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A papal audience * A shocking reversal * Bacon flavors: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

A papal audience * A shocking reversal * Bacon flavors: Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
President Obama had a 52-minute audience with Pope Francis. World Vision does an about-face on same-sex marriage. Ritz releases a kosher-certified, bacon-flavored cracker.
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Penguin christening * Uber as ISIS? * Muhammad sightings : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Penguin christening * Uber as ISIS? * Muhammad sightings : Thursday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Today's religion headlines are full of tricks and treats. Take your pick in today's Roundup -- and hope you're not the kid who ends up with a lame sack full of raisins and pencils.
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Violence, Violence Everywhere

Violence, Violence Everywhere | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
I imagine you have seen it happen before. It happened to me recently, though not for the first time. I was on my way to the Goodwill to drop off some donated items.
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Making Atheists * Halloween Wars * Good Mourning: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Making Atheists * Halloween Wars * Good Mourning: Wednesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Can you dress as a "Mermonk" for Halloween? Can you even celebrate it? Pope Francis: bad Christians create good atheists. Elton John has a new patron saint. Plus ...
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Aja leaving OGA position - The Presbyterian Outlook

Aja leaving OGA position - The Presbyterian Outlook | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Veteran Office of the General Assembly (OGA) staffer Loyda Puig Aja has announced her resignation as director of Ecclesial Ministry and Associate Stated Clerk. She has served the office for almost 23 years.
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Nextdoor – An Easy Tool for Building Community | The Presbytery of Los Ranchos

Nextdoor – An Easy Tool for Building Community | The Presbytery of Los Ranchos | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Nextdoor – An Easy Tool for Building Community | The Presbytery of Los Ranchos http://t.co/irdeR3J8T9
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Buncombe's first church marks its last day - Asheville Citizen-Times

Buncombe's first church marks its last day - Asheville Citizen-Times | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it

"It was time. We had seen it coming for the past 10 years, and it was a hard decision," admitted Hansel. The church's session or elected officials decided to close the building, which will remain the property of the Western North Carolina Presbytery or regional district of the Presbyterian Church USA.

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from the Catholic Synod on the Family: And the 2014 Synod Oscar goes to …

from the Catholic Synod on the Family:  And the 2014 Synod Oscar goes to … | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It’s time to recognize the best performances from two weeks that shook the Catholic world.
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NYT Ross Douthat: The Pope and the Precipice

NYT Ross Douthat:  The Pope and the Precipice | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Not surprisingly, then, popes are usually quite careful. On the two modern occasions when a pontiff defined a doctrine of the faith, it was on a subject — the holiness of the Virgin Mary — that few devout Catholics consider controversial. In the last era of major church reform, the Second Vatican Council, the popes were not the intellectual protagonists, and the council’s debates — while vigorous — were steered toward a (pope-approved) consensus: The documents that seemed most like developments in doctrine, on religious liberty and Judaism, passed with less than a hundred dissenting votes out of more than 2,300 cast.

But something very different is happening under Pope Francis. In his public words and gestures, through the men he’s elevated and the debates he’s encouraged, this pope has repeatedly signaled a desire to rethink issues where Catholic teaching is in clear tension with Western social life — sex and marriage, divorce and homosexuality.
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"Thus far the Lord has brought us:" Zambia's Christian Churches declare

"Thus far the Lord has brought us:" Zambia's Christian Churches declare | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
"Thus far the Lord has brought us:" Zambia's Christian Churches declare
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Building Gracious Space in the PCUSA: Forgiveness

Building Gracious Space in the PCUSA: Forgiveness | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in anything contrary to his Word, or beside it in matters of faith or worship. (Book of Confessions, 6.109, The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, F-3.0101a)  I exclaimed, “Wow!” when I first heard that Marc…
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Interview: How Culture Shapes Scientists' Thinking About God's Planet

Interview: How Culture Shapes Scientists' Thinking About God's Planet | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Former Harvard astronomer Owen Gingerich challenges the notion that religion and science inhabit separate spheres.
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First Presbyterian visionaries celebrate 75 years - Your Houston News

First Presbyterian visionaries celebrate 75 years - Your Houston News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Seventy-five years ago, a small group of individuals committed themselves to forming a Presbyterian congregation in Montgomery County.
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Cosmos Mariners: Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare

Cosmos Mariners: Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
A graveyard isn't one most people's to-do list...but I'm not most people. With a resident ghost, gorgeous live oaks, and a history that spans centuries, the Edisto Presbyterian Church is worth a stop.
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BOP’s Spencer charts ‘optimistic’ course

BOP’s Spencer charts ‘optimistic’ course | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Using language far more theological than his predecessors, new Board of Pensions President Frank Spencer urged the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s pension and healthcare agency to be optimistic, even in the face of volatile health care and stock...
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Resources - Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
This report was approved at the 219th General Assembly (2010).
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Francis' Evolution * Criticizing Kebabs * Welby's Lament : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Francis' Evolution * Criticizing Kebabs * Welby's Lament : Tuesday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Pope Francis doesn't have a problem with evolution. Some French politicians have a problem with the kebab. And Justin Welby has a problem with xenophobes.
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Lift a glass in memory

Lift a glass in memory | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lost a giant in Pam Byers who died on 27 October 2014 from cancer. A woman of profound faith, amazing grace, and a loving spirit, Pam worked for the full inclusion ...
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Top Methodist Court Officially Reinstates Pastor Defrocked For Officiating Son’s Gay Wedding

Top Methodist Court Officially Reinstates Pastor Defrocked For Officiating Son’s Gay Wedding | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Frank Schaefer. CREDIT: AP Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who was defrocked by church leaders and subsequently reinstated for officiating the wedding of his gay son, has been fully restored to his position as a pastor...
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Celebrate freedom * Ebola Ebola Ebola * Pope Francis' 'Oscar': Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service

Celebrate freedom * Ebola Ebola Ebola * Pope Francis' 'Oscar': Monday's Roundup - Religion News Service | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
You're free to be religious, litigious, and humorous today before Halloween -- or mid-term election campaign ads -- scare you. But first, check our roundup.
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Rev. William Henkel's Litany at Open Your Hearts To The Children Vigil at EDC (10-12-14)

Rev. William Henkel, formerly of the 1st Reformed Church of Secaucus, recites a litany composed by Rev. Laurie Kraus (the director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) at the Children's Vigil...
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Interview: The Softer Face of Calvinism

Interview: The Softer Face of Calvinism | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Reformed theology is more irenic and diverse than you think, says theologian Oliver Crisp.
Few figures in church history have been so much loved or hated, admired or despised as John Calvin.
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Southern Baptist seminary clears president after dispute over Muslim student

Southern Baptist seminary clears president after dispute over Muslim student | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
(RNS) Paige Patterson, one of the most revered Southern Baptist leaders, faced heavy criticism for admitting a Muslim student to the flagship seminary.
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Vera Lloyd Mission - FPC Presbyterian Women - Oct. 23, 2014

Donna Mahurin, Chief Executive Officer of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services explains the mission of this organization to the Fall Gathering of the Presbyterian Women organization at the...
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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback

School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.
It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.
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Central Presbyterian Church Celebrates 175 Years - TWC News

Central Presbyterian Church Celebrates 175 Years - TWC News | THINKING PRESBYTERIAN | Scoop.it
It's a special 175th Anniversary for Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin. For nearly two centuries it's been a place for worship in the city.
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