Latest Articles: Religion
With churches closed, more people are turning to prayer amid coronavirus uncertainty
Post Date: 2020-04-07 03:21:12 by Gatlin
With churches closed, more people are turning to prayer amid coronavirus uncertainty On a typical Sunday, nearly 1,000 parishioners show up to one of four Masses held at St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge. But now that church services have moved online due to the coronavirus crisis, the number of worshipers has grown. Last Sunday, more than 1,300 people tuned in to the Rev. Michael Sheehan's virtual service. Other houses of worship around North Jersey are also reporting higher numbers at online prayer services and classes. Father Sheehan isn't surprised. "When you come up against the true fragility of life and it hits us in the face, we have to look for places ...
PASTOR KENNETH COPELAND I'LL BLOW THIS STINKIN' VIRUS AWAY!!!
Post Date: 2020-04-07 03:11:21 by Gatlin
PASTOR KENNETH COPELAND I'LL BLOW THIS STINKIN' VIRUS AWAY!!! Well, this is frightening ... a Texas pastor is selling a new cure for the virus ... just blow it away. Check out this video from Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who sermonized to his congregation Thursday that with a little wind and heat, he could take the wind out of the sails of the deadly virus. Copeland, who heads up the Copeland Ministries out of Fort Worth, has been in the biz for 52 years, but this sermon has gotta take the cake. He has promised his congregants that the virus would end soon. Let's hope Trump doesn't hear about the Pastor's "cure."
SoCal megachurch pastor tells worshipers to stay home
Post Date: 2020-04-07 02:59:03 by Gatlin
SoCal megachurch pastor tells worshipers to stay home Amid stories that several megachurch pastors in recent weeks have defied calls to cancel gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump tweeted this weekend that he would be tuning in Sunday to listen to Greg Laurie, a Southern California megachurch pastor, online. And so, from his empty Riverside campus at Harvest Christian Fellowship, a church of 15,000 people that would normally be bustling Sunday morning, Laurie filmed a greeting for a very special guest to our service today. Thank you for talking about the importance of the church in your press conferences, Laurie said to ...
New Jersey church sparks movement after sending care package to member with coronavirus
Post Date: 2020-04-07 02:52:11 by Gatlin
Church sparks movement after sending care package to member with coronavirus Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. A New Jersey church sparked a nationwide movement after shipping one of its members who tested positive for the coronavirus a care package. Chris Morante, the pastor of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains, told "Fox & Friends First" how he started "Boxes of Hope," which nationwide is through GetBoxesOfHope.com. "We've always been committed to reaching our neighbors," Morante said. "We always say our mission field is across the street and around the world, so we began to ...
Mayor issues statement after EBR sees spike in COVID-19 cases
Post Date: 2020-04-06 16:02:25 by Gatlin
Mayor issues statement after EBR sees spike in COVID-19 cases BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish saw a nearly 60% increase in COVID-19 from Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 4. The cases jumped from 389 to 621 in that 24-hour period. Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome released a statement Saturday afternoon about the cause of the spike in numbers and about hospital bed availability. As I have been reporting, we expect to see an increase of COVID-19 cases in East Baton Rouge Parish. Please keep in mind, a large increase of confirmed cases can be attributed to a logjam of lab results being reported to the Louisiana Department of Health. The more important indicator ...
Newborn baby dies in Baton Rouge after coronavirus-positive mom went into premature labor
Post Date: 2020-04-06 15:56:24 by Gatlin
Newborn baby dies in Baton Rouge after Coronavirus positive mom went into premature labor The newborn baby girl who died from coronavirus Monday morning at a Baton Rouge hospital was born prematurely because her mother's body went into preterm labor while trying to fight off the disease, the parish coroner said during a press conference. The child was born more than three months early, after 22 weeks gestation, officials said. Her mother remains hospitalized on a ventilator. East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said death investigators attributed the child's death to coronavirus because her mother likely wouldn't have gone into premature labor if she hadn't been ...
Foolishness isn't faith
Post Date: 2020-04-06 15:47:01 by Gatlin
Foolishness isn't faith In times of crisis and fear, many Americans rightly turn to their faith. But what happens when faith leaders put their followers in peril by insisting the only way to properly worship is to gather in large groups that risk spreading the deadly coronavirus? Officials in Florida have taken the drastic step of filing charges against a pastor who defied that states stay-home order, calling on congregants to attend Sunday services at his megachurch. The Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne presided over several services with several hundred parishioners at the River Church. The pastor has blasted stay-home orders as anti-Christian and an infringement on freedom of ...
Tony Spell is an attention-seeking fool. That's not what a pastor should be.
Post Date: 2020-04-06 15:33:28 by Gatlin
Tony Spell is an attention-seeking fool. That's not what a pastor should be. Were at war, all of us, collectively, with a highly contagious, invisible, and deadly enemy. Most are sacrificing, some more than others, doing whats right, focused on lowering coronavirus-related deaths. Tony Spells fighting another battle. The pastor of Life Tabernacle in Central continues to bus in hundreds from surrounding parishes. Hes been charged by prosecutors for doing so. And yet on Tuesday, after those charges were filed, Spell once again filled his church with people. On the very day Louisiana had its highest number of coronavirus deaths to date, Spell turned his ...
Texas pastors demand a “religious liberty” exemption to coronavirus stay-at-home orders
Post Date: 2020-04-05 19:29:43 by Gatlin
Texas pastors demand a religious liberty exemption to coronavirus stay-at-home orders Last week, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who oversees the area of Texas that includes Houston, issued an order requiring all individuals currently living within Harris County ... to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities (in Texas, the title county judge refers to the chief executive of a county government). Like many similar orders handed down by state and local officials throughout the United States, which are intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Hidalgos order closes most businesses within the county and ...
Virus hot spots in South poised for disproportionate suffering
Post Date: 2020-04-05 17:17:40 by Gatlin
Virus hot spots in South poised for disproportionate suffering With equipment shortages coast to coast, local officials are left begging residents to stay indoors. St. John the Baptist Parish, just southeast of Baton Rouge, La., has a population of just over 43,000 and the highest per capita coronavirus mortality rate in the nation. Frantic local officials instituted an overnight curfew just this week and are begging residents to stay home. But in largely rural Southern states like Louisiana where social distancing has been spotty, widespread testing is unavailable and hospitals are poorer and farther apart the response may be coming too late to avoid a public ...
South Korean church holds 'drive-in' services – video
Post Date: 2020-04-05 16:49:45 by Gatlin
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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 ...
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