Mormon TikTok star debunks Bible conspiracies, misinformation
By Jana Riess — December 9, 2022
(RNS) — More than a quarter-million TikTok followers enjoy Dan McClellan's unusual combination of deadpan humor and solid biblical scholarship.
Fundie Fridays, the snarky critic of conservative religious zeal, faces YouTube termination
By Riley Farrell — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — By poking fun at fundamentalists, Jennifer Sutphin and James Bryant stand as symmetrically antithetical to Christian content creators. Thousands of followers worship them for it.
For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life
By Bob Smietana — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — As congregations become smaller and smaller, some are being ‘replanted’ by applying the lessons from start-up congregations to older, dying churches.
How East London’s oldest halal restaurant survived the pandemic
By Joseph Hammond — January 3, 2022
LONDON (RNS) — Halal Restaurant opened in 1939 to serve the needs of Muslims in the maritime industry. Over the ensuing decades the restaurant has changed alongside the rapidly shifting neighborhood.
In ‘The Jesus Music,’ Erwin Brothers recount the glory and mess of Christian music
By Bob Smietana — October 6, 2021
(RNS) — A new documentary recounts the history of contemporary Christian music from its roots among California hippies to today’s multimillion-dollar industry.
Local Indigenous groups worry Bears Ears Monument will limit access to ritual space
By Joseph Hammond — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — The initial push for the monument was supported by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, but the two closest chapters of the Navajo Nation resisted the plans. At stake are two different visions of how to best protect sacred land.
Meet Anne Wilson, a 19-year-old singer behind ‘My Jesus,’ a surprise Christian hit
By Bob Smietana — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — A family tragedy has led the Kentucky teen to unexpected success as a Christian musician.
For atheists, the idea of aliens seems real. Religious people doubt it.
By Bob Smietana — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — A new study finds that atheists think there just might be aliens out there. Evangelicals are not so sure.
Fate of rock churches of Lalibela raises concerns among US Ethiopians
By Joseph Hammond — August 20, 2021
(RNS) — 'My heart is broken for us Ethiopians in America and around the world. Our life is dismantled,' said Kesis Asteraye Tsige, an Ethiopian priest in Kansas City.
Women church planters hope to give Christianity a fresh start
By Bob Smietana — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — If evangelical churches want to reach people with the gospel, they need the skills of women and men of all backgrounds, say leaders like the Rev. Liz Rios.
A rebel and freedom fighter, Elaine Mokhtefi translates their remarkable life in her husband’s memoir
By Joseph Hammond — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'I Was a French Muslim' recounts the role of Islamic faith and Catholic priests in the French Algerian War.
Oh Baby, Baby: Amy Grant’s biggest hit turns 30
By Bob Smietana — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Amy Grant’s ‘Heart in Motion’ sold more than 5 million copies and made her a household name. Thirty years later, the record has been rereleased.
Halimi and Oubaali: Boxing champions united by different faiths
By Joseph Hammond — June 22, 2021
(RNS) — Two French bantamweights, one Jewish, one Muslim, rode boxing from the edges of French society to international prominence.
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