THE STATE OF HUMAN AFFAIRS

Augustine's Critique of the Roman Empire

This year’s election cycle promises to reveal more and more of the sickness that seems to afflict America. For years, the virus eating away at our teetering national life slept under the surface waiting for the body to weaken. Now it is attacking. Where should a Christian stand?   The Roman Way As dead flies […]

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COVID-19 AND SUICIDE

A Christian Response to Suicide

Covid-19 is not the only deadly disease plaguing us in 2020. The social distancing, financial bankruptcy, and loss of community associated with Covid-19 have propelled mental health issues in general, and suicide in particular, to the forefront of the national struggle. September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. What did Jesus have to say about […]

Covid-19 and Suicide

MY INVISIBLE, FOREIGN HEROES

A Tribute to the Immigrants Who are Dying For Me

The year 2020 will go down in history as one of our nation’s most difficult. We’ve dealt with pandemics, economic recessions, angry civil discourse, and racial tension in the past. We’ve never had to deal with all of them in a single year. There are some who are suffering more than others. We should acknowledge […]

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THE DISCRIMINATING VIRUS

Covid-19 and the Plight of the Global Poor

The Covid-19 Pandemic will have a yet uncertain impact on the global economy. While Americans will suffer, most will escape the devastating impact felt by the poorest countries in the world. Obviously, the virus spreads indiscriminately. However, the plight of the poor places them inequitably in the path of the pandemic. What does the Bible […]

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NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL

Smart is Always Better Than Afraid

The Covid-19 global pandemic will most likely be a seminal event. When we return to normal it will be a new normal. How do we surf the turbulent waters of a seminal event? How do we live smart so that we don’t have to be afraid?   The Seminal Event My Grandfather’s generation was shaped […]

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THE LITERATE CHRISTIAN

12 Books Every Christian Should Read

Let’s take a break from the craziness to talk about something dear to me. Books. Digital or otherwise, the words of others have the potential to change your life. Rene Descartes said, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” Nowhere is that truer than in […]

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A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE CHAOS

5 Reminders for Those Who are Tired, Stressed, and Anxious

Things are getting crazy. Every issue is getting dogpiled by anyone with a computer and an opinion. The democratization of media and publishing has brought an avalanche of dime-store “experts” offering their (often flawed and simplistic) perspectives. It’s enough to drive a person crazy. Here are five gentle biblical reminders for those suffering from Facebook […]

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FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

Jesus and the Essential Tension

My Christian Ethics Prof would bring a rubber band into class from time to time, playing with it as he lectured on the essential tension inherent in some ethical questions. A rubber band is useless without tension. The right amount of tension and it holds things together; too much tension and it breaks. What can […]

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COVID-19 SHELTERING STRESS

12 Coping Skills Jesus Practiced for Stress

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning? In March, 40% of Americans reported that they were scared of getting the virus. In June, that number had risen to 60% (Covid-19 Tracker). Not surprisingly, those with pre-existing mental health issues are reporting even higher rates of fear and anxiety. Sheltering could wipe out a significant portion […]

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