Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/7/2019

  • Star-studded evangelical churches
  • Overbuilt retail & local churches
  • 'Theology of everything'
  • Ministers & social media
  • Many evangelicalisms
  • Wanamaker's Temple

The rise of the star-studded, Instagram-friendly evangelical church
Vox: Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, and the "cool" Christian celebrity. What is it about Hillsong and Zoe that attracts this star power?

The evolution of local churches and what it says about the state of religion in America
The Pacific Northwest Inlander: In the wake of overbuilt retail, churches are popping up in surprising places all across America -- abandoned big-box stores, empty mega malls, strip malls, storefronts and, yes, in a failed Hooters next to the highway.

'A theology of everything' for a pluralistic world
Christianity Today: Fuller theology professor Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen thinks Catholics and Pentecostals are doing today's best theology.

Why ministers shouldn't walk away from social media
Baptist News Global: Despite the well-known challenges, it is self-defeating for pastors in particular to declare their moral superiority to everyone else and walk away from social media, says Mark Wingfield.

There are no real evangelicals. Only imagined ones.
Religion News Service: There are many evangelicalisms and each has a different center and different boundaries.

The Spark

What a hundred-year-old department store can tell us about the overlap of retail, religion and politics
Nicole C. Kirk's new book "Wanamaker's Temple: The Business of Religion in an Iconic Department Store" delves into how John Wanamaker's religious and political beliefs shaped his retail empire. As the Smithsonian magazine reports, the Philadelphia-based retail chain's legacy is still felt by shoppers today.

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