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NC church service linked to coronavirus cluster
Post Date: 2020-04-05 08:10:37 by Gatlin
NC church service linked to coronavirus cluster North Carolina public health officials said Monday that "multiple cases" of coronavirus have been linked to a church event a week ago at a Durham hotel. North Carolina public health officials say "multiple" cases of COVID-19 have been traced back to a church event held at a Durham hotel after social distancing orders were in place. (Image: NBC News Channel/WRAL) The March 22 event at Millennium Hotel Durham was hosted by Faith Assembly Christian Center. At the time, Governor Roy Cooper had banned all gatherings of 100 or more people in North Carolina. That has since been replaced by stay-at-home orders in Durham and ...
45 of 60 People Who Went to Washington Choir Practice Have Coronavirus
Post Date: 2020-04-05 08:07:14 by Gatlin
45 of 60 People Who Went to Washington Choir Practice Have Coronavirus A choir practice held in Washington state on March 10, as the new coronavirus was spreading in Seattle, left dozens of people with COVID-19. The Los Angeles Times reports that 45 out of 60 Skagit Valley Chorale who gathered at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church have tested positive. Three have been hospitalized and two have died. No one at the practice had symptoms and most avoided contact with others, but the act of singing could have dispersed virus-containing droplets into the air they breathed. Its just normal, random people doing things that they love to do, and all of a sudden some people are ...
Health alert: One-third of coronavirus cases in Sacramento County are connected to churches Religion
Post Date: 2020-04-05 08:04:04 by Gatlin
Health alert: One-third of coronavirus cases in Sacramento County are connected to churches Nearly a third of Sacramento Countys coronavirus cases are connected to churches, officials said Wednesday, a discovery this week that has prompted alarmed county officials to issue a special plea for congregations to stop holding services and prayer groups. County health chief Dr. Peter Beilenson said his office is asking congregations to hold services and fellowship meetings via Zoom, Skype or some other virtual platform - but not in person. Speaking Wednesday morning, Beilenson said more than 100 of the countys 314 cases of coronavirus infections are connected to church groups. ...
Orlando lawyer for pastor who held services during coronavirus outbreak says church lost its insurance Religion
Post Date: 2020-04-05 08:01:20 by Gatlin
Orlando lawyer for pastor who held services during coronavirus outbreak says church lost its insurance On Wednesday, Rodney Howard-Browne, the head pastor at the River at Tampa Bay Church, who was arrested for holding services during the coronavirus pandemic, said he will not open his megachurch this weekend over fear of his congregations safety and to protect them from government tyranny." However, his lawyer is now saying he also lost his insurance. Speaking in a Facebook Live video Thursday, Howard-Brownes lawyer, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, admitted that the arrest of his client earlier this week by Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister caused ...
Pastor tests positive for COVID-19
Post Date: 2020-04-05 07:57:17 by Gatlin
Lynchburg pastor tests positive for COVID-19 Pastor Jonathan Falwell made the announcement on Facebook Saturday. According to Falwells post, Billingsley has mild symptoms and hes getting better daily. Pray for Charles, his wife Shae and their boys, Caleb and Cooper during this time. Charles, and all of us, will be back on stage really soon at Thomas Road Baptist Church! Falwell wrote.
71 infected with coronavirus at Sacramento church. Congregation tells county ‘leave us alone’
Post Date: 2020-04-05 01:53:42 by Gatlin
71 infected with coronavirus at Sacramento church. Congregation tells county leave us alone One church in Sacramento County is now the epicenter of a major outbreak of coronavirus, and frustrated county officials say church leaders are refusing to listen to their demands to stop fellowship meetings. Seventy-one members of the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church near Rancho Cordova or people associated with congregation members have been afflicted with the virus, county officials say, making this one of the larger outbreak clusters in the country. One parishioner has died, officials said, and the pastor is sick. Beilenson said the church has stopped its weekly main services, ...
Coronavirus spread puts religion in a tight spot
Post Date: 2020-04-05 00:53:06 by Gatlin
Coronavirus spread puts religion in a tight spot The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is due to change the current world order. Besides the economic implications, many social agents and institutions are adversely affected by this viral phenomenon. The global extent of the disruptions in educational institutions, religious practices, the entertainment industry, including the media, have been totally unprecedented. The lack of predictability around this virus aggravates anxiety eliciting extreme measures, and some panic too. In any case, it has emerged that the defeat of Covid-19 requires concerted efforts led by the civil administrators. The initial response of religions to the ...
1 Churches adjusting to online Holy Week observances
Post Date: 2020-04-04 17:34:56 by Gatlin
Churches adjusting to online Holy Week observances Palm Sunday is arriving for Catholics and Protestants. But the sixth Sunday of Lent on the ancient liturgical calendar is also the third Sunday of coronavirus shutdowns. So itll be anything but a typical Palm Sunday, when church members would be singing triumphant hymns like All Glory, Laud and Honor while children, choristers and sometimes even entire congregations march in procession, waving palm branches to commemorate the gospel story of Jesus final entrance into Jerusalem. But with most churches now getting used to the concept of livestreamed worship, theyre now turning their attention to how to ...
Analysis: It’s still religion even if you’re not congregating in person
Post Date: 2020-04-04 16:53:37 by Gatlin
Its still religion even if youre not congregating in person Billy Sunday was a big-time evangelist and a former professional baseball player at the turn of the last century. He was a major figure in American life who, during the peak of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, insisted on continuing his large religious and temperance revivals in Providence, Rhode Island. One report said 10,000 people grasped his hands. That was ill advised, whatever your religious beliefs. Putting large numbers of people close together during a pandemic for any reason religious, cultural, economic is an invitation for a disease to do its worst. And it did. At one gathering during ...
This Too Shall Pass
Post Date: 2020-04-04 10:07:01 by Gatlin
This Too Shall Pass Sometimes, when were going through a difficult season, we dont think we can make it through. But God promises us in His Word that He will never allow more to come on us than we can bear as we rely on Him (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). Second Corinthians 2:9 says that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. This means when we go through hard times, God wants to show Himself strong through us. In our family, when difficult things are happening, we like to say, This too shall pass. Its an important reminder that it wont last forever. The truth is, getting upset about our problems never changes them. However, Ive learned ...
Controlling Your Future – Determining Your Destiny – Inspirational Bible Verses
Post Date: 2020-04-04 09:56:33 by Gatlin
Controlling Your Future Determining Your Destiny Inspirational Bible Verses Do not let the things that do not control your future, determine your destiny. It seems that we all have the perfect plan until something bad happens. Life moves swiftly, and as the older I get it seems to move at warp speed. It seems like only yesterday that my first child was born. The year was 1980 and the events of that year seem like only a moment away in time. 1980 ushered away the presidency of Jimmy Carter as the Reagan administration was elected into office. In 1980 CNN (Cable News Network) was launched, and John Lennon was murdered outside his home in New ...
The Psychology of Hate
Post Date: 2020-04-04 03:40:18 by Gatlin
The Psychology of HateWhy do we hate It is time to sound the alarm We are experiencing an increasing level of hate in our society. Hate fuels the cancerous divisiveness and polarization which now infect virtually every part of our lives. This culture of hatred will have serious effects on both our national and individual emotional, psychological, and physical health. We cannot be a strong and healthy nation if we consider hate an acceptable aspect of our daily life. Hatred has the destructive power to permanently damage the nations emotional psyche and core values. History tells us how hate can be exploited to lead an entire nation to commit unspeakable crimes against a ...
Our Views: Tony Spell is a minister who's a threat to life and should be locked up
Post Date: 2020-04-02 17:16:21 by Gatlin
Our Views: Tony Spell is a minister who's a threat to life and should be locked up Were hearing two views as the death toll for coronavirus mounts. One is that of an irresponsible minister, Tony Spell of Central in suburban Baton Rouge. "This is an attack on religion. This an attack on our constitutional rights. We have a constitutional right to assemble and to gather and there are no laws that I am breaking," he said Tuesday, before leading another service putting the lives of all attending at risk. Heres a more sensible Christian view. If I thought this was an attack on religious freedom, Id be right there with him, says Tony Perkins. ...
How to Worship Without Going to Church
Post Date: 2020-04-02 11:13:56 by Gatlin
How to Worship Without Going to Church Here are five ways you can use to make sure worship remains an integral part of your life when lifes demands get in the way. Sometimes a busy work schedule or increased responsibilities can interfere with traditional worship times. Of course, this doesnt mean that you cant participate in worship. You just need to be a little more creative in working worship time into your life, but it can be done. Here are five ways you can use to make sure worship remains an integral part of your life when lifes demands get in the way: Attend an Online Worship Service There are several churches that make services available online for ...
Close the Churches
Post Date: 2020-04-02 05:43:50 by Gatlin
What is a church to do in the time of the coronavirus pandemic? For many religious traditions, gathering for worship is not just a friendly suggestion. Some Jewish practices require groups of 10. Muslims consider Fridays congregational prayer one of their most important. Catholics celebrate the Eucharist together during Mass. As the German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in 1930, A Christian who stays away from the assembly is a contradiction in terms. And yet, for the time being at least, mass gatherings are fueling a public- health crisis, and many state and local authorities are banning gatherings of 50 or more people. Can the government, in a country ...
PastorDies Of Coronavirus He Had Questioned
Post Date: 2020-04-02 00:10:45 by Gatlin
VA Pastor, Musician Dies From Coronavirus He Had Questioned A 66-year-old Virginia musician and pastor who had questioned coronavirus media coverage died from the disease after a trip to New Orleans. A 66-year-old Virginia resident who fell ill with the new coronavirus, or COVID- 19, on a trip to New Orleans died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Concord, North Carolina. The death of Landon Spradlin, an accomplished musician and a pastor, has drawn viral attention online, in part because earlier this month Spradlin questioned whether media coverage of the disease was overblown. Spradlin lived in Gretna, a small town in Pittsylvania County, about halfway between Lynchburg and Danville. ...
Blind Faith Meets Coronavirus Science In Potentially Deadly Clash
Post Date: 2020-04-01 20:13:51 by Gatlin
Blind Faith Meets Coronavirus Science In Potentially Deadly Clash As public health officials preach social distancing to slow the new coronavirus, some church leaders are relying on dangerous faith. Many religious leaders have put their sermons online as the new coronavirus spreads, but defying social distancing guidelines, some pastors are encouraging congregants to continue greeting one another as they always have, with hugs and handshakes. (Shutterstock / kaninw) Going to church is an important part of many Americans' lives a great source of hope, inspiration and faith. It's especially so during this season of Easter, the holiest of Christian holidays. Church ...
The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals
Post Date: 2020-03-27 18:35:30 by Willie Green
Trumps response to the pandemic has been haunted by the science denialism of his ultraconservative religious allies. Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown. At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as theories of unbelief, hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States. Today, the hard core of climate deniers is concentrated among people who ...
United Methodist Church announces proposal to split over LGBTQ rights
Post Date: 2020-01-04 13:58:38 by Deckard
Leaders from the United Methodist Church reportedly announced a tentative plan Friday to split the church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.The new conservative Traditionalist Methodist denomination wouldnt allow gay marriage or gay clergy members, The New York Times reported.The proposal was first signed in December after the fundamental differences within the church became irreconcilable.Im actually really sad that we couldnt build a bridge that could have provided a witness to the world of what unity amid diversity and disagreement could look like, Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto, the ...
Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes
Post Date: 2019-12-20 17:22:13 by Deckard
Image by 1778011 from Pixabay After harassing the Amish community for years regarding its water supply and disposal, the county health department posted signs on the Amish families homes earlier this year condemning them as unfit for human habitation and filed lawsuits against 14 Amish families in November. If successful, the lawsuits would result in the demolition of the Amish families homes and would effectively banish an entire religious community from Lenawee County. The ACLU and Wright & Schulte filed answers to those lawsuits Wednesday in Lenawee County Circuit Court, which include counterclaims against the county for religious discrimination in violation ...
Early Christian Philosophy and Aristotle
Post Date: 2019-12-11 06:09:35 by Deckard
About 1000 years before Aquinas, Christians had an encounter with Aristotle. It is an interesting bit of history. The Christians as the Romans Saw Them, Robert L. Wilken Galen was a second century writer, studied in philosophy and medicine. He was a native of Pergamum, located in western Asia Minor near the Aegean Sea. Pergamum had a library second only to that in Alexandria; it was a wealthy city. Galen would arrive in Rome at the time when the Christian community was still not very large, yet it was one of the more significant Christian communities of the time. Several of the most prominent Christian intellectuals and apologists were in Rome, including Justin ...
Pope Francis Declares That Christian Fundamentalists Are “A Scourge”
Post Date: 2019-12-10 02:27:02 by Deckard
This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. Why does it seem like virtually everyone wants to attack Christian fundamentalists these days? Two weeks ago, Pope Francis made some extremely controversial remarks, but those remarks really didnt get much attention from the mainstream media. Of course, if the Pope had targeted the LGBTQ community or some other favored group, it would have instantly made headlines all over the globe. But he didnt. Instead, Pope Francis specifically attacked fundamentalists, and in todays world that is considered to be perfectly okay. The following comes from the official ...
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Post Date: 2019-12-02 13:00:33 by redleghunter
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Kanye West performs at Harris County jails
Post Date: 2019-11-17 01:10:37 by Deckard
Poster Comment:Matthew 25:34-40 King James Version (KJV) 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee ...
Luthern Church Holds Drag Queen Story Hour for Children
Post Date: 2019-10-29 21:01:48 by Hondo68
If you havent been following, the Drag Queen Story Hour is a phenomenon that has been plaguing sane society in public libraries for several years now. The sick mentality of those who crossdress and demand access to young children, however, isnt limited to public libraries. In New York, one Lutheran Church even participated. A drag queen who goes by the name Reverend Yolanda (how fitting?) is seen here dancing and dressing provocatively in Park Church Co-Op in Brooklyn, NY. And how fitting that there is a dead Jesus in the background? < /> If you were to die today, where would you go? Heaven? Hell? Not sure?
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