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Bob Smietana

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

All Stories by Bob Smietana

Robert Lesslie, slain doctor, saw ‘Angels in the ER’ and wrote hopeful stories of faith in tragedy

April 9, 2021

(RNS) — The longtime ER doctor and writer said he often saw God at work in tragedy and crisis.

Baptists of Burma organize multiethnic diaspora rally in DC against coup in Myanmar

April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Baptists and members of other ethnic Burmese churches will gather in DC in support of protests against the coup in Myanmar.

Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating ‘complementarian’ theology that limits women leaders

April 7, 2021

(RNS) — In an email to Religion News Service, Moore didn’t go quite so far as to say she has entirely abandoned complementarianism. But she no longer sees it as essential.

Andy Ngo, antifa critic, dropped as speaker by Christian conference Q Ideas  

April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Organizers said they believed the conservative social media personality was an independent journalist and antifa expert.

5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown

April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball title game features the first interfaith showdown and only the second matchup between faith-based schools.

 Dave Ramsey’s company dropped from ‘Best Workplaces’ list by Inc. magazine

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — After learning that Dave Ramsey’s company was being sued for firing a pregnant employee, a major business publication dropped Ramsey Solutions from its ‘Best Workplaces’ list.

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

Guidepost report: Bryan Loritts mishandled abuse allegations at former church but did not cover them up

March 31, 2021

(RNS) — A new report shows how much churches still need to learn about dealing with abuse.

Antique crucifix back on display at historic Mackinac Island church after squirrel attack

March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Church staff at a historic Michigan church restored a crucifix that had been damaged by a squirrel trapped in the building overnight.

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

March 29, 2021

(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

Like Beth Moore, many women preachers have had to break free to follow God’s call

March 29, 2021

(RNS) — For women preachers, following their call has often conflicted with the rules put forth by their churches — even though people in the pews are open to a woman in the pulpit.

Mormon leaders accused of fraud, misusing tithes in lawsuit filed by brother of former Utah governor

March 23, 2021

(RNS) — A prominent former church member filed suit after reading an IRS whistleblower report claiming the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had $100 billion in assets that were not being used for charity.

Atlanta churches near spa attacks pray for victims, community

March 22, 2021

ATLANTA (RNS) — This past weekend, churches prayed for victims and hoped for an end to racism and violence against women.

Jennifer Lyell wanted to stop her abuser by telling her story. Instead, her life fell apart.

March 18, 2021

(RNS) — When pastors or churches talk about misconduct as a ‘moral failing’ instead of abuse, they send a message that victims and survivors are partially to blame.

Ravi Zacharias ministry to change focus to supporting evangelism and abuse victims

March 10, 2021

(RNS) — The nonprofit founded by the disgraced evangelist Ravi Zacharias announced plans to trim its workforce and alter its focus.

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