A Brazilian Writer Saw a Tweet as Tame Satire. Then Came the Lawsuits.

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.

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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.

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Preaching or Avoiding Politics, Conservative Churches Walk a Delicate Line

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.

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Robert S. Graetz, Rare White Minister to Back Bus Boycott, Dies at 92

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.

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After Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Stumble, This Is How His Hometown Sees Him

Jerry Falwell Jr. has courted controversy repeatedly, but a provocative Instagram post led to him stepping aside as Liberty University’s president.

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Baptist Pastor Is Fired After Coming Out as Transgender

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.

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Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.

The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

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As Trump Pushes for Reopenings, Congregations Choose Safety Over Haste

Houses of worship are balancing the desire to reopen and worship together against the health consequences of moving too fast.

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