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?
Stay home, evangelical medical organization tells churches as COVID spreads
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.
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.
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.
Meet Shane Vaughn, Mississippi pastor and star of viral ‘if Trump does not concede’ video
(RNS) — A small-town Mississippi preacher’s video claims President Trump could still win the election.
Trump divided the nation and their church, experts say, but evangelical fans have few regrets
NASHVILLE (RNS) — Despite his defeat in the recent presidential election, supporting President Trump has been a boon to many evangelical Christians. Will political gains undermine their ability to minister to their neighbors?
Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix
(RNS) — The video-streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix.
Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive
(RNS) — Diversity is a one-way street, the new study found. In nearly all cases, Blacks are joining mostly white congregations. Few whites join predominantly Black churches.
Hillsong founder Brian Houston announces investigation after NYC pastor Carl Lentz’s firing
NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning,’ Houston said in a tweet Thursday (Nov. 12).