Monday's News & Ideas

  • Conflict is necessary
  • Theology PhD? Work for a church
  • Answering the call online
  • Baptist polity & clergy misconduct
  • Better than Santa: St. Nick
  • Suffer more, spend more

In theology as in politics, conflict is not only real, it is necessaryThe (London) Guardian: The Church of England's fear of conflict evolved to hold the nation together. But now it just breeds seething animosity, says Giles Fraser.

Got a Ph.D. in theology? Go work for a churchPatheos: Perhaps theological programs can start to intentionally prepare students for careers outside the academy, beginning with ministry in the "church," (broadly conceived).

Night, online seminary courses answer the callHouston Chronicle: Lizbeth Tulloch just could not leave her long career as an oil industry lawyer to spend years at a seminary. She couldn't ignore her call to ministry either.

Fate of Baptist pastor accused of abuse is in the hands of his flockSt. Louis Post-Dispatch: For Southern Baptists, authority resides at the local church level. And that's true even amid allegations of clergy misconduct.

Was the real St. Nick better than Santa Claus?Christianity Today: Author Adam C. English says St. Nicholas was social activist, businessman, lawyer -- and man of God.

The Spark

Suffer. Spend. Repeat.As Christmas approaches, it may seem like retailers have gone out of their way to make holiday shopping as unpleasant as possible. The odd truth is that they probably have, The New York Times reports. The reason: Evidence suggests that the less comfortable you are during the seasonal shopping spree, the more money you'll spend .

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