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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is 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

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.

Will states prosecute women who seek abortions?

By Jacob Lupfer — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — Now that Roe is overturned, lawmakers need to get their stories straight.

At annual meeting, Southern Baptists draw the line

By Jacob Lupfer — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — The SBC has to decide for itself whether it will be smaller and purer or bigger and more accepting.

100 years later, Fosdick’s question, ‘Shall the fundamentalists win?’ still echoes

By Jacob Lupfer — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — The answer, improbable at the time, was, 'Yes, they shall.'

How Christian nationalism won Pennsylvania’s GOP primary

By Jacob Lupfer — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — And why it will bring losses in the fall.

Supreme Court leak jump-starts new epoch in faith-based abortion politics

By Jacob Lupfer — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — The leaked draft decision offered a preview of extremist abortion politics that faith groups will have to navigate.

The Supreme Court debates public prayer. So should we.

By Jacob Lupfer — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Proper spiritual discernment could have sorted out Kennedy v. Bremerton School District years ago.

The slow-moving rift in evangelical Christian higher education

By Jacob Lupfer — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Christian colleges grapple with their theological traditions, but change will be slow.
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