The Slingshot: Digital pastor of the resistance; Theologians; Jim Bakker’s theme park

John Pavolitz speaks during “A Bigger Table” tour event in Philadelphia in February. Photo by Dana Stinson

Need to know: Friday, March 16, 2018

'Feeling spiritually nauseated’

John Pavlovitz, digital pastor of the resistance, pitches a bigger Christian tent

Fans are eager to hear straight talk from a man who professes Christianity but criticizes the church and its leaders for what he sees as their hypocrisy or silence in the face of today’s injustices. More from Religion News Service


Vatican removes from office and exiles Guam archbishop accused of sexual abuse

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was accused of sexually abusing young men, has been found guilty of some of the charges against him by a Vatican tribunal, which removed him from office and exiled him from the island. More from Religion News Service

Building walls or bridges?

San Diego bishop calls border wall prototypes ‘grotesque’

As President Trump traveled to San Diego to tour border wall prototypes, local Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy lambasted the project as a sure way to divide people and cultures. More from Religion News Service


Mike Pompeo said all Muslims are ‘potentially complicit’ in terrorism. He’s unfit to be secretary of state

There's no way for a “steadfast ally” of a leading anti-Muslim hate group to lead outreach to America's Muslim allies, writes international human rights lawyer and founder Arsalan Iftikhar. More from NBC News

Missing persons

Am I not a theologian too?

“Why don’t more of us study and think of theological giants like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his chief of staff, the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, as theologians?” asks F. Romall Smalls. More from Religion News Service

When you wish upon a MorningStar

Jim Bakker’s theme park was like a Christian Disneyland. Here’s what happened to it

Where others see ruins of Bakker’s PTL empire, Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries envisions the property as the perfect home for a multi-faceted ministry with its own dreams of becoming an all-purpose Christian center. More from The Charlotte Observer

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About the author

Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.