Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Under side Christianity
  • Joseph Smith's many wives
  • Evangelical warrior wives
  • Book of Mormon without Mormon
  • Longwinded pastor
  • Marine parents' story

'Under side' ministry may redeem Christianity's reputationBaptist Standard: It's time for our society to see humble Christianity. Coercion and condemnation failed. Gentleness and love must prevail.

It's official: Mormon founder had up to 40 wivesThe New York Times: Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church's founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old.

The warrior wives of evangelical ChristianityThe Atlantic: The intense focus on sexuality, purity, manhood, and womanhood in certain faith communities -- and its consequences.

The Book of Mormon, without the Mormon partPacific Standard: New book makes a compelling case for including the Book of Mormon in the larger American literary canon, but somehow dances around a discussion of what the book actually means to Mormons.

Mount Dora pastor surpasses world record for longest speechOrlando Sentinel: Florida pastor preaches for 53 hours and 18 minutes, surpassing world record for longest speech marathon.

The Spark

A Marine's parents' story: their memories that you should hearOn Veteran's Day, NPR's Ron Inskeep offers a private story from Sylvia and Ron Carter of Crystal Lake, Ill., that they never intended to share -- memories of their son, Capt. Nathan McHone, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012 at age 29. There's no point trying to describe it, Inskeep says. Just listen.

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