• Movie Reviews 3 hours ago

    The Last Five Years

    The Last Five Years

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    OK, musicals aren’t for everyone. But I daresay that Presbyterians have more interest in music than most. For one thing, our worship services encourage everyone to sing hymns. (And we just published a new denominational hymnal.) There are plenty of people in our surrounding culture who haven’t sung anything for years, much less every week. And for those of us who have sung in church choirs all our lives, well, the music of the anthems runs through our heads constantly, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s like a… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 3 hours ago

    The Duff

    The Duff

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Here’s hoping that this doesn’t start a trend among already-beleaguered teens. The premise here is that “The Duff” is the person in your group who is the “designated ugly fat friend.” She’s the one with a bubbly personality, is somewhat geeky but approachable, and therefore is an important gateway to her better-looking friends. If you’re a hot football player, say, and you want to know if the pretty head cheerleader might be “into you,” then you approach The Duff and inquire of her. That way you’ve got a layer of… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 1 day ago

    Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

    Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

    by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 223 pages REVIEWED BY LYNNE TAYLOR CLEMENTS Do not read this book … unless you are ready for a challenge and charge. In a compelling narrative that spans the 20th century, Hinson-Hasty introduces the reader to the woman who began the Catholic Worker movement and dedicated her life to ending poverty and working for justice and peace. Hinson-Hasty, professor of theology at Bellarmine University, spent a year studying the life and works of Dorothy Day. Drawing on her exploration into the… continue reading...
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The Last Five Years

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OK, musicals aren’t for everyone. But I daresay that Presbyterians have more interest in music than most. For one thing, our worship services encourage everyone to sing hymns. (And we just published a new denominational hymnal.) There are plenty of people in our surrounding culture who haven’t sung anything for years, much less every week. And for those of us who have sung in church choirs all our lives, well, the music of the anthems runs through our heads constantly, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s like a part of our spirits is always at song, like a soundtrack in the background of our consciousness. Yes, we’re the type of people who have more inherent interest in musicals than most moviegoers. That said, there’s a lot to appreciate about “The Last Five Years,” especially for music lovers. The singing is practically nonstop. There’s only a little dialogue in between. It’s the complete history of a five-year relationship, from meeting each other to breakup, with the charming … [Read more...]

The Duff

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Here’s hoping that this doesn’t start a trend among already-beleaguered teens. The premise here is that “The Duff” is the person in your group who is the “designated ugly fat friend.” She’s the one with a bubbly personality, is somewhat geeky but approachable, and therefore is an important gateway to her better-looking friends. If you’re a hot football player, say, and you want to know if the pretty head cheerleader might be “into you,” then you approach The Duff and inquire of her. That way you’ve got a layer of insulation against rejection. The further premise here is that high school guys also operate under a similar unspoken social hierarchy (but this movie isn’t about them). Veteran child actress Mae Whitman plays Bianca, whose best friend actually is the boy next door, Wesley (Robbie Amell). Though the viewers immediately realize their emotional connection, she doesn’t. She thinks she is part of the cool chick clique at school, the popular tandem of Casey and Jess, and so far … [Read more...]

Stated Clerk/ Communications Director

As the Presbytery of Tampa Bay embarks on a renewed journey, we need a special and unique person who is able to serve full-time as both a traditional Stated Clerk and also as Communications Director. This person will be significant by providing the glue that holds us together but does not hold us back as we organize in three geographical areas around the core values of being unapologetically Christ-centered, meaningfully connected, relentlessly congregational, and faithfully constitutional. The position is posted on the Church Leadership Connection. Apply before April 15 to: [email protected] Presbytery of Tampa Bay 4704 Kelly Rd Tampa Bay FL 33615-5019 presbyteryoftampabay.com Job Type: full-time … [Read more...]

Winter storms spell catastrophe for New England: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Confronting what one meteorologist has called a “once every 26,000 years” event, New Englanders are reeling from the cumulative effect of multiple winter storms that have dumped more than 100 inches of snow within a 30-day period. And it may not be over. More heavy snow is expected this weekend, making a critical situation even worse. Coupled with frigid temperatures that have not allowed thawing, these storms may have long-term implications for the future survival of Presbyterian congregations in Boston and northern New England.   “We could see churches cease to exist because of these storms. It could result in 20 or more church closings, nearly a third of Presbyterian congregations in the area,” says Cindy Kohlmann, resource presbyter for the Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England. “These are churches that have vibrant congregations but don’t have the resources to deal financially with the issues brought about by the snow and cold … [Read more...]

When Christ Went to the Temple

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A new hymn for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  This hymn is offered free of charge to all friends of the Presbyterian Outlook. Thank you, Carolyn! Carolyn's newest hymn, "When Christ Went to the Temple," is based on Jesus' protest in the Temple. Biblical References: Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48 and John 2:13–16. Tune: Welsh Folk Melody. Evans' Hymnau a Thonau, 1865 as in English Hymnal, 1906. To preview and order other Lenten hymns for Year B, click here. Download the scored music (PDF). Download the lyrics (Word). Carolyn's husband Bruce says: Thirty years ago when I was a student at Princeton Seminary, I did a paper for Professor Bruce Metzger arguing that John 2:15 in the RSV Bible was an inaccurate translation:  "And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables."  Dr. Metzger chaired the … [Read more...]

Louisville Seminary enters new affiliation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and Christian Theological Seminary recently announced a new affiliation. This relationship will benefit the constituents of all three institutions, who will gain increased access to knowledge about congregations as well as other opportunities to support the congregations they serve. This affiliation involves a governance role, as representatives from the two seminaries will serve on the Center’s board of directors. The new relationship is based on the Center’s role as a supporting organization of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). According to Tim Shapiro, president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations (ICC), this relationship is unique in that no other seminaries are supported by the Center in such a capacity. ICC, LPTS and CTS engage congregations from many different faith traditions and are committed to … [Read more...]