RNS Morning Report: New President at Moody; Louisiana Church Fires; Borsalino Hats

Moody Bible Institute trustees gather to pray around Mark Jobe, right, on April 5, 2019, at Jobe’s inauguration as the 10th president of Moody Bible Institute on the school’s downtown Chicago campus. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Need to know: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

'New Season of Leadership'

After ‘challenging times,’ Moody Bible Institute inaugurates new president

Students, faculty from Moody and neighboring institutions, previous presidents and other guests gathered as Mark Jobe was installed as the 10th president of the historic Christian institution founded 133 years ago by evangelist D.L. Moody. More from Religion News Service

Houses of Worship Crises

100 investigators probing La. fires that destroyed three black churches

Investigators are trying to determine if the three fires at historic Baptist churches in Opelousas and Port Barre are related or if any of them are tied to a blaze at a Pentecostal church in the town of Vivian. More from Religion News Service

'Cadillac of Fedoras'

For Orthodox Jewish men, the hat known as a Borsalino is tops

A fedora worn by Rihanna and Indiana Jones has also been the hat of choice for Jews from Eastern Europe to the United States for more than a century. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

Is it antisemitic to call Stephen Miller a white nationalist?

Let's reject sloppy labeling, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service


What every Democratic presidential candidate needs to know about religious voters

The current crop of Democratic White House contenders can learn from how Senators Kennedy and Obama handled their very different faith-based crises, write Shaun Casey and Michael McCurry. More from Religion News Service

Rookie of the Year

Chicago-area nun who threw perfect pitch now has her own baseball card

It was Marian Catholic Night at Guaranteed Rate Field last August, and Sister Mary Jo Sobieck took the field to throw the first pitch for the Chicago White Sox. The teacher from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights bounced the baseball off her bicep, threw a strike, and became a national sensation. More from NPR



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