Evangelical

Pompeo’s rights commission distilled decades of evangelicals’ hopes

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 23, 2020

(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.

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Ranin Karim, woman in Carl Lentz’s alleged affair, seeks ‘closure’ in GMA interview

By Paul O'Donnell — November 20, 2020

(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  

By Bob Smietana — November 19, 2020

(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

By Jack Jenkins — November 19, 2020

(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

By Katelyn Beaty — November 19, 2020

(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

By Shane Claiborne — November 18, 2020

(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

By Maina Mwaura — November 17, 2020

(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

By Yonat Shimron — November 16, 2020

(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

By Bob Smietana — November 16, 2020

(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

By Bob Smietana — November 13, 2020

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

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 13, 2020

(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

By Yonat Shimron — November 12, 2020

(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

By Roxanne Stone — November 12, 2020

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).

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