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Are Churches A Major Source of Coronavirus Cases? – Tim Challies

The New York Times recently ran a column headlined Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases. The lede is alarming: The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities. Heres how the story begins: Weeks... Read more

Out of 3 Million U.S. Coronavirus Cases, Only 650 Are Linked to Churches

Out of 3 Million U.S. Coronavirus Cases, Only 650 Are Linked to Churches A New York Times story meant to prove churches are a major source of COVID-19 outbreak actually did just the opposite, some Christian leaders say.The story referenced cases tied to churches in Texas, Louisiana, Oregon and other states and said... Read more

‘Persecution has not been a victim of coronavirus,’ warns peer on first anniversary of Truro report

(Photo: Unsplash/TuckerGood)The House of Lords has held a symposium to mark a year since the release of the Bishop of Truro's review into persecution. The final report of the review, commissioned by former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, warned of "shocking" levels of persecution, with almost 250 million Christians living in countries where they are subject to high levels... Read more

The antidote to despair in today’s coronavirus world

(Photo: Pexels/Polina Zimmerman)During this period when some of our synagogues are making only very tentative steps to reopen, how has our Jewish community been managing? Luckily for us, alternatives are always available, and that is why, we have been meeting weekly with our rabbi and his wife on Zoom. Every Friday, we study one of... Read more

Mental illness increases as coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Depression and anxiety has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic and many people are searching for ways to curb it. David Creech, Operations Manager with Trans World Radio, works to provide online resources to help people cope with the global crisis. Theres a higher rate of suicides, there are more depressed people, especially among... Read more

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen Hindu nationalists have unleashed a wave of torment and oppression to the Body of Christ in recent weeks as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in India.According to International Christian Concern (ICC), a Christian based human rights organization, in just two... Read more

Christian Missionary Opens Up about Life in China amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Christian Missionary Opens Up about Life in China amid the Coronavirus Pandemic As China recovers from COVID-19, the lingering effects of the virus on the country and believers in China can still be felt. Recently, Christian Headlines was granted an exclusive interview with an underground missionary and resident of China to help explain... Read more

‘Snitch Police’: Virginia Asks Citizens to Report Churches, Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders

'Snitch Police': Virginia Asks Citizens to Report Churches, Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders A new Virginia Department of Health webpage that allows citizens to report churches and businesses in violation of the governors coronavirus orders has sparked pushback from lawmakers, who say its a form of police snitch government overreach that could be... Read more

Pakistan churches struggle amid locusts, coronavirus – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — Locusts munch their way across Pakistan, destroying crops and livelihoods as they go. Last week, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported swarms in nearly one-third of the country’s districts. This locust swarm is one of the biggest theyve had in more than 30 years. Because of the COVID crisis, it hasnt... Read more

Haiti plagued by coronavirus, civil unrest, pandemic fallout – Mission Network News

Haiti (MNN) — Coronavirus containment remains a serious challenge in Haiti, along with civil unrest, food insecurity, and economic crises caused by pandemic restrictions. Yet, hope remains. For Haiti With Loves burn clinic in Cap Haitian offers more than physical help to injured people. For two feuding families, its become a place of peace and... Read more

Living in times of turmoil, there is something Christians must remember

J John Sun 21 Jun 2020 8:43 BST (Photo: Unsplash/United Nations)Confined for three months within the United Kingdom I'm finding it hard to avoid a sense of national turmoil. There is the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing issues of how the government should have responded. There is the way the appalling killing of George Floyd... Read more

Asylum seekers and refugees help Salvation Army respond to coronavirus food poverty

Fadi (L) and Lina (R) have been cooking traditional Syrian food for their neighbours during the lockdown.Asylum seekers and refugees are among the volunteers assisting The Salvation Army as it responds to food poverty across the UK during the coronavirus crisis.They are part of an army of volunteers packing essential food parcels and cooking meals... Read more

White Flags in Peru: How the Church Is Caring for Coronavirus Victims

What comes to mind when you see a white flag? Most people think surrender. In Iquitos, a city of about half a million in northern Peru, it means desperation. It means the household has no more food, forcing those within the walls to set aside all shame of poverty and visibly declare their desolate condition.... Read more

As Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen, Congregations Grapple with Including Older Adults

As Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen, Congregations Grapple with Including Older Adults (RNS) Each Sunday, Larry Little and his wife, Mary, get ready for church. They dress casually, fill two tumblers with water, climb into their golf cart and drive two miles to The Grove, a grassy field next to their church.There they find a... Read more

10 Ways Satan Wants You to Respond to the Coronavirus

Pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17, NASB)I need to confess something to you. I was overwhelmed with obtaining the latest information on Coronavirus and started scrolling social media more than praying. I grabbed my phone when my alarm went off in the morning, and reading the news was the last thing I did before I went to... Read more

Government roundtable hears call to work with faith leaders on tackling coronavirus

Faith groups have played a key role in Christian Aid's Ebola response in Sierra Leone, including by distributing food to quarantined homes in the capital Freetown.(Photo: Christian Aid/A D'Unienville)Human rights minister Lord Ahmad has held a virtual roundtable with faith leaders to discuss the global impact of coronavirus on religious communities.The chief executives of faith-based... Read more

Number of people doing the Alpha Course has soared during Covid-19

The Alpha Course has seen even larger numbers of people participate during Covid-19 than prior to the lockdown.Nicky Gumbel, who transformed Alpha from a short-course for new Christians at Holy Trinity Brompton to a global evangelistic tool, admitted he was surprised by how well it was doing after being moved completely online during the pandemic. In... Read more

Oregon Churches Win Lawsuit as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease for Places of Worship

Oregon Churches Win Lawsuit as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease for Places of Worship Two Oregon churches had filed a lawsuit May 26 against Governor Katherine Browns COVID-19 restrictions on churches. Nine days later, the governor has relaxed those restrictions, and churches are planning how to reopen safely for services.The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit... Read more

New youth resource to help young people explore creativity in coronavirus world

Youthscape has released a new resource to help young people explore their creativity from a theological perspective. After months in lockdown, 'Showcase' is in part a response to the new corona world that young people are now growing up in.The book contains 27 ideas for exploring young people's creativity within a faith context and can be... Read more

Coronavirus: ‘Miracle’ mother cheats death after 77 days in ICU, testifies ‘Power of God through prayers’

Lee and medical staff at Charite hospitalA woman who made a miraculous recovery from COVID-19 after teetering on the brink of death for months in ICU thanks God and church parishioners, saying her recovery was by the power of God through their prayers.Jayoung Lee, 38, was finally wheeled to a rehabilitation center on Monday after... Read more

Over a hundred coronavirus cases in Germany linked to evangelical church service

(Photo: Unsplash/Noah Boyer)At least a hundred new coronavirus cases in Germany have been traced back to a service held at an evangelical church after the country started to ease lockdown restrictions.The cases are linked to a service held at the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Frankfurt on May 10, Hesse health minister, Kai Klose, told... Read more

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre remains closed amid coronavirus pandemic

An Orthodox Christian priest walks inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City November 3, 2017. Picture taken November 3, 2017.Reuteres/Ronen ZvulunDespite an announcement saying that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre would open again on Sunday, the historic site in Jerusalem remains closed. The landmark church, traditionally believed by Christians to be... Read more

Coronavirus: Finding Comfort in our Helplessness – TGC Africa

Today, it is no longer business as usual. The world has come to a near standstill. It is paralysed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread to pandemic proportions. The impact is so real that nations are under lockdown. Border crossings are strictly monitored because of fear that the disease will spread. Where not banned,... Read more

Many Christians are praying more during coronavirus pandemic

Pixabay/congerdesignMany Christians are praying more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, new research by Barna has found.The study found that nearly half (48%) of US Christians are praying more than usual during the pandemic, while nearly one in five (17%) say they are reading their Bible more than usual. Barna also found that non-Christians have... Read more

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus

What just happened? On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency because of the spread of a contagion called the Wuhan coronavirus. The U.S. State Department also issued a new travel advisory on Thursday night, telling U.S. citizens not to travel to China, where the current version of the virus originated.... Read more

John Piper on the Coronavirus and Christ – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Collin Hansen: How likely are you to contract the coronavirus, to die of it or at least to know someone who does? Even if you knew those odds, such knowledge would bring little... Read more

The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor

What is the coronavirus? Since the beginning of this year, we’ve been reading and hearing about a family of viruses known as coronaviruses. There are 69 species of this virus, seven of which can affect humans. The rest of the virus species are contracted by animalsmostly pigs, bats, and other small mammals. Its name comes... Read more

20 Quotes from John Piper on the Coronavirus

The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read John Pipers new book, Coronavirus and Christ(Crossway, 2020), available in multiple languages for purchase or as a free audiobook (read by Piper) or eBook download. You can alsolisten to Collin Hansen’s interview with Piper. This book is my invitation for you to join me on... Read more

Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age

Like most other pastors and church leaders in recent weeks, I’m in the throes of confusion. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has forced upon us an ecclesiological conundrum. What does it even mean to be a church in times like this? How much does it matter that we continue to gather, physically, in the midst... Read more

Avoiding Disunity amid Difficult (Coronavirus) Decisions

In early February, as we were making our initial coronavirus decisions at our church in China, it didnt take long to discover there would be many opportunities for disunity. By Gods graceand as a testimony to the gracious saints in our churchit seems weve been able to seek mutual understanding and avoid any huge divisions.... Read more