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Mask Up and Get Back to Church: CDC Endorses Indoor Worship After Vaccination
Gathering at full-capacity is now listed among safe activities for people who have gotten the COVID-19 shot.
Prisons Reopen to Ministry with Recent Visits from Lecrae and Justin Bieber
Prison Fellowship’s “Second Chance Month” corresponds with easing of pandemic restrictions at many facilities.
Liberty Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10M Over Sex Scandal
The university alleges the former president manipulated the board to create a “safety net” for himself while anticipating the backlash of his marital scandal and Trump support.
Hype Meets Holy in Modern Bible Design
The latest “premium” text has a bright red cover, street art-inspired calligraphy, and a $300 price tag.
Evangelicals’ Vaccine Skepticism Isn’t Coming from the Pulpit
Conservative pastors and leaders are encouraging the shot while the people in the pews have been more divided.
Some Church Plants Launch on Easter After COVID-19 Delays
New congregations have put their initial public gatherings on hold for six months or more.
Gallup: Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church
Coupled with the rise of religious nones, even people of faith are less likely to join a house of worship.
Christian Baker Sued Again for Refusing to Bake a Cake
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner is now in a legal battle with a customer who put in an order to celebrate her gender transition.
Black Pastors Push for Compromise Rather than Equality Act
Dozens of leaders are advocating for the Fairness for All proposal, which would match LGBT protections with religious exemptions.
Beth Moore Says She’s No Longer Southern Baptist
The popular Bible teacher, author, and advocate for abuse victims decides to leave the denomination that used to be her “safe place.”
Trump Prophet Enraged His Followers by Apologizing. Now He’s Shutting Down His Ministry.
In an announcement Monday, Jeremiah Johnson said, “We are choosing to radically obey Jesus over any other voices in this season.”
Biden Brings Back White House Faith Partnerships Office
President turns to Obama-era leader and his evangelical campaign outreach director to lead agency in efforts to “heal, unite, and rebuild.”
QAnon Conspiracies Sway Faith Groups, Including 1 in 4 White Evangelicals
Survey examines belief in election fraud, the Deep State, and other theories on American politics.
Supreme Court Lets California Return to Church Indoors
Justices lift the total ban on indoor worship, though capacity limits and singing restrictions remain.
Rick Warren Apologizes for Saddleback Clip With ‘Demeaning’ Asian Caricature
Asian American Christian leaders reiterate concerns over using stereotypes as punchlines in Sunday school curricula.
Tolkien Fans Hope to Make Oxford Home a ‘Rivendell’ for Writers
Project Northmoor is fundraising to turn the place where the Catholic author wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’ into a center for creating faith-inspired fantasy.
SBC President’s Church Releases Report on Bryan Loritts’s Abuse Response
(UPDATED) Seven months after hiring Loritts as executive pastor, the Summit Church has commissioned an independent review of how he handled voyeurism incidents at his former church.
Pastors More Reluctant to Preach on Race
Though most still address the topic in sermons, preachers report more pushback from their congregations over the past four years.
What Trump-Supporting Pastors Preached After the Capitol Attack
Sermons mentioned national divides, condemned violence, and applauded police—and some did not reference the event at all.
Like Preacher-Politicians Before Him, Senator Raphael Warnock Will Keep His Pulpit
The Ebenezer Baptist pastor becomes the latest in a line of African American ministers in Congress.

Top Story May 18, 2021

Christians Can Learn from Muslims. But There Are Lines We Shouldn’t Cross.
Christians Can Learn from Muslims. But There Are Lines We Shouldn’t Cross.
One writer’s attempt to relate Islam to her faith yields some lessons along with some stumbles.

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