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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The Tragic Loss of the Art of Listening

Six Ways Jesus Modeled the Spiritual Practice of Listening

Technology has effectively democratized publishing and mass communications. Anyone with a computer can publish their message to millions. Unfortunately, the technological gold rush didn’t come with a manual or a course on ethics. Our digital conversations seem to have one volume: Loud. Who is listening? With so many shouting to be heard, we are in […]

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OUR CONFRONTATIONAL CULTURE

Three Ways to Confront the Culture as Jesus Did

We live in an increasingly confrontational culture. More and more of our political leaders are taking to twitter causing an avalanche of responses. Technology has given us unprecedented access to each other and equally unprecedented angry conversations. Millions have entered the fray. In the present cultural morass, where millions can react with lightning speed, how […]

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RACISM, COVID-19, AND FACEBOOK

Five Jesus Principles for the National Conversation

The racial, cultural, and ideological divide in our nation is obvious by the way people talk to each other on Facebook. Our nation has survived these differences for more than two centuries, but it will not survive for long with the growth of hatred, anger, and violence born from that divide. How should Christians respond? […]

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GEORGE FLOYD’S AMERICA

Racism and the American Confessing Church

In 1933 Hitler took effective control of the German government and immediately moved to unify all Protestant churches into a single pro-Nazi Protestant Reich Church. A group of pastors protested and formed the Confessing Church in opposition to some of the Nazi ideals, including antisemitism. Most of those pastors ended up in concentration camps or […]

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THE MASKED CHRISTIAN

A Statement of Faith and Love

I never thought masks would be controversial. Welcome to 2020, where the complexities of a global pandemic have us debating the finer points of mask-wearing. One Ohio State Representative is refusing to wear a mask (he used Scripture to justify his refusal). US officials including Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Vice President Mike Pence have […]

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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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THE BIG MIRROR

What Covid-19 Will Reveal About Us

No one has a crystal ball on the pandemic we are experiencing. Opinions and predictions abound. Business leaders want to get back to work, while normally mild-mannered medical scientists are screaming extreme caution. Politicians are stuck somewhere between those two voices. The rest of us are left scratching our heads and shrugging our shoulders, unsure […]

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