Coronavirus

Note

“Coronavirus” is actually a category of viruses, sort of like “Poodle” is a category of dogs. The virus popularly known as “coronavirus” is more precisely known as SARS-CoV-2 (though also referred to as 2019-ncov, for “2019 Novel Coronavirus”) and is in the coronavirus family. One of the best sources of information on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The interactive data map from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (verified safe link) is also a great source of visualized data, close to “real time.”

Probably the best COVID-19 information in Canada.

Keep an eye out as well for Coronavirus Scams.

 

For related posts at SharperIron, see also COVID-19.


 

LifeWay research: “87 percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say their church met in person in September”

"A majority of African American Protestant pastors (60 percent) say their congregations did not meet in person last month. Mainline pastors (31 percent) are more likely than evangelical pastors (7 percent) to say they did not physically gather in September." - BPNews

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Why postcards and how have they become newly useful?

"...during this time when people were isolated and I couldn’t call them all, I remembered postcards.... I was amazed at the response—people I hadn’t heard from personally in a long time contacted me and I was especially happy to hear back from younger friends more thanking me for them and telling me how encouraging they were." - C.Leaders

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Pandemic hits Seventh-day Adventist Church with estimated $26M decline in tithes, offerings

"According to reports received from division treasurers, the decrease in tithe income could be estimated as low as 5 percent and as high as 25 percent in some places, and the decrease in mission offerings as low as 10 percent and as high as 40 percent." - C.Post

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Religious Groups Sue New York State over New COVID Restrictions on Worship

In response to new COVID outbreak clusters, the state "has decided to limit capacity of houses of worship within the clusters to ten people, and to entirely ban mass gatherings in the cluster areas. The two separate lawsuits against the restrictions were brought by Agudath Israel, an organization representing Orthodox Jews, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn." - N.Review

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Northern California: Bethel Church Responds After Large Outbreak Of Covid-19

"Officials have stated that 123 of the Covid-19 cases reported in Shasta County in the past fortnight are linked to Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry, Bethel’s Bible college, which sees students from all over the world move to the isolated town to study under Bethel’s ministry." - MCD

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Church vs. Public Health Orders: Objections & Options

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

When governments place burdensome regulations on churches, what are their options?

I’ve argued that when these regulations are plausibly unconstitutional, or seriously hinder a church’s ability to function as a church—but don’t require disobedience to God—defiance is not the New Testament response. Rather, following the example of Paul’s use of the Roman legal system in his defense, a better option is to obey the authorities God has ordained but to also seek relief through legal means. For convenience, I’ve termed this strategy “comply and resist.”

I’m personally aware of four responses various congregations have chosen:

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