Top Five Stories of the Day

1. Evangelical statement on global warming is a media sensation
Christianity Today Online yesterday covered the Evangelical Climate Initiative's Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, but CT certainly isn't the only news outlet with interest in this subject. Dozens of newspapers and other media around the world are picking up the story with original reporting, and many others are picking up wire service stories. But it's also interesting that the D.C. media doesn't find the story newsworthy. There's no story at all in The Washington Times, which is usually better than most on covering evangelical political actions. And The Washington Post, which a week ago ran a full story under the headline, "Evangelicals Will Not Take Stand on Global Warming," only took note of the Evangelical Climate Initiative as a related item to the White House's action yesterday on global warming and polar bears.

2. NAE seeks to join Air Force lawsuit At the same time that the National Association of Evangelicals was making news for not taking part in the Evangelical Climate Initiative, the association was also in the news for taking a position in a Jewish Air Force Academy graduate's lawsuit against the military branch. The NAE, which sponsors many military chaplains from smaller denominations, would enter the case as a party, rather than simply filing a friend of the court brief. Mikey Weinstein says the NAE's involvement is itself evidence that the government is seeking to "collaborate with fundamentalist Christians to convert members of the armed forces to evangelical Christianity." The American Jewish Congress sees things differently, and is applauding the NAE's actions. The AJC especially likes the NAE's statement ...

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Launched in 1999, Christianity Today’s Weblog was not just one of the first religion-oriented weblogs, but one of the first published by a media organization. (Hence its rather bland title.) Mostly compiled by then-online editor Ted Olsen, Weblog rounded up religion news and opinion pieces from publications around the world. As Christianity Today’s website grew, it launched other blogs. Olsen took on management responsibilities, and the Weblog feature as such was mothballed. But CT’s efforts to round up important news and opinion from around the web continues, especially on our Gleanings feature.
Ted Olsen
Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's editorial director. He wrote the magazine's Weblog—a collection of news and opinion articles from mainstream news sources around the world—from 1999 to 2006. In 2004, the magazine launched Weblog in Print, which looks for unexpected connections and trends in articles appearing in the mainstream press. The column was later renamed "Tidings" and ran until 2007.
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