Flotsam and jetsam (6/23)

The Ring Bearer: Green Lanter meets Gollum (via Neatorama)

We should be loyal to our families and communities, but we should also be concerned about global poverty and the plight of people we may never meet. How can we reconcile these two moral convictions? Maybe a certain emerald superhero and his interstellar comrades can help.

Seven-in-ten evangelical leaders who live in the Global South (71%) expect that five years from now the state of evangelicalism in their countries will be better than it is today. But a majority of evangelical leaders in the Global North expect that the state of evangelicalism in their countries will either stay about the same (21%) or worsen (33%) over the next five years.
Seven-in-ten evangelical leaders who live in the Global South (71%) expect that five years from now the state of evangelicalism in their countries will be better than it is today. But a majority of evangelical leaders in the Global North expect that the state of evangelicalism in their countries will either stay about the same (21%) or worsen (33%) over the next five years.
Mental illness of a family member can destroy the family’s connection with the religious community, a new study by Baylor University psychologists has found, leading many affected families to leave the church and their faith behind.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on June 23, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure most laymen know evangelical theology allows mental illness in a christian. Does it?

    • Absolutely. Like most issues, there’s significant diversity among evangelicals on this issue ranging from some who deny the existence of “mental” illness entirely to those who seem to attribute almost everything to mental illness. So, there’s definitely room for an understanding of mental illness within the broad stream of evangelicalism.

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