Friday's News & Ideas

  • Time to rethink small groups
  • Hamilton @ inaugural prayer service
  • Pope to tweet in Latin
  • Orthodox woman leader
  • Churches on Roe v. Wade
  • Manti Te'o & The Simpsons

A fresh look at small groupsUnited Methodist Reporter: It's time to re-examine how churches do small group ministry.United Methodist Reporter: Commentary: Sunday school -- Fount of theological ignorance?

Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton to preach at inaugural National Prayer ServiceReligion News Service: The Rev. Adam Hamilton, known for his skilled preaching and centrist views, will deliver the sermon at the inaugural National Prayer Service next Tuesday.Religion News Service: Obama's use of Scripture echoes Lincoln, King

Veni, vidi, vici. Now the Pope is to Tweet in LatinThe (London) Guardian: He amassed 2.5 million followers within a month. Now he will communicate in the most concise language of them all.

Orthodox woman to head 'transdenominational' rabbinical schoolJewish Journal: An Orthodox woman is named the president of a "transdenominational" rabbinical school in Southern California.

Survey: Few religious groups want Roe v. Wade overturned despite belief abortion morally wrongCNN: Forty years after Roe v. Wade, a new survey finds that white evangelicals remain the only major religious group that supports overturning the landmark ruling.

The Spark

How 'The Simpsons' explains the Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend sagaIt's convenient to blame the Internet for the bizarre Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend mess. But "Bart the Lover," a 1992 episode of The Simpsons, is a reminder that these kinds of deceptions long pre-date the internet, The Atlantic reports. Human beings' ability to lie to themselves, to happily and even deliberately live out comforting and deeply meaningful falsehoods, has boggled minds for millennia. Leave it to The Simpsons to point towards the reason why.

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