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Is God an angry ogre? Presbyterians and Baptists debate

RNS () — The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a … Continued

Pastor who pushes corporal punishment accused of abuse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A pastor known for promoting corporal punishment has been accused of physically abusing a woman for 25 … Continued

Pastors to challenge IRS over political endorsements, and they’re likely to get away with it

LOS ANGELES — In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they’re … Continued

Seventh-day Adventists facing pressure on allowing female clergy

Two U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have recently approved the ordination of women pastors, moving faster than … Continued

Tyler Clementi’s parents leave evangelical church over views on homosexuality

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The parents of Tyler Clementi have left their longtime evangelical church due to its views on homosexuality. … Continued

Aurora worshippers seek solace, guidance after movie theater shooting

AURORA, Colo. — Worshippers in this city rocked by Friday’s (July 20) mass shooting flocked to church Sunday, seeking solace … Continued

Pastor perseveres despite autism diagnosis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Rev. Henry Clarke has always enjoyed solving puzzles. But until he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome … Continued

North Carolina approves ban on same-sex marriage

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state’s struggle with … Continued

Bishops’ ‘religious liberty’ point man gets a promotion

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — If there is any Catholic bishop in the U.S. who probably didn’t need a bigger platform, it … Continued

Pastor says hospitality staff can’t live by bread alone

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Finch grew up in meat and potatoes country, a small town off of Flathead Lake in … Continued

Rick Warren to hold 9/11 service

Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California, is organizing memorial services in New York for the tenth anniversary … Continued

Churches’ ‘creation care’ ideas recycle water

It was the time in pre-marriage counseling when the groom has to leave so the priest and the bride can … Continued

After war, churches care for warriors

By: Martin Davis and Kimberly Loontjer A memorial ceremony for America’s military veterans, their courage, commitment and sacrifice, is held … Continued

What made Portland bomber want to embrace large-scale violence?

By Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard I’ve been doing too many funerals lately. Staring into the maw of death, asking, “Death, where … Continued

Terry Jones, behind the scenes

By Michelle Boorstein Gainesville pastor Terry Jones may have vanished from your TV set, but behind the scenes discussions are … Continued

Terry Jones: I’m just trying to live my faith

By Elizabeth Tenety First, Pastor Terry Jones wanted to burn the Koran on 9/11. After international outrage and what he … Continued

‘Friending’ the poor

By Rev. Susan Baller-ShepardPresbyterian minister Watch the news and regularly there is an “unveiling” of a new technology. Eating lunch … Continued

Mom jeans

By Rev. Susan Baller-ShepardPresbyterian minister When President Obama threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in St. Louis … Continued

Wanted: Moral leadership for health reform

By Rev. Rayfield BurnsMetropolitan Missionary Baptist Church Kansas City, Mo. Last night, President Obama made it clear to Congress: “Do … Continued

God’s economy of grace

By Rev. Susan Baller-ShepardPresbyterian minister As Haiti reels from a death-dealing earthquake, I attend a visitation for a young man … Continued