• Movie Reviews 17 hours ago

    The Longest Ride

    The Longest Ride

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    You would expect a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book to be a sappy romance… and it is. But it’s also a celebration of long-lasting marriage, which we Presbyterians welcome anywhere in cinema. Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood, and the resemblance is startling) plays Luke Collins, an ambitious professional bull rider. He’s eager to make it to the top of the world rankings, though he’s already suffered some serious injuries in the process (which he says happens to all the real pros). He happens to meet… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 17 hours ago

    Roundtable interview with “The Longest Ride” writer and cast

    Roundtable interview with “The Longest Ride” writer and cast

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Dallas, Texas, April 1, 2015 Nicholas Sparks, writer Scott Eastwood & Britt Robertson, cast Ron Salfen for the Presbyterian Outlook Britt Robertson: Are there enough chairs for everyone? I like sitting in a little circle like this, it feels more intimate (than the Q-and-A last night at the theater after the screening). Also, I want to shake hands with each of you, if that’s OK. (Handshakes all around.) Nicholas Sparks: So, I’m told that we only have a few minutes here, so I’m going to have to ask for just… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 2 days 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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You would expect a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book to be a sappy romance… and it is. But it’s also a celebration of long-lasting marriage, which we Presbyterians welcome anywhere in cinema. Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood, and the resemblance is startling) plays Luke Collins, an ambitious professional bull rider. He’s eager to make it to the top of the world rankings, though he’s already suffered some serious injuries in the process (which he says happens to all the real pros). He happens to meet Sophia (Britt Robertson), a sorority girl from Wake Forest who’s going to graduate in a couple of months. They hit it off immediately, even though they come from different worlds. But they also both realize that there doesn’t seem to be much future for them since she’s an art major who’s already accepted a post-graduate internship at a prestigious gallery in New York City and he’s committed to the rodeo circuit. Not much intersection there, but they date a couple of … [Read more...]

Roundtable interview with “The Longest Ride” writer and cast

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Dallas, Texas, April 1, 2015 Nicholas Sparks, writer Scott Eastwood & Britt Robertson, cast Ron Salfen for the Presbyterian Outlook Britt Robertson: Are there enough chairs for everyone? I like sitting in a little circle like this, it feels more intimate (than the Q-and-A last night at the theater after the screening). Also, I want to shake hands with each of you, if that’s OK. (Handshakes all around.) Nicholas Sparks: So, I’m told that we only have a few minutes here, so I’m going to have to ask for just one question from everyone. OK? Britt Robertson (to Nicholas Sparks): Oh, nothing like taking charge, right? (Laughter all around.) Presbyterian Outlook: I guess I’m the token old guy in the group here. So naturally, I identified with the Alan Alda character, the one who was married forever. Personally, I’ve been married 46 years, with the love of my life, and I just wondered: Is that the goal here? To celebrate that unique relationship where your significant … [Read more...]

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...]