Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

By Bob Smietana — October 15, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A former student at a Kentucky church has alleged that Rice sexually abused him after meeting him at a church retreat.

Samaritan’s Purse to set up coronavirus field hospital in the Bahamas

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — The humanitarian relief organization run by Franklin Graham will open a field hospital in Nassau, where hospital facilities are overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19.

Former CCM editor and Christian music publicist Jay Swartzendruber dies at 52

By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The former CCM editor known for his passion for Christian music and artists is mourned by friends in Nashville and beyond.

Lecrae on growing uncomfortable with white evangelicalism and finding ‘Restoration’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The Christian hip-hop artist’s new book examines the spiritual, personal and artistic dimensions of redemption.

SBC seminary votes to retain slaveholders’ names on buildings

By Adelle M. Banks — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said: ‘Our task is to honor the saintly without condoning, hiding, or denying the sinful.’

Refugee data on religion disappears as fewer persecuted Christians admitted to US

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The State Department no longer is making publicly available a number of statistics about refugees admitted into the United States, including their religious affiliations.

Court rules DC church can hold outdoor services for now

By Adelle M. Banks — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — A judge said city limitations are causing a ‘substantial burden’ on Capitol Hill Baptist Church under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Christian musician Sean Feucht brings COVID worship protest to Nashville, had no permit say health officials

By Bob Smietana — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — Despite local guidelines allowing faith groups to meet for worship, a barnstorming Christian musician played outdoors in Nashville to protest church closures.

Gordon College cuts tuition to make Christian education more accessible

By Kathryn Post — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — The announcement follows an anonymous $75.5 million donation to the college last year, the largest donation ever made to an evangelical college.

Rattled by Trump’s COVID? Try the Bible’s anti-anxiety treatment

By Max Lucado — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve had a lot of fear the last few months. Take a lesson from the biblical King Jehoshaphat.

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

After Trump tweets about hymn singers’ arrest, church plans another event

By Bob Smietana — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The ‘psalm sing’ was promoted by Christ Church, a local congregation run by controversial pastor Doug Wilson, who has long claimed his church plans a ‘spiritual takeover’ of his Idaho town.

LifeWay inks out-of-court agreement with former CEO Thom Rainer

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — The agreement would require Rainer to keep the terms of his noncompete contract, which he had signed after leaving his position in 2018.

Evangelical leaders seek to ‘take the high road,’ stress agreement as election looms

By Adelle M. Banks — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Today evangelical faith is often being narrowly defined and easily misunderstood and we believe this has long-term ramifications for our public witness in society and effectiveness,’ said the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy

By Yonat Shimron — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — John Compton’s ‘The End of Empathy’ shows how the collapse of religious authority in the 1960s led Christians to evangelical megachurches that resist any efforts at social reform.

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