Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Billy Graham's Son Franklin To Deliver The Main Eulogy At His Father's Funeral

Friday, March 02, 2018

Billy Graham had not been a public figure for at least a decade, but his death marks a turning point. His son Franklin aims to carry on his father's ministry but his approach is more strident.


Famous Evangelist, 'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies At 99

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, the most famous American evangelist of the 20th century, has died. He preached during a time when the U.S. was less polarized politically and culturally, and he was known as "America's Pastor." Largely silenced by illness in his final years, Graham was somewhat eclipsed by his son Franklin, who took his father's ministry in a far more conservative direction.


'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies At 99

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

One of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century, he radically changed the face of born-again Christianity from fundamentalism to a more embracing evangelicalism.


Some Christian Leaders Say Deportations Would Jeopardize Their Churches

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The increased dependence on immigrants to fill U.S. church pews means that Christian leaders have a big stake in the current debate over immigration policy.


The History Of The Family Unification Immigration Policy In The U.S.

Monday, January 29, 2018

The U.S. immigration policy that allows U.S. citizens and green card holders to sponsor other relatives to come to the U.S. was first introduced 50 years ago by an immigration hard liner in Congress. President Trump now wants to end "chain migration."


Amid #MeToo, Evangelicals Grapple With Misconduct In Their Own Churches

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Christians focus deeply on a narrative of sin and redemption, but that theme can complicate how church leaders respond to sexual misconduct within their own ranks.


Report Shows It's Increasingly Dangerous To Be A Christian In Many Countries

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Open Doors USA released its annual list of the most dangerous countries for Christians. Among those where anti-Christian hostility has grown are India and Turkey, two important U.S. allies.


What Does Chain Migration Mean? We Get An Explanation

Thursday, January 11, 2018

As U.S. policymakers debate immigration, the term "chain migration" is being bandied about. Morning Edition dives into the meaning of the term.


Deep Differences Remain Between Mormon And Evangelical Communities

Friday, January 05, 2018

Conservative Christians are often allied politically with conservative Mormons, especially around social issues, but major theological differences remain between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism.


2017 Has Been A Rough Year For Evangelicals

Friday, December 29, 2017

Self-described "evangelical" Christians helped elect President Trump in 2016. But this year, the label lost coherence. Some evangelicals reconsidered what it stood for, while others disowned the term.


Religious Leaders Divided Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Several Jewish-American groups and evangelical Christians applauded President Trump's announcement. Other Christian and Jewish leaders as well as some Muslim-majority nations criticized the move.


From Roy Moore To Tax Debate, A Spotlight On Christian Nationalism

Friday, December 01, 2017

Christian nationalists like Senate candidate Moore argue that the United States was established as a Christian nation, to be governed by Christian principles.


Roy Moore's Sexual Misconduct Allegations Testing White Evangelicals Tolerance

Monday, November 13, 2017

White Evangelicals have been more willing to overlook Republican moral transgressions than those of Democrats. But the recent allegations against Roy Moore may be testing that tolerance.


New Museum Invites Visitors To 'Engage' With The Bible

Friday, November 10, 2017

The $500 million privately funded project focuses on biblical history, biblical stories and the Bible's impact on the world.


500 Years Later, Some Issues That Martin Luther Raised Remain

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On October 31, Catholics and Protestants take note of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when the monk Martin Luther denounced Roman Catholicism. Most of the issues he raised have since been resolved. Still, divisive issues remain, such as the role of women and the authority of the clergy.


In Puerto Rico, Generators Divide Those With And Those Without

Sunday, October 15, 2017

With Puerto Rico facing weeks, and possibly months, without electric power on much of the island, many residents have become dependent on generators. The reliance on generators has introduced a new division in the U.S. territory.


Puerto Ricans More Concerned About Situation On Island Than Trump's Tweets

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Puerto Ricans are more concerned about power and water shortages than President Trump's tweeted threat that U.S. military and FEMA personnel won't stay on the island "forever."


How Aid Is Being Delivered To Those In Need In Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In some areas of Puerto Rico, the situation has become desperate. The U.S. military has moved to take charge of getting the aid directly to people in need, even if it means bypassing local authorities that have a history of inefficiency and mismanagement.


Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Trump's Religious Ambassador Nominee

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

President Trump nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Brownback is a Christian conservative, but says he would advocate for all faiths.


Police Investigation Into Las Vegas Attack Continues

Monday, October 02, 2017

Authorities are pursuing information on the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who lived near the strip in Clark County, Nev. NPR's Tom Gjelten looks at what we can expect as the investigation moves forward.