Thursday's News & Ideas - 7/6/2017

  • Thinking outside the pew
  • Charlie Gard & Catholic theology
  • Minn. Lutherans & change
  • Conservative Christians & gender
  • Hobby Lobby fined for artifacts
  • Covered dish supper

From bike shop to drive-thru prayer, churches try thinking outside the pew
Philadelphia Daily News: Young people's nontraditional faith lives have impelled churches to seek nontraditional methods to reach them, causing services and ministries to become increasingly niche-oriented.

Doctors, courts not the enemy in the Charlie Gard case
Crux: Austen Ivereigh worries about some of the arguments and assumptions he is hearing from fellow Catholics about the Charlie Gard case.
America: What some pro-lifers have overlooked in the case of Charlie Gard

Lutherans work to shed stuffy image and kick-start change
The (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune: As Lutheran congregations shrink, churches take new roles.

A conservative Christian battle over gender
The Atlantic: Some communities agree that women shouldn't be pastors. But their members fiercely debate every other kind of women's empowerment.

Hobby Lobby fined $3 million for artifacts smuggled from Iraq
The Washington Post: The arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing thousands of ancient clay artifacts smuggled into the United States from Iraq.

The Spark

Planning the perfect plate
From where then-9-year-old T. Edward Nickens stood, the food spread to the horizon, an unbroken plain of bounty that stretched all the way to the far side of the church dining hall. As he writes at Our State magazine, there's more to the church covered dish supper than just bringing a covered dish and overindulging.

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