Tuesday's News & Ideas - 12/11/2018

  • Fundamental Baptist sex abuse
  • Thomas Merton today
  • Political diversity & Christian skepticism
  • John Chau's death
  • CT 2019 book awards
  • Upside of gossip

Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S.
Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram: For decades, women and children have faced rampant sexual abuse while worshiping at independent fundamental Baptist churches around the country.
Religion News Service: Ending the year #MeToo went to church, Wheaton summit to discuss evangelical response
Religion News Service: Colorado police set sights on Shambhala Buddhist leaders

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today?
National Catholic Reporter: Merton provides us with at least three compelling reasons for continuing to learn about him and read his work as much today as when he was living more than half a century ago.
National Catholic Reporter: Rohr: Church needs an 'awakening of the soul'

Why Christians may be less enthusiastic about a more diverse Congress
The Deseret News: Americans are more skeptical of the benefits of electing non-Christian or LGBT leaders than electing people from racial and ethnic minority groups.

John Chau's death on North Sentinel Island roils the missionary world
The New Yorker: In secular circles and among evangelicals, Chau's death has stirred controversy.

Christianity Today's 2019 book awards
Christianity Today: CT's picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.

The Spark

Do we have gossip all wrong?
Gossip is often maligned. But as the BBC reports, it's an important part of social cooperation and information sharing -- and is complimentary more often than you might think.

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