Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Don't blame college
  • What people gave up for Lent
  • Denying Communion at funeral
  • Talent & passion
  • Unconventional pastor
  • Collapse of parody

Don't blame college for young people leaving ChristianityCNN Belief blog: As a generation heads for the exit door, church leaders keep looking for an outside enemy to blame when the biggest problems are inside the church.

What people gave up for Lent 2012 (According to Twitter)Christianity Today: Chocolate and social media once more top the list. And folks seem to have given up giving up Bieber.

D.C. archdiocese: Denying Communion to lesbian at funeral was against 'policy'Washington Post: Priest's action triggers an uproar among gay rights activists and enlivens some religious conservatives.US Catholic: Denying communion at a funeral: An offense worthy of suspension? Definitely

Talent, passion, and the creativity mazeHarvard Business Review, blog: Without intrinsic motivation, no amount of talent will yield great performance.

Clergy, others rip Santorum views on church-state rolesBoston Globe: Santorum has angered religious leaders across much of the spectrum for his comments denigrating JFK's speech calling for a clear delineation between church and state.The Daily Beast: Santorum fails to win Catholic majority in Michigan and Arizona primaries

Unconventional pastor who revived church to address Idea conferenceCrain's Detroit Business: The Rev. Barry Randolph of the Church of the Messiah in Detroit doesn't take the conventional approach to addressing the masses.

The Spark

Can you identify THE ONION headlines? The collapse of parody, and what it meansAmerican politics are getting more Onion-ish. People are mistaking stories from the brilliant parodic newspaper The Onion for "real" news with growing frequency, Big Think reports. When parody works, both sides recognize themselves. They're momentarily united in laughing at a joke that skewers them, made decipherable by their shared standard of common sense. But what if we are so estranged, extreme, and pre-sorted that we don't have this knowledge, curiosity, contact, and trust with each other ?

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