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A surge of evangelicals in Spain, fueled by Latin Americans

By Alberto Arce — January 4, 2022
SALAMANCA, Spain (AP) — The numbers reflect huge surges in Spain's migrant population and are producing profound changes in in a country long dominated by the Catholic church.

Observers, detractors and preachers of religion who died in 2021

By Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — Prominent figures in the world of religion who died in 2021.

10 up-and-coming faith influencers we wrote about (or published) in 2021

By Paul O'Donnell — December 30, 2021
(RNS) — 2021’s rising stars in religion were those speaking as much to social concerns as spiritual ones.

How 2021 collapsed the divide between religion and politics

By Jacob Lupfer — December 29, 2021
(RNS) — As religion recedes as a force in American public life, politics has co-opted faith for its own purposes.

Frank Barker, founding pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, is dead at 89

By Alejandra Molina — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — Barker, who was senior pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham for 39 years, was a key figure in the launching of the conservative Presbyterian Church in America.

Evangelicals a rising force inside Argentine prisons

By Rodrigo Abd and German De Los Santos — December 28, 2021
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — The loud noise from the opening of an iron door marks Jorge Anguilante’s exit from the Pinero prison every Saturday. He heads home for 24 hours to minister at a small evangelical church he started in a garage in Argentina’s most violent city. Before he walks through the door, guards remove […]

Guns as holiday photo props: The real war on Christmas

By Shane Claiborne — December 23, 2021
(RNS) — Never would I have foreseen photos of Christmas-clad children holding assault rifles as an appropriate way of honoring the Prince of Peace.

Wary of omicron, churches shift Christmas services online

By Jack Jenkins — December 23, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — On Wednesday evening, the Washington National Cathedral announced it was shifting to virtual services for the entire holiday season.

Waging war against the Salvation Army

By Ed Stetzer — December 23, 2021
(RNS) — If concern on the right about cancel culture is legitimate, it must start at home.

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

By Yonat Shimron and Michele Chabin — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Birthright Israel delegations and similar Jewish travel programs were exempted from a travel ban that has canceled Christian trips to Israel at Christmas.

At First Baptist Dallas, white evangelicals line up for Trump’s second coming

By Jacob Lupfer — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — At First Baptist Dallas, Trump continues to reassemble his faith coalition ahead of 2024.

24 inmates awarded BA degree in pastoral ministry will serve NC prisons as ministers

By Yonat Shimron — December 20, 2021
NASHVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — A push to rehabilitate prisoners through education is quietly taking root across the nation and in North Carolina.

A pro-democracy faith movement is forming. Will it be enough?

By Jacob Lupfer — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — The Scriptures say little about voting rights, leaving faith groups struggling to inspire activism.

Preemptive Love charity accused of abusive leadership, misleading donors

By Kathryn Post — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'I cannot sit by and watch you preach peace while you bully, gaslight, and abuse the peacemakers on your team until they give up and quit,' one former employee wrote.

‘Mary Did You Know’ writer Mark Lowry good-natured over song’s controversy

By Bob Smietana — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — For songwriter and storyteller Mark Lowry, the song's success is a miracle, three decades later.
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