Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 8, 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 are posting five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed.

1.  Team Deceives Coach to Help Teammate

This is especially remarkable because the students came up with the idea and hid it from everyone else.

2.  Pope Embraces Man with Boils, Lets Child ‘Play’ on Stage

Just who does Pope Francis think he is? This week he embraced and kissed a person severely disfigured by a disorder that usually causes people to be shunned. Just the week before, the Pontiff welcomed a boy who wandered onstage during an address to families and let him hang out and play.

3.  Report: Church Giving Reaches Depression-era Record Lows

Giving to local congregations dropped to 2.3 percent in 2012, the fourth consecutive year of decline, according to a research organization. According to the report, reasons include declining membership, a bad economy, and self-centeredness.

4.  12 Reasons Why Pastors Quit Attending Sporting Events.

Why spoil the joke? Just read it. Your pastor will be glad you did.

5.  Convincing Millennials to Marry a Nice Jewish Boy.

Christians are not the only ones talking about Millennials, faith, identity, and the future.

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Edward is an award-winning journalist and author. Besides being the executive minister of Communication at The Evangelical Covenant Church, he is author of Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church and Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity. Ed’s mission, both professionally and personally, is to be a bridge-builder, bringing people together across racial, denominational, and cultural lines.

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