- Some weeks ago, I was interviewed for an article in the Wall Street Journal. That article was finally published today: City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide. Obviously, I was the pastor of the city church. The reporter noticed our church, because it had a gay pride flag on the sign.
- Here's a not-necessarily-religious article about whether or not success and happiness are mutually exclusive written by a friend of mine in Inc. Magazine. Give it a look and let me know whether or not you think she's right.
- Here's my pick for the inspirational religious pluralism story of the week.
- Thanks to Amy Gaier for sending this story to me. Take a look at this statue of Jesus placed in front of a NC church--the objections of the neighbors are pretty astounding. What do you think would happen if we placed one in front of our church?
- In last week's sermon, I referenced the Czech Roman Catholic priest Tomas Halik (winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize). Here's a bit more about him. I heartily agree with his statement: "An atheist who protests against God is actually closer to God than an apatheist"
- If you read what I e-mail out each week, you know that I continue to wrestle with what distinction can be made (if any) between an artist or thinker's work and his or her life. Last Sunday the NYT ethicist took on the Woody Allen question.
- Legal cases are pending around the country where businesses are claiming their religious liberty is being violated due to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate or state anti-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBT people. Here's a good piece that explains why this line of reasoning goes too far (warning legal discussion).
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