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Facebook is blocking some links today.

If this is a new campaign against some legitimately spammy links, I’m actually okay with that.

So, since I can’t post some things directly to my FB page (like I’ve been doing) here are some links and quotes from here & there:

Mason Slater writes about
The (re)Enchantment of the West. He says:

I wonder if in some ways the theologians and biblical scholars are now behind the curve – offering defenses of the supernatural to a Western culture that is already is prone to acknowledge the enchantment of the world (despite the high-volume rhetoric of Dawkins and the rest of the New Atheists) and is now looking for new mythologies to replace those we once foolishly did away with.

Presbyterian pastor and Christian apologist Tim Keller writes about Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency. He writes:

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?” It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.

Kathy Escobar writes a (typically) wonderful post on the spiritual values of friendship: friendship heals. It’s hard to pick out a particular quote from that piece: it’s all good!

Carol Howard Merritt writes about
Ministry in the midst of wounds: How leaders can be authentic, vulnerable and healthy.

Authentic. For the last ten years, "authentic" seems to be a key word for ministers. I’m not sure when the shift happened, but when we work in multi-generational settings, the changing expectations can be palpable.


From the
Washington Post: Virginia student graduates from high school, braces for deportation

In the election-year debate over immigration reform, the situation Mejia is in has become one of the most debated of all. What should the United States do with illegal immigrants who come to the country as children, grow up here, break no laws and want to remain? In Mejia’s case, what should be done with an illegal immigrant who came to the country at age 4; who speaks better English than Spanish; who wants to attend Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and become a nurse; whose knowledge about modern Guatemala comes in part from what she’s read on Wikipedia?

From Jonathan Merritt at The Atlantic:
The Religious Right Turns 33: What Have We Learned? “As American Evangelicals have become more partisan, American Christianity has suffered as more shy away from the faith.”

...partisan religion is killing American Christianity. The American church is declining by nearly every data point. Christians are exerting less influence over the culture than even a few years ago, organized religion no longer garners the respect of the masses, and two in three young non-Christians claim they perceive the Christian church as "too political." Church attendance is declining, and the percentage of Americans claiming no religious affiliation is rising.

And, this particular item has gotten a lot of attention on the Internet today: What Obama isn’t telling us.

"It is so Washington that the argument is not about the American use of a new weapon, whose utility is as broad as the drone or the intercontinental missile," said David Sanger, author and the New York Times' chief White House correspondent. "Washington spent most of the last week debating the question of who leaked the fact America uses this weapon."

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