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Amid pandemic and personal struggles, Max Lucado finds peace in divine purpose

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 28, 2021
(RNS) — The biblical book of Esther has helped the pastor and bestselling author through his own bout with a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and his recent diagnosis with a serious health condition, called an ascending aortic aneurysm.

In ‘Midnight Mass,’ there is ungodly horror and there are puritanical Christians

By Jillian Cheney — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Watching the show's Muslim police chief try to convince parents to keep Bible classes out of public schools is like backing a losing sports team.

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman posts video supporting LGBTQ ‘rights and freedoms’

By Kathryn Post — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — The video comes in response to queer Christian artist Semler, who posted a video last week seeking clarity on the band’s stance toward LGBTQ inclusion.

Tammy Faye, a double whammy of Christian love, wins in the end

By Leah Payne — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — A new film captures her interior world but doesn’t fully explain her ingenuity and power.

Women are essential in the Bible. Now they’re in the Sunday readings

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘What does it look like to tell the Good News through the stories of women who are often on the margins of scripture and often set up to represent bad news?’ asks the Rev. Wilda Gafney.

Meet Anne Wilson, a 19-year-old singer behind ‘My Jesus,’ a surprise Christian hit

By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — A family tragedy has led the Kentucky teen to unexpected success as a Christian musician.

An animated film to chronicle life of ‘Sikh Captain America’ in aftermath of 9/11

By Alejandra Molina — September 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'There is not a lot of representation of people who look like me in the American entertainment landscape. Because that story hasn’t been told, it leads to a persistent level of ignorance,' Vishavjit Singh said.

The painting behind Taliban fighters in Kabul presidential palace is worth a thousand words

By Menachem Wecker — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — The scene depicted in the enormous painting represents something of a mixed symbolic bag for the Taliban foot soldiers posed before it.

Twenty years later, ‘In Christ Alone’ still inspires millions to sing

By Bob Smietana — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — The popular hymn prompted a movement to revive congregational singing and launched the careers of Keith and Kristyn Getty.

‘I never thought it would be a campaign’: Muslim artist’s work builds bridges in Pittsburgh

By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2021
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — Ebtehal Badawi’s painting has been used to promote racial and religious unity across the city.

‘A burden of beauty’: Five religious artisans on finding inspiration in faith

By Renée Roden — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Forbidden images, illuminated manuscripts and even maps testify to the creativity humans bring to the project of making the transcendent tangible.

On Kanye West’s ‘Donda,’ faith is the message — or a metaphor

By Jillian Cheney — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — Critics have called the album unfocused and rambling, but fans are raving about the surprise release.

First Nations Version translates the New Testament for Native American readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — 'We believe it's a gift not only to our Native people, (but) from our Native people to the dominant culture,' said Terry Wildman, the lead translator and project manager of the First Nations Version.

Britney Spears: An icon for purity culture’s wounded women

By Renée Roden — August 27, 2021
(RNS) — The trajectory of Spears' career and public persona can be understood, some scholars of evangelicalism argue, through the rise and decline of the evangelical purity movement. 

In the beginning, there was reggae

By Andre Henry — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — Reggae music encapsulates the prophetic spirituality I looked to embody when I was an evangelical Christian but could never find.
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