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Southern Baptist seminary presidents double down on bad theology on race

By Jim Wallis — December 10, 2020
(RNS) — Opposing critical race theory as bad sociology, the SBC’s seminary leaders are guilty of bad theology.

Church pageants go virtual amid a COVID-19 Christmas

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 9, 2020
(RNS) — With kids and the internet involved, virtual pageants, it turns out, are just as delightfully unpredictable as more traditional performances at churches.

Six white men shouldn’t decide Southern Baptist position on race

By Maina Mwaura — December 8, 2020
(RNS) — Last week’s statement from the presidents of six SBC seminaries opposing critical race theory isn’t good for the denomination or evangelism.

Black pastor leads his white North Carolina church toward a fuller reckoning on race

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2020
SALISBURY, North Carolina (RNS) — In one of the most conservative cities in North Carolina, a United Methodist pastor gingerly approaches racial issues without alienating his flock.

COVID cancels Singing Christmas Trees, other Christmas extravaganzas

By Bob Smietana — December 7, 2020
(RNS) — A holiday tradition since the 1930s, Singing Christmas Trees, like other large-scale Christmas events, have been canceled by COVID-19.

Historic Middle Collegiate Church in New York City destroyed in six-alarm fire

By Roxanne Stone — December 5, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) — 'We are devastated and crushed that our beloved physical sanctuary at Middle Collegiate Church has burned. And yet no fire can stop Revolutionary Love,' said the Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis.

Drive-thru live Nativities are tailor-made for a COVID-19 Christmas

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 4, 2020
(RNS) — It’s an idea whose time has come as the pandemic stretches into the Christmas season.

In leaked call, Hillsong founder Brian Houston details ‘narcissistic’ Carl Lentz’s firing

By Roxanne Stone — December 3, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) — In a leaked audio call obtained by The Daily Mail, the head pastor of Hillsong Global said difficulties with Lentz’s leadership emerged long before the recent revelations of his affair.

How Eric Metaxas went from Trump despiser to true believer

By Bob Smietana — December 3, 2020
(RNS) — How a onetime aspiring public intellectual and Trump doubter turned into a true believer in stolen elections.

The COVID-19 books have arrived: From Pope Francis, John Piper, N.T. Wright and more

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — December 3, 2020
(RNS) — Some prominent Christians have sought to offer comfort or answers to life’s biggest questions in new books published since the coronavirus first upended life last spring.

California megachurch pastor dies days after announcement of COVID-19 diagnosis

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2020
(RNS) — In a statement on Monday, Water of Life Community Church in San Bernardino County said pastor Bob Bryant had died earlier in the day.

Judge dismisses motion to ban the Rev. Greg Drumwright’s right to march

By Yonat Shimron — December 2, 2020
(RNS) — A local prosecutor filed a motion to ban the pastor and racial justice activist from Alamance County property, alleging he is ‘a danger to the community’ and likely to riot.

Southern Baptist seminary presidents nix critical race theory

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2020
(RNS) — The seminary presidents may be reacting to factions within Southern Baptist circles that have complained the denomination is drifting to the left.

Evangelical Christian activists plan ‘barnstorming’ tour of Georgia ahead of Senate runoff

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2020
(RNS) — Campaigning for ‘biblical citizenship’ will be former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann; Charlie Kirk, co-founder of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center; Rick Green; and David Barton.

Latino Protestants more conservative, supportive of Trump than Latino Catholics, poll finds

By Alejandra Molina — December 1, 2020
(RNS) — ‘Religion is the largest demographic divider among Hispanic Americans,’ notes the Public Religion Research Institute analysis.
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