The Slingshot: Seminary degrees; Kilauea eruption; Healing crystals

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Sean Robinson, left, stands next to professor Stephen Eccher at the commencement ceremony at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2017. Robinson graduated May 11, 2018, with another master’s degree. Photo courtesy of Sean Robinson

Need to know: Monday, May 14, 2018

Getting schooled

More seminary students leave the Master of Divinity behind

The economics of church decline and practicalities of today’s students, many of whom are already working in churches, may be among the reasons for the drop-off in the Master of Divinity degree. More from Religion News Service

Angels in the infield

He’s a major-league pitcher — and a plumber — whose faith helps keep him focused

Detroit Tigers ace Michael Fulmer works as a plumber in the offseason and serves as a mentor to adults with developmental disabilities, keeping in touch with his faith and keeping himself focused. More from Religion News Service

Destroyer and creator

Madame Pele’s grip on Hawaii

The Big Island’s residents are reacting to Kilauea’s latest eruption with a combination of grief and reverence. More from The Atlantic

Run the ancient church

What early Christians knew that modern Christians don’t: Women make great leaders

Marginalizing women ignores rich church history going back to the life of Jesus, writes Gracy Olmstead. (Subscription may be required.) More from The Washington Post

For clarity

Do you know where your healing crystals come from?

These spiritual stones purportedly help people connect with the Earth, but few sellers will say where on Earth their products are from. More from The New Republic

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About the author

Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.