Friday's News & Ideas

  • Pope: God isn't mist
  • Obama on grace in Boston
  • Lischer's Station of the Heart
  • Clergy hobbies
  • 105-year-old pastor
  • No news is good news

Obama preaches 'a state of grace' in BostonWashington Post: President Obama began and ended his remarks at memorial service in Boston with the same biblical text from Hebrews, and declared a "state of grace" in Boston and in the country.Chicago Tribune: Transcript: Obama's remarks at Boston Marathon memorialFr. Jonathan's blog: Pray

Pope: God is real, concrete person, not mysterious, intangible mistCatholic News Service: The Christian faith teaches that God is a real, concrete person, not some intangible essence or esoteric mist like "god-spray," Pope Francis said.

Theologian Richard Lischer tries to make sense of his son's deathReligion News Service: Memoir by a professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School conveys the anguish of grieving families and offers testimony to a faith that is tested but survives.

From clowning to kayaking, hobbies offer clergy respite, re-engagementEpiscopal News Service: Episcopal clergy say their hobbies help them "get a life outside the church" and sometimes bring them right back to it again.

At 105, Minneapolis pastor has no plans to retireWCCO-TV, Minneapolis: Likely no one at Wayman AME Church has said as many prayers as Noah Smith.

The Spark

News is bad for you -- and giving up reading it will make you happierNews is bad for your health, Rob Dobelli writes in The (London) Guardian. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.

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