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Why Trump — not Jesus — is at the heart of white Christian love for Kanye

By Andre Henry — October 30, 2019

(RNS) — White supremacy has always been on the lookout for black spokespeople. From the moment he donned that red hat, Kanye became their great black hope to endorse their white nationalist messiah.

Della Reese, minister and star of ‘Touched by an Angel,’ dies at 86

By Adelle M. Banks — November 20, 2017

(RNS) — A onetime gospel singer and groundbreaking African-American talk show host, she was later known for her lead role in the TV series “Touched by an Angel”

Obama at prayer breakfast: ‘Jesus is a good cure for fear’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (RNS) The president’s speech to several thousand mostly evangelical listeners came a day after he spoke at a Baltimore mosque.

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 1, 2015

(RNS) Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” miniseries was criticized as too white. Now they’re back with “A.D.,” and the cast is more multicultural than you might imagine.

Jesus is all over the small screen, and that’s no accident

By Patrick Ryan — March 30, 2015

“We didn’t make Sunday-school programming,” says Hollywood producer Mark Burnett. “We made stuff that was accurate to the Bible, but realistic, and didn’t feel like it had been made on a shoestring budget.”

REVIEW: Well-intentioned ‘Son of God’ doesn’t go too deep

By Claudia Puig — February 28, 2014

(RNS) “Son of God,” which opens Friday (Feb. 28), takes no real chances, opting for a moderately involving re-telling of an oft-told story.

Jesus: I’m too sexy for my cross

By Laura Turner — February 27, 2014

Any portrayal of the person of Jesus Christ will be culturally bound. But what do we do when Jesus is just plain sexy?

Roma Downey: Why we cut Satan from ‘Son of God’

By Roma Downey — February 20, 2014

(RNS) It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time, no more distractions.

Rick Warren, others, rent theaters for premiere of ‘Son of God’

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — February 13, 2014

(RNS) Christian leaders, including megachurch pastors Rick Warren and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters in 10 cities for the upcoming Jesus film, “Son of God.”

5 films that will make 2014 ‘the year of the Bible’

By Jonathan Merritt — January 3, 2014

A slew of biblical films with star-studded casts and big budgets is slated for 2014. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

Hollywood looks to the Bible for screenplay potential

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — October 23, 2013

(RNS) Nearly 10 years after the blockbuster success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which earned $611.9 million worldwide, studios are looking to the Good Book for good material.

Christians in Middle East: U.S. attack on Syria would be detrimental

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — September 4, 2013

NEW YORK (RNS) “I couldn’t find a Christian leader at the conference who supported military intervention,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance.

Did The Bible finale stick to the story?

By Jonathan Merritt — April 1, 2013

The finale to the hit series’ reportedly left viewer’s in tears. But how accurate was its storyline?

Dark-skinned Satan has a long history

By Adelle M. Banks — March 28, 2013

(RNS) When some people recently started questioning whether the Satan character on “The Bible” mini-series resembled President Obama, others had a broader question: Why was Satan dark-skinned at all?

10 inaccuracies in The Bible . . . the miniseries, not the book

By Jonathan Merritt — March 25, 2013

History Channel’s The Bible is a smash hit, but some Christian critics have questioned its historicity. Here is a list of the series’ 10 most notable inaccuracies.

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