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Young snake handlers grasp the power of faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) While older serpent handlers were wary of outsiders, these younger believers welcome visitors and use Facebook to promote their often misunderstood — and illegal — version of Christianity. They want to show the beauty and power of their extreme form of spirituality. By Bob Smietana.

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‘The Voice’: New Bible translation focuses on dialogue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The name Jesus Christ doesn't appear in “The Voice,” a new translation of the Bible. Instead, Jesus Christ is Jesus the Anointed One or the liberating king — a more accurate translation for modern American readers, says David Capes, lead scholar for The Voice Bible. By Bob Smietana. 500.