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Disagreement for the sake of heaven

I had the opportunity to do something really neat last night -- to participate in a livestreamed Torah discussion with two colleagues, organized as part of 9 Adar: the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict. What's 9 Adar? Glad you asked:...

Wednesday Link List

  Don’t forget to read the short-takes following the featured links… Sundays are Still the Worst - A year ago here we linked to a website dedicated to stories of servers in restaurants who are forced to deal with an influx of church-goers whose behavior is abominable. Sundays Are The Worst still gets submissions, but […]

Prayer Totally Works! (But Read the Disclaimer)

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Have you ever seen someone...Show More Summary

-Obama Foreign Policies Leading to Christian Persecution?

Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian relief organization0 and BGEA believes that  President Barack Obama’s sympathy towards Islam is bringing on a ‘Storm of Islam’ that will result in Christian persecution in this country and around the world. From the Blaze: “We’re going to see persecution, I believe, in this country, because our president […]

An Inside Look at Jesus’ Marketing Team

In a brilliant promotional campaign for their own production company, Montreal-based 1ONE explains how they could help take the "miracles" of Jesus to a whole new level:

Dutch Court OKs Extradition of Fugitive Rabbi To Israel, Where He Is Wanted for Sex Crimes

Eliezer Berland has done more globetrotting in the last couple of years than many people do in a lifetime. But it hasn't all been walks on the beach. Berland, 77, a Hasidic Israeli rabbi who fled his country in 2012 when he was credibly accused of sexual and physical abuse, has been shuttled from one location to the next.

Weekend Link List

Some really good story teasers here; pick a few and click through to read… Paying the Price of Criticizing Your Church – Byron King, who is what we would call a district superintendent in the Mormon Church, has informed popular Mormon podcast John Dehlin that he is no longer part of the LDS church: “‘I […]

Check Out This Trailer for a Fascinating Documentary About How Evangelical Christians Deal with Sex

If I asked you to describe evangelical Christianity, "sex-negative" would undoubtedly be near the top of the list. The culture that embraces purity rings, and abstinence-only sex education, and compares women who have fooled around to...Show More Summary

U.S. Military Command, Bereft of Its Senses, Sponsors Essay Contest To Pay Tribute To Dead Saudi Despot

Maybe we can't blame General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has seen erstwhile U.S. presidents suck up to the Saudi royal family in ways whose unprincipled excess might nauseate the average citizen. I think we all remember George W. Show More Summary

Marble Church Sermon

2 months agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

Marble has a rich history of participating in interfaith activities and one of the highlights is our “Trialogue” under the leadership of Dr. Michael Brown. The focus of the service is a conversation among spiritual leaders of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ask a friend to join you for...

Pastor Who Bragged About Punching a Kid in the Chest Apologizes (After Removing All Sermon Videos from Vimeo)

The other day, I posted about Pastor Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, bragging about how he once punched a bright child in the chest for not taking the Lord seriously enough:

Wednesday Link List

First, here are some stories that ran at PARSE last week that you never saw here: Your Moment in the (Local) Spotlight – In all the leadership articles I’ve combed, I’ve never seen this topic discussed, even though it is often a part of ministry life for local pastors and leaders: “At this time of […]

On the Restoration of Chartres Cathedral - Guest Article by Mr Lucas Viar

My thanks to an old friend, Mr Lucas Viar-Basterra, for providing us with this assessment of the on-going restoration of the cathedral of Chartres, and critique of some of the controversies related to it. Mr Viar was born in Houston, Texas, but has lived most of his life in Bilbao, Spain. Show More Summary

Christopher Hitchens, Three Years Gone, Rewrites the Ten Commandments

The incomparable and irreplaceable Christopher Hitchens died on this day in 2011.All his adult life, he was known for tearing things down (rousingly and riotously, I might add) -- but here, in a video he made for Vanity Fair, Hitchens offers constructive criticism, reimagining the Ten Commandments as an actual moral document. Show More Summary

Orthodox Church Rejects Evil “Eye of Sauron” Atop Moscow Building, Sees Tolkien Homage as a “Triumph of Evil”

If you've ever read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, you'll remember the Eye of Sauron,... a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark lord” Sauron, which allows him to watch anyone who puts on the fateful, power-giving ring...Show More Summary

The Patient Body: Tending to One Another

3 months agoReligion : The Revealer

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.

Squanto and the Franciscan friars

Here’s a tidbit for Thanksgiving meal conversation. The Native American, Tisquantum, or Squanto, one of the table guests at the 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebration we think of as the first Thanksgiving, might not have been there had it not been for some Spanish Franciscan friars. Many accounts just say he found freedom after being captured […]

Wednesday Link List

Our upper image today comes from the cover of Christianity, the leading Evangelical magazine in the U.K. John Stackhouse thinks that theological differences among Evangelicals are rooted in the absence of recited creeds and similar liturgical worship elements; and it’s going to get worse. When the minister said, “Who gives this woman away?” he’s was […]

The WW1 Christmas Truce: Rebutting the Notion That “The Power of God is So Great It Can Stop Wars”

Via the Facebook page of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation comes this British Sainsbury's commercial. The FFAF's comment:The power of God is so great it can stop wars.What, no obligatory dig at atheists? Ah yes, there it is:Can't say that about atheism.

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