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Ruined Rather Than Changed

The poet W.H. Auden once said, “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the present and let our illusions die.” Several years ago, our church was practicing the spiritual exercise of neighborhood prayer-walking. We would partner up, walk around our neighborhood, greet whomever we saw, and...

Is the Church a “What” or a “Who”?

If you are like me, you have had to do some re-thinking on your usage of the word “church” lately. Pre-COVID, I would often say, “Let’s go to the church,” or “Is it time for church to start?” But now, those statements don’t make much sense. Recently, I have heard people ask, “When will church...

From Blizzard to Winter

A recent article by Andy Crouch used the categories of Blizzard, Winter, and mini-Ice Age to describe the potential impact this pandemic is going to have on the church. Is this a short-term storm (blizzard)? Is this a long-term issue (winter)? Or is this the beginning of a new era (mini-Ice Age)? If you are...

Don’t Waste Your Coronavirus Experience

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time where businesses have been closed, gatherings have been banned, and our house has become the center of our life. In many ways, it is a throwback to a rural way of life where everything we do centers around home, as opposed to our workplace, school, or other places....

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