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Friday's News & Ideas - 8/5/2022

  • Mormon sex abuse investigation
  • Raphael Warnock’s platform
  • AoG ordains record number of women
  • Pastors & mental health
  • Christian Nationalism no longer taboo
  • The rich love quiet

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen
Associated Press: Families of survivors say a help line has been misused by church leaders to divert abuse accusations away from law enforcement and instead to church attorneys who may bury the problem, leaving victims in harm’s way. (trigger warning: description of rape, underage survivors)

‘There’s never been anybody like him in the United States Senate’
Politico: Raphael Warnock won his seat running as an activist preacher. To keep it he’ll have to persuade voters he’s the rare senator who actually gets stuff done.

Assemblies of God ordains record number of women
Christianity Today: The harvest is plentiful, and some of the workers God sent are female, Pentecostal leaders say.

Pastors have congregational and, for some, personal experience with mental illness
Baptist Press: A majority of pastors (54%) say in the churches where they have served on staff, they have known at least one church member who has been diagnosed with a severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar or schizophrenia.

“Christian Nationalism” used to be taboo. Now it’s all the rage.*
Slate: “If it makes the left or liberals upset, I’m more than willing to claim it.”

The Spark

Why do rich people love quiet?
The sound of gentrification is silence,* The Atlantic says.

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