From ‘Nights on Broadway’ to ‘1963’: Candi Staton recalls 16th St. Baptist bombing

By Adelle M. Banks — September 15, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I was thinking about trying to protect my children. And we had to drive right through the worst part of the riots — downtown Birmingham,’ she said.

Once a baby-faced conservative revolutionary, Al Mohler is now an SBC institution

By Bob Smietana — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — For three decades, Al Mohler has been a powerful conservative voice in the evangelical movement’s theology and politics. His bolder statements have often overshadowed the reality that Mohler is a remarkably effective institutional leader.

Survey: Mainline clergy are more liberal than their congregants

By Yonat Shimron — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — Mainline clergy are more supportive than their congregants of LGBTQ rights, more likely to have opposed the overturn of Roe v. Wade and less likely to believe America is in danger of losing its culture and identity.

Mainline Protestants, though divided politically, make room for clergy’s views

By Melissa Deckman — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — America’s nonevangelical white Christians are cultivating healthy political discourse.

At Sing! Global, a faithful pushback to the spread of megachurch praise music

By Grace Beckner — September 12, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Keith and Kristyn Getty's hymn conference brings Christians together to sing tunes from historic hymnals, from Celtic traditions and new creations — and to share a common love and culture of sacred music.

In new Bob Jones University podcast, former students and faculty blast ‘insular’ culture

By Kathryn Post — September 12, 2023
(RNS) — 'Surviving Bob Jones University: A Christian Cult' aims to show how alleged patterns of conformity, isolation, information control and surveillance impacted members of the Bob Jones ecosystem.

Meet the pastor behind that ‘quitting the church’ essay

By Bob Smietana — September 11, 2023
(RNS) — A pastor's last thoughts on leaving the ministry sparked a national conversation about clergy health and the future of the church.

Former AFA vice president sues Christian right group for alleged sexual harassment

By Bob Smietana — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — Robert Chambers says leaders of The American Family Association looked the other way when he was harassed by another male leader.

Three dozen NC churches have agreed to leave the UMC under approved plan

By Yonat Shimron — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — After a judge dismissed their lawsuit, the 36 churches in the Western North Carolina Conference agreed to leave under the denomination's exit plan. They will formally exit in November.

Episcopal Bishop Prince Singh resigns amid accusations of domestic abuse

By Kathryn Post — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — The announcement comes one day after he was placed on leave for allegations that he had physically and emotionally abused his wife and sons.

‘The Great Dechurching’ explores America’s religious exodus

By Bob Smietana — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — A new study looks at why millions of Americans left church — and what might bring them back.

Episcopal Bishop Prince Singh restricted from ministry

By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — A letter from a bishop designated to oversee the case cites ‘a series of public allegations’ as reason for the decision.

As Soccer Moses, Jars of Clay guitarist Stephen Mason finds unexpected joy

By Bob Smietana — September 6, 2023
(RNS) — The rocker who became a barber said soccer is a bit like life — sometimes sad, other times glorious.

Bishop Michael Curry responds to complaints of ‘free passes’ for accused bishops

By Kathryn Post — September 5, 2023
(RNS) — At least 55 Episcopal bishops signed a letter saying they are ‘angered by and deeply concerned about the perception — or the reality — that bishops get a free pass on behavioral issues.’

Giving is up at churches and people are back, but clergy are still thinking about quitting

By Bob Smietana — September 5, 2023
(RNS) — While life at local congregations has returned mostly to normal, the future remains uncertain.
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