Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Bishops are called to serve
  • Mars Hill lessons for megastar pastors
  • Evangelical turnout defies polls
  • Priests in love
  • UK religion, help or hurt?
  • Luxury of solitude

Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists after power, honorCatholic News Service: Pope Francis says bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride.Religion News Service: Pope Francis suggests no-cost annulments in divorce cases

Why Mark Driscoll's fall and Mars Hill's breakup issues a warning for megastar pastorsReligion News Service: Can a megachurch survive the departure of its megastar pastor? For Seattle's Mars Hill Church, it's an open question.

Big white evangelical turnout for midtermsReligion Dispatches: Election results show that pollster was far, far too optimistic about the impact of declining numbers of white evangelicals on Senate races in the South.

In love with a priest: support groups spreadThe New York Times: An online search using "in love with a priest" produces blog after blog about church-crossed lovers, in any number of languages.

Half of Britons think religion does more harm than goodThe (London) Telegraph: Even a fifth of those who see themselves as devout say religion is harmful to society, study finds.

The Spark

The luxury of solitudeThere are people who have no idea what they would do with themselves if they had two weeks with no commitments, a car, a duffel bag, and a series of motel reservations making a loop around New England, Linda Holmes writes at NPR: "I am not one of those people."

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