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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.

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — October 20, 2020
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Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

By Bob Smietana — October 15, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A former student at a Kentucky church has alleged that Rice sexually abused him after meeting him at a church retreat.

Rihanna’s hadith fashion show moment has some asking: Is Islam too sacred for art?

By Dilshad Ali — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Other faiths have all seen their texts and imagery used and abused by art and fashion. Islam and Muslims still enjoy — and expect — a bit more protection.

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.

Southern Baptist publisher LifeWay halts suit against former CEO Thom Rainer

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Todd Fannin, LifeWay’s board chairman, issued an update saying that ‘both parties are currently exploring the possibility of an agreed upon resolution of the differences.’

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.’

Southern Baptist publishing arm, LifeWay, sues former president Thom Rainer

By Yonat Shimron — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, has sued its former president and CEO, alleging he violated a noncompete clause in his contract that forbids him from working with competitors.  

With ‘profound sorrow’: Ginsburg lies in state at US Capitol

By Lisa Mascaro — September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman in American history to do so, in commemoration of her extraordinary life.

11 years in prison: A Catholic priest serves time for crimes of conscience

By Patrick O'Neill — September 24, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Stephen Kelly’s primary purpose in life is to resist nuclear weapons and war by putting his body on the line.

Danny Chambers, charismatic worship leader and Nashville pastor, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 24, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Friends took to social media to mourn the passing of Danny Chambers, a beloved pastor and worship leader based in Nashville.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg first woman and first Jew to lie in state at US Capitol

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — No woman, let alone a Jew, has received the honor of lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. For Jews, however, the tradition of lying in state is a difficult one.

‘High-Church Pentecostal’ leader J. Delano Ellis dies at 75

By Adelle M. Banks — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Traditionally,’ Ellis said in 1995, ‘the Pentecostal church maintained its ardor but was never really known for its order.’

Robert Graetz, a white Lutheran minister who supported Montgomery bus boycott, has died

By Bob Smietana — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — Rev. Robert Graetz faced death threats and derision for his support of the Montgomery bus boycott and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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