Pompeo’s rights commission distilled decades of evangelicals’ hopes
(RNS) — Rights seen as coming directly from God are emphasized over economic justice and fighting the types of abuses exacted by right-wing authoritarian leaders.
Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?
Martin Luther’s pandemic advice goes viral — 500 years later
Stay home, evangelical medical organization tells churches as COVID spreads
(RNS) — A leading association of evangelical doctors says in-person church ‘should not become an idol by itself.’
Ranin Karim, woman in Carl Lentz’s alleged affair, seeks ‘closure’ in GMA interview
(RNS) — ‘When you give somebody so much power, they become God to people,’ Ranin Karim told GMA. ‘People look at Carl like he’s God.’
Adam Taylor succeeds Jim Wallis as Sojourners president
(RNS) — Founder Jim Wallis will step away as the organization’s president and take a new role at Georgetown University.
Most ‘Fox News Republicans’ believe Christians face most discrimination
(RNS) — The 40% of Republicans who trust Fox News most, said PRRI, are more likely to identify as white evangelical Protestants.
William Bobby McClain, leader in United Methodist Church and civil rights movement, dies at 82
(RNS) — McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the students he taught but also countless United Methodists with the creation of the groundbreaking hymnal ‘Songs of Zion’ and as an original member of the group that organized Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Carl Lentz and the ‘hot pastor’ problem
(RNS) — Maybe the problem isn’t hot pastors like Lentz but a toxic megachurch culture that makes narcissism a prerequisite.
Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world
CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.
In Georgia runoff, GOP attacks Warnock by tying him to controversial Chicago preacher
(RNS) — Mentions of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who caused controversy for Barack Obama, are among sound bites mined from the Georgia Senate candidate’s sermons.
Five faith facts about former President Barack Obama’s new book: ‘A Promised Land’
(RNS) — Obama mentions his ‘broader skepticism toward organized religion’ but says he often turned to private prayer.
William Barr and the politics of death
(RNS) — We are not executing the ‘worst of the worst,’ as some may believe, but the poorest of the poor, and disproportionately people of color.
Rachel Held Evans’ father on his daughter’s final days and the ongoing impact of her life
(RNS) — ‘I was her dad, and was proud to be so. I didn’t try to put the brakes on Rachel. Controversial issues were hers to play out,’ Peter Held tells RNS in an exclusive interview a year and a half after his daughter’s death.
How law-and-order evangelicals helped shape today’s criminal justice system
(RNS) — Evangelicals have largely championed the rise of mass incarceration, writes Aaron Griffith in his new book. They’ve also undertaken novel ministries to try to bring compassion, healing and conversion to those behind bars.