Wednesday, September 22, 2021
• How might you design a ministry so that it meets an immediate need but also lowers ongoing barriers to equity?
• How might you work with government agencies?
Religion News Service: Instead of worshippers, some churches have been filled with local tourists, professional chefs or burnt-out frontline workers.
Christianity Today: Leaders are still debating whether to hand over privileged materials as survivors and the majority of their own denomination have requested.
NPR: A 3,500-year-old clay tablet that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago is headed back to Iraq.
Harvard Business Review: As we look back, 2020 and much of 2021 were a wake-up call for how much and how quickly change can happen.
The Atlantic: A misconception about the prevalence of remote work explains a lot about confirmation bias in America.
Associated Press: The centuries-old structure is finally stable and secure enough for artisans to start rebuilding it, the government agency overseeing the reconstruction said.
Quartz: During the pandemic, teachers became less certain that they would work in the classroom until retirement.
Bearings Online: After almost a decade of being a hospice chaplain, Zeena Regis is still uncomfortable being called an angel.
America: Pope Francis addressed roughly 1,000 representatives from the Diocese of Rome to speak about the upcoming church-wide synod.
The Guardian: In his first interview with western media, Kandahar’s enforcer promises things will be different from the brutal 1990s.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees are coming to the US without special status or government funding for resettlement, putting more responsibility on ministries who care for refugees to support them through donations and volunteers.
We can all read the Bible on our phones these days, but that doesn’t mean we should. Wesley Hill makes the case for hanging onto your printed Bible.
A Hollywood vocal coach shares her testimony of how God called her to sing a new song.
There are many many histories of evangelicalism, but here’s a book that tells the history of evangelism, and two other notable new titles.
In other news
The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has a new interim president as it begins a quarter-million-dollar project to examine abuse across SBC churches.
The guitarist from the Christian band Kutless, known for songs like “Carry Me to the Cross” and albums like Live From Portland, has become a regional director for a mission organization sending Bibles to Eastern Europe.
Stolen church doors returned after 47 years.
Religion News Service: “What does it look like to tell the Good News through the stories of women who are often on the margins of scripture and often set up to represent bad news?” asks the Rev. Wilda Gafney.
Sojourners: This holy space of in between, when death is drawing near, is not the place for theological questions about personhood or ensoulment. These are the gray edges of life.
CNN: History reveals how religious exemptions were co-opted first by the anti-vaccination movement and then by the increasingly radicalized American right.
Religion & Politics: To be sure, Afghan women do face deadly conditions under Taliban rule, and they are worthy of the collective attention of the international community. Yet U.S. media concern for them has always been voyeuristic in nature.
The New York Times: When you are in the business of prophecy, what do you do when prophecy fails?
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Philanthropist Tim Busch commissions book on Christ Cathedral: Importance of Phillip Johnson, Robert Schuller, Tod Brown
26-year-old from Rialto comes back to the seminary: Drove truck, helped parents buy house, dated a little
Worth driving to: Divine Word Seminary and Retreat Center Stone Chapel: Tridentine liturgy is celebrated on historic Riverside property