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Lonely no more: Questioning Christians find belonging on TikTok

By Renée Roden — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Deconstructing the faith of one's childhood can be a lonely undertaking. For many of these church exiles, TikTok has filled the gap.
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Oh Baby, Baby: Amy Grant’s biggest hit turns 30

By Bob Smietana — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Amy Grant’s ‘Heart in Motion’ sold more than 5 million copies and made her a household name. Thirty years later, the record has been rereleased.

New book examines Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

By Yonat Shimron — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — Before bursting onto the international rock scene as the principal songwriter and lead singer for the Police, Sting grew up Catholic. The faith’s images, symbols, stories and hymns appear everywhere in his music, writes Evyatar Marienberg in a new book.

Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ is an exposé that fails to explain some basic facts

By Avi Shafran — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Fashion triumphs over fundamentalism. What could be more inspiring?

‘Rebel Hearts’ film features defiant nuns ‘who stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church’

By Alejandra Molina — June 25, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A documentary commemorates the sisters of the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary who entwined 'contemporary philosophies, modern psychology and women’s liberation movement into their work.'

Pagan god (and Disney star) Loki wrapped up in trademark battles

By Heather Greene — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — 'I'm not wearing a licensed costume. It's my FACE,' tweeted one person who received 'copyright strikes' on an online marketplace for resembling Disney's superhero.

A pair of Hillsong docuseries planned, examining the megachurch’s culture, the fall of Carl Lentz

By Roxanne Stone — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Both docuseries are planned in partnership with separate news organizations and based on their respective coverage of the ongoing scandals plaguing the global megachurch, with a spotlight on Hillsong NYC and its disgraced former pastor.

Marvel’s Loki wins heathens’ hearts even while losing the Norse immortal’s complexity

By Heather Greene — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — To modern heathens, Marvel’s characters are not simply 'all-powerful superheroes,' but thriving gods.

Michael W. Smith in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura, Jonathan Woodward — June 20, 2021
(RNS) — Michael W. Smith joins us in conversation with Maina Mwaura to reflect on fatherhood and faith.

Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils

By Claire Giangravé — June 17, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — From Dante’s Inferno to human trafficking, a Catholic sculptor reminds the faithful that evil is real.

‘What Is God Like?’ Late author Rachel Held Evans’ first children’s book invites questions

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'This is the first book of hers that they'll read,' Rachel Held Evans' husband, Daniel Jonce Evans, said of the couple's two young children.

Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — What fans of the popular show may not realize is that Nightbirde's performance came from a place of deep faith.
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