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Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 15, 2013) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed.

Why We Still Need (Some) Monocultural Churches

From the disconnect department, who would expect a blog post advocating monocultural churches to include a positive reference to a book by North Park Theological Seminary professor Soong-Chan Rah?

Buechner Website Offers ‘Resources for Searchers’

Some pastors find it difficult to go two months without quoting the erudite theologian and author. This new website may make that even harder. Across Facebook and Google+, et al., Covenanters are reposting the excerpts from his books that can be received each day by email. Hopefully, there are none from Godric.

Bolz-Weber’s Style Repulses, Attracts

The style of this Evangelical Lutheran Church of America pastor who has written a best-selling memoir and speaks at conferences attended by thousands is about more than clothing and her tattoos. From the story: “She’s a tatted-up, foul-mouthed champion to people sick of being belittled as not Christian enough for the right or too Jesus-y for the left.”

Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation

A ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that serves between 400 and 500 homeless people a day made a remarkable video. More than 14 million people have watched it.

This Is My Brain on Hugs

To hug or not to hug? That is the question. In Christian love, this creative and very funny blogger asks, can we settle for a handshake, or must we suffer the awkwardness of a hug?

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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