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May, 2020

 

[T]he decision to require worshipers to wear masks stems from research...

Churches grapple with whether to require masks

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by Tobin Perry/Southern Baptist TEXAN HOUSTON, May 26, 2020 (BP) — Listening to the discussion surrounding the reopening of churches, Steve Bezner could see much of it revolved around a dichotomy of faith versus fear. As Bezner, pastor of Houston Northwest Church, and other church leaders studied the issue from a variety of angles, they began to see it differently. “The more that we studied them, we began to see masks as love of neighbor or pride,” Bezner said. “So we decided that we would focus on love of neighborRead More


The Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance (FVCMA) raises its voice today in support of George Floyd and condemns the police brutality that led to his death

Aurora-based clergy group issues statement on the Minneapolis situation

May 31, 2020 Statement Regarding Minneapolis Situation The Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance (FVCMA) raises its voice today in support of George Floyd and condemns the police brutality that led to his death. As Christians we believe that life is precious, that God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall have everlasting life. God instructs us to love our neighbor. The actions of the Minneapolis Police Department in denying George Floyd his constitutional right to due process and his God-given rightRead More


Updated listing... 05/03/20

Aurora churches Online/Live Streaming of Sunday worship (as of 5/29/20)

First Presbyterian Church

Listings of Aurora Churches Online/Live Streaming of Sunday Worship Service ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ First Presbyterian Church www.firstpresaurora.org/live-streaming-sermons 10:00 a.m. Warehouse Church www.warehousechurch.org/onlineworship 10:00 a.m. Flowing Forth United Methodist Church www.flowingforthumc.org recorded access on-demand (Saturday evening or Sunday morning) March 22 and 29 St. Therese of Jesus Christ Catholic Church www.facebook.com/pg/stojcc/videos/ 11:00 a.m. Diocese of Rockford (Bishop David Malloy)… new web address www.facebook.com/Diocese-of-Rockford-107823162598914 9:00 a.m. with Bishop David Malloy Diocese of Joliet (Bishop R. Daniel Conlon) www.dioceseofjoliet.org 9:00 a.m. with Bishope R. Daniel Conlon Main Baptist Church www.facebook.com/mainbaptistchurch 10:30 a.m. River Valley CommunityRead More


Saturday (May 30) at 5:30 p.m., Martin plans to join an interdenominational group of pastors in a prayer vigil...

Minneapolis pastor leads in peaceful protests after Floyd’s death

Seth Martin

by Diana Chandler MINNEAPOLIS, May 29, 2020 (BP) — Pastor W. Seth Martin sat on guard in his front room until 3 a.m. Friday in case rioters approached his home, which is located just a block from where George Floyd was detained by police and died. “I would, prayerfully, if it was outside, I would petition and seek the peace for my street,” said Martin, who is also a young husband and father. “I’m a black man who is grieving and this is closer to me as a black man.Read More


[A]n Indian-Canadian named Ravi Zacharias was beginning to see that Western culture was fast becoming a "post-Christendom" society...

Opinion: How Ravi Zacharias changed the way evangelism is done

Ravi Zacharias

by: Paul O’Donnell (Tim Keller) May 29, 2020 (RNS) — When I began my pastoral ministry in southeastern Virginia in the 1980s, that part of the United States was still very much a part of “Christendom.” Everyone in town would show up at church for baptisms, weddings, funerals and holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Even those who did not profess Christianity would come prepared for my preaching with beliefs in the existence of God, in an afterlife, and with respect, at least, for the Bible. I could simply pointRead More


We need to look at our preaching and teaching and use this as an opportunity to insert into our preaching and teaching the elements of justice and reconciliation...

Efrem Smith on the death of George Floyd and what divides white and black Christians

Efrem Smith

by: Bob Smietana May 29, 2020 (RNS) — Watching the video of George Floyd’s death broke the Rev. Efrem Smith’s heart. Again. Floyd died slowly as a police officer constricted his airway with a knee on the back of his neck. His death was another case of an unarmed black American killed during an encounter with police, following other high-profile deaths like Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Botham Jean in Texas, and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Another unarmed African American killing,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “This time in SouthRead More


Lower courts in California had previously turned down the churches' requests.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

by: Paul O’DonnellWASHINGTON, May 30, 2020 (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. The church argued that limits on how many peopleRead More


Editor's Links of Interest

George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston – Christianity Today

As a person of peace, “Big Floyd” opened up ministry opportunities in the Third Ward housing projects. Read the story at Christianity Today: George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston


A timely video commentary.

John H. Armstrong: “Doctrine Divides, Love Unites . . . Really?” (video)

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CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 27, 2020… Learn more about John H. Armstrong at XPian News… https://xpian.news/page/2/?s=armstrong&submit=Search… Visit John’s ministry… https://johnharmstrong.com/


A timely video commentary.

John H. Armstrong: “Don’t Polish Your Piety” (video)

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CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 26, 2020… Learn more about John H. Armstrong at XPian News… https://xpian.news/page/2/?s=armstrong&submit=Search… Visit John’s ministry… https://johnharmstrong.com/