Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Lessons from little Pilate
  • California shootings
  • Christianity in crisis
  • Where's Jesus on Holy Saturday?
  • Someone's in my pew
  • Dude!

Palm Sunday lessons from an unlikely Pontius PilateWashington Post: As even a six-year-old knows, everyone roses from the dead, says James Martin S.J.

Site of California shooting is Korean Christian collegeCNN Belief blog: California college where authorities say that seven people were shot dead is a religious school that caters to the burgeoning Korean American Christian community.

Christianity in crisisThe Daily Beast: Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists. Ignore them, writes Andrew Sullivan, and embrace Him.

What did Jesus do on Holy SaturdayReligion News Service: Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday?

Bettany Hughes: who knows whether God is a girl?The (London) Telegraph: The role of women in the early days of Christianity has been "suppressed", according to a leading historian who has questioned the traditional depiction of God as a man.

Somebody has been sitting in my pew!United Methodist News Service: It seems some churchgoers are as possessive of their "family pew" as the unfortunate baby bear in the fairy tale.

The Spark

Hey DudeSlang rarely has staying power. That is part of its charm; the young create it, and discard it as soon as it becomes too common, Robert Lane Greene writes in Intelligent Life.  Slang is a subset of in-group language, and once that gets taken up by the out-group, it's time for the in-crowd to come up with something new. So, the long life of one piece of American slang is striking. Or as the kids would say, "Dude!"

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