Wednesday's News & Ideas - 2/15/2017

  • Texas church welcomes refugees
  • Action or contemplation?
  • 3 little words Jews never say
  • God in The Ancient Mariner
  • Short life of viral social movements
  • Two ancient traditions & rest

When an evangelical pastor welcomed refugees, it transformed his Texas church
The Los Angeles Times: The national anxiety over immigration and terrorist threats has been felt in Texas, too, as members of Pantego Bible Church wrestle with their faith, their politics and even the nature of what it means to be a Christian.

Resistance takes action and contemplation
National Catholic Reporter: When so much is at stake politically, socially and morally, should we respond with action or contemplation? Both, says Heidi Schlumpf.

The three little words that Jews never say
Religion News Service: God loves you. There. Jeffrey Salkin said it. Even though Jews don't talk that way -- that whole "God loves you" thing.

Shipwrecked: looking for God in The Ancient Mariner
The New Statesman: Malcolm Guite's religious portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The surprisingly short life of viral social movements
Scientific American: Social media charity campaigns spread like wildfire but burn out fast.

The Spark

Contemporary society is tired and stressed because we've abandoned two ancient traditions
People have been complaining about exhaustion since the days of the ancient Romans. But as Quartz reports, there's reason to believe that this affliction is particularly acute in today's hyper-connected world. Modern society has upended two long-standing traditions that encouraged rest.

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