Monday's News & Ideas - 2/12/2024
- Shooting at Joel Osteen’s megachurch
- ‘Experiencing God’ author dies
- The new American Judaism
- Ohio pastor housed homeless at church
- Politics & religion at the border
- Air pollution’s effects on flowers
What to know about a shooting at Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Texas during Sunday services
Associated Press: A woman’s motive for opening fire in celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch was unclear Monday, a day after the shooting sent worshippers rushing for safety in between busy services.
Henry Blackaby, author of ‘Experiencing God,’ has died at age 88
Religion News Service: Blackaby turned his experiences reviving a dying church into a spiritual bestseller.
The new American Judaism*
The Atlantic: Rabbis are in short supply, and congregations are struggling. But Jewish life is still thriving.
Charges dropped against Ohio pastor who housed homeless people at his church
NPR: The city of Bryan, Ohio, has dropped all charges against a local pastor who was allowing homeless people to sleep inside his church without the city’s permission.
At the border, a blending of politics and religion*
The New York Times: A response to the intensifying confrontation over border security and immigration between the Biden administration and the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, a rally at the border last Saturday featured an unexpected blend of political anger and religious ardor.
Air pollution makes flowers smell less appealing to pollinators, study suggests
Scientists have revealed a lesser known effect of burning fossil fuels: the disappearance of the world’s natural, vibrant scents, says Smithsonian Magazine.
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