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Assemblies of God defies denominational decline

(RNS) At its General Council meeting this week, the Assemblies of God touted its formula for defying the seemingly irreversible decline of other religious groups: contemporary music, arts and high-tech quality communication, outreach to young people, immigrants and ethnic minorities.

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COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control

(RNS) Part of the problem lies with with the lunatic -- and, I would argue, racist -- manner in which the Florida legislature has defined self-defense. You can start a fight for any reason, and if you begin to lose the altercation, and feel you are about to suffer grave body harm, you can kill the other person with totally immunity.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Learning from (dis)ability

(RNS) The good news is that some churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples are already welcoming people with disabilities and preparing for the coming influx of wounded vets and creaky boomers. The bad news is that some congregations still resist making themselves welcoming, accessible and inclusive. By Mark Pinksy.