The Slingshot: Moore’s core; Baptist breakup; Family funeral

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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Need to know: Thursday, November 16, 2017

CORE SUPPORT

Amid calls to step down, Moore finds refuge with his base

Taking the pulpit at a Baptist revival at a south Alabama church, Republican candidate Roy Moore quoted lengthy Bible passages and made only passing reference to the allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenagers. More from Religion News Service

REDEMPTION DOESN’T COME CHEAP

Long-lost da Vinci painting fetches $450.3 million, an auction record for art

“Saviour of the World” depicts Jesus raising his right hand in blessing and holding a crystal orb, meant to represent the world, in his left. More from www.washingtonpost.com

PULPIT ENVY?

Congregation, Tennessee Baptist Convention split over church’s first female pastor

After a more than 140-year relationship, First Baptist Church of Jefferson City and the Tennessee Baptist Convention are breaking up over the church’s decision to hire the first woman to be its senior pastor. More from Religion News Service

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS

Thousands pack Texas church shooting family funeral service

Three thousand mourners filled an event center to capacity for the funeral of eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church. More from Religion News Service

NO ROOM AT THE INN

Rightwing group calls for Greggs boycott over sausage roll nativity

The British bakery chain apologized for offending Christians with a nativity scene in its promotional Advent calendar that replaces Jesus with a sausage roll. But Greggs declined to pull the product, despite the threat of a boycott. More from www.theguardian.com

WHITE’S HOUSE

She led Trump to Christ: The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

Because of Paula White, evangelicals have “an unprecedented opportunity to have our voice and say heard” in the Oval Office. But not all Christians, including evangelicals, are fans of the wealthy, thrice-married White, who has long been associated with the prosperity gospel. More from www.washingtonpost.com