THE 2020 ELECTION

A Biblical Perspective on Voting

There are record numbers of people voting in the 2020 election, so far. This is a good thing. However, for some, there is a temptation to walk away from it all. We seem to live in an anger-filled, 24-hour a day, 365-days-a-year election cycle. The question some Christians are asking is: How do we engage […]

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LOSING AND OVERCOMING

Bob Gibson and a Legacy of Overcoming

One of my baseball heroes died the other day. Bob Gibson was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in an era when baseball was still America’s darling sport, and was, like America, struggling with her racist past. Gibson, a black man raised during the Jim Crow era, let his arm do the talking.  He […]

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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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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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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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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 ESSENTIAL CHURCH

Reopening Public Worship Services

President Donald Trump pronounced churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on state governors nationwide to let them reopen. Many Christians hailed his announcement as heroic, while others called it irresponsible. I have no desire to enter the political fray. However, this has raised an important theological question that is worthy of […]

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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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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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