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Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

By Bob Smietana — October 15, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A former student at a Kentucky church has alleged that Rice sexually abused him after meeting him at a church retreat.

Samaritan’s Purse to set up coronavirus field hospital in the Bahamas

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — The humanitarian relief organization run by Franklin Graham will open a field hospital in Nassau, where hospital facilities are overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19.

Maryland Episcopal diocese reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton noted the development during a panel discussion on reparations at a National Council of Churches virtual meeting.

Former CCM editor and Christian music publicist Jay Swartzendruber dies at 52

By Bob Smietana — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The former CCM editor known for his passion for Christian music and artists is mourned by friends in Nashville and beyond.

Lecrae on growing uncomfortable with white evangelicalism and finding ‘Restoration’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The Christian hip-hop artist’s new book examines the spiritual, personal and artistic dimensions of redemption.

SBC seminary votes to retain slaveholders’ names on buildings

By Adelle M. Banks — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said: ‘Our task is to honor the saintly without condoning, hiding, or denying the sinful.’

Refugee data on religion disappears as fewer persecuted Christians admitted to US

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The State Department no longer is making publicly available a number of statistics about refugees admitted into the United States, including their religious affiliations.

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Court rules DC church can hold outdoor services for now

By Adelle M. Banks — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — A judge said city limitations are causing a ‘substantial burden’ on Capitol Hill Baptist Church under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Christian musician Sean Feucht brings COVID worship protest to Nashville, had no permit say health officials

By Bob Smietana — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — Despite local guidelines allowing faith groups to meet for worship, a barnstorming Christian musician played outdoors in Nashville to protest church closures.

Sex and ‘church ladies’: True-to-life secrets beyond Black church pews

By Adelle M. Banks — October 9, 2020

(RNS) — In ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,’ a finalist for the National Book Award, author Deesha Philyaw focuses on Black women and ‘the tug of war they experience between their desires and what they may have learned at church.’

Gordon College cuts tuition to make Christian education more accessible

By Kathryn Post — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — The announcement follows an anonymous $75.5 million donation to the college last year, the largest donation ever made to an evangelical college.

Rattled by Trump’s COVID? Try the Bible’s anti-anxiety treatment

By Max Lucado — October 8, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve had a lot of fear the last few months. Take a lesson from the biblical King Jehoshaphat.

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

After Trump tweets about hymn singers’ arrest, church plans another event

By Bob Smietana — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The ‘psalm sing’ was promoted by Christ Church, a local congregation run by controversial pastor Doug Wilson, who has long claimed his church plans a ‘spiritual takeover’ of his Idaho town.

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