Opinion Top Three

In a year of waiting and hoping, Advent reminds us that patience can be healthy

By Wes Granberg-Michaelson — November 28, 2020

(RNS) — Advent comes with this countervailing message: Expect God to show up in unexpected places, like a subway car, a Zoom call, or a stable.

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When visible Jews endanger lives

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — You think it’s anti-Semitic to criticize Orthodox Jewish gatherings? Then you might want to rethink Judaism.

Evangelical Christians once were saved. After Trump, they’re lost.

By Michael O. Emerson, Joel Edward Goza — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Trump did more than capture white evangelical Christians’ votes: He in many ways became the face of white evangelicalism.

Thanksgiving has always been about grief. Pass the mashed potatoes.

By Jana Riess — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Marking both grief and gratitude isn’t antithetical to the Thanksgiving holiday; in fact, it’s baked into its very history.  

Pompeo’s rights commission distilled decades of evangelicals’ hopes

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — Rights seen as coming directly from God are emphasized over economic justice and fighting the types of abuses exacted by right-wing authoritarian leaders.

Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?

By Jonathan Merritt — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — Liberty is one of three teams in the running for the NCAA’s top tier playoffs.

Mormon prophet says to ‘flood social media’ with gratitude this Thanksgiving week

By Jana Riess — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — “Counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems,” LDS President Nelson said.

US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable

By Thomas Reese — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.

Faith leaders can help end COVID-19 pandemic by promoting vaccination

By Julie Schonfeld — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy need to seek advice from professionals and listen to our communities’ concerns.

Carl Lentz and the ‘hot pastor’ problem

By Katelyn Beaty — November 19, 2020

(RNS) — Maybe the problem isn’t hot pastors like Lentz but a toxic megachurch culture that makes narcissism a prerequisite.

Banning circumcision is an unnecessary bar to Jewish belonging in Europe

By Andrew Baker — November 19, 2020

(RNS) — As European governments have woken to the need to fight anti-Semitism, they should adopt a common approach to guarantee this religious practice.

Hate crime deaths reach all-time high, despite chronic underreporting

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — Three things the Biden-Harris administration can do to help address the pandemic of hate in our country.

William Barr and the politics of death

By Shane Claiborne — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — We are not executing the ‘worst of the worst,’ as some may believe, but the poorest of the poor, and disproportionately people of color.

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