Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Youth baseball & selling religion
  • Evangelicals worry about turnout
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • Bully pulpit
  • Religious freedom?
  • Horseless equestrians

Selling religion: why my church sponsored youth baseball and softballForbes: A church learns a valuable lesson after sponsoring youth baseball teams: Organized religion is going to have to explain its necessity.

Calling all Christians: Mormonism, voter enthusiasm concern evangelical leadersAssociated Press: Evangelical leaders worried that Mitt Romney's Mormonism could suppress conservative turnout on Election Day are intensifying appeals for Christians to vote.

Maximilian Kolbe's story shows us why sainthood is still meaningfulThe (London) Guardian: On the anniversary of St Maximilian's canonisation, we can learn from the priest who died in place of a stranger in Auschwitz.

The bully pulpitSlate: These preachers want to get political. You got a problem with that?

'Religious freedom' sends the wrong message to the wrong peopleThe (Toronto) Globe & Mail: Canada's new Office of Religious Freedom is very likely to contribute to the very problems it hopes to help solve.

The Spark

These equestrians fly over jumps, mounts aren't along for the rideSummer Pasquantonio, a 10-year-old competitive horseback rider, was focused as she warmed up. When it was her turn, she confidently picked up her canter, turned toward the jump, gained momentum and cleared it effortlessly, the Wall Street Journal reports. Her pony was nowhere in sight.

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