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Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

By Bob Smietana — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — A look at megachurches over the past five years finds that most have grown larger and more diverse and become less likely to call themselves evangelical.

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Hillsong Church says new Atlanta location will be led by its first African American pastor

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Pastors Sam and Toni Collier are launching Hillsong Atlanta, the global megachurch’s first location in the Southeastern United States.

The nondenominational Donald

By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.

Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ worship protest on the National Mall included more politics than usual

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Christian musician Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ concert for his worship protest tour was in D.C. Sunday and the event quickly shifted to a celebration for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.

My child with Down syndrome is not a political statement — and neither is Amy Coney Barrett’s

By Amy Julia Becker — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — We stay mired in our polarized political corners if we view women’s choices primarily as political statements when they in fact reflect ethical decisions made in the context of social forces.

Attorneys for John MacArthur denounce headlines reporting a church outbreak of COVID-19 cases

By Alejandra Molina — October 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Jenna Ellis, attorney for John MacArthur and Grace Community Church, in a statement said the cases shouldn’t be characterized as an ‘outbreak.’

Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’

By Jack Jenkins, Maina Mwaura — October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A rare exchange about religion-related matters with a president who, while allying closely with evangelical Christian leaders, has spoken little about his own faith.

There’s a theology driving Sean Feucht’s worship music protests — and it’s a popular one

By Adam Perez — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — What’s at stake aren’t just political and ideological differences but complex and deeply rooted theological commitments that have long been forming Christian identities.

‘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.

Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville’s Breonna Taylor protests

By Claire Galofaro — October 22, 2020

(AP) — The church has for months played a background role in the protest movement in a downtown square in honor of the medical technician killed by police in her home.

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