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‘Snake Salvation’ pastor won’t be charged with violating Tenn. law

A grand jury decided not to indict the Rev. Andrew Hamblin on charges of violating a state ban on possessing venomous snakes.

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RNS () — Growing up Baptist, J. Dana Trent heard plenty of warnings about interfaith romance. Marrying the wrong person … Continued

Feds offer atheists a clergy tax break that they don’t want

RNS () — The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from … Continued

Is God an angry ogre? Presbyterians and Baptists debate

RNS () — The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a … Continued

A reality TV show about snake handlers to debut in September

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A pair of snake-handling Pentecostal preachers are getting their own reality television show. “Snake Salvation” is set … Continued

ACLU says magistrate can’t order ‘Messiah’ name change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive … Continued

Presbyterians stir debate by rejecting popular new hymn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fans of a beloved contemporary Christian hymn won’t get any satisfaction in a new church hymnal. The … Continued

Reza Aslan defends controversial new book on Jesus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the third time, Jesus is about to change Reza Aslan’s life. As a teenager, Aslan turned … Continued

The evolution of Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore

Russell Moore, the new chief ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention, has Jesus in his heart, Wendell Berry on his … Continued

Tweet your way out of purgatory (but there’s work involved)

Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. The … Continued