Friday's News & Ideas

  • Ferguson and sin of abandonment
  • More charges at Mars Hill
  • Mormon missionaries
  • Jehovah's Witnesses in Ireland
  • Teaching kids about religion
  • Revisiting teenage dreams

After Ferguson, churches must confess the sin of abandonmentReligion News Service: Carl Kenney asks, What service can churches offer among those they have abandoned?

21 former Mars Hill pastors lodge formal charges against Marc DriscollSeattle Post-Intelligencier: Former Mars Hill Church pastors allege that Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll has engaged in a pattern of abusive and intimidating conduct and that he has not changed his domineering behavior.

Putting eternal salvation in the hands of 19-year-old missionariesThe Atlantic: When young Mormons are sent around the world to attract new adherents to the Church, sometimes they end up questioning their own faith.

Jehovah's Witnesses use cúpla focal to attract interestBBC: The Jehovah's Witnesses have become the latest organization to reach out to Irish speakers.

Teaching kids about religion: Where to start and what to sayChristian Science Monitor: A majority of Americans believe in God, but the way in which they recognize a higher power varies significantly. How can parents take an active role in teaching kids about religion?

The Spark

Revisiting teenage dreamsYoung adults from the York School Class of 2004 in Monterey, Calif., were confronted with their teenage hopes and dreams when they gathered recently for their 10-year high school reunion, the Wall Street Journal reports. Each viewed a video "message to my future self" recorded during senior year and reflected on things they wish they'd known.

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