PowerLinks 10.27.16

Why Calvin Had Good News for the Poor
Matthew J. Tuininga, TGC
When John Calvin became pastor in Geneva, most Protestant churches didn’t have deacons responsible for caring for the poor. In the medieval church, the diaconate had become an office with largely liturgical responsibilities. Most Reformed churches, following Ulrich Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger, assumed it was the state’s responsibility—not the church’s—to care for the poor.

Female Genital Mutilation Remains Widespread in Many Countries
Marian Tupy, Reason.com
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