Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/20/2020

  • Francis Collins wins Templeton
  • Reopening churches & COVID
  • Christian TV in Israel
  • College nightmare in fall
  • Ravi Zacharias dies
  • Rural hospitals are dying

NIH chief Francis Collins wins Templeton Prize
Religion News Service: Francis Collins, world-renowned geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health, is the 2020 recipient of the Templeton Prize.

The pastor of a northern California church that held a Mother's Day livestream service has tested positive for coronavirus
CNN: The pastor of a northern California church has been diagnosed with the coronavirus after holding a Mother's Day livestream service with singing.
Washington Post: Two churches reclose after faith leaders and congregants get coronavirus*

‘GOD TV’ spat exposes tensions between Israel, evangelicals
Associated Press: An evangelical broadcaster who boasted of miraculously securing a TV license in Israel now risks being taken off the air over suspicions of trying to convert Jews to Christianity.

The nightmare that colleges face this fall*
The Atlantic: University presidents are scrambling for answers on everything from on-campus housing to revenue-generating sports.

Ravi Zacharias, popular evangelical defender of the Christian faith, dies at 74
Washington Post: Ravi Zacharias, an Indian-born preacher who rose to prominence in a predominantly white evangelical subculture and who wrote popular books and lectured widely at colleges to make an intellectual defense of the Christian faith, died May 19 at his home in Atlanta.

The Spark

America’s small rural hospitals are dying
For the ones that survive Covid-19, another gut punch awaits: Trump’s tax law, GEN magazine says.

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