He looks like a friendly sort of guy, a geography teacher who helps out with the local football team or perhaps a social worker who visits an elderly neighbour for a chat in his spare time. But, in fact, this is the reconstructed face of a man who died in Cambridge more than 700 years ago. It is believed he was homeless when he died as his body was found in the grounds of the Hospital of St John the Evangelist, which was a charity that provided refuge for those who had nowhere else to stay, were ill or infirm.
Source: What an ordinary 13th century man looked like, scientists reveal | The Independent
Excavation of an early 17th Century grave has revealed a body buried with its hands in prayer.
CHR Comment: Spanish colonists tried to gain power but ultimately failed.
Source: Taiwan: Earliest Catholic grave in Asia-Pacific unearthed
Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.
CHR Comment: Russian legal process typically distinguishes between traditional religions, such as Baptists and Lutherans, and non-traditional groups that are new to the country.
Source: Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
The profanity-prone president and his country’s Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.
CHR Comment: The pastoral letter from the bishops’ conference opposes the war on drugs as a reign of terror and opposes use of the death penalty. The Philippines are 80% Roman Catholic.
Source: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church : Parallels : NPR
Meeting between ERLC president and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page results in ‘mutual understanding,’ not a firing.
CHR Comment: Moore was involved in presidential politics, supporting Trump, which offended Graham and others in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Source: Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
CHR Comment: The article describes the social ethics of Rauschenbusch, Hauerwas, and refers to some conservative social ethics movements.
Source: The Christian social ethics project hits a wall | Religion News Service
(UPDATED) Eight staff members found safe and relocated.
CHR Comment: Tens of thousands are displaced. About 60% of south Sudanese are Christians. The famine is man-made due to fighting.
Source: Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
The pontiff suggests easing the rules could address a shortage of priests in some areas.
CHR Comment: The article gives an example of a Brazilian diocese where there are 700,000 Catholics served by only 27 priests.
Source: Pope Francis open to allowing married priests in Catholic Church
Avoiding the subject of homosexuality will not prepare kids for the real world.
CHR Comment: The article expresses outrage that Franklin Graham and other conservative Protestants suggest the boycotting of a recent Disney film, which was announced to portray a homosexual character.
Source: Flaming hypocrisy in evangelical Disney boycott: Jonathan Merritt
Recent, ugly nonsense about those who supposedly cannot refrain from sinful sexual relations is pastoral cruelty disguised as kindness. The voice of Archbishop Chaput, by contrast, strikes a welcome and profound note of clarity and true compassion.
CHR Comment: A brief essay concerning the Archbishop’s recent book, Strangers in a Strange Land, reflecting also on the importance of this bishop.
Source: A Book for Me and All Protestants to Read | Carl R. Trueman | First Things