Monday's News & Ideas - 6/4/2018

  • Moral crisis on the border
  • Open letter to Paige Patterson
  • Fleming Rutledge on spirituality
  • Keeping houses of worship safe
  • Liberty U.'s Trump film
  • Doing nothing

A moral crisis grips the US border. Yet the religious right is shamefully silent
The (London) Guardian: The Christian right is allowing Trump to escape responsibility for the immoral policy of separating children from their parents, says Marilynne Robinson. Have they no shame?

An open letter to Paige Patterson
Baptist News Global: Being ousted is no fun, says one of the first casualties of the war against women in pastoral positions in the Southern Baptist Convention. But she is "grateful to live in this apocalyptic time."

Fleming Rutledge: Why being 'spiritual' is never enough
Christianity Today: Americans increasingly identify as "spiritual but not religious." Radical faith goes beyond both, says Fleming Rutledge.

It can't happen here: How houses of worship face challenge of preserving sacred space and protecting members
ARDA: How do you celebrate the presence of a loving, divine protector while guarding against crime in your church, synagogue or mosque? Not always very well, researchers say.

God and Trump: Liberty University is making a film called 'The Trump Prophesy'
The Washington Post: Did God play a role in the victory of Donald Trump? The debate will soon be presented in movie theaters across the country, as evangelical mega-school Liberty University is making and releasing a film called "The Trump Prophesy."

The Spark

In praise of doing nothing
In this 24/7, "always on" age, the prospect of doing nothing might sound unrealistic and unreasonable. But as The Conversation reports, it's never been more important.

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