Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service
AME Church Bishops Address COVID-19, Critical Race Theory as Major Meeting Opens
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are set to discuss COVID-19, Critical Race Theory, and same-sex marriage, among other things, in their denomination’s major meeting this week.
Former Megachurch Pastor and Presidential Adviser Kirbyjon Caldwell Enters Prison
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Former United Methodist megachurch pastor and presidential adviser Kirbyjon Caldwell has begun his six-year prison sentence. Caldwell was found guilty of being involved in a multimillion-dollar...
Saddleback Church's Ordination of Women Pastors to Be Considered by SBC Committee
Thursday, June 17, 2021
A committee that determines whether churches are conforming to Southern Baptist Convention affiliation rules will consider whether the prominent Saddleback Church can continue in fellowship with...
Gavel Named for Slaveholder Replaced with One Recalling Missionary at SBC Meeting
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened up the two-day Southern Baptist meeting using a different gavel than the one traditionally used. The traditional gavel was named...
SBC Executive Committee Rejects Request for System-Wide Abuse Inquiry
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Amid the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, the denomination's Executive Committee has rejected a request to broaden an inquiry into its handling of sexual abuse allegations to include...
At Least Three Critical Race Theory Statements Proposed for Southern Baptist Meeting
Monday, June 14, 2021
On Wednesday, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on delegates to rescind Resolution 9. Passed in 2019, Resolution 9 allows for Critical Race...
Anne Graham Lotz: 'I Just Have to Follow the Lord and What He's Called Me to Do'
Thursday, June 10, 2021
In an interview with Religion News Service, Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz shared that she would "never come out against women being ordained," though she does not believe that she has been called...
Wilberforce University, AME Church School, Cancels Debt for 2020, 2021 Grads
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
During Wilberforce University's commencement ceremony over the weekend, the school's president, Elfred Anthony Pinkard, announced that all student debt for 2020-2021 graduates had been forgiven.
Is it Safe to Sing at Church Yet? Depends on Who You Ask.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people could generally resume pre-pandemic activities. But what does that mean for singing in church? The CDC’s guidance for “communities of faith”...
100 Years Later, Black Church Leaders Seek Reparations for Tulsa Massacre
Thursday, May 20, 2021
As Tulsa pauses to mark the 100 year anniversary of the racially motivated Tulsa Massacre, Rev. Robert R.A. Turner and other Black people of faith are saying that the time has come to repay as well...
Volcanic Eruption in Caribbean Prompts Baptist Church Meals, Relief Agency Supplies
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Rev. Cecil Richards and his Kingstown Baptist Church are working together to provide aid to the people of St. Vincent after a volcanic eruption forced citizens to evacuate their homes.
Biden Says Seminary COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Is Example of 'America at its Finest'
Thursday, April 8, 2021
After visiting a Virginia seminary chapel that is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, President Biden hailed the effort as "an example of America at its finest".
Tony Evans: On Male Leadership, Grieving His Wife and Correcting Kirk Franklin
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
In an interview with Religion News Service, Pastor Tony Evans opened up about the death of his wife, Lois, less than two years ago, possible succession plans and how he advised gospel artist Kirk...
Gospel Performer Kirk Franklin Apologizes after Son Releases Obscenity-Laced Audio
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Gospel entertainer Kirk Franklin has posted an online apology after one of his sons released a recording of an obscenity-laced and physically threatening argument he claimed was with Franklin.
Southern Baptist Pastor, Former Abuser Resigns after Church Ousted from Denomination
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
A Tennessee pastor who confessed to statutory rape 20 years ago has resigned after his church was recently removed from the Southern Baptist Convention for hiring him.
Evangelical Leaders Seek to 'Take the High Road,' Stress Agreement as Election Looms
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Ahead of the November Presidential election, leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals signed a statement published in the Washington Post, urging evangleicals to "engage with humility,...
Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Months into the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like church giving is on the rise.
Salvation Army Starts Red Kettle Program Early amid 'Tsunami of Human Need'
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Due to increased need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salvation Army has begun their red kettle donation collections two months earlier than normal.
Christian news headlines from the United States and around the world
Unvaccinated Pastor, Fighting for Life with COVID, Urges: Get Vaxed and Learn from My Story
Former Obama, Trump Doctor Predicts Biden Will Face 25th Amendment, Be Asked to Resign 'For Medical Issues'
Chinese Authorities Interrupt Zoom Church Service, Order Pastor to Stop Preaching
School Can Require Christian Teacher to Use Transgender Pronouns and Names, Judge Rules
Japanese Christian Groups Call for 1 Million Hours of Prayer during Tokyo Olympics
Being Controversial Isn't Necessarily Wrong
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Only God Can Change Human Nature
Journal of Medical Ethics Says Parents Should Lose Rights over Children
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