Today's Top Five

1. Morning-after contraceptive back on the table
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to reopen discussions with the manufacturer of Plan B, while debate continues on whether it's a contraceptive or an abortifacient (pro-life critics say it prohibits embryonic implantation in the uterus). Talks are only beginning, but it appears that FDA officials want the "morning-after pill" available without a prescription—but only to women over 18.

2. What did Naveed Haq believe and when did he believe it?
"Naveed Haq, now widely portrayed as a Muslim American so angry at Israel that he shot up a Jewish charity in Seattle, had recently converted to Christianity," The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported yesterday. The article went on say that the suspect in the Jewish Federation shootings fell away from Christianity as well, but it adds an interesting twist to a story that captures the tension between religions in America.

3. Greg Boyd: "America is not the light of the world" Greg Boyd may be the black sheep of evangelicals for his opinion that the church needs to keep its hands out of politics, a New York Times profile suggests. The Times quotes Boyd saying, "When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses," in a six-part series he delivered from the pulpit. His remarks have unsurprisingly angered some parishioners: 1,000 of his 5,000 parishioners reportedly left over the series. The article doesn't make much of Boyd's theological controversies or whether his promotion of open theism cost the church any members, but it would have made an interesting comparison. Leadership's blog "Out of Ur" has excerpts from Boyd's The Myth of a Christian Nation (part 1 | 2), if you're interested. The Times links ...

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