Gleanings: June 2013
Warren suicide sparks advocacy
Few knew that Rick Warren's youngest son, Matthew, had a lifelong struggle with mental illness until the 27-year-old committed suicide in April. The tragedy prompted a national discussion, and evangelical leaders—including Rebekah Lyons, Ann Voskamp, Sheila Walsh, and Frank Page—talked personally about their or their loved ones' battles with depression and suicide. Meanwhile, the Warrens launched a public fund in Matthew's honor to combat mental illness.
WEA weighs in on 'Son of God' debate
Bible translations that avoid the phrase "Son of God" have proven successful among Muslims. They also prompted the three-million-member Assemblies of God to threaten a boycott of Wycliffe Bible translators unless it ended the practice. (The Presbyterian Church in America did the same.) Wycliffe asked the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) to referee the debate. In April, a panel of experts released 10 recommendations on how to translate familial terms for the Trinity. It said translators should choose "the most suitable words in light of the semantics of the target language." For example, use "qualifying words" such as "heavenly father" for God and "eternal Son" for Jesus.
Sudan says no more new churches
SUDAN Citing stagnant attendance and abandoned buildings, the Sudanese government will no longer issue licenses to Christian churches. "The existing ones can accommodate worshipers," said an official. Churches in Khartoum and other northern cities have seen attendance drop as many worshipers have migrated south (not all by choice) since 2011. But Christian Solidarity Worldwide says freedom to worship in ...