• Book Reviews 17 hours ago

    God and the Gay Christian

    God and the Gay Christian

    by Jonathan Saur
    by Matthew Vines Convergent Books, New York, N.Y. 224 pages REVIEWED BY JONATHAN SAUR When I was 20 years old, I asked a professor at the community college I was attending to recommend a book on the history of AIDS. Like many young evangelicals at the time, I had become interested in the AIDS crisis in Africa and wanted to learn more. Knowing my religious commitments and wanting to broaden my perspective, my professor slyly referred me to “ … And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts. Trusting the… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 1 day ago

    What sports should — and should not — be about

    What sports should — and should not — be about

    by Leslie Scanlon
    The following is an edited version of a conversation the Outlook’s Leslie Scanlon had with theologian Marcia Mount Shoop, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and author of “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.” Shoop’s husband, John Shoop, is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Purdue University football team. Shoop is the fourth generation in her family to be ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. She earned a doctorate in religious studies from Emory University, and has served the PC(USA) on the Committee… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 2 days ago

    News from Presbyterian-related colleges and universities

    News from Presbyterian-related colleges and universities

    AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE, DECATUR, GA. ASC has received a $2 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation for two new programs: the Goizueta Global Leadership Project and the Goizueta STEM Success Initiative. ALMA COLLEGE, ALMA, MICH. Alma has launched a four-year nursing program that will emphasize creative problem-solving and interpersonal skills in addition to nursing fundamentals. ARCADIA UNIVERSITY, GLENSIDE, PA. Arcadia, in cooperation with the Peace Corps, has established the Arcadia University Peace Corps Prep Program, an academic and service initiative designed to build cultural awareness and develop practical skills sought… continue reading...
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Vice President for Business Affairs

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary seeks candidates for Vice President for Business Affairs with diverse financial backgrounds, experience in legal issues, a grasp of evolving issues and concerns in theological education, and experience with, and dedication to, the team work required of senior institutional officers. For complete description of the position and requirements see AustinSeminary.edu/business. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 100 East 27th St. Austin TX 78705 austinseminary.edu Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

R U Ready? To embody the grace of God among a family of faith that is committed to build followers of Jesus Christ who meet human needs. If yes, send your PIF or résumé to Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 ATTN: Steve Halter or e-mail it to pnc.oppc@com[email protected] Website: orangeparkpres.org. MIF #20153. Orange Park Presbyterian Church 1905 Park Ave. Orange Park FL 32073 orangeparkpres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

R U Ready? To embody the grace of God among a family of faith that is committed to build followers of Jesus Christ who meet human needs. If yes, send your PIF or résumé to Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 ATTN: Steve Halter or e-mail it to [email protected] Website: orangeparkpres.org. MIF #20153. Orange Park Presbyterian Church 1905 Park Ave Orange Park FL 32073 orangeparkpres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Associate Pastor For Young Adults, Mission and Congregational Care

First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, North Carolina is seeking a compassionate and engaged leader. Our church has a long and rich tradition of more than 135 years. We are blessed with a faithful congregation, sound financial resources and excellent facilities. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to guide and direct others, plan and organize mission activities both locally and internationally, engage and nurture young adults and the wherewithal to enlist and connect to new members. fpcburlington.org. MIF #21296.AGO. Send PIF to Patti Bates at [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 508 W. Davis St. Burlington NC 27215 fpcburlington.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blasts supermax prisons as ‘torture’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (Oct. 23) that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good will are called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty,” the pope told delegates from the International Association of Penal Law. “And this I connect with life imprisonment,” he continued. “Life imprisonment is a hidden death penalty.” The pope noted that the Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code, though that move was largely symbolic. In the wide-ranging address, Francis denounced practices that are widespread in many regions of the world, such as extrajudicial executions and … [Read more...]

God and the Gay Christian

God and the Gay

by Matthew Vines Convergent Books, New York, N.Y. 224 pages REVIEWED BY JONATHAN SAUR When I was 20 years old, I asked a professor at the community college I was attending to recommend a book on the history of AIDS. Like many young evangelicals at the time, I had become interested in the AIDS crisis in Africa and wanted to learn more. Knowing my religious commitments and wanting to broaden my perspective, my professor slyly referred me to “ ... And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts. Trusting the professor, I purchased and read the book — though it was clearly not about AIDS in Africa. The book chronicles the early years of AIDS in the United States, from around 1979 to the death of actor Rock Hudson. The book also chronicles the ways in which evangelicals were either largely indifferent towards AIDS in those early years or openly antagonistic to the gay communities being ravaged by the disease. Since then, rightly or wrongly (I think rightly), I have viewed the interaction … [Read more...]