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People gather at the Mount Davidson cross in San Francisco, Sunday, April 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

Robert E. Cooley, center right, shows a Dothan vase to Museum of the Bible fellow board members and staff in 2010 in Oklahoma City. Cooley hadn’t seen the vase in over 50 years, but he immediately recognized it and gave the date he discovered it. Photo by Jerry Pattengale

‘Wisdom gushing out of him’: A remembrance of Robert E. Cooley

By Jerry Pattengale — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Cooley, former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, died Thursday (April 1) at age 91.

Evangelist Franklin Graham on Oct. 2, 2019, in Greenville, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

UK judge: Council discriminated in removing bus ads promoting Franklin Graham festival

By Yonat Shimron — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — The judge said the borough council’s actions ‘discriminated on the ground of religion’ and showed ‘wholesale disregard for the right to freedom of expression.’

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

10 nonfiction books (and one novel) to keep Women’s History Month going all year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Here are 10 new nonfiction books, both forthcoming and released in the last year, that explore women’s roles and influence in Christian traditions — plus, one bonus work of fiction.

The Rev. Bryan Loritts preaches at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, in October 2020. Video screengrab

Guidepost report: Bryan Loritts mishandled abuse allegations at former church but did not cover them up

By Bob Smietana — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — A new report shows how much churches still need to learn about dealing with abuse.

People raise their hands in praise while singing in church. Photo by Carolina Jacomin/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline

By Wesley Granberg-Michaelson — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — America’s religious life will be shaped not by secularization alone.

“On Her Knees” and author Brenda Marie Davies. Photo by Tegan and Andy Noel

She swung from purity culture to hookup culture. Now she’s written a memoir on it.

By Yonat Shimron — March 31, 2021

(RNS) — Brenda Marie Davies has written a memoir she calls a cautionary tale about the damaging message of purity culture in which she takes an unflinchingly honest look at female sexuality.

Logos of the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries. Image courtesy of Baptist Press

Black Southern Baptists seek more action on racism from seminary presidents

By Adelle M. Banks — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — The fellowship said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ that the seminary presidents have ‘not moved from their original statement of CRT’s incompatibility in all its forms.’

People leave incense sticks in a pot of rice to honor the eight victims of the Atlanta area spa shootings during a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Is he weeping over our gun problem?

By Shane Claiborne — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — The gun crisis in America is a spiritual and moral crisis.

From left, Doug Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden bow their heads in prayer during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, on Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Survey: Most Americans know Biden is Catholic, far fewer know Harris’ religion

By Adelle M. Banks — March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Even among fellow Catholics, partisanship permeates views of Biden’s religion.

Charlie Kirk speaks at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Charlie Kirk’s group plans new ‘America first’ education curricula

By Jack Jenkins — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — The conservative group says it hopes to ‘transform the way our young people perceive freedom, government, and free enterprise.’

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You deserve to stop suffering: After a year like 2020, it’s finally time to address those relational issues

By Lysa TerKeurst — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — 2020 may have been the year that brought painful, dysfunctional patterns to the surface, but 2021 will be the year you start moving forward.

Kat Armstrong, left, with her Sunday school teacher, Beth Moore. Photo courtesy of Kat Armstrong

Like Beth Moore, many women preachers have had to break free to follow God’s call

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021

(RNS) — For women preachers, following their call has often conflicted with the rules put forth by their churches — even though people in the pews are open to a woman in the pulpit.

People waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop- up site in the gym of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, North Carolina where Samaritan's Purse is helping with distribution. Photos courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021

(RNS) — Graham’s March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

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