Brittany Maynard * Nik Wallenda * Mars Hill dissolves: Monday’s Roundup

Hope you had a spooky-filled, Reformation-filled and/or rest-filled weekend, whatever you celebrate. Here are 10 items you should know for the water cooler:


Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old with a brain tumor, died Saturday as she had planned.

Nik Wallenda successfully walked across a high wire above the Chicago River Sunday night. The daredevil prayed with Joel Osteen ahead of his trek

Mormon Ordain Women leader Kate Kelly lost her appeal of her excommunication.

Boko Haram leaders in Nigeria say all 200 kidnapped girls have converted to Islam and been married.

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church will dissolve its multisite model.

James Fortune, host of “The James Fortune Show,” a gospel radio talk show, was charged with aggravated assault, allegedly lashing out at his wife.

Jack Miles, a former Jesuit seminarian, is working on an inaugural edition of “The Norton Anthology of World Religions.” “It’s also one of the most complex anthologies Norton has tackled and one that promises to start arguments with higher stakes than the squabbling surrounding another of its influential compendiums, ‘The Norton Anthology of English Literature,’ during the height of the canon wars,” the New York Times writes.

From Politico: A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.

A hard-line Israeli lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Party toured Temple Mount, Jerusalem’s most contested holy site, with a police escort on Sunday amid tensions in the region.

A Christian enclave in the mostly Muslim West Bank that has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer is adding wine to its menu.

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


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  • The headline about Ms. Maynard is misleading. It makes it sound like she died of the brain cancer. She didn’t. She killed herself. News reports should make this crystal clear.

  • Nice report, but it should be noted that Reformation Sunday was last weekend (Oct. 26). It always falls on the last Sunday of October.

  • It is no accident Reformation Day is on the day before All Saints/All Souls days, because it arose out of the abuses Luther (Zwingli, etc.) discerned in the churches’ practices and theology about the dead. It can’t be separated any more than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are inextricably connected. It is usually observed on the previous Sunday by Lutheran, Reformed and Presbyterian congregations.

  • The Taybeh brewery needs to read a Bible. Ephesians 5:18 says don’t get
    drunk and 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that drunkards go to hell. The wine that
    Jesus made was for symbolic reasons not to get drunk plus it was new wine
    and diluted. Bible says don’t get drunk with wine for it’s debauchery so the
    people who still get drunk with/on the strong wine are also wrong/go to hell.
    People seem to forget Jesus said you are one of Mine only if you follow Me
    and many will say to Me Lord,Lord and not enter heaven! We must follow!

  • Wine good! Only good Christians don’t get drunk. All others will go to Hell. I am sad for all the Christians with whom I’ve imbibed a glass or three. Of course, if you confess and be contrite, you can avoid unpleasantness. Meet you at the bar, pub, taverna, great restaurant, or under a shady tree in the summetime.

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