Weekly News Round Up, June 29, 2012

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I've come across throughout the week to help you keep current on what's happening in the the church, both in America and abroad. I also post up some fun things that I come across. I post these up to inform and get you thinking, not because I endorse the content.

What’s Going On In India

Did you know that Mars Hill supports 23 church planters in India?

Since 1996, we’ve partnered with Vision Nationals to spread the gospel in India. At present, Mars Hill Global funds all of the organization’s church-planting efforts in the Khammam and Guntur districts—53 churches in all. The following is a quick visual tour of the amazing things God is doing in and through these congregations.

Chaplains Comfort Wildfire Victims

Depending on whether you see the glass as half empty or half full, the High Park wildfires near Fort Collins, Colo., as of Tuesday, are either 55 percent contained, or 45 percent non-contained.

For homeowners in this community north of Denver, it’s more like half empty. Especially after the fires were 60 percent contained last week. “The unknown is what’s most difficult,” said Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain Jim Giannestras. “Most of them don’t know if their houses are standing.”

Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches to Grapple With Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Ordination

Two Protestant denominations, The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will be debating gay marriage issues in the upcoming week, and any decisions made may have far-reaching consequences.

The Protestant groups share a similar story, as each has around 1.9 million members in America and has been experiencing divisions over the ordination of homosexual clergy and the acceptance of same-sex unions. Congregations have split over the issues, with some insisting that the church should become more gay-affirming, while others have held firm to the traditional definition of marriage.

Woman sues Little Leaguer who threw ball that hit her in face

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs stemming from the incident at a Manchester Little League game two years ago. She’s also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering. Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in bullpen when she was hit with the ball.

And just for fun

BACKYARD WATERSLIDE OF DOOM

You are about to witness the crème de la crème of backyard waterslides, folks.