United Methodists stand at a ‘tipping point’ — once again

Yes, it’s time to head into yet another oldline Protestant summer of sex. This leads to a painful, and very old, oldline Protestant question. Here it is: Just how long have United Methodists been debating whether (a) local bishops have the right to ignore passages in the denomination’s Book of Discipline linked to homosexuality and [Read More...]

About those evangelical whispers on same-sex marriage

As you would imagine, your GetReligionistas are never eager to critique the work of previous members of our team who have found their way back into the world of mainstream religion-news work. However, that professional courtesy doesn’t mean that we can’t point our readers toward stories by our former colleagues that we think everyone needs [Read More...]

Pod people: Local vs. national press on religious liberty

Proposed religious liberty exemptions for wedding vendors — such as bakers, florists and photographers — opposed to same-sex marriage keep making headlines. Here at GetReligion, we’ve highlighted recent media coverage of a ballot initiative in Oregon and legislation in Kansas (where the Senate, for now, has killed a controversial measure). The Tennessean reported this week on [Read More...]

Hey, guess what, all Baptists are Calvinists

Where’s Joe Carter when you need him? Oh, right. I forgot. Before his premature departure, Carter served as GetReligion’s resident expert on Calvinism. Trust me, I am a poor fill-in, although I posted a few months ago on media coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention debating that subject. (At that time, I acknowledged that I [Read More...]

Et tu, Tim? Townsend latest to leave the Godbeat (updated)

Speaking of Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes … In the last few weeks, we’ve highlighted the departures of two respected journalists from the Godbeat. First, Bob Smietana left The Tennessean. Then Ann Rodgers announced plans to leave the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Now, a third religion-writing superstar — Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — has decided to leave the [Read More...]

One, two, trend: Godbeat pros changing jobs!

Here at GetReligion, we focus mainly on critiquing the mass media’s coverage of religion news. Occasionally, though, we like to call attention to news related to the Godbeat itself. Alas, at least three well-known individuals in the world of religion news reporting have made or announced major moves in recent weeks. And as we all [Read More...]

Another hack piece by CNN … maybe (Updated)

What’s good for the goose is good for, um, Sarah Pulliam Bailey. Right? Sarah, former online editor for Christianity Today and now managing editor for Odyssey Networks, spent three years as a GetReligion contributor before leaving us this past October. To be honest, I still haven’t forgiven Sarah for giving up her high-paying gig as a [Read More...]


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