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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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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.

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.

DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. The rapper died April 9, 2021, at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after having a heart attack the week before. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

DMX was my John the Forerunner

By T.C. Moore — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.

A sticker from a Planned Parenthood rally in New York City. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — ‘As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,’ said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

In this March 19, 2021, file photo, migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge, in Mission, Texas. U.S. authorities say they picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March. It's the largest monthly number ever recorded and a major test for President Joe Biden as he reverses many of his predecessor's hard-line immigration tactics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2021

(RNS) — As the number of arrivals increases, Catholic groups are often relying on an array of faith-based ecumenical partners to handle the influx of people hoping to cross the border.

Southern Baptist women demonstrating against the faith’s gender role doctrine in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

How complementarianism became part of evangelical doctrine

By Susan M. Shaw — April 13, 2021

(The Conversation) — The belief that God assigned gender roles formed in response to the women’s liberation movement.

Senior pastor Brian Houston, co-founder of the global megachurch Hillsong. Photo courtesy Hillsong Church

Hillsong to ‘pause’ operations at Dallas campus, citing leadership failures

By Roxanne Stone — April 11, 2021

(RNS) — New revelations about the former Dallas pastors as well as pandemic woes have led the global behemoth to announce a shuttering of the Dallas location for now.

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