Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/2/2019

  • SBC conference addresses abuse
  • Pastors' financial struggles
  • Americans distrust clergy ethics
  • Preaching politically
  • Why "the Rev."?
  • HBO show nails the post-church buffet

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis
Associated Press: Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day event begins Thursday.

Pastors don’t do it for the money, but having enough to retire would be nice
Christianity Today: American Christians might be surprised to learn how many pastors struggle to make ends meet, and how much those financial pressures can weigh on their personal lives and ministry careers.

US public holds dim views of clergy ethics
EthicsDaily: U.S. adults have a negative view when it comes to the ethics of leaders of key institutions, and clergy are no exception, according to a Pew Research Center report. When asked to share how often they perceive a particular group of leaders to act unethically, 69% said clergy do so some of the time or all or most of the time.

Preaching politically in turbulent times
Mockingbird: So often, the question of Christianity and politics is viewed as a stark either/or between activism and naïve pacifism/quietism, but the reality is far more nuanced and complex, writes Todd Brewer.

Pondering how to address the reverend clergy
Baltimore Sun: Ever wonder why the Associated Press stylebook dictates that a minister’s title is “the Rev.” ? That’s because it’s an adjective, not a noun like Mr. or Ms.

The Spark

How ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ nailed the post-church buffet restaurant
In 'The Righteous Gemstones' -a show about a family of Bakker-style televangelists living in South Carolina -- the local steakhouse and salad bar is where the family keeps in touch with its humble roots, even after they have become wildly rich.  

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