Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/6/2018

  • Black churches seek voters
  • Evangelicals at the White House
  • Putin goes from threat to ally
  • 'Crazy Rich' Christianity?
  • How to give better feedback
  • Don't be fooled: Climate is not weather

With Voting Rights Act weakened, black church networks seek more voters
Religion News Service: It’s been five years since the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and voters in almost two dozen states face stricter rules. In response, black denominations and networks focused on people of color and the poor are gearing up in hopes of getting more people to the ballot box in November.

Birthrights and Bibles: ‘evangelicals’ at the White House
Baptist News Global: T​​​he recent White House feast is both symbol and warning to all Christians engaged for conscience sake with issues and individuals in the political realm, writes emeritus professor Bill Leonard. We carry our deepest beliefs into the public square, but we are ever wary lest our gospel witness itself be torn asunder by inappropriate advocacy of political ideas and persons that stretch our claims of moral integrity to the limits.

Why Putin is an ally for American evangelicals
The Conversation: Once upon a time, American evangelicals saw the Soviet Union and other communist countries as the world’s greatest threat to their faith. They carried out dramatic and illegal activities, smuggling Bibles and other Christian literature across borders. And yet, today, Russia is their crucial ally.

'Crazy Rich Asians' shows the role of Christianity in the world's richest countries
Sojourners: The film 'Crazy Rich Asians' begets notions of Christianity in hyper-capitalist countries, satirizing Christianity by showing it as a tool for the wealthy to cozy up with those even more wealthy, accruing large doses of social capital with sprinkles of gospel.

Using neuroscience to make feedback work and feel better
strategy + business: Research is suggesting that by switching from giving feedback to asking for it, organizations can tilt their culture toward continuous improvement; smarter decision making; and stronger, more resilient teams that can adapt as needed.

The Spark

Don't be fooled: Climate is not weather
"Weather is your mood, climate is your personality."  Climate scientist Kate Marvel explains why weather and climate are not the same thing -- and what that has to do with Lance Armstrong's doping scandal.

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