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Kevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom joined the Religion News Service staff in 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006.

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Torture 101 * Terrorist Moses * Swastika giftwrap: Wednesday’s Roundup

December 10, 2014

(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

December 4, 2014

(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

November 12, 2014

(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

November 6, 2014

(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

October 30, 2014

(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

October 23, 2014

(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

October 16, 2014

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

October 9, 2014

(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

October 2, 2014

(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

September 25, 2014

(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

September 25, 2014

(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: The truth about Shariah

September 10, 2014

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (RNS) The reality is that the imposition of Shariah law in this corner of the world’s most populous Muslim nation was a cynical political ploy — and it worked.

Travelblog: Hipster hijabs

September 5, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) For many people, the hijab is a kind of Rorschach test — we use it, unconsciously or not, as a barometer about our feelings on Muslims or Islam.

Travelblog: 3 things Indonesia can teach the Muslim world

September 3, 2014

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.

Travelblog: ‘Are you a Christian?’

August 29, 2014

HONOLULU (RNS) When people ask “Are you a Christian?”, is that all they mean, or is there more to it?

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