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Editor’s weekly roundup: July 19, 2019

Our end-of-the-week review of important and/or simply interesting headlines from the world of religion.

Got a tip for this column? Email Editor-in-Chief Bobby Ross Jr. at [email protected].

From the editor

Today is press day for the August print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Do you receive the Chronicle in the mail? If not, please contact me. I’d love to add you to our subscriber list.

In the meantime, this will be a more concise weekly roundup than usual.


From our pages

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary: Five years after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia, the Christian doctor will serve at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Zambia. Read my interview with Brantly.

Amid Ebola outbreak in Congo, Brantly returning to Africa with ‘compassion despite fear’: Christians are called to ‘extreme love and not to self-preservation,’ Brantly tells the Chronicle. Read more of my interview with Brantly.

Agony, prayer and ‘tears of relief’: After a wreck in Haiti severely injures a mission worker, Christians band together to send him home — and to carry on his work. Erik Tryggestad reports.

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Teen who wants to become first double amputee QB in NFL is surprised with ESPY Award: Chellie Ison confirmed that Calder Hodge worships with the Spring Creek Church of Christ in Tomball, Texas.


ACU honored Ross Perot with honorary doctorate: The billionaire former presidential candidate who died July 9 was recognized at Abilene Christian University’s 77th convocation in August 1982, recalls the Abilene Reporter News.

More religion news

After Tyler Skaggs’ death, Angels in the outfield and on the pitcher’s mound: Baseball is a religion all its own, full of traditions, rituals and unexplained miracles. Anybody who ever has seen the movie “Field of Dreams” — or watched the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs finally claim World Series titles — knows that.

Poll paints bleak picture of clergy’s role in American society: Is the glass three-quarters empty or one-quarter full? That’s the question one prominent religion journalist is asking after an Associated Press story painted a somewhat negative portrait of clergy members’ role in U.S. society.

Trump’s famous ‘Two Corinthians’ gaffe makes headlines once again: Three-and-a-half years after then-candidate Donald Trump referred to “Two Corinthians” at Liberty University, the future president’s botched pronunciation (in the minds of most) of “Second Corinthians” is enjoying another 15 minutes of fame.

Finally, your chance to provide input for a story

Kaleb Turner, a freelance correspondent for the Chronicle, is looking for input for a story. Here’s more from Turner:

Hi everyone —
I am working on a story for The Christian Chronicle regarding communion, potlucks and fellowship halls through the lens of health and sanitation. I welcome any input, expertise, or contact knowledge you might be able to contribute to this story.
Here are some questions I’m looking to answer:
– Does any precedent exist for congregations to sanitize communion serving dishes and serving practices?
– Similarly, do any churches follow any guidelines in regard to their fellowship hall and potluck times?
– Why or why not do congregations follow any formal guidelines?
– Has there been any formal biological and/or social research into these topics and their risks?
– Do different states regulate these procedures differently in regard to health and sanitation?
Here are some potential sources I’m looking to find:
– Members in charge of weekly communion
– Kitchen/fellowship hall managers in larger congregations
– Registered dietitians in a CoC congregation
– Health inspectors in a CoC congregation
– Biologists in a CoC congregation
Can you offer any insight into these questions or the sources I’m looking for?
Feel free to email me with information: [email protected].
Thanks for your help!

Filed under: Congo Dr. Kent Brantly Ebola virus Haiti Inside Story International National

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