“I believe when I stand before the Lord God, I’m going to say, ‘Dear God, I violated a policy but I didn’t want to stand before you with blood on my hands.’” — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson, apologizing to delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Baltimore for admitting a Muslim […]
Author Archives: Kevin Eckstrom
About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for six of the past eight years.
Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Eckstrom was the president of the Religion Newswriters Association from 2007-2009 and was the inaugural Dewitt Wallace Fellow in Islamic Studies at Duke University in 2009. In 2014, he was awarded a Senior Journalist Seminar fellowship in Islam from the East-West Center.
(RNS) The Mormons appear to be purging from within, an Oklahoma candidate is cool with stoning the gays, and Pat Robertson doesn’t want a kid to get his dad “busted.” All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Brave students at Seattle Pacific subdue a gunman “hellbent on killing a lot of people.” Sister Cristina brings home the big prize and Russell Moore is not amused (or maybe he is). All that and more in today’s Roundup.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Gallup Poll’s annual “moral acceptability” scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues.
(RNS) Jesus apparently had a lot of ink, but you won’t see any of it in one Texas school district. Family values in Pakistan, the pope’s hand-written prayer and why bacon smells so freakin’ good — all that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) The Church of Beyonce, of course. Phil Robertson as a modern-day John the Baptist? And a dinosaur that got swept up by Noah’s flood? All that and more in today’s Roundup.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The fight over gay marriage is far from settled — and some conservatives insist that it never will be — but pro-gay groups clearly have the momentum. Here’s why.
(RNS) Firing gay Catholic teachers has morphed into firing gay Catholic food pantry workers. And we finally know who wrote the Serenity Prayer. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
The Benham brothers lose their HGTV show, nuns are losing trust in the Vatican, Westboro Baptist is losing another Phelps and the crucifixion is losing its central figure. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
“We pray God’s unconditional love will touch the consciences of the men who did this.” _ Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the U.S., commenting on the kidnapping of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls, many of whom are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.