Thursday's News & Ideas

Today's featured headlines:

  • Southern Seminary facing budget shortfall
  • Good news
  • Just one real leader, and we could have avoided this mess
  • After 146 years, a Brooklyn convent is closing

Southern Seminary facing budget shortfall

Associated Baptist Press: The head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is predicting layoffs and tuition increases to manage a $3 million budget shortfall.

Good news

The Christian Century: As she examines the election returns in her home state of North Carolina, Stephanie Paulsell rediscovers the good news: We don’t have to be as we are. We can change.

Just one real leader, and we could have avoided this mess

Washington Post: Business columnist Steven Pearlstein says business leaders’ excuses for the current economic meltdown are little more than, “All the other kids were doing it.”

After 146 years, a Brooklyn convent is closing

The New York Times: It has been a season of heartbreak and anger for the small band of sisters in Brooklyn who thought the Sisters of Mercy motherhouse would be their last home.

The Spark

Kitty Wells: Don't Blame The ‘Honky-Tonk’

In 1952, Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life" addressed wild women and finding women on the wild side of life. Without a female voice, it was natural that an answer song was in order, and J.D. Miller's "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" became a controversial hit for then-budding country singer Kitty Wells. Recently added to the National Recording Registry by The Library of Congress, the song in many ways captured the tensions of the time. As NPR’s All Things Considered reports, the song was banned on the NBC radio network and on the Grand Ole Opry.