Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - July 8, 2016

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Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin – Music critics say during his more than 20-year-long career, Kirk Franklin has revolutionized gospel music with his blend of gospel, R&B, rap, pop and hip-hop. He has received ten Grammy Awards—including one in 2016—and has sold more than ten million albums. Kim Lawton caught up with Franklin during his most recent concert tour where they talked about his Christian faith, his struggles and his stated desire to “make God famous.”

Church Security – Churches have traditionally kept their facilities open, even when worship services are not taking place. However, recent violent incidents have promoted some congregations to reassess how they can do this while still keeping members secure. Lucky Severson reports on the issue, speaking with clergy and police.