Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Covid-19 Reactions With the global reaction to the Coronavirus thousands are thinking more about the end times now than they ever have in their lives. Country living is a hot topic now that people have witnessed the horrors of being on lockdown in some of the most famous cities in the world. Job loss, food shortages, and lack of resources due to wi

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

We were having devotions one beautiful evening. We rehearsed a Bible reading that talked about God’s mercy. I can’t quite place my finger on the exact verse but before we could finish, we were all jolted by a loud "No! God is not merciful". We quickly established that it was my 8-year-old boy, Hiram Edson. He continued to rage, saying that if God w

The God Who Knows No Quarantine

The God Who Knows No Quarantine

Quarantine   These are crazy times.   With COVID-19 growing from a local outbreak to a regional epidemic to a global pandemic in a matter of a couple of months, our lives as we know them have been turned upside down.   During the last few weeks, many procedures have been implemented worldwide that some of us may never have thought we

Your Conspiracy will Backfire

Your Conspiracy will Backfire

It doesn’t take long for the crises of life to bring conspiracies to the forefront that persuade many. There’s just something about “knowing” information the rest of the world is not yet privy to that brings on a subtle thrill - chasing after the latest imaginative idea to fit into a broader elaborate, incredible framework. “I need evidence,” you s

Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life is movement. It is change. It is flux. To move is to exist. So, change is part of the fabric of existence. But change comes in countless degrees, from barely noticeable to shockingly fast. On the latter end of the spectrum, we’ve all experienced times when we had too much going on at once. Often, this overwhelming feeling is correlated to the

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing a public health crisis the likes of which we haven’t experienced in over half-a-century. Churches are being urged to take preventative measures up to closing their doors in order to do their part to “slow the curve.” (If you don’t understand that expression, some of what follows will not make sense if yo