Public elementary school children in Abbotsford, B.C. will no longer be offered free bibles.
“Our public schools should be secular and safe places for students where they don’t have to feel schools are pushing a certain view on them,” said B.C. Humanist Association executive director Ian Bushfield.
Last year 112 Bibles were distributed in Abbotsford public schools after the school district sent home a consent form offering them to all Grade 5 students.
Russell Moore responds:
I regularly fall into the pit of depression and anxiety. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been prone to stumbling in this way. Unless God miraculously heals me, I will continue to struggle this way until I die or am raptured (the real rapture – not the one involving Nicholas Cage acting and Tim LaHaye theology).
My point is this: there are a thousand parts of me that are NOT as they’re supposed to be.
Thom Rainer shares a few of the resources he reads that are outside the Christian bubble.
Crossway’s put together what looks to be a helpful 14-day email devotional for women featuring contributions by Jen Wilkin, Gloria Furman, Courtney Reissig,Kathleen Nielson, Nicole Whitacre, Heather Nelson, Betsy Childs Howard, and Jessica Thompson.
“You look tired,” he says when he walks in the door. I feel a pang of guilt, and then tell him the truth: “I was just crying on the phone.” He asks me was it my friend? Or was it me? “It was me,” I say. And then it’s another hour before we’re sitting at the dinner table with time to say more. A friend once told me I was a graceful crier, silent tears, choked voice—she compared it to her own wracking sobs, snot-filled, red-faced. Sometimes I wish I could cry like that, it would feel more serious.
One of the ways to see the diversity and the commonality between the influencers of fundamentalism is through a biographical approach. This is what C. Allyn Russell (then professor of religion at Boston University) did in his book, Voices of American Fundamentalism: Seven Biographical Studies (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1976). Russell’s more progressive biases show through, and he is not very sophisticated in his analysis of the doctrine of Scripture, but this is by and large a fair treatment, and probably the best way to get the life stories of his subjects apart from reading biographies or monographs on them.