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Roundup: #RNA2019, ‘churchianity,’ Dan Coker death, social media evangelism and more


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

LAS VEGAS — Sometimes, you come to a proverbial fork in the road.

That happened to me Thursday.

I’m in Sin City for one of these conferences. Trying to remember which one. #RNA2019

Posted by Bobby Ross Jr. on Thursday, September 19, 2019

Eventually, I decided to forgo the line-dancing event and head to the Religion News Association’s annual conference. The meeting, which you can follow live via Twitter hashtag #RNA2019, continues through Saturday.

On Thursday, elder and minister J.B. Myers of the Bright Angel Church of Christ in Las Vegas was part of a diverse panel dubbed “Saving Souls in Sin City: The Secret Life of Ministry in the Party City.”

The panelists delved into questions such as the morality of gambling. I certainly enjoyed the session. Look for a column from me on the discussion soon.

From our pages

‘Churchianity’ vs. Christianity: The New Day Conference, hosted last week by the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tenn., explored discipleship in “post-Christian” America. I wrote a column about it.

‘Dean of Latin American’ missions Dan Coker dies at 82: The longtime missionary and cultural anthropologist helped U.S. Christians understand the people of Central and South America.

Recommended links

Oklahoma Christian opens lab, simulation center: The new, 7,000-square-foot facility is called the Dave and Shirlie Ellis Clinical Skills Lab and Simulation Center, the Journal Record reports.

Churches of Christ Disaster Response team delivers aid to Outer Banks: The team, based in Dayton, Ohio, delivered generators and cleaning supplies on Wednesday, WDTN reports.

More religion news

God’s conversion rate: “Churches are using targeted ads on social media to convert and recruit,” Slate reports.

Finally, one more tweet from #RNA2019

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