Oh Baby, Baby: Amy Grant’s biggest hit turns 30


 (RNS) — Thirty years ago, Amy Grant was on top of the world. After years of topping Christian music charts, Grant had caught the mainstream industry’s eye and began finding success on secular radio. In the 1980s, she had teamed up with Peter Cetera of the band Chicago for a No. 1 hit, “Next Time I … Read more

David Platt’s dreams for McLean Bible Church sour as members file lawsuit over elder vote


(RNS) — David Platt had a dream for the future of McLean Bible Church.  The largely conservative northern Virginia church across the Potomac from Washington had grown from a group of five families in the 1960s to a congregation of more than 10,000 spread across several campuses, attracting politicians and business leaders to the church’s … Read more

Abuse prevention advocates want input into ACNA investigation of bishop


(RNS) — A group of abuse prevention advocates believes there are serious questions about the future of a prominent Anglican bishop accused of mishandling abuse allegations.  Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Upper Midwest Diocese in the Anglican Church in North America announced recently that he was taking a leave of absence after he admitted … Read more

ACNA leaders to take over abuse investigation in Upper Midwest diocese


(RNS) — A group of leaders from the Anglican Church in North America will take over an investigation into alleged abuse at an ACNA church in Illinois. Mark Rivera, a former lay leader at Christ Our Light Anglican, an ACNA startup congregation in Big Rock, Illinois, west of Chicago, has been charged with felony child … Read more

Southern Baptist youth pastor and National Guard chaplain suspended after arrest on solicitation charges


(RNS) — A Southern Baptist youth minister who also served as a National Guard chaplain was arrested last weekend on charges of soliciting a minor, according to the Tennessee Department of Investigation. Matthew Brewer of Centerville, Tennessee, was one of 18 men arrested during a sting operation in Spring Hill, Tennessee, south of Nashville. All … Read more

SBC president Ed Litton announces task force to oversee Executive Committee abuse review


(RNS) — Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton has appointed a seven-member task force to look into accusations the denomination’s Executive Committee mishandled allegations of abuse. The task force includes four Southern Baptist pastors, a lawyer, a social worker and the head of a Mississippi social service agency that works with children. Abuse advocate and … Read more

Billy Graham’s 1940s cottage in North Carolina is listed for sale at $600,000


(RNS) — If you want to buy a piece of American religious history, then — as Billy Graham might have said — the time is now. A North Carolina cottage that the famed evangelist and his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, once called home is for sale. The Grahams bought the four-bedroom house at 198 Mississippi Road … Read more

Former Trump official’s God-and-country nonprofit calls CRT a threat to ‘colorblind society’


(RNS) — Russ Vought believes in fighting racism — as long as it is defined properly.  A former Trump administration official and Wheaton College graduate, Vought defines racism as “personal prejudice that flows from ignorance and treating people differently as a result of that prejudice.” By contrast, he said, proponents of critical race theory see … Read more

Julianna Zobrist, Christian influencer and author, responds to estranged husband’s accusations


(RNS) — Julianna Zobrist, a Christian author, singer and Instagram influencer, says she is focusing on raising her children and won’t discuss her acrimonious divorce from a former baseball star and World Series MVP. Zobrist’s estranged husband, Ben Zobrist, has sued the couple’s former pastor, alleging the pastor had a sexual relationship with Zobrist’s wife and … Read more