Category Archives: COVID-19

Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 4

If we have experienced the grace of God in Christ Jesus, then it is incumbent upon us to be gracious with others, particularly in our speech. Here are some examples of gracious speech: Words of affirmation “I respect you. You … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Faith, God, Kingdom Values, Love Others, Marriage, Scripture, Social Issues, Spiritual Disciplines | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 1

Be gracious with one another. This has become the mantra in our home this year. When the lockdown went into effect back in March, there were six of us living in our home: three teenagers, Sunny, myself, and Sunny’s 85-year-old … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Culture, Faith, Family, God, Race, Scripture, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Slow Down, Part 4

I want to give the last word to Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Jesus, Kingdom Values, Scripture, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Slow Down, Part 2

Believe it or not, our busyness is one of the great threats to our spiritual lives. In his book Soul Keeping, John Ortberg tells of a time when he was weary and frazzled and exhausted. His ministry was expanding, his … Continue reading

Posted in Books, COVID-19, Culture, Faith, Quotes, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Slow Down, Part 1

Last week I began a series entitled Lessons Learned. 2020 has been such a difficult year in so many respects, but there have also been plenty of lesson-learning opportunities along the way as well. Last week we looked at the … Continue reading

Posted in Blessings, COVID-19, Culture, Devotional, Faith, God, Scripture, Social Issues | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Be Grateful, Part 3

The word “anxiety” is derived from another word meaning “to choke” or “to cause pain by squeezing.” One of the Greek words for anxiety was used to describe the yokes that would be put on the necks of slaves in … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Culture, Faith, Kingdom Values, Scripture, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Be Grateful, Part 2

Gratitude is an important discipleship practice. And it is just that — a practice. Just like you’ll never learn to play the guitar without regular practice, we’ll never become the kind of people God will us to be — people … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Faith, Scripture, Social Issues | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Lessons Learned: Be Grateful, Part 1

We’ve heard it hundreds of times: 2020 has been a difficult year in so many respects. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 250,000 Americans and has completely disrupted our way of life this year. I read a line … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, COVID-19, Faith, Kingdom Values, Quotes, Scripture, Social Issues | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

Posted in Church, COVID-19, Culture, Disappointment, God, Kingdom Values, Love Others, Ministry, Politics, Race, Sacred / Secular Divide, Social Issues, Theology | 6 Comments

God and the Pandemic by N.T. Wright

I recently finished God and the Pandemic by N.T. Wright, with the tagline: “A Christian reflection on the Coronavirus and its aftermath.” I highly recommend it both for Christian and non-Christian audiences. As always, Wright is a wise and biblically-informed … Continue reading

Posted in Books, COVID-19, Social Issues, Theology | Leave a comment