Dec 22 2014

connexions: Pope takes Vatican to task

BBC News: Pope Francis sharply criticises Vatican bureaucracy
Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip”.
He said the Curia – the administrative pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church – was suffering from 15 “ailments”, which he wanted cured in the New […]

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Dec 22 2014

Hopeful: A Special Christmas Offering

I might have called this a “Christmas gift” or “Christmas offering>, but I like the message as it is. I’m repeating this recommendation from 2012. It ties in well with the Advent Book study we have been enjoying at West … Continue reading

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Dec 22 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Making Morals Means Making Community

Almost without exception, the documents that eventually became the New Testament and most of the other surviving documents from the same period of Christianity’s beginnings are concerned with the way converts to the movement ought to behave. These…

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Dec 22 2014

ReEmergent Church: ReEmergent Church 2014-12-22 15:59:39

We’re two days from the 100th anniversary of the WW1 “Christmas Truce.” Might commemorating such a story help us make peace? #longestnight — Matt Horan (@matthoran) December 22, 2014

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Dec 22 2014

Disciple Dojo - JMSmith.org: Torture is antichrist

“Yes, there were far deeper and more foundational theological reasons for Jesus’ death…but from the perspective of the Empire, it was simply business as usual to keep peace and control over a hard-to-control province.”

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Dec 22 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: Sermon 12-07-14: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”

Simeon told Mary that a “sword will pierce your own soul,” by which he was prophesying about Mary’s experience standing at the foot of the cross. That sword isn’t just for Mary, however. As we come face to face with the destructive power of sin in our lives, we, too, will feel that sword’s sharp edge. Sermon Text: Luke […]

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