• Outpost Blog 8 hours ago

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    by Mihee Kim-Kort
    The hope in this ministry is to view the college as a ‘mission field.’ • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to fill the PEWS. • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to give us PLEDGES. IU is a place in which there are PEOPLE that can be changed by encountering God’s PRESENCE in us. (From a report to the two PC(USA) churches in Bloomington about the kind of perspective necessary for campus ministry by the IU Campus Ministry task force) I work with college students. Even though I don’t look it… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 1 day ago

    Film in review – “Obvious Child”

    Film in review – “Obvious Child”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    I share a parking lot with a Catholic school. All during the school year, I park next to cars with bumper stickers that proclaim things like “It’s not a choice, it’s a life.” And “God is pro-life.” And even “abortion is murder.” Not all of us Presbyterians share these sentiments, of course. We are, judging by our General Assembly pronouncements anyway, reluctant pro-choicers. We say we don’t condone abortion as a form of belated birth control and that the decision should never be taken lightly. But, especially in the cases… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 2 days ago

    Films in review – “Edge of Tomorrow” & “How To Train Your Dragon 2”

    Films in review – “Edge of Tomorrow” & “How To Train Your Dragon 2”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    The problem with time travel movies is that somewhere along the way, the logic always breaks down. The problem with animated films is that the character identification is always secondhand, since the renderings on the screen aren’t “real.” So suspension of disbelief becomes a problem in both genres, and the only way to overcome that is through making the story itself so compelling that the viewer allows the distractions and inconsistencies, anyway. “Edge of Tomorrow” is Tom Cruise (somehow still nearly ageless at age 51) playing an Army major. (In… continue reading...
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August 4, 2014: Digital issue for subscribers

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The digital issue of the Presbyterian Outlook’s August 4, 2014 issue is now available!  It is viewable on almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. Click here to view the digital issue.       WHAT’S NEXT FOR EVANGELICALS Presbyterians both pleased and discomfited by the decisions of the 2014 General Assembly are finding a way to move forward. Evangelicals who remain in the denomination, at least for now, are considering new realities. Leslie Scanlon reports. REORDERING OUR ORDERED MINISTRIES One of the greatest distinctives of Presbyterian life is its commitment to parity and partnership in ministry. What does that look like? A collection of essays explore. TWILIGHT ON AMERICAN ENLIGHTENMENT Michael Parker reviews George Marsden’s book considering America’s power, prestige and intellectual crisis in the 1950s and today. … [Read more...]

Rabbi David Saperstein will be first non-Christian to serve as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009 will head the State Department’s Office of Religious Freedom, and will be tasked with monitoring religious freedom abuses around the world. A Reform rabbi and lawyer, Saperstein, 66, has led the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for 30 years, and has spent his career in Washington, focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues. He was instrumental in the 1993 passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which requires the government to show a compelling reason for any action that impinges upon the exercise of religion. He was the first chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which was created as a … [Read more...]

Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

Mihee Kim-Kort

The hope in this ministry is to view the college as a ‘mission field.’ • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to fill the PEWS. • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to give us PLEDGES. IU is a place in which there are PEOPLE that can be changed by encountering God’s PRESENCE in us. (From a report to the two PC(USA) churches in Bloomington about the kind of perspective necessary for campus ministry by the IU Campus Ministry task force) I work with college students. Even though I don’t look it any more, I feel like I’m still in college. It’s a strange juxtaposition - to be married and an ordained minister now for almost ten years, a mother to three young children, and still feel like a kid. Three years ago we moved to Bloomington, Indiana, for my husband’s call and it happened to be in an enormous, bustling college town. Basketball is huge here with a large stake in music and the arts, a stellar business school and the typical state school population - it’s impressive. I remember … [Read more...]

Film in review – “Obvious Child”

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I share a parking lot with a Catholic school. All during the school year, I park next to cars with bumper stickers that proclaim things like “It’s not a choice, it’s a life.” And “God is pro-life.” And even “abortion is murder.” Not all of us Presbyterians share these sentiments, of course. We are, judging by our General Assembly pronouncements anyway, reluctant pro-choicers. We say we don’t condone abortion as a form of belated birth control and that the decision should never be taken lightly. But, especially in the cases of rape and incest, the choice needs to be available, without undue hassle. My father-in-law, a retired physician, has always been vigorously pro-choice because of his operating room internship where he witnessed what happens if abortion isn’t legal: women cutting themselves with coat hangers. And back when I was a very young pastor, I was asked to counsel a mom with her 14-year-old daughter who was gang-raped in a barn. And though abortion was illegal in that … [Read more...]

Films in review – “Edge of Tomorrow” & “How To Train Your Dragon 2”

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The problem with time travel movies is that somewhere along the way, the logic always breaks down. The problem with animated films is that the character identification is always secondhand, since the renderings on the screen aren’t “real.” So suspension of disbelief becomes a problem in both genres, and the only way to overcome that is through making the story itself so compelling that the viewer allows the distractions and inconsistencies, anyway. “Edge of Tomorrow” is Tom Cruise (somehow still nearly ageless at age 51) playing an Army major. (In “real life,” the Army would have retired him by then, but this is fantasy, remember?) Sometime in the indeterminate near future, the aliens have invaded and taken over much of Europe so rapidly overwhelming “traditional” military forces of individual countries that the nations of the world have actually banded together against a common enemy (maybe the only way we’ll ever achieve real unity). So far, the combat zone has resulted only in … [Read more...]

Film in review – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

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The motion-capture technology is really astounding, especially in 3-D. However, there are many genteel moviegoers who will not go see either sci-fi or anything violent, much less apocalyptic fantasy, so these will need a more extensive introduction. Sometime in the very near future, there’s a breakthrough in ape research, as a lab in California has figured out how to enhance their intelligence and communication skills. Unfortunately, accompanying the new technology seems to be a dreadful new plague called “simian flu,” which sweeps the globe at such a rapid pace that civilization as we know it completely breaks down as the earth’s entire population is nearly wiped out. They never did find a cure. There were only isolated pockets of individuals who did not seem to be affected (such as in the rubble of what used to be San Francisco) but these meek ones inherit an earth that is literally only a ruined wreckage of what they knew before. Meanwhile, the ape population, now set free in … [Read more...]