Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Christian outreach in Japan
  • Business of ministry
  • Evangelical seminary challenges
  • Petraeus & echoes of David
  • Pope: Latin is essential
  • Stop thinking about happiness

Christians exploring new ways to spread the wordJapan Times: Passersby would have thought it was just another event for the manga crowd. Instead, it was a Christian outreach tailored to modern Japanese sensibilities.

Performing the business of ministryAssociated Baptist Press: Recognizing that being a pastor involves more than preaching and pastoral care, seminaries are equipping ministers to handle the business side of church.

What is the biggest change evangelical seminaries need to make right now?Christianity Today: Three visions of the future.

For Petraeus, echoes of other warrior DavidReligion News Service: The rules on adultery may seem archaic to modern Americans, but they are essential to the military, where officers and soldiers entrust their lives to each other.

Pope Benedict XVI faces uphill challenge in trying to resurrect LatinReligion News Service: Pope Benedict XVI seems convinced that revitalizing the study and use of Latin among priests and seminarians is a necessary step for the church's future.

The Spark

Don't even think about happiness!Recently, Ann Turner stumbled across a blog called The Happiness Project. As she read further, she began to feel uncomfortable, she writes at Busted Halo. Worrying about happiness, she says -- whether we are, whether we've lost it, whether we had more of it a week, month or a year ago -- is soul-destroying .

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