Roundup: Dying churches, ordaining gays, Potter, Gaga and Tree of Life
Pastors come and go, but it is the congregants, parishioners, and members that make up the identity, flavour, and, ultimately, affect the future direction of a congregation.
The Church was compared to a company “impeccably” managing itself into failure.
The “Harry Potter” culture warriors have surged into action one last time, adding their familiar notes of discord to the fanfares greeting the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Whether discussing what it means to be saved or what the end times will look like, [the students] encountered each discussion with curiosity, seeking to learn not just from the readings but also from those who held beliefs different from their own.
Contrary to the predictions of wowsers, the series has not led generations into paganism. Instead they have enjoyed and been inspired by an unforgettable story containing a simple but profound message lifted straight from the gospels. Amen.
Gaga’s message resonates with the gospel. To paraphrase Will Campbell, the gospel message is that “we’re all misfits, but God loves us anyway.”
Terrence Malick and an imaginary history of the universe.
How critics missed the boat on Tree of Life.
Begin ordaining gays.
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