Monday's News & Ideas

  • Rabbi as CEO-teacher-leader
  • Evangelicals & immigration reform
  • Running with Malcolm Boyd
  • Baptist Seminary downsizing
  • Meet they neighbor
  • When helping hurts

Modern-day rabbi must be CEO, teacher and spiritual leader at onceJewish Daily Forward: Jewish seminaries scramble to meet myriad new demands.

Love thy stranger as thyselfThe New York Times: Some of the most enthusiastic endorsements of the new immigration bill have come from traditional evangelicals, who insist that reform "respects the God-given dignity of every person."

Malcolm Boyd brought Christianity into the streets to promote civil rightsChristian Science Monitor: Episcopal priest Malcolm Boyd has taken the message of Christianity outside the walls of church to champion minority rights and show that God is everywhere.

Baptist Seminary signs deal to move to Henrico office parkRichmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Baptist Theological Seminary leaving campus for office park in downsizing move.

Meet thy neighbor, former pastor encourages North TexansWFAA Dallas-Ft. Worth: After hearing about the Cleveland kidnapping case, former pastor is hoping to convince stand-offish North Texans to meet their neighbors.

The Spark

When helping hurtsAmerican parents are more involved in their children's lives than ever, scheduling play dates, assisting with homework and even choosing college courses. All that assistance has costs -- depleted bank balances, constricted social lives -- but parents endure them happily, believing they are doing what is best for their children. But, as two psychology professors ask in The New York Times, what if all that help is actually harming our children?

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