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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/11/2024

  • SBC mulling excluding women pastors
  • Tony Evans stepping down
  • Secret recordings of SCOTUS
  • Relocation of famous glass chapel
  • Dad’s old Bible
  • How CoComelon works

Southern Baptists mull second vote to amend constitution to exclude women pastors
Religion News Service: Three of the six candidates expected to be nominated for the SBC presidency favor the so-called ‘Law Amendment,’ and three do not.

Tony Evans says he is ‘stepping away’ from leading Dallas megachurch due to ‘sin’
Religion News Service: “I am stepping away from my pastoral duties and am submitting to a healing and restoration process established by the elders,” Evans said in a statement.

In secret recordings, Alito endorses nation of ‘godliness.’ Roberts talks of pluralism.*
The New York Times: The two justices were surreptitiously recorded at a Supreme Court gala last week by a woman posing as a Catholic conservative.

Landslides force dismantling of Frank Lloyd Wright Jr’s celebrated glass chapel: ‘It’s a crying shame’
The Guardian: Relocation of the Wayfarers Chapel on the Pacific coast shows the vulnerability of cultural sites in an increasingly volatile climate.

My dad’s old Bible offers more questions than answers*
Christian Century: “I inherited my dad’s bible, a battered old Thompson Chain-Reference (KJV), upon his death in 1988,” Thomas R. Steagald writes. “What can I learn from what he underlined—or didn’t?”

The Spark

How CoComelon captures our children’s attention
The animation juggernaut* is now streamed for billions of hours each year, including on Netflix and its own YouTube channel, The New Yorker. Should we be worried about that?

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