The Slingshot: O Jerusalem; Cake case; Guns in church


Need to know: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Risky business

Trump decision on Jerusalem could have deep repercussions

Recognizing the holy city as the Israeli capital would be welcomed by Israel and popular with pro-Israel evangelical Christian voters. But it could also trigger violence in the region and infuriate key allies in the Arab world and in the West. More from Religion News Service

America’s marriage spat

Christian bakers? Atheist bakers? Cake meets faith at the Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to be the up-for-grabs justice as the divided court heard a case about a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. More from Religion News Service

Packing (in) the pews

God and guns: Texas pastors undergo security training a month after Sutherland Springs

The Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said God put the idea for the free seminar on his heart. More from Religion News Service


There’s a severed arm touring Canada and it’s metal as hell

The Catholic Church has the entire 500-year-old body of St. Francis Xavier preserved and has been cutting off parts to send to different places that need it. More from

Can’t get an app to do that

Where Silicon Valley is going to get in touch with its soul

The Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.” More from