Monday's News & Ideas

  • Rev. Peterson: Quiet
  • Loss of innocents
  • Christianity & arts at Biola
  • Losing our religion
  • Growing churches in Charlotte
  • It's elementary: meditation

Spiritual strength in times of great needNPR: "Silence is sometimes the best thing to do," says the Rev. Eugene Peterson.NPR: Walking through life as a 'pastor'

The loss of the innocentsThe New York Times: Ross Douthat says the only thing his religious tradition has to offer to the bereaved of Newtown -- besides a respectful witness to their sorrow -- is a story and the realism about suffering that it contains.

Biola University launches new center for Christianity and the artsLos Angeles Times: Biola University will use a $750,000 grant to launch a new program to support artists whose Christian faith informs their vision, and to "promote rich thinking about faith and art."

Losing our religionCBS News: In times of both heartache and happiness, we turn to our faith for guidance and comfort. But increasingly, how we think about our faith is changing.

Two Charlotte churches are expanding, defying decline of religionCharlotte (N.C.) Observer: Fastest-growing churches in suburbs of Charlotte are taking steps to grow.

The Spark

The power of concentrationMeditation and mindfulness: the words conjure images of yoga retreats and Buddhist monks. But, as Maria Konnikova writes in The New York Times, perhaps they should evoke a very different picture: a man in a deerstalker, puffing away at a curved pipe, Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself. The world's greatest fictional detective is someone who knows the value of concentration, of "throwing his brain out of action," as Dr. Watson puts it. He is the quintessential unitasker in a multitasking world.

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