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Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who oversees the Archdiocese of San Francisco, announced on Friday he is barring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking Communion in churches he oversees, citing her support for abortion rights.

Former Vice President Al Gore urged Black interfaith leaders and environmental activists to increase joint efforts to seek solutions to the “twin crises of climate and racial justice.” 

In this issue of A Public Witness, we hop down into this lion’s den to further consider Doug Mastriano, his attacks on the media, and the Christian Nationalism animating his campaign. 

In episode 51 of Dangerous Dogma, Bob Cornwall, author of Called to Bless, talks about considering the spiritual DNA of a church or individual. He also discusses why he reads books and how he writes reviews of them. You can find his weekly book reviews on his blog or at Word&Way.

Church

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who oversees the Archdiocese of San Francisco, announced on Friday he is barring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking Communion in churches he oversees, citing her support for abortion rights.

In this issue of A Public Witness, we reconsider Harry Emerson Fosdick’s famous sermon and ask some of American Christianity’s leading voices and experts, “Did the fundamentalists win?”

A gunman motivated by political hatred against Taiwan chained shut the doors of a California church and hid firebombs inside before shooting at a gathering of mostly elderly Taiwanese parishioners, killing a man who tackled him and possibly saved dozens of lives, authorities said Monday.

Nation

Former Vice President Al Gore urged Black interfaith leaders and environmental activists to increase joint efforts to seek solutions to the “twin crises of climate and racial justice.” 

In this issue of A Public Witness, we hop down into this lion’s den to further consider Doug Mastriano, his attacks on the media, and the Christian Nationalism animating his campaign. 

Republican Senate hopeful Mehmet Oz is stepping up his criticism of far-right candidates in Pennsylvania who are gaining traction ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

World

Reconfirming the status quo in Jerusalem will require some hard diplomacy and a lot of goodwill. King Abdullah II of Jordan is the custodian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem, via a religious trust known as the Waqf Council.

Alejandro Clemente González was talking with an electrician while preparing for weekend services at Cuba's most important Baptist church when an enormous explosion shook the building and shattered the 19th century dome towering far above the pews. 

The European Union is reportedly considering the prospect of imposing sanctions on Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, as part of a larger package designed to weaken Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Editorials

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor responds to comments by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, who attacked Americans United for Separation of Church and State while he advocated for government prayers in public schools.

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor reflects on starting a third year of a global pandemic. Looking at coverage of this pandemic and the flu pandemic of a century before, he offers some lessons to consider.

Brian Kaylor reacts with satirical humor and sharp criticism to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filing lawsuits against dozens of public school districts after school officials enacted mask rules to keep children and teachers healthy amid the omicron surge.

Word&Way Voices

Contributing writer Greg Mamula offers the latest entry in a six-part series on the future of the church. In this second article, he focuses on how we should learn to listen and respond well to our communities.

Darron LaMonte Edwards laments that he hasn't heard anything from potential white allies regarding the racially-motivated shooting targeting Black people in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr reminds us that we will long forget the words of our enemies, but we will always remember the silence of our

Contributing writer Rodney Kennedy uses the metaphor of fast food to better understand our current political moment. The allure of junk food matches the allure of our politics – simple, cheap, fast, superficial, but somewhat tasty.

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In this issue of A Public Witness, we hop down into this lion’s den to further consider Doug Mastriano, his attacks on the media, and the Christian Nationalism animating his campaign. 

In this issue of A Public Witness, we reconsider Harry Emerson Fosdick’s famous sermon and ask some of American Christianity’s leading voices and experts, “Did the fundamentalists win?”

Doug Mastriano leads the crowded primary field in the polls ahead of voting on Tuesday. And should he win, a man who espouses Christian Nationalism, has spoken at QAnon events, and was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, would be the Republican nominee in a swing state for

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Podcasts

In episode 51 of Dangerous Dogma, Bob Cornwall, author of Called to Bless, talks about considering the spiritual DNA of a church or individual. He also discusses why he reads books and how he writes reviews of them. You can

In episode 50 of Dangerous Dogma, Michael Livingston, interim senior minister at Riverside Church in New York City, talks about the history of Riverside and what it has been like to lead that congregation. He also discusses his time with

In episode 49 of Dangerous Dogma, Corey Nathan, host of the Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other podcast, talks with Word&Way President Brian Kaylor about his show and why he thinks people should find better ways to discuss

In episode 48 of Dangerous Dogma, Mark Noll, a prolific historian of U.S. Christianity, talks about his new book America’s Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794-1911. He also discusses church-state relations, pluralism, and civil religion.

Books

Robert D. Cornwall reviews The New Adam: What the Early Church Can Teach Evangelicals (and Liberals) about the Atonement by Ron Highfield. The book explores how we should understand the death and resurrection of Jesus and what this means for

Robert D. Cornwall reviews The Mind in Another Place: My Life as a Scholar by Luke Timothy Johnson. The book serves as a memoir about the life of a scholar, written both for potential academics and for those who wonder

Robert D. Cornwall reviews A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: Introducing Beliefs and Practices Paperback by Eve Tibbs. The book is written with Protestants in mind and offers readers who might be unfamiliar with Eastern Orthodoxy a basic introduction

The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy by sociologists Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry is so important that we’re not just highlighting it in this review, but we’re also giving away a copy autographed