Need to know: 08/04/2016
Phyllis Zagano, a scholar at Hofstra University, is the only American woman named to the Vatican panel that will study whether women can be ordained as deacons. More from Religion News Service
The Rev. Cynthia Meyer said she is ‘heartbroken’ by the involuntary leave, which allows her to avoid a church trial. More from Religion News Service
The public gets a brief window to tour a temple soon to be closed to all but members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More from Religion News Service
War of religion?
This represents a major shift in strategy for the Nigerian extremists who have killed more Muslims than Christians in attacks in mosques with suicide bombers and gunmen. More from cruxnow.com
Conscience or unconscionable?
A hospital in Toronto refused to reduce a woman’s twin pregnancy to one fetus — at least partly because of a doctor’s moral objections – triggering a human-rights fight over the little-known but contentious procedure. More from National Post
Do they teach this in seminary?
The Rev. Fedor Konyukhov, a Russian Orthodox priest who circumnavigated the world with only a Virgin Mary icon and a cross, barely ate and didn’t sleep. More from www.theguardian.com
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Silver lining playbook
As cultural Christianity takes its final breaths, Baptists may be ousted from any place of prominent cultural influence. But our theological convictions uniquely situate us to respond to the challenges posed by late modernity, writes Albert Mohler. More from AlbertMohler.com
‘Trolle, lege,’ as Augustine might say
“No, the truth is that I have credible reason to believe that Duke is a baby Christian,” writes Jake Meador. More from mereorthodoxy.com
Support for Trump among evangelicals is likely 15 to 20 points lower than reported. More from Religion News Service
We're looking at you!
It is time for us to be honest with ourselves: In continuing to obsess over which of these terrible candidates will be the next president, we are asking the wrong question, writes Charles Camosy. More from Religion News Service
First Amendment meets Second Amendment
The pastor of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church said that forgiving the former Somervell County deputy for the damage to the church was more important than punishing him. More from www.dallasnews.com