Bob Smietana writes for USA Today and the Tennessean.
c. 2014 Religion News Service
(RNS) For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers.
In early June, those prayers were finally answered, as more than 300 people gathered for a Sunday morning service.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For years, opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro vowed to take their legal fight to shut down the mosque all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
That fight ended Monday (June 2), when the nation’s highest court declined to hear their case.
The new movie Noah has everything you’d expect in a biblical blockbuster: big Hollywood stars, extravagant special effects, an apocalyptic flood. There’s even a few rock monsters for good measure.
But Episcopal priest Wil Gafney sees something missing: a hint of ethnic diversity. “In this version of Noah, black people do not exist,” she said.
(RNS) Pastor Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the “Snake Salvation” reality television show, died Saturday (Feb. 15) after suffering a snakebite during a church service. He was 42.
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