Bob Smietana


Bob Smietana is senior writer for Nashville-based "Facts & Trends" magazine (factsandtrends.net) and president of the Religion Newswriters Association. He's covered religion for a living since 1999.

Stories by Bob Smietana
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The 10 Best Pope Francis Moments (So Far)

The Pope Francis era’s greatest hits.

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The Power of Showing Up

Take one last lesson from the late Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR’s popular show Car Talk.

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Why I’m Absolutely Not Islamophobic

A Presbyterian minister calling Christians to wage war against our Muslim neighbors has Jesus all wrong.

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How My Diabetes Diagnosis Taught Me to Run

I had to start exercising so that I wouldn’t die. But the threat of death turned out to be the wrong motivation.

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You Might Want to Fact-Check Your Pastor’s Sermon

Preachers love to drop statistics and historical tidbits into their sermons. Too bad so many of their facts are untrue.

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Are Millennials Really Leaving the Church? Yes — but Mostly White Millennials 

All the hand-wringing stories about young adults leaving religion overlooks the vibrancy and growth of multiethnic churches.