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Bob Smietana

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Posted by Bob Smietana 14 weeks 6 days ago
For years, opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro vowed to take their legal fight to shut down the mosque all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.That fight ended Monday, when the...
Posted by Bob Smietana 30 weeks 20 hours ago
The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42.Coots, pastor of...
Posted by Bob Smietana 30 weeks 21 hours ago
A Tennessee pharmacist and a Baptist church deacon who lost his job after an ongoing dispute over selling Plan B contraception has sued his former bosses, claiming he was fired because of his...
Posted by Bob Smietana 33 weeks 4 days ago
Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith.Eddinger, a 28-year-old father of two from Lexington, N.C., doesn’t have health insurance.But he’s not worried about...
Posted by Bob Smietana 43 weeks 1 day ago
The news that immigration reform may be dead—at least for this year—isn’t likely to sit well in many of America’s churches.A new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds nearly six in 10...

Articles by Bob Smietana

A unique faith-based training program in Memphis gives new teachers the skills and community they need to survive and thrive.

Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together.

A Tennessee church welcomes its Muslim neighbors.

A theological variety show mixes humor, music, and cultural analysis.

A growing number of Nashville-based Christian musicians are discovering that their faith compels them to play and work for social change.