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Despite ethical questions, Moore says taking latest vaccine ‘morally right’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Christians will not act unethically if they receive a COVID-19 vaccine produced from a cell line originally derived from an abortion, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said Wednesday (March 3).

Senior adults ready to return to church, masks and all

ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) – Ninety-year-old Fred Boggs stepped into the church sanctuary for the first time in almost a year last Wednesday night (Feb. 24).

Pro-lifers decry abortion funding in COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON (BP) – Pro-life advocates decried a COVID-19 relief bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that fails to include safeguards against abortion funding that were included in previous measures to address the pandemic.

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving U.S. 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday (Feb. 27) cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Fewer churches held in-person services in January

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most churches have found a way to continue meeting despite the ongoing pandemic, but fewer met in person in January as COVID-19 cases spiked across the country.

Vaccine availability for clergy varies

NASHVILLE (BP) – As states continue with the initial rollout of vaccines for COVID-19, the availability for pastors depends on their location as well as the definition of “essential.”

Kentucky church serves as COVID vaccination site

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – Richard Gaines knew the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. To prove it, he put some skin in the game – his own.

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency

SAN DIEGO (RNS) – Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would deem religious services an essential activity during any declared state of emergency.

FIRST-PERSON: One church’s COVID-19 story

NASHVILLE (BP) – Over the past several months I have been repeatedly asked, “Are you guys (the church) meeting in person? And, how are you guys doing?” My answer is always the same. Yes, we are meeting for in-person worship. And yes, by God’s grace, we are doing remarkably well.

Pandemic division causing pastors to leave ministry, pastoral mentor says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Brian Croft jokes that masks are the new "color of the carpet argument" in churches, with similarly poor outcomes. Pastors are resigning from the stress "kind of in a way I've never really seen."