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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)
Abortion doctor trial has national implications
The Gosnell murder case has reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment — the tone of the national debate on abortion. (AP)
At desert monastery, Egypt’s monks join new Christian assertiveness in face of Islamist power
Monks normally immersed in spirituality are joining the increasingly assertive tone of many in the minority community, vowing Christian voices won’t be silenced. (AP)
Mayan calendar aside, end times theology has meaning for many Americans
But Americans haven't entirely dismissed the idea that the world will come to end someday — possibly someday soon. A survey by Public Religion Research Institute showed 36 percent believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in the biblically prophesied end times. (Deseret News)
Egypt’s Christians fear ‘things will only get worse’ as Islamic fundamentalists gain power
A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose. (AP)
Child survivor of US massacre recounts moments of terror
"We were all really scared and then we prayed... Miss Kristopik gave us all lollipops. We thought it would be our last snack." (AFP)
Fate of Baptist pastor accused of abuse is in the hands of his flock
Since Rev. Travis Smith’s arrest in October on sexual abuse and statutory rape charges, which follow similar allegations from 2010, forgiveness from his congregation has become critical to his survival as its pastor. It is this group of about 100 souls — not a bishop, nor a disciplinary committee nor national church leaders at a faraway headquarters — who will decide Smith’s future in the Southern Baptist Convention. (Post-Dispatch)
Old South Church Considers Selling First Book Published in North America - Metro - The Boston Globe
Old South Church owns two of 11 surviving first-edition copies of The Bay Psalm Book. It could fetch $10 to $20 million. (The Boston Globe)
Saying Goodbye for Good
Saying Goodbye for Good
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