Friday's News & Ideas

  • A pastor's life
  • What's a church?
  • Confessional of Oprah
  • Jewish Americans struggling
  • Gay a sin?
  • Island of old age

A pastor's lifeAssociated Baptist Press: Amy Butler asks, where does everybody else's life end and the pastor's begin?

Can this man rebuild church?Orange County (Calif.) Register: What's a church? For Christians, this question is becoming increasingly urgent.

Will Lance Armstrong be absolved by the Blessed Oprah Winfrey?The (London) Guardian: Armstrong's forthcoming TV confession is akin to the sacrament, but he will have to convince us he is sorry to gain forgiveness.

Hungry Jews in America? Kosher food pantries report growing needReligion News Service: Evidence points to a growing portion of Jewish Americans who are struggling and need the help of food pantries.

LifeWay: Fewer than 2 in 5 Americans say homosexuality is sinChristianity Today: Only 37 percent of Americans believe that homosexual behavior is a sin -- down 7 percent from similar data collected just over a year earlier.

The Spark

The Greek island of old ageThe inhabitants of a small Greek island live on average 10 years longer than the rest of western Europe, the BBC Magazine reports. So what's the secret to long life in Ikaria?

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