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Weekend Roundup – November 17, 2017

He’s not worried that you’re following along on YouVersion: Pope Says No Phones in Church. Parishioners Keep Scrolling. (Note: you can get YouVersionhere.) Not sure Francis would agree: The Reformation is over. Protestants won. So why are we still here? “Winning is dangerous — what … Continue reading

17. November 2017 by luke
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Gun Violence Information

It doesn’t seem like it. Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds. However, other data support that conclusion: Kieran Healy: Assault Deaths to 2015 Point and Counterpoint: America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts (, and I … Continue reading

17. November 2017 by luke
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Pew Data on Same-Sex Marriage

The Pew Center has released some interesting new data on public attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage. Polls and surveys are tricky for two reasons. The first is methodology: was the survey properly taken, did they get a representative sample, and so … Continue reading

27. April 2015 by luke
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Church and State, Part 17,402

Fine with me: Most Americans Say the State Should not Define Marriage.

02. December 2014 by luke
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Methodists and Same-Sex Unions

From an unlikely source comes a surprisingly good (fair) explanation of the situation in the United Methodist Church regarding same-sex unions: (The source is non-sectarian public-policy think tank, and I think they should be congratulated for wading into a theological … Continue reading

21. May 2014 by luke
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Christian Wedding Cake-Baking

Should there be a faith exemption from nondiscrimination laws? Should a wedding photographer be required to offer his services to gay couples the same as to straight couples? Should a baker be able to refuse to make a wedding cake … Continue reading

27. February 2014 by luke
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Seniors Love Social Media

People tell me they’re not on social media. It looks like they better get with the program, according to this Pew Center research: Although online seniors are less likely than other age groups to use social networking sites, adoption rates … Continue reading

05. August 2013 by luke
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Grace vs. Consequences

From the infinitely-rich “God doesn’t give us what we deserve” department, the Anchorage Daily News brings us a cautionary tale: A Sutton man is being treated for serious head injuries after he was found pinned under his ATV on the … Continue reading

20. May 2013 by luke
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Denominations and Gun Control

I’m an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serve a union church of the PC(USA) and the United Methodist Church. For this reason, it always pains me to see these denominations’ national lobbying arms reflexively leaping to endorse … Continue reading

21. January 2013 by luke
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Dad is #10 Most-Wished For Present

Sign of the times: A ‘dad’ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children: …a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead. A study of 2,000 British … Continue reading

26. December 2012 by luke
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