Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.
Efrem Smith on the death of George Floyd and what divides white and black Christians
(RNS) — Too many white evangelicals are silent about the death of George Floyd and the racial divide of the American church.
Online Communion should be celebrated, not shunned, says Diana Butler Bass
(RNS) — God can be present when people celebrate Communion online, says writer and author Diana Butler Bass, and not just when worshippers are in the same room.
Friends mourn Darrin Patrick, megachurch pastor and author, who died of apparent ‘self-inflicted gunshot wound’
Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor who fell from grace and then returned to ministry, died this week of what appears to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to Seacoast Church.
Willow Creek names Michigan pastor David Dummitt as new leader
(RNS) — Two years after the fall of Bill Hybels, Willow Creek names David Dummitt as its new pastor.
In ‘The Last Emperox,’ John Scalzi delivers a satisfying space opera with a soul
(RNS) — In ‘The Last Emperox,’ author John Scalzi mixes action and religion to create a page-turning space opera whose characters try to save the world despite their own flaws.
John Scalzi on messiahs, the apocalypse, coronavirus and religion in science fiction
(RNS) — John Scalzi discusses his latest book, why he often writes about religion in his science fiction and examines what it means to be a messiah.
Faith Not Fear crosses bring cheer, and critics
(RNS) — Inspired by a family in Georgia, a Christian movement to erect crosses decorated with Christmas lights during the pandemic has taken off nationally as a symbol of positivity and prayer. But the lighted crosses have also drawn comparisons to the KKK’s burning crosses.
HBO’s ‘McMillions’ offers a surprising tale of true crime and redemption
(RNS) — ‘McMillions,’ the hit HBO documentary series, offers true crime with a soul.
A conversation with ‘McMillions’ creators James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte
(RNS) — HBO’s ‘McMillions’ is part true crime, part morality tale, with a generous portion of temptation and forgiveness.
Trump is a ‘big egotistical loser’ says Christian finance expert in stimulus Twitter rant
(RNS) — Prosperity preacher and financial expert Michael Chitwood launched a profane critique of the stimulus package on Twitter.
Prisoners keeping faith during coronavirus, says former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
(RNS) — Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who was convicted on federal charges in 2018, talks about life on the inside during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Craig Groeschel, Life.Church pastor, quarantined at home after coronavirus exposure
(RNS) — Craig Groeschel, pastor at one of the largest churches in the U.S., is in isolation after exposure to the coronavirus while at a conference in Germany.
Faith groups gear up disaster relief after deadly tornadoes in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Faith groups are preparing to respond after killer tornadoes hit Tennessee.
Remembering Roy Larson, legendary religion journalist and teacher
(RNS) — The Chicago Sun-Times’ longtime religion editor, who died this week at 90, taught us that we could be both hard-nosed reporters and decent people.