Monday's News & Ideas - 2/11/2019

  • SBC clergy abuse
  • Bolz-Weber's sexual reformation
  • Time to face hard questions
  • Executions & religious liberty
  • Jehovah's Witnesses & earthly powers
  • Burdens of black police

Abuse of faith
Houston Chronicle: 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms.

The Lutheran pastor calling for a sexual reformation
The New Yorker: In her new book "Shameless," Nadia Bolz-Weber calls for a sexual reformation within Christianity, modelled on the arguments of Martin Luther.
Christianity Today: Nadia Bolz-Weber's gospel of shame-free sexuality

My seminary has closed. But churches are closing too, and it's time to face some hard questions
Baptist News Global: Something is shifting and changing forever. Period.

Does Alabama support religious liberty?
The New York Times: By moving to bar chaplains from the death chamber, the state has undermined the place of faith in the public sphere.

Jehovah's Witnesses often clash with earthly powers
The Economist: People who monitor religious freedom were shocked by a six-year jail term that a Russian court imposed last week on a Danish follower.

The Spark

The burden they share
At The Bitter Southerner, Daniel Edwards illustrates the unique burden black police officers carry in a striking photo essay, "Black Outlined Blue."

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