Weekly News Round Up, March 23, 2012

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I've come across throughout the week to help you keep current on what's happening in the the church, both in America and abroad. I also post up some fun things that I come across. I post these up to inform and get you thinking, not because I endorse the content.

New Research: How American Adults Read the Bible

LifeWay Research released some new research focused on habits of adult Americans in relation to how they read the Bible. Among regular Bible readers, more than a third indicate they read it nearly every day and typically use one primary version of the Bible.

After compiling the research though, they concluded that among American Bible readers, owning multiple Bibles is much more prevalent than regularly investing time in reading it.

Israel's 'Photoshop Law' Bans Underweight Models

Israel's Knesset has passed legislation banning underweight models in ads and requiring ads to disclose when their models have been digitally thinned, according to the Haaretz newspaper in Isreal.

The so-called Photoshop Law affects not only advertising created in Israel but also campaigns created abroad that appear there, Haaretz reported.

Clooney: Christian Ministries Key to Helping in Sudan

WASHINGTON -- Hollywood actor George Clooney is using his star power to shine the light on human rights abuses in Sudan.

He credits the work of Christian aid groups for providing healing and relief.

Archbishop of Canterbury to Step Down at End of Year

LONDON — After a decade of struggling inconclusively to keep the worldwide Anglican Communion from breaking apart over intractable issues like women clergy, gay bishops and same-sex marriage, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, announced Friday that he would step down at the end of the year to take up a senior position at Cambridge University.

ObamaCare Set to Offer $1 Abortions in Final Rules

If you thought a dollar doesn't buy much anymore than you may not have heard the latest news from Washington. The health care law will reportedly require a $1 dollar surcharge for members of insurance policies that include elective abortion coverage.

Britain fights Christians' right to wear cross, infuriating activists

London (CNN) – Christian activists in Britain are furious at the arguments their government will use against them when Europe's highest court considers whether employees have the right to wear crosses that show over their uniforms.

Britain will argue that the two Christian women at the center of the case had the option of quitting their jobs and working elsewhere, so they are not covered by European human rights law, according to legal papers obtained by CNN.