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That’s Dr. Biden to you!

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 15, 2020

(RNS) — You call a professional what that person wants to be called. End of discussion.

Evangelical leader Beth Moore trends on Twitter after calling Trumpism ‘seductive and dangerous’

By Roxanne Stone — December 13, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism,’ the founder of Living Proof Ministries said in her tweet.

Jerry Falwell Jr. drops defamation lawsuit against Liberty University

By Jack Jenkins — December 10, 2020

(RNS) — Falwell said he was taking a ‘time out’ from his litigation against the school.

Making an American saint can take more than a miracle

By Joe Drape — December 10, 2020

(RNS) — The cause of a Catholic priest killed in the Korea conflict ticked most of the boxes, but his candidacy had to overcome two formidable obstacles.

Yes, Roald Dahl was a Jew-hater

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 8, 2020

(RNS) — The family of the late British novelist and screenwriter has given the Jewish people an early Hanukkah gift: an apology.

In leaked call, Hillsong founder Brian Houston details ‘narcissistic’ Carl Lentz’s firing

By Roxanne Stone — December 3, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — In a leaked audio call obtained by The Daily Mail, the head pastor of Hillsong Global said difficulties with Lentz’s leadership emerged long before the recent revelations of his affair.

California megachurch pastor dies days after announcement of COVID-19 diagnosis

By Alejandra Molina — December 3, 2020

(RNS) — In a statement on Monday, Water of Life Community Church in San Bernardino County said pastor Bob Bryant had died earlier in the day.

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.

Rachel Held Evans’ father on his daughter’s final days and the ongoing impact of her life

By Maina Mwaura — November 17, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I was her dad, and was proud to be so. I didn’t try to put the brakes on Rachel. Controversial issues were hers to play out,’ Peter Held tells RNS in an exclusive interview a year and a half after his daughter’s death.

Hillsong founder Brian Houston announces investigation after NYC pastor Carl Lentz’s firing

By Roxanne Stone — November 12, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning,’ Houston said in a tweet Thursday (Nov. 12).

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.

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