PEACE IN ANY STORM

How Jesus Would Face This Pandemic

It gets more difficult to cope with each passing day of “shelter-in-place.” The challenges of loss of income, the painful inaccessibility to mental health professionals, the strain of a difficult marriage, the exacerbation of online public education — all these and so much more are creating a seething caldron of anxiety and desperation. Most are […]

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IS IT A SIN TO BE ANXIOUS?

Fear and Anxiety in a Global Pandemic

A lot of people are fearful right now. Covid-19 is spreading. Nerves are on high alert. Fear is an essential part of the survival instinct. Truth be told — fear and anxiety are a part of the human experience. If someone tells you that they are never anxious or afraid, then they are either lying, […]

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

A Mindset to Navigate the Pandemic

I allow myself an hour of News Channel surfing every night. I get a small dosage of everything, although some are more difficult to stomach than others. It seems we are starting to get a sprinkling of good news mixed with the bad. Curves are beginning to flatten. Hospitals are beleaguered, but keeping up with […]

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OUR GLOBAL TRIAL

Living in the Shadow of His Wings

It’s Day 15 of “Shelter-in-place” (I live in Dallas County). Covid-19 free (so far), still working and getting paid, groceries in the fridge, and plenty of toilet paper (though it’s dwindling), I’m an American who has a lot of blessings to count. Others are not so fortunate. I see them and hear their voices. My […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Lessons from Martin Luther and the Bubonic Plague

People are struggling right now. Financial concerns are at the top of the list for many. For others, it’s the fear of catching the virus. A few are worried about a loved one who is already sick. Obviously, for more than a few, it’s toilet paper. Some of my friends who are young, healthy, and […]

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THE COVID-19 ANTIDOTE

An Appeal to Our Better Angels

Many of us are now living under quarantine — ordered to stay at home, leaving only for food or medical help. This is a vital step in order to stymie the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Introverts are in heaven and extroverts are in the other place. But, even for introverts, two weeks of isolation […]

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THREE POWERFUL MEDITATIONS

Finding Strength in a Time of Crisis

The Coronavirus is spreading through our country, threatening our national health as well as our economy. It would be ridiculous for me to tell you not to be anxious. Anxiety comes with the territory we have entered. What I can give you is a way through the anxiety. One of the most powerful weapons we […]

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WHERE IS MY HELP?

The Source of Your Self-Esteem

One week into my sabbatical I made it through a 24-hour period without thinking about the church. It was strange … and refreshing. It is common, unhealthy and unbiblical to get your sense of self-esteem from your work. It’s great to take pride in what you do, but dangerous to make it the source of […]

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LIFE-GIVING SLEEP

The Incredible Power of Sleep

I had a hard time sleeping for the first week of my sabbatical. Restlessness and anxiety kept me tossing and turning. And then, like a switch turning off, suddenly I slept and slept and slept. Like a baby, as they say, I pushed through the anxiety and found the rhythm of REM sleep. Eight full […]

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God is an Artist

Reflections on God's Creation

The first week of my sabbatical was spent with a deep dive into nature — Five days alone with God, reflecting on the colors, contours, and beauty of his creative work. From the mountains of southern Colorado to the canyons of northern Arizona to the forests and beaches of California … God reveals himself as […]

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