Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/2/2017

  • Black pastor, staying in SBC
  • Trump cabinet Bible study
  • 10 Commandment monuments
  • Christian legal movement
  • Churches & singles
  • Terrifying bus seats

I'm a black pastor. Here's why I'm staying in the Southern Baptist Convention
The Washington Post: William Dwight McKissic, Sr., says the SBC needs pastors like him and multicultural congregations like the one he pastors to evangelize the entire world for Christ.

Cabinet members study Bible together weekly
Religion News Service: Members of President Trump's Cabinet attend a weekly Bible study, according to a new report.

Breaking the Ten Commandments: A short history of the contentious American monuments
Religion & Politics: Where once the Decalogue had been an anchor of the nation's identity as well as a source of comity, it has now become the stuff of controversy and even rupture.

Serving God by suing others: Inside the Christian conservative legal movement
Deseret News: Liberty Counsel is part of the Christian legal movement, a collection of advocacy groups working to advance and protect conservative Christian moral values. Together, these firms have turned the courts into key battlefields in the culture wars.

Churches must improve treatment of singles or risk losing them, author says
Baptist News Global: It's high time churches wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to the single adults in their pews -- and for the even bigger number of singles who aren't there.

The Spark

Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group
The (London) Guardian reports that a Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members mistook a photograph of six empty Oslo bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas.

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