Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/6/2018

  • Faith groups' election efforts
  • Mainline, last 'swing voters'
  • Church shootings & safety
  • Interfaith activities after Pittsburgh
  • Keller on reaching skeptics
  • Song without words

Faith groups mount election turnout efforts that could help both parties
Religion News Service: This year's heated midterm contests appear to have sparked unusually robust efforts by faith-based organizations to galvanize supporters and move the political needle.

Why this shrinking religious group might be among America's last "swing voters"
Vox: White mainline Protestants are the only religious group to have shifted on Trump.
Vox: Why (white) evangelicals still support Trump

The worry of being killed in church and the safety we are promised
Mockingbird: Christians are a group of people who follow a guy who died. On purpose. So safety is the last thing we should expect of Him, says Sarah Condon.

After the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Inside Higher Ed: Interfaith activities always grow after racist and anti-Semitic attacks. The trick is to focus the energy on building something hopeful, not just fighting something ugly, says Eboo Patel.

One-on-one with Tim Keller about reaching skeptics with the gospel
Christianity Today: "If you can answer people's questions and also learn how to question people's answers, that's how you can approach having these conversations."

The Spark

A song without words
In 2017, photographer Johnathon Kelso began a project to test himself and his faith. As Bittter Southerner reports, this white Florida native decided to document lynching sites in six Southern states and to talk with the victims' descendants. It was, Kelso says, a mission from God.

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