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  1. Sep 29, 2017 · Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholics share seven sacraments, including baptism, confirmation (called "chrismation" in Orthodoxy), communion, penance, marriage, holy orders and the anointing of the sick. While there are some slight differences in ritual and meaning between Orthodox and Catholics, these sacraments are essentially compatible.

  2. Jul 07, 2007 · Another difference from Western Christianity is that this transformation includes the body as well as the soul. There isn’t the dualism that keeps troubling the West. This is why, in the early church, they gathered the bloody remains of martyrs and placed them under the altar (in Revelation, John hears the voice of the martyrs crying out from ...

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    Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway) “Confronting Christianity is the book you’ve been waiting to give to your skeptical friends! Drawing on her experience working with secular university professors and students, McLaughlin effectively identifies the 12 most commonly heard object...

    Christobiography: Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels Craig Keener (Eerdmans) “Since the early 1990s, a broad consensus has emerged that the Gospels are best understood as a modified form of ancient biography. Keener persuasively demonstrates that biographies from this period were expected to provide accurate information about their...

    (Tie) Far From Home: A Story of Loss, Refuge, and Hope Sarah Parker Rubio (Tyndale Kids) “Far From Home meets a felt need for children in Christian families around the world who are being uprooted and displaced because of their faith. The story within this story of a refugee child is the account of the child Jesus’ flight into Egypt to escape certa...

    (Tie) The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction Justin Whitmel Earley (InterVarsity Press) “This book is an excellent blend of theological, personal, and practical insight. It describes problems unique to our time in a way that’s easily relatable, in part because Earley makes good use of personal anecdotes rather than merely citi...

    The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart Harold Senkbeil (Lexham Press) “I will be returning to this book again, to read it carefully and slowly. The rhythms and the wisdom in The Care of Souls reminded me of the books by Eugene Peterson that shaped my soul as a young pastor—books that God, in his mercy, used to keep me from boarding my own ...

    What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics Rachael Denhollander (Tyndale Momentum) “In January 2018, I watched Rachel Denhollander testify against her abuser, Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor. It was an absolute privilege to read her story in this ...

    Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality Andrew Le Peau (InterVarsity Press) “Writing, and especially writing that’s thoughtful, engaging, and creative, can often seem like an arcane art—one that feels out of reach for many. In Write Better, longtime editor Andrew Le Peau offers concise, thoughtful advice on a number of write...

    Light from Distant Stars Shawn Smucker (Revell) “Shawn Smucker’s genre-bending novel, about a single week in the life of middle-aged mortician Cohen Marah, is a book to be savored. When Cohen’s father is found critically injured, questions abound—not the least of which is: Did Cohen do it? Thrust into the past, Cohen relives important moments in hi...

    God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in Amazonian Ecuador Kathryn Long (Oxford University Press) “The romantic legend of Jim Elliot and his missionary friends, speared to death in 1956 by Waorani warriors, is firmly fixed in evangelical folklore. The subsequent Christian conversion of the Waorani is often recounted triumphantly...

    Women in God’s Mission: Accepting the Invitation to Serve and Lead Mary Lederleitner (InterVarsity Press) “Equal parts prophetic and pastoral, this book puts Lederleitner’s heart as a scholar-practitioner on brilliant display, showcasing her unique blend of gifts in research, missions practice, and engagement across theological traditions. Women sh...

  4. Dec 18, 2021 · Here’s an example of the difference between Orthodoxy and “Western” Christianity, from my book, Welcome to the Orthodox Church. I think some non-Orthodox believe that all such differences are inconsequential and we should brush them under the rug. But some Orthodox sense that this difference matters–something here really matters. +++

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    In a 2014 essay in The Atlantic, Alan Noble asked if Christian morality was still acceptable in American society, particularly Christian teachings on sexuality and gender. The answer to that question is complex, of course, given the passing of anti-transgender laws in a number of red states as well as the wave of pro-life laws passing in those same...

    Today’s divisions within evangelicalism, in contrast, can seem almost aggressively non-theological. No one on either side of this culture war fight amongst conservative Protestants, for example, is taking the mainline’s position on LGBT individuals and the church. Even the far “left” of the debate makes affirmation of Christian teachings regarding ...

    In our early days, (white) American Christianity accommodated itself to slavery, even adopting liturgical practices in southern churches that reinforced the logic and norms of the plantation, as Yale theologian Willie James Jennings recently described in his book After Whiteness. More recently, many white Christians have likewise demonstrated a wil...

  5. May 18, 2020 · Waco, TX. Tara Isabella Burton recently wrote a piece for the New York Times on a collection of people all falling under the label of ‘Weird Christianity.’ Disaffected from their parents’ lukewarm religion and yesteryear political allegiances, these believers have found something more authentic in traditional Christianity: liturgy, Latin Mass, even Eastern Orthodoxy (for Rod Dreher at ...

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