Thursday's News & Ideas - 5/31/2018

  • Patterson stripped of title and benefits
  • Franklin Graham campaigns in California
  • Hawaii eruption highlights religious tension
  • Japan brings to light its history of persecution
  • Luther Seminary gets $30 million bequest
  • Hooves in the water

Seminary board strips Paige Patterson of title and benefits in dramatic turnabout
Religion News Service: After considering fresh evidence of an alleged rape cover-up, the board of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth voted to strip embattled former President Paige Patterson of the title and benefits it had granted him a week ago.

The evangelical fight to win back California
New York Times: As the primary approaches, Franklin Graham brings Jesus -- and a conservative political message -- to a state with a vast pool of evangelical voters.

Contrast between Christian and traditional religions emerges along with Hawaiian lava flow
Baptist News Global: Nearly a month of seismic activity from Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii is exposing fissures between Christianity and traditional Hawaiian religion, which attributes the eruption to the fire goddess Pele. But that perspective has also been shared by generations of Christians on the islands.

Why Japan wants its past persecution of Christians to be world renowned
Christianity Today: A dozen Christian landmarks in Japan have been officially recommended to be named World Heritage sites. They represent places where believers during the Tokugawa shogunate (1630-1867) suffered the harshest persecution and martyrdom in the Asian nation’s history. This period was depicted in Martin Scorcese’s film “Silence,” based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo.

Lutheran seminary gets a heavenly bequest of $30 million
Philadelphia Inquirer: United Lutheran Seminary has received a $30 million bequest from an anonymous donor. The donation will be used to fund a faculty chair and student scholarships starting in the fall of next year.

The Spark

Hooves in the water: Swimming pigs and diving horses
Apropos of nothing in particular, today we have a collection of images of hoofed mammals swimming and splashing about from The Atlantic magazine. Paddling pigs, diving horses, leaping bulls, lunging hippos, racing piglets, wading camels, soaking buffaloes, dripping moose, and more.

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