Mere Links 09.23.14
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Death of Thomas Cranmer
Nathan Busenitz, The Cripplegate

Four hundred fifty eight years ago, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas Cranmer.

Women religious fight human trafficking
Michael O’Loughlin, Crux

They traverse an “underground railroad” system as they make their escape from their captors. They stay in safe houses, scattered across the country to hide and protect them.

Modern Attitudes Toward Marriage Lead to Loneliness
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

Two stories last week (one amusing and one sobering) provided material for (gloomy) reflection on love and marriage in the modern world.

Fight Church: Can You Love Your Neighbor While Pummeling Him?
Patrice Stilley, The Federalist

Among the thorny theological questions that divide men, one that hasn’t been much considered is “Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time, knee him in the face as hard as you can?” In fact, that very question is posed by one of the subjects of Fight Church, the new Lionsgate documentary by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, that follows the fights and faith journeys of a more than a half dozen mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in and out of the ring.



Mere Links 09.22.14
Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel
Religion News Service

When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Are We Catholics First or Americans First?
Heather King, Aleteia

The law of the land and the Higher Law.

How Obamacare Forces You to Subsidize Plans That Cover Elective Abortion
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms that’s just another broken promise. Here are three things you need to know about abortion and Obamacare.

Satanists want to give out materials in Orange schools
Lauren Roth, Orlando Sentinel

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.



Mere Links 09.19.14
Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM

A Tale of Two Churches
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Aleteia

What happens when the State establishes itself as a rival religion through administrative coercion?

The Arab Christian Dilemma
Luma Simms, The Federalist

Arab Christians perceive themselves as caught between radical Islam on one side and Israel on the other. I know. I am one.

Christianity Is Not Going Away
Mark Tooley, On Faith

Over the last decade, ostensibly secular New York City has seen increased church attendance and increased numbers of “born-again” believers.

We’re Winning the War on Global Hunger
Joe Carter, Acton Institute

One of the most underreported stories of the last decade is about good news: we’re winning the struggle against chronic hunger around the globe.



Mere Links 09.18.14
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 AM


The Might of Moral Obligation

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

The invisible and extremely mysterious activity of the hidden God in the Book of Esther is profitably contrasted to His clear, open, and miraculous intrusions into history in the Book of Daniel.

Finding Hope: Protecting Religious Freedom In Prison
Elise Hilton, Acton Institute

“Prison is a hopeless place.” That’s how one former inmate describes it. What can give hope? The freedom to practice one’s faith, even behind bars and barbed wire.

San Francisco Moves to Enshrine Right to Sex-Selective Abortions
Rachel Lu, Aleteia

The city takes a stand against bans on sex-selective abortions—even though the practice is still legal in California and 41 other states.

Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis
Albert Mohler

Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned.



Mere Links 09.17.14
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

The New Progressive Argument: For Kids, Marriage Per Se Doesn’t Matter
W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

Can the salutary effects of an intact, married family for kids be achieved without the marriage? Not likely.

The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
Elizabeth Gerhardt, Christianity Today

What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.

A Tale of Two Churches
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.,

Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles.

Incest and Pornography: More Similar Than We Think
Christopher O. Tollefsen , Public Discourse

Although we uphold the cultural taboo on incest, we accept something with precisely the same negative effect on integrity, marriage, and family: pornography.



Mere Links 09.16.14
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Church’s Unique Gift
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Christ’s greatest gift to the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit; this gift is, moreover, original, unique, and exclusive.

Update on the Ministers’ Housing Allowance
Thom S. Rainer

Will the housing allowance for ministers still be available in the near future? Though we can never predict a court ruling with certainty, there are indicators that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will dismiss the case that is attempting to eliminate housing allowances completely. Simply stated, there seems to be a good probability that ministers will be able to continue to take the benefits of the housing allowance.

The Coming Reformation of Black Churches
Thabiti Anyabwile, The Front Porch

I think we’re beginning to ride a spiritual wave that will wash over African-American communities and churches. There’s a reformation (or, if you prefer, a revival) on the way. I think it’ll crash against the banks of Black life with the tidal force of a tsunami.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Prompts A Deeper Look at Stem Cell Research
Gene Tarne, Aleteia

You’d be amazed at the progress to date in treating patients using adult stem cells vs. nada from embryonic.



Mere Links 09.15.14
Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:00 AM

World May Be in Beginnings of World War III, Pope Suggests
Aleteia

Praying for war dead at Italian WWI Memorial, Francis condemns apathy toward ongoing conflict.

Surprise! One of the Church’s family issues is polygamy
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the politics of an expected debate over whether the church’s ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion ought to be revised.

The elderly, infertility: Any similarity to same-sex couples?
Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker, Baptist Press

The argument goes something like this: If marriage is predicated on the possibility of children springing forth from sexual unions, those who cannot procreate — such as the elderly or infertile couples, not just same-sex couples — should not be allowed to marry. Such an argument, however, sidesteps the underlying principles of marriage’s intrinsic purposes.

She Announced Her Pregnancy Way Before 12 Weeks. Why More Women Should Consider Doing the Same.
Ericka Andersen, The Daily Signal

Fans of the hit TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” were excited to watch daughter Jill Duggar get married in June–but they weren’t expecting to hear she was pregnant just two months later.



Mere Links 09.12.14
Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Illusion of Neutrality
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion.

Churches Offer Sanctuary to Immigrants in Danger of Deportation
Miriam Jordan,

Campaign follows Obama decision to delay action that might have staved off removal.

The Crisis in Iraq? What is the Christian Response?
Various, Aleteia

For months, Christian leaders in the Middle East have been begging the world for help to fight that threat, which for them is all to real. They and other religious minorities have been on the run from the Islamist organization, also known as the Islamic State. Little by little, the world has woken up to the reality too, especially as the group very publicly decapitated two American journalists.

Defend Freedom for Non-Christians, All Benefit From Religious Liberty, Evangelical Experts Say
Jeffrey Scott, Christian Post

Religious freedom helps everyone, no matter what political or religious affiliation, a diverse group of religious freedom experts agreed Wednesday at the 2014 AEI Evangelical Leadership Summit.



Mere Links 09.11.14
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 AM

An Evangelical Defense of Traditional Marriage
Andrew T. Walker, Time

The church’s theology on marriage, while certainly pivotal to the church, isn’t sectarian. Marriage leads one outside the walls of the church and into the public square because marriage, by design, reveals a purpose about our being made male and female.

Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying “I Do”
Rachel Sheffield, Public Discourse

Despite the lack of cultural support for positive practices that help couples toward healthy marriage relationships, the good news is that individuals have control over their relationship choices.

Christian churches’ sanctuary movement could grow
Astrid Galvan, Associated Press

The Rev. Noel Andersen, a national grassroots coordinator for Church World Service, said cities such as Denver, Portland, New York and Washington D.C., are organizing and preparing for the potential of more migrants taking sanctuary in churches.

Link Between Breast Cancer and Contraceptives Now Too Big to Ignore
Denise Hunnell, Aleteia

An article in the most recent issue of the medical journal Cancer Research details yet another study demonstrating a link between breast cancer in young women and the use of oral contraceptives.



Mere Links 09.10.14
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:00 AM

What Makes Young Evangelicals Less Conservative? Results of New Study May Surprise You
Napp Nazworth, The Christian Post

The more embedded Millennial Evangelicals are in the Evangelical subculture and the less interaction they have with non-Evangelicals, the more likely they are to demonstrate attitudes diverging from their elders.

Amicable divorce ‘is just as damaging for children’
Steve Doughty, Daily Mail

Divorcing parents who try to maintain an amicable relationship for the sake of their children are doing nothing to help them, a major study suggests.

Naked Consent: Why Personal Speech Codes Won’t Curb a Social Problem Like Sexual Assault
Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse

Speech codes won’t fix what ails a relationship marketplace that aggravates—rather than relieves—the risk of sexual violence. California’s proposed law will simply multiply accusations, legal proceedings, and judicial headaches.

The Catholic casino conundrum
Mathew N. Schmalz, Crux

Gambling is not prohibited for Catholics, but it’s a hard sell under Francis.


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