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Plumber reportedly finds cash and checks in walls of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Did a plumber just discover a new clue in a seven-year-old burglary case at the Houston-area megachurch?
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‘Sinning in the Rain’: New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

By Bob Smietana — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows rain can interrupt church-going and may lead to more of certain kinds of crime.

It’s back: Purity Culture 2.0, Gen Z style

By Devi Abraham — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Purity culture lives on, and a new generation of influencers on social media is pushing it mainstream.

Cornerstone University’s new president is under fire. His former colleagues see a pattern.

By Kathryn Post — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Former Regent employees named at least 40 faculty, staff and administrators who were forced to exit during Moreno-Riaño’s tenure at Regent University.

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Before there was Roe: Religious debate before high court’s historic ruling on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Reports reveal blunt statements opposing the procedure, broadening definitions of what could be legalized and religious politicians’ reactions to state legislatures’ debates over the controversial procedure.

Marcus Lamb, anti-COVID vaccine Christian broadcaster, dies at 64

By Bob Smietana — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Lamb had hosted a series of vaccine skeptics on his television program and claimed that the truth about COVID-19 was being censored.

The Unite the Right rally changed her life. She now wants to defeat white nationalism.

By Yonat Shimron — November 26, 2021
(RNS) — Since that searing summer day four years ago, Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin has devoted herself to better understanding what happened and working to make sure it never happens again.

Hope ‘renewed in a just God’: Faith leaders react to guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder

By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William ‘Roddie’ Bryan were all convicted of murder after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours.

Portland’s season of unrest rekindled after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

By Grant Stringer — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — This time, national and local faith leaders have organized largely peaceful protests.

Faith advisory board with Trump ties urges religious vaccine exemptions for military

By Jack Jenkins — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — But at least one prominent Trump evangelical adviser did not sign on to the effort, suggesting division on the issue.

‘The best person to rape is your wife,’ says Bronx pastor

By Yonat Shimron — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Burnett Robinson was apparently preaching from a New Testament passage on wives submitting to their husbands.

United Methodist meeting to consider split is still on … for now

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — But the denomination is considering the health and safety of delegates, staff, volunteers and guests, as well as the inclusion of the broad diversity of the church, before signing off on the next meeting.
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