James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel reach multimillion-dollar agreement

By Yonat Shimron — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — MacDonald, who was fired last year, will get $1.2 million and a vacant parcel of property adjacent to the church’s Crystal Lake Campus. He will also be allowed to run his Walk in the Word ministry independently.

Petition for a new American Girl doll asks popular toy company to tell the modern refugee story

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 20, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘I think by inviting the American Girl Company to pay attention to the importance of refugee stories and people, we are showing God’s love to the world and to refugees,’ said Laura Laurie, petition creator.

Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters

By Yonat Shimron — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.

Our church suspended in-person worship until 2021. This one question sealed the deal

By Andy Stanley — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Decisions about when to reopen churches quickly became political and divisive when the pandemic hit. The answer depends on what questions we ask.

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.

Both candidates went to church this weekend. Their experiences were very different

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — The evangelical pastor dedicated much of his sermon to praising Trump. The priest didn’t appear to mention Biden at all.

In SBC video, Eric and Ruth Brown recall daughter Pearl Joy, whose life still speaks

By Bob Smietana — October 18, 2020

(RNS) — Eric and Ruth Brown’s faith helped them to fight for their daughter’s life. But nothing could prepare them for saying goodbye.

Stacey Abrams’ passion for voting began with her preacher parents

By Adelle M. Banks — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The family is just a tight-knit cadre of people who understand that it is incumbent upon them to vote,’ said her Georgia pastor.

‘Faith Vote’ 20-minute ad aims to cement liberal believers for Biden

By Jack Jenkins — October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Every moral issue is at stake in this election,’ Muslim civil rights advocate Linda Sarsour says in the ad.

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.

Maryland Episcopal diocese reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton noted the development during a panel discussion on reparations at a National Council of Churches virtual meeting.

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.’

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