Natalie Grant’s rendition of the National Anthem during Monday’s college football championship game led to widespread acclamation – as well as trending searches on Google and Twitter from viewers who wanted to know more about her.
On New Year’s Day, 43 congregations of the Reformed Church in America split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant bodies in the United States, in part over theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. The departure of the theologically conservative congregations to the new group, the Alliance of Reformed Churches, leaves some who remain in the RCA concerned for the denomination’s survival.
On Friday, an attorney representing a coalition of businesses and retailers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Biden administration's vaccine/testing mandate, saying the government does not have the statutory power to issue such a broad rule on America's employers. The Supreme Court is undecided on how they will rule.