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Religion briefs for April 6, 2013

Religion briefs for April 6
Published: April 6, 2013

For more information, call Adam Soltani at 248-5853.

Scholar to present lectures

Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann, Ph.D., will present three lectures April 19-20 at First Christian Church of Norman (Disciples of Christ), 220 S Webster.

Organizers said he will focus on one of the most critical and difficult need of today's world: adapting to a new era. His book “Journey to the Common Good” is the theme for the lectures.

The lectures are sponsored by the Oklahoma Institute for Biblical Literacy in cooperation with numerous metro-area churches and faith-based organizations.

For registration forms, go to and click on “upcoming events.”

For more information, contact Don Gibson at 948-8457 or email


Time magazine's recent cover story focuses on the rise in evangelical Latinos in the United States and the implications it could have for both American religious practices and electoral politics. While more than two-thirds of the 52 million-plus Latinos in the U.S. are Catholic, that number could be cut in half by 2030. More than 35 percent of Hispanics in America now call themselves born-again, and representatives of the Southern Baptist Church — the largest evangelical denomination in the country — said they hope to more than double the number of Baptist Hispanic churches by 2020.

“The evangelico boom is inextricably linked to the immigrant experience,” Time's Elizabeth Dias writes. “Evangelicos are socially more conservative than Hispanics generally, but they are quicker to fight for social justice than their white brethren are,” Dias said.