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Bob Smietana

Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.

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Is Dave Ramsey’s empire the ‘best place to work in America’? Say no and you’re out

January 15, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — For years, Dave Ramsey has boasted that his company is the best place to work in the country. COVID-19 and a failure by a high-profile leader put that to the test.

Kirbyjon Caldwell, former presidential adviser who promoted ‘good success,’ sentenced to prison

January 14, 2021

(RNS) — A former presidential adviser, Caldwell advocated for ‘good success’ — achieving financial and spiritual success while remaining moral.

SBC leader Russell Moore to Trump: Time to leave. ‘People are dead’

January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an outspoken ‘Never Trumper,’ called for the president to leave.

Pro-Trump prayer meeting filled with calls for a ‘miracle’

January 6, 2021

(RNS) —  Evangelical and charismatic Trump supporters admitted on a prayer call their hopes the election results would be overturned are likely to be in vain.

Revisiting ‘The Last Battle’: C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tale for our times

December 31, 2020

(RNS) — C.S. Lewis’ often overlooked final chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia still speaks to us today.

Jericho March plans DC return in the new year to pray Pence will overturn election

December 31, 2020

(RNS) — A die-hard group of Trump supporters plans to march around the Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol in hopes of a last-minute election miracle.

Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben named as first woman to serve as House chaplain

December 31, 2020

(RNS) — A Presbyterian minister and longtime chaplain will be the first woman to serve as House chaplain.

Why Christianity remains an in-person religion, even in a pandemic

December 24, 2020

(RNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has been a reminder for many Christians that their worship is an in-person experience at its core.

Despite COVID-19, economic downturns, religious charities working overseas keep the faith

December 22, 2020

(RNS) — With declining numbers of volunteers and donors, global faith-based aid organizations are looking beyond their traditional sources of support.

Why NBA star Kyrie Irving was burning sage before a game with the Celtics

December 21, 2020

(RNS) — NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has Native American roots, burned sage during a warmup in a practice known as smudging.

National Prayer Breakfast will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19

December 17, 2020

(RNS) — Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has attended the National Prayer Breakfast, which will go virtual in 2021 for the first time due to COVID-19.

‘Biden Did You Know?’: Metaxas turns Christmas carol into conspiracy parody

December 12, 2020

(RNS) — Metaxas performed his ‘Biden Did You Know?’ parody in front of cardboard cutouts of Donald the Caveman and the MyPillow guy.

Dave Ramsey, Christian personal finance guru, defies COVID-19 to keep staff at desks

December 11, 2020

(RNS) — Christian personal finance advice celebrity Dave Ramsey, who plans a major, in-person staff Christmas party, sees wearing masks to prevent COVID-19 spread as a sign of fear rather than faith.

COVID cancels Singing Christmas Trees, other Christmas extravaganzas

December 7, 2020

(RNS) — A holiday tradition since the 1930s, Singing Christmas Trees, like other large-scale Christmas events, have been canceled by COVID-19.

How Eric Metaxas went from Trump despiser to true believer

December 3, 2020

(RNS) — How a onetime aspiring public intellectual and Trump doubter turned into a true believer in stolen elections.

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