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Friday, September 4, 2015

Refugees from Iran converting to Christianity in droves

At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees from Iran converting to Christianity in droves
Fox News (AP): Hundreds of asylum seekers have converted to Christianity at Trinity Church in Berlin. The decision will boost their chances of winning asylum by allowing them to claim they would face persecution if sent home.

Politico: Orbán says migrants threaten ‘Christian’ Europe

Pastor says mass baptism on school football field was ‘voluntary’
Q13 News (AP): The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said the school had nothing to do with the ritual, except that it took place on a school football field.

Harold S. White, Jewish chaplain at Georgetown, dies at 83
Washington Post: For 41 years, Rabbi White was known as one of the most charismatic presences on campus. His appointment in 1968 made him the first Jewish chaplain hired by a Catholic university in a full-time job and he was known nationally for his efforts to cultivate interfaith understanding.

The pastor as ‘organic intellectual’
Christianity Today: Pastors must be public theologians. But pastor-theologians, in order to minister truth, must also be “intellectuals,” writes Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

Your favorite classes
Slate: The magazine asked people to email short descriptions of the best classes they’ve ever taken. Looking through all the submissions, one class stands out: religion.

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