News Headlines

Catch up on our curated list of headlines for today, hand-picked from across the Web by Bruce Gourley.

December 20, 2014

  1. Religion Plays Large Role in Major Headlines from 2014 (Washington Post)
  2. Ohio Muslim Woman Sues Over Jail Church Attendance (ABC News)
  3. Statesboro Pastor Fuels Appalachia Relief Effort (Statesboro Herald)
  4. U.S. Baptists Welcome Thaw in Relations in Cuba (Baptist News Global)
  5. BJC Lawyer Examines Church’s Role in Civil Marriage (Baptist News Global)
  6. Middle East: ISIS Selling Church Artifacts on Black Market to Fund Terrorism (Christian Post)
  7. Russia: Watch Lightning Strikes Car that Robbed Church (WTSP)
  8. India: Christian Enclave in India Fears Violence as Hindus Press for Conversions (Wasington Post)

December 19, 2014

  1. ACLU Wants Religion Out of Ohio Mentorship Program (WFMJ)
  2. Exhibitions of Medieval Biblical Masterworks (New York Times)
  3. Egypt: Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed (Live Science)
  4. Israel: Ancient Seals May Support Existence of Biblical Kinds of David and Solomon (UPI)
  5. White Supremacist Charged in Kansas Deaths Faces Competency Hearings (Reuters)
  6. Baptist Leaders Ponder if Protests are a Social Movement or a Moment (Baptist News Global)
  7. Group Asks Louisiana Governor to Drop Endorsement of Prayer Rally (Baptist News Global)

December 18, 2014

  1. _news_dogMars Hill Church is Dissolving But Still Wants Your Money (KOMO News)
  2. Ohio Schools Need a Religious Partner if they Want any of Gov. Kasich’s Student Mentorship Money (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  3. Satanist and Christian Holiday Displays Go Up at Michigan Capitol (NPR)
  4. Hotel Deal on First Baptist Church Falls Through (Nashville Business Journal)
  5. Study Finds that Employees Who Are Open About Religion are Happier (
  6. Vatican Leveraged Ties to Cuba, U.S. to Help Broker Deal (Reuters)
  7. Baptist Groups Aid Syrian Refugees Through Winter (Baptist News Global)
  8. U.K.: Meet the Church of England’s First Ever Female Bishop (TIME)
  9. Pakistan: Sharp Rise in Number of Christian Girls Being Attacked (Christian Today)

December 17, 2014

  1. _newsWhy Russia is Hung up on Homosexuality (CNN)
  2. Hate on Trial: What the Case Against Anti-Homosexual Pastor Really Means (Slate)
  3. Georgia Southern Baptists Defend Atlanta Fire Chief Over Anti-Homosexual Book (Baptist Press)
  4. Evangelical Colleges: Unlikely Allies in #BlackLivesMatter (The Atlantic)
  5. N.J. Religious Leaders to Elected Officials: We Can’t Feed the Hungry Alone (
  6. Virginia Church Sees Album as Missional Way to Live its Calling (Baptist News Global)
  7. Majority of Americans Believe in Virgin Birth, Poll Shows (Baptist News Global)
  8. CBF Helps Sponsor First 5-Day Spiritual Academy in Cuba (Baptist News Global)
  9. SBC President Calls for Racial Healing (Baptist News Global)
  10. U.K.: Cirenester Baptist Church Fails to Sell at Auction (Wilts Gloss Standard)

December 16, 2014

  1. _news_colorpaperAre Christian Podcasts Replacing Church? (Slate)
  2. Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis (Huffington Post)
  3. New York Archdiocese Appears Likely to Shutter More Churches (New York Times)
  4. Lake Worth Becomes Battleground for Separation of Church and State Debate (WPTV)
  5. Baptist Chaplains Eye Growing Openness to Discussion of Death (Baptist News Global)
  6. Arkansas Baptist College Gets $30 Million to Stabilize Finances (Baptist News Global)

December 15, 2014

  1. _news_dogBlack Church Leaders Call for Transforming Anger into Change (Boston Globe)
  2. Senate Affirms Ambassador for Freedom of Religion (New York Times)
  3. Preacher at Born Again Baptist Church Speaks Out Over ‘Santa is Satan’ Sign (WRDW)
  4. Enrollment, Amenities Boom at California Baptist University (Press-Enterprise)
  5. California University ‘De-Recognizes’ Christian Group for Accepting Only Christian Leaders (Christian Post)
  6. NC Church Members Facing Charges in Beating of Gay Man (WCNC)
  7. Mormons Say Race Remains Taboo Topic in Church (ABC News)

December 13, 2014

  1. _newsArk Encounter Leader Says Group Prepared to Fight in Court for State Tax Breaks (Lexington Herald-Leader)
  2. Lawsuit Threatened After Bibles Distributed at School (11 Alive, GA)
  3. Wealth May Have Driven the Rise of Today’s Religions (ScienceMag)
  4. Religion and Soccer: Shooting for Heaven (The Economist)
  5. Americans are Divided on Use of Torture, But Fewer Support the Harshest Measures (Huffington Post)
  6. For Baptists, a Lone Arminian Voice Crying in the Calvinist Wilderness (Baptist News Global)
  7. Former Missionary, Professor Malcolm Tolbert Dies (Baptist News Global)
  8. Four Christians Beheaded by ISIS for Refusing to Convert to Islam (Daily Mail, UK)

December 12, 2014

  1. Islamic State Extremists Top Religion Newswriters’ 2014 Stories of the Year (Reuters)
  2. ‘KKK’ Painted on Third Fla. Church (First Coast News)
  3. NC Church Members Indicted for Abusing Gay Man (Winston-Salem Journal)
  4. Religion at Center of Lawsuit Agaisnt Cleveland Police (WKYC)
  5. Bibles Distributed at Bartow County Elementary School (11Alive, GA)
  6. CBF Leaders Urge Prayer for and Commitment to Reconciliation (Baptist News Global)
  7. Southern Baptists to Host Racial Reconcilation Summit (WBIR)
  8. BJC Supports Workplace Accommodation in Supreme Court Brief (Baptist News Global)
  9. 7 Ways to Help Those Suffering From ‘the Empty Chair at the Holiday Table’ (Baptist News Global)

December 11, 2014

  1. Ark Park Won’t Get Kentucky Tax Incentives (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  2. Why Millions of Christian Evangelicals Oppose Obamacare and Civil Rights (Salon)
  3. Appeals Court Hears GuideStone Challenge to Obamacare (Baptist News Global)
  4. Evangelical Group at Princeton University Reverses Decision to Create Separate Group for Blacks (Planet Princeton)
  5. Voters Repeal Civil Rights Ordinance in Fayetteville (Fayetteville Flyer)
  6. Fox News, Christian Radio Host Defend CIA Torture (Opposing Views)
  7. Apology, Training Demanded After Bible in Class Controversy (NBC7 San Diego)
  8. 3 Things Christian Churches Can do to Fight Ebola (TIME Magazine)
  9. Brewton-Parker Regains Accreditation (Baptist News Global)

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