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New York Boy Scouts Call BS on the BSA, Hiring a Gay Man Despite Ban on LGBT Adults

When the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay scouts in 2013, nobody busted out the rainbow flags and declared a cultural victory. That’s because in the same breath, the organization upheld its ban on LGBT adult scout leaders, essentially saying that a gay Boy Scout was “trustworthy, loyal and helpful” only until [Read More...]

Cancer Survivors in Texas Warn That “Pro-Life” Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood Could Threaten Lives

Anti-abortion legislators across the country have been very busy these past few years targeting abortion by limiting the procedure's legality as well as availability. But since abortion is a legal procedure, they've cooked up a number...Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

Featured items: As tempting as it was to come up with something in lieu of today’s date, I decided that the stories and articles here are often strange enough. Besides, I felt bad five years ago when some people went for this one. A Different Type of Creation Debate - The UK’s top Christian podcast, […]

Muslims, Jews and Anti-Semitism in Sweden: Part 1, It’s Complicated

3 weeks agoReligion / Judaism : Jewschool

I bristle at reports of Muslim anti-Semitism against Jews in my home country of Sweden. (Even though I have to admit it’s a thing.) Growing up in Sweden in the 1980s and ‘90s I inhabited a space somewhere between “Swede” and the catch-all...Show More Summary

The Religious and The Political, Or, Why the Nation of Islam Bamboozles My Students

Matthew J. CresslerWhat we usually call "the religious" and "the political" have been practically inseparable in my course on African American religions this semester. After all, how can students think about practices, communities, institutions,...Show More Summary

10 Easter Songs That Are Better Than Contemporary Worship Music

An Easter playlist for liturgical purposes or just feeling hipper than your church friends. The post 10 Easter Songs That Are Better Than Contemporary Worship Music appeared first on OnFaith.

Ohio Couple Joins Cacophony of Psychics Claiming (Without Proof) They Help Law Enforcement Find Missing People

An Ohio psychic talk show host and his wife, both professional mediums and “psychic investigators,” were profiled rather unskeptically this week in the Kenyon College newspaper.Beth Deering (below), who says she "can see angels and demons,"... Show More Summary

Weekend Link List

Featured Stories and Articles Adding a Millennial to Your Church Staff - “Very few churches have senior pastors age 35 or younger, and most pastors on staff at a church under 35 are probably going to be youth pastors, which is fine. That’s normal… There isn’t a problem with a church not having many Millennials on […]

Excerpt: Revival and Awakening

4 weeks agoReligion : The Revealer

An excerpt from Revival and Awakening: American Evangelical Missionaries in Iran and the Origins of Assyrian Nationalism by Adam H. Becker.

Making MCA Proud: The Young Jewish Breakers of D.C.

last monthReligion / Judaism : Jewschool

“It will explode your mind.” Breaking, that is. This according to Eliav Binstock, 8 years-old and one of Washington D.C.’s growing crew of young Jewish breakers, or “B-boys” and “B-girls.” In the last couple of years, if you want toShow More Summary

Messianic Judaism Flourishes in Holocaust Towns

Ukrainian Jews who follow Yeshua also plant congregations worldwide. Nearly one year after Jews for Jesus launched one of its most successful and controversial evangelism campaigns, more than 1.3 million people worldwide have watched That Jew Died for You. The three-minute YouTube video depicts Jesus carrying the cross to a gas chamber. Show More Summary

A Survivor of “Faith Assembly,” an Extremist Christian Sect, is Making a Film Highlighting the Cult’s Impact

Last November, Terry wrote about a faith-healing cult from the 1970s, led by preacher Hobart Freeman. Faith Assembly was a cult where babies died frequently and faith healing was a way of life.Josh Wilson was one of the survivors and he talked about his experience in this video..

Wednesday Link List

Today’s graphics are a couple of Cheezburger classics from 2009. Is the Modern Offering the Same as Biblical Almsgiving? - “I have never heard an evangelical sermon on almsgiving. Despite countless texts in the Hebrew Bible about generosity toward the poor, the example of the first Christians, and a long tradition of the practice, especially […]

How Can a Made-Up Bible Still Be God’s Word?

An atheist and a Bible scholar agree on much about the Bible, but still arrive at opposite conclusions. The post How Can a Made-Up Bible Still Be God’s Word? appeared first on OnFaith.

Event: McGinley Lecture, April 14 and April 15

last monthReligion / Islam : islamicate

It is time for the McGinley Lecture at Fordham. This term, I will be giving a response to the theme of “Poverty: The Curse and The Blessing." The event will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center campus, and repeated on Wednesday, April 15, at 6PM at...

How Meaningful Can a Relationship with God Be If There’s a Threat Involved?

DarkMatter2525 explains how God's worst idea may have been to use Heaven and Hell as a threat over people in order to inspire "meaningful" relationships with them.(It may help to watch the first two episodes in this trilogy beforehand, though it's not necessary.)

Spanish Priest and Demon-Slaying Helper Charged After Performing 13 Exorcisms on Anorexic Teenager

Eating disorders are the work of the devil. Whoyougonnacall? Demonbusters!A Spanish priest and an exorcist have been charged with gender violence and causing injury and mistreatment after the exorcist performed repeated exorcisms onShow More Summary

-Christian ‘Forgiving ISIS’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44 We recently posted the video above of Christian child, 10 year old Myriam, forgiving ISIS even though her family had lost everything because of the terrorist group.  She said: “I will only ask God to forgive them. Now […]

The Day that Two States Died

last monthReligion / Judaism : Jewschool

26 Adar will forever live in infamy as the day American Jewry stood in near unanimous silence as Israel embarked down the road to apartheid. The post The Day that Two States Died appeared first on Jewschool.

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