Catholic Hospital Argues ‘Fetuses Are Not Persons’ in Malpractice Case
Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today

Bishops pledge to review hospital’s polices as suit heads to Colorado Supreme Court.

Transgender: Coming to a Denomination Near You
Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism

Expect more visible emphasis on transgender matters in the coming year, as the groups seek more public acknowledgement and affirmation within our churches.

Surprise! Evangelical Efforts Against Sex-Trafficking are “Colonialist”!
John Mark Reynolds, Patheos

Zimmerman is quite critical of evangelical anti-trafficking efforts, in part because they focus on those who are trafficked for sex instead of those who are trafficked for labor, and in part because they apparently assume a (presumably oppressive) evangelical understanding of sex and sexuality.

On the Dual Role of Christian Leaders in the Middle East
Mark Movsesian, First Things

In the Middle East, Christian leaders traditionally have important civil responsibilities as well: they are seen as representatives of their co-religionists in the wider society.