Friday's News & Ideas

  • Dangerous charity?
  • Ivy League pathway
  • Women write about faith
  • Just start!
  • Confusion in PCUSA
  • 18th century mystery

Rev. John Suddards: The dangers of fulfilling a Christian duty The London Telegraph: As a vicar is murdered after opening his home to strangers in need of help, we look at the risks that come with such charity.

Wall Street steps in when Ivy League fails Washington Post: In recent years, many top universities have tried to guide their students into careers other than finance. The efforts seem to be failing.

You've heard of evangelicals, but just who are they? Religion News Service: What do they have in common and how are they different from other believers? Even famed preacher Billy Graham wasn't sure of the answer.

Must feminists write feminist books? Patheos: Jana Riess asks her fellow female religion writers: Must we be explicit about women's concerns in everything we write?

After surviving sectarian mob, Egyptian Christians expelled from village Christian Science Monitor: The case sends a worrying signal that Egypt's new parliament is allowing a Mubarak-era system of local justice to trump the rule of law.

Just start! Business Week: When you can't predict the future, it's the best way to proceed.

Minister appeals her conviction for marrying gays San Antonio Express-News: Two church courts censured Rev. Jane Spahr as punishment for weddings performed in 2008 in California, where gay marriage is legal. But they also praised her courage and noted that she was a faithful Christian, adding to confusion over whether the denomination's policies permit such weddings.

The Spark

Park name will honor slave woman Marie Josèphe Angélique She was either an arsonist seeking to mask her attempt to escape from slavery -- or, despite her servitude, an independent-minded black woman used as a scapegoat by an angry white population seeking vengeance in the wake of a destructive fire. Whatever the truth about Marie Josèphe Angélique, the Montreal Gazette reports that the city intends to honor the memory of the 18th-century slave who is at once a part of our history and the center of a 278-year-old mystery.

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