Daily Beast: Pope’s Middle East Game of Shrines

Pope Francis hoped he might help bring peace to the Middle East, but set off a firestorm over a contested holy site. Maybe he should try healing the rift with the Orthodox church instead.
Pope Francis is off on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week in search of reconciliation and peace. His tour of the Middle East includes meetings with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, a visit to Bethlehem, trips to the Wailing Wall and the Holocaust museum, and meetings with both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion

I will be giving a keynote address at the Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion in Stavanger, Norway. The conference is hosted by the school of Mission and Theology and the Stavanger University Hospital. Other keynote speeches will be delivered by Professor John Swinton of Aberdeen, Dr. Micheline Kamba (Protestant University of the Congo), and organizers Dr. Anna Rebecca Solevåg and Dr. Marta Høyland Lavik.

The title of the Paper is “”Blessed are the Barren: Infertility in the New Testament and Early Church.”


Daily Beast: Careers Too Deadly for Christians

Conservatives claiming their careers are “threatened” by gay rights should check out St. Hippolytus, who wouldn’t have let them get those jobs in the first place.
In a recent fundraising email, the president of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, warned his mailing list that the number of careers available to conscientious Christians “is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle.” The professions now prohibited by homosexual activism? Photographer, Baker, Florist, Broadcaster, Counselor, Innkeeper, and Teacher. (Not included: Host on Bravo.)

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