Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Shifting seminary sands
  • Archbishop's role
  • Revisiting Heritage USA
  • Clergy boom in England
  • Evangelicals' heresies
  • Lockdown drills

Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroadsBaptist News Global: Shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape.

The role of an archbishop: an interview with Cardinal Francis GeorgeNational Catholic Reporter: The bishop's challenge is to keep everyone focused on the mission, the purpose of the church and not let people get distracted by ministries, by what they have to do, Cardinal Francis George says.

A theme park, a scandal, and the faded ruins of a televangelism empireReligion & Politics: If you happen to find yourself on I-77 just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, consider a detour to the crumbling ruins of what used to be the nation's third-most-visited theme park, Heritage USA.

In England's churches, boom in new recruits changes nature of the clergyNPR: England has seen a boom in young men enrolling in the clergy. The phenomenon has been happening for a decade, so it's not a reflection of the new pope.

New poll finds evangelicals' favorite heresiesChristianity Today: Survey finds many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views on the Trinity, salvation, and other doctrines.

The Spark

Rehearsing for death: A pre-K teacher on the trouble with lockdown drillsThe announcement comes over the intercom, "Lockdown, everyone, thank you." And teacher Launa Hall begins guiding her pre-K class into a closet. They don't quite fit, the 16 tiny bodies plus two adults, she writes at The Washington Post. "But I nudge my way in, and I begin to work the room, pulling out every teacher trick I know to maintain the silence while we wait. And wait."

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