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Monday's News & Ideas - 4/1/2024

  • Year after Covenant shooting
  • Easter & antisemitism
  • Easter attendance remains high
  • Warnock on Trump Bible
  • Palestinian Christians on Easter
  • Helpful strangers

A year after deadly Nashville shooting, Christian school relies on faith — and adopted dogs
Associated Press: Nearly a year after a shooting at a Christian elementary school in Nashville that left three adults and three children dead, the students and their families have formed tight bonds out of their shared suffering. They’ve also adopted a lot of dogs.

This Easter, is Christianity still promulgating antisemitism?*
The New Yorker: The Gospel narratives of the passion and death of Jesus have, across centuries, framed how Jews are perceived.

Easter church attendance remains high, surveys show
Deseret News: More than half of Protestant pastors say attendance at their church reaches its high mark on Easter.

Senator Raphael Warnock: ‘The Bible doesn’t need Trump’s endorsement’
The Guardian: The ex-president’s decision to sell Bibles branded with his name is “risky business,” says Warnock.

Palestinian Christians make an Easter call for relief from war’s tightening grasp
Religion News Service: An appeal to the world’s Christians to pressure political leaders to find a way to peace.

The Spark

‘I was broken and needed help’: After her father died, a stranger stepped in
In 1999, when she was 23, Roxanne Olson left her home in Eureka, California to pursue a dream job, as a assistant producer on a cross-country reggae tour. But partway through the tour, she got some terrible news — her father had died of a sudden heart attack, NPR says.

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Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/18/2024

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  • Columbia president and Congress
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  • New Episcopal Church nonprofit
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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/17/2024

  • UMC post-split data
  • Abyssinian Baptist pastor search
  • Undocumented immigrant labor
  • USC cancels speech
  • Sacred and just coffee
  • Running with shelter dogs
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