Re-opening Your Church

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Some churches, even in the same community, will make different decisions about both the place and methods for re-opening.  We need to support church leaders who are making hard choices, not criticize others for making different choices than we do.  While believers gathering is important, some of...

Celebrating Our Mission

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One of the causalities of canceling the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention this summer was losing the opportunity to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the International Mission Board. The IMB is, in many ways, the reason we exist as a denomination. We came together in 1845 in...

Barnacles

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A common refrain these days is, “I’ll be glad when things get back to normal.” Well, that’s not happening. Our world will never be the same after COVID-19. The disruptions to social, economic, educational, corporate, entertainment, and religious systems have been too...

Leading Forward

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Governmental leaders make policy decisions to manage risk, not eliminate it. Their goal is palatable decisions that maintain social order, not preserve every life. Governments manage death rates, keeping them reasonable, without eliminating their causes. That’s not a criticism, just a frank...

An Easter to Remember

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Easter 2020 will one for the history books. Across the United States and around the world, church buildings will be as empty as the tomb central to the resurrection story. Rather than lament what the governmental response to COVID-19 has taken from us, let’s make it an Easter to remember. Here...

Uncertainty

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A common lament in our current pandemic is people saying the hardest part is “not knowing.” Not knowing how long the quarantine will last, when they will return to work, how widespread the pandemic will be, etc. Millions of people are experiencing profound uncertainty—an unsettling, disruptive...

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