- - Thursday, September 10, 2015

(1) Pastors encouraged by group to run for political office (WJLA)

***I’ve heard of several specific examples of Christian people running for office for the first time. I believe the reporting unintentionally gives the wrong impression sometimes, making the reader think that all these pastors are trying to jump from the pulpit into the Governor’s chair or the U.S. Senate.

Rather, many of these people are pastors or laity in small towns who are simply putting their name into the hat for town council or the school board.  These are just everyday citizens who are leaving their zone of comfort behind and using some of their spare time and resources to try and make an impact in their own backyard. In other words, lots of “salt of the earth” Christian folks looking to be “salt and light” Good for them!

(2) Stephen Colbert Opens Up About His Devout Christian Faith, Islam, Pope Francis, and More(The Daily Beast)

“Faith ultimately can’t be argued, faith has to be felt,” continued Colbert. “And hopefully you can still feel your faith fully, and let your mind have a logical life of its own, and they do not defy each other, but complement each other, because logic itself, I don’t think, for me, and you know—Aquinas might say differently—logic itself will not lead me to God. And, so, hopefully I can use my mind to make my jokes, and not deny my love for God at the same time.”
 
***I don’t keep up with the Kardashians and I have no idea who this “pastor Wilkerson” is. Except that Laura Turner (of Religion News Service) gave us a fantastic answer to the question: “Are ‘cool pastors’ a good thing for Christianity?”
Turner writes:
“This particular brand of cool Christianity doesn’t belong on TV; but then again, neither does most Christianity. The Christianity-entertainment complex has taken us too far down a rabbit hole of our own making, and it’s splintering us into the “cool, different” Christians and the old, irrelevant ones. I like us a lot better when we’re not on TV.”
 

***A professor from New Orleans Baptist Seminary was exposed as being on Ashley Madison. As a result, last month he took his own life. The nature of his death came out this week and his family talked about—wishing he had been confident enough in their love and forgiveness of him to have come open with them and not end his life.
 

(5) Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms, by Donald Whitney (faithstreet)
***A Southern Baptist friend and professor, Donald Whitney explains an idea central to his new book, Praying the Bible

“I’m sure such folks are out there, but I’ve not personally met any Christian who hasn’t struggled with saying the same old things about the same old things in prayer. Before long, such repetitive prayer is boring. And when prayer is boring, it’s hard to pray — at least with any joy and fervency. …No, the problem may not be you; rather it may be your method. I believe that the simple, permanent, biblical solution to this almost universal problem is to stop making up your own prayers most of the time (because that results in repetitious prayer) and to pray the Bible instead. Praying the Bible means talking to God about what comes to mind as you read the Bible. Usually you might read the passage first, then go back and pray through what you just read.”

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