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There’s some big news from New York megachurch Redeemer Presbyterian: The church’s long-time senior pastor, Tim Keller is stepping down. The influential 66-year-old pastor announced today that the transition would go into effect on July 1.

According to Christianity Today, the move is part of the church’s longstanding plan to become three churches, instead of one church with multiple locations.

Though he will no longer be Redeemer’s senior pastor, Keller will still be deeply involved in ministry. After stepping down, he will teach full time through a program at Reformed Theological Seminary. He will also work with the City to City network, which plants churches and will speak at various church events—including the “Questioning Christianity” series.

Keller has pastored the church since 1989. Discuss

Pope Francis delivered some strong words about hypocrisy at a recent mass. When discussing the scandal of “saying one thing and doing another,” he said:

So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal.

The pope also called out Christians who try to earn their salvation through works and associating with groups that don’t actually do the things they say they are going to do.

He said there are people who say, “Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”

Adding that God’s reply would be, “Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.” Discuss

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Pope Francis is extremely opposed to people checking Instagram and texting while sitting down for a meal with their family and friends. This week, while speaking to young people at a college, he used a dramatic analogy to warn about the death of face-to-face conversations. He said,

When we're at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it's the start of war because there is no dialogue.

He also encouraged people to be nicer to strangers, even in a culture where online interactions can quickly become hostile, saying,

We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more … dialogue which brings hearts closer together [is] a medicine against violence.

Solid advice. Discuss

Evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham isn't new to controversy, and Baptists aren't new to the idea of boycotting things. But now it appears some Baptists are actually boycotting Franklin Graham.

Multiple news sources report that Baptists in Puerto Rico are withdrawing their support for Franklin Graham’s "Festival of Hope" evangelistic rally scheduled for later this month in San Juan, PR.

The group is protesting what they consider Graham's endorsement of recent U.S. anti-immigration policies they consider “contrary to the values of the Kingdom.”

The group's leaders said in the statement (as translated by Baptist Global News):

From the Old Testament to the New Testament, God continually calls us to justice, to love, peace and mercy and, above all, to accompany the marginalized, foreigners, widows and orphans.

According to the statement from Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico, which is affiliated with the traditionally left-leaning American Baptist Churches USA, they're not supporting Graham's rally for “for reasons of conscience.”

As Baptists, though, the group doesn't necessarily have influence over individual churches, which may or may not participate in the Festival of Hope. Discuss