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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.

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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.

Sean Feucht’s worship protest gets green light in DC, despite fears of ‘superspreader’ event

By Jack Jenkins — October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Feucht has framed his worship protest tour as a dispute between ‘politicians’ and Christians like himself, but pastors are among his fiercest critics. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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