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Pastor Tony Evans in 2020. Courtesy photo

Tony Evans: On male leadership, grieving his wife and correcting Kirk Franklin

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Pastor Tony Evans of Dallas says ‘there is a lead role that God has called men to take and own, and we shouldn’t shy away from that.’

The Rev. William Barber II speaks during a virtual Easter vigil service April 3, 2021, titled “Easter in Jerusalem: The Sabeel Community Celebrates Holy Saturday 2021,” led by a Christian activist group in Jerusalem. Video screengrab

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Musician Harry Connick Jr. has released a new album, titled “Alone With My Faith.” Courtesy photo

Harry Connick Jr., bunkered for the pandemic, emerges with ‘Alone With My Faith’

By Maina Mwaura — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — While it’s reverent, the album is anything but churchy.

Still from Lil Nas X's “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil Nas X is inviting the Black church in with ‘Montero’

By Don Abram — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Montero’ is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.

Andy Ngo, left, at a Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in 2019 with U.S. Rep Dan Crenshaw. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Andy Ngo, antifa critic, dropped as speaker by Christian conference Q Ideas  

By Bob Smietana — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Organizers said they believed the conservative social media personality was an independent journalist and antifa expert.

Megan Steffan. Photo by Kevin Troung

Are LGBTQ students at Christian schools discriminated against? A lawsuit, scholarly studies say yes.

By Yonat Shimron — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new lawsuit backs up what scholars have been saying: LGBTQ students at Christian schools experience higher rates of bullying and harassment as well as clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in comparison with students at non-religious schools.

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) shoots over UCLA guard David Singleton (34) to win the game during overtime in a men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Gonzaga won 93-90. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown

By Bob Smietana — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball title game features the first interfaith showdown and only the second matchup between faith-based schools.

Beth Moore addresses attendees at the summit on sexual abuse and misconduct at Wheaton College on Dec. 13, 2018. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Beth Moore left the SBC after the SBC left women to fend for themselves

By Karen Swallow Prior — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — The strongest objections of her critics seem to be fruits of their own sowing.

Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin. Photo by Christian Lantry

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin speaks of mateless future, says he’s ‘got joy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — McClurkin told TV One of ‘We Fall Down,’ a song whose lyrics continue, ‘but we get up’: ‘I was singing it because it related to me.’

Unaccompanied minor Kaylee Samantha, right, 7, who said she came alone from Mexico, gets off of a small inflatable raft onto U.S. soil after being delivered by a smuggler in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She claims she is trying to reach relatives in the U.S. A surge of migrants on the Southwest border has the Biden administration on the defensive. The head of Homeland Security acknowledged the severity of the problem but insisted it's under control and said he won't revive a Trump-era practice of immediately expelling teens and children. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Faith-based agencies invite volunteers, donations as they care for children at border

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — Some struggle to cobble together resources decimated under the policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration.

A mural and memorial honoring George Floyd and other Black victims in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Munshots/Unsplash/Creative Commons

On this Good Friday, let us reflect on the 7 last words of George Floyd

By John Thomas III — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — This year’s Good Friday is especially poignant for African Americans as it comes in the middle of the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the gruesome killing of George Floyd.

African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, center right, announces a boycott of Coca-Cola Co. products outside the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Atlanta. Jackson says Coca-Cola and other large Georgia companies haven't done enough to oppose restrictive voting bills that Georgia lawmakers were debating as Jackson spoke (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

AME church to boycott Coca-Cola, other companies unless they do more to fight Georgia election law

By Jack Jenkins — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — Other Black Christian groups are also planning to join the effort to force major companies to fight voting restrictions nationwide.

In this July 29, 2009, file photo, financial guru Dave Ramsey sits in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn. Ramsey Solutions later moved to a new corporate headquarters in Franklin. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

 Dave Ramsey’s company dropped from ‘Best Workplaces’ list by Inc. magazine

By Bob Smietana — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — After learning that Dave Ramsey’s company was being sued for firing a pregnant employee, a major business publication dropped Ramsey Solutions from its ‘Best Workplaces’ list.

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.

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