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It’s time at last for an ethical conversation about Afghanistan

By Jim Wallis — September 15, 2021
(RNS) — What have 20 years of war done to our values?

Twitter permanently bans Greg Locke, pro-Trump, anti-vax pastor

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — In a Facebook Live video, he claimed to be the first pastor to be banned on Twitter and said his banning was an attack on Christians.

The gospel of Sherri Tenpenny: COVID-19 misinformation meets Christian nationalism

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Her claims are discredited by scientists and politicians trying to stem the spread of COVID-19. But her appeal to faith has a constituency all its own.

Post-Trump, Christian nationalists preach a theology of vaccine resistance

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Recent rallies have intermingled resistance to COVID-19 vaccines with calls for a resurgence of Christian influence.

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

China is quietly using Afghanistan to strengthen its authoritarian agenda

By David Curry — September 14, 2021
(Open Doors) — We are being given a rare glimpse of the immeasurable human cost incurred when authoritarianism is allowed to spread unimpeded.

Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, founder of one of the world’s largest churches, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Cho, who preached a Korean version of the prosperity gospel, remained a beloved figure even after being convicted of embezzlement.

A mask mandate showdown in Cobb County school board pits ‘faith’ against ‘fear’

By Heather Greene — September 13, 2021
ATLANTA (RNS) — 'Faith not Fear' is a mantra ringing out across the country, where such debates have reached a fever pitch. That is the case in Cobb County, Georgia.

Head of SBC Executive Committee questions messengers’ resolution in abuse investigation

By Bob Smietana — September 13, 2021
(RNS) — Failing to follow the will of local church delegates, known as messengers, would be nearly unprecented, experts say.

Francis Collins ‘a bit’ frustrated with evangelicals amid COVID-19 vaccine push

By Adelle M. Banks — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Collins said seekers of a religious exemption from new COVID-19 rules would ‘have to really come through with a coherent argument about why that applies in this place.’

Donald Trump to join Sean Feucht worship concert on 9/11 at National Mall

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two-day event is preceded by a daylong summit on Friday at the Trump International Hotel that includes speeches from conservative religious and political leaders.

Beth Moore and Russell Moore share laughter, regrets at Nashville church

By Bob Smietana — September 10, 2021
NASHVILLE (RNS) — At a Nashville church, the former Southern Baptist leaders spoke about leaving the SBC and keeping the faith.

‘The story is still unfolding’: 10 Americans on how 9/11 changed their faith lives

By Yonat Shimron, Kathryn Post — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — The Sept. 11 attacks changed many Americans’ faith communities and spiritual lives as much as it did how we see our world and one another.

Removal of Robert E. Lee leaves Arthur Ashe as Richmond’s remaining witness

By Robert P. Jones — September 8, 2021
(RNS) — A statue of the tennis great has outlasted the Confederate generals on Monument Avenue.

Safe in the US, Afghan evacuees turn their attention to the families they left behind

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies are helping people like Mustafa and their families to settle into their new homes in the US and advocating for those left behind.
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