Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Prayers in the President's Blackberry
  • Pope expels Bishop of Bling
  • Charlotte pastor's $1.4 million home
  • UMC court & opposition to gay ban
  • Francis and the future
  • Subconscious brain mistakes

The prayers inside the President's BlackberryCNN Belief blog: As a 25-year-old staffer on Obama's 2008 campaign, Joshua DuBois didn't feel ready to send morning devotionals to the next President of the United States.

Pope Francis boots Germany's 'Bishop of Bling' from pricey homeChristian Science Monitor: The pope expelled Bishop Tebartz-van Elst from his diocese, apparently over the $42 million renovation of his official residence, which has outraged German Catholics.

How a pastor built a multi-million dollar homeWCNC Charlotte: Pastor of Charlotte's Elevation Church is building a 16,000 square foot, $1.4 million home.

Methodist court to consider growing opposition to gay banReligion News Service: UMC's highest court gathers today, as the denomination confronts a growing movement of defiant clergy members opposed to church doctrine on gays.

Francis is the exclamation point on Vatican IINational Catholic Reporter: Will a church groomed by compassion and mercy, as Francis would have it, be the church of our future?

The Spark

Subconscious mistakes our brains make every day -- and how to avoid themGet ready to have your mind blown about the mistakes in thinking that all of us subconsciously make all the time. They're not huge, life-threatening mistakes, Fast Company reports, but they are surprising, and avoiding them could help us make more rational, sensible decisions .

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