As a ‘Seismic Shift’ Fractures Evangelicals, an Arkansas Pastor Leaves Home

Kevin Thompson thought he would lead his hometown church for the rest of his life. Then came Trump and everything after.

#evangelical-movement, #fort-smith-ark, #ministers-protestant, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Crusade to Challenge the 2020 Election, Blessed by Church Leaders

Some evangelical pastors are hosting events dedicated to Trump’s election falsehoods and promoting the cause to their congregations.

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The Growing Religious Fervor in the American Right

Rituals of Christian worship have become embedded in conservative rallies, as praise music and prayer blend with political anger over vaccines and the 2020 election.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #places-of-worship, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Scandals Drove Hillsong to Lose its American Churches

Amid a series of crises, including the resignation of its leader, the evangelical powerhouse has shed more than half its American churches in just a few weeks.

#evangelical-movement, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #lentz-carl-1979, #ministers-protestant

Divisions Among U.S. Evangelicals

Readers discuss how racial and sexual issues and Donald Trump have led to strife and whether and how evangelism should be saved.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #keller-timothy-j-1950, #presbyterian-church, #trump-donald-j

Can These Evangelicals Save Their Movement?

Heartbroken by the path their church has taken, they seek a renewal.

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Dave Ramsey Fired Employee for Taking Covid Precautions, Suit Says

In his complaint, a former employee says the Tennessee radio broadcaster, an evangelical Christian who has built a personal finance empire, violated his religious rights.

#amos-brad-video-editor, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #freedom-of-religion, #ramsey-dave, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Some Voters Are at Odds With Their Party on Abortion

Despite decades of partisan fighting in Washington, Americans are not as neatly divided on abortion as politicians and activists.

#abortion, #democratic-party, #evangelical-movement, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

Baptism Is Getting Wild: Horse Troughs, Hot Tubs and Hashtags

In some evangelical churches, a once-staid ritual is returning to its informal roots — and things sometimes get “a little rowdy” along the way.

#baptism, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #united-states

His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.

A clash over culture and politics comes to World, a groundbreaking journalistic institution that covers evangelical Christians.

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Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’

It’s not necessarily a theological affinity for Jesus Christ. Many Americans are being drawn to the evangelical label because of its association with the G.O.P.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #jesus-christ, #pew-research-center, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Fired After Endorsing Vaccines, Evangelical Insider Takes a Leadership Role

Daniel Darling was at the center of a media storm over the summer. He hopes to lead a more civil discussion at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.

#evangelical-movement, #southern-baptist-convention, #southwestern-baptist-theological-seminary, #vaccination-and-immunization

Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

With public schools on the defensive, is this a blip or a ‘once-in-100-year moment for the growth of Christian education’?

#christians-and-christianity, #education-k-12, #evangelical-movement, #home-schooling, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #virginia

What America’s History of Immigration Means to Me

We need a national story based on humility, not grandiosity.

#discrimination, #evangelical-movement, #humiliation, #immigration-and-emigration, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

Pat Robertson Ends His Long Run as Host of ‘The 700 Club’

Mr. Robertson, the evangelical leader who started the show in the 1960s to help save the Christian Broadcasting Network, said his son would take over as host of the program.

#christian-broadcasting-network, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #robertson-pat, #television, #the-700-club-tv-program

White Evangelicals Shun Morality for Power

They’ve been a “political arm of the Republican Party” for decades now.

#christians-and-christianity, #clinton-bill, #evangelical-movement, #graham-franklin, #presidential-election-of-2016, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

Abortion Has Never Just Been About Abortion

The way it became a “godsend” for the right is a peculiar tale.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #schlafly-phyllis, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weyrich-paul-m, #womens-rights

Christian Exemptions to Vaccine Mandates Lack Sound Basis

There is no legitimate religious basis for exemptions from vaccine mandates in any established stream of Christianity.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #vaccination-and-immunization

A More Secular America Is Not Just a Problem for Republicans

Americans have not yet come to terms with this cultural shift.

#atheism, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #evangelical-movement, #millennial-generation, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It

White evangelicals can’t tolerate becoming just another subculture.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #jones-robert-p, #population, #qanon, #religion-and-belief, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #southern-baptist-convention, #united-states, #whites

‘Take the Ship’: Conservatives Aim to Commandeer Southern Baptists

The insurgents, some adopting a pirate motif, believe that the denomination has drifted too far to the left on issues of race, gender and the strict authority of the Bible.

#baptist-churches, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #greear-j-d, #nashville-tenn, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-baptist-convention

T. M. Luhrmann: What We Believe About Prophecies

Letting go of fantasies — political, spiritual or both — is much harder than you might think.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #luhrmann-tanya-marie, #religious-cults, #superstitions

Our Fellow Evangelicals Need to Get the Covid Vaccine

We’re worried that our community is obstructing the end of the pandemic.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sarah Colt on Why 2021 Is the Right Time for a Film About Billy Graham

The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.

#american-experience-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #religion-and-belief, #television

U.S. Lutheran Church Elects its First Openly Transgender Bishop

The Rev. Megan Rohrer was elected to lead a synod that includes about 200 Lutheran congregations in Northern and Central California.

#california, #evangelical-lutheran-church-in-america, #evangelical-movement, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lutheran-churches, #megan-rohrer, #national-center-for-transgender-equality, #sacramento-calif, #transgender-and-transsexuals

A Pastor’s Son Becomes a Critic of Religion on TikTok

John Piper is one of the most influential theologians in America. His son Abraham calls evangelicalism “a destructive, narrow-minded worldview.”

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #piper-abraham, #piper-john, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Shamed Over Sex, a Generation of Evangelicals Confronts the Past | Retro Report

A Christian “purity” movement in the 90s promoted a biblical view of abstinence before marriage. But two decades later, followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks.

#abstinence-sexual, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #harris-joshua-1974, #i-kissed-dating-goodbye-book, #united-states

How an Abstinence Pledge in the ’90s Shamed a Generation of Evangelicals

The Christian “purity” movement promoted a strict view of abstinence before marriage. But two decades later, some followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks.

#abstinence-sexual, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #moore-beth-1957, #southern-baptist-convention

How White Evangelicals’ Vaccine Refusal Could Prolong the Pandemic

Millions of white evangelical adults in the U.S. do not intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Tenets of faith and mistrust of science play a role; so does politics.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #graham-franklin, #greear-j-d, #hagee-john-c, #ministers-protestant, #vaccination-and-immunization

He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down

The Rev. Rick Joyner has called on Christians to arm themselves for civil war. But his children would be on the other side.

#christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #evangelical-movement, #families-and-family-life, #joyner-rick-1949, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Atlanta Shootings and a Religious Toxicity

Did racism or religion or gender motivate the shootings in Georgia? All of the above.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #evangelical-movement, #sex, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Progressive Christians Arise! Hallelujah!

With a churchgoing Democrat in the White House, faith becomes more complicated in America. Thank God.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #evangelical-movement, #republican-party, #southern-baptist-convention, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sexual Anguish of Atlanta Suspect Is Familiar Thorn for Evangelicals

The man accused of killing eight people at spas was a churchgoer who told officers he was addicted to sex. Parts of evangelical culture imply that sexual sins are more serious than others.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #long-robert-aaron, #pornography, #sex

Conservative Activist Charlie Kirk Leaves Liberty University Think Tank

The Falkirk Center, named for its founders, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Charlie Kirk, was the center of evangelical Trumpism. Now, both are gone.

#colleges-and-universities, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry-jr-1962, #kirk-charlie-1993, #liberty-university, #think-tanks, #trump-donald-j

Luis Palau, the ‘Billy Graham of Latin America,’ Dies at 86

He rose from preaching on street corners in Argentina to ministering to millions around the world, then focused his ministry on liberal corners of the U.S.

#argentina, #deaths-obituaries, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #palau-luis-1934, #spanish-language

Why Beth Moore Has Captivated Evangelical Women

The author and public speaker attracted attention for her dramatic break with the Southern Baptist Convention this week.

#baptist-churches, #bible, #evangelical-movement, #moore-beth-1957, #southern-baptist-convention, #women-and-girls

Beth Moore, a Prominent Evangelical, Splits With Southern Baptists

A teacher on biblical topics, she cited the “staggering” disorientation of seeing denominational leaders support Donald J. Trump, among other issues.

#evangelical-movement, #greear-j-d, #southern-baptist-convention

‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond

Maya Zinshtein’s revelatory documentary explores the political and philanthropic alliance of American evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews.

#til-kingdom-come-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kentucky, #zinshtein-maya

American Evangelicals, Israeli Settlers and a Skeptical Filmmaker

A new documentary illuminates what the director calls an “unholy alliance” that sharply altered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Trump administration.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #republican-study-committee

Under Pressure, California Church Postpones Conference for Thousands

Grace Community Church reversed course after Los Angeles County health officials warned that indoor conferences were prohibited and that the event could worsen the spread of the coronavirus.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #grace-community-church-sun-valley-calif, #los-angeles-county-calif, #macarthur-john-f-jr, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sun-valley-calif

Evangelist Ravi Zacharias Accused of Sexual Abuse

An investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct spanning many years. Several massage therapists made accusations against Mr. Zacharias, who died last spring.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #rzim, #sex-crimes, #sexting, #sexual-harassment, #zacharias-ravi-1946-2020

Christian Prophets Are on the Rise. What Happens When They’re Wrong?

They are stars within one of the fastest-growing corners of American Christianity. Now, their movement is in crisis.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #rumors-and-misinformation

The Love Triangle That Caused a Religious Panic

“Doomed Romance,” by Christine Leigh Heyrman, offers a window onto ambition and hypocrisy in the 19th-century American evangelical movement at a critical moment in its history.

#books-and-literature, #christians-and-christianity, #doomed-romance-broken-hearts-lost-souls-and-sexual-tumult-in-nineteenth-century-america-book, #evangelical-movement, #heyrman-christine-leigh, #missionaries, #new-england-states-us, #women-and-girls

‘The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’

Religious resentment has become a potent recruiting tool for the hard right.

#black-people, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #washington-dc, #whites

How Argentina Bucked Latin American Tradition and Made Abortion Legal

The region, where Roman Catholic and evangelical churches hold sway, has long been unfriendly territory for abortion rights advocates. Argentina in 2020, though, offered a different landscape.

#metoo-movement, #abortion, #evangelical-movement, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #latin-america, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls

Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #evangelical-movement, #faith-and-freedom-coalition, #family-research-council, #freedom-of-religion, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reed-ralph-e-jr, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Christian Conservatives Respond to Trump’s Loss and Look Ahead

Many reflected on how much they had gained in the last four years under the Trump administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Why Evangelicals Aren’t What They Used to Be

Once a religious bloc in search of political purchase, white evangelicals have become a political bloc with a religious past.

#baptist-churches, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #southern-baptist-convention, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

Carl Lentz, Pastor to Celebrities, Is Fired From Hillsong Church

Mr. Lentz has been a rising star on the evangelical stage thanks in part to his connection to the singer Justin Bieber.

#christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #lentz-carl-1979, #ministers-protestant, #protestant-churches

There Are Evangelicals Who Stand Against Trump. I’m One of Them.

We can’t succumb to the president’s appeals to fear.

#abortion, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #trump-donald-j