Died: Doug Coe

2.21.2017

His Fellowship is the force behind DC discipleship and the National Prayer Breakfast.

CHR Comment: Coe formed the Foundation Fellowship, which counseled political leaders. He started out as a Methodist youth pastor.

Source: Died: Doug Coe, Humble Faith in the Halls of Power | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

Small Church Focus in Southern Baptist Convention

2.21.2017

An “average” church pastor is the president of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference.

CHR Comment: The article describes the election of a smaller church pastor to the presidency of the Pastor’s Conference and highlights differences between leadership from larger churches and from smaller churches, where most Southern Baptists attend.

Source: One on One with the Small Church Pastor who “Took Over” the SBC Pastors Conference to Highlight Smaller Churches | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Church of England’s General Synod

2.16.2017

Alternative truths abounded last night after the General Synod vote on the bishops\’ report on human sexuality came through and the House of Clergy voted by a narrow margin not to take note of it.

CHR Comment: A closer look at the working of the Church of England’s General Synod as the three houses—bishops, clergy, and laity—vote on issues of human sexuality.

Source: Why The General Synod\’s Vote Last Night Was Bad For Everyone | Christian News on Christian Today

Taking Responsibility for the Reformation

2.10.17

This year marks the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It is a year of . . . .

CHR Comment: Leithart rehearses some of the infighting that hindered Protestant efforts to reform the church and led to greater divisions. He expresses interest in Protestant and Catholic unification.

Source: Taking Responsibility for the Reformation | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

Evangelicals buy ad to blast Donald Trump’s refugee ban

2.8.2017

Evangelical leaders have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement to denounce President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees.

CHR Comment: This issue illustrates a dividing point among American Evangelicals on issues of immigration and national security. Instead of using the Good Samaritan text to make their point, there are Old Testament texts about strangers and refugees that would better apply to the situation of modern refugees.

Source: Evangelicals buy ad to blast Donald Trump’s refugee ban – CNNPolitics

Dancing epidemic of 1518

1.13.2017

In their free time, some scientists and doctors like to try to figure out causes of medically-related historical events. For example, the authors of this study investigate what may have caused the crazy dancing “epidemic” of 1518 in Strasbourg: “Some time in mid-July 1518 a lone woman stepped into one of its narrow streets and …

CHR Comment: St. Vitus was patron saint of dancers. People would dance before his image and in this case didn’t stop for days. The article proposes that this was due to stress rather than a particular illness or drug.

Source: Flashback Friday: The mysterious dancing epidemic of 1518. – Seriously, Science?