Thursday's News & Ideas - 3/7/2019

  • Gender and sexual abuse
  • Thinking about death
  • SCOTUS shifting status of religion
  • Church growth gap
  • Holy envy of other faiths
  • The problem with nostalgia

God is not a guy and neither am I: male dominance and sexual abuse in churches
Baptist News Global: Although abuse also occurs in other churches besides Catholic and Southern Baptist, it's not surprising that more of the stories implicate the most male-dominated denominations.

Here's why Catholics are called to think about death -- daily
America Magazine: It can sound intimidating and morose, but remembering death actually helps us to grow in hope and become closer to God.
Religion News Service: Seven things that death can teach you

The Supreme Court is quietly changing the status of religion in American life
The New Yorker: The short version of what's going on is that the establishment clause is out, and the free-exercise clause is in.

The church growth gap: The big get bigger while the small get smaller
Christianity Today: The US congregations most likely to grow are the 10 percent that already have more than 250 worshipers.
Vox: Most churches are losing members fast -- but not the Mormons. Here's why.

My holy envy of other faith traditions
The Christian Century: In Barbara Brown Taylor's new book, she describes how her attraction to other religions deepened love of her own.

The Spark

The problem with nostalgia
Michael Musto argues in Longreads that wearing rose-colored glasses always leads to an unfair distortion -- looking back on the best of the past while comparing it to the worst of the present.

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