Monday's News & Ideas - 6/26/2017

  • Conversions to Orthodox Christianity
  • Abuse victim, now church champion
  • Across the gun divide
  • Religion & college tuition
  • Heroin antidote @ church festival
  • Disappearing cash

Conversions gradually transforming Orthodox Christianity
The Baltimore Sun: A gradual wave of conversion is turning a tradition long rooted in ethnic heritage into a more varied and, some say, more American movement.

Abused by a priest, now a champion of the church
Cincinnati Enquirer: Michael Vanderburgh's journey of faith.

I preached about a gun rights advocate. He wasn't who I thought.
USA Today: Amy Butler is a liberal. Todd Underwood is a conservative. But they found common ground in the Bible and the idea that nobody is the stereotype we believe they are.

Does God want you to spend $300,000 for college?
The New York Times: Notre Dame president addresses the question of just how much hustle, sweat and sacrifice families should expect of themselves to put a child through college.

Catholic church gives out heroin antidote Narcan at family festival
People: An Ohio church hosting a family festival added a new element to the festivities this year: handing out Narcan, the nasal spray used as an antidote for people overdosing on heroin and other opioids.

The Spark

Cash is falling out of fashion - will it disappear forever?
On June 27, the ATM turns 50. But today, the cash that ATMs dispense may be on the endangered list. As The Conversation reports, cash is being displaced in so many ways that it's hard to keep track.

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