Editor’s Picks

Check back daily for Bruce Gourley’s curated articles that are relevant to people of faith who wish to engage the critical issues facing our communities, nations and world.

May 14, 2021

In today’s news and analysis headlines: Faith in Numbers: Is Church Attendance Linked to Higher Rates of Coronavirus?; Top Law Enforcement Officials Say the Biggest Domestic Terrorist Threat Comes From White Supremacists; The Eugenics Roots of Evangelical Family Values; Religion Plays a Role in the Renewed Conflict in Israel, But it May Not Be What You Think; and more

May 13, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Only Women’s College in US to Shut Down Amid Declining Enrollment, Financial Difficulties; A San Francisco Pastor Has Become the First Openly Transgender Bishop in the US; Reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre Moral Imperative for Tulsa’s Faith Community, Leaders Say; American Bible Society Releases 11th Annual State of the Bible Report; and more

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May 12, 2021

In today’s news and analysis headlines: South Carolina Aims to Bring Back the Firing Squad; Now There Appear to be Three Paths for Once-United Methodists; Church Attendance is to President Biden as Golf Outings were for Trump; Young U.S. Jews Becoming More Orthodox as American Judaism Splits Between Devout and Secular; and more.

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May 11, 2021

In today’s news and analysis headlines: 2 Oklahoma Boys Pulled from Class for ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirts;
Baptist Group Refuses Kentucky State Contract to Provide Care for Abused, Neglected Kids; Largest Church in SBC Ordains Three Women as Pastors; Violence Flares at Jerusalem Mosque as Israel Marks Jerusalem Day; and more.

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May 10, 2021

In today’s news and curated headlines: The Mothers of Malcolm X, MLK and James Baldwin–New Book Explores How They Shaped Their Sons‘Belonging is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation; A Pennsylvania Lawmaker and the Resurgence of Christian Nationalism; Mississippi GOP Official Warns ‘We Seek the End Time,’ Calls for More Christians to Seek Office; For Some Pastors, the Past Year Was Too Much to Bear; and more

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May 7, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Biden Approval Ratings: How Religious Groups View the President’s Job Performance; LDS Church Urges Court to Toss Out James Huntsman’s Lawsuit, Says His Bid for Tithing Refund is ‘Without Merit’; US Hits New Records for Transgender Killings. Puerto Rico is the Epicenter of Violence; Historic Mexican Church Rises from the Water After 40 Years; and more

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May 6, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Views About National Identity Becoming More Inclusive in U.S., Western Europe; United Methodist Pastor’s Podcast ‘Cross Over Q’ Challenges QAnon, Comforts its Victims; FBC Dallas Will Offer COVID Vaccines Amid Resistance from Evangelicals; Officials Grapple with Coronavirus Hesitancy Among Latino Evangelicals; Learning How to Heal in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate; and more

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May 5, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Family Members and Civil Rights Leaders Mourned Andrew Brown and Called for Justice at His Funeral; The Rise of Christian TikTok; New Museum for American and the Bible Opens at Independence Mall; George W. Bush says if GOP Stands for ‘White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism; Why Muslims in Nashville are Praying at a Methodist Church; and more

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May 4, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Religion Both Helped and Hurt During the Pandemic; Fear of the Rapture Consumed Everyone I Knew as an Evangelical Kid. It Took Me Years to See Exactly Why; Tennessee Pastor Doubles Down on Accusation ‘Fake President’ Biden ‘Stole the Election’; Artificial Intelligence Helps Crack the Code of the Dead Sea Scrolls; ‘We are All the Same’; Barcelona Church Opens to Ramadan Diners; and more.

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May 3, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Can Evangelical Christians Become Woke?; Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural American’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics; Colorado Springs Pastor’s Artwork About Sexual Abuse in the Church to be on Display; Israel Holds Day of Mourning for 45 Victims of Deadly Stampede During Religious Celebration; Pope Francis Issues Orders Aimed at Cracking Down on Vatican Corruption; and more.

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April 30, 2021

In today’s curated news and headlines: 3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting (New York Times)
Lubbock Churches Weigh in on Ordinance to Outlaw Abortion, But Not all Are on the Same Side; Evangelicals are Losing Their Climate Skepticism; and more

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April 29, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: For Evangelical Leader Jamie Aten, Advocating for Vaccines Led to a Death Threat; Cancel Culture Looks a Lot Like Old Fashioned Church Discipline; Ancient Christian Thinkers Made a Case for Reparations that Has a Striking Relevance Today; Muslims in Germany: Religion is Not a Good Gauge of Integration; and more.

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April 28, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Alliance of Baptists Updates its Covenant and Hears Call to Action Against Justice; Oklahoma Governor Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban into Law; We Went Inside the Tennessee Church Whose Trump-Revering Pastor Combines Politics with Christian Nationalism; The Final Hours of the Legislature: Race, Religion and Voting to the Fore; and more.

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April 27, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Violence-Legitimizing Verses in Religious Texts Increase Support for Lethal Violence; NYPD Investigate 6 Attacks at 4 Synagogues Over a Two-Day Span; Dissident Episcopalians Awarded $100 Million Worth of Property as U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Take up Fort Worth Case; and more

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April 26, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Baylor Professor Gets Grant to Explore Racial Mythologies;
After Chauvin Verdict, Boston’s Twelfth Baptist Church Offers Time to Heal; Vaccine Hesitancy Raises Concerns in Arkansas; To Some It’s Just Jail House Religion, but to Others Prison Ministry is a Path to Hope; and more

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April 23, 2021

In today’s featured news and analysis headlines: Denver’s New Hope Baptist Church Working to Help Community Heal After Verdict in Chauvin Trial; Faith-Based Outreach is Critical Tool for Moving Many Vaccine Hesitant Americans Toward Acceptance; Christian Nationalists Form New Website to Defend Their Racism; Shakespeare’s Musings on Religion are Like Curious Whispers – They Require Deep Listening to be Heard; and more.

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