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Does Russell Moore really represent Southern Baptists?
As with most marriages, the health of the relationship is more complicated than some might assume. There is no mutiny among the masses, but not every Southern Baptist is a card-carrying member of the Russell Moore fan club, either. (RNS)
Black Clergy Activists Apologize for ‘Failed’ Church Leaders
A group of Millennial black clergy issued a public apology for the many ways they believe the church has marginalized youth, LGBT people and many others.
Some Evangelicals Struggle With Black Lives Matter Movement - The New York Times
“We can wipe out the adoption crisis tomorrow,” Ms. Higgins said at one point. “We could wipe it out this week, but we’re too busy arguing to have abortion banned, we’re too busy arguing to defund Planned Parenthood.“We are too busy withholding mercy from the living,” she said, “so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn.”
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Is Immigration Reform Dead? Not If Evangelicals Can Do Anything About It
Based on interviews with evangelical leaders, political strategists, and policymakers, this is an inside look at how the evangelical movement became a major backer of immigration reform, how it turned traditional political allegiances on their head, and what the future holds. (Atlantic)
School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever
A three-part cover story on the state of school prayer. (CSMonitor.com)
Supreme Court ruling 50 years ago set modern course for religion in public schools
Despite a popular perception that the 8-1 decision ripped religion out of public schools by banning the ceremonial reading of Bible verses, prominent First Amendment scholars and educators say Abington v. Schempp marked a rare consensus among conservative and liberal justices that actually provided a framework for allowing religion into the public school curriculum. (Deseret News)
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Opinion: Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects
Republicans must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. (Ralph Reed, The Wall Street Journal)
5 things we learned from Franklin Graham
Graham says his dad has always been political, and that Billy Graham’s activism last year was in sync with past behavior. (CNN)
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An Ex-Mouseketeer’s Journey Back to Christianity From Paganism - NYTimes.com
The pop singer-songwriter Teo Bishop, also known as Matt Morris, shocked Pagans last month by re-embracing Christianity. (The New York Times)
Interview: Chris Hadfield, Author Of 'An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth'
"If you start talking in depth about your own [faith], you are excluding other people who have different faiths that give them strength. There's no point in that." (Fresh Air)
Opinion: The Billy Graham Brand Rolls On
He just turned 95, but the foundation that bears his name is still bringing out new books and videos. (Kenneth L. Woodward, The Wall Street Journal)
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For God and country: more U.S. pastors seek political office in 2016
Aiming to motivate conservative Christians, they are focusing on smaller political races, local ballot initiatives and community voter registration drives.
Donald Trump Sets His Sights on Black Evangelicals - Bloomberg Politics
“It's rare for a Republican candidate to reach out to the black community,” Boynton said. “So who cares if it's an endorsement or a meeting? Mr. Trump's attempt in and of itself is honorable. It's a chance for black leaders to tell a leading candidate exactly what we care about.”
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Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
When One of Us Falls
5 pastors share how they react when a high-profile Christian leader has a moral failing. (Leadership Journal)
Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse (The Columbus Dispatch)
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Opinion: ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law
Religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others (Louise Melling, The Washington Post)
Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse (The Columbus Dispatch)
How have Christians and non-Christians fared before the Supreme Court in RFRA and RLUIPA cases? - The Washington Post
If you really think that head-counts of winners in Supreme Court religious exemption cases are the way to evaluate biases, then I take it you should conclude that the more liberal court of the 1960s to 1980s was biased in favor of Christians and the more conservative court of the 1990s to 2010s hasn’t been.
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Greek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay
The credit-card-size fragment is believed to contain about six lines of the Gospel of John on one side and an unidentified Christian text on the other. (The New York Times)
Public exhibit of St. Peter relics revives debate
Are the bones really his? (Associated Press)
Scientific vandalism: How the IAA and Israeli Police Wrecked the James Ossuary
The red smear left by the application of silicon by the Israel Police Forensics Laboratory in their fruitless attempt to prove forgery has contaminated the word "Yeshua" (Jesus) inscribed on the ossuary and destroyed much of the little patina that remained (Matthew Kalman, James Ossuary Trial)
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The Conversion of George Foreman: Packing a Wallop in the Pulpit - NYTimes.com
When it comes to good and evil, there is no question where Foreman stands. He has seen his share of both.
Religion defies recession in Brazil -- especially in the UCKG
The latest data from Brazil’s tax authorities shows its churches made about R$21bn ($6.8bn) in revenue in 2011 through weekly contributions, donations and by even issuing credit cards with local banks (Financial Times)
Evangelist-turned-CEO now ‘a vagabond’ as mining dreams evaporate
Len Lindstrom went from globetrotting evangelist to mining executive to broke (CBC)
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Two evangelicals condemned in France for leaflet on faith and homosexuality
A LGBT group reported the evangelistic content to the police. The two men will appeal the veredict that condemns them to pay 1,500 Euros in fines.
Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
Thousands of evangelicals prayed together for Spain
The national event “Spain, we pray for you” took place in Madrid on Saturday, June 13th, with the attendance of thousands of evangelical Christians, who gathered to pray for the necessities of country, and to give a Christian testimony, so that many would know Jesus.
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The Tragedy and Farce of Cuts to Israeli Government Funding for Church Schools - Opinion - Haaretz
The cuts in funding to church schools will result in a drastic increase in tuition fees and deeply affect the economic class structure of Arab society. There is no escaping the conclusion that the government is trying to bring about the social elimination of the most enlightened and educated segment of Arab society, along with Arab civil society in general (such as proposed legislation on contributions from foreign governments).
Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
If we don’t teach religion in schools, Americans will never understand the rest of the world – Quartz
Many people seemed to believe that religion cannot be discussed in the classroom because “it might make someone uncomfortable.” This is a dangerous myth.
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ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art
An estimated 300 people have been taken captive, and 30 villages emptied, while Christians are forced to pay a tax to the Islamic State. (The New York Times)
Why are Christian movies so painfully bad? - Vox
It isn't problematic that Christians "borrow ideas" from Hollywood and put their own spin on them. Every film genre does this. But given the Christian doctrine of creation, it is certainly surprising that so many Christian filmmakers — and artists in general — would choose to mimic someone else's vision, rather than cultivate their own.
A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists. (The New York Times)
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The Lord Is My Shepherd or Predator?
The Lord Is My Shepherd or Predator?
Many people today find the famous psalm troubling. But we need it now more than ever.
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