Monday's News & Ideas - 12/10/2018

  • Brian McLaren Q&A
  • Chinese police detain pastor
  • Italian priests vow sanctuary
  • Silent Night turns 200
  • Death Row in the Bible Belt
  • Stressing over new toys

Increasing rejection of church 'a good thing,' Brian McLaren says
Baptist News Global: Author, theologian and activist Brian McLaren talks about his work and the ways he sees that the church must be transformed.

Chinese police detain prominent pastor and over 100 Protestants
The New York Times: The Chinese police have detained one of the country's most prominent Protestant pastors and more than 100 members of his congregation, the latest sign of a growing crackdown against what the government perceives as illegal or foreign-influenced religious activity.

Italian priests vow to open church doors to evictees from immigration centers
The (London) Guardian: Italian priests have declared their willingness to "open the church doors of every single parish" to people expelled from reception centers as an anti-immigration law from Italy's rightwing government threatens to make thousands homeless.

'Silent Night' turns 200 this year. Is it the greatest Christmas song ever?
America: On Christmas Eve 1818, in the church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf near Salzburg, "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night") was sung for the first time.

In the Bible Belt, Christmas isn't coming to death row
The New York Times: When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn't really matter to Christians, says Margaret Renkl.

The Spark

Should we really stress out about what kids play with?
Today's parents may feel concerned about their kids' obsession with electronic games, but as JSTOR Daily reports, adults have always been suspicious of new kinds of playthings.

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