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Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Military takeover? * The pope's praises * The nominals

Thursday's Religion News Roundup: Military takeover? * The pope's praises * The nominals | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Televangelist Rick Joyner calls for a military takeover of the federal government. President Obama likes Pope Francis. Meet the "Nominals."
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This Week in God, 2.28.15

This Week in God, 2.28.15 | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Many Republicans say they're "Constitutional Conservatives." And yet, a majority of GOP voters say they want to establish Christianity as the national religion.
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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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Theodore Hesburgh’s private faith in the public square (COMMENTARY)

Theodore Hesburgh’s private faith in the public square (COMMENTARY) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) The institution that Theodore Hesburgh built in South Bend, Ind., stands as a testimony to the embrace of the public square and private faith that he modeled in his own life.
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Emsworth minister returns from Africa an 'optimistic realist'

Emsworth minister returns from Africa an 'optimistic realist' | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Her travel to South Sudan represented a “ministry of presence,” the Rev. Susan Rothenberg said. She, four other local pastors and an agricultural missionary recently returned from a 13-day journey to the war-torn African country organized by the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Members of the International Partnership South Sudan Travel Team met, studied scripture and prayed with South Sudanese pastors, elders and lay people. They left Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14 and returned Jan. 27. The pastors also ha
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Texas church unveils 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture

Texas church unveils 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Central Presbyterian Church unveiled the bronze statue at a special ceremony Thursday morning. It's called "Homeless Jesus," sculpted by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz.
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A Hard-Edged Gospel: The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll | Religion in the News

A Hard-Edged Gospel: The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll | Religion in the News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In February, Mars Hill sold the Ballard campus to Quest Church, which describes itself as an “urban, multiethnic, multi-generational Church” and whose executive pastor is a woman. Quest’s masthead features language designed to appeal to a younger generation: community, reconciliation, compassion, and justice. The church’s theology strikes a chord with evangelicals who have tired of infighting and antagonistic faith.

Mark Driscoll prided himself on an unflinching message that won him thousands of followers and at least as many critics. But preaching an authoritarian gospel in a culturally relevant church ultimately proved too hard for him to sustain.

He avoided the temptations of money and flesh that have snared many ministers. He managed to build a thriving megachurch in a region full of the spiritually apathetic. In the end, though, his sins caught up with him, and his hard gospel claimed one last member of Mars Hill’s leadership: himself.
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Godbeat news: A funding boost at USC's Knight Chair and a new religion writer posting in Louisville

Godbeat news: A funding boost at USC's Knight Chair and a new religion writer posting in Louisville | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Mostly, GetReligion focuses on critiquing media coverage of religion.

Occasionally, we update readers on important developments on the
Godbeat. The following news — which we are a bit behind in sharing — falls
into that category.
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The Slingshot: A great moral voice falls silent - Religion News Service

The Slingshot: A great moral voice falls silent - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh has died. And atheist has addressed CPAC. And medical marijuana might be kosher. All that and more in The Slingshot.
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Impact of Restrictions and Hostilities on Religious Minorities

Impact of Restrictions and Hostilities on Religious Minorities | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
In addition to looking at the harassment of specific religious groups, this report, for the first time, looks at the prevalence of restrictions and hostilities that tend to target religious minorities.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Thirty-five Presbyterian women, including 11 young adults, will attend the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March. The delegation is organized through a partnership involving the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian presence is possible because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is accredited to the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council.
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World churches body blasts UN disarmament group's exclusion of NGOs - Ecumenical News

World churches body blasts UN disarmament group's exclusion of NGOs - Ecumenical News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Non-governmental groups, often known as civil society that include faith-based organizations have been denied access to a key United Nations group that deals with disarmament evoking ire from senior World Council of Churches officials...
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Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein

Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein
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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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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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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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Note to Evangelical Culture Warriors and Pastor Tullian Tchividjian from ... - Patheos (blog)

Note to Evangelical Culture Warriors and Pastor Tullian Tchividjian from ... - Patheos (blog) | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Note to Evangelical Culture Warriors and Pastor Tullian Tchividjian from ...
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My Favorite Building: First Presbyterian Church ‘lifts one upward’ - Wichita Business Journal

My Favorite Building: First Presbyterian Church ‘lifts one upward’ - Wichita Business Journal | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Standing on Broadway in downtown Wichita, it’s clear that First Presbyterian Church has a beautiful building. But one has to step into the sanctuary to really grasp the magnificence of the structure.
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Veteran pastor excited about leading Leesburg church - Orlando Sentinel

Veteran pastor excited about leading Leesburg church - Orlando Sentinel | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
When longtime Presbyterian pastor the Rev. Dr. David Dorst and his wife, Ann, retired to The Villages in late 2007, they immediately started looking for a church to call their own.
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WCC condemns attacks against a mosque and Christian centre - Anglicannews

WCC condemns attacks against a mosque and Christian centre - Anglicannews | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Anglican Communion News Service
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Louisville Seminary enters new affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations

Louisville Seminary enters new affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and Christian Theological Seminary recently announced a new affiliation.
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5 key findings about global restrictions on religion

5 key findings about global restrictions on religion | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
There was an overall decline in social hostilities to religion in 2013, though harassment of Jews worldwide reached a high. These are five key takeaways from our religious restrictions report.
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Online atlas ‘heat maps' U.S. views on hot social issues - Faith & Reason

Online atlas ‘heat maps' U.S. views on hot social issues - Faith & Reason | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
What do folks think about immigration, abortion or same-sex marriage state by state? Now, you can map it.
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Supreme Court wrestles with accommodating religious faith on the job

Supreme Court wrestles with accommodating religious faith on the job | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) A fashionista teen wears her headscarf to an Abercrombie & Fitch interview and doesn't get the job. Now her religious freedom case is the Supreme Court's to decide.
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