Thursday's News & Ideas - 3/12/2020
- Mainline fears COVID-19
- UMC budget cuts
- When COVID-19 reaches church
- Dead Sea Scrolls content
- Climate change skepticism
- Scary mom stories
Why mainline Protestants might fear COVID-19 the most
Religion News Service: The disease takes the life of nearly 15% of the people that it infects over the age of 80.
Potential split leads to deep budget cuts
United Methodist News Service: Faced with the possible departure of multiple churches, United Methodist leaders are preparing the smallest denominational budget in more than 30 years.
7 lessons from Singapore’s churches for when the coronavirus reaches yours
Christianity Today: Advice on how your congregation can survive -- and thrive -- and amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Besides biblical texts, what else is written in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Deseret News: The Dead Sea Scrolls also contain sectarian literature, written and treasured by the groups near the Qumran settlement, where the scrolls were found
The gospel of climate change skepticism
Religion & Politics: Explanations for the skepticism of conservative evangelicals toward climate change are varied, but one popular theory suggests that end-times theology has primed evangelicals for apathy.
The internet makes motherhood seem miserable. What if it isn’t?
“Scary mom stories* filled me with dread,” Kate Shellnutt writes at The New York Times. “I wish I’d known how delightful I would find having a child.”
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