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Court blocks Trump executive order allowing state and local officials to refuse refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office in less than two weeks, has expressed support for rebuilding the U.S. refugee program.

Russell Moore, Justin Giboney warn that conspiracies must be confronted with truth

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Both urged religious people to rise above the rhetoric that helped lead to the riot at the Capitol.

SBC leader Russell Moore to Trump: Time to leave. ‘People are dead’

By Bob Smietana — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an outspoken ‘Never Trumper,’ called for the president to leave.

Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election

By Esau McCaulley — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful.

Evangelicals must denounce the Christian nationalism in Capitol riots

By Jamie Aten, Kent Annan — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — It’s more important than ever for evangelicals to recognize the dangers associated with mistaking our fear for faith — and our faith for politics.

Taking the white Christian nationalist symbols at the Capitol riot seriously

By Robert P. Jones — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The attack exposed the comfortable juxtaposition of Christianity and white supremacy.

Tennessee lawmakers hold prayer rally in support of Trump

By Travis Loller — January 7, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Although speakers repeated the debunked claims that Joe Biden did not win the election, they focused on praying for the country and asked supporters to put their trust in God.

As chaos hits Capitol, two forms of faith on display

By Jack Jenkins — January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Hiding in the balcony while a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, at least one lawmaker led her fellow members of Congress in prayer.

Faith leaders react to mob at Capitol with prayers, calls for end to violence

By RNS staff — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — From prayers to calls for Trump to halt rioters, some statements react to a sign of a divided nation with cries for peace.

Sedition and silence

By Jim Wallis — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — The future of democracy in America is at stake. But the growing power of a distinctive American heresy is also at play.

How the shofar emerged as a weapon of spiritual warfare for some evangelicals

By Yonat Shimron — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — Shofar blowing, as in today’s Jericho March, has become commonplace in many political demonstrations far removed from any Jewish or Israel-related themes.

Evangelicals had ’24-karat-gold’ man in Mike Pence. Loyalty may tarnish that legacy.

By Deborah Whitehead — January 6, 2021

(The Conversation) — Described as loyal to the point of being “sycophantic,” Vice President Pence faces a test of his most valued qualities as his tenure as vice president draws to an end.

‘Christian’ crowdfunder hosts campaigns for Tarrio and other Proud Boys

By Roxanne Stone — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The campaign for Tarrio has eclipsed its $100,000 goal and has more than 2,000 donors as of Tuesday evening.

Hillsong Dallas pastors, who helped start NYC location with Carl Lentz, resign

By Roxanne Stone — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The couple’s resignation comes amid months of turmoil and scrutiny for the global megachurch.

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

By RNS staff — January 1, 2021

(RNS) — How will America’s religious landscape recover from 2020 and who will lead faith issues in new directions in the new year?

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