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Without the power of ‘collective effervescence,’ can megachurches (and Donald Trump) survive the pandemic? – Baptist News Global

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There he stood, the most powerful person on the face of the earth, fumbling awkwardly with a Bible he had never seen before. The sign behind him announced that all were welcome to share in “Services Online.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic became serious business in mid-March, few houses…