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Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.
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Beth Allison Barr wants Christians to know where ‘biblical womanhood’ comes from (it’s not the Bible)

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — The author and historian talked to Religion News Service about where the idea of biblical womanhood comes from, what she believes the Bible actually has to say about the role of women and what it will take for things to change.

Sex discrimination suit against Florida church tests ‘ministerial exception’ rulings

By Jack Jenkins — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — A woman’s lawsuit alleging gender discrimination may reconcile unanswered questions about the so-called ministerial exception.

Ole Anthony, longtime critic of prosperity gospel televangelists and head of Trinity Foundation, dies at 82

By Bob Smietana — April 18, 2021
(RNS) — Anthony came to fame after his investigation of televangelist Robert Tilton was featured on ABC News' Prime Time Live program.

Lecrae, Bieber appear at prison events as ministries return to correctional facilities

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Maina Mwaura, Adelle M. Banks — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — Some of the first to return to prison ministry have been high-profile Christians like Lecrae, Justin Bieber and Churchome pastor Judah Smith.

Christians should change how they talk about people with a criminal record

By James Ackerman — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — Words should affirm their whole identity, including their capacity to change and grow.

Biden reverses course on refugee cap after faith groups express outrage

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — April 16, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — "As a Christian, I’m reminded I should never have, as the psalmist said, put my ‘trust in princes,’" said Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization and advocacy at the evangelical Christian refugee resettlement agency World Relief.

Liberty University sues former President Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 million, citing conspiracy, breach of contract

By Bob Smietana — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — Liberty University claims its former president failed to live up to the school's moral code.

Former employee sues Dave Ramsey’s company for alleged religious discrimination, ‘cult-like’ atmosphere

By Bob Smietana — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The lawsuit claims employees have to submit to Ramsey as a spiritual leader and agree with his views on COVID-19, with no questions allowed.

Interfaith campus partnerships are building bridges to overcome our divisions

By Shirley Hoogstra, Eboo Patel — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — When we listen to those who believe differently, we grow in our own faith.

Protesters rally to cause of ‘jailed’ Canadian church as pastor awaits trial

By John Longhurst — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — The pastor is a former student of the Rev. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, who has resisted COVID-19 restrictions there.

Liberty University shake-ups continue as Falwell Jr.’s son leaves post as VP

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — Trey Falwell was a vice president of university operations at the evangelical Christian school.

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.
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