Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Osteen the future?
  • Alban closing
  • Obamacare case
  • Easter shipping containers
  • 3 kinds of change agents
  • Kindness is good for you

Osteen illustrates nondenominationalizing of U.S. religion, says church historianAssociated Baptist Press: Joel Osteen is either the future of American evangelicalism or an illustration of its captivity to a form of religion more akin to American enterprise than Christian theology, says Bill Leonard.

Alban Institute, a resource for mainline institutions, to shutterReligion News Service: As mainline Protestant denominations continue decades of decline, one of the main institutions helping educate its leaders announced that it will shut its doors.

Religious challenge to health care law hits high courtUSA Today: President Obama's health care law gets a return engagement at the Supreme Court next week in a case full of hot-button issues.Religion & Politics: Contraception v. religious freedom: Hobby Lobby heads to the Supreme Court

Great North Passion: Easter in a shipping containerBBC: Twelve shipping containers have been placed around the north-east of England. They will be turned into art installations for a live Easter program on BBC One on Good Friday.

With change agents, one size does not fit allHarvard Business blogs: Research on change agents shows that there are three distinct challenges which require different kinds of change leaders.

The Spark

Your kindness is good for youWhile the science of happiness may be the most popular these days, it is closely related to the science of kindness, Pacific Standard reports. A fascinating set of studies shows how altruism makes us not only happier, but healthier.

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