Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Culture-changing Christians
  • African-American worship institute
  • Religious studies jobs report
  • Veterans in your church
  • Testament of Mary
  • Listening is hard

Culture-changing ChristiansPatheos: Evangelical Christians are especially attuned to talk of changing culture. But what culture is, and just how it changes, is often less clear, Thomas Kidd says.

Indy's Christian Theological Seminary creating institute to focus on African-American worshipIndianapolis Star: Christian Theological Seminary is creating a new institute that will feature classes on African-American oratory, preaching skills and worship.

Praying for jobsInside Higher Ed: Two religious studies groups release a report documenting the damage to the academic job market in the discipline and a shift away from tenure-track positions.

How to treat veterans in your churchChristianity Today: Recognizing veterans and their service doesn't mean making them stand up on Sunday morning.USA Today: PTSD, the moral dimensions

'Testament Of Mary' gives fiery voice to the VirginNPR: Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella, The Testament of Mary, raises questions about the life of Jesus' mother and the stories that laid the groundwork for the creation of a church.

The Spark

The science and art of listeningHearing is easy. But listening, really listening, is hard, The New York Times reports. Especially when potential distractions are leaping into your ears every fifty-thousandth of a second. Listening is a skill that we're in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload. 

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