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Pastor Jamie Coots holds a snake at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, Ky., last year. NGO hide caption

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For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal

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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop rocket Falcon 9 lifts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in May 2012. The launch made SpaceX the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images hide caption

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Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

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In his music, Josh Garrels says, he tries to "peel back layers" of what it means to be a Christian. Sasha Arutyunova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Christian Musician With More Questions Than Answers

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Taylor Muse (front), lead singer of the Austin indie-rock band Quiet Company, says the group is ready to be seen as more than just "the atheist band." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained

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John Brown, the head of Zion Oil & Gas, believes the Bible will help him find oil in Israel. The company, which is listed on Nasdaq, has so far spent $130 million and drilled four dry holes. Brown is shown here at one of the company's drilling rigs in Israel. Courtesy of Zion Oil hide caption

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Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

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Kanniks Kannikeswaran leads the Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir in 2012, as it competes at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. Courtesy of Kanniks Kannikeswaran hide caption

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Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Church elder Elwood Cornett preaches at a recent reunion of Old Regular Baptists. Brother Don Pratt is seated behind him in a blue shirt and tie. Cindy Johnston/NPR hide caption

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Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn. Ciaran Flannery/NGT hide caption

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Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

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