CHICAGO (RNS) — Former Harvest Bible Chapel Pastor James MacDonald plans to return to the pulpit this weekend.

Or at least to a virtual pulpit.

MacDonald is set to preach Sunday (March 22) at Calvary Chapel South Bay in Gardena, California via livestream. The congregation, like many churches across the country, has moved its services online to slow the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

MacDonald’s message — the first in an eight-week series about Romans 8 titled “The Power to Change” — will mark the first time he has preached publicly since he was removed from his position as senior pastor at Harvest more than a year ago.

“Candidly, there were quite a few weeks over the last 13 or 14 months where I

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