Monday, December 18, 2017

Pope Francis Celebrates 81st Birthday With Pizza Party for Sick Children

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Texas Church Shooting: Family Still Finding Joy at Christmas After Loss

Friday, December 15, 2017

UK: Thousands Sign Petition To Refuse Entry for Rev. Franklin Graham

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Feeling Stressed This Christmas Season? How to Manage It Manages You

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Stressed at Christmas: Cut back on your schedule. You don’t have to attend every party or accept every invitation. Sit down with your December calendar and reserve some evenings for peace and quiet. (The secret words are: “I’m sorry; my schedule won’t allow it.”)

Cee Harmon’s insight:
You can also set a spending cap for yourself, and covenant not to spend more than a certain amount for any one gift, no matter who it’s for.
Reduce your gift list. Even one less person can be a significant savings of time, money, and energy.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Faith Behind Bars: Why Prison Pentacostalism Is Flourishing

To kick off his more general investigation of religion in Brazil’s prisons, Andrew Johnson spent two weeks living inside two different lockdown facilities. He slept in crowded cells with the inmates. He ate, played soccer, and conducted interviews, while observing and attending religious activities.

Pentecostalism Is Flourishing In Brazil's Prisons 


And he quickly narrowed his study to the primary faith expression that was pouring into the grim prisons from the outside community: Pentecostalism. It is flourishing within the hardest gang-populated units.

For the next several years, Johnson tracked the shape, history, and power of Pentecostalism as “the faith of the killable people.” In Rio, these are the urban poor, those with black and brown skin, those living in the swelling, improvised slum mazes known as favelas, where the narco-gangs have been an ongoing counter-state presence among a people long excluded from the benefits of official society.

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