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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.

The Spark

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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