Monthly Archives: April 2020

COVID Contemplations (April 16) – “Serving the Street Boys”

I met him one night in Jerusalem several years ago and immediately I was impressed by his heart.  For it was clear even then that Seth Johnson wanted to be used by God to serve those whom others may overlook.  … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (April 15) – “A Taxing Matter”

Shakespeare got it wrong, I think:  it’s not the 15th of March you should beware these days but the Ides of April.  For even though the filing deadline has shifted to July this year because of the current pandemic, Tax Day still brings a … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (April 14) – “Donne and Undone”

I have no earthly idea how any of it works in the first place, but I’m open to the idea that it’s actually magic.  For all I know is that two minutes before our Easter morning “ALIVE-Stream” was about to … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (April 13) – “Step Away from the Screen (After You Read This, That Is)”

(On this “day off” after Easter, I’m delighted to offer a guest devotional written by one of my favorite young theologians, Angela Harvey.  She happens to be our daughter but she also holds degrees from all kinds of great places.  … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 11) – “Raising Hell with Jesus”

His critics thought it was all over. The show had closed, the curtain (though torn in two somehow) had fallen, and the reviews were in: Jesus was a fraud, but fortunately He had been taken care of the day before … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 10) – “God’s Friday”

You have to wonder what’s so good about it anyway. For it was on this day, long before the sun had even arisen, that Jesus found Himself hauled before a kangaroo court that had already convicted Him, despite being unable … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 9) – “One Last Lesson”

If you knew you were going to be arrested tonight and probably executed tomorrow… how would you spend today? For that’s exactly the situation that confronted Jesus on this Passover Eve long ago when He gathered His little band of followers together to celebrate that … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 8) – “A Quiet Day at Home”

He was not exactly under a “Stay At Home” order but He did so anyway.  For following his volatile encounters in the Temple on Monday, and His subsequent conflicts with the Pharisees and Sadducees the next day, on Wednesday of … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 7) – “A Questionable Q&A”

Those now daily press conferences with the coronavirus task force made me think of it.  For having once been a journalist myself (in a lifetime long, long ago), I understand the importance of asking even uncomfortable questions, though I’m not … Continue reading

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Holy Week COVID Contemplations (April 6) – “Trouble in the Temple”

If Mark was right, then it happened the day after His rather triumphal Palm Sunday entry when Jesus returned to Jerusalem after staying the night at Bethany.  For upon entering the Temple courts—perhaps the most crowded spot in the whole … Continue reading

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