Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 1, 2013) – Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday, we will post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed.

A Theologian’s Influence, and Stained Past, Live On

This disturbing article about the way in which John Howard Yoder, one of the most influential proponents of pacifism over several decades, routinely abused women raises a number of questions, including the one asked in the first sentence of the article: “Can a bad person be a good theologian?” Other issues raised include whether the message can be separated from the messenger and the ways in which we compartmentalize our lives.

Patinkin Shares his Favorite ‘Princess Bride’ Line

Mandy Patinkin reveals his favorite line from The Princess Bride, which also is one he gave little thought to until years after he spoke it. It’s one line—one question—but an entire sermon.

Target Bans the Box

The national retailer no longer will include questions about criminal history on their job applications. The move comes amid a growing “Ban the Box” movement, which seeks to make it easier for ex-offenders to re-enter society.

Bonhoeffer and the Conspiracy

A researcher calls into question the long-held belief that Dietrich Bonhoeffer violated his own principles of non-violence and participated in a plot to kill Hitler.

Flight Turns Unforgettable When Passengers Learn of Fallen Soldier

A passenger writes of passengers’ reactions when they learned their plane was carrying the casket of a soldier killed in Afghanistan and then watching an honor guard carry it from the aircraft. “I’m sure most had meteor-sized lumps in their throats and tears in their eyes like I did.” It was the humbled response of people who were reminded in a real way that someone had laid down his life for them.

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