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From Around the Internet 1/3/12

United Methodist District Superintendant Laurie Haller looks back on 30 years in the ministry and celebrates what she has learned:
30 Years and Still Learning. She says: “After 30 years in ministry, I am still learning new things every day, but my faith remains quite simple. Convinced that what we believe is not nearly as important as how we live, I weary of theological snobbery, dogmatic assertions, and intellectual sparring that separates rather than unites. Christian belief is only relevant as it is expressed in humble service, patient encouragement, and living witness.” (Gee, why did she have to mention “theological snobbery”?)

Over at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike has collected together some recent posts about the Bible: Some Thoughts Heard around the Web on…the Bible. The posts are by Rachel Held Evans, J. Todd Billings, Allan R. Bevere, and D. A. Carson.

David Wainscott links to an essay by Craig Keener
"The Bible in Its Context: How to Improve Your Study of the Scriptures." (It’s a Word document.)

Here’s an interesting report from the British news source
The Telegraph on what appears to be a Return to Religion in the United Kingdom. Peter Oborne writes: "But, ... there is still that yearning for faith. Indeed, as the second decade of the 21st century gets under way, there is surely a change of public mood. There have been many wonderful things about the last half-century, but it is impossible to deny that it has been an era of materialism and selfishness. The religious impulse has not quite vanished, but the teachings of the church have been mocked and suppressed. It may be that in an age of austerity, we are collectively coming back to the profound and ancient verities of the gospels."

I appreciated Chris Brady’s simple reminder about how both modern and ancient peoples viewed miracles: A Good Reminder About Miracles. (This includes a relevant quote from David Hume.)

Here’s a wonderful story from the United Methodist News Service about a ministry that is
Transforming the lives of African orphans.

Both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope are sending out a similar message:
Don't give up on young people, urge church leaders. Rowan Williams says: "And a good new year's resolution might be to think what you can do locally to support facilities for young people, to support opportunities for counseling and learning, and enjoying a safe environment."

And, here’s another one from the
Internet Monk site. Chaplain Mike reflects on an article in the Huffington Post here: Paul Wallace Says, “Intelligent Design Is Dead.”

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