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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is the Faith & Family reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

In this April 5, 2020, photo, Lodi Police Capt. Sierra Brucia, left, meets with Pastor Jon Duncan of the Cross Culture Christian Center on Palm Sunday in Lodi, Calif. The church sued Gov. Gavin Newsom arguing his stay-at-home order violated their constitutional rights. In San Joaquin County, part of California's vast Central Valley that produces most of the country's fruits and vegetables, the coronavirus is the leading cause of death this year and things will only worsen as infections skyrocket and hospitals fill beyond capacity. Like most of California, the city of Lodi is under a broad shutdown order as Christmas approaches, and its residents and businesses are grappling with how to stay safe while keeping their economy operating. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP) **FILE**

2nd ‘Faith & Blue Weekend’ set for October

A nationwide effort to help congregations better understand police forces will hold its second annual weekend gathering in October, organizers said Tuesday, noting the 65 million Americans who attend worship each week. Published August 31, 2021

Daniel Darling, 43, a noted evangelical author and pastor, was fired as top spokesman for the National Religious Broadcasters on Friday after he advocated for vaccination against COVID-19. (Photo Credit: B&H Publishing)

National Religious Broadcasters fires spokesman over COVID-19 vaccine comments

The National Religious Broadcasters, a D.C.-based group of evangelical Christian communicators, found itself in a war of words Sunday after firing its top spokesman. Daniel Darling, a noted pastor and author, was let go in a furor over advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine, a subject of contention among evangelicals. Published August 29, 2021

In her new book, "All In" podcast host Morgan Jones asks Christians across a variety of denominations to talk about what it means to be "all in" for Jesus Christ. (Photo courtesy of Deseret Books)

Mormon podcaster Morgan Jones goes ‘All In’ with new book’s release

Morgan Jones knew she had a hit on her hands when downloads of "All In," the podcast she hosts for LDS Living magazine, surpassed the 8.6 million mark. After listeners told her they'd been writing down the insights of her guests, she figured, "maybe we just make it easier on them and compile them all ourselves." The resulting book, "All In," is available Friday from Deseret Books. Published August 24, 2021

This Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows director David Lynch during the Rome Film Festival in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) **FILE**

Transcendental Meditation-based ‘Quiet Time’ program sparks Chicago school lawsuit

A religious rights legal battle over Transcendental Meditation and classroom "Quiet Time" got new life this week when a federal district court judge reinstated the University of Chicago and the David Lynch Foundation, operated by the "Twin Peaks" director, as defendants along with Chicago's public school system. Published August 19, 2021

Abolfazl Nahidian, of the Manassas Mosque in Manassas, Va., poses after after a press conference, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in which he and other Muslim leaders asked the Biden administration to release a set of religious tiles that have been confiscated because the shipment was considered a violation of sanctions on Iran. (AP PhotoMatt Barakat)

Iranian-made tiles spark dispute between Manassas Mosque, Feds

A Muslim group and a Northern Virginia mosque are asking Customs and Border Protection to release 750 pounds of donated Iranian-made ceramic tiles the agency seized in its enforcement of sanctions on imports from the Islamic republic. Published August 10, 2021