Faith & Religion
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On pandemics and providence

Religion | Avoiding simplistic interpretations of deadly disasters
by Russell St. John
Posted 2/15/18, 03:05 pm

March 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish influenza in America, but the virus left no part of the earth untouched. An estimated 50 million or more people died worldwide. According to historian Howard Phillips, influenza stole 6 percent of the population of South Africa in six weeks.

Many pastors there and elsewhere declared the pandemic a divine retribution for sin. Whether they blamed drunkenness, poor church attendance, general wickedness, or war, sin caused the pandemic.

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Helping little ones learn

Religion | A Bible for toddlers offers age-specific, sound theology 
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/01/18, 02:54 pm

Christian parents looking to introduce toddlers to the Bible should look at The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (New Growth Press, 2017). It grew out of family pastor Jared Kennedy’s desire to “help toddlers and early preschoolers hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts.” In 52 stories, equally divided between Old and New Testaments, Kennedy uses the theme of “Promises Made” and “Promises Kept” to lay a sound theological foundation.

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Awana Clubs International

Awana co-founder Arthur Rorheim dies

by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/08/18, 03:52 pm

Arthur Reynold Rorheim, co-founder of the international children’s ministry Awana, died Friday. He was 99. Rorheim founded Awana in 1950 while working as youth director at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago. He wrote most of its early curriculum and training materials, basing them on the programs he created for his own church. Scripture memorization formed a large part of the ministry’s focus, and today Awana remains known for its Bible-based handbooks and memorization competitions.

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