Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Mark A. Kellner

Desmond Ford, 90, Adventist theologian defrocked for controversial beliefs, dies

By Mark A. Kellner — March 12, 2019
(RNS) — Desmond Ford, a theology professor who was defrocked by Seventh-day Adventists after being accused of questioning the movement's core beliefs, died this week at 90. The controversy over Ford led to a schism among Adventists.

George Washington’s faith under scrutiny after sale of ‘God letter’

By Mark A. Kellner — February 13, 2019
(RNS) — A letter in which the first president mentions the actions of 'Providence' has rekindled interest in the controversial matter of Washington’s faith life.

Chabad outpost files $10 million lawsuit over order to demolish building

By Mark A. Kellner — December 21, 2018
(RNS) — A state judge has ordered a Chabad house in Maryland to be torn down in a zoning dispute. Chabad leaders filed a $10 million religious land use lawsuit in response — the fifth such action filed against Baltimore County officials.

Stolen Mormon memorabilia spotlight LDS devotion to church artifacts

By Mark A. Kellner — December 12, 2018
(RNS) — Charges against a young dealer in Mormon history pointed up the degree to which LDS members' desire for historical artifacts makes them vulnerable to swindles.

Evangelical retailer John Wanamaker built fortune by blending faith with business

By Mark A. Kellner — December 4, 2018
(RNS) — John Wanamaker saw his legendary department store — one of the first in the nation — as a pulpit, according to a new book.

Einstein’s ‘God letter’ hits auction block Dec. 4

By Mark A. Kellner — November 30, 2018
(RNS) — A handwritten 1954 letter by the Nobel laureate is dismissive of religion in general and Judaism in particular.

DA adds evangelical university to fraud case against Christian Post owners

By Mark A. Kellner — November 26, 2018
(RNS) — Authorities have broadened charges against the former owners of Newsweek and the former publisher of The Christian Post to include a university founded by a controversial evangelical pastor.

Churches use political pressure, small-dollar loans to fight predatory payday lending

By Mark A. Kellner — November 13, 2018
(RNS) — Congregations are helping people avoid — or dig out from — exorbitant debt obligations by providing an alternative.

Seals of Hezekiah, Isaiah focus attention on Herbert W. Armstrong offshoot

By Mark A. Kellner — November 7, 2018
(RNS) — Two tiny clay seals attributed to King Hezekiah of Judah and an Isaiah who could be the biblical prophet have drawn global notice this year — and raised the visibility of a tiny American church involved in their discovery.

Christian Post publisher indicted on fraud charges

By Mark A. Kellner — October 11, 2018
(RNS) — Prosecutors say the parent company of The Christian Post, a major Christian website, was part of a $10 million fraud scheme.

New website hopes to make sermons a vital part of life

By Mark A. Kellner — September 24, 2018
(RNS) — The leader of is 'listening for those nuggets of truth that are universal in the human condition,' pastor says.

Shuttered houses of worship get a reboot, find new life  

By Mark A. Kellner — September 10, 2018
(RNS) — At a time when decommissioned houses of worship are converted into nightclubs, restaurants, or condominiums, a different kind of transformation is preserving churches and synagogues as sacred spaces.

Museum of the Bible returns medieval manuscript after discovering item’s theft

By Mark A. Kellner — August 13, 2018
(RNS) — The return follows an investigation the museum is conducting on the origins of more than 3,000 items in its collection.

Bidding starts at $50K for Bible that went to moon

By Mark A. Kellner — July 25, 2018
(RNS) — The tiny, space-traveling Bible was one of 11 that left Earth's atmosphere in the care of landing module commander Edgar Mitchell, who died in 2016 on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing.

After Canadian court ruling, Christian law school re-evaluates community covenant

By Mark A. Kellner — June 22, 2018
(RNS) — After the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the accreditation of Trinity Western University's School of Law, school officials are considering making its disputed community covenant barring same-sex relationships optional.
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