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India COVID-19 surge prompts Southern Baptists to prayer, action

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – It’s been 12 years since Rebekah Naylor returned to the United States after decades of work at Bangalore Baptist Hospital. But she still uses personal pronouns like “we” in referring to the efforts of medical staff there battling a horrific COVID-19 surge that is killing more than 3,000 per day.

FIRST-PERSON: After the ‘three-year pandemic’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – The stories we hear right now are anecdotal – churches here and there witnessing something of a revival after months of closure and privation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some pundits warned that it may take years for all the regulars to return to church services, if they ever do. But more recent polls show people are growing eager to return to the normal things in life, including church attendance.

Indian hospitals under strain as COVID surges

NEW DELHI (AP) – With Indian hospitals struggling to secure a steady supply of oxygen, and more COVID-19 patients dying amid the shortages, a court in New Delhi said it would start punishing government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items.

Worship encouraged as reply to division over COVID vaccine

WHEATON, Ill. (BP) – Evangelical Christians’ response to division in the church regarding the COVID-19 vaccine should primarily be to worship God, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said Tuesday (April 27) in an online conversation.

Senior adults persevere through life and ministry as COVID-19 pandemic subsides

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) – Johnson Ferry Baptist Church senior adult ministry leader Peggy Fulghum describes resilience in facing life's ongoing challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas church serves as vaccine location for local church childcare workers

BRYAN, Texas (BP) – More than 200 local church staff and volunteers received the COVID-19 vaccine on-site at Central Church last month.

FROM THE STATES: Pastors prepare for Tulsa Race Massacre centennial; Kentucky church takes whack at COVID

Pastors prepare for Tulsa Race Massacre centennial; Kentucky church offers chance to take a whack at COVID.

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a "pause" in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccine campaign.

SBC leaders praise high court ruling on at-home meetings

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders and other religious liberty advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision supporting the free exercise of religion in the face of government restrictions related to COVID-19.

Texas church experiences continued revival through revamped online ministry

McALLEN, Texas (BP) – Instead of being slowed down by limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, BT.Church in Texas instead experienced an increased revival in part due to a revamping of its online ministry.