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The Way Out is Through

We have been worshipping online for ten weeks today. That’s two-and-a-half months. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t seem like a long time. But… In the last two-and-a-half months, I have learned how to make a podcast, and how to hold meetings and Bible studies and worship over Zoom, and that Zoom is a less-than-perfectly-safe place to hold worship, and how to lead worship over video. Among other things. And we’ve learned how to do many of those things together. We have failed and we have triumphed together. And we’re still learning how to do those things…

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The Economy Was Made for Humanity

The Pharisees walked up to Jesus and asked him, “Do you not see what your disciples are doing? Why are they doing something that is against the law on the sabbath?…

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A Whole Church Full

I’ve told you this before, but in my former career, my life was ruled by numbers. Every year, the Board of Directors would give me one number: the amount of money that I needed to raise for my organization… so that we could do the work that we were…

I Don’t Believe That Everything Will Change

I don’t believe that everything will change. I’ve heard very serious people say that the COVID-19 pandemic will change everything. We will value the truly essential—and often low-wage—workers who keep our society and economy working. We will reimagine how our healthcare system works and help more people access that…

A Strange Sunday

This is a strange Easter. On any normal Easter Sunday, we would be packed together in our church buildings. We would hug and shake hands and pass the peace. We would shout, “He is risen!” in chorus. The scent of flowers in the chancel would fill our noses. The…

The Hope of the World

We have spent the spring—from the Sunday after Christmas Day until today—reading the gospel according to Mark. And you might remember that a few weeks ago, we fast-forwarded a little. We jumped from Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, telling the disciples about what was going to happen… to…

Holy Revolution

Back when I used to travel a lot for work, there was always this question: fly… or drive? Sometimes, that was an easy decision. If I had to go to Chicago, I drove; if I had to go to Houston, I flew. But… there were these trips that were…