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From shoeboxes to war zones: How Samaritan’s Purse became a $1 billion humanitarian aid powerhouse

By Yonat Shimron and Bob Smietana — September 9, 2022
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Now one of the largest US nonprofits, its growth has come largely through frontline work in public health crises and natural disasters around the world. 

‘God-denying’ women and self-replacing Christians: How religion changes birthrates

By Ryan Burge — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Religion has become a part of the conversation about declining birthrates.

NDAs are a tool for toxic church cultures

By Katelyn Beaty — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Not every church that uses NDAs has faced scandal. But of those that have in recent years, NDAs were inevitably in the mix.

In ‘Learning Our Names,’ Asian American Christian authors reclaim their stories

By Kathryn Post — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There’s a hyper visibility at times when you’re seen as a foreigner, and then there’s an invisibility when our stories aren’t acknowledged.’

The Christian right’s Faustian bargain

By Mark Silk — September 6, 2022
(RNS) — It goes back 42 years.

You’ve seen ‘The Rings of Power,’ but have you heard of this tiny museum housing J.R.R. Tolkien’s treasures?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — The collection of letters and books has grown to become the Marion E. Wade Center, one of the foremost research centers not only on Lewis, but also Tolkien and five other British Christian authors who had influenced Lewis’ work.

At Dave Ramsey’s company, some sex outside marriage was OK, court documents show

By Bob Smietana — September 2, 2022
(RMS) — Newly released documents detail the Christian finance company's scrutiny of employee sex lives — and what it lets pass.

#PandemicPastoring report documents a ‘new era in ministry’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic stretched from that first spring into summer, researcher Eileen Campbell-Reed said, she realized its impact on ministry wasn’t going to be short-lived.

USDA exempts religious schools from nondiscrimination rules to keep kids fed

By Jack Jenkins — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based schools that benefit from the federal program are ‘exempt on religious grounds if there is a conflict between Title IX and a school’s governing religious tenets.’

Don’t want the government forgiving student loans? Then your church should.

By Danny Bryant — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — Forgiving debts may very well fall outside the purview of the federal government — but it’s smack dab in the middle of the church’s.

One year after withdrawal, Afghanistan Christians are in hiding or on the run

By David Curry — August 31, 2022
(Open Doors) — A year after the Taliban takeover, life in Afghanistan for Christians and other religious minorities is a hellscape.

Bishop Robert Stearns wants to reinvent evangelicalism without leaving it behind

By Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton — August 31, 2022
(RNS) — The pastor from western New York is one of a rising cohort of evangelical leaders who are looking beyond partisan politics and messaging based on fear.

For a small Chicago church, closing down was an act of faith

By Bob Smietana — August 30, 2022
(RNS) — There is no way to resurrection without experiencing death, the Rev. Amanda Olson told her congregation on Sunday. Her church, Grace Covenant Church in Chicago, closed this week.

Matt Chandler, megachurch pastor and ACTS 29 leader, placed on leave

By Bob Smietana — August 29, 2022
(RNS) — Chandler sent overly familiar direct messages to a woman over Instagram, violating church policy.

Evangelical group releases climate change report, urges a biblical mandate for action

By Jack Jenkins — August 29, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘We worship God by caring for creation,’ the report reads.
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