Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Conservatives' Babylonian exile
  • Pope Francis on retirement
  • Power of hymns
  • Food truck church
  • Las Vegas church
  • Language of houses

America's Christian conservatives ponder a 'Babylonian exile'Religion News Service: The Puritans' culture war descendants are shifting to another favorite image from Scripture -- that of the Babylonian exile, preparing, as the ancient Judeans did, to preserve their faith in a hostile world.

Pope Francis says he expects to live two or three more years, and may retireThe (London) Guardian: 77-year-old says he may "soon be off to the Father's house" and would retire if he could no longer perform his duties.

Falling in love with language -- through the power of hymnsNPR: Anyone thoughtful -- no matter what their spiritual leaning -- can appreciate the art of the hymn: the rhythm, the sonorous language, the discipline and structure.

St. Paul pastor's pulpit? A food truckSt. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press: The food is free, and the person who drives the truck is a young woman in a clerical collar who likes to say, "Peace be with you."

Massive Catholic church aims to attract localsThe Las Vegas Review-Journal: The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer is larger than any other Catholic church in the region, but on Sunday, it's filled primarily with tourists.

The Spark

Acclaimed novelist Alison Lurie thinks buildings say a whole lot about usIn her latest book, "The Language of Houses," Alison Lurie delves into building design and decoration -- and how they say who we are. In an interview with National Geographic, she says your house can tell others whether you're happy or well organized or friendly -- even what your politics are.

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