How Early Christians Handled Their ‘COVID-19’

Those in the early church faced two life-threatening epidemics within its first 200 years. Today, most of us sit confined in our homes, unsure of how widespread the COVID-19 virus is in our community, our country, or the world. I frequently open the app counting the global statistics and try to understand what life is like in places where the virus is creating unimaginable havoc. Some have sarcastically dismissed the virus as being a political foil. Now such silliness is sobered by reality.... Read More

Here comes another cruise ship with coronavirus … but it’s not ready to dock in Fort Lauderdale

They include Celebrity Infinity, where a crew member recently died, and Oasis of the Seas, from which two crew members were airlifted, according to the Miami Herald. Neither ship has passengers, but crew members remain on board. Infinity is anchored west of Tampa while Oasis of the Seas was last tracked heading south toward the Florida Strait, according to MarineTraffic.com, a vessel tracking website. ... Read More

Here comes another cruise ship with coronavirus … but this one won’t dock in Fort Lauderdale yet

They include Celebrity Infinity, where a crew member recently died, and Oasis of the Seas, from which two crew members were airlifted, according to the Miami Herald. Neither ship has passengers, but crew members remain on board. Infinity is anchored west of Tampa while Oasis of the Seas was last tracked heading south toward the Florida Strait, according to MarineTraffic.com, a vessel tracking website. ... Read More

Joy Comes In The Morning

Joy invades the most sorrowful spaces. It reminds us that beauty and goodness and life can grow even in the most unpromising soil. Today’s musical pairing is Saint-Saëns’ The Swan performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott. Note that all the songs for this series have been gathered into a Spotify playlist here. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”James 1:16–17 (ESV) “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that... Read More

5-minute coronavirus test becomes available Monday in South Florida

In a photo provided by Environmental Protection Agency, an employee at Abbott Laboratories performs a COVID-19 test at the company’s headquarters near Chicago on March 28, 2020. The test has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Across the country, companies see a chance to cash in, do some good for the country or both, making virus outbreak response one of the few thriving sectors of the economy.(Environmental Protection Agency via The New York... Read More

Medical volunteers will be needed for coronavirus pandemic. Here’s why some will risk their lives to help.

Moya is one of more than 70 volunteers who have signed up so far for the Broward County Medical Response Unit. Among the respondents are physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and physician’s assistants, according to Broward County Medical Association CEO Cynthia Peterson. The volunteers vary in age as well, with some being medical students and some coming out of retirement to help. While the bulk come from the tri-county area, Peterson said one volunteer is flying down from Alberta,... Read More