A View from the Pew: Which Part of the Service Do You Skip?

You don’t need me to tell you these are weird times, especially for church. A recent message from my pastor highlighted the weirdness for me.

How Do We Pray from Here?

Nearly 160,000 people have died in America due to COVID-19. So many names. Too many to name or write down on my prayer list.

A View from the Pew: “Hollywood Squares” Prayer Meeting

I can’t help but think of “Hollywood Squares” every Wednesday night when my wife and I log onto our church’s midweek prayer time and devotion via Zoom.

A View from the Pew: When is it Okay to Go Back to Church?

You may already be back in your traditional place at church on Sundays, or you may be wringing your hands and wondering when it is safe to rejoin your church family in person.

Connections 06.21.2020: Alive

I’ve tried to imagine a world where humans never die. Would the land fill up to the brim? Would we drain the earth’s resources?

Praying During a Pandemic: Out of Our Hands

My hands are clean. I promise that I didn’t do this. I prayed for a slower pace, for the closing down of my private warehouse that manufactures speed.

Prayer and Hand Sanitizer Go Together: Praying During a Pandemic

Rub your hands together with me. I don’t doubt the power of prayer or hand sanitizer. I use both and my health is better for it.

A View from the Pew: Lessons from Virtual Church

For regular church attenders, the isolation policies and shelter-in-place mandates of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt most acutely on Sundays.

Formations 04.12.2020: Giving Things Up for Lent

John places Jesus’ “cleansing of the temple” near the beginning of his Gospel rather than at the end, as the Synoptic Gospels do. In John, this symbolic act foreshadows the many controversies that Jesus will face and that will eventually end with the crucifixion.

Connections 04.05.2020: The Cross and COVID-19

When the devil tested Jesus in the wilderness, he introduced two of his three challenges with, “If you are the Son of God” (Mt 4:3, 6). In refusing the devil’s challenges, Jesus declined to prove his identity on the devil’s terms.

Formations 04.05.2020: Zeal for God’s House

I’m writing this article in a time of trauma all around the world. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reached every continent except Antarctica. People are sick, scared, isolated, and anxious for what lies ahead.

THIS JUST OUT: Coronavirus and Kindness Are Both Contagious!

The Bible says to love your neighbor. Alternatively, some people on this earth apparently believe that the Bible says love your neighbor unless you are in a pandemic and shopping for groceries.