Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/18/2018

  • Evangelical leaders discuss future
  • Liberal church & white supremacy
  • Muslims in America
  • No shame in merging
  • Power of questions
  • Build a Rube Goldberg machine

Evangelical leaders discuss future of their movement in Trump era
Religion News Service: About 50 evangelical Christian leaders gathered early this week to discuss the future of evangelicalism amid concerns their movement has become too closely associated with President Trump’s polarizing politics.
Religion & Politics: How do evangelical colleges keep the faith?

What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it
Washington Post: The conflict at the Northwest Washington church reflects a modern debate about racism, which often surfaces in less overt ways that can be open to interpretation.

Muslims in America: Immigrants and those born in U.S. see life differently in many ways
Pew Research Center: Immigrants tend to have secured a stronger socioeconomic foothold than U.S.-born Muslims, and they generally express more positive opinions about their place in America.

There’s no shame in merging
Inside Higher Ed: To confront the facts and take action is wiser than to be nostalgic about a bygone era, a university professor and leader argues.

The surprising power of questions
Harvard Business Review: Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information. Yet unlike professionals who are taught how to ask questions as an essential part of their training, such as litigators, journalists and doctors, few executives think of questioning as a skill that can be honed.

The Spark

The rules for building a perfect Rube Goldberg machine
Joseph Herscher has been building complex machines to solve simple problems since he was 5. He spends hours – and sometimes months – designing, redesigning and building these machines using household objects. “Humans aren’t machines,” he says. “We’re naturally playful creatures. And I think that’s why, when we see a machine being playful too, it makes us laugh.”

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