CBF Podcast: Emily McFarlan Miller

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By Andy Hale 

Here are a few news briefs from this week…

  • Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs? U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won’t be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see.
  • Spider Spins Web in Man’s Ear: A man in eastern China recently visited a hospital with complaints of “a crawling sensation” in his right ear. Upon examination, the doctor found a spider that had really made itself at home.
  • Why Is the Indian Army Tweeting About Yetis? The Indian Army has spurred an avalanche of jokes and bolstered the occasional true believer with a tweet purporting to show evidence of the elusive Yeti.

These are wild stories. But have you come to the point when you read the news headlines and are not that surprised anymore?

We sat down with Religion News Service writer Emily McFarlan Miller to discuss what it’s like covering the religious landscape in America.

“The hard part of covering the religious landscape today is when you see the way that decisions are made by denominations and churches that impact people’s lives. There are a lot of emotions on all sides,” said Miller. “Probably the #MeToo movement within the church has been the most challenging. But these are stories that need to be told.”

Emily McFarlan Miller has been writing for the Religion News Service for three years, after covering the news in New York through NBC and NYU.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary and The Center for Congregational Health.

Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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