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COVID Contemplations (March 26) – “Covid Christianity”

You can read about it in the history books, though I doubt that any written words could ever really convey its terror.  For when the bubonic plague first raised its ugly head in Sicily in 1347, not only were there … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (March 25) – “Chick-Fil-Aity”

Even for someone on a low-sodium diet, you can never really get enough of it, which is probably why it is one of the key ingredients on the menu.  For a twelve-count of nuggets is said to contain some 1460 … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (March 24) – “Give Me That New-Tech Religion”

To be candid, we’ve seldom been on the forefront of technological innovation.  For there’s something about the church that seems to find its comfort zone more in the past than in the present sometimes.  More than half a millennium ago, … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (March 23)- “Stop Fidgeting!”

It’s not quite a global epidemic, but it’s certainly an addiction for many.  For over-scheduling our lives begins at an early age indeed, from playdates to sports teams to extra-curricular programs to weekend social engagements.  And when we become adults, … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (March 20)- “Is There Any Word from the Lord?”

I suspect that the man in charge didn’t really know what to do.  For the nation was clearly in a crisis and the prospects for a quick resolution grew dimmer by the day.  And so, as the story is told … Continue reading

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Pastoring in Plague-Times

You might say that he showed up at just the wrong time. For it was just after coming back to his home town at the age of 31 to serve as an leader in his church– having been turned down … Continue reading

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Muddling Through to the Manger

(Note:  The following was shared in a blog written five years ago.  Given the contentious state of both the nation and the church today, however, it seems appropriate to repost it on this Christmas Eve Eve. For while I’m not … Continue reading

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