Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • MN UMC: ignore Discipline
  • PC(USA) realignment
  • Creationist belief survey
  • Vatican back on world stage
  • Osteen's SiriusXM channel
  • Don't fear the network

Minnesota Annual Conference calls for bishop to ignore Discipline on GLBT issuesUnited Methodist Reporter: "We believe that we are approaching a critical crossroad and a tipping point for full inclusion of all persons in the life and ministry of our church," statement says.

Presbyterian Church's realignment persistingPittsburgh Post-Gazette: A realignment of Presbyterian churches is continuing both nationally and in Pittsburgh area, with scores of congregations leaving the PC(USA) for more conservative denominations.

In U.S., 42% believe creationist view of human originsGallup: More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades.

The Audacity of Pope: The 'Francis Doctrine' puts the Vatican back on the world stageReligion News Service: Pope Francis has returned the Vatican to the global stage to a degree not seen since the 1980s, when John Paul II's shuttle pilgrimages helped end the Cold War.

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen gets his own SiriusXM channelChristian Today: Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen will have his own channel on SiriusXM.

The Spark

Don't fear the network: The Internet is changing the way we communicate for the betterIt's obvious that the Internet and social media have changed the way we work, the way we live, and the way we make and maintain friendships. For some, this is cause for concern. But as Pacific Standard reports, panic about the rise of social media is largely overhyped and misplaced.

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