News media allowed to join lawsuit over Florida COVID data, judge rules

The current lawsuit was filed Aug. 31 by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability against the Florida Department of Health and outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees. It seeks to force the state to restart its daily COVID dashboard, halted June 5, which had included detailed information on cases and deaths, including gender, race, ethnicity and county-by-county totals. The dashboard also showed current and cumulative cases in all... Read More

CRC Clashes Over Future of Historic Chinese American Church

Once a hub for Reformed thought and a waystation for immigrants, a New York City congregation finds itself at the center of a property dispute. Queens Christian Reformed Church—one of the first Chinese American churches in the Reformed tradition established in the United States—is waiting with bated breath to find out what the future holds. Some are worried the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) is going to evict the congregation and sell the Briarwood, Queens,... Read More

What’s True About Christian Fiction

“This Present Darkness” and other bestsellers show us the history of evangelicalism—and how it could be different. Danyell didn’t like This Present Darkness. In fact, she hated it. The 1986 novel by Frank Peretti tells the story of demons invading a classic American small town until the local Christians are roused to prayer. The book was wildly popular when it came out, and after more than 30 years, it still sells about 8,000 new copies annually. There are a lot of readers... Read More

COVID-19 in Florida: Daily average of new cases drops below 10,000, hospitalizations continue decline

Florida on Monday reported 9,022 new COVID-19 cases from the weekend, bringing the daily average below 10,000 for the first time since July 21. There have been more than 3.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... Read More

Florida police dial back search for Brian Laundrie day after FBI report Gabby Petito’s body likely found

This photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (AP) ... Read More

Tropical Storm Peter and Tropical Storm Rose may be short-lived

Peter, which formed early Sunday far east of the Caribbean Sea, will continue to struggle against storm-shredding wind shear and may weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday. Before then, however, Peter’s outer bands could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain across parts of the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico through Tuesday. ... Read More

I Went to Hollywood to Make My Own Music. Now I Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord.

How a celebrity vocal coach changed her tune after encountering the truths of Scripture. From the outside, my life looked great. I was living in a trendy area in Santa Monica, California, and enjoying a fantastic job as one of the top vocal coaches in Los Angeles. With almost a decade of experience at the highest levels of the music industry, I had worked with major-label and top-40 artists, as well as hit TV shows like The Voice and Glee. Clients regularly flew in from around the... Read More

Gabby Petito disappearance: Florida police searching for Petito’s fiance, Brian Laundrie, at Sarasota nature preserve

This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP) (AP) ... Read More