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New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

NEW YORK (RNS) Congregations in New York City that rent space in public schools will be able to hold Easter services this Sunday despite a ruling on Monday (March 30) by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from an evangelical church in the Bronx that sought to overtur…
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Jesus is all over the small screen, and that’s no accident

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects — National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus,” NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues” and CNN’s “Finding Jesus” — were filmed on neighboring sets last…
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In a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty

(RNS) A leading group of Latino evangelicals has called for an end to state-sanctioned capital punishment, the first national association of evangelicals to do so. In a unanimous vote Friday (March 27), the National Latino Evangelical Coalition urged its 3,000 member congr…
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Culture »

Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her, cut her open, and removed her unborn child. Wilkins survived the incident; her child did not. Hearing abou…
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Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor

WASHINGTON (RNS) Harvard professor Robert Putnam jokingly calls himself “a nice Jewish formerly Methodist boy.” But the public policy expert’s new book, “Our Kids” reads more like a tent meeting revival, complete with an “altar call” at the end. His private meetings and pu…
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