Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/5/2017

  • UK Anglican collapse
  • Trump's pastors on DACA
  • Texas congregation dries out
  • Churches & disaster relief
  • Natural disasters & theodicy
  • You'll never be famous

Massive collapse in number of Anglicans in Britain, new survey shows
Christian Today: The number of Anglicans in Britain has collapsed by 50 per cent in under two decades, according to a new survey.

Pastors who stood by Trump after Charlottesville plead for him to show 'heart' for 'dreamer' immigrants
The Washington Post: Despite pressure to resign after Charlottesville, most members of an evangelical advisory board have decided to remain, in hopes of influencing policy.
Religion News Service: All the president's clergymen: A close look at Trump's 'unprecedented' ties with evangelicals

A Texas congregation dries out its flood-damaged church, then cries and sings about the water
The Los Angeles Times: A little over a week ago, as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, senior pastor Jack Matkin canceled Sunday services at First UMC in Dickinson, fearing the coming calamity. His assessment was correct

The complicated role churches play in disaster relief
Pacific-Standard: The Joel Osteen controversy highlights the importance of faith-based organizations in times of need.

'He has a reason': how natural disasters test the faithful
NPR: In churches across Houston on Sunday, pastors struggled to tell their parishioners why a God they believed to be good might have allowed a storm of Biblical proportion to flood their city.

The Spark

You'll never be famous -- and that's O.K.
Extraordinary lives look like the norm on the internet. Yet the idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is misguided, Emily Esfahani Smith writes at The New York Times.The most meaningful lives are often not the extraordinary ones. They're the ordinary ones lived with dignity.

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