Below are links to five recent news stories regarding religion that are worth your time.

1.  Gunman Kills 26 People Attending Church Services at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Devin Patrick Kelley, a former U.S. Air Force airman, shot and killed 26 people attending church services and then killed himself after fleeing the scene.  He had a history of violence and institutionalization. His social-media posts promoted guns and atheism.

2.  Garry Willis, Respected Historian and Catholic, Publishes New Book on the Qur’an to Help Combat Islamophobia  

Gary Willis, known for books such as Why I Am a Catholic and What Jesus Meant, published his latest book, What the Qur’an Meant and Why it Matters.  It explains Islam and its holy book, the Qur’an, in a manner intended for those who know little about them.  Willis is known for his direct and clear writing.

3.  Museum of the Bible Opens in Washington, DC

The $500 million Museum of the Bible opens this month in Washington.  Its displays include ancient Bibles, some of the earliest known copies of various books of the Bible, and educational information.  One of the major backers of the museum is Hobby Lobby and its chairman.  The museum has seen some controversy, as the source and legality of some of its holdings are debated.

4.  Pew Research Publishes Study on Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity is the third largest of the world’s three major Christian traditions (Roman Catholicism and Protestantism being the other two).  Christians in the United States tend to know little about Orthodox Christianity, as it is mainly practiced in Europe and Northern Africa.  Pew’s study discusses trends and issues in the world of Orthodox Christianity.

5.   Supreme Court to Decide Whether Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Can Be Forced to Promote Abortion as an Option When Doing So Violates Their Religious Beliefs

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a California law requiring all pregnancy centers in the state to post contact information for nearby providers of free or low-cost abortions and contraception violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.  Pro-life pregnancy centers assert that the California law unconstitutionally requires them to say something (promote abortion providers) that violates their beliefs.