Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/12/2018

  • Pope admits mistakes
  • Jimmy Carter on faith
  • Doubting Thomas & gratitude
  • Use your church building well
  • Baseball as road to God
  • What are the odds?

Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in handling of Chile abuse cases
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has admitted making "serious mistakes" in his handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in Chile, telling the country's bishops in a lengthy letter that he feels "pain and shame" for the "crucified lives" of those who suffered abuse.

Jimmy Carter on faith, Trump, and his undying optimism
PRI: Former US President Jimmy Carter says there's an erosion of faith happening all around him. It's one of the main topics in his new book, "Faith: A Journey for All."

'Doubting Thomas' story is about gratitude, not doubt
Religion News Service: The "Doubting Thomas" story is about Jesus showing up -- yet again -- at the dinner table to cast out fear and transform us into a people of gratitude, Diana Butler Bass says.

5 do's and 5 don'ts for using your church building well
The Christian Century: A physical space can be at the vital center of ministry -- if you don't make it an idol.

Baseball as a road to God: Conversation with author John Sexton
National Catholic Reporter: An interview with John Sexton, the former president of New York University and an enormously devoted baseball fan.

The Spark

Pick the statistic you want to be
We've all had situations that seem like crazy coincidence. Your reaction is probably, Amazing! What are the odds? As Nautilus reports, they can be very different than you expect.

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