Thousands of small arms and light weapons distributed to civilians by the government in Tripoli are adding to the danger and instability of the city as rebel forces continued to fight soldiers loyal to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, a Libyan cleric has said.
Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Tallon, 26, ran up the North Tower to save others.
His family would never see him again.
“As my mom and dad said, ‘This isn’t it,'” said his older sister, Rosaleen. “God has promised us an eternal life. That gave us the only comfort that could help us at that time.”
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding — a new series of biblically based mini-courses published by Congregational Ministries Publishing of the PC(USA) — has published one of its most popular studies in the Korean language.
Worship as Evangelism is the first of two Being Reformed studies being translated for Korean-speaking congregations. Written by LindaJo H. McKim, Worship as Evangelism examines the elements of worship as a rehearsal of salvation history, as proclamation, and as centered on the Word and Sacrament. It looks at church music and surveys contemporary worship styles, including how worship functions as evangelism.
“Being Reformed in Korean is an appropriate and timely resource to Korean congregations that need to be nurtured and equipped by biblical and Reformed theological reflection on various areas of Christian life,” said Grace Choon Kim, associate for curriculum/resource development with Korean adults.
On Aug. 28, Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church) in the heart of Berlin was one of many Protestant churches across Germany to celebrate Israel Sunday, with a service focusing on Christianity’s shared history with Judaism.
Lala Suesskind, chairperson of The Jewish Community of Berlin, an organization with more than 11,000 members, spoke at the service of the importance of forgiveness between Christians and Jews and the need for dialog to overcome prejudices among all faiths.
“Here in Germany, we should consolidate our existing relationships and unite,” said Suesskind. “Despite our differences, we all wish to come together in friendship, respect and recognition.”
Italians have an expression, “every death of a pope,” to describe rare events. And with Pope Benedict XVI in good health and scheduled to take three foreign trips in the next three months, few are talking about his replacement.
But as with almost everything else, the digital revolution has thrown papal successions into hyper-speed. Now, a momentous event that occurs maybe two or three times in a generation happens every Wednesday on Facebook.
Once a week in the game “Vatican Wars,” an impassioned struggle begins anew to choose a virtual pontiff who could change or reaffirm some of the Roman Catholic Church's longest established ― and most controversial ― teachings.
For such a time as this. In celebration of our journey toward the new hymnal, and in recognition of our continued call to unity in the midst of diversity, Presbyterians are invited to a sing-along.