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Background checks are essential for kids’ ministry. No one knows how many churches do them.

By Bob Smietana — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Many denominations have passed new policies and procedures to make their churches safer for kids — few check to see if churches follow them.
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Hagee: Antisemitism bill in Congress doesn’t violate Bible’s account of Jesus’ death

By John Hagee — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Members of Congress have claimed the legislation will stifle a false theology that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ 

FBI asked to join investigation of death of pastor’s wife, Mica Miller

By Kathryn Post — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — Miller’s April 27 death has been the source of fierce controversy and widespread speculation.

Texas megachurch hits the brakes after trying to skew a traffic study

By Bob Smietana — May 14, 2024
(RNS)— Critics call the latest controversy at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, one more sign of dishonesty from its leaders.

Former Trump official Elizabeth Neumann wants to combat Christian extremism

By Jack Jenkins — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — 'We've reordered, if you will, in the incorrect order: Politics is the premier as opposed to our trust and faith in Jesus,' said the extremism expert.

Tornado rips steeple off Pennsylvania church during worship service

By Kathryn Post — May 13, 2024
FINLEYVILLE, Pennsylvania (RNS) — 'God had his hand on us,' one of the pastors told Religion News Service.

Far-right Christians blame Madonna’s ‘satanic’ concert for floods in southern Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — May 13, 2024
SÃO PAULO, Brazil (RNS) — Christian pastors and social media influencers have connected the concert's sexual content with unprecedented floods that have devastated cities in Rio Grande do Sul state and killed 116 people.

Can Donald Trump swear on the Bible to tell the truth?

By Jim Wallis — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The former president is selling 'God Bless the USA' Bibles. What will happen if he has to swear on Scripture in court during one of his many trials?

Is the golden age of American Jews really ending?

By Mark Silk — May 8, 2024
(RNS) — Reports of its demise are premature.

Southern Baptists, losing members, find solace in baptisms and better attendance

By Bob Smietana — May 7, 2024
(RNS) — While membership in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is down, participation in worship and baptisms went up in 2023. But a new statistical report found that many Southern Baptist Convention churches do little to address sexual abuse.

After vote to repeal LGBTQ bans, many gay Methodists are now fully out

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2024
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — On the first Sunday after the conclusion of the denomination’s General Conference, many queer United Methodists celebrated their release from the tight and narrow spaces that had confined them.

How Trumpism has pushed a fringe charismatic theology into the mainstream

By Matthew D. Taylor and Paul A. Djupe — May 6, 2024
(RNS) — Charismatic Christian prophets have gained new influence since becoming identified with the former president.

With a final flourish, United Methodist conference eliminates all anti-LGBTQ policies

By Yonat Shimron — May 3, 2024
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (RNS) — The reversals came in the wake of a schism that saw the departure of a quarter of its US churches — more than 7,600 congregations — over the past five years. 
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