The Slingshot: Mormon leader dies; Bachmann may be back; Moore irony

Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Brian Tibbets

Need to know: Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Thomas S. Monson, 90, LDS church president since 2008, dies

He served in leadership roles for half a century for the world’s 16 million Mormons. More from Religion News Service

Listening for a call

Michele Bachmann tells televangelist she might run for Al Franken’s Senate seat

A conservative in faith and politics, Bachmann fears attacks from a “toxic swamp” because she stands on “biblical principles.” More from


Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’ voted for Doug Jones, raised money for his campaign

Moore’s wife cited the lawyer to fend off charges of anti-Semitism after the candidate suggested Jews who don’t accept Christ go to hell. More from Washington Examiner


Largest group of Mennonite churches leaves denomination

Disagreement over the definition of marriage and the question of homosexuality and the church splits another Protestant group. More from Religion News Service

Room for God

Evangelicals’ surprising view of science and what it may mean

Two researchers say religious Americans may be flexible about scientific creation narratives – if they see space for God’s role. More from Religion News Service