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More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist Church

LAKELAND, Fla. (RNS) — More than 100 churches are suing the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to immediately disaffiliate from the denomination. The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members. And, according to the head of a new, theologically conservative […]

Nightbirde, who shared music, message of hope on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ dies at 31

(RNS) — Jane Marczewski, the singer-songwriter who captured hearts and the Golden Buzzer performing as Nightbirde last summer on “America’s Got Talent,” has died after multiple recurrences of cancer. She was 31.

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — again

(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has once again postponed its quadrennial meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying further a widely anticipated vote by delegates from across the globe on a proposal to split the denomination over the inclusion of LGBTQ members.

Protests, pandemics and politics: The top 2020 searches for Bible passages online

(RNS) — In the midst of a strange and stressful year, people turned to the same place they have for decades in their search for answers.

Drive-thru live Nativities are tailor-made for a COVID-19 Christmas

(RNS) — At the Nativity display outside Faith Church of Lafayette, Ind., the baby will be laid in a manger this year, surrounded by friendly beasts — except for the donkeys. They bite. In the past, the camels have been known to kick.

Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix

(RNS) — Sony Pictures announced Thursday (Nov. 12) it is purchasing Pure Flix's evangelical Christian video-streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix.

To cope with pandemic, Americans choose TV over the Bible

(AP/RNS) -- When it comes to coping with the stress and uncertainty of a pandemic, most Americans are turning not to God, but to TV. That's just one of the findings of a Pew Research Center survey released Friday (Aug. 7) on how the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted the worship habits of Americans.

Barbecue Baptist Church delivers meals, a message and a little levity amid pandemic

NAVASOTA, Texas (AP/RNS) -- Before the barbecue trailer, there was the toilet paper popemobile. With toilet paper hard to come by as stay-at-home orders took effect in many states earlier this year to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Chad McMillan put the pastor of First Baptist Church of Navasota, Texas, on a trailer surrounded by plexiglass, "like the popemobile," he said. He handed the pastor a T-shirt gun loaded with toilet paper, each roll wrapped with a Bible verse.