Monday's News & Ideas

  • Rise & fall of Mars Hill
  • Megachurch spending
  • Same-sex marriage & the election
  • Marriages at the Vatican
  • Evangelicals going Anglican
  • Memory & digital photography

The rise and fall of Mars Hill ChurchThe Seattle Times: For years, Mars Hill founder Mark Driscoll's style charmed many. But behind the scenes, former church members said, Driscoll could be abusive and controlling.

How 727 megachurches spend their moneyChristianity Today: Survey finds what determines pastor salaries (and who might be most underpaid).

Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicalsReligion News Service: As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting the stage for a heated fall election season.

40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couplesAssociated Press: Forty "I do's" -- or "Si" in Italian -- were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.

Straddling traditions, new church reflects spiritual trendMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Anglican church plant wasn't founded by disaffected Episcopalians, but by evangelical Christians, part of a trend among some evangelicals to reconnect with the historical church.

The Spark

I lost a decade of photographsAmy Molloy accidentally deleted every digital photograph she'd ever taken -- a complete record of her 20s, including every pictures of her late husband. But as she writes in The (London) Guardian, soon she wondered if her mistake had actually been a good thing.

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