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Will COVID-19 finally be the end of the church collection plate?

By Bob Smietana — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — COVID-19 and the rise of a cashless society may make passing the collection plate, which once was crucial to church finances, less important.
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Full Ramsey Solutions Response

By RNS staff — January 15, 2021
"We are horrible people," the financial advice and media company told RNS in a sarcastic email.

Is Dave Ramsey’s empire the ‘best place to work in America’? Say no and you’re out

By Bob Smietana — January 15, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — For years, Dave Ramsey has boasted that his company is the best place to work in the country. COVID-19 and a failure by a high-profile leader put that to the test.

Most congregations are doing all right during COVID-19. But the future is uncertain.

By Bob Smietana — October 1, 2020
(RNS) — A new study from the Lake Institute on faith and giving found that congregations’ giving was holding up during the pandemic, but barely half had met in person.

Southern Baptist publishing arm, LifeWay, announces cuts due to COVID-19

By Yonat Shimron — April 29, 2020
(RNS) — The move comes after five consecutive weeks of steep revenue decline in the wake of the coronavirus and the expectation that sales may not rebound anytime soon. 

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says churches may apply for SBA loans

By Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2020
(RNS) — In a Facebook Live interview, SBC ethicist Russell Moore said that’s because banks would be issuing the loans, not the government. He also called a decision by Louisville, Kentucky's mayor to ban a drive-in Easter service ‘stupid.’

As coronavirus death rates multiply, these monks are giving away caskets

By Yonat Shimron — April 3, 2020
(RNS) — The Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey have always given away child caskets. Now they're offering adult caskets to people in need.

Pope Francis tells the powerful at Davos to focus on humanity, not power, profit

By Claire Giangravé — January 21, 2020
VATICAN CITY — 'The overriding consideration, never to be forgotten, is that we are all members of the one human family,' the pope said in a message read to participants at the World Economic Forum.

Vatican denounces offshore tax havens as harming the poor

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2018
(AP) — The Vatican is denouncing offshore tax havens and financial instruments such as derivatives and credit default swaps as gravely immoral and unjust, calling them 'ticking time bombs' that hurt the world’s poor the most.

Christians emerge as key patrons for Jews moving to Israel

By Associated Press — March 9, 2018
(AP) — What was once a strictly Jewish-funded mission is increasingly being bankrolled by evangelical Christians.

Giving tax reform a bad name

By Thomas Reese — December 5, 2017
(RNS) — Once again, an opportunity for true tax reform has been missed. Rather than reform, Congress is moving the tax system in the wrong direction.

Churches are usually reluctant to push tax reform. But Catholic bishops are trying.

By Thomas Reese — November 3, 2017
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Churches are reluctant to get involved in tax reform because it is complicated and they fear the impact of reform on themselves and their donors. So it was surprising to see the U.S. Catholic bishops grapple with this controversial topic.

Knights of Columbus, cash cow of the Catholic right

By Mark Silk — May 16, 2017
(RNS) Supporting the Knights these days means supporting the (more or less) loyal opposition to Pope Francis.
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