Monday's News & Ideas

  • Sikh temple shooting
  • Iraqi Christianity
  • Olympic street pastor
  • Religion and Facebook?
  • The science of sleep

Sikh temple shooting suspect identified as Wade Michael PageAssociated Press: The motivation still is not clear in the Sunday shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that claimed seven lives.Huffington Post: Sikhism: 5 Things To Know About The Sikh Religion

Ruins serve as a memento of Iraqi Christians’ glorious pastAssociated Press: The discovery in 2007 of the oldest signs of Christianity in Iraq and the site's subsequent neglect are symbolic of a Christianity that has long enriched this country, and is now in decline as hundreds of thousands have fled the violence that followed the U.S.-led invasion.

Katrina evacuee is street pastor at OlympicsBaptist Press: A relationship with Christ kept Bernard McGraw from committing suicide in the darkest hours of Hurricane Katrina. It's one that guided him to open a restaurant in San Antonio, and one that's now brought him to London as a street pastor for the Summer Olympics.

Survey: Small minority of Americans use Facebook, Twitter for religious reasonsCNN Belief blog: Six percent of Americans say they are part of a spiritual group on Facebook, and 5 percent report that they follow a spiritual leader on Twitter, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. The numbers come as nearly half of Americans report using Facebook at least a few times a week.

The Spark

Decoding the science of sleepSleep wasn't something we were supposed to worry about in the early years of the 21st century. Technology was making the world smaller by the day; the global economy blurred the lines between one day and the next, and things like time and place were supposed to be growing ever less important in the always-on workplace. So why is sleep, which seems so simple, becoming so problematic?

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