Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Crash Course on Being a Protestant Today


NEWS
A Top Reason for Church Shootings: Domestic Abuse
There were actually two attacks on Sunday, showing how violence at home often enters God's house.
Kate Shellnutt
Officials have concluded that the gunman who shot up a small Baptist church outside San Antonio on Sunday was not religiously motivated. It may come as a surprise to know that very few attacks on houses of worship are. Though the scale of Kelley's carnage is unprecedented, his motive is all too familiar. Domestic violence rarely stays confined to the home, and has increasingly led to violence on church property. Estranged husbands make their way into church parking lots and lobbies to settle fights, take revenge, or confront their victims. continue reading >>


Excerpt
The 'Religious Affections' of Billy Graham's Evangelism
On the evangelist's 99th birthday, we look at the role desire played in so many decisions for Christ.
 
Speaking Out
A Small Rural Church Is Hard to Kill
A Texas Baptist pastor on the risk and resilience of America's smallest congregations.
 
Women
God's Ministry of Disappointment
In pain and confusion, I'm finding that God is, indeed, close to the brokenhearted.
 
CT Pastors
Protect Your Congregation from a Gunman
A police officer's advice on how leaders can reduce risk—and possibly save lives.
 
Entertainment
'Thor: Ragnarok' Invites Us to a Bright, Boisterous Duel with Death
The God of Thunder's return to the big screen strikes a timely balance between gravitas, humor, and big, dumb fun.
 
Book Review
A Crash Course on Being a Protestant Today
A new "ecclesiological think tank" offers a valuable but incomplete summary.
 
The Exchange
Another Shooting, This Time in a Church. How Should We Respond?
We don't have answers; Christ offers hope and grace and peace.

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