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This Aug. 23, 2018, photo shows the Bethany Christian Services headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bethany is one of the nation’s largest adoption agencies. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Bethany Christian Services’ decision on gay adoption makes the church shine brighter

By Jennifer Butler — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — The country’s largest evangelical Christian adoption agency abandoned a discriminatory policy that the religious right puts major capital into defending.

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In this May 29, 2020, file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

After Ravi Zacharias report, Christians examine how to avoid ‘betrayal blindness’

By Bob Smietana — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — Why does it take so long for religious groups to admit the truth about their leaders?

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold signs as they stand outside of the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Shame, grace and #STOPtheSTEAL

By Karen Swallow Prior — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — How we read the world depends on the kinds of stories we traffic in.

Ohev Shalom – The National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil Street. © Joel Hoffman, courtesy DC History Center

Dozens of houses of worship, one DC street, a 9-year photo project

By Adelle M. Banks — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — People at the first church ‘were so welcoming that it kind of got our project off to a happy start,’ said one photographer.

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Conservative United Methodists announce new name, logo, website for planned denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — The planned denomination said it will split from the existing United Methodist Church no matter what the General Conference decides in 2022.

Brooks Brunson, left, passes a bottle of formula to his husband, Gregg Pitts, as they prepare their son, Thomas Brunson-Pitts, 6 months old, for bed at their home in Washington on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Originally from Texas and Ohio, they were married in the District of Columbia in November 2013. Brunson and Pitts always knew they wanted to have a family together and were delighted when they were able to start the adoption process for their son shortly after beginning to look for a match in 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bethany Christian Services to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt, foster children

By Yonat Shimron — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — The change lowers the temperature on a hot culture-war topic pitting faith-based adoption and foster care agencies and civil liberties groups against one another.

Former Judge Paul Pressler, who played a leading role in wresting control of the Southern Baptist Convention from moderates in 1979, poses for a photo in his home in Houston on May 30, 2004. (AP Photo /Michael Stravato)

Appeals court rules in favor of Pressler accuser, says abuse lawsuit can go forward

By Bob Smietana — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — A former aide to retired judge Paul Pressler has alleged that the Southern Baptist leader had abused him for decades.

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What’s in store for the Equality Act, and why do some religions want a revision?

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Equality Act likely won’t pass in the US Senate, as is. But if the Senate were to include religious exemptions, it might.

Stephen Colbert, left, interviews the Rev. James Martin, Feb. 3, 2021, on “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. Video screengrab via CBS

On late-night TV and bestseller lists, new books on prayer resonating with readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — After a tumultuous year, several new books about prayer from popular Christian authors seem to be speaking to the moment.

Celebrate Recovery co-founder John Baker speaks at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, on Aug. 13, 2013. Photo by Robert Hawkins, courtesy of Saddleback Church

Rick Warren pays tribute to Celebrate Recovery co-founder John Baker

By Bob Smietana — February 26, 2021

(RNS) — The megachurch pastor said his longtime friend had impacted the lives of millions of people.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. The mob proceeded to breach the Capitol. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The creeping radicalization of white evangelicals

By Doug Pagitt — February 25, 2021

(RNS) — Our faith itself is not to blame. But evangelicals need to take a hard look at the other influences on our community.

Jessica LaGrone, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Traditional Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — again

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 25, 2021

(RNS) — In the meantime, bishops have called for another special session.

Celebrate Recovery founder John Baker. Photo via Hope for Mental Health

John Baker, founder of the Christian support group Celebrate Recovery, has died

By Bob Smietana — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — Baker started the Christian 12-step group to bridge the gap between churches and 12-step groups.

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