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Friday, March 23, 2018

Living in the middle

Bill Hybels accused of sexual misconduct by former Willow Creek leaders
Christianity Today: John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. "The charges against me are false," says Hybels of former friends' "collusion."
The Chicago Tribune: After years of inquiries, Willow Creek pastor denies misconduct allegations

So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good
The (London) Guardian: Young people rejecting religion is not bad news for Christianity: the faith needs to embrace its weirdness and mystery, Peter Ormerod says.

The Church of Scientology has launched a TV channel. It's weirdly familiar.
Vox: Scientology channel's vague "self-help" platitudes and stock-footage-laden graphics tie neatly into the intersection of capitalism and spirituality that has come to define the American religious landscape.

Living in the middle
Commonweal: Joseph chose to step past the doubt and uproot his life over and over because he was willing to believe even when not compelled to do so by direct experience. Joseph, in other words, is us.

Johnson Amendment remains intact in latest omnibus spending bill
Religion News Service: The part of tax law that prohibits houses of worship from engaging in explicit political activity will remain intact for now, despite concerns that Republican lawmakers would try to repeal it in the latest massive federal spending bill.

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