Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/3/2021

  • Russell Moore emails
  • COVID restrictions & churches
  • Faith-based organizing & bail
  • Optic leadership
  • Missionary scrutinized
  • Cost of credit cards

Leaked Russell Moore letter blasts SBC conservatives, sheds light on his resignation
Religion News Service: In a letter written more than a year before his resignation, Moore explained his troubles with the SBC leadership in bitterly frank terms. Then-President Donald Trump barely makes an appearance.

Gorsuch denies Colorado churches’ petition challenging Covid-related restrictions
CNN: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday denied a request from two Colorado churches and their pastors challenging Covid-19-related restrictions that they said treated them less favorably than secular organizations.

How faith-based organizing helped end money bail in Illinois*
Christian Century: The Bible provided some healthy agitation as we built coalitions to literally set the captives free.

The white people over your favorite nonprofits often ignore Black leaders*
Zora: ‘Optic leadership’ -- or tokenism -- is not a win for anyone.

Scrutiny mounts of legacy of pioneering Northwest missionary
Associated Press: For generations Marcus Whitman has been widely viewed as an iconic figure from early Pacific Northwest history, a venerated Protestant missionary who was among 13 people killed by the Cayuse tribe near modern-day Walla Walla, Washington, in 1847.

The Spark

The ugly truth behind your fancy rewards credit card
America’s poor foot much of the bill for credit card points, miles, and cash back, Vox says.

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