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Roundup: Malibu message, hope after fire, unlikely church plant, extreme hospitality and more

Editor’s weekly roundup: Aug. 2, 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

MALIBU, Calif. — Today is a big day.

It’s my grandson Bennett’s first birthday.

I’m in Southern California (after being in Oregon earlier in the week) working on a few stories and enjoying a bit of recreation. At Westward Beach at Zuma, my creative wife, Tamie, made Bennett a birthday card in the sand.


From our pages

After a fire, hope still lives at this Oklahoma church: This is the first of three stories by talented new Christian Chronicle freelance correspondents that I want to share. Veteran journalist Brandi Ball did such an amazing job capturing the heart and emotion of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla., after a devastating fire.


A post-pew congregation: Does Searcy, Ark. — in the heart of Church of Christ country — sound like a strange place to plant a new church? Kaleb Turner, a recent graduate of Harding University, explains how this one is reaching a younger generation.

Aging, declining church chooses hospitality: A non-Sunday school Church of Christ in West Texas welcomes two other groups to use its building. Cheryl Mann Bacon, retired chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Abilene Christian University, explains how three very different congregations came to share the same building.

Recommended link

This journalist got a big scoop, only to watch Fox News steal his reporting — and his traffic: Kelly McBride, a leading media ethics expert who serves as senior vice president for the Poynter Institute, wrote about a recent case involving the Chronicle. Her article has gone pretty viral in the world of journalism, with everyone from the Society of Professional Journalists to Editor & Publisher magazine sharing it.

More religion news

This is no joke: Religion News Service reports on a feud between the Babylon Bee and Snopes. As I note in a post for GetReligion, the skirmish pits “Your Trusted Site for Christian News Satire” against “the internet’s definitive #factchecking source.”

Americans’ cup of religious knowledge appears to be half empty: GetReligion’s Richard Ostling analyzes a new survey of Americans’ factual knowledge about religions conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Finally, some exciting news from Jerry Mitchell

I can’t wait to read this memoir by Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning investigative reporter and longtime member of the Skyway Hills Church of Christ in Pearl, Miss.

Filed under: Abilene Inside Story Jerry Mitchell Malibu millennials National Poynter Institute Searcy

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