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Will COVID-19 be the end of the church collection plate?

(RNS) — In the 1984 film “Mass Appeal,” Father Tim Farley, played by Jack Lemmon, gives a young, aspiring priest a lesson in church finances.

Burmese Baptists organize rally in DC against coup in Myanmar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) — Clara Thethtet Tunwin had had enough.

5 faith facts as Baylor and Gonzaga square off for NCAA hoops crown

INDIANAPOLIS (RNS) — March Madness ends tonight with the ultimate church league showdown.

John Baker, founder of Celebrate Recovery, has died

(RNS) — John Baker, co-founder of Celebrate Recovery, a Christian support group that helps people with “hurts, hangups and habits,” has died.

Rush Limbaugh, radio pioneer who shaped American conservatism, dies

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP/RNS) – Rush Limbaugh, the bombastic and popular radio host who shaped conservative politics for decades, has died.

Carman, Christian music icon and Gospel Music Hall of Famer, dies at 65

LAS VEGAS (RNS) — Carman Dominic Licciardello, a Christian music legend known simply by his first name, has died.

Faith-based compassion groups face declining numbers

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP/RNS) – Not long after Hurricane Sally made landfall in mid-September, an army composed of mostly senior citizens in yellow hats descended on the Gulf Coast.

Report: Megachurches continue to grow and diversify, steer clear of politics

(AP/RNS) – America’s megachurches have continued to thrive over the past five years, attracting more worshipers, becoming more diverse and opening new locations.

Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A Kentucky church has announced plans to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Dove Award-winning Christian musician and songwriter Chris Rice.

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church defy guidelines after court overturns favorable ruling

SUN VALLEY, Calif. (AP/RNS) -- After two court rulings over the weekend, Grace Community Church again met indoors for worship Sunday (Aug. 16), continuing its defiance of a government order banning large indoor meetings and singing during meetings.