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Ryan Burge wrote a computer script to collect and organize the text of all the resolutions passed at the annual meeting data back to 1845 to see if there were any patterns.

As bishops in the United States prepare to discuss the drafting of a document that could ban pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden from receiving Communion, experts say while this is not a new debate, the stakes are higher than ever.

Newly released audio clips from a Southern Baptist whistleblower appear to corroborate accusations Southern Baptist Convention leaders were reluctant to take action against churches accused of mishandling abuse.

In episode 3 of Dangerous Dogma, Kristin Kobes Du Mez talks about her book ‘Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.’

Church

Ryan Burge wrote a computer script to collect and organize the text of all the resolutions passed at the annual meeting data back to 1845 to see if there were any patterns.

Newly released audio clips from a Southern Baptist whistleblower appear to corroborate accusations Southern Baptist Convention leaders were reluctant to take action against churches accused of mishandling abuse.

Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director John Yeats has served as an officer for the Southern Baptist Convention for 24 years. A pastor in Virginia thinks that’s too long. So, Adam Blosser announced his candidacy Wednesday, less than a week before the SBC’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nation

As bishops in the United States prepare to discuss the drafting of a document that could ban pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden from receiving Communion, experts say while this is not a new debate, the stakes are higher than ever.

Seven states have an unconstitutional ban on atheists holding public office. Although superseded by Supreme Court rulings, the bans reflect the normalization of anti-atheism that has yet to be truly dealt with, or rarely acknowledged, in the United States.

We may not have subpoena power or ornate hearing rooms in Washington, D.C., but in this edition of A Public Witness we explore the evil spirit animating Jan. 6 that abides in too many churches and revealed itself at the U.S. Capitol. This is a demon that needs to be exorcised.

World

Perhaps the looming transition in Israeli politics from the charismatic leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu to an unprecedented coalition government featuring right, center, left, and even Islamist parties is the chance to interrogate what the attitude of U.S. Christians towards Israel should be.

Like Donald Trump in the United States, Bolsonaro initially dismissed COVID-19 as a “little flu” and made evangelical Christian support a centerpiece of his political strategy. As the pandemic grew more dire through the spring, pastors have had a powerful influence on health policy.

Pope Francis on Thursday denounced “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants, and said Catholics should follow the Gospel-mandated call for an inclusive, welcoming church that doesn’t distinguish between “natives and foreigners, residents, and guests.”

Books

Senior Editor Beau Underwood reviews the new book 'Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice and Healing on the Streets' by Lindsay Krinks, a street chaplain and social justice activist in Nashville, Tennessee.

Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt talks with Word&Way about his book 'The Love that is God.' He discusses his reasons for writing, the book’s main message, and why “love” is not a sentimental idea but central to what Christians believe about God.

Beth Allison Barr, author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood, talks about where the idea of biblical womanhood comes from, what she believes the Bible actually has to say about the role of women, and what it will take for things to change.

Scriptures in Pictures

Hebrews 12:1, as seen in photos of the March of Silence in Montevideo, Uruguay, to remember those who disappeared during the military dictatorship from 1973-1985. This year’s event was altered due to coronavirus.

2 Kings 1, as seen in photos of clashes in Jerusalem in April 2021 between Palestinians upset about coronavirus restrictions impacting Ramadan and Jewish extremists holding an anti-Arab march.

Nehemiah 2:11-18, as seen in photos of French President Emmanuel Macron visiting the damage and reconstruction efforts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris two years after a devastating fire.

Editorials

While Rep. Matt Gaetz’s behavior may pose legal troubles for him, it proves embarrassing to a religious movement whose claims ring hollow when championed by such a messenger. Worse yet, his views are emblematic of a dangerous belief system rampaging through the

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor reflects on recent violence between Israel and Hamas to argue that a ceasefire will not actually bring peace and justice to the people living in Gaza. Kaylor adds insights learned from Arab and Palestinian Christians.

Criticism of Saddleback Church for ordaining women shows that there are competing visions for what the future of evangelicalism in America looks like. More interestingly, we believe this debate reveals how the Bible (and its interpretation) is often used as

W&W Voices

Jon Mathieu writes about critical race theory, how it is misconstrued, and why he as a White pastor sees it as a prophetic gift helping him and his church in a quest to be anti-racist.

Robert Wilson-Black remembers Donald W. Dayton, who died last May 2020. Dayton was an important interpreter of Evangelical, Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal traditions, revealing how they were connected and displaying how their roots were more entangled than historians had previously understood.

Columnist Ken Satterfield reflects on vaccine hesitation and research on how to persuade people to get a coronavirus vaccine. He also connects those lessons to thinking about faith.

Podcasts

In episode 3 of Dangerous Dogma, Kristin Kobes Du Mez talks about her book ‘Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.’

In episode 2 of the new Word&Way podcast Dangerous Dogma, Lindsey Krinks talks about viewing communities from below, reading scriptures in public spaces, and what keeps her ministering despite disappointments with institutional Christianity.

Word&Way is launching a new podcast. Each episode features an interview with a leading Christian thinker or activist that focuses on the perils of certain doctrines. And the conversations look at alternative lessons from Jesus and scripture that challenge listeners

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