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Downton Dawkins * Voyager Theology? * Francis’ ‘Christian Murderers’: Friday’s Religion News Roundup - Religion News Service

Downton Dawkins * Voyager Theology? * Francis’ ‘Christian Murderers’: Friday’s Religion News Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

Looking at the Pope's tweets. As you can see, “God” is big. But after Francis wrote a letter to an atheist in an Italian newspaper, some believers wonder if God is big enough to forgive atheists, or even get them to Heaven. In herein I try to reassure the loyal opposition that the pope is still Catholic — though that may not be enough for Protestants.

 

The pope has put a moratorium on making monsignors – no “purple rain” in the forecast.What will Rocco do?

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The Slingshot: 'The rich man had a car with tinted windows' - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: 'The rich man had a car with tinted windows' - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Pope Francis goes righteous in this morning's homily. Common ground: Catholic journals right and left join against capital punishment. Ben Carson backtracks, sorta, and another pastor is being held in North Korea.
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J. Herbert Nelson speaks on SCOTUS and Health Care

J. Herbert Nelson speaks on SCOTUS and Health Care | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. This case could take away access to health care for 8 million people and cause premiums to spike for millions more.
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Breakaway Episcopalians win Texas church property fight

Breakaway Episcopalians win Texas church property fight | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) The ruling is an about-face for a Texas court that originally sided with the national church, until the state Supreme Court stepped in and ordered a rehearing.
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The Slingshot: Did God intervene on Georgia's death row? - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Did God intervene on Georgia's death row? - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Kelly Gissendaner is alive — for now — on Georgia's death row, and the religious activists who've rallied to her side see more than a little divine intervention. That and more in today's Slingshot.
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Bromleigh McCleneghan on Pastoral Identity: Professional Christian

Bromleigh McCleneghan on Pastoral Identity: Professional Christian | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

I’m getting ready to leave my job. I’ve served this congregation for close to three years, but a call came to another place, a call that is exciting and marvelous and closer to home, and so after baby number three is born in May, I’ll be saying good-bye, and starting somewhere new.


The first time I left one church and started somewhere new, six years ago now, the transition was paralyzing, and sermon writing like pulling teeth. What could I say to these people I did not know, how could I preach to them? How would I ever learn to love these strangers?

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Justice Unbound: Brown v. Board, The Little Rock Nine, and Presbyterian Public Witness

Justice Unbound:  Brown v. Board, The Little Rock Nine, and Presbyterian Public Witness | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In 1953, the Little Rock School Board employed a new superintendent of schools. A few days after the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education the Little Rock board announced it would implement that ruling.
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Independent Presbyterian names seminary president as new pastor

Independent Presbyterian names seminary president as new pastor | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The 2,300-member Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham has called a seminary president as senior pastor.
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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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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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Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act

Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act
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The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs - Religion News Service

The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Liuzzo, 39, a mother of five, drove her 1963 Oldsmobile to Selma and had planned to stay for a week. “She came here because she was civil rights-minded,” said Bailey. “She wanted to help.”

She died on March 25, 1965, shortly after the conclusion of the last of the three marches to Montgomery. She was killed by shots fired from a car of Ku Klux Klansmen — who spotted a white woman and a black man in a car together — as she drove another civil rights worker from Selma to Montgomery.
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Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society

Historian and theologian tapped to lead Presbyterian Historical Society | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA (PNS) The Reverend Beth Hessel has been named the new executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) and director for church records and history for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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‘What are Presbyterians, anyway?’

‘What are Presbyterians, anyway?’ | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
“What Are Presbyterians, Anyway? Exploring Grace and Gratitude as Presbyterian Identity,” a free webinar hosted by the Company of New Pastors, will be offered March 3 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The presenter will be Charles A. Wiley III, coordinator of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship. An ordained teaching elder with a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Wiley oversees the wide array of programs and publications of the office of Theology and Worship. 
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The Three Religious Traditions That Dominate the U.S.

With America's religious landscape becoming increasingly diverse, we tap into data from the American Values Atlas to see the top three religions in each state.
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The Slingshot: Jesus slept here - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: Jesus slept here - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be the home where Joseph and Mary raised the Son.
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Joseph Lawrence Roberts Jr., pastor and preacher dies

Joseph Lawrence Roberts Jr., pastor and preacher dies | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, well known pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, died on Sunday, February 15 at his home. Dr.
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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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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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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.
Jim Collie's insight:

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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