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Police officer says Jan. 6 insurrectionists ‘perceived themselves to be Christians’

By Jack Jenkins — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I saw the Christian flag directly to my front,’ recounted police officer Daniel Hodges. ‘Another read ‘Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.’’
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Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

By Mark Thiessen — July 26, 2021
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation.

At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes. Here’s how.

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Religious services for residents of the Olympic Village will be provided virtually due to the pandemic, but Christian evangelistic organizations aren’t letting COVID-19 dampen their efforts at reaching the Japanese.

La Luz del Mundo congregants ‘frightened’ after attempted burglary and shooting at two temples

By Alejandra Molina — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — These incidents occurred as the trial is set to begin on Sept. 27 for Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of La Luz del Mundo, who faces numerous sex charges.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.

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.

André Mendonça, President Bolsonaro’s ‘terribly evangelical’ Supreme Court justice

By Eduardo Campos Lima — July 22, 2021
SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Mendonça’s nomination has been seen by many as a political maneuver by Bolsonaro to strengthen his ties with evangelicals, a significant and loyal voting bloc for him.

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘These new estimates highlight the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on children around the world,’ said Elli Oswald, executive director of the Faith to Action Initiative.

World Relief announces Myal Greene as new head amid ‘the most significant crisis of our lives’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — The announcement comes after current World Relief President Scott Arbeiter and CEO Tim Breene announced in February they were stepping down after a combined 30 years serving the organization.

Lawsuit accuses Liberty University of ‘enabling on-campus rapes’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The suit, brought by 12 anonymous women, was filed Tuesday (July 20) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

David Platt’s dreams for McLean Bible Church sour as members file lawsuit over elder vote

By Bob Smietana — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Platt, the best-selling author of ‘Radical’ and beloved Bible preacher, finds his church facing controversy over critical race theory.

Promise Keepers says it has changed. The times have changed more.

By Roxanne Stone — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — An organization once committed to a post-political future has reemerged into a culture entrenched in a bitter partisan battle.
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