Monday's News & Ideas

  • Moral Majority to Prophetic Minority
  • Pope vs. Vatican
  • Rowan: Mildly uncomfortable is not persecution
  • Bible app tops 100 million
  • Looking good vs. religious beliefs
  • Pitching a funeral

Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to 'Prophetic Minority'Wall Street Journal: The new leader of the Southern Baptist political arm says Christians have lost the culture and need to act accordingly.

Pope Francis versus the VaticanThe New Republic: The battle to remake the Church.

'Persecuted' British Christians need to 'grow up', says former Archbishop Rowan WilliamsThe (London) Telegraph: Christians complaining of persecution in Britain need to "grow up", the former Archbishop of Canterbury says.

Tech-savvy pastor with Illinois ties reaches masses with Bible appChicago Tribune: Bible app YouVersion tops 100 million downloads as faithful flock to social media.

'Looking good' more important for Irish students than religion: surveyEcumenical News: Irish students rank "looking good" as more important than "religious beliefs," with "friends and family" topping the list of importance.

The Spark

To liven up its season, baseball team pitches a funeralAs general manager for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Kurt Landes says his job is "producing 17 Broadway shows," referring to the number of breaks in a nine-inning game. The IronPigs draw 9,000 per game, among the best in the minors, thanks in part to a steady stream of outside-the-box ideas that keep fans engaged.

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