Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Evangelical persecution complex
  • Widow's $4.4 million bequest
  • Historic LA church preservation
  • Putting aside denominational differences
  • Catholic umpire Q&A
  • Perfect dose of pessimism

The evangelical persecution complexThe Atlantic: The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community.

Widow shocks village church with $4.4m legacy in willChristian Today: An Anglican church in West Wales received an extraordinary surprise after a former church member left the parish £2.6 million, or nearly $4.4 million, in her will.

Why artists want to preserve church tied to L.A.'s Chicano movementLos Angeles Times: The Church of the Epiphany has been there and done that. But like any building that is more than a century old, she is showing signs of her age.

Churches put denominations aside to help neighborsStaunton (Virginia) News-Leader: The churches of The Connection come together around one ministry, putting their denominational differences aside.

Catholicism and baseball: questions for MLB Umpire Mark WegnerAmerica: Husband, father, umpire and lifelong Catholic, Mark Wegner talks about the intersection between his Catholicism and career in Major League Baseball.

The Spark

A perfect dose of pessimismListen up Pollyannas of the world: A dose of pessimism may do you good, the Wall Street Journal reports. Experts say pessimism can at times be beneficial to a person's physical and mental well-being.

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