Oregon lawsuit sought to hold national organization liable for crimes committed in a Royal Rangers program in the 1980s. The Assemblies of God has settled a sexual abuse lawsuit in Oregon. If it had gone to trial, the suit would have been the first to put the Pentecostal denomination before a jury as a defendant in a sexual abuse case, allowing citizens of Portland to decide whether the Assemblies is legally liable for abuse that happened in the church scouting organization in the 1980s. The denomination filed more than a dozen motions to get the case dismissed, according to Gilion…

While a baker from the same state won his challenge, court upholds Colorado anti-discrimination requirements for the owner of a creative agency. A US appeals court has ruled against a Christian web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services to LGBTQ people amounts to bias or freedom of speech. A three-judge panel of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday denied Lorie Smith’s attempt to overturn a lower court ruling throwing…

Evangelicals anticipate a ruling on Mississippi’s 15-week ban as a possible first step toward overturning Roe v. Wade. In agreeing to hear a potentially groundbreaking abortion case, the Supreme Court has energized activists on both sides of the long-running debate who are now girding to make abortion access a major issue in next year’s midterm elections. For many evangelicals, the case could serve as a validation of more than four decades of persistent work and a sometimes awkward relationship with former President Donald Trump, whose three Supreme Court appointments sealed a 6-3 conservative majority. If those justices unite to uphold…

For Black Americans, the rendering of their cultural identity matters. Columnist Ken Makin explores the historical fight for a capital “B.”

The killing of a black jogger in Georgia is setting up to be a defining moment for conservative ideals and racial justice.

After an internal review by the Justice Department, charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been dropped. Mr. Flynn previously admitted lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.

Our lives have gotten smaller. We can also make them simpler. The novel A Gentleman in Moscow tells of Count Alexander Rostov. As communists tighten control of Russia in 1922, Rostov’s aristocratic blood virtually guarantees he’ll be executed. But during his trial, the Court recalls a poem Rostov wrote years before on behalf of the working class. Rostov’s life is spared, but he is sentenced to spend the rest of his days confined to Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. If ever seen beyond its walls, he’ll be shot on site. And so Rostov embarks on a lifetime of limitation. The man who…

Attorney General William Barr’s intervention in the case of Trump ally Roger Stone continues to raise questions. Although wary of prolonging the Ukraine inquiry, Democrats aren’t letting up on the Justice Department.

Candidates who fail to make the cut for the next debate have little reason to stay in the race. Several are being encouraged to consider Senate bids.

Kyle Kashuv’s rejection from Harvard is raising a timely question for the social media age: Where should the boundaries of forgiveness begin and end?

Despite two strong candidates, if ever there were a time for a woman at the helm of the SBC, it’d be now. When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed because he simply looked “suspicious,” initiated by the fact that Zimmerman viewed him as “suspicious” and chose to pursue him against the order of the police department, it was a personal, powerful, picturesque and emotional moment for me to hear Fred Luter address this matter as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). I never thought I would live long enough to hear a SBC president redemptively, righteously, and prophetically address…

Jack Phillips scores a major religious freedom victory—for himself, as ruling fails to resolve legal debate over LGBT accommodations and conscience rights of conservative Christians. In the biggest religious liberty case of the year, the US Supreme Court sided 7–2 against a state commission that unfairly singled out a Christian baker who declined to decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding. The high court ruled that state penalties levied against Jack Phillips, the Colorado business owner at the center of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, violated his First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion since the…