Monday's News & Ideas - 7/17/2017

  • Trump changing U.S. Christianity?
  • Black minister, leaving the SBC
  • Evangelical nuclear deterrence
  • 2 cardinals, 2 Catholic paths
  • Pavilion church
  • Camping on Chicago's 'hot blocks'

Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity
The Washington Post: Six months into the Trump presidency, it seems as though Christians are not changing Trump, but rather that Trump could be changing Christianity.

Why I'm leaving the Southern Baptist Convention
The New York Times: Lawrence Ware, a minister and black scholar of race, renounces his ordination in the Southern Baptist Convention.

When the evangelical establishment comes after you
Religion News Service: This is evangelical nuclear deterrence, and it works very well most of the time to beat wonderers and wanderers into submission, David Gushee says.
Religion News Service: Eugene Peterson reminds us: The Christian LGBT debate is far from over

Cardinals on opposite sides of the Hudson reflect two paths of Catholicism
The New York Times: Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York appeal to two very different constituencies within the Roman Catholic Church in America.

Methodist congregation in Delaware sets up new kind of church without church building
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: People streaming into the pavilion on certain Sunday mornings are just about the only resemblance New Beginnings United Methodist Church's new site bears to the traditional idea of a church.

The Spark

Young Chicagoans are camping on the city's most dangerous blocks to protest violence
As Fast Company reports, The Resurrection Project is taking over "hot blocks" in Chicago, cleaning them up, and then holding all-night events, to reclaim the streets for the neighborhood.

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