Resurgence Roundup, 3/28/14

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Resurgence Roundup, 3/28/14

The weekly Resurgence Roundup brings together some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, we don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.

The ‘Terror’ of Noah (Interview with Director Darren Aronofsky)

The Atlantic:
Surely whoever first told Darren Aronofsky the Bible story of Noah and the great flood had no idea how powerfully it would capture his imagination. Nor did he or she know that, more than 30 years later, Aronofsky would be a sometimes controversial, Oscar-nominated film director—or that the story of Noah would become his cinematic passion project.

World Vision Reverses Decision To Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

Christianity Today:
Only two days after announcing it would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. has reversed its ground-breaking decision after weathering intense criticism from evangelical leaders.

Aborted Babies Incinerated to Heat UK Hospitals

The Telegraph:
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Six Parishioners Shot Dead While Worshipping at Kenyan Church

ABC News:
Two gunmen have stormed a church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa and opened fire on worshippers, killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others, in what police are labelling a terrorist attack.

Muslims File $5 Million Lawsuit After Allegedly Being Barred from Praying in Empire State Building

Christian News Network:
A Muslim family has filed a $5 million dollar lawsuit against the owners of the Empire State Building after they were allegedly ejected from the landmark for praying in the 86th floor observatory.

Doctors Will Place Patients Between Life and Death in Suspended Animation Trials

The Verge:
For the first time ever, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh could save patients by putting them between life and death. They’re ready to test a technique that would place patients in a state of “suspended animation,” giving surgeons enough time to operate on injuries that would otherwise be fatal.

Shift in Support for Same-Sex Marriage Greatest Among Black Protestants

Deseret News:
The acceptance of same-sex marriage by black American Protestants has risen by about a third in the past year, data from the Pew Research Center revealed this week. However, both a Pew official and a leading black evangelical scholar agree that the numbers may not tell the whole story.

President and Popes: A Sea Change in Relations

USA Today:
How political and religious times have changed. Once upon a time in America, Catholic candidates had to convince voters they wouldn’t take orders from the pope. Now presidents eagerly seek meetings with popes.

The Distrustful Generation

The Gospel Coalition:
Who are the “Millennial generation”? New data from two of the country’s leading social research organizations provide an invaluable window into their thinking and experience. So far, the discussion of these findings has centered on the disastrous collapse of marriage, work, and religious practice among Millennials (ages 18 to 29). But the most dire social problem is that Millennials don’t trust their neighbors. The deepest question our culture will be facing in the coming generation is not what to do about jobs or single parenthood, but whether we are still capable of loving our neighbors.

You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are

“People are competing about being busy” [says communication researcher Ann Burnett] . . . “It’s about showing status. That if you’re busy, you’re important. You’re leading a full and worthy life. . . . As if you don’t get to choose, busyness is just there. I call it the nonchoice choice. Because people really do have a choice.”


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