Tuesday's News & Ideas - 2/23/2021

  • Clergy on the frontlines
  • Greear’s SBC comments
  • Interfaith center in Berlin
  • In-person worship drops
  • Martin Luther & righteousness
  • Market for digital art

Clergy on the pandemic front lines: ‘How do we really grieve?’
NPR: Four faith leaders with different missions and experiences share their thoughts and feelings about their pandemic work and the burdens they bear.

SBC President J.D. Greear: ‘God did not call Southern Baptists to save America’
Religion News Service: In a speech to the SBC Executive Committee meeting, Greear asked, ‘Do we want to be a gospel people, or a Southern culture people? Which is the more important part of our name -- Southern or Baptist?’

Christians, Muslims and Jews to share faith center in Berlin
The Guardian: €47m building will feature a church, a mosque and a synagogue all linked to a central meeting space.

In-person worship dropped in January as more churches were directly affected by COVID
Baptist News Global: Concerns about spiking COVID-19 cases led to a rise in the number of U.S. churches canceling in-person gatherings in January, a new Lifeway Research study shows.

The righteousness of the prude and the righteousness of the lover*
Christian Century: Martin Luther went looking for God -- and found Christ on the cross.

The Spark

Why an animated flying cat with a Pop-Tart body sold for almost $600,000
A fast-growing market for digital art,* ephemera and media is marrying the world’s taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology, The New York Times says.

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