Jews and Jesus: A ‘Spiritual Incursion’ in St. Louis

The breaking news — only 2,000 years old — that Christians and Jews have vastly different views of Jesus made the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over the weekend (and was picked up nationally by Religion News Service this week). To be more specific, the Post-Dispatch featured a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation that [Read More...]

New to the Godbeat in St. Louis: Lilly Fowler

Congrats to @RNS contributor @LillyAFowler, succeeding @townsendreport as #religion writer at @STLtoday. Starts Jan. 20. #journalism — GetReligion (@GetReligion) January 11, 2014 @GetReligion Thanks much! Big @townsendreport shoes to fill. Will do my best. — Lilly A. Fowler (@LillyAFowler) January 10, 2014 @LillyAFowler Congratulations, Lilly. You'll be great. Can't wait to read your stories. @GetReligion [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...]

So this renegade Polish priest and an Episcopal bishop walk into a bar …

OK, not really. But you know how we’re always going on about stories that make people not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church seem like they are, in fact, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church? Well, here’s a great example of a religion journalist doing it right. Here’s the very top of St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Read More...]

God works through means: a story

I’m not sure if we looked at the media coverage of the “miracle priest” in Missouri. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s an early Associated Press account of how a “mysterious priest” “suddenly appeared” and prayed over and anointed a badly injured car accident victim with oil. That piece is headlined “Priest comes out [Read More...]

When lawsuits attack, Catholic edition

A few weeks ago, a lawsuit in Nevada made news because it revolved around alleged 3rd Amendment to the Constitution violations. Third Amendment Rights are invoked so rarely as to be the butt of jokes. See, for example, The Onion‘s “Third Amendments Rights Group Celebrates Another Successful Year.” The mainstream media went to town. Here’s [Read More...]

News crisis: when people agree (Lutheran edition)

I’m in St. Louis this week at the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s 65th regular convention. The convention was largely peaceful and unified. And where it wasn’t, the issues were extremely important but fairly unique to the LCMS. I keep thinking how difficult it is to cover a convention such as this. Religion reporter Tim Townsend, of [Read More...]

Pod people: Forgiveness is such a simple word

Forgiveness is such a simple word But it’s so hard to do when you’ve been hurt  The above lyrics from Kellie Pickler’s “I Wonder” provide a fitting introduction to this post. On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss forgiveness and media coverage of it. We focus on two recent GetReligion posts touching [Read More...]


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