Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Assemblies of God @ 100
  • China's homegrown theology?
  • Pope Francis leadership lessons
  • Crowded on the Camino
  • Abandoned baby & throwaway culture
  • No more parenting books

Assemblies of God turns 100, and looks to a multiethnic futureReligion News Service: The Assemblies of God is marking its 100th anniversary this week from its home base in Springfield, Mo., and is the world's largest Pentecostal denomination.

China plans its own 'Christian theology'BBC: China says it may try to create a theology based on Christianity -- that integrates the religion with Chinese culture and is compatible with the country's socialist beliefs.The Spectator: Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it's terrified of religion

Why Pope Francis is so effective: 8 lessons for every leaderInc.: With an 88 percent approval rating, he must be doing something right.

Pilgrims Inc.: soul searching and commerce on the Way of St. JamesSpiegel: Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds on the Camino de Santiago, but the rewards are still vast.

Vatican: Abandoned Down syndrome baby is victim of 'throwaway' cultureReligion News Service: The Vatican is warning that the alleged rejection of a baby born with Down syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand shows how babies have become consumer products for sale.

The Spark

Why I'll never read another parenting bookLast year, Samantha Schoech and her husband were into giving their children "grit," based on a parenting book they'd read. Six months later, after another book, they focused on "superiority, insecurity and self-control." And now, she writes at NPR, they've sworn off parenting books for good.

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