Presbyterian News Service

United Methodists pass Traditional Plan

Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people.

Talking about gun violence as Christians

We’ve become accustomed to the same cycle every time a shooting makes national headlines: the shock and horror, the offers of thoughts and prayers, the demands for legislative action, and the media uproar. As Christians, how do we meaningfully engage those with whom we disagree in the debate on gun violence?

Your journey to faith formation

Westminster John Knox Press announces the release of “The Pilgrim’s Compass: Finding and Following the God We Seek” by Paul H. Lang.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk denounces Senate bill limiting protest of Israel

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has spoken out against a bill which would allow state and municipal governments to punish entities that boycott, divest or sanction Israel in support of Palestinian rights. The bill passed the United States Senate 77-23, Tuesday.

Finding ethical, spiritual values in the Academy’s 2018 Best Picture nominees

This year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated eight films in the Best Picture category. Because the Academy could have honored as many as 10 (I wish “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Hate U Give” had also been chosen), but maybe they thought that would be too many films dealing with racism.

Top 10 films for believers

Below are the 10 films worthy of being called the year’s “Top 10.” Because the list of readers of my on-line journal “Visual Parables” consists mostly of believers, my criteria are different from those of secular critics whose lists you might have already read. Artistic excellence is important, but the films on this list do more than entertain us. Some of their makers seek to challenge viewers to uphold values of love and support (think “Lars and the Real Girl”), and some warn us of the dangers of an inhumane set of values (this year’s “The Hate U Give”). A few explore and expand our spirituality, occasionally enhancing our understanding or appreciation of God (“Come Sunday”). As with my longer reviews in “Visual Parables,” I’ve included one or more relevant Scripture passages in many of the mini-reviews to foster dialogue between film and faith. The titles include a hyperlink so that you can go to the longer review of the film at readthespirit.com/visual-parables for more details.