Links to Go (July 17, 2014)

The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

Today, the American Immigration Council releases Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border, which addresses the basics of the situation—who the unaccompanied children are, what happens once they’re here, and what the government has done so far. The guide also explains what the government’s current procedures are – what it means to process the unaccompanied children appropriately. The government’s response to the humanitarian challenge ignited a vigorous debate, and understanding the critical pieces of the situation will help move toward solutions.

God’s Immigrants

The great-grandmother of Israel’s greatest king was an immigrant, and Matthew lists four immigrant women in the genealogy of Jesus. Because it is among a diaspora minority that the Messiah was born and he, himself, became an African refugee to Egypt before he was even old enough to know the land of his birth. The same Messiah sent his disciples among all the nations of the world as migrant minorities; and it was through a network of immigrants like Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, and Apollos that the church spread through the dominant empire.

Sandy Hook dad on what you can do right now to help prevent violence

The person who killed his son, he said, was one of those kids who was often alone; the kind of kid who felt invisible. The kind of kid who maybe needed — among many other things — a friend like Daniel.
“Pick your eyes up from the sidewalk and look at people,” Mr. Barden pleaded, with tears in his eyes. Yes, we should call our representatives; yes, we should make our voices heard where laws are made. But we should also do what we can to foster empathy; to create a world where no one feels invisible and ignored — least of all those who disproportionately fall victim to our collective failure to care enough to act.
Look at people, he said. Take your eyes off your smartphone and say hello. Smile. Let no one around you feel invisible.

For Pastors Only — Stop Complaining

I worked very hard in the pastorate and it was burdensome at times. But just between us, it was no more so than my work as a salesman and definitely less so than my work as a teacher. Most pastors who complain about the especially burdensome nature of the pastorate have been out of touch with the secular, work world so long that they think others’ jobs are not tiring or stressful like theirs.

10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

I want to share the 10 things we as pastors don’t really want you to know about us. Now in doing so my aim is not to rat out my fellow pastors. Nor am I doing this so congregants sleep with one eye open regarding their leadership. My intention is precisely the opposite. I hope that from this:

  • Churches will pray all the more for their pastors because they understand the challenges.
  • Churches will be doubly grateful for the fact that so many pastors stay in the saddle despite their fears, hurts and frustrations.
  • People in churches will think twice before engaging in things that sink deep into the soul of their leaders.

Therefore I give a glimpse into what we as pastors don’t like to admit about ourselves.

Church of England Votes to Accept Women as Bishops

The latest proposals, which were voted on at a meeting in the northern city of York, included concessions to traditionalists by allowing parishes that are unwilling to accept a woman as bishop to request a man. An ombudsman would be offered to arbitrate disputes.
“Women will be bishops like all other bishops with no distinction at all,” Archbishop Welby said before the vote, “but we will seek for the groups who disagree with the ordination of women as bishops on theological grounds to continue to flourish within the church.”

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).

Half the Country Lives in These Counties

Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider used Census data to determine that half the people in the United States live in these 146 shaded counties. Do you live in one of the blue areas? You can see a list of those counties on their original post.

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US

When Gray handed the man his driver’s license the agent demanded to see Gray’s passport.
Gray told the agent he wasn’t carrying his passport and asked why he needed it.
The agent said he didn’t recognize the license.
Gray said he asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is, and after a brief conversation Gray realized the man did not know.

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