Leaders & Institutions

James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel reach multimillion-dollar agreement

By Yonat Shimron — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — MacDonald, who was fired last year, will get $1.2 million and a vacant parcel of property adjacent to the church’s Crystal Lake Campus. He will also be allowed to run his Walk in the Word ministry independently.

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LifeWay lawsuit against former CEO Thom Rainer remains on file

By Yonat Shimron — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — The back and forth from the LifeWay board of trustees has many Southern Baptists feeling whiplash. The haggling may, however, be a byproduct of the Christian publisher’s steep financial challenges.

Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun dedicated to no-nukes cause, dies at 84

By Patrick O'Neill — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — She spent years in prison for nonviolent civil disobedience and later served as an inspiration for a character on the popular Netflix show ‘Orange Is the New Black.’

The ‘chai’ charm that keeps this secretary of health grounded in the value of life

By Yonat Shimron — September 17, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of health and human services, has threaded the needle of this politically charged moment by balancing her devotion to scientific data and her faith.

Mark Galli, former Christianity Today editor and Trump critic, to be confirmed a Catholic

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — Galli, who bucked prevailing evangelical sentiments when he penned an editorial in December denouncing the president, says his faith decision has nothing to do with politics.

John MacArthur claimed there is ‘no pandemic.’ He was politicizing science, experts say

By Yonat Shimron — September 1, 2020

(RNS) — The church appears to be wading into a highly politicized campaign to minimize or outright deny the existence of the coronavirus.

His RNC prayer was neutral, but Franklin Graham says the choice for president is not

By Yonat Shimron — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Graham said the choice in November is clear: Democrats will steer the country toward the socialism of Venezuela or Cuba.

Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University. Again.

By Yonat Shimron, Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty University and one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, formally resigned from the evangelical Christian university founded by his father Monday evening after revoking a previous resignation earlier in the day.

Beyond belief: Religion as a motivating force for 5 women suffragists

By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — Some of the suffragists were freethinkers who did not attend church and saw Christianity as hostile to women’s rights. But as the group grew and coalesced, it also included women of many faiths.

Jerry Falwell Jr. needs to go, say Liberty University alumni and Christian pastors

By Yonat Shimron — August 14, 2020

(RNS) — The behavior of Liberty University’s leader is inexcusable in a president of a Christian university, church pastors and alumni say.

Investigation finds no evidence for recent allegations against Chris Heuertz

By Yonat Shimron — July 28, 2020

(RNS) — The investigation followed a public post signed by 33 men and women who wrote that Heuertz ‘has harmed many people.’ But none of the signers was willing to cooperate with the investigator.

In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance

By Yonat Shimron — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, lead by Rabbi Ariel Stone, has been downtown since the protests began 55 days ago, supporting the people on the street and providing a daily witness.

At Shavuot, 3 NC synagogues find unity in online Torah study

By Yonat Shimron — May 28, 2020

(RNS) — The six-hour online Torah-fest may be a harbinger of the kinds of creative changes in Jewish communal life resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

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