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.

April 18, 2024

More Pastors are Leaving Ministry Over Church Conflict; Conservatives Clash With Trump on Leaving Abortion up to Voters; Here’s What a Massive Exodus is Costing the United Methodist Church: Splinter Explainer (and more)

April 17, 2024

‘Bad Faith: Christian Nationalism’s Unholy War on Democracy’ Review: A Scary Look at the Potential Soldiers of the Second Trump Regime; Houston Pastor Ed Young Calls Biden ‘Godless’ in Anti-Immigration Sermon; Interfaith Group Makes Bolder $20M Ask of Greenville Leaders for Affordable Housing (and more)

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April 16, 2024

‘Monkey Man’ Attempts to Reclaim Hinduism for the Underdog; Americans are Not Evenly Divided on Culture Wars, Robert Jones Explains in BNG Webinar; FBI Director Speaks at Birmingham Civil Rights Conference (and more)

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April 15, 2024

6 in 10 Catholics in Favor of Abortion Rights, Pew Research Report Finds; Polish Opponents of Abortion March Against Recent Steps to Liberalize Strict Law; Jelly Roll Took Country Thunder Arizona to Church in Inspiring Set: ‘Everything I Dreamed’ (and more)

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April 12, 2024

As Trump Hawks Bible, Debate Over ‘Christian America’ Spreads Outside Church; Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Pushes Pastors to Run for Political Office; A Dramatic Schism Over Social Issues? The United Methodist Church Has Been Here Before; Louisiana Lawmakers Want Ten Commandments in All Public School Classrooms (and more)

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April 11, 2024

If A.I. Takes Our Jobs, Will it Also Take Our Purpose?; Plans to Turn Cambridge Church Tower into Climbing Facility (BBC)
Photos Challenge Misconceptions About What it Means to be an American Muslim (and more)

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April 9, 2024

How Putin’s Christian Nationalism Seduced the American Right; Yes, We’re Divided. But New AP-NORC Poll Shows Most Americans Still Agree on Core American Values; North Texas Groups Will Host a 3-Day Event to Raise Environmental Awareness (and more)

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April 8, 2024

What Americans Lost When They Stopped Going to Church; Zakaria: How Trump Fills a Void in an Increasingly Secular America; The Strange World of Catholic ‘Integralism’ – Christian Nationalism (and more)

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April 5, 2024

Preaching Spiritual Coexistence During Ramadan as a Palestinian-Israeli Imam; Uganda’s Constitutional Court Rejects Petition Against Anti-Gay Law; The New Science of Death: ‘There’s Something Happening in the Brain that Makes No Sense’ (and more)

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April 4, 2024

Why Do So Many Christian Colleges and Universities Maintain Gendered Residence Life Policies?; Families Find Ways to Protect Their LGBTQ Kids; LGBTQ-Inclusive Church in Cuba Welcomes All in a Country that Once Sent Gay People to Labor Camps (and more)

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April 3, 2024

Fake Right-Wing Panic About “Trans” Easter is Part of Trump’s Push for Christian Nationalism; Oklahoma State Supreme Court to Hear Arguments About Taxpayer Funded Religious Charter School; Using Civil Rights-era Laws, Trump Allies Plot Anti-Racism Protections – for White People (and more)

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April 2, 2024

The Oldest Black School in America is Reopening to the Public; The Ancient, Volatile Christian Ideas Behind Trump’s Obsession With Blood; The Rocking Story of How Religion Crept into Popular Music—Where it Remains Even Today (and more)

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April 1, 2024

‘I’m Spiritual’: Navigating Black Women’s Complex Relationship With Religion, Spirituality and Labeling Our Faith ; Christian Communities in North America Lead Solidarity Walks for Gaza Amid Ongoing War; Pope Overcomes Health Concerns to Preside Over Easter Mass and Appeal for Peace in Gaza and Israel (and more)

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March 29, 2024

Black Pastors See Popular Easter Services as an Opportunity to Rebuild In-Person Worship Attendance; With Texas’s Deportation Law on Pause, Migrants Turn to the Church; Resigned President is Suing Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for Defamation; England and Wales: Same-Sex Marriage a Decade On: More Choice for All Couples is the Best Legal Way Forward, Study Argues (and more)

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March 28, 2024

‘I’m Really Proud to Be on the Frontlines of Religion’: New Gallup Poll Finds Drop in Church Attendance; With its Soldiers Mired in Gaza, Israel Fights a Battle at Home Over Drafting the Ultra-Orthodox; Putin, the Religion Card: How Russia’s Leader Uses Public Piety to Wield Power (and more)

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March 27, 2024

A Year After the Deadly Nashville Shooting, Christian School Relies on Faith – and Adopted Dogs; Bible Bill Sent to Tennessee Governor; Listening to the New Emerging Voices of Christianity (and more)

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