Monday's News & Ideas

  • 21st century VBS
  • Olympics' religious roots
  • Rowan on Narnia
  • Church storm in Miss.
  • Screenplay Bible
  • Prepare for defeat?

Giving Vacation Bible School an update for the 21st centuryThe New York Times: At Houston's Second Baptist Church, VBS is an over-the-top amalgam of Christian rock, humorous skits, Broadway-style musicals and strobe lights and fog machines.

Olympics' religious rootsUSA Today: The modern Olympics have religious roots, though they appear to have largely secular fruits.

Rowan Williams: 'Aslan is on the knife-edge of the erotic'The (London) Telegraph: Sameer Rahim talks to Rowan Williams about CS Lewis's Narnia books, striking for their sensual as well as their spiritual pleasures.

Pastor: Church in stormThe Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger: Black wedding refusal strains congregation.

New Bible translation has screenplay formatAssociated Press: A new Bible translation tackles the challenge of turning ancient Greek and Hebrew texts into modern American English and then adds a twist: It's written like a screenplay.

The Spark

London 2012: Should athletes prepare for defeat?Until recently, sports psychology mainly focused on training the mind to win, BBC Magazine reports. But most Olympic competitors, including the very best like swimmer Michael Phelps and cyclist Mark Cavendish, lose. Now some experts believe that facing up to that prospect would save athletes from crushing disappointment.

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