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Friday, July 13, 2018

Debate on conversion-therapy ban

Debate on conversion-therapy ban postponed amid growing pubic outcry: Bill had been scheduled for consideration in California Senate last Thursday

US Association of Consecrated Virgins stunned by Vatican document: “Shocking to hear from Mother Church that physical virginity may no longer be considered an essential prerequisite for consecration to a life of virginity”

Churches worth driving to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Sacramento

The Eternal Gospel Meets the Modern World

How the earliest evangelicals struggled to leave their imprint on emerging trends in science, law, and culture.
Robert W. Caldwell III
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase.
Karl Vaters

America’s Protestants like to invite their friends to church

Poll: You're Probably Inviting Friends to Church
The more often people go, the more likely they are to invite someone to come along.
Bob Smietana - Facts & Trends
America’s Protestants like to invite their friends to church.
At least once in a while.
Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they’ve invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new report from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
“It’s ...
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World Cup Evangelism Has Flourished

World Cup Evangelism Has Flourished. What Comes Next?
Hundreds of thousands of Russians have heard the gospel during the month-long soccer tournament. It is just the beginning.
Griffin Paul Jackson
Even as Russia’s national soccer team was eliminated from its own World Cup last week, concluding a surprisingly strong run at the globe’s biggest soccer tournament, the country’s Protestants have made their own mark on this year’s Cup. They have high hopes to see their striking ...
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Can Preachers Make an Impact in a Post-Christian World?

Can Preachers Make an Impact in a Post-Christian World?
Herman Bavinck’s advice to 19th century pastors still holds true today.
James Eglinton
In post-Christian Britain—a culture where few people listen to any kind of public speaking, sacred or secular—Rev. Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon succeeded in capturing the public imagination in a way that few had expected. For many Brits, the royal wedding’s most unexpected outcome was that a sermon, of all things, could spark a national conversation on race. “Who would have thought,” the response went, “that preaching could actually be engaging?” ...
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Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court

Back to the future: that's where the Church of England must dare to go
The (London) Guardian: If the church wants to survive, and thrive, it will need to see itself in a new light - more responsive, and willing to embrace how people live today.

The surprising success -- and faith -- of 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'
Religion News Service: Perhaps the success of a documentary about a slow-paced children's show hosted by a kind, soft-spoken Presbyterian minister shouldn't be a surprise.

Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court
Religion News Service: The Supreme Court is dominated by two religious minorities that came into this country as immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries and strained to gain a footing equal to that of the Protestant establishment.

How Facebook is transforming religion
Sightings: If Facebook can influence democracy and elections, can it also influence our religious beliefs, our theologies and the ways in which we live out our faith?

The Bible is literature for the resistance
The Washington Post: The Bible brims with protest songs and prison letters, subversive poetry and politically charged visions, satirical roasts of the powerful and storied celebrations of dissidents, says Rachel Held Evans.

The “Francis Effect” Five Years Out

Tomi Lahren’s Perverse Obsession With Death

Lauren Enriquez

“Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!” This week, Fox News pundit  Tomi Lahren delivered a variation of this tired pro-abortion reaction 
to millions of fans and viewers. Lahren suggests that pro-life conservatives would favor what she calls a “religious judicial activist” over a “constitutional conservative” (read: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whom pro-lifers by and large support).  In three separate appearances this week, Lahren exposed her ignorance of the pro-life position, conservatism, and the judicial branch […]

The “Francis Effect” Five Years Out

John M. Vella

In his recent book on Pope Francis, Lost Shepherd, Philip Lawler reminds us that the papacy should be a source of Church unity. However, as Lawler points out, under the current pontiff this is not so. He lays out two reasons why: the first is Francis’s autocratic style and the second is the divisive program […]

In India, nun accuses bishop of rape

The Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation (CCHDC) recently purchased several acres of land in Kahului on the island of Maui in order to build a rental housing complex for low-income senior citizens.
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On Islam Is on Target

On Islam Is on Target

William Kilpatrick

One of the interesting aspects of Fr. James Schall’s refreshing collection of essays, On Islam, is that it provides a chronological record. The first essay appeared in 2003, the last in 2018. This allows the reader to see how our understanding of Islam has changed over those years. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed much at all. […]

Timeless Truths Gleaned from Kevin Spacey’s Choice

Justin Bradford Smith

Current events, especially when they are no longer current, should rarely hold our attention for long, unless through the passing of time we perceive some enduring truth. In that case, the ephemeral is worth our time, because through it we touch what matters. Since this is true, we do not do ill to reflect on […]

Rise of honorary degrees raises concern

A Degree of Contention at Christian Schools
Rise of honorary degrees raises concern about misuse of “Dr.” in ministry.
Kate Shellnutt
What do figures as wide-ranging as Billy Graham, Rick and Kay Warren, Fred Rogers, and Donald Trump have in common?
All have been awarded honorary doctorates by Christian colleges.
Each spring, another batch of distinguished guests receives these symbolic degrees. Among others this year, outgoing World Vision president Rich Stearns was granted an honorary doctorate of divinity from Gordon College; Tim Keller, an honorary doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary; and comedian Jamie Foxx, an ...
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