Monday's News & Ideas

  • Pope Benedict's resignation
  • Future of American Christianity
  • Mohler on gay revolution
  • Talking about sex
  • Transforming architecture
  • Boost productivity with a nap

The most significant act of Benedict's papacy: resigningUS Catholic: Pope Benedict's resignation suggests that he knows his role, both his role as bishop of Rome, and his role as successor to Pope John Paul II.The (London) Guardian: Pope Benedict's resignation brings end to paradoxical papacyThe (London) Guardian: Next pope's in-tray: five key issues for the Catholic Church

The future of American Christianity: an interview with David CampbellReligion News Service: An interview with the co-author of "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us."

From the Boy Scouts to the British Parliament: Left behind? Conservative Christians and the gay revolutionWashington Post: R. Albert Mohler Jr. says that evangelicals cannot join the moral revolution on homosexuality, but it seems unlikely that they can stop it, either.

The kids are all right -- but disagree with bishops on sex and birth controlWashington Post: Young Americans don't like religions that preach negative messages about sex, says Lisa Miller.

Architecture, like religion, has transforming power for Springdale churchArkansas Business: What was once a metal shop building has been reborn as an award-winning structure for St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Springdale, Ark.World Buildings Directory: Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

The Spark

Relax! You'll be more productiveMore and more of us are unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. But paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less, The New York Times reports. New research shows that strategic renewal -- like daytime workouts, afternoon naps, and longer, more frequent vacations -- boosts productivity, job performance and health.

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