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Josh Duggar released with strict conditions as he awaits trial for possession of child sexual abuse materials

By Roxanne Stone — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — During the virtual hearing, a federal agent said the images downloaded on Duggar's computer were among 'the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.'
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The evangelical sexual abuse crisis is the spiritual warfare of our time

By Karen Swallow Prior — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — My accident taught me what happens to victims of abuse and how trauma works.

Biden raises refugee ceiling, and faith-based groups brace for rebuilding work

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’

Jerry Falwell Jr. cancels Liberty graduation party at family farm due to health concerns

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — Falwell said canceling the party was 'a major disappointment to us since we wanted to celebrate the success of the graduating students and show them our appreciation.'

Former reality star, Josh Duggar, arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, pleads not guilty

By Roxanne Stone — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — The conservative Christian and former star of '19 Kids and Counting' faces his latest sexual scandal.

Falwell invites Liberty students to ‘real’ graduation party at his farm despite lawsuit

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'If you're not a senior but you're dating one, you can come, too,' said Jerry Falwell Jr., who resigned as president of Liberty University last year in the wake of multiple scandals.

Historic Houston church leaves United Methodist Church over LGBTQ stance

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — Jan Lawrence, executive director of Reconciling Ministries, said she believes that the longer the denomination’s General Conference is delayed, the more churches will leave.

Another Hillsong East Coast pastor resigns, this time over revealing Instagram selfies

By Roxanne Stone — April 29, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The New Jersey pastor sent explicit photos on Instagram stories to his ‘close friends,’ but also included a 30-year-old woman who used to volunteer for him at the church.

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — No wonder the pushback on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has thus far been minimal.

Why some preachers rely on holy ghostwriters and other pulpit helps

By Bob Smietana — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — To keep up with the demand for high-quality sermons, preachers often turn to ghostwriters and researchers, without telling their congregation. At least one expert calls that ‘cheating.’

Despite multiracial congregation boom, some Black congregants report prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — A third of Black Christians say it is hard to gain leadership positions in a multiracial congregation, a new report says.

Francis Collins urges evangelicals: ‘Love your neighbor,’ get COVID-19 vaccine

By Adelle M. Banks — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It was an answer, even beyond what I had almost dared to pray for,’ the National Institutes of Health director said of vaccine efficacy.

For evangelical leader Jamie Aten, advocating for vaccines led to a death threat

By Bob Smietana — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — Aten, who teaches at an evangelical college, has received swarms of angry anti-vaxxer emails — including one saying his work was ‘punishable by death.’
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