Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/13/2020

  • SBC church hides pastor’s past
  • Pastors’ main concern
  • DC Catholic donations down
  • Mormon votes & values
  • CoE apologizing for racism
  • When Jordan took flight

‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets, spiritual abuse
USA Today: Foose became a pastor at a Pennsylvania church in 2017 and then superintendent of a connected day school. Church leaders were aware of his 2000 conviction for molesting an underage relative and concealed it from the congregation.

What's on pastors’ minds? It's not religious liberty: New study
Religion News Service: A new survey by Barna found that Protestant pastors are worried less about hot topics like religious liberty than they are about the decline of religion in America.

Donations to D.C. Catholic archdiocese’s key appeal down nearly a third after year of controversy*
Washington Post: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s key annual fundraising appeal took in nearly a third less money in 2019, after sexual misconduct and mismanagement scandals involving some of the region’s most prominent Catholic leaders.

Mormon votes are valued. Too often Mormon convictions are not.
Religion & Politics: Romney became the first senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president from his own party, the latest sign that Mormonism has been in an imbalanced relationship with the Republican Party for a very long time.

Church of England to apologize for being ‘deeply institutionally racist’
CNN: The Church of England has decided to apologize for racism experienced by “countless black, Asian and minority ethnic people” over the past 70 years.

The Spark

The weekend when Jordan and the NBA took flight
The Ringer tells the story of how one frigid weekend in the Windy City changed everything for Michael Jordan and the league.

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