Who Makes the Bible Go Viral
Last year, 2.6 million Twitter users shared Bible verses 43 million times. After filtering out spambots, OpenBible.info calculated the top sharers and how many verses circulated thanks to them:
Good news for parachurch organizations: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ministries can hire or fire employees based on religious criteria, just like churches can. A divorcing employee sued InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) for sex discrimination after she was fired for “failing to reconcile her marriage.” But the court ruled that since IVCF is a religious group, its “ministerial employees” can’t challenge their termination under federal or state employment discrimination laws. It didn’t matter that the employee was a “spiritual director” and not a “minister,” since the title conveys a religious meaning, the court said.
Two centuries ago, the Philadelphia Bible Society was the leading opponent when America’s dozens of societies merged into a national group. The American Bible Society (ABS) formed in 1816 and was headquartered in Manhattan. This year, ABS made the “heart-wrenching” decision to leave its 12-story building on Broadway in favor of the lower cost of living in the City of Brotherly Love. abs will help displaced ministries—including Young Life and the Museum of Biblical Art—relocate, and hopes to move in before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September.
The founder and director of one of the world’s largest advocates ...1
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Gleanings: April 2015
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