The Benefits of Bad PreachingAlso, teaching memory verses to two-year olds, the problem with religion, and other links for your weekend

The Benefits of BadPreaching - "My Evangelical friends just don’t get [liturgy], and so I’m always happy when they join me at Mass to experience it for themselves—although I know what the fallout will often be: Scrunched up faces and raised eyebrows as ...

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Cage Match for ChristHow salvation changed the focus of a UFC fighter.
Cage Match for Christ

Ken Shamrock is a Hall of Fame UFC fighter, a former WWE superstar, author, speaker, and has started a youth outreach for teens. We spoke with Ken about his past as a troubled youth and how his salvation changed the way he views his career.

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Rob Bell on Gay Marriage ...Beer and church combo meal, Revisting the President's conversation story, and more interesting links
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Carl Trueman on Evangelicals as Johnny-Come-Latelys to Lent - "I suspect that the reasons evangelicals are rediscovering Lent is as much to do with the poverty of their own liturgical tradition as anything. American evangelicals are past masters at appropriating anything ...

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Christian Moms of LGBT Kids Speak OutAnd other items from around the web.
Christian Moms of LGBT Kids Speak Out

I don't usually write an introduction to the news and opinion selections here, but I wanted to say that while it's not represented in these pieces, it's difficult to ignore what CNN called "Religion's Week From Hell." Our thoughts are with the brothers ...

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The Glorious Side of DarknessA.J. Swoboda believes light is not the only place where God dwells.
The Glorious Side of Darkness

Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus (theophiluschurch.com) in urban Portland, Oregon. We spoke with him today about his latest book, A Glorious Dark and how God breaks into the darkness.

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Celebrating LentHow Lent changed my view of Easter.
Celebrating Lent

When I was young there was one Sunday every Spring different from all others. My parents purchased new pastel, floral dresses for my sisters. My brothers and I were forced into the discomfort of a coat and tie. Our family arrived at our church’s building early to beat ...

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Obama's Prayer Breakfast RemarksAnd other items from around the web.
Obama's Prayer Breakfast Remarks

Mama Mea Culpa? - Ravi Zacharias on President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast: "For those who did not hear the talk, it is sufficient to say that it was the most ill-advised and poorly chosen reprimand ever given at a National Prayer Breakfast. I have ...

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