Mere Links 04.04.14
Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:00 AM

Struggle In This World
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Christians do a bold thing in praying this psalm, for they assume to themselves the very voice of the beloved Son. This prayer is made in persona Filii. Jesus directs it to the Father—Abba!—in response to His declaration,

Is an Online Church Really a Church?
Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today

Every church should have an online presence, but a physical presence is necessary as well.

What Hath Mozilla To Do With Hobby Lobby?
Betsy Childs, First Things

My point is that the First Amendment will not protect Brendan Eich from bullying or reprisal for his views. Rather, it allows him to continue to express those views, whether with his words or his checkbook, free from government interference.

Understanding a More Religious and Assertive Russia
Mark Tooley, Patheos

Putin has formed a close association with Russian Orthodoxy, as Russian rulers typically have across centuries. He is smart to do so, as Russia has experienced somewhat of a spiritual revival.

Mere Links 04.03.14
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10:00 AM

Understanding the Apostle Paul
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

God seems to have chosen the Apostle Paul to demonstrate—arguably more than any other person in Christian history—how the life “in Christ” arrives at insight through experience.

Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip
Associated Press

Less than a week after President Barack Obama discussed immigration reform in a meeting with Pope Francis, a delegation of Roman Catholic leaders is visiting the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants and to pray for policy changes.

No-frills canonization for Popes JPII, John XXIII
Associated Press

The low-frills style of Pope Francis is having an effect on the upcoming canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Selective News Coverage of Islamic Violence
William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

According to Reporters Without Borders, the U.S. has dropped to 46th place in press freedom. The lowered ranking was based on the conviction of the WikiLeaks informant, the effort to punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and the Justice Department’s monitoring of reporters.

Mere Links 04.02.14
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 9:19 AM

Jesus and the Psalms
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

The prayer of Christ is inseparable from the being of Christ. In the mind of Christ the eternal reciprocity between the Father and the Son assumes the contour and quality of human consciousness; it transfigures the mind, the will, the memory, the imagination, and the freedom of Jesus.

Why We Need More Canon Lawyers
Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

We’ve all known administrators who were hired to do a certain job, but when they found they couldn’t do that job, they either tried to do everyone else’s job or else tried to change the job into something else completely.

The Fault Lines Before the Evangelical Earthquake
Trevin Was, The Gospel Coalition

The recent controversy surrounding World Vision USA’s decision to open employment to same-sex couples and the organization’s subsequent reversal reveals the fault lines in evangelicalism today.

Evangelicals Opposed Abortion Much Earlier Than You Think
Dale M. Coulter, First Things

More and more writers are confidently asserting that Evangelicals were once pro-choice, but under the influence of Religious-Right organizations like Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority became prolife.

Mere Links 04.01.14
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

Disaster & Disillusion: History Without The Messiah
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

After so much historical disappointment, who could blame the Jews for abandoning their interest in history? After centuries of interpreting the events of history, sheer disappointment forced the Jews finally to abandon the effort.

Here Comes Everybody
Robert P. George, First Things

[S]ometimes, one notices the little things that make it great to be Catholic. Like diversity. Diversity? I know what you’re thinking: “My goodness, Robby really has been hitting the sauce. He’s not usually the sort who goes for this p. c. diversity business.” But, no, I mean it. Diversity.

An Anxious Author: Hope and the Spirit of Joseph Bottum
Greg Forster, Public Discourse

Why bother with American culture? Bottum recommends despair.

How Well Should Pastors Be Paid?
R.C. Sproul, Jr. , Ligonier Ministries

So what’s the bottom line? I’d encourage a church to aspire to these goals, in this order. First, give freely and joyfully. The pastor is not spending the church’s money when he is paid.

Mere Links 03.31.14
Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00 AM

Court Panel Upholds Texas Law on Abortion
Erick Eckholm, New York Times

A federal appeals panel on Thursday upheld a Texas law that has forced several abortion clinics in the state to shut down, saying the law did not pose an “undue burden” on women’s rights.

For Religious Liberty, Desperate Times; Faithful Measures
Matthew Cochran, The Federalist

As a Christian, I am used to speaking about faith in a very specific sense—a trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ through which we receive God’s promises. Though this is not primarily an activity of the intellect, faith manifests itself in the intellect inasmuch as a person possesses one.

The Christian Penumbra
Ross Douthat, New York Times

n the Christian penumbra, certain religious expectations could endure (a bias toward early marriage, for instance) without support networks for people struggling to live up to them.

The Repristinator: A Review of Noah
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Ignore the controversy—this movie simply isn’t worthy of the heated debate that has grown up around it.

Mere Links 03.28.14
Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:00 AM

God Used Me to Stop a School Shooter
Interview by Caryn Rivadeneira, Christianity Today

Antoinette Tuff, the steady voice who famously talked down an armed intruder, speaks out about her faith.

Rebuilding Catholic Society
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

The Church is not part of the State. Nor is she simply a part of civil society set up by her members to advance their public and private goals. She is an independent society established by God to be a light to the world. As such, she has her own principles of existence, authority, and action.

Searching for Clarity in Vocational Discernment
Fr. Bryce Sibley, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The call of the Lord usually comes to us in a more subtle and indirect manner … left up to us, with the assistance of divine grace, to discern whether we are being called to the priesthood or consecrated life.

9 Things You Should Know about the Story of Noah
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Darren’s Aronofksy’s new film Noah, which opens in theaters today has been criticized for not being faithful to the biblical narrative. But how much of the story do most people remember? Here are nine things you should know about the story of Noah.

Mere Links 03.27.14
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 10:00 AM

World Vision Reverses Decision To Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages
Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber, Christianity Today

President Richard Stearns: ‘Certain beliefs are so core to our Trinitarian faith that we must take a strong stand on those beliefs.’

The Benedict Option: What Does It Really Mean?
R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

The Benedict Option—what does it really mean? In my mind, it is quite simple: taking St. Benedict and his Rule as a model for the Christian life within the context of our culture.

Hopes high for Obama meeting with Pope Francis at Vatican
Meredith Somers, Washington Times

Gay marriage. Abortion. Stem cell research. There’s plenty for President Obama and Pope Francis to discuss when they meet Thursday at the Vatican.

Why Catholics Love Evolution and the Big Bang
Daniel McInerny, Aletia

FOX’s reboot of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series may not be everything we would like it to be, but not for the reason you might think.

Mere Links 03.26.14
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Quaker Exemption and Religious Liberty Today
Thomas Kidd, ERLC

As oral arguments begin in Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the HHS abortifacient mandate, we might ask what the Founders would think about this case?

Antiochian Orthodox leader recalled as man with vision
Mark Zaborney, Toledo Blade

“As long as we are fragmented and known by Antiochians and Greeks and Serbians and Bulgarians and Russians, we will have no impact as a church on this country,” Metropolitan Philip told The Blade in 2003.

Conscience as Sacred Property
Jeremiah G. Dys, Canon & Culture

Caesar has provided us with a lamentable choice. Today, it is not the coliseum, nor are Christians being driven to the catacombs under totalitarian persecution. The choice presented to us, however, is no less unjust.

Why Hobby Lobby’s HHS Lawsuit Matters
The Editors, National Catholic Register

Now, more than ever, Catholics need to support efforts to bolster religious freedom and explain why our experiment in ordered liberty requires robust protections for churches and individual believers. But it’s also important to remember that the fight for the “first freedom” is not an end in itself and is linked to a deeper truth.

Mere Links 03.25.14
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

Western Ignorance of the ‘Conditions of Omar’
Raymond Ibrahim, PJ Media

Syrian Christians are being forced to convert, subjugate themselves, or face death.

Shift in support for same-sex marriage greatest among black Protestants
Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News

The acceptance of same-sex marriage by black American Protestants has risen by about a third in the past year, data from the Pew Research Center revealed this week.

World Vision and Why We Grieve For the Children
Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition

World Vision has announced that its American branch will adjust its employee code of conduct to allow same-sex couples who are legally “married.”

Religious Exemptions Are Vital for Religious Liberty
Robert P. George and Hamza Yusuf, Wall Street Journal

The Hobby Lobby case is about far more than a federal rule mandating insurance coverage for contraception.

Mere Links 03.24.14
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Gospel of Interracial Marriage
Trillia Newbell, Christianity Today

How unity in Christ should overcome our segregated pews and segregated dating lives.

Pope Francis: Without work, human dignity is “wounded”
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

If it seems odd to root for reduced opportunity in favor of government subsidies, then this message today from Pope Francis will resonate.

Six parishioners shot dead while worshipping at Kenyan church

Two gunmen have stormed a church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa and opened fire on worshippers, killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others, in what police are labelling a terrorist attack.

If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology
Rick Warren, Washington Post

Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life.

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