Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, right, gives orders for medication to administer to the Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation unit in Liberia. Dr. Brantly spent almost four hours in a Tyvek suit in order to care for the three patients in the unit.

Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, right, gives orders for medication to administer to the Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation unit in Liberia. Dr. Brantly spent almost four hours in a Tyvek suit in order to care for the three patients in the unit. Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse


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#TBT: Remember when August was a relatively calm, peaceful month? Not so much this year.

Here’s what you need to know today: Kent Brantly, the American missionary doctor who contracted the Ebola virus at a treatment center in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where he was being treated. The Washington Post has a larger story on how the Ebola crisis provided a glimpse of overseas missions.

Volunteers running a safe location for protesters in Ferguson say the church was searched by police yesterday. Anthea Butler writes on the use and abuse of prayer by police in Ferguson.

James Foley, the American photojournalist who was beheaded by ISIS, was an avid reader of the Quran who wanted to promote dialogue between Christians and Muslims, according to his former fellow hostage, the French journalist Nicolas Hénin.

Israel killed three top commanders of Hamas’ military wing in an airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, striking a blow after the collapse of a cease-fire and truce talks in Egypt.

The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriage in Virginia on hold, issuing a stay on a lower-court ruling.

The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City has filed an unusual lawsuit in an effort to stop a satanic “Black Mass” ritual scheduled for September.

B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped bring the historically Hindu practice of yoga to the West, has died.

Hundreds rallied in Ireland after rape victim says she was denied an abortion. In responding to the news on Twitter, prominent atheist Richard Dawkins is generating headlines for suggesting those who conceive a fetus with Down syndrome should abort.

A drilling firm is suing a man who has used biblical references and quotes on billboards in his campaign opposing drilling wells for disposal of fracking wastewater.

A #ShareACoke baby announcement that went viral was created by a Christian pastor and his wife.

Good reads from RNS:

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China to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘interfere’ with religion

Global religious hot spots get their own U.S. envoy

Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

Suicide rates higher among baby boomer men, study finds

 

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

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  1. How about putting the “Israel kills three top Hamas military wing commanders” in context — it didn’t happen because the talks collapsed. It happened because Hamas broke the ceasefire and sent 200+ rockets into Israel.

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