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Orlando’s Holy Land theme park sold by TBN to health care company

By Renée Roden — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — Trinity Broadcasting Network sold the Christian-based theme park for a reported $32 million to a Seventh-day Adventist health care company.
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Amid hesitation in African Anglican provinces, Kenya appoints first two women bishops

By Fredrick Nzwili — August 5, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The consecration of women as bishops in the eastern African nation is still controversial.

Class-action lawsuit claims RZIM misled donors, covered up Ravi Zacharias’ abuse

By Bob Smietana — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — RZIM leaders have admitted they failed to hold the group’s founder accountable. Now donors want their money back.

Kent Hovind, controversial creationist preacher known as ‘Dr. Dino,’ arrested in domestic assault case

By Bob Smietana — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — Hovind, who claims that dinosaurs and humans once lived together, was released from prison in 2015 after serving time for tax fraud. He told his YouTube followers he is being falsely accused.

The ‘skin gap’ between men and women is on full display at the Olympics

By Allison Josephs — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — As female athletes push back, they may find inspiration among some religious women, who have long seen modest dress not as subjugation but as liberation.

Police allege Hillsong founder concealed child sex abuse

By Rod Mcguirk — August 5, 2021
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Houston, 67, suggested the charges related to allegations that his preacher father, Frank Houston, had abused a boy over several years in the 1970s.

His parish was the poor: The Rev. Tom Lumpkin spent 40 years ministering to Detroit’s homeless

By Renée Roden — August 4, 2021
(RNS) – ‘Living with people who have lots of problems helped me see my own dark side,’ said the Rev. Tom Lumpkin, who spent 40 years serving Detroit’s homeless.

Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal denomination, hosts biennial convening in Orlando

By Alejandra Molina — August 4, 2021
(RNS) — There are nearly 13,000 Assemblies of God churches across the U.S., according to the denomination. 

Romance Writers of America rescinds award for Christian novel as publisher defends it

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 4, 2021
(RNS) — The decision follows criticism from readers and other romance authors that ‘At Love’s Command,’ which opens with a scene depicting the Wounded Knee Massacre, romanticizes the killing of Native Americans.

With this much rot, there’s no choice but to deconstruct

By Karen Swallow Prior — August 4, 2021
(RNS) — Church leaders, I’m talking to you.

From friendships to slogans, the Vatican makes its mark at the Tokyo Olympics

By Claire Giangravé — August 4, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican wants to promote its message of fraternity and friendship at the Olympic Games by reminding athletes to keep an eye on the real prize.

Mired in crises, Lebanon marks 1 year since horrific blast

By Zeina Karam — August 4, 2021
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon marks one year since the horrific explosion at the port of Beirut with a national day of mourning.

Christian baker appeals ruling on gender transition cake

By Associated Press — August 4, 2021
DENVER (AP) — A Christian baker who violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman has filed an appeal.
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