently noted “Christian Persecution 'at Near Genocide Levels.'”) So-called “persecution” in America pales in significance.
Then again, sociologist George Yancey argues that there is “Christophobia” in many sectors of American life today. He frames the argument in an interesting way to his students. He doesn’t think persecution is the right word; more on the order of anti-Christian bias.
Belated Mother’s Day Tribute—From Prison
A Once and Future Saint
I mentioned the passing of Jean Vanier last week, but this week on our Quick to Listen podcast we interviewed Michael Higgins, a Vanier biographer, to delve more deeply into Vanier’s life. Extraordinary. Warning to the listener: It might prompt you to change your life….
Basketball Misbehavior
As we head into the NBA finals, a couple more basketball stories. Alan Jacobs of Baylor University notes in “Working the Refs” how some players have become notorious thespians trying to convince refs that they’ve been fouled. Jacobs, with usual insight, sees something larger going on: “I have come to believe that this is what almost all of our culture is about now: working the refs.”
Then there is the miracle of Stephen Curry to behold.
Grace and peace,

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Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

A Great Catch: The 153 Fish

A Great Catch: The 153 Fish

Fr. George W. Rutler

“I welcome you on the eve of a great battle.” So began General Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 15, 1944 solemnly addressing the admirals and generals and officers of the Allied Expeditionary Force, announcing the proposed strategy for Operation Overlord, codename for the Normandy invasion. Underestimated as an orator, Eisenhower’s speech riveted the attention of […]

U.S. births hit 32-year low

U.S. births hit 32-year low: CDC says birthrate is in record slump
President Trump continues 9th Circuit makeover: Over objections of Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, Senate votes 52-45 to confirm Kenneth Lee to the influential appeals court
“Searching for human fetal pancreas from 4-5 donors”: Government-funded U.C.San Diego lab in the market for baby parts, Center for Medical Progress exposé reveals

Lessons on Christian Rhetoric from Five of its Greatest Practitioners

If the enemies of truth employ the arts of persuasion, then lovers of truth have no choice but to employ them more effectively.
Interview by Erin Straza
Speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) may be one of the most misapplied biblical injunctions of our day. We use it to justify blunt commentary and harsh judgment, claiming a motive of love for God or the recipient. Too often, though, we’re just sidestepping kindness or humility. But what if we didn’t have to sacrifice one for the other? In Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church, James E. Beitler III shares a recipe for communication that’s persuasive, effective, and ...
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

How black millennials are calling for a theological reformation

Even Pat Robertson says Alabama's abortion bill is too extreme
HuffPost: That's saying something, considering the outspoken televangelist also called Roe v. Wade a "phony case."

Lutherans gather in prayer for student pastor reportedly arrested by ICE
Religion News Service: Lutherans are speaking out and gathering in prayer after a student pastor at a church in Racine, Wis., was arrested last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

How black millennials are calling for a theological reformation
Sojourners: A steady percentage of black millennials are disengaging with church. Instead, they are finding new ways and places where they can be free to stand in their identity.

How 'joke religion' turns deadly serious when the online alt-right comes to life
Religion News Service: The nihilism of today's alt-right is both a religion and a rejection of the transcendence that religion holds out as a balm.

Liberty University rescues two windows honoring SBC's rightward shift scrapped by Southwestern Seminary
Baptist News Global: Two of the stained-glass windows removed in April from the chapel of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have a new home in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the Jerry Falwell Museum at Liberty University.

“Confession is sacred”

Planned Parenthood hospitalizes another injured woman: A 22-year old woman was transported by ambulance from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Walnut Creek, California
“Confession is sacred”: Archbishop Jose Gomez says he is greatly disturbed by bill pending in California legislature that would require priests to disclose content of confessions by child abuse suspects
Bishop Barron gives commencement speech on greatness of soul: Bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region elaborates on Aquinas' definition of magnanimity

Evangelization and Doctrine Are Inseparable

Evangelization and Doctrine Are Inseparable

David G. Bonagura Jr.

We preach doctrine, and doctrine exists to be preached. If that sounds circular, then we understand correctly that doctrine and evangelization are two sides of the same coin. Recently announced plans for Pope Francis’s reform of the Roman Curia have produced euphoria among liberals and concern among conservatives that evangelization is being elevated over doctrine […]

Is the Popular Video Game Fortnite Sinful?

John Horvat II

The video game, Fortnite Battle Royale is disrupting many a household. Parents tell horror stories of young sons who play it non-stop and suddenly turn violent toward those who oppose their playing. For those unfamiliar with Fortnite, it is an immensely popular fast-paced video game released in the summer of 2017. It has since gathered […]