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We must take care of our children

By Thomas Reese — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — A refundable child tax credit would drastically reduce child poverty at a time when children are in great need.

The Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
The character Israel, center, in a scene from “Nurses” Episode 108. (Photo by Ken Woroner/eOne/NBC)

Does NBC have a Jewish problem?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 24, 2021
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Carman died Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of Conduit Media Solutions

Carman, beloved by ’90s evangelical kids, was a Pentecostal showman at heart

By Leah Payne, Dara Coleby Delgado — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — The wildly popular troubadour was equal parts Pentecostal flair and Disney levels of cartoonish imagination.

A statue of Bishop Richard Allen outside the historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife

By Stephanie Clintonia Boddie — February 23, 2021

(The Conversation) — The story of how three Black churches endured events similar to those afflicting society today can give both solace and hope.

Bilqis Abdul Qaadir poses in July 2020. Photo courtesy of Haute Hijab

End of religious headwear rule says athletes are more than their uniforms

By Dilshad Ali — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — Why should Muslims need permission to wear a hijab, or anyone for that matter, whatever their religious observance?

President Trump passes out pens after signing the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative executive order during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 3, 2018, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Biden needs to restore Obama rule for faith-based organizations

By Mark Silk — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — Given what’s at stake for families, faith-based regulations about social service organizations should not take years to put in place.

Lent is a period of fasting and reflection for many Chistians. (Photo by Pascal Deloche/Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

What are the origins of Lent?

By Joanne Pierce — February 22, 2021

(The Conversation) — The word “Lent” has Germanic roots referring to springtime. But not much is known about its origins as the religious observance.

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The Mormon Jesus can handle your grief and pain

By Jana Riess — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — I hunger greatly for deeper connections at church, a frank acknowledgment that most of us are the walking wounded.

Rush Limbaugh addresses the 2019 Student Action Summit, hosted by Turning Point USA, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 21, 2019. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Are you glad that Rush Limbaugh is dead?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 21, 2021

(RNS) — How not to say goodbye to a very dangerous man.

Trump supporters participate in a rally Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. The president addressed the rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The impeachment vote was a vote for white supremacy

By Andre Henry — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — The refusal to confront the white supremacy at the Capitol is a refusal to reconcile America’s lofty democratic rhetoric with the state of its floundering institutions.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, a masked worker cleans a street in the Chinatown district in San Francisco. Police are stepping up patrol and volunteers are increasing their street presence after several violent attacks on older Asians stoked fear in the San Francisco Bay Area's Chinatowns. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Let the church declare: Asian Lives Matter

By Raymond Chang, Michelle Ami Reyes — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — Anti-Asian attacks have been skyrocketing at an alarming rate since the start of the pandemic. Yet there has been a gaping void of evangelical voices publicly speaking up to defend their Asian American brothers and sisters.

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Ministry leaders’ rush to empathize with Ravi Zacharias is beyond alarming

By Kyle J. Howard — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — It is deeply troubling to see so many men, especially in ministry leadership, find a more immediate connection with the abuser rather than the abused.

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Is the evangelical view of sex at the root of our sex scandals?

By Sheila Wray Gregoire — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — It was not celebrity culture that taught Ravi Zacharias, Carl Lentz and countless other pastors to objectify women. Our evangelical culture primed them for it.

Indian farmers hold a protest on the outskirts of Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab, Feb. 6, 2021. (Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images)

Why Indian farmers’ protests are being called a ‘satyagraha’ – which means ’embracing the truth’

By Sumit Ganguly — February 18, 2021

(The Conversation) — It evokes a long political history that goes back to the Indian nationalist movement against British rule.

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