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MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: A reward for faithfulness

In the Bible, you do not find parables about God having guests that he is bent on entertaining. You do, however, find parables on stewardship and servanthood. In our consumer-driven society, the American church has become wealthy enough to hire its own staff, its own custodians, its own grounds keepers, its own children’s ministers, its own youth workers, singles ministers, worship ministers, administrators, and secretaries. Truthfully, we like it this way, because we mistakenly believe it will mean less work for the average laymen. But fully staffed churches don’t always grow, and when they do, if they cater more to their people’s whims than to helping their people discover a place of ministry what types of Christians do they produce?

Author Garry Wills sees a pope adapting to modern times

Pope Francis continually makes headlines for his progressive approach to ruling. Since being elected in 2013, many have taken issue with a number of changes he’s made, like opting not to live in the papal apartments and his thoughts on the gay community, contraception and, as he showed this month, the environment.

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Pakistan targets 3 Catholic nuns as part of campaign against foreigners

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — First, Pakistan nearly forced one of the world’s most recognized charities, Save the Children, to stop doing business in the country. Then, it announced that thousands of charities and international aid groups would have to follow strict new licensing procedures. Now, it has canceled the visas of three Philippine nuns, prompting a lawsuit from the Catholic Church.