Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Niebuhr & racism
  • Church building bust
  • Seminarians on the march
  • Christianity a deeper humanism
  • 5 takeaways from Francis interview
  • Time to talk & to-do lists

Reinhold Niebuhr, Eric Garner and white privilegeBaptist News Global: What Reinhold Niebuhr's stark realism teaches us about our current racial crisis.

Church construction at 20 year low -- the boom & bust in three graphsReligion News Service: According to the U.S. Census, the U.S. spent $3.6 billion constructing religious buildings last year, the lowest amount in 20 years.

Seminary members march through Evanston after grand jury decisions in Missouri, New YorkDaily Northwestern: Members of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary marched through Evanston on Monday morning in protest of grand jury decisions.Daily Princetonian: Princeton Theological Seminary, community members stage protest, die-in

The whole point of Christianity is to create a deeper form of humanismThe (London) Guardian: It seems that making the human stand out as morally particular requires some sort of leap of faith, says Giles Fraser.

Pope Francis speaks: 5 takeaways from another blockbuster interviewReligion News Service: Keeping to a format that has become a favorite for this pope, Francis used a high-profile interview to shed light on his thinking, and Vatican policies, on a number of hot-button social issues.

The Spark

Time to talk: The chance to discuss life's wonders in the tubSarah Groves had one minute to put away clean clothes when her 8-year-old called out from the bath, "What are you reading at night, Mom?" How and when her sons choose to open up is not always predictable, she writes at the Christian Science Monitor, but always a perfect reason to set aside the to-do list.

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