Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, repeated his call Saturday to evangelical Christians to embrace "the church in all its strangeness."
After all, he said, most of the time in the pages of the New Testament, people's response to the teachings of Jesus and His disciples was, "That's insane." A dead guy coming back on a white horse in the sky? Yup, that qualifies as strange.
Maybe that's why evangelicals grab so many headlines – or acts of violence that have been mobilized or motivated in part by religion.
Because as Tim Henegan of Reuters' FaithWorld blog reminded journalists on the last full day of the 2015 Religion Newswriters Association Conference, "Journalism is about news ... things that are different and out of the ordinary." The old axiom is true: If it bleeds, it leads.
Here is a roundup of tweets, articles and other resources on various topics trending in religion right now, including what Muslims are talking about, religion and violence, urban churches (which we've discussed on this blog) and the upcoming papal visit:
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