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Posted by Bob Smietana 8 weeks 2 days ago
The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the Snake Salvation reality television show, died Saturday after snakebite during a church service. He was 42.Coots, pastor of...
Posted by Bob Smietana 8 weeks 2 days ago
A Tennessee pharmacist and a Baptist church deacon who lost his job after an ongoing dispute over selling Plan B contraception has sued his former bosses, claiming he was fired because of his...
Posted by Bob Smietana 11 weeks 6 days ago
Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith.Eddinger, a 28-year-old father of two from Lexington, N.C., doesn’t have health insurance.But he’s not worried about...
Posted by Bob Smietana 21 weeks 2 days ago
The news that immigration reform may be dead—at least for this year—isn’t likely to sit well in many of America’s churches.A new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds nearly six in 10...
Posted by Bob Smietana 22 weeks 1 day ago
A Tennessee pastor’s dangerous spiritual practices made him a star of a reality TV series.Now they may make him a religious liberty crusader.Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency...

Articles by Bob Smietana

Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together.

A Tennessee church welcomes its Muslim neighbors.

A theological variety show mixes humor, music, and cultural analysis.

A growing number of Nashville-based Christian musicians are discovering that their faith compels them to play and work for social change.

Megachurch leaders Kay Waren and Lynne Hybels confront the challenges of HIV/AIDS, personally and globally.