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Morning Roundup 8/27/14

Character First; Multi-Ethnic Churches and Injustice; U.S. and Babylon Character First—Eric Geiger Eric Geiger with more helpful words on leadership. Multi-Ethnic Churches Lament America’s Racial Injustice—Gabriel Salguero, J. Mark DeYmaz,...Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

You know, that thing where you take a bucket of links and pour them over your head… On July 21st of last year, Ken Brantly gave this message to his home church in Indianapolis. What police in Ferguson, Missouri couldn’t accomplish, clergy did. Another perspective on Ferguson: After eight years in the Cayman Islands, a […]

Women’s Rights Activists Bleed and Defecate on ISIS Flag to (Apparently) Protest Islamic State’s Misogyny

[Note: All links in this post should be considered Not Safe For Work!]Egyptian women's rights activist Aliaa Elmahdy isn't afraid of a little controversy, to put it mildly. For a few years, she's been issuing bold fuck-yous to the forces...Show More Summary

teaching mindfulness to teenagers

School and university terms will be starting soon. There are many challenges for people of all ages throughout life. For...

Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral

Dad-to-be: “The beauty of the video was that we didn’t intend for this to happen.” Soon after Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney posted their baby announcement video a couple weeks ago, theirs became the pregnancy...Show More Summary

As Expected, Right Wingers Are Rallying Around Student Who Supposedly Got Punished for Saying “Bless You”

Yesterday, I posted about Kendra Turner, a student at Dyer County High School in Tennessee, who claimed on Facebook that she was sent out of the classroom for saying "Bless You" after a student sneezed: That seemed pretty crazy, and I offered this hypothetical:

The Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014

As I mentioned in a past post, I was one of the speakers at this year’s Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Saturday. (As regular readers may remember, I wrote a special report for this blog about the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2013. You can…

Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool

The difference between playground chatter and harmful messages. Girls go to college to get more knowledge / Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider. My 10-year-old daughter belted out these words one evening this summer during a game of backyard volleyball. Show More Summary

Embedded with the Fundies: How ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State, Recruits Children (and Bullies Adults Into Submission)

Yesterday, Vice News posted a completely engrossing documentary by a team in Raqqah, Iraq, the provisional capital of the new Caliphate that the fundamentalists of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, are trying to establish.Warning:...Show More Summary

What do #Ferguson, Anti-Black Racism, Muslim-Owned Liquor Stores, and Detroit have to do with Gaza?

30% of American Muslims are Black. Every 28 hours a Black person is killed by someone employed or protected by the US Government. What affects the Black community affects us—all life matters, Black life matters. It is crucial that we...Show More Summary

Taking Meditation Practice Lightly

2 weeks agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Is your meditation practice a drag? Is life getting in the way of loving kindness? Has it been a rough week, or just a rough lifetime? read more

John Hagee and David Barton Claim You Can’t Be True Christians if you Support LGBT Rights and Abortion

We know Christianity is a big tent. There are super-conservative Christians as well as very progressive ones (who are in many ways more closely aligned with atheists than the Tony Perkins types).One of the non-obvious differences between...Show More Summary

Scenes from the pope’s garden at Castel Gandolfo

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Even though Pope Francis has decided not to head out to the cooler climes of Castel Gandolfo for the summer, members of the CNS Rome Bureau decided to spend a morning there. The director of the papal villas, Osvaldo Gianoli, gave us a three-hour tour to promote the opening of the […]

33 Under 33, Continued

Your recommendations for Christian millennials to watch. After we released our 33 Under 33 cover story earlier this summer, we invited readers to nominate millennial-aged Christian leaders in their communities. Here's who you came up...Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

Another week that started with, “I think we’ll only do about 20 links this time;” and ended with… The idea of ‘technical virginity’ while appearing honorable, may be placing in teens and young adults a flawed notion of what constitutes true purity. A case for more announcements in church. Wait, what? Shouldn’t that read fewer […]

Encounters with Jesus

This past Sunday Discovery Kids took over all our services at Milton Keynes Christian Centre. It was great to get just a small glimpse of what the amazing people, who invest into the children's lives, do each week.Here is the message that Nicola, our Children's Pastor, and more importantly my wonderful wife shared with the church. Show More Summary

Did a Baptist Preacher’s Online Bullying Drive a Teenager to Suicide?

Ergun Caner is the alleged evangelical con man who pretended to be a defected ex-Muslim terrorist from Turkey and was the dean for Liberty University's seminary until his actual past as a non-Muslim Swedish immigrant was exposed about a year ago. Show More Summary

Exploring the Problems in Producing a Good Islamic Children’s Book

Given the fact that there are not enough Muslim professionals in the Arts, and the lack of a sizeable market to support their work, it stands to reasons that editors, writers, illustrators, musicians and others will only be part time in their work. Show More Summary

So Much More to Sex than 'Fifty Shades'

Society overlooks true intimacy when we idolize the pleasure of steamy sex. E.L. James' erotic series has resonated with millions of readers, with over 100 million copies of her book sold worldwide and overwhelming attention given to the trailer for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Show More Summary

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