The Slingshot: Museum of the Bible opening; Jonestown anniversary; Thanksgiving prayer


Museum of the Bible entrance in Washington, D.C., on November 1, 2017. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Monday, November 20, 2017

In the beginning

Dedicated to God, Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare

And museum co-founder Steve Green breathes a sigh of relief. More from Religion News Service

‘Those who don’t know history …’

Almost four decades after Jonestown, an author looks back to look forward

It’s nearly 40 years since the November day in 1978 when the Rev. Jim Jones led more than 900 people to their deaths — some by suicide, some by murder. Jeff Guinn, author of “The Road to Jonestown,” connects the dots. More from Religion News Service


The absurd arguments we make to defend Roy Moore and Al Franken are getting dangerous

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, “it is an apocalyptic moment in American life,” writes Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. (Subscription may be required.) More from

‘We had no other choice’

The tribe forced to pick a new religion

As the palm oil industry grows, some Orang Rimba have had to abandon their nomadic forest lifestyle in Indonesia. More from BBC News

The power of food

God is in the salad dressing

This Thanksgiving, author Boris Fishman offers a secular prayer for finding fellowship across divided kitchens. (Subscription may be required.) More from