Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/9/2017

  • God & taking out Kim Jong Un?
  • Nagaski Day
  • Bishop: gay a gift from God
  • Faith & reducing bullying
  • Teaching Jewish values
  • Faculty pass on move-in day

'God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,' evangelical adviser says
The Washington Post: Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump's evangelical advisers, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It's Nagasaki Day: Have Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un noticed?
Christian Today: There's a bleak synchronicity in today's news.

Bishop calls homosexuality 'gift from God,' seeks to end 'prejudices that kill '
Crux: A Brazilian bishop said July 30 that homosexuality is a "gift from God," and later released a statement saying that his only scope was to "save lives," after learning about the high statistics of suicide among the LGBT community.

Global studies reveal 5 ways faith can reduce bullying, empower victims
ARDA: A powerful resource for reducing bullying and helping victims heal may be right in your local church, temple or mosque. The congregational youth group.

Stephen Miller shows that synagogues must teach Jewish values
Religion News Service: Here is the paradox. American Jews, and America, need Jewish values and teachings, more and more. And yet, American Jews are learning about those values and teachings, less and less, says Jeffrey Salkin.

The Spark

Why faculty members should not help with move-in day
Every August at Deborah J. Cohan's university, she and other faculty receive emails asking them to help with move-in days. And every year, she hits "delete." As she writes at Inside Higher Ed, "how did we get to the point in higher education where faculty are being asked to participate in so many customer-oriented gimmicks ?"

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