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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.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks taught Judaism to the world

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — You know that whole ‘light to the nations’ thing? That was Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. His memory is a blessing.

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump evangelical adviser, has died

By Adelle M. Banks, Bob Smietana, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Jackson was a prominent Black conservative pastor, with close ties to many religious right leaders.

Ben Carson, Seventh-day Adventist, tests positive for coronavirus

By Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Seventh-day Adventist website stresses health as a spiritual concern, saying, ‘we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves.’

Southwestern Baptist adjunct professor, wife, struck and killed by drag racer

By Bob Smietana — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — A Baptist theologian and ‘just a good guy’ and his wife were killed Friday, leaving behind four children.

5 faith facts about Whitney Houston, set to be inducted in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘On any stage that I stand on I praise the Lord; I claim him everywhere I go,’ Houston said at the 1998 Dove Awards.

Celeb pastor Carl Lentz, ousted from Hillsong NYC, confesses he was ‘unfaithful’ to his wife

By Roxanne Stone — November 4, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — An email sent to church members on Nov. 4 cited the reason for Lentz’s termination as ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’

The Trumpian breach of faith

By Mark Silk — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Imagining what Theodore H. White would have made of the making of the president 2020.

Nick Challies, son of well-known evangelical blogger, dies at college

By Bob Smietana — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — The younger Challies, who was engaged to be married, collapsed while playing a game at college.

Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen, known for ‘Something About the Name Jesus,’ dies at 71

By Roxanne Stone — October 31, 2020

(RNS) — Allen, a five-time Grammy nominee widely praised for his vocal range and the blending of rock, soul and R&B with traditional Black gospel music, died on October 31 at the age of 71.

Pope Francis talks about Benedict, criticism and life after COVID-19 in new interview

By Claire Giangravé — October 30, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian news agency published Friday (Oct. 30), Francis said he believes ‘criticism to be constructive’ and a ‘guide in my journey on everything, on everyone.’

There’s a theology driving Sean Feucht’s worship music protests — and it’s a popular one

By Adam Perez — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — What’s at stake aren’t just political and ideological differences but complex and deeply rooted theological commitments that have long been forming Christian identities.

In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy

By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’, has modeled his career of late around Western culture’s allergy to talking about death.

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