“When someone gives careful reasoning behind changing their position, it’s not weakness; it’s strength. It’s called thinking.”

Psychologist Craig Malkin, author of Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad — And Surprising Good — About Feeling Special (Psychology Today)

“There is no way to justify 456 percent interest. It’s stealing, taking advantage of the poor. It’s usury of the first order. What we’ve got is criminal.”

—*Birmingham-Southern College President Emeritus Neal Berte on predatory lenders that prey upon the financially vulnerable (AL.com*)

“We as a church understand the importance of learning about the accomplishments of African-American people. Therefore, we realize that if we don’t tell and preserve our own history, our children will never know their real value.”

Pastor Howard-John Wesley, on Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., making a $1-million pledge to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture set to open this year (eurweb.com)

“It feels like stating the obvious to say ‘evangelical voters’ are not a monolith that can be reliably relied upon by any politician. But what should go without saying apparently needs repeating: To say ‘the evangelical vote’ without any further specification is almost meaningless.”

Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project (RNS)

“Just 55 percent of Millennials responded positively about their perception of religious institutions — an 18 percent dip since 2010. This represents an important shift, as older generations are now more likely to view religious groups positively.”

Kristen Rein reporting for USA TODAY College on a Pew Research Center study

“Is this the best we can imagine?”

Elizabeth Mangham Lott, pastor of St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, responding to Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraging students to arm themselves against potential threats from Muslims (BNG)

“It’s really being able to touch history. But also to be part of a future that can be better than the past.”

Pastor Reginald Davis of the African-American First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., that was founded secretively by slaves in 1776, on the recent restoration and ringing of the church’s historic bell acquired in 1886 (Virginia Gazette)

“It’s different when you’re in the middle of it. It’s not just ‘those people’ over there. When you have family in the heart of danger, war becomes much more personal.”

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Janée Angel, who serves Arabic-speaking people in Antwerp, Belgium, on the struggles of her husband Hary’s family trapped in war-torn Syria (BNG)

“Many white evangelicals … have gone so fully off the rails as an institution, that Jesus is no longer a concern. His life, ministry, mission, and manner are inconsequential and frankly bad for business. As a result, they no longer care whether or not they are emulating him or honoring him, just capitalizing on his name recognition.”

Pastor John Pavlovitz of North Raleigh Community Church, blogging at johnpavlovitz.com

“Our national discussion about immigration, refugees and Muslims has exposed a spirit of bigotry and hatefulness, even among followers of Jesus. Today the world looks at the United States and wonders if we really are still a nation that believes all people are created equal. Our racism and nationalism have erected more walls than bridges.”

J. Lee Grady, former editor of Charisma magazine and author of 10 Lies The Church Tells Women (Charisma)