Sunday, May 6, 2012

SUNDAY EDITION (14): "Christianity Today" WEEK-IN-REVIEW May 6, 2012 Iyyar 14, 5772

May 6, 2012

Nontraditional Believers Recover Christian Community

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Nontraditional Believers Recover Christian Community

Renewal in the post-war Balkans comes from outside the God box.

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Andy Stanley Sermon Illustration on Homosexuality Prompts Backlash
Internet abuzz over Atlanta pastor's story of a gay couple at his church.

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Chai Ling on America's Latest China Disaster
We let Chen Guangcheng down—along with his friends, family, and the women of China.

Methodists Uphold Policy that Calls Homosexuality 'Incompatible with Christian Teaching'
Delegates left key votes on gay clergy and same-sex marriage to Friday

The Living Bible Reborn: Tyndale's 50th Anniversary
From the Living Bible to the New Living Translation.

Nature Nurture: A Nonprofit Transforming Youth through the Great Outdoors
Blue Sky Fund, led by Lawson Wijesooriya, connects inner-city kids to Richmond's natural riches

The Genealogy Gospel: Why We All Want to Know Our Family Tree
Two new TV shows highlight our hunger to know where we come from.

Oklahoma Supreme Court: Personhood Amendment is Not OK
The decision may be a bellwether for future court challenges.

Defending Scripture. Literally.
Not everything the Bible has to say should be literally interpreted. But that doesn't make it less powerful.

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  • As More Charities Promote Matching Gifts, Donors Grow Skeptical of Campaign Pleas
    Wealthy patrons’ pledges to match gifts from others donors do seem to spur contributions and often help nonprofits raise larger sums. But because charities are so eager to call just about any giving opportunity a match or a challenge, the campaigns are starting to leave donors skeptical, say fundraising experts. (ECFA)
  • Methodists reach across historic racial boundaries with communion pact
    (RNS) The predominantly white United Methodist Church and five historically black denominations -- after more than a decade of discussions -- have entered a full communion agreement. (RNS)
  • Kentucky church sued over youth minister's deadly mistake
    Nobody would dispute that youth minister Derek Coulter committed a horribly irresponsible crime three years ago when he let a 13-year-old drive his SUV after a camp-out, resulting in an accident in which the boy died. But a jury will be asked to decide a more vexing question: Should the Big Springs Assembly of God church, Coulter’s former employer, be responsible for his misconduct and for Jamie’s death?
  • Religious websites most prone to hackers
    Infected religious websites averaged 115 threats, most commonly fake anti-virus software, said Symantec. That was three times the rate of hosting and personal hosted websites and four-and-one-half times that of pornographic sites. (Associated Baptist Press)
  • A glimpse inside the mind of Terry Jones, the Koran-burning pastor
    “Would you be willing to come to Malaysia and look into the faces of my family and tell them why you burned the Koran, if your action caused my death?” asked one of my companions, Daniel Ho, a Methodist pastor from Muslim-controlled Malaysia. Jones had no answer. (Brian C. Stiller)
  • In Prison, Play With Trial at Its Heart Resonates
    “The Life of Jesus Christ,” with a cast of inmates, made its debut this weekend at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. (The New York Times)

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