Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/12/2017

  • Merkel's pastor father
  • Lagos megachurch cities
  • Memo from Houston
  • PBS Martin Luther doc
  • Pope on Trump DACA decision
  • Alzheimer's isn't the end

The pastor's daughter: How a striking family history shaped Germany's powerful chancellor
The Washington Post: The pastor, Horst Kasner, was not well known. Today, however, his daughter is perhaps the most powerful woman in the world.

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities
The (London) Guardian: Redemption Camp has 5,000 houses, roads, rubbish collection, police, supermarkets, banks, a fun fair, a post office -- even a 25 megawatt power plant. In Nigeria, the line between church and city is rapidly vanishing.

Memo from Houston: what Harvey taught me
Mockingbird: Sarah Condon on her unexpected cross-country "Hurrication" (patent pending).

Talking heads help humanize the PBS documentary 'Martin Luther'
America: It won't bring the tonsure back into fashion, but PBS' Martin Luther documentary might eliminate some head scratching about church history, the theological distinctions between Christian denominations and how much influence religious thought has had on the secular world.

Pope Francis questions Trump's pro-life values over decision to end DACA
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has questioned President Donald Trump's commitment to pro-life values, suggesting that his administration's recent decision to end a program protecting undocumented young people from deportation is contradictory.

The Spark

Why Alzheimer's isn't the end of everything: Requiem for my friend Pat
The Rev. Steve Morris met Pat and her son Tyrone on his first Sunday as vicar at St. Cuthbert's. Pat was magnificent, maybe his greatest encourager ever, he writes at Christian Today. "And here's the thing. I never knew Pat before she had Alzheimer's. The Pat I knew was the Pat with Alzheimers -- and that Pat was beautiful."

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