Kevin Eckstrom joined the Religion News Service staff in 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006.
Torture 101 * Terrorist Moses * Swastika giftwrap: Wednesday’s Roundup
(RNS) It’s slightly truncated today, but the Roundup still has all the news you need …
‘I Can’t Breathe’ * Satanic Christmas * The pope’s presents : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or something like that. That and more in today’s Roundup.
Interstellar theology * Papal mojo * Arafat finds Jesus : Wednesday’s Roundup
(RNS) “Interstellar” is the most religious non-religious movie ever made: Discuss. Did Yasser Arafat find Jesus on his deathbed? And who gets the lump of coal for coming up with The Mensch on the Bench?
Political demons * Megachurch megaproblems * Godly guilt : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) Get ready for more sparks from Colorado politics. You really ought to call your mother more — even if you’re not Jewish or Catholic. And Justin Welby stands up for our beleaguered profession.
Penguin christening * Uber as ISIS? * Muhammad sightings : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) Today’s religion headlines are full of tricks and treats. Take your pick in today’s Roundup — and hope you’re not the kid who ends up with a lame sack full of raisins and pencils.
Dancing priests! * Puppies! * Papal empanadas! : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) A little something to brighten your day, scratch your head or send you back under the covers, depending on your mood. All in today’s Roundup.
Mother Teresa 2014! * Driscoll’s downfall * ‘Providing for’ gays : Thursday’s Roundup
Today’s religion news: Good for Mother Teresa and professional beggars. Not so much for Mark Driscoll and (probably) gay Catholics.
Joan v. John * Holocaust selfie * Mass Mobs: Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) All of today’s religion news, presented in a format that even my 2-year-old twins could understand. Well, maybe not the Dutch Jewish grandmother prostitutes part.
Seminary strife * Gay AA * Spare the Rod : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) Here’s what’s making news today: Beards, Jesus statues, religious transportation drama and, unfortunately, Louis Farrakhan.
Look Inside: The transformation of the Crystal Cathedral
(RNS) Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power ministry surrendered the landmark 1981 Philip Johnson building last year after filing for bankruptcy.
Jewish Cuisine 101 * Hail Satan * St. Ken, Martyr and Virgin : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) For the culinarily Jewish among us, it’s the feast before the fast … Unless you want a “Jew-sized” salad in Mississippi. Barbie and Ken have new jobs, and the pope may be having second thoughts on Communion for divorced Catholics.
Travelblog: 3 things Indonesia can teach the Muslim world
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) Seeing reports of yet another gruesome murder in the name of Islam is enough to make you turn away. But the Islam you see here might just be enough to deserve another look.