Friday's News & Ideas - 12/14/2018

  • John Chau's mission
  • Religion & sources of meaning
  • Ocasio-Cortez's history
  • Chorale singing & leadership
  • Pastor's $200K anniversary gift
  • Lost art of waiting

Some reflections on the mission of John Allen Chau
Sightings: Historian and teacher of mission and evangelism Arun W. Jones offers three points about the mission of John Allen Chau.

Why doesn't religion rank higher among sources of meaning?
The Deseret News: What explains religion's place on these lists? The answer isn't just that there are a rising number of nonbelievers in America, according to researchers.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this is your history
Religion News Service: There had never been as brilliant a Jewish culture as the Jews of Spain. That brilliance lasted for ten centuries. No Jewish community in the Diaspora has lasted that long.

What chorale singing can teach us about leadership
Quartz: Singing in a choir, it turns out, yields endless lessons (and metaphors) for managers.

With tears, megachurch Pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini anniversary gift to wife
The Greenville (S.C.) News: The new pastor of a South Carolina megachurch gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for their eighth anniversary five days ago, and he's been getting heat on social media for it ever since.

The Spark

Is waiting a lost art?
Technology makes society more efficient, but is moving faster always such a good thing? At Knowledge @ Wharton, Jason Farman explains why good things come to those who wait.

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