Quote of the Day: Novelist Stephen King

“I want the preacher where … he’s going to, you know, shake his fist a little bit in the air and then he’s going to smile and throw his hands up and say, ‘God’s good! God’s great! Can you give me hallelujah?’ I just adore that. And it’s really only about two steps from the carny pitchman, because I like that, too.”

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Out with Richard Land, in with Russell Moore

Let us pause to reflect on the changing of the guard at the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy shop. Richard Land, a member of the founding generation of the religious right, fought to restore — or maintain — conservative cultural values in society at large. And how does his successor, Russell Moore, compare?

Quote of the Day: Australian Cardinal George Pell

“If we’d been gossips, which we weren’t … we would have realized earlier just how widespread this business was.” Australian Cardinal George Pell explaining to a board of inquiry why the country’s Catholic hierarchy took so long to act against clergy who sexually abused children.

Russell Moore at the Washington offices of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Sidebar: Tweets by Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore

(RNS) Here’s a sampling of tweets by Russell Moore, who becomes president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on June 1:

I disagree with the Dalai Lama, of course, on faith, but I admire him for standing up to Chinese totalitarianism and for a free Tibet.— Russell Moore (@drmoore) May 19, 2013

Guy in this hotel lobby asked me if I am Robert Downey Jr. I don’t know whether to be flattered (Iron Man!) or to check myself into rehab.— Russell Moore (@drmoore) May 3, 2013