Energy Up: The Week’s Finest Reads
1. Some say COVID-19 vaccine is the ‘mark of the beast.’ Is there a connection to the Bible?: This isn’t a brand new query (I addressed it in a story back in January), however it’s a lingering one.
Scott Gleeson and Asha C. Gilbert of USA At present supply useful perception from educational, theological and medical sources.
2. Gary Chapman doesn’t know he’s famous: Christianity At present’s Kara Bettis profiles the best-selling creator of “The 5 Love Languages.”
Spoiler alert: Oprah Winfrey makes a cameo look up excessive.
3. Bingo is back — with bouncers: “The pandemic compelled many churches to close for greater than a yr. Now pastors have reopened their doors for providers — and are additionally seeing pent-up demand for in-person bingo,” explains this front-page characteristic by the Wall Road Journal’s Kevin Armstrong.
You learn that proper. Bingo.
“In some spots, safety guards and good Samaritans wrestle to maintain peace on the door,” the Journal notes.
BONUS: Lately, it’s more durable to learn Peggy Fletcher Stack’s excellent faith reporting for the Salt Lake Tribune as a result of it’s hidden behind a paywall. That’s nice for funding journalism (and I help the strategy), however it’s unhealthy for readers exterior Salt Lake Metropolis who can’t afford to pay for each newspaper within the nation.
Nonetheless, if in case you have entry to an area library database, you may try Stack’s in-depth protection asking, “Is the LDS Church losing its identity?” Additionally an attention-grabbing learn: “If porn isn’t an addiction, how can Latter-day Saints kick the habit?” by Stack’s colleague Kaitlyn Bancroft.
CONTINUE READING: “SBC Executive Committee’s Handling Of Sex Abuse Probe Draws Criticism, Outrage,” bu Bobby Ross, Jr., at Faith Unplugged.