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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is www.jacoblupfer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jlupf. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jacob Lupfer

A half-century after Roe, faith groups need to reexamine theology behind abortion politics

By Jacob Lupfer — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — The last time we had religious innovation on the question of abortion came in the 1970s.

How sacred music enchants the secular world

By Jacob Lupfer — December 16, 2022
(RNS) — We may notice it more at Christmastime or at the movies, but sacred choral music has the power to move all of us, religious or secular, just about any time.

The simple faith of gathering together and giving thanks

By Jacob Lupfer — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — These hymns ring loud in my consciousness after other trappings of devotion have fallen away.

Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. Here’s why it still matters.

By Jacob Lupfer — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Christ the King offers both a hopeful and a sobering reminder to Christians, whose loyalty to Jesus becomes subordinated to political ideology.

Why abortion was a dud for Democrats

By Jacob Lupfer — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — In politics, the faith card is always a wild card.

Evangelicals and Trump: ReAwaken America shows us who changed whom

By Jacob Lupfer — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — It would be so easy for conservative Christians to simply say, 'These rallies are not a good model for evangelical political engagement.'

Dobbs gave abortion foes a win. Lindsey Graham’s 15-week bill set the next goal.

By Jacob Lupfer — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — Graham’s proposed legislation gets the GOP off the defensive on abortion.

Church’s use of anti-porn ‘shameware’ ignites Christian debates over sex and sin

By Jacob Lupfer — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — We need to be careful about how we outsource our accountability.

National Conservatism Conference puts the best and worst of the GOP on display

By Jacob Lupfer — September 17, 2022
(RNS) — Conservatism may have something to say about important issues, but it will need more worthy messengers.

Suicide is not a sin to be judged

By Jacob Lupfer — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — Views among believers and faith leaders concerning suicide have evolved to be more sensitive and compassionate.

For United Methodists, the center is not holding

By Jacob Lupfer — August 19, 2022
(RNS) — Big-tent centrists like Bishop Ken Carter have to face facts and give traditionalists a last push out.

Getting hip to Dimes Square Catholicism is the latest way to own the libs

By Jacob Lupfer — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — Rome, packaged as a trend item for the trust-fund literary set, will never win converts.

Could Republicans be softening on same-sex marriage? Don’t bet on it.

By Jacob Lupfer — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — There is very little up-side to forcing Republicans in moderate areas to fall on their swords in a battle that cannot be won.

Abortion opponents have won. But they risk losing it all.

By Jacob Lupfer — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — Don’t be surprised when national Republican candidates take a soft line on abortion.

Religious right groups’ tax-status changes demean both church and state

By Jacob Lupfer — July 13, 2022
(RNS) — No honest person would call the political organization a church.
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