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Thursday's News & Ideas - 2/8/2024

  • SBC faces more lawsuits
  • Global warming exceeds 1.5 C
  • Did Asbury’s revival matter?
  • Survey on opposition to sports bets
  • Case on libel law & civil rights
  • Student mental health advocates

Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee faces more abuse lawsuits
Religion News Service: A pair of new lawsuits, including one that includes civil RICO claims, come at a time when the SBC Executive Committee faces a fiscal and leadership crisis.

World’s first year-long breach of key 1.5 C warming limit
BBC: For the first time, global warming has exceeded 1.5 C across an entire year, according to the EU’s climate service.

Did Asbury’s outpouring matter? John the Baptist offers 3 lessons.*
Christianity Today: Learning about revival from the legacy of the one who pointed to what was to come.

New survey highlights religious opposition to sports betting
Deseret News: Americans are expected to bet more than $23 billion on this weekend’s Super Bowl.

The case that revolutionized libel law*
The Christian Century: Samantha Barbas’s history of New York Times v. Sullivan shows how easy it was to weaponize the law against southern civil rights leaders.

The Spark

When the biggest student mental health advocates are the students
With the number of adolescents struggling with mental health rising, student-led clubs* have come to provide support amid a dearth of resources, The New York Times says.

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