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Like that new church worship song? Chances are, it will be gone soon.

(RNS) — The most popular worship song in churches these days is “Build My Life,” from Bethel Music, the megachurch-based worship music hit machine based in Northern California. Sitting at No. 1 on the top 100 worship song chart from Christian Copyright Licensing International, which licenses worship music, “Build My Life,” first released in 2016, […]

Why Vance Pitman resigned as top leader at his Las Vegas church

LAS VEGAS (RNS) – Two decades ago, Vance Pitman and a pair of friends from the Bible Belt went out West to start a church in Sin City.

Former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli accused of sexual harassment

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (RNS) – The former editor of a prominent evangelical magazine who made national headlines for criticizing Donald Trump’s failed character has been accused of sexual harassment during his tenure as editor.

For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life

(RNS) – From the time he was a teenager, Min Lee wanted to be a missionary.

‘Mary Did You Know’ writer Mark Lowry good-natured over song’s controversy

(RNS) — For Mark Lowry, almost every day is Christmas. Whenever the storyteller and singer takes the stage for a concert, he always closes the show with the same song — “Mary Did You Know?” — no matter what time of year it is.

Christian author Josh McDowell steps away from ministry after comments about Black, minority families

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) – Best-selling Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell has stepped back from ministry after comments he made at a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors Sept. 18.

Twenty years later, ‘In Christ Alone’ still inspires millions to sing

NASHVILLE (RNS) – The melody that changed Keith Getty's life was first scratched out on the back of an electric bill in a humble flat in Northern Ireland.

Class-action lawsuit claims RZIM covered up abuse, misled donors

ATLANTA (RNS) – Donors to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries are suing the troubled nonprofit for allegedly covering up its founder’s abusive behavior.

Amid revival, Long Hollow mourns loss of beloved staff pastor Chris Swain

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — For the past seven months, Long Hollow Baptist Church has been a place of miracles and wonder.

Billy Graham’s 1940s cottage in North Carolina listed for sale

(RNS) – If you want to buy a piece of American religious history, then – as Billy Graham might have said – the time is now.