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In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Former employee sues Dave Ramsey’s company for alleged religious discrimination, ‘cult-like’ atmosphere

By Bob Smietana — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The lawsuit claims employees have to submit to Ramsey as a spiritual leader and agree with his views on COVID-19, with no questions allowed.

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By Emily Churchill — April 15, 2021
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and Interfaith Youth Core have launched a partnership in hopes of building new bridges across religious divides. Screenshot from “Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World” by InterfaithYouthCore on YouTube
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“Otherwise/Revival,”  an exhibit through Bridge Projects, is a group exhibition exploring the Black church’s influence on contemporary artists. The exhibition includes everything from paintings to sculptures to performances that celebrate elements like community and praise. Image courtesy of Robert Wedemeyer

In Los Angeles, a pair of art exhibitions centers the Black worship experience

By Alejandra Molina — April 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through sculptures, paintings, video and performances, the artists explore the impact of Black Pentecostalism drawing ‘upon the choreography and sonics of possession found in Black spirituality.’

Pope Francis delivers a prerecorded talk that was streamed on Oct. 10, 2020. Video screengrab

Pope Francis criticizes ‘paternalism’ of populist politicians

By Claire Giangravé — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The video message was delivered to participants at an international online conference, ‘A Politics Rooted in the People,’ and included Catholic groups in the United States, European Union and United Kingdom.

Ms. Penny Cost delivers a message during the Hope United Methodist Church virtual service in Bloomington, Illinois, on April 11, 2021. Video screengrab

First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — Isaac Simmons is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and, as far as anyone can tell, the first drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.

The Rev. James Coates preaches at GraceLife church, near Edmonton, Alberta. Video screengrab

Protesters rally to cause of ‘jailed’ Canadian church as pastor awaits trial

By John Longhurst — April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The pastor is a former student of the Rev. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, who has resisted COVID-19 restrictions there.

Liberty University's Sparky the Eagle is seen before an NCAA football game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Shaban Athuman)

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu smiles as he celebrates his 86th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wessels)

New book explores how Desmond Tutu’s Christian mysticism helped unite a nation

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — In his new book, ‘Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,’ Michael Battle delves into the ways Tutu’s religious formation shaped a vision that helped topple apartheid and unite a riven nation.

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waits to receive the 2013 Templeton Prize at the Guildhall in central London on May 21, 2013.  Photo by Paul Hackett/Reuters

How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency

By Michael Battle — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Tutu’s worldview of Christian mysticism counteracts the system of apartheid. His Ubuntu incorporates the African Bantu perspective of personhood with a mystical image of God’s diversity in unity.

A cloud of volcanic ash hovers over Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on April 10, 2021, a day after the La Soufriere volcano erupted. (AP Photo/Lucanus Ollivierre)

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.

Colton Underwood from the reality series “The Bachelor” appears during an interview in New York on March 13, 2019. Underwood, the former football tight end who found fame on “The Bachelor,” has revealed that he is gay. (AP Photo/Gary Gerard Hamilton, File)

‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood says he’s gay and calls faith ‘no longer conditional’

By Alejandra Molina — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — In an interview on ‘Good Morning America,’ Underwood said revealing his truth has made him ‘closer to God.’

Mercy Haub, 16, appears on

Meet Mercy Haub: The 16-year-old cancer survivor and preacher’s kid who inspired Ellen

By Bob Smietana — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — After a friend’s dad died of cancer, a Seattle teen made raising money to fight cancer one of her life’s goals. Then she faced her own illness.

Magic fascinated and troubled early Christians as much as it does some people today. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios

Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity

By Shaily Shashikant Patel — April 14, 2021

(The Conversation) — Early Christians worked to distinguish the miracles of Jesus from the magic of local sorcerers.

Mercy Haub, 16, takes a selfie during one of her cancer treatments. Photo via Instagram

Mercy Haub: I know what cancer means

By Mercy Haub — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — Mercy Haub, a preacher’s daughter and cancer survivor, recently shared her story on national television.

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