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It is important for believers to stay abreast of developments in Christendom. CT’s first story should be of particular interest to evangelicals.

Click here for Christianity Today’s Top 10 stories of 2011.

Japan’s tiny miracle

Chris —  March 16, 2011

Time magazine:

Amid the silent corpses a baby cried out—and Japan met its tiniest miracle.

On March 14, soldiers from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces went door to door in Ishinomaki, a coastal town northeast of Senda, pulling bodies from homes that had been flattened by the earthquake and tsunami. More accustomed to hearing the crunching of rubble and the sloshing of mud than sounds of life, they dismissed the baby’s cry as a mistake. Until they heard it again.

Click here to read the article.

Top 10 Religious Stories of 2011

Chris —  January 4, 2011

I agree with Ed Stetzer that it’s interesting to see what secular news sources identify as the top stories.

Ed Stetzer:

The Religion Newswriters Association released the top ten religion stories of 2010. The RNA is generally made up of religious reporters / writers in secular newspapers. I think it is interesting what they believe made the most significant headlines last year. . .

The rest here.

Collin Hansen:

As the end of the year approaches, we eagerly look forward to 2011 and make resolutions. The challenges of 2010 fade as we dream of new possibilities next year. But it’s also worthwhile to reflect on what’s changed in the last 12 months. The discipline allows us to transcend the constant, daily internet noise and take stock. So I’ve compiled a list of the top ten theology and church stories from 2010 in the United States. This list includes many of the most-read and most-discussed stories on TGC’s site. But I’ve also applied subjective analysis of stories that have shaped evangelical life, thought, and mission. Before the calendar turns, let’s take one last look back on 2010.

10.) Crystal Cathedral Files for Bankruptcy

The famed Southern California church made headlines in recent years due to a messy transition between founding pastor Robert Schuller, his son, and then his daughter. Still, when church leaders announced in October that they had incurred $55 million in debt, media couldn’t resist pointing out the obvious failure of the church’s hallmark “Possibility Thinking.” Lest you be tempted to rejoice in Schuller’s downfall, consider that his ministry has already spawned a thousand Crystal Cathedrals small and large across the United States and around the world.

9.) BioLogos Stirs Debate Over Evolution

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins launched BioLogos in late 2007 with money from the John Templeton Foundation. This year BioLogos reignited the evolution debate among Christians in earnest. Thecontroversy began last spring. Venerable Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke resigned from Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando after recording a video for BioLogos in which he said Christianity risked becoming a cult if the “data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution.” Then BioLogos picked a fight with Al Mohler, a young earth creationist. Neither side appears willing to retreat.

8.) Philip Ryken Becomes President of Wheaton College

Some stories flare hot for a day, a week, or even a month. But other developments bear the potential to simmer for decades. That’s the sort of influence beloved university presidents can wield with the support of their board of trustees. Ryken served his alma mater on its board before taking over as president in 2010. Students sported “I’m Likin’ Ryken” T-shirts to celebrate their president’s return to Wheaton. Ryken’s career change also left vacant the senior pastorate at one of the most prominent evangelical churches in the country, Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia.

7.) Liberty Removes Ergun Caner as Seminary President

Ergun Caner has developed a reputation as an outspoken, provocative educator, apologist, and speaker. He has captured attention with dramatic stories of his childhood and conversion. But it turns out those stories are filled with contradictions. Liberty University investigated the seminary president and demoted him this summer. But they retained him as a theology professor, leaving one major question unanswered: Was Dr. Caner raised in Turkey as a Muslim terrorist trained in jihad?

6.) Matt Chandler Fights Malignant Brain Tumor

Chandler suffered a seizure on Thanksgiving 2009 and learned his grave diagnosis later that year. His prognosis improved a great deal in 2010. He spoke candidly about his fears and doubts, but he consistently expressed faith and hope in the God who is sovereign over all things. Christians surrounded him with prayer, as at the Together for the Gospel conference in April. His model of suffering caught the attention of several major mediaoutlets, giving Chandler an opportunity to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and declare his dependence on God.

5.) Glenn Beck Grabs the Religious Right’s Megaphone

Read the rest here.

One of my favorite young writers is Collin Hansen.  You can read his list of the top theological stories from 2009 here.  In my considered opinion, this is a good survey.

Walter Cronkite

Chris —  July 17, 2009

So much about this clip recalls my earliest memories of the news including the references to correspondents in Viet Nam, 1968, the tragic death of Dr. King.

And, of course, Walter Cronkite.

Cronkite’s most famous moments may be either of taking his glasses off and noting the time when reporting the assassination of President Kennedy, or his evident excitement when we landed on the moon (you really should watch the moon clip – – a reminder of how we felt in the middle of the Cold War when such a giant step was achieved).

If you don’t know who Solzhenitsyn is, I encourage you to learn more. Click here

Better yet, read this Breakpoint column by Chuck Colson (click here).

I have this quote from him in Unpacking Forgiveness:

Formerly you never forgave anyone. You judged people without mercy. And you praised people with equal lack of moderation. And now an understanding mildness has become the basis of your uncategorical judgments.  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn