Mark I. Pinsky is an author at Religion News Service.
All Stories by Mark I. Pinsky
A scholar of Jewish studies airs a few inconvenient lessons of Hanukkah
By Mark I. Pinsky — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — Prominent Middle East archaeologist Eric Meyers offers a view of Jewish uprisings, including those that followed the Maccabees, and their actual consequences.
Duke University divided over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — and antisemitism
By Mark I. Pinsky — March 30, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — For months, the local Duke chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and a new group, Students Supporting Israel, have been in a virtual slugfest on the campus.
Faith and true crime: The morals of writing about seekers and grisly deaths
By Mark I. Pinsky — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — How a true-crime writer keeps compassion in mind amid gore and tragedy.
Pat Robertson turned Christian TV into political power — and blew it up with wacky prophecy
By Mark I. Pinsky — October 4, 2021
(RNS) — Robertson, who announced his intention to retire as daily host of 'The 700 Club,' transformed televangelism from hot, pulpit-pounding sermons to a cool format and used his platform to launch a run for president.
Luis Palau, globe-trotting evangelist, is dead at 86
By Mark I. Pinsky — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Over the past half century, the Luis Palau Association, based in Beaverton, Oregon, estimates that it has reached 30 million people in 75 countries.
Does anyone ‘own’ the Holocaust? An Orlando controversy inflames the issue
By Mark I. Pinsky — December 21, 2020
ORLANDO (RNS) — A Holocaust memorial center in Florida sparks controversy for an exhibit on modern racism, with many saying it diminishes the reality of anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the Holocaust.
‘Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ signers face a fiery blowback
By Mark I. Pinsky — October 23, 2020
ORLANDO (RNS) — After Joel Hunter recently announced support for former Vice President Joe Biden, a local Christian radio station cancelled Hunter’s devotionals, hosts withdrew (or postponed) speaking invitations and a social media hostility barrage erupted.
How Jay Sekulow got to the floor of the US Senate
By Mark I. Pinsky — January 22, 2020
(RNS) — Jay Sekulow, a lawyer with an outsized reputation for First Amendment defenses, may have another high-profile slam-dunk on his hands.
Memorial for Reinhard Bonnke, ‘the Billy Graham of Africa,’ draws thousands
By Mark I. Pinsky — January 4, 2020
ORLANDO, Fla.(RNS) — The Pentecostal pastor died Dec. 7 in Orlando, where he moved his international ministry, Christ for All Nations, in the early 2000s.
Are white evangelicals the missing piece for Southern Dems?
By Mark I. Pinsky — September 25, 2019
(RNS) — An anti-abortion Democrat who is unafraid of faith issues could lure enough evangelicals and turn some key Southern swing states — if the party's secular base will let them.
‘Best of Enemies’: Real faith and racial reconciliation on the big screen
By Mark I. Pinsky — March 25, 2019
(RNS) — A true-to-life, if farfetched, buddy movie demonstrates the possibility of racial reconciliation forged through a shared Christian faith.
Joel Hunter to step down from Orlando megachurch
By Mark I. Pinsky — August 2, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) — For the past two decades, Hunter urged his fellow evangelicals to move toward more moderate, center-right positions on issues such as climate change, immigration and LGBTQ people.
Can an evangelical, progressive Democrat succeed in Florida?
By Mark I. Pinsky — June 12, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) The jury is out on whether Chris King is political unicorn, an oddity, or the answer to the Democrats’ prayers.
Did soon-to-be-saint Junipero Serra meet his era’s highest moral standards? (COMMENTARY)
By Mark I. Pinsky — September 22, 2015
(RNS) Pope Francis' canonization of Junipero Serra highlights the Vatican’s sometimes contradictory standards for sanctity when it comes to European missionaries.
25 years later, houses of worship living up to spirit of Disabilities Act (ANALYSIS)
By Mark I. Pinsky — July 24, 2015
(RNS) Although the the law didn’t require accommodation and accessibility in places of worship, many went ahead and did it anyway.
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