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Ep. 27: Race, Remembrance, and Responding To COVID

On today’s program, the US Capitol and the state of North Carolina came up with an elegant solution to the confederate monument controversy when they replaced the statue of a white supremacist with the statue of Billy Graham.  Also on today’s program:  have you ever signed your name to a petition for a cause you believe in?  You may have just given the group permission to share your contact information with the world.  We also have the latest installment in our Generous Living series.  This week, the story of a couple whose generosity has helped reinvigorate one of Los Angeles County’s poorest towns.

Speaking of Los Angeles, we begin today with news that the city of Los Angeles has issued John MacArthur and Grace Community Church a cease-and-desist letter, threatening a $1,000 fine or arrest for continuing to hold in-person church services in defiance of state orders.

I wanted to remind everyone of the list of ministries that received Paycheck Protection Program funds.  I also want to reiterate that our position here at MinistryWatch is that there is nothing wrong with taking these funds, but organizations that did take the funds had to affirm that they actually needed them.  So the list is worth a close look.  I also want to remind everyone that with the beginning of the new month, we have also posted a list of the most popular stories for the month of July.  Again, go to MinistryWatch.com and you’ll see that list on the front page.

Starting next week, we are going to be posting a second episode each week.  Natasha and I will continue this weekly roundup of the week’s MinistryWatch news, but the extra episode will be an interview with a writer or leader of a ministry we have a reporting partnership with.  My first guest will be Paul Glader, who is the editor of Religion Unplugged, the head of the journalism program at The King’s College in New York City, and a long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Finally, I would like to remind you that there’s a quick and easy and free way to support the program, and that’s to rate us on your podcast app.   The more ratings we have, the better the podcast performs with search engines.  You can also leave a comment when you give us a rating.  I can’t respond via the app, but please know that I read all the comments and I find them encouraging and helpful.

Each week, we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Christina Darnell, Yonat Shimron, Emily McFarlan Miller, Anne Stych, Steve Rabey, John Semakula, Shawn Hendrick, and Warren Smith.

May God bless you.