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Editor’s weekly roundup: June 14, 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

It turns out those experts in Israel were on to something.

As Christian Chronicle readers may recall, I traveled to the Middle East earlier this year through the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange.

The wall separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

One issue that I highlighted in a front-page Chronicle story was the secular-religious divide in the Jewish state. I’m not sure even the experts realized, though, how big an issue that divide over Israel’s future would become so soon.

How big? Big enough to crumble Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. I explore that topic at GetReligion.

From our pages

Next mayor of Dallas puts faith in ‘good Lord above’ and voters: Eric Johnson, a member of the Mountain View Church of Christ in Dallas, was elected as the top official in the nation’s ninth-largest city. My story recounts the humble beginnings of Johnson, who grew up in the Dallas West Church of Christ — where, not coincidentally, he returned on the morning after his win in Saturday’s mayoral runoff.

Dallas Mayor-elect Eric Johnson and his wife, Nikki, at his victory party Saturday night.

The mission at home: After a dozen years as missionaries in Mexico, Sean and Jeni McClue minister in a place too often neglected by Churches of Christ — the inner city of their hometown. Erik Tryggestad traveled to Phoenix to report this compelling story.

Bridging the generational divide in the church: During the recent National Lectureship in St. Louis, I interviewed Carlus D. Page about his efforts to engage the faith of young adult Christians. “Our young adults are often neglected,” the 35-year-old minister told me.

Recommended links

Church relief teams helping in eastern Oklahoma: We’ve highlighted the “disaster deacon” at a Tulsa, Okla., congregation and reported on Christians helping after flooding in Oklahoma and Arkansas and tornadoes in Ohio. But we haven’t mentioned what’s happening in eastern Oklahoma: The Muskogee Phoenix reports that teams of volunteers from Churches of Christ are working in the small town of Fort Gibson.

Hundreds of young people learning and serving in York, Neb.: It’s “Soul Quest” week at York College, a four-year higher education institution associated with Churches of Christ. The York News-Times reports that hundreds of campers are letting their lights shine in the Nebraska community — “including washing cars, painting fire hydrants, picking up trash, doing yard work at the schools and parks, washing fire trucks and more.”

Lipscomb alums Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini serve as hosts at CMA Fest: In case you didn’t get enough country music in last week’s roundup, the Lumination Network at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., reports that former students Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini were the hosts for the CMA Fest’s biggest stage. ABC will broadcast highlights later this summer, notes the student news service.

More religion news

Her evangelical megachurch was her world. Then her daughter said she was molested by a minister: “Evangelical churches have long distanced themselves from the sexual abuse crisis that has consumed the Catholic Church,” The New York Times reports. “But a reckoning has arrived.” GetReligion’s Terry Mattingly has more on this week’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting and the denomination’s effort to fight sexual abuse.

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline: “U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church’s most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis,” The Associated Press reports.

RELATED: A perpetrator in the pews at a Church of Christ in Pennsylvania

Finally, a picture is worth …

The Christian Chronicle after Bob Burckle’s puppy got finished with it.

Apparently, not everybody is a fan of The Christian Chronicle.

Or maybe Kenji, the 8-month-old puppy of Eastern European Mission President Bob Burckle, was just having a bad day.

In any case, Burckle asked our advertising manager, Tonya Patton, if we’d send him a new copy of the latest Chronicle after Kenji tore up his. She was happy to oblige.

Kenji, an 18-pound, pure-bred Shiba Inu, really is a cute dog. Maybe if he reads a few more articles, he’ll learn to tolerate our work.

Kenji when he’s not ripping apart The Christian Chronicle.


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