RNS Morning Report: Florida Ag Commissioner; Harvest Lawsuit; Christian Bookstores


Nikki Fried, right, is sworn in as Florida’s commissioner of agriculture on Jan. 8, 2019. Fried’s left hand is placed on the first Hebrew Bible published in America. Photo by Colin Hackley

Need to know: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Making History

Florida’s ag commissioner sworn in on nation’s first Hebrew Bible

Nikki Fried, the first Jewish woman to serve as commissioner of agriculture in the Sunshine State, called her alma mater to ask if there was a special Bible she could use for the occasion. More from Religion News Service

About Face

Harvest Bible Chapel drops lawsuit against bloggers, writer

Harvest Bible Chapel has announced it will drop a defamation lawsuit against two bloggers, their wives and a freelance reporter after a court ruled that documents subpoenaed in the case could be made public. More from Religion News Service

Endurance Retail

Small-town Christian bookstore owners keep faith despite an uncertain future

In a small Pennsylvania town, a beloved Christian bookstore hangs on, with an appeal to 'thinking' Christians and a personal touch. More from Religion News Service


Honoring the memory of Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School expert on world Christianity

Lamin Sanneh, a renowned professor of world Christianity at Yale Divinity School, died this week at age 76, writes Anthea Butler. More from Religion News Service


Why 2020 is the right time for a pro-life Democrat

A run by even a centrist on abortion would enliven a national debate that has poisoned our politics without doing much to help children (born and unborn) or families, writes Jacob Lupfer. More from Religion News Service

Reclaiming Faith

Conservative evangelicals attempt to disentangle their faith from Trumpism

Karen Swallow Prior stands at the vanguard of a new movement of Christians looking to reclaim their faith from the regressive politics that have co-opted it. More from The New Yorker





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