The writer J.P. Cuenca calls it “Kafka in the tropics.” Evangelical pastors have filed at least 130 suits against him over a tweet, part of an increasingly common strategy against critics.
Mr. Lentz has been a rising star on the evangelical stage thanks in part to his connection to the singer Justin Bieber.
Pastors can’t endorse or oppose candidates from the pulpit, and many of them don’t want to. But that doesn’t mean they’re ignoring politics.
The Rev. Robert S. Graetz resisted the menacing of the Ku Klux Klan and isolation among fellow clergymen to be an unbowed voice for desegregation among white people in Alabama.
Jerry Falwell Jr. has courted controversy repeatedly, but a provocative Instagram post led to him stepping aside as Liberty University’s president.
Junia Joplin, a Baptist pastor in Ontario, asked for acceptance in a sermon: “I want to be the person that God created me to be.” The congregation narrowly voted to terminate her contract.
The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.
Houses of worship are balancing the desire to reopen and worship together against the health consequences of moving too fast.