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October 23, 2013

Wednesday's News & Ideas

The prayers inside the President's Blackberry
CNN 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 home
Christian 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 home
WCNC 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 ban
Religion 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 II
National 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 them
Get 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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