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Author Kim Lawton

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. Is there an afterlife, a heaven? Who gets in? And what happens to those who don’t? Books trying to provide answers to these age-old questions continue to be best-sellers, and some, like “Love Wins” by Michigan megachurch pastor Rob […] Read More

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (RNS)  This year’s Oscars may have been passed out, but for some churches across the country the major motion picture season is just getting started. Frustrated with the movies Hollywood has been releasing, more and more congregations are making their own feature films. One is Friends Church here in Yorba Linda, a […] Read More

(RNS) Prominent Gospel singer and longtime Billy Graham associate George Beverly Shea will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards this weekend (Feb. 12) in Los Angeles. Shea will be honored along with several other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients including Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and the Ramones. At 102, Shea is […] Read More

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS) Driving through downtown Port-au-Prince, it can be difficult at first to see much change from a year ago, when a devastating 7.0 earthquake devastated this impoverished island nation. The presidential palace is still in ruins, with thousands—among an estimated 1 million homeless Haitians—living in massive tent city across the street. Around the […] Read More

(Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly) Christmas, despite what the calendar says, isn’t over. And the star–“star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright”–that shone over Bethlehem won’t go dim until it gets its proper due on Epiphany on Sunday. As told in the Gospel of Matthew, a star marked the birth of Jesus […] Read More

ORLANDO, Fla.(Religion & Ethics Newsweekly) They’re silly, often irreverent, and sometimes downright wicked. But “The Simpsons” may also be one of the most interesting examinations of religion in contemporary pop culture. The release of “The Simpsons Movie” July 27 is grabbing new attention for the popular animated television series that has an often surprising take […] Read More