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yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek
justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the
widow.” Isaiah 1:16-17
“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather
fear that it shall never have a beginning.”
Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), included in Leaves of Gold, Evan S.
Coslett & Clyde Francis Lytle, ed. , Honesdale, Pa.:
Coslett Publishing Company, 1938, p. 55
TALE OF TWO LEADERS: WHICH ARE YOU?
by Michael Hyatt
More than 20 years ago, I had an
experience with two very different leaders. Those experiences have
dramatically shaped my own view of leadership. In the end, they
represent two very different styles, leading to two very different
One evening in 1988, my business partner and I
had dinner with one of the most prominent pastors in America. He’s
not so well known now, but at the time he was at the top of his
game.... Read this in full at
by Scot McKnight
Many biblical scholars and lay Christians
have noted that Jesus preached almost exclusively about the
kingdom of heaven, while Paul highlighted justification by
faith—and not vice versa. Some conclude that they preached
two different gospels. Others argue that really they both preached
justification; still others say it's all about the kingdom. What
I grew up with, on, through, and in the apostle
Paul. His letters were the heart of our Bible. From the time I
began paying attention to my pastor's sermons, I can only recall
sermons on 1 Corinthians—the whole book verse by verse, week
by week—and Ephesians. I don't recall a series on any of the
Gospels or on Jesus.
Evangelicals have offered two ways to
bring Paul and Jesus into a more perfect harmony. What stands out
is that each approach imagines that it is articulating the gospel
itself. One approach is to master Jesus' gospel, the kingdom
vision, and show how Paul fits. The other approach is to master
Paul's gospel, his theology of justification, and show how Jesus
fits. Each approach requires some bending of corners and squeezing
of sides but, with extra effort and some special explanations,
each thinks it can show the unity of the messages of Jesus and
Paul and that the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of
justification are one and the same.... Read this in full at
PLANTER SAYS REACHING IMMATURE MEN A CHALLENGE
A pastor and respected church planter is challenging one
societal problem he calls “ban”, which are males that
are not quite boys nor men in their maturity level.
is “somewhere in between” a boy and a man and can take
the form of a 30-something male playing three hours of video games
“I personally believe that the reason we have
a societal crisis with men is because we do not have strong
churches that draw out trained, equipped, empowered, challenged
men,” said Darrin Patrick, pastor of the Journey Church in
St Louis in the US and author of Church Planter: The Man, The
Message, and The Mission, in a recent video interview with
Desiring God ministry.
“He’s a guy that
prolongs his adolescence, really resists responsibility. He’s
not trying to be an Ephesians 5 husband … He’s really
about himself.” .... Read this in full at
THINK INTERVIEW WITH RICK WARREN
Question: What is your legacy?
Rick Warren: I have really
several goals in life. My first goal is to restore responsibility
to individuals; to restore credibility to the church; and to
restore civility to society. My goal in life is the Good News and
the common good. I’m for both. I believe in the Good News of
Jesus Christ, and I believe in the common good of our society for
people who don’t accept Jesus Christ; that we’re in
this together. We got to make it together. As a pastor, I’m
working for the second reformation of the church. Five hundred
years ago we had the first reformation in England. We need another
one now. It’s not about beliefs. It needs to be about
behavior. It needs not to be about our creeds, but our deeds....
Watch this video interview in full at
WORD BECAME FLESH
Back in 1891, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of such classics
as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped, gave a rather odd gift
to the daughter of a friend of his. This friend, Henry Ide, once
joked that Christmas was not the happiest day of the year in his
household. His 14-year-old daughter, Annie, had been born on
Christmas; she always complained she got cheated out of a separate
birthday party. So Robert Louis Stevenson came up with the idea of
giving away his birthday. He drew up a legal document transferring
all the "rights and privileges" of his birthday, which
fell on Nov. 13, to Miss Annie H. Ide. From that day forward,
Annie celebrated her birthday on Nov. 13.
Stevenson was not the first to transfer all his "rights and
privileges" to someone else. In a sense, Jesus became mortal
that He might transfer some of His immortality to us. Jesus became
human that He might transfer the spark of divinity to us. Jesus
became a servant that He might transfer us to the status of sons
and daughters. Or as John put it: "The Word became flesh and
made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of
the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and
truth." (King Duncan, Collected Sermons)
GET NO SATISFACTION: ADDICTION IS THE SPIRITUAL DISEASE OF OUR
by Carolyn Arends
I've never met a potato chip I didn't
like. Actually, I've never met a potato chip that didn't call my
name from behind the pantry door until I was forced to eat it and
every one of its salty companions. So when I heard the phrase
"carbohydrate addiction," I knew nutritionists were on
to something. It turns out there are foods that can actually
increase your hunger when you consume them, creating an
escalating, recurring need for the very substances that intensify
The reality of carb addiction is accepted
more widely in popular culture than in scientific communities. But
most people can verify anecdotally that some food only makes them
It seems to me that this phenomenon symbolizes
much of what plagues the human condition. We drink liquids that
dehydrate us. We buy objects that require us to buy more objects.
We make some money, ratchet up our lifestyle in response, and find
we need more income to sustain us. The harder we work, the more
work there is to do. And the harder we play, the more elusive the
fun. Ask anyone working in Hollywood special effects, or in
extreme sports, or in the sex trade industry, and all will tell
you the same thing: Yesterday's thrill is today's old news. We
always need more.... Read this in full and see photos at
SPACES: MEET THE MASON AT THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
Joe Alonso, the National Cathedral in Washington is a work of art.
In part, his own art.
Alonso has been working as a stone
mason at the cathedral since 1985. He was part of the team that
finished the construction on one of the most recognizable
buildings in an already iconic skyline.
He was given the
honor of laying the final stone on the Cathedral before a crowd of
20,000 people (including then-President George H.W. Bush) on
September 29, 1990, exactly 83 years after President Teddy
Roosevelt presided over the laying of the foundation stone....
Read this in full and see photos at
the CNN video report at
AUTHOR: MARRIAGE NOT OBSOLETE, BUT NEEDS RESTORATION
Marriage isn't obsolete, but it is getting rarer, says an
evangelical social scientist who sparked controversy a year ago
with articles in major publications making a case for early
Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of
sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, says recent data
on marriage by the Pew Research Center is discouraging but not
surprising. The report, which showed that fewer Americans are
choosing to marry and more are cohabitating, prompted a Nov. 18
TIME cover story titled, "Who Needs Marriage?"
According to the Pew study, nearly four in 10 Americans
said they believe marriage is becoming obsolete. That's up from
28% who agreed when TIME magazine posed the same question in 1978.
Regnerus, author of Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in
the Lives of American Teenagers, said in a recent blog posting
that marriage isn't obsolete, but it is broken and needs
Regnerus raised eyebrows with an April, 2009,
Washington Post article arguing that parents send a mixed message
by telling their children that, while marriage is good, kids
shouldn't repeat the parental generation's mistake of missing out
on educational and career opportunities by marrying too young....
Read this in full at
GAP’ SEEN AMONG MARRIED
In addition to an "education gap" in marriage, there
is also a "faith gap," says the new State of Our Unions
report on marriage. "Middle America has lost its religious
edge," wrote W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National
Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, looking at trends
over the past 40 years.
In the 1970s, the moderately
educated -- blue-collar, working-class Americans with high school
diplomas or some college -- were more likely to go to church every
week than people with college degrees.
That has now
reversed: Today 34% of college graduates attend weekly religious
services, compared with 28% of moderately educated Americans, said
the report, which was jointly issued by the NMP and Center for
Marriage and Families at the Institute for American.... Read this
in full at
IS HUMAN FREEDOM? ARE HUMAN BEINGS FREE?
Watch this video answer by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III Dr. J.
Ligon Duncan III, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in
THINGS EVERY MAN NEEDS TO KNOW: FATHERING
by Patrick Morley
Jesus wasn't just born to a virgin
woman, he was born to a virgin couple. Joseph planned to divorce
Mary quietly. Jesus was going to grow up without a dad. God
thought it was important enough for Jesus to have a father in the
home that he intervened supernaturally to change Joseph's mind
(and so Mary would not be disgraced as an unwed mother).
may have had the baby, but Joseph taught Him how to be a man.
Jesus was a man's man, and He didn't learn that from His mommy.
Fathers *are* important.
There are basically two fathering
styles: fathering for performance and fathering the heart.... Read
this in full at
PROBE CHRISTMAS'S RELIGIOUS ORIGINS
Somewhere in all of the sparkly lights and wrapped packages
and jolly elves of Christmas, there is -- or was -- a religious
story at the heart of the holiday, and three new books argue it
shouldn't be forgotten.
In Christmas: A Festival of
Incarnation, Lutheran theologian Donald Heinz emphasizes the
importance of the incarnation of Christ -- God made flesh -- as
the root of Christmas.
Heinz's book highlights how the
manger story has influenced music, literature, and art throughout
history, and warns that the commercialization associated with the
holiday should not take precedence over its religious origins.
"Christmas is being buried by an avalanche of
materialism and commerce," said Heinz, a professor of
religious studies at California State University, Chico. "The
church is going to have to reclaim the religiousness of Christmas
if it's going to survive." .... Read this in full at
ALMOST HALF SAY JESUS IS 'IRRELEVANT' TO CHRISTMAS
Almost half of Britain's adults don't find any need for Christ
in Christmas, according to a new survey by theology think tank
Theos. Christian Today reports that 46% agreed with the statement
that the birth of Jesus is "irrelevant" to their
celebration of Christmas, while 51% said the event is still
relevant to them. Only 36%, however, plan to attend a Christmas
church service this year. Theos director Paul Woolley said, "It's
clear that society is split right down the middle regarding the
religious significance of Christmas." The study yielded other
surprises, as young adults ages 18 to 24 were more likely than any
other age group to disagree with the statement that Jesus's birth
is irrelevant. "It will surprise people that young people are
most likely to believe that Jesus is relevant to their Christmas."
.... Read this in full at
HOLIDAY DINING ETIQUETTE TIPS
1. Banish your mobile devices
2. Place setting is all
about Bread, Meal, Water (left to right)
3. Butter your bread
one portion at a time
4. Use your silverware from the outside
5. Do not drink a toast to yourself.... Read this in full
TOP RELIGION STORIES OF 2010, A MAJOR CASE OF DEJA VU
by Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service
The calendar may
have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global
flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
For the second
time in a decade, damning charges of child molestation at the
hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines, this time reaching
the highest levels of the Vatican, as critics questioned whether
Benedict himself mishandled abuse cases.
Catholic Church wasn't the only institution battling a sense of
deja vu, as some of the most controversial religion stories from
the past 20 years returned to the headlines.
fight over health care reform not only pitted Republicans against
Democrats, but also Catholic bishops against Catholic nuns.
Lingering questions about President Obama's Christian faith
morphed into a belief among one in five Americans that he's
actually a Muslim. Nearly 10 years after 9/11, Islamophobia
returned with a vengeance as a Florida pastor threatened to torch
a pile of Qurans, and Tennessee officials debated whether Islam is
actually a religion.... Read this in full at
AUTHOR PHILIP YANCEY ASKS: WHAT GOOD IS GOD?
Philip Yancey, a popular evangelical author, was driving on a
deserted road in New Mexico one Sunday morning when something went
wrong. His Ford Explorer hit a patch of black ice and fish-tailed.
Yancey wrestled with the steering wheel, but his SUV tumbled over
an embankment, shattering glass, plastic, and metal -- and much of
Yancey’s thin body.
He was rushed to a hospital
where he was strapped to a gurney for seven hours. A young doctor
finally approached him with bad news: Yancey’s neck was
broken and a bone fragment may have nicked a major artery. “I
must emphasize this is a life-threatening situation,” the
doctor told Yancey. “Here’s a phone. You may want to
contact your loved ones and tell them goodbye…”
Yancey lived to write another day. But the questions he
asked himself as he made those phone calls three years ago hang
over his latest book, “What Good is God?” Yancey
traveled to some of the grimmest locations in the world to ask
people who had been broken in body and spirit the same question:
Does belief in God really matter when life gets tough? Their
answers form the heart of his new book. The people Yancey profiled
included former prostitutes trying to escape the sex trade in
Thailand, leaders in the underground church in China, and members
of Alcoholics Anonymous.... Read this in full at
PIPER STILL WORKING ON HIS SOUL AND FAMILY DURING MINISTRY
Halfway into his first leave from ministry, evangelical pastor
John Piper released an update to let supporters know how he is
doing on the soul, family and vocational front.
continue to probe the roots of our most characteristic sins with a
view to confessing them and repenting and seeking God’s
transforming power through prayer and Bible-saturated counsel,"
he said of him and his wife, Noel, in a brief update Dec. 5.
influential pastor left the pulpit of Bethlehem Baptist Church in
Minneapolis in May after announcing to the congregation that he
would be taking his first-ever leave of absence.
was not prompted by a particular sin but by "ongoing
character flaws" – including pride – and the
stresses they have caused to others. He said he felt his marriage,
soul and ministry pattern needed a reality check from the Holy
Spirit.... Read this in full at
HE ALMOST DESERVED IT
Will Poulter is the best thing about The Voyage of the Dawn
Treader, the third in the Chronicles of Narnia films. With his
wild eyebrows, exaggerated expressions, and grating tone of voice,
Poulter is brilliant in the role of a character described in the
book's opening sentence like this: "There was a boy called
Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
was another boy called William Jack Poulter, and he pretty much
deserves to play the role -- and not just because his middle name
is the same as Narnia author C. S. Lewis's nickname. Poulter had
already proven himself adept at playing a brat, as Lee Carter in
the 2008 cult classic Son of Rambow.
recently chatted with Poulter, 17, about Dawn Treader and his
memorable character, a boy who undergoes quite a transformation.
Due to his selfishness, snobbery, and greed, Eustace literally
turns into a dragon (in the book and the film), only to later
regret the way he’s been acting. When he tries to peel off
his dragon skin, he finds that he can’t do it alone. Only
Aslan the Great Lion -- a Christ figure -- can tear off his dragon
skin and restore him to being a normal, albeit quite changed, boy
again. (In the book, the scene is depicted beautifully and
movingly, divine redemption quite evident; in the film,
unfortunately, the scene gets short shrift and pitiful
treatment.).... Read this in full at
ONE 'CODE' WORTH CHECKING OUT
by Mark Moring
When the book Planet Narnia: The Seven
Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis released a couple years
ago, with its claims of discovery of a “secret layer”
of meaning behind The Chronicles of Narnia, I remember thinking,
But it was released by Oxford
University Press, giving it some instant cred. Still, on the heels
of The Da Vinci Code movie and The Secret and all sorts of hooey
with This Code and That Code coming out, I pretty much ignored the
book. In the years since, I’ve heard others say it was a
good read, but I still haven't gotten around to reading it. Well,
shame on me.
Leave it to a 60-minute documentary –
called The Narnia Code, no less! – to pique my interest. The
film, which released to retail outlets just before Thanksgiving
(and, conveniently, only a couple weeks before The Voyage of the
Dawn Treader hits theaters), is an overview of the ideas that
Planet Narnia author Michael Ward put forth in his book.
they are fascinating ideas. Ward says that Lewis’s
Chronicles of Narnia include a deeper, never-before-discovered
“imaginative DNA” behind the seven books, with each
book representing one of the seven planets of medieval
astronomy—one of Lewis’s great interests. The Lion,
The Witch, and The Wardrobe, for example, represents the planet
Jupiter, while Dawn Treader represents Sol, or the sun. (The sun
and moon were considered “planets” in medieval
astronomy.) .... Read this in full at
COLLEGE RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS REGARDING ASSOCIATE UNIVERSITY
STATUS WITH THE TONY BLAIR FAITH FOUNDATION
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Wheaton College have
announced that Wheaton has accepted the designation of Associate
University status with the Faith and Globalization Initiative of
the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Blair, formerly prime
minister of the United Kingdom, started the Foundation to promote
respect and understanding between the world's major religions, for
purposes of collaboration on serious humanitarian challenges, and
to present faith as a force for good in the modern world. As part
of the initiative, Wheaton professors will teach a course on Faith
and Globalization from the perspective of Christian faith.
Wheaton's announcement of the designation spoke of the
importance of the College's distinctively evangelical identity.
"As an institution of higher learning with a firm
identity grounded in evangelical Christian faith, we align with
the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's quest to promote interfaith
collaboration in addressing significant problems of human
suffering such as malaria and extreme poverty, and to promote
interfaith literacy and civility," said Wheaton College
Provost Dr. Stanton Jones. "Efforts toward such ends
contribute to the common good of humanity and serve to advance
religious liberty, outcomes we passionately support."....
Read this in full at
THEOLOGY HARMFUL, ARAB CHRISTIAN SAYS
Theology that equates the modern state of Israel with the
Israel of biblical prophecy has caused some evangelical Christians
to let eschatology trump ethics when it comes to the Middle East,
a Palestinian-American Christian told a recent interfaith
gathering at a Texas Baptist church.
Speaking at the
Global Faith Forum at NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, Henry
Mikhail rejected the notion that support for the Palestinian
people makes a person anti-Israel.
“What I am
against -- and what most Palestinian evangelical Arabs are against
-- is not Israel itself, but unjust and oppressive Israeli
policies,” Mikhail said.
The Jerusalem-born Arab now
serves on a peace-and-justice work group of the Reformed Church of
America’s General Synod Council.
Belief that God has
a prophetic role for the modern nation of Israel has caused some
evangelicals to turn a blind eye to the suffering of Palestinians,
Mikhail said.... Read this in full at
"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the
prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all
things, and through whom also he made the universe."
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a
great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude
that life becomes rich. It is very easy to overestimate the
importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe
NIV 2011 AND INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
by Ben Witherington
The process of translation revision is
a grueling one, not least because English is a living language and
the use and meaning of words keeps changing, and the finding of
ancient texts with rare Greek usage keeps happening. I remember
once when a young girl who was reading the KJV came up to me and
asked why it said in the OT that God was an 'awful' God. I
explained it meant he was full of awe and wonder, but of course
the word awful had come to have a negative sense in the 20th
There are many such issues to deal with
when you update the best-selling evangelical translation of the
Bible in modern times -- the NIV. In my view the NIV has many
rivals, but no peers or superiors and for several reasons: 1) it
does not fudge on the text critical issues; 2) it tries to keep
abreast of the growth and development of the English language; 3)
it corrects previous mistakes found in the RSV, KJV, and older
versions of the NIV etc.; 4) it uses good idiomatic English where
warranted precisely because a woodenly literature translation is
often more of an obstacle to understanding than an aide to it,
especially in a Biblically illiterate age, and 5) on the whole it
deals fairly with the issue of inclusive language, and does not
make decisions based primarily on theological rationale, but
rather on the basis of common English usage. In other words, the
theological debate is not decided by the translator, nor is a
particular gender viewpoint read into the text as an agenda,
unlike some other translations.... Read this in full at
THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON THAT WILL NEVER BE LOST IN TRANSLATION
by Christopher Howse
Like the Tower of London and its
attendant ravens, the Authorized Version of the Bible stands as a
monument at the heart of the English-speaking world. We may not
often look inside, but we are glad it is there. Like the Tower
too, Americans seem particularly keen on it, and we speak
reverently of its ageless magnificence while remaining vague on
In the first decade of the 17th century, it
took the new king James from Scotland to hammer out a Bible that
endured. “It is one of the first British things to be made,”
points out the Glasgow-born Neil MacGregor, fresh from his A
History of the World in 100 Objects. “It was made by the
whole island to be used by the whole island.”
is used by the whole globe, as though God really were an
Englishman. If the last Harry Potter sold 44 million, the Bible
has sold 2.5 billion some say, or six billion, say others.... Read
this in full at
CENTRALITY OF SCRIPTURE
“Every Christian must refer "always and everywhere"
to the Scriptures for all his choices, becoming "like a
child" before it, seeking in it the most effective remedy
against all his various weaknesses, and not daring to take a step
without being illuminated by the divine rays of those words.”
Pope John Paul II
LIBERTY LOST WORLDWIDE
by Doug Bandow
Americans take religious liberty for
granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom of
conscience and action is not protected in many other countries
around the world.
State repression is the most obvious
assault on religious faith. Today Christians face the death
penalty in Afghanistan and Pakistan in prosecutions for converting
from Islam and allegedly blaspheming Mohammed, respectively.
the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom warns that
"a second and equally egregious threat to religious freedom"
is the failure "to punish religiously motivated violence
perpetrated by private actors." In this case public officials
become accomplices to often brutal private violations of religious
liberty.... Read this in full at
PRISON RATE UP DUE TO MORAL BREAKDOWN
The growing crime and incarceration rates are the consequences
of a lack of moral training in society today, says
Colson. When Colson was serving time in prison in the mid-1970s,
there were 239,000 incarcerated individuals. Now, that figure has
increased ten-fold to a staggering 2.3 million people.
an interview hosted by The King's College Dec. 3, Colson contended
that prisons in the United States have become bigger over the
years because there is a lack of moral training and education, not
because there are more bad people in society. "The moral
breakdown in our society is the real reason we're building
prisons," said Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship
Ministries. He disagreed that longer and tougher sentences would
deter crime, citing a study done by psychiatrists in the 70s that
found people committed crimes based on wrong moral choices not by
their environment.... Read this in full at
TO HEAVENS MEANS PENALTY FOR HIGH SCHOOL RUNNING BACK
Tumwater beat East Valley 63-27 on Nov. 29 at the Tacoma (WA)
Dome during the 2A state semifinal game, but a post-touchdown
penalty call was a big surprise for the player responsible.
the second quarter of the game, Tumwater running back Ronnie
Hastie scored on a 23-yard run, took a knee in the end zone and
briefly pointed to the heavens above. For that the referee threw a
flag, saying it was unsportsmanlike conduct.
he's pointed up as a gesture to God after every touchdown he's
scored in every game and never had a problem before. "It's
usually one or two seconds long," he said. "It's
something I've done as a tradition."
Hastie said he
asked the ref why he was penalized, and the ref responded that
Hastie wasn't supposed to draw attention to himself. "That
wasn't the point (of the gesture), so I guess I was a little
confused," Hastie said. "I do that to give glory to my
heavenly father, Jesus. He gives me the strength. He's the one who
gives me these abilities in the first place." .... Read this
in full at
WE THINK WE'RE MORE RELIGIOUS THAN WE REALLY ARE?
When it comes to religion, many Americans can't put their
money where their mouth is. A new University of Michigan study
finds that we are much more likely to exaggerate our attendance at
religious services than people in other countries.
have long been viewed as exceptionally religious compared to other
nations in the developed world," said Philip Brenner, a
research fellow at the U-M Institute for Social Research and the
author of the study. "But this study suggests that American
religiosity may be exceptional not in terms of actual behavior,
but rather in terms of identity. Brenner said the gap between what
we (and to a lesser extent, Canada) say and what we do is
substantial, and has been so for the last several decades.... Read
this in full at
TYPICAL ATHEIST HAS RELIGIOUS PARENTS?
The typical member of a fast-growing atheist association is a
highly educated, married white male who grew up with religious
parents, according to an unscientific survey. The Freedom from
Religion Foundation, which grew from 5,500 in 2004 to about 16,000
members this year, announced results of a survey of its members on
Dec. 1. The Wisconsin-based organization received nearly 4,000
responses to its survey, which was mailed to all its members in
May. Asked about their primary reason for being "deconverted
from religion to freethought," about a third of respondents
said "religion doesn't make sense." Seventeen percent
said religious hypocrisy or bigotry was the cause; 9% said reading
skeptical authors; 5% cited reading the Bible. Most respondents
said the religious denomination they left behind was Protestant
(42%), but 30% said they were raised Catholic and 27% were raised
Jewish. The overwhelming majority of atheist respondents –
95% -- are white, but foundation officials hope that statistic
will change.... Read this in full at
WORKS TO PUT FORECLOSED HOMES WITH NEEDY FAMILIES
Habitat for Humanity, known for building homes for those in
need, is “aggressively” working on providing
affordable shelter by buying foreclosed homes and selling them at
low cost to poor families. For about a year and a half now, the
ecumenical Christian ministry has worked in local markets across
the United States buying foreclosed homes in cities such as Miami,
Boston, New York, Charlotte, and Atlanta. HFH is also considering
buying homes across the state of Michigan where there is a “huge
opportunity,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of
resource development for Habitat for Humanity International.
Crozet noted that it is oftentimes cheaper to provide a family
with a foreclosed home than to build a new house.... Read this in
OF THE WORLD'S COUNTRIES REARRANGED BY POPULATION
What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of
the country with the largest population would move to the country
with the largest area? And the second-largest population would
migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?
result would be this disconcerting, disorienting map. In the world
described by it, the differences in population density between
countries would be less extreme than they are today. The world's
most densely populated country currently is Monaco, with 43,830
inhabitants/mi² (16,923 per km²). On the other end of
the scale is Mongolia, which is less densely populated by a factor
of almost exactly 10,000, with a mere 4.4 inhabitants/mi²
(1.7 per km²).... Read this in full at
“Fear will always knock on your door. Just don't invite
it in for dinner. And for heaven's sake, don't offer it a bed for
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The
Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his
glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the
Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:1-2, 14
WEEK'S HYMN: O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL
Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author,
possibly in the 12th Century; translated from Latin to English by
John M. Neale, Mediaeval Hymns, 1851. Neale’s original
translation began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel.”
Music: from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan
nuns; arranged by Thomas Helmore in the Hymnal Noted, Part II
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Son of God appear.
shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s
From depths of hell Thy people save,
them victory over the grave.
O come, Thou
Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
dark shadows put to flight.
O come, Thou Key
of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once
gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
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but supremely we must not fail one another in prayer.”
FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
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or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
God and man
Be in God’s will
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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