Monday's News & Ideas

  • Cross & the lynching tree
  • Stop banging on about gayness
  • Church of baseball
  • Blessing of the purses
  • Abusers in our midst
  • Highway of history

America's 'angriest' theologian faces lynching treeCNN Belief blog: The memories of his father and lynch mobs never left James Cone, shaping his theology and saturating his recent memoir, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree."

Can liberal Christians please stop banging on about gayness?The (London) Guardian: Clergy should seek to change church policy, but they must not allow this cause to determine the identity of liberal Anglicanism.

Baseball has its worshipers, and at N.Y.U., you get creditThe New York Times: In NYU President John Sexton's hands, the metaphor of baseball as religion is a long way from the cornball claptrap about stadiums being "green cathedrals."

Church blesses purses, prays for economic recovery in cityThe Detroit News: Churches have long held special ceremonies to bless the sick, pets, bikes and more. Now a church in Detroit has celebrated its first "Blessing of the Purses."

The 'monsters' among us: child sex abusers in our midstChristianity Today: The staff at Christianity Today recognized the mug shot. For nine years, he was their coworker in a non-editorial role.

How Nixon aide Chuck Colson's ideas transformed American evangelicalismThe Daily Beast: The former Nixon hack had a brilliant second life as an evangelical intellectual and political activist.Washington Post: Charles Colson found freedom in prison

The Spark

A drive down the highway of historyFor Americans, cars have always been much more than a way to get around. Since the rise of middle-class prosperity after World War II, cars have been an extraordinarily reliable window into the country's culture and mood, the Wall Street Journal reports. As went our automobiles (so to speak), so went Americans. From a frenzy over tail fins to the politics of pickup trucks, cars tell the story of postwar America .

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