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Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Satan’s skin * Pope backlash * Holi Day - Religion News Service

Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Satan’s skin * Pope backlash * Holi Day - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pope Francis continues to get feedback, and backlash, for washing the feet of young women and Muslims among the twelve at a juvenile detention center, and another Frances -- last name Perkins -- wins "Lent Madness." A Jesuit school is still in the...
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The Slingshot: Bibi sparks battles, Mormon booted, and a columnist comes out - as Christian - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Bibi sparks battles, Mormon booted, and a columnist comes out - as Christian - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Israeli prime minister's speech sparks dissent -- and it hasn't even happened yet. Ana Marie Cox nervously ''testifies" to her faith. And Raif Badawi is in even more danger.
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The perpetual rule of love — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency

The perpetual rule of love — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Mission and Ministry — Presbyterian Mission Agency | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A year and a half ago, Colleen Earp sat in a room full of Young Adult Volunteers weary from an intense week of orientation and eager to start their year of service. Presbyterian World Mission would soon be placing each of them with a nonprofit or ministry somewhere in the United States or around the world. As Earp listened to her colleagues’ musings about a year of sharing the gospel and addressing injustice, she couldn’t help but laugh; she was thinking about planting trees.
Over the next year, Earp worked with First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, Louisiana, as a wetlands conservationist and advocate in the New Orleans area. Before becoming a YAV, she had never laid eyes on a bayou. A year later, Earp had come to know the wetlands of Louisiana—and the church working to protect them—as her second home.
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February’s Religious Freedom Recap: Anti-Semitism * Anti-sex * Anti-women

February’s Religious Freedom Recap:        Anti-Semitism * Anti-sex * Anti-women | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Cold, short February was jam-packed with some mega atrocities on the religious freedom front. Count your lucky stars it's March, and hope for a better month ahead.
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Theologians Call for Clemency for Death Row Inmate Kelly Gissendaner

Theologians Call for Clemency for Death Row Inmate Kelly Gissendaner | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Theologians from various traditions and from around the world have joined together in an effort to gain clemency for death row inmate—and fellow theologian—Kelly Gissendaner, who is scheduled to be executed by the State of George on Monday, March 2.

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John Vest on Pastoral Identity: God’s Big Picture

John Vest on Pastoral Identity: God’s Big Picture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here.
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Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery. (Full Episode) - CNN Video

Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery. (Full Episode) - CNN Video | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Finding Jesus discovers fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilizing the latest scientific techniques and archaeological research.
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Why technology didn't (and won't) destroy the Church - On Faith & Culture

Why technology didn't (and won't) destroy the Church - On Faith & Culture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“Most church leaders realize the potential for continued connection with members and visitors alike through the Internet—from podcasts, to social media, to blogs, to sermon discussion questions and even community prayer requests,” said Roxanne Stone, a Vice-President at Barna Group. “No matter the church’s size, location or demographic, the Internet has become and will continue to be a vital tool for connection, outreach and even spiritual formation.”

Websites in particular have proven to be a powerful tool for churches and ministries. It increases their ability to collect charitable donations for critical community ministry projects and has provided a low-pressure way to connect with potential converts. Of the 1.6 million conversions recorded by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 2014, only 15,000 did so in person. In less than four years, BGEA has recorded more than five million conversions online. And according to BGEA’s Internet evangelism director–yes, that’s a thing–more than 20,000 individuals view a “gospel presentation” per day via their sites.
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Jonathan Merritt  is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a regular contributor to The Week. He has published more than 1000 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Atlantic, and National Journal. Jonathan is author of "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined" and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY. 
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Digitization Services at the Presbyterian Historical Society

A short video showing how the Presbyterian Historical Society's digitization program serves the needs of churches, mid councils, and patrons.
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First Presbyterian missioners attend Haiti graduation - Westfield Republican

First Presbyterian missioners attend Haiti graduation - Westfield Republican | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
While Jana Sirjuste was studying hard to receive her college diploma in Haiti, members of Westfield First Presbyterian Church were just as eager.
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Presbyterians in south Alabama vote no on same-sex marriage amendment - AL.com

The amendment would have allowed, but not required, ministers to marry gay or lesbian couples.
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Theological purity tests will ruin presidents and the presidency (ANALYSIS) - Religion News Service

Theological purity tests will ruin presidents and the presidency (ANALYSIS) - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) The trouble with making presidents’ religiosity just another weapon in our ongoing ideological war is that we may have ruined religion for presidents themselves.
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A Politics of Penitence and Repair: Addressing America’s Racial Wounds (Keri Day)

A Politics of Penitence and Repair: Addressing America’s Racial Wounds (Keri Day) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I think that a politics of penitence and repair can disrupt old divisive racial patterns, potentially enabling the emergence of new racial communities not marked by old forms of racial hatred and violence.
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After Athletes Come Out, Christian College Bans Gay Sex

The college, with two out volleyball players, has adopted a 'statement on human sexuality' proscribing 'sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex.'
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Commission on the Status of Women attendee shares her hopes for upcoming event
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How should we understand the three 'Abrahamic' religions?

How should we understand the three 'Abrahamic' religions? | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

NIHAL ASKS:

Why aren’t the three Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) one main religion?

THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS:

Nihal posted his query while preparing a 9th grade school report, and
unfortunately this response comes too late to help. On the specific
question of”why” these three faiths exist the way they are the best a mere
journalist can say is “God only knows.” However the interrelationships,
overlaps, and differences among these great religions are certainly worth

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2015 Chicago Presbytery Moderator Shares Theme, Goals, & Background – The Moderator’s Message

2015 Chicago Presbytery Moderator Shares Theme, Goals, & Background – The Moderator’s Message | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
 By Sonia Bodi, ruling elder at Evanston First, 2015 Moderator of the Chicago Presbytery When I was asked by the Nominating Committee to consider serving as Moderator of the Presbytery, I was stunned which I frequently am when God calls me to do...
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Bill Tammeus: An established American religion? 3-2-15

Bill Tammeus:  An established American religion? 3-2-15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Early in American history, various states had established religions. Well, the established religions all were Christian, but there were different branches of Christianity dominant in this or that state.
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Brandon Gaide: Brokenness is not discipleship - Presbyterian Outlook

Brandon Gaide:  Brokenness is not discipleship - Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A guest blog from Brandon Gaide Brokenness is an important word in the church. It’s akin to the word “depravity,” but feels less churchy and less heavy-handed. Maybe that’s why it’s become so popular.
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BRANDON GAIDE serves as associate pastor of next generation ministries at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston.  Brandon loves the church and clings to the audacious belief that a church committed to Christ is the hope of the world.

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50 Years After Bloody Sunday in Selma, Everything and Nothing Has Changed

50 Years After Bloody Sunday in Selma, Everything and Nothing Has Changed | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This post first appeared at The Nation.
Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and others march from Selma to Montgomery, 1965.
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Stated Clerk's Column: March 2015 - Bound together

Stated Clerk's Column:  March 2015 - Bound together | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
There is something about snow that binds together a neighborhood. I noticed on my street that the first driveway cleared was the house of the widow of one of our more colorful characters. She never touched a shovel. People helped each other push their cars out of icy ruts. As our streets became more narrow, folks did the dance of who went first with some grace. Without any discussion we agreed to only attempt the hill at the entrance one at a time.

“The Brief Statement of Faith” says this:

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,

sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,

and binds us together with all believers

in the one body of Christ, the Church. (Book of Confessions, 10.4, Lines 54–57)
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Winter storms spell catastrophe for New England: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds - The Presbyterian Outlook

Winter storms spell catastrophe for New England: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Confronting what one meteorologist has called a “once every 26,000 years” event, New Englanders are reeling from the cumulative effect of multiple winter storms that have dumped more than 100 inches of snow within a 30-day period.
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First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor - Boulder Daily Camera

First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor - Boulder Daily Camera | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is asking its congregation to vote on whether to end affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in favor of a California-based evangelical Presbyterian association that defines marriage as a union...
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Malcolm Boyd, activist-writer priest, dies at 91 - Episcopal News Service

Malcolm Boyd, activist-writer priest, dies at 91 - Episcopal News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Episcopal News Service Malcolm Boyd, activist-writer priest, dies at 91 Episcopal News Service Following his 1955 ordination to the priesthood , Boyd pursued further studies at Oxford University and in Geneva at the World Council of Churches'...
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Evidence Of The Changing American Religious Landscape

Evidence Of The Changing American Religious Landscape | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The United States has long been a majority-Christian country, but it is by no means religiously static.
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