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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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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THE CRISIS ON THE BORDER

Five Ways You Can Help the Children

Children should not be dying in our care on the border (or anywhere else, for that matter). The images and reports coming out of detention centers are extremely disturbing. Can we dispel with all political ideology and make space for a few moments of sanity? I am not writing to bash politicians. I’m writing to […]

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DID JESUS HATE THE WORLD?

A Christian Response to the World Haters

Some Christians seem to be very angry at the world. There is an interesting dynamic Jesus had with his First Century Palestinian world. He seemed to walk a fine line between living in the world and rising above it. What does Jesus teach us about our attitude toward the world?   Did Jesus Tell us […]

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WRITING THE MOTHER’S DAY CARD

Seven Biblical Suggestions for What to Say on Mother's Day

Every mom handles Mother’s Day differently. Some want a full day of celebration with their children all around them. That’s why church attendance will jump significantly this Sunday. Many moms will drag their adult children to church with them. Other moms would rather get some alone time. Whatever your mom’s Mother’s Day wishes might be, […]

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HIS KINGDOM OR MINE?

Four Characteristics of the Jesus Kingdom

Dividing the world into good and evil is a seductive temptation. Christians are tempted to create a false “us/them” worldview and then commence to work ruthlessly toward eliminating “them” and building a utopian “Christian” world with just “us.” It begs the questions: What kind of Kingdom did Jesus come to build?   Jesus’ Greatest Temptation […]

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OPEN YOUR EYES TO JESUS

Places Where You Can Hear and See Jesus

Some people go through life with their eyes closed. There is a time to close your eyes — moments that demand closed eyes. But most of life was meant to be lived with your eyes wide open. The problem is that you miss so much when your eyes are closed. Jesus went through life with […]

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