Bobby Ross Jr. is an author at Religion News Service.
Weekend Plug-in: May 22, 2020
Editor’s note: “Weekend Plug-in,” featuring analysis, insights and top headlines from the world of faith, is produced by Religion Unplugged. (RNS) — Culture wars, meet the coronavirus. In the nation’s latest religious freedom battle, church leaders in numerous states — from New York to Oregon — are clashing with governors over how and when to resume in-person gatherings. […]
Weekend Plug-in: May 15, 2020
Editor’s note: “Weekend Plug-in,” featuring analysis, insights and top headlines from the world of faith, is produced by Religion Unplugged. Like so many of her devoted readers, I miss the stellar journalism of Rachel Zoll, longtime national religion writer for The Associated Press. But I have positive news to report about Zoll, who was diagnosed with brain cancer […]
Texas church grieves, prays, sings after deadly shooting
WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (RNS) — ‘There is evil in this world, and evil took two of my dear friends yesterday,’ minister Britt Farmer told congregants Monday. ‘Not a bullet from a gun — evil. Not ideology — evil.’
‘Divine collision’ shaped the life of Jim Gash, Pepperdine’s new president
MALIBU, Calif. (RNS) — Jim Gash, who was recently named president of Pepperdine University, says a friendship he made with a young Ugandan man falsely accused of murder changed the course of his life.
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary
(The Christian Chronicle) — Five years after contracting Ebola while fighting the epidemic in Liberia, the doctor is heading to Zambia.
At 87, ‘disaster deacon’ opens his heart — and church — to flooding victims
TULSA, Okla. (The Christian Chronicle) — Across the Midwest, 28 Red Cross and community shelters in five states have tended to the victims of flooding, tornados and other natural disasters. Many of those shelters are at houses of worship.