Bible Belles launches final book in H.E.A.R.D. series – Deborah: The Belle of Leadership

Bible Belles, a Christian publishing company, is excited to announce the release of the fifth and final book in its H.E.A.R.D. series, Deborah: The Belle of Leadership. The Deborah book concludes the 5-book adventure series with Rooney Cruz as she learns about female heroes of the Bible, including Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and now Deborah.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders’ new documentary, “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace. Director: Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Pina, The Salt of the Earth). In celebration of the 5th Papal Anniversary of His Holiness, watch the trailer here, exclusively debuting on Vatican News, the new information system of the Holy See

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Scholar presents data showing that Common Core especially hurts children of color

Speaking at Harvard University, Professor William Jeynes presented data that strongly suggest that the high stakes tests and standards associated with Common Core are particularly hurting students of color. William Jeynes, a Harvard graduate and Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, asserts that Common Core is not only addled itself, but also that the American obsession with constantly changing its educational paradigm is having a dramatic negative impact on America’s youth, especially those of color.

SIL International and Zondervan Academic work together for global Bible translation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Zondervan Academic is pleased to announce their support of SIL International®, a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide. Zondervan Academic is providing to SIL some of the world’s top biblical resources to support efficient and accurate Bible translation work around the world. SIL has developed Translator’s Workplace, a product built on the Logos Bible Software platform, so that those in a Bible translation role who are part of a private, managed group can access resources to aid their translation efforts. Translator’s Workplace acts like a library with unlimited loaning and loan periods. Zondervan Academic, which already distributes many of its titles digitally through Logos, has granted permission to Logos to provide a large library of its scholarly digital content without charge to users of SIL’s Translator’s Workplace.

Rise Up! ¡Levántate!

Written by OCP composers, Estela García-López and Rodolfo López, Rise Up! ¡Levántate! has been chosen as the theme song for the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. With 40,000 in attendance, the Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation’s largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics. With Rise Up! ¡Levántate!, Estela and Rodolfo capture the essence of the readings about the rising of Lazarus (readings for the fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A) in an inspiring, uplifting song of hope. The recording of the song also includes talented musicians from across the country, including Latin Grammy winners.

New e-book on conversion to Judaism

A study by the Pew Research Center concluded: “Americans change religious affiliation early and often. In total, about half of American adults have changed religious affiliation at least once during their lives.” Most of these involve switching from one Protestant denomination to another, but thousands of people also become Jewish.

Joel N. Lohr named president of Hartford Seminary

Hartford Seminary’s Board of Trustees today named Dr. Joel N. Lohr as the Seminary’s next president. On July 16, he will succeed Dr. Heidi Hadsell, who is retiring after leading the Seminary for 18 years.