• Book Reviews 20 hours ago

    Lila

    Lila

    by Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. 261 pages REVIEWED BY LAURA CUNNINGHAM If the first book of her Gilead trilogy established Marilynne Robinson as the patron novelist of misunderstood American Calvinism, the third book, “Lila,” secures her place. In the first novel Congregationalist preacher John Ames writes to his young son, in part to tell him the unlikely story of meeting and marrying the boy’s much younger mother, Lila. The latest novel tells Lila’s own story of tragedy and loneliness, kindness and redemption, as she finds her… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 2 days ago

    Books: Briefly noted

    Books: Briefly noted

    by Roy Howard
    Short Stories by Jesus  AMY JILL LEVINE  HarperOne, San Francisco, Calif. 313 pages  This Jewish teacher wants us to be shocked by the stories of the Jewish rabbi who told them. What could be worse than being comfortable with the original stories that have been so domesticated as to be predictable? This book by a prominent New Testament scholar recovers the disturbing character of Jesus’ teaching. She will not allow for easy interpretation or facile theology. The careful reader will be surprised, challenged and disturbed in a simlar way Jesus’… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 3 days ago

    Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

    Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

    by Ronald P. Byars
    by Joyce Ann Zimmerman Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 163 pages Joyce Ann Zimmerman is a Catholic theologian and director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio. Her book is part of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies series. The author acknowledges that worship refers not only to the community’s assembly on the Lord’s Day, but also to private devotion and to a variety of formal and informal gatherings. Zimmerman has served for some years on the Institute’s Advisory Board responsible for reading grant proposals.… continue reading...
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Pastor/Head of Staff

New Wilmington Presbyterian Church is seeking a Pastor/Head of Staff for a 490-member church, located in a small college town in western Pennsylvania. Our worship is a blended service combining traditional and contemporary elements. Our common bonds are a dedication to local and worldwide mission and a devotion to each other as members of a church family. We seek a servant leader who will challenge us to grow deeper in scripture and wider in service while following the commandments of loving God and loving neighbor. Visit our website at nwpresby.org. View our MIF #00684.AE1. Submit PIF to [email protected] New Wilmington Presbyterian Church 229 South Market Street New Wilmington, PA 16142 nwpresby.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church in small-town south central Pennsylvania. We are ministers in search of pastor. Individuals or co-pastors with worship leadership and compassionate shepherding skills. Please visit MIF # 07342.ADO at pcusa.org or contact Myers Kimmel, PNC Chair, [email protected] McConnellsburg Presbyterian Church 116 S. Second St. McConnellsburg PA 17233 mupc.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board affirms Purdue as location for 2016 Youth Triennium

LOUISVILLE (PNS) At its spring meeting held April 8-10, 2015, in Louisville, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approved the following statement regarding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it relates to holding the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University. In light of Indiana’s legislative action to revise its earlier Religious Freedom Restoration Act so that it ensures adequate protection against discrimination, the Leadership Committee recommends that the PMAB reaffirm holding the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue. We encourage leaders across the state of Indiana, and in other states, to create environments of safety and inclusion for all people. Further, we commend Purdue University for publicly assuring its unwavering commitment to non-discrimination. The state’s quick action to amend this law encourages us to believe we can continue our long relationship with Purdue University while sharing Christ’s love with people in … [Read more...]

Faith leaders call for religious protections ahead of gay marriage hearing

(RNS) As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on Tuesday (April 28) that could wind up legalizing gay marriage nationwide, dozens of Christian leaders have issued a call to civil authorities to preserve “the unique meaning of marriage in the law” — but also to “protect the rights of those with differing views of marriage.” The open letter “to all in positions of public service,” released Thursday (April 23), seems to reflect a growing recognition by same-sex marriage foes that they may be on the losing side of the legal battle to bar gay marriage and need to broaden their focus to securing protections for believers. Gay marriage opponents are also losing the battle for the hearts and minds of their own flocks: Polls show that American believers, like the rest of the public, are growing much more accepting of same-sex relationships, or at least much less inclined to invest time or resources into waging the fight against legalizing gay marriage. This … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Fighting mass incarceration and systems of exploitation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PNS) The 13th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering in Washington, D.C., recently brought together more than 1,000 members of the Christian community, including 200 Presbyterians, to tackle some of the most challenging social justice issues facing churches today. Attendees looked at human exploitation, corporate greed, prison privatization, racial injustice and more. While the various forms of exploitation vary, the consensus from attendees was the same: the world needs to change. During the Sunday plenary, “The Church’s Response to Systems of Exploitation”, a panel of social justice advocates shared experiences regarding differing forms of exploitation. All speakers carried a common theme—the great divide between the wealthy privileged and those without financial means. “Financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are reinforcing the need for people to jump on rickety boats to try and find a better life,” said Emira … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representatives commemorate tragedy in Bangladesh

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Representatives of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are joining an international delegation in Bangladesh today to commemorate the two year anniversary of a factory collapse that left more than 1,100 people dead and 2,500 injured. Jessica Maudlin, associate with PHP’s Enough for Everyone ministry, and Bryce Wiebe, manager for the Office of Special Offerings were invited by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a PHP partner. The tragedy occurred on April 24, 2013, with the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The factories produce clothes for western companies such as The Children’s Place. Since that time, thousands of survivors and families of those killed have been unsuccessful in receiving compensation or assistance from those financially responsible. The ILRF reports that hundreds of victims were left permanently disabled or severely traumatized, unable to work. Many of the workers were … [Read more...]