Emily McFarlan Miller

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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.