Monday's News & Ideas - 9/25/2017

  • Kaepernick vs. Tebow
  • Episcopal Church tumbles
  • Nashville church shooting
  • Prison's forced-fed Christianity?
  • Cardinal invites Fr. Martin
  • Teens, parents & smartphones

Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees
The Washington Post: It seems to Michael Frost that Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick represent the two very different forms that American Christianity has come to.
The Washington Post: Colin Kaepernick and the powerful, religious act of kneeling

US Episcopal Church tumbles to new low, shedding 35,000 members last year alone
Christian Today: Membership and attendance of The Episcopal Church in the US continues to tumble rapidly, shedding almost 35,000 members in the last year alone, the latest figures suggest.

Nashville church shooting: The tragedy as told through heroes and survivors
The (Nashville) Tennessean: After the worst mass shooting in Nashville history, federal authorities opened a civil rights case to investigate why a gunman opened fire at a small church in an Antioch neighborhood, killing one and leaving seven injured.

Kansas inmate says prison force-fed Christianity to prisoners, lawsuit claims
The Washington Post: Church and state are too cozy at the Topeka Correctional Facility, according to a convicted murderer who has spent the last 23 years inside Kansas' prison system.

Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations
National Catholic Reporter: When a door closes, God opens a window. Or in this case, a cardinal does.

The Spark

Teens and parents in Japan and US agree -- mobile devices are an ever-present distraction
New research shows that families in Japan and the US struggle in very similar ways with how technology is affecting their lives, their relationships and each other, Willow Bay writes at The Conversation. Parents and teens in both countries find it hard to imagine life without mobile phones and tablets.

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