- - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Today is the 307th day of 2015. There are 58 days left in the year.

 (1) The Conversion of Han Solo, by Erik Tryggestad (Christian Chronicle)

***A fun piece playing off Solo’s spiel from the earlier movies and the clip from the trailer for the new movie. Hans Solo went from saying, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”—to now saying, “It’s all true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. They’re real.”

(2) The Largest Christian University Relaxes Rules (Washington Post)

“David Nassar, the senior vice president for spiritual development, said the changes do not mean Liberty’s vision or commitment is changing. “We’re two things. We’re distinctively an institute for higher learning, and a really good one. And at the same time, we’re distinctively Christian,” Nassar said. “We’ve never given up our convictions as a school. but the strategy or the methodology might change from here to there.”

(3) The Long Decline in Church Construction May Soon End (Wall Street Journal)

“A confluence of trends has depressed religious construction over the last 13 years, including falling formal religious participation and changing donation habits. There has also been a shift away from the construction of massive megachurch buildings as more large congregations adopt multisite models, holding multiple services in smaller—often rented—spaces. But there are signs that church construction may be bottoming out.”

(4) Fear and Voting on the Christian Right, by Thomas Lake (CNN)

“A growing number of fundamentalist Christians believe the government is singling them out for persecution. Their fear intensified this summer when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. That decision put tens of millions of Americans who hold traditional Christian beliefs at odds with the law and the majority. It also could drive them to the polls in large numbers, which is why a number of Republican candidates are playing to their fears — and why Hillary Clinton has used their rhetoric against them to motivate her own Democratic base.”

(5) ‘Chariots of Fire’ Screenwriter Colin Welland Dies at 81

“The film was based on the true story of two British athletes at the 1924 Olympics: devout Christian Eric Liddell, who refused to compete on a Sunday, and Jewish sprinter Harold Abrahams, who faced prejudice from the British sporting world. Combining nostalgia with grit and buoyed by Vangelis’ catchy electronic score, it was an unexpected hit and took four Oscars in 1982, including best picture and best original screenplay.”


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