Monday's News & Ideas

  • Diverse congregations not enough
  • Driscoll takes a break
  • Nats Mass
  • German Pentecostal evangelist
  • Block party church
  • Town's favorite cop

What God is screaming in Ferguson, MissouriCNN Belief blog: Simply having diverse congregations without addressing the weightier matters of social justice and structural racism is not better church practice. It is possibly subterfuge.

Driscoll to take break from Mars Hill pulpitSeattle Post-Intelligencier: Mark Driscoll told his flock Sunday he is stepping away from the pulpit for six weeks, and will consult a group of advisers about what to do next.

Why one D.C. church started 'Nats Mass'Washington Post: Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are greeted with increasingly varied entertainment choices, including "Nats Mass."

As evangelist opens US crusade, zeal and questionsWashington Post: The Rev. Reinhard Bonnke is among the world's best-known faith healers, a Pentecostal minister who claims to have saved the souls of more than 72 million people.

The block party churchLeadership Journal: How looking for how God is already at work opened up our neighborhood.

The Spark

This town's favorite cop is the cold, silent typeThe most popular cop in Ada, Okla., isn't a real person, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's a CPR dummy that residents call Plastic Popo, and it has become a celebrity around town.

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