(RNS) Watching a church that you love shut down is hard. But a merger can get a church out of survival mode and focused on the future.
Author Archives: Bob Smietana
About Bob Smietana
Bob Smietana is a Nashville-based correspondent for Religion News Service and former religion writer for the Tennessean. He’s a frequent contributor to national publications like Sojourners, Christianity Today, U.S. Catholic, and On Faith, and the co-author of three books. He currently serves as president of the Religion Newswriters Association.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) On the surface, the fight was over the minutiae of Tennessee’s sunshine, or public notice, laws. But a thriving anti-Muslim movement in Tennessee fueled the fight.
(RNS) Biblical epics, such as the 1956 classic “The 10 Commandments,” featured white actors playing Moses and Pharaoh. That hasn’t changed.
(RNS) The book’s authors are part of a loose network of writers, friends, theologians and pastors who apply the lessons of the slow food movement to congregational life.
(RNS) Coots, whose father is also a serpent-handling preacher, was a legendary figure among a small group of Pentecostal believers who practiced the so-called “signs of the gospel” found in Mark 16; among them taking up serpents.
(RNS) Pharmacist Phillip M. Hall, a Baptist, believes Plan B contraceptives cause abortions and he refused to dispense them.
(RNS) A small but growing number of American Christians have joined “health sharing ministries” — faith-based alternatives to insurance.
(RNS) A grand jury decided not to indict the Rev. Andrew Hamblin, star of the National Geographic television series “Snake Salvation,” on charges of violating a state ban on possessing venomous snakes.
(RNS) A growing group of bonnet and bloodsucker books combine two of today’s best-selling genres: Amish romance and vampire tales.