Monday's News & Ideas

  • Mars Hill disbanding
  • Francis' church, a rudderless ship?
  • Theology matters
  • Ferguson pastor
  • NYC church closings
  • LBJ, power, & dessert

Mars Hill Church to disband, tells local branches to go independentSeattle Times: Mars Hill Church officials announced plans to sell off all church assets, dismiss staff and help local branches become independent, self-governed churches.

Cardinal says church under Pope Francis is a 'rudderless ship'Religion News Service: American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis, likens the Roman Catholic Church to "a ship without a rudder" in a fresh attack on the pope's leadership.

Theology: It matters.Patheos: We all have deeply theological commitments and agendas, and these competing agendas are roiling madly beneath the surface of American life.

Pastor paves her own way to Ferguson's frontlinesSt. Louis Post-Dispatch: The first time the public heard the name Renita Lamkin in the same sentence as Ferguson was probably the day she was shot. Three months later, she continues to deliver the same message of defiance as pastor of an AME Church.

Heartache for New York's Catholics as church closings are announcedThe New York Times: Across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, a day of reckoning arrived on Sunday, as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan announced how scores of parishes would be affected by the largest reorganization in the history of the archdiocese.

The Spark

You can't always get what you wantPresident of the United States is the one of the most powerful jobs in the world. But as this Aeon video reports, LBJ's archived phone calls show a different side of power, such as vexing overseas operators and limited dessert options.

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