Saddleback, a California megachurch associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, recently appointed three female pastors. This drew backlash from SBC president J.D. Greear, who advised that the church needs to "stand on the bedrock of God's Word."
There is a silver lining after a year that included a historic pandemic, along with massive political and social unrest - more people opening up their Bibles. A new research study has shown a 7.1 percent increase in the percentage of Americans who opened the Bible at least once.
This week, amid continued violence in the Middle East, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized fellow Democrat Andrew Yang for his support for Israel in the ongoing crisis with Palestine. She also later re-tweeted a Tweet calling Israel "the occupier."