Editor’s weekly roundup: July 12, 2019
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In the meantime, this will be a more concise weekly roundup than usual.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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