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Last week, a majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court decided to flip to a calendar in their quest to discover truth. Well, they didn’t admit that, but that’s essentially what they did in the case of the 94-year-old cross in Bladensburg, Md.

(RNS) - For many court watchers, including BJC, it is difficult to reconcile the promise of religious liberty for all with the constitutionality of a massive Latin cross sponsored by the government. One takeaway from this case could be that an unconstitutional establishment can become permissible if it stays up long enough without objection.

APEX, N.C. (RNS) — On a Tuesday evening under the roof of a public picnic shelter, a group of women ages 20 to 55 groaned through a series of high-intensity exercises in the 88-degree heat and humidity.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rev. Suzii Paynter, who served as only the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from 2013-2019, was celebrated Thursday evening at an all-Fellowship dinner in her honor at the 2019 CBF General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala.

Scott McConnell is executive director of LifeWay Research, the survey arm of the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay Christian Resources. Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor interviewed McConnell in April during the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association in Oklahoma City, Okla.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— “The work of reconciliation is challenging to preach, and even more challenging to practice,” said Erica Whitaker, senior pastor of Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., as the 2019 General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship opened Wednesday (June 19) with a day focused on racial justice.

Nation

A growing number of U.S. adults believe small-business owners should be able to refuse service based on their religious beliefs, according to a Public Religion Research Institute report published June 25.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — In a 7-2 decision, the high court determined June 20 that the World War I monument known as the Bladensburg Cross, erected by the American Legion in 1925, does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause.

GREENVILLE, Texas (BP) -- Storms with strong straight-line winds have caused havoc in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the last two weeks, underscoring the severe weather events that have been occurring across the country.

World

(RNS) — More than 14,000 Americans participating in the Ration Challenge for the first time this year — many, this week around World Refugee Day (June 20). The global challenge — organized in the United States by Church World Service — asks participants to live for a week on the same food rations people receive at refugee camps.

(RNS) KAMPALA, Uganda — Recently, a group of Muslims visited Christian widows and orphans in northwestern Nigeria and donated food, clothing and school items as part of efforts to enhance peaceful coexistence among different faiths.

The invasion at Normandy would be the largest operation the Allies mounted in Europe. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower understood the gravity of the situation and beforehand even wrote out a note to give the press in the event the invasion failed and he had to order the troops withdrawn.

Faith & Culture

NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns.

(RNS) — A new report on family caregivers details how congregations can play a role in supporting the increasing number of members caring for elders.

TULSA, Okla. — Oh, Kenneth Hearrell has stories to tell. But ask the 87-year-old about his role as the “disaster deacon” for his church in Oklahoma, and he has less to say. It’s as if he can’t understand why anyone would need to ask why he feels compelled to help.

Media & Entertainment

What can I tell you about the love of Jesus Christ and the wonders of a faith-filled life in less time than it takes you to read this sentence?

APEX, N.C. (RNS) — On a Tuesday evening under the roof of a public picnic shelter, a group of women ages 20 to 55 groaned through a series of high-intensity exercises in the 88-degree heat and humidity.

(RNS) — The parent company of the two largest Bible publishers in the United States has warned the Trump administration that proposed tariffs on China would amount to a “Bible tax.”

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Last week, a majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court decided to flip to a calendar in their quest to discover truth. Well, they didn’t admit that, but that’s essentially what they did in the case of the 94-year-old

In 2 Kings 5, a self-righteous, important man had to humble himself and listen to others in a quest to find healing from leprosy. Humbly listening to those we normally wouldn’t listen to might be the recipe we need today.

The classic children’s song about Zacchaeus — a wee little man was he — strikes me as odd. The song ends just as the story really gets good. And it has parallels to the report released by Southern Seminary in

Other Opinions

(RNS) - For many court watchers, including BJC, it is difficult to reconcile the promise of religious liberty for all with the constitutionality of a massive Latin cross sponsored by the government. One takeaway from this case could be that an unconstitutional establishment can become permissible if it stays up long enough without objection.

(RNS) — In the effort to promote international religious freedom, Christians must remain informed, advocate for policies protecting religious communities and submit these issues to God in prayer.

Commentary

Although this saga is not a teaching parable, it does confront us as Christians in a challenging world to live a different lifestyle, shaped by God's grace instead of the quiet indifference of our culture.

Jesus continually faced opposition from those who insisted their version of God and his purpose was correct and any disagreement was wrong. So, what criteria shapes your idea of truth in the spiritual realm?

It is not easy to actually live by the words and example of Jesus. Our calling is not to resolve every problem, but to live as a Christian.