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Rosaleen Norton is played by actress Kate Elizabeth Laxton in “The Witch of Kings Cross.” (Photo by Edward Gill ©Black Jelly Films)

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.

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Celebrate Recovery founder John Baker. Photo via Hope for Mental Health

John Baker, founder of the Christian support group Celebrate Recovery, has died

By Bob Smietana — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — Baker started the Christian 12-step group to bridge the gap between churches and 12-step groups.

Martin Gugino is shoved by two Buffalo police officers June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, New York. Video screengrab via WBFO

Martin Gugino sues city of Buffalo, mayor and police after fracturing skull

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — A grand jury declined to indict the Buffalo police officers, but the Catholic social justice activist filed a civil suit alleging his constitutional right to peaceably protest was violated.

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.

Rihanna talks to media backstage after Savage x Fenty fashions were shown in a performance at the Brooklyn Navy Yard at the end of Fashion Week, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Rihanna’s Instagram pose with Ganesh earns criticism from Hindus

By Paul O'Donnell — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — Rihanna’s topless Instagram portrait featuring a pendant depicting a Hindu deity drew calls of blasphemy — and payback for her recent comments on India’s farm crisis.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias died in 2020. RNS photo illustration by Kit Doyle

Ravi Zacharias posthumously defrocked, ministry suspends fundraising after abuse report 

By Bob Smietana — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has shut down fundraising as it deals with the fallout from a report about its founders. Several overseas offices of RZIM have also been affected by the report. RZIM Canada has announced it will shut down.

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.

Edith Espinal, left, speaks with the press after leaving sanctuary Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Video screengrab

As Biden floats immigration plan, Edith Espinal leaves 3-year stint in sanctuary

By Yonat Shimron — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — The 43-year-old Mexican native was allowed to go home on the same day President Joe Biden unveiled his immigration overhaul to Congress.

This Nov. 5, 2018, file photo shows radio personality Rush Limbaugh introducing President Donald Trump at the start of a campaign rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Rush Limbaugh, who shaped conservative Christian politics on the radio, has died

By Bob Smietana — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — The provocative radio host thanked God for the blessings in his life during his last days.

Carman died Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 65. Photo courtesy of Conduit Media Solutions

Carman, Christian music icon and Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies at 65

By Bob Smietana — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — The Christian music icon had planned a new tour later this year.

In this July 14, 2013 photo, then-pastor Carl Lentz leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest-growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Beyond $1,000 sneakers: Carl Lentz, hype priests and the cult of celebrity

By Tyler Jones — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — A Christian can believe it is their job to ‘make Jesus famous’ without making the massive leap to the problematic idea that fame is itself good and an effective tool for ministry.

Melvin E. Banks. Photo courtesy of Urban Ministries, Inc.

Urban Ministries’ Melvin Banks, who highlighted Black experience in Bible, dies at 86

By Urban Faith — February 15, 2021

(Urban Faith) — Banks revolutionized Bible study by portraying positive images of African Americans in the biblical experience.

Chrishan Jeyaratnam speaks at Hillsong Church Perth. Photo via Hillson Perth/Facebook

New pastors announced to replace Carl Lentz at Hillsong East Coast

By Roxanne Stone — February 13, 2021

(RNS) — Chrishan and Danielle Jeyaratnam, currently pastors at the Hillsong campus in Perth, Australia, have been named to the top spots at the embattled New York location.

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