Bible Apps Top Apple’s Podcast Chart
It may come as a surprise, but the two most popular podcasts in the United States right now are not about sports, news or even pop culture. They’re about the Bible. “The Bible in a Year,” hosted by Catholic priest Mike Schmitz, is No. 1 in the U.S. on Apple’s podcast charts, while “The Bible Recap,” hosted by Tara-Leigh Cobble of D-Group, is No. 2. The podcasts rank higher than podcasts by The New York Times, NBC, Joe Rogan and NPR. A Lifeway Research survey released in December showed that 29 percent of U.S. adults had made a resolution about their relationship with God. It was tied for second as the most popular resolution. Read more about the podcasts here.
Federal Judge Halts Covid Vaccine Mandate For Navy Seals
A federal judge has sided in favor of Navy personnel who sued the Biden administration for imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate through the Department of Defense. Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction arguing that the Navy failed to respect the religious objections of its personnel. “The Navy provides a religious accommodation process, but by all accounts, it is theater. The Navy has not granted a religious exemption to any vaccine in recent memory. It merely rubber stamps each denial,” O’Connor wrote. The injunction halts disciplinary procedures against 35 members of the service’s special operations community for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about the lawsuit here.
Actor Chris Tucker Turns Down Movie Role For Religious Reasons
Popular comedic actor, Chris Tucker turned down a lucrative movie role. Tucker was offered $12 million, according to Ice Cube, to reprise his role in the movie, which followed the 1995 hit comedy, and two sequels 2000’s “Next Friday” and 2002’s “Friday After Next.” Ice Cube, who also produced the movies, said Tucker didn’t return to play Smokey because of “religious reasons.” In a recent interview with All Urban Central, Tucker revealed it was because of the weed smoking in the movies. Tucker added, “I never was a raunchy, raunchy comic, but I didn’t think about what I was saying because I was young,” he told Straight.com in 2014, referencing his 1990s films. “Being a Christian helps me in comedy. Read more about the role here.
Dog Leads Police to Injured Owner
Dogs are indeed mans best friend. When New Hampshire State Police responded to reports of a wandering dog on the highway at around 10 p.m., they quickly realized the pup wasn’t merely “wandering.” The dog named Tinsley had a purpose: to take police to the scene of an accident, where two people, including her owner, lay badly injured and in need of help. Police tried to corral the pup, yet Tinsley instead led them past a damaged section of the guardrail and toward the rollover crash of a 2019 Ford F350 pickup, where two men had been ejected from the car, which was totaled. Laundry said after the crash, “She’s my little guardian angel. It’s a miracle how she has that kind of intelligence to do what she did,” Read more about this amazing dog here.