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Weekly Wrap - Mar. 27, 2015
-- Compiled by God's Politics Editor

1. How Yemen Became the Middle East’s Latest Regional Nightmare

As Saudi Arabia and Egypt say they’re prepared to send in ground troops, here’s a look at how Yemen got to this point.

2. God and Jeb
“[Jeb] Bush wants Christian conservatives to pay attention to what he's done, not just to what he says. But in a Republican presidential primary, can actions — much less actions more than a decade in the past — actually speak louder than words? Can quiet faith, and quiet support from some religious leaders, carry the day against a field full of outspoken Christian warriors?”

3. A Response to Critics of the Open Letter to Franklin Graham

Jesus says ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.’ Jesus does not say, ‘If another member of the church sins against millions, and hundreds of thousands begin to follow his lead on the issue, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.’”

4. Women & Leadership: Public Says Women Are Equally Qualified, but Barriers Exist

And it might not be the barriers you would think. “Only about one-in-five say women’s family responsibilities are a major reason there aren’t more females in top leadership positions in business and politics. Instead, topping the list of reasons, about four-in-ten Americans point to a double standard for women seeking to climb to the highest levels of either politics or business, where they have to do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves. Similar shares say the electorate and corporate America are just not ready to put more women in top leadership positions.”

5. Can Indie Filmmakers Save Religious Cinema?

There will always be a market for ‘safe’ family entertainment, and there will always be a place for ideologically rigid stories of certainty about the existence of heaven and God, just as politically polarizing ideological films will always exist. But good movies and real religion tend to explore the same sorts of things: pain, gladness, playfulness, fear, and existence.”

6. Christian Group Is Ready to Boycott Indiana if Governor Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill

Indiana’s controversial new bill, which supporters claim is aimed at securing “religious liberty,” would in effect allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples by citing religious objection. One Christian denomination — the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) — is taking a stand against the proposed legislation, threatening to relocate its general conference if the governor signs it into law.

7. 5 Christian Books I Wish I Never Read

While some of these may have been among the “required reading” in your small group, this author says they really derailed his walk. Can you relate?

8. Supreme Court Lightens Load for Pregnant Employees

In a 6-3 decision this week, the Supreme Court made it easier for pregnant employees to sue employers for not making necessary work accommodations. “The decision is a rare win for both women’s rights groups and anti-abortion groups. Both had joined Young’s cause in briefs seeking greater job protections for pregnant women.”

9. How Congress Is Sabotaging Human-Trafficking Victims

Republicans and Democrats would rather show off how tough they are — for or against abortion. Our bubbling shame boiled over as we watched the bipartisan agreement turn into a contest of accusation and denial, of political strategy and expediency. We are going to keep fighting to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. But you should know: It could have been passed.”

10. WATCH: Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes

Because it’s Friday and you need a little nostalgia with one of America’s most beloved actors.?

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