- - Thursday, March 3, 2016

(1) American Reform Rabbis Warn of Alienation From Israel (AP)

A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli officials denigrating the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear is alienating the world’s second-largest Jewish community from Israel.


(2) Scalia, the Supreme Court, and Your Church: What the justice’s death could mean for cases affecting churches 


(3) Randall Balmer, a leading historian of Evangelicalism, says that “Evangelicals’ support of Trump shouldn’t come as a surprise

As pundits scratch their heads over evangelical support for Donald Trump — he pulls a greater percentage of evangelical voters than any other candidate — they overlook one important fact: Evangelicals are secular now. Over the last several decades, they have devolved from theological guardians to political operatives.


(4) 3 Things God’s Word Has the Power to Do, by Joe Thorn

I’ve been preaching for 20 years, and over the past two decades I have come to see that my words accomplish nothing. My most persuasive arguments, my most passionate pleas, and my earnest articulation is powerless to change the human heart. My words cannot heal the soul or help the weary, and they certainly cannot raise the spiritually dead to new life. Yet, I believe expository preaching is the means the Holy Spirit uses to accomplish such impossible work. God uses his word, the Holy Scripture, to do what my words cannot.


(5) Sen. Ben Sasse has emerged as the moral compass of the GOP (Washington Examiner)

Sasse: “I hope it happens that over the next 30 or 60 days that the Republican Party again becomes the party of Abraham Lincoln, limited government, and great human potential. I want to celebrate what’s good about America in the Republican Party,” Sasse said. “But if the Republican Party becomes the party of David Duke and Donald Trump, I’m out, and I think lots and lots and lots of people are out. So ultimately, there will be more choices than these two if Trump is the nominee.”

 

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