Egyptian protests spark church arsons, attacks
Christians all around Egypt are cleaning up in the aftermath of a spate of attacks, which came on the country’s deadliest day since the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo-born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, said he was told by colleagues in Egypt that 52 churches were attacked in a 24-hour span that started Wednesday, as well as numerous Christians’ homes and businesses.
What are some ways Christians can encourage peace in our own local context and around the world? How can we best be in prayer for believers and all those under the threat of violence in Egypt and other places?Source: CNN
Committee calls on IRS to end the ban on clergy political endorsements
The federal government has no business punishing pastors for what they preach, says a high-profile commission that is calling for the IRS to dump a 1954 policy barring clergy from endorsing political candidates.
The current rules for churches don’t work, and the IRS isn’t enforcing them anyway, the group of church leaders, nonprofit leaders and legal experts said.
Should pastors be able to endorse specific politicians from the pulpit?Source: The Tennessean
Inspiration for “The Butler” remembered as a man of faith by D.C. church
Eugene Allen served eight presidents as a White House butler, and his legendary career is the inspiration for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a film starring Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and a host of A-list Hollywood talent.
But members of The Greater First Baptist Church knew the man who died in 2010 by other titles: usher, trustee, and a humble man of quiet faith.
How can church leaders best draw attention to and praise those individuals who quietly serve in the background?Source: RNS
DJs drop beats, congregants raise hands
When you’re DJing a Baptist church service, is it more appropriate to mix electronic music by Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim as congregants are being ushered in or as they exit?
Such were the choreographic and theological questions at play Sunday at the 104-year-old high-steepled Church at Clarendon, which for the day replaced its usual eight-piece band and singers on the pulpit with an Atlanta wedding DJ who has hipster glasses, a table of music-mixing technology and a tendency to fist-pump while playing.
Have you ever been to a church service that used a DJ? Do you see this as a trend that will continue?Source: Washington Post
Graphic design project aims to bring visibility to homeless
A collaboration between artist Kenji Nakayama and Christopher Hope, the Signs for the Homeless project exchanges handwritten panhandling signs for colorfully illustrated, eye-catching recreations that aim to give the homeless a power that most of us take for granted: The power to be noticed.
“Homelessness is the white noise of the community,” Hope tells Co.Design. “We live in a world that is so saturated by design and branding that these homemade begging signs just get drowned out.”
What are other innovative ways to address homelessness and demonstrate the value of individuals who are often ignored?Source: Co.Design